- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
With the theme of college hockey this year being “uncertainty,” one could be forgiven for not exactly being high on the reigning national champion Providence College Friars, who entered the year ranked No. 7 in the country.
After all, they needed .930 goaltending to even make the NCAA tournament, and they backed into that too, having lost in the Hockey East tournament's second round to UNH. And then the goalie that gave them those big numbers (Jon Gillies) went and signed with the Calgary Flames organization this summer; after three seasons of .931, .931, and .930, respectively, he had little left to prove at the college level. In addition, Providence lost 40 goals from last year's team, which only scored 123 to begin with.Tue, Oct 139:00 PM EDTSt. Louis at CalgaryPreview Game
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
By Andrew Fiorentino RotoWire Hockey Writer
Tuesday night is one of the bigger early NHL slates of the year, with nine games going down. Considering the Penguins, Kings, Oilers, Devils and Hurricanes are still looking for their first victory, while a number of teams are looking to avoid their first loss, the action should be fast and furious.
With the Jets, Lightning, Canucks and Panthers playing in the second of a back-to-back set, we could see backup netminders rolled out by those teams. But it's early in the year, and the backups in Tampa, Vancouver and Florida are rather weak, so we could see some back-to-back action for those starting goalies.
Let's find some value to send your Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey rosters on to glory.
GOALIETue, Oct 1310:30 PM EDTVancouver at Los AngelesPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Think about all the good things GM Garth Snow has done for the New York Islanders. The Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy deals. The Jaroslav Halak signing. The way he secured the young core of his team for a decent price. These are all good things.
But there’s this other thing that Garth does that’s inexplicable in 2015 for an NHL team, which is signing bloody knuckled war horses like Eric Boulton to a one-year contract, as he did on Tuesday.
Boulton played the last three seasons for the Islanders, totaling 48 games and 154 penalty minutes. He skated 7:11 per game last season in 10 games. (Yet he scored two goals, which is really a hell of a goals-per-minute ratio.)
According to General Fanager, Boulton will make $575,000 this season with a $25,000 performance clause for each playoff round the Islanders win while he’s a healthy scratch.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
In our season preview, none of the prognosticators selected Todd Richards of the Columbus Blue Jackets as the first coach fired. After all, this is a stacked roster with a ton of momentum and optimism, right?
The Jackets are now 0-3-0 after losing to Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres (tm) on Monday. It’s only the second time in franchise history that they’ve started pointless in three games, but it’s not the first time they’ve stumbled out of the gate under Richards. Here’s their record after the first month of the season under Richards, who took over the Jackets in 2011-12.
2012-13: 4-10-2 (Jan. 21-Feb. 21)Wed, Oct 147:00 PM EDTOttawa at ColumbusPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Kai Quinonez got to live out a dream Monday night at Honda Center.
After Ryan Getzlaf skated onto the ice as part of the Anaheim Ducks player introductions for their home opener, the 13-year-old Quinonez glided forward one leg at a time to the cheers of a sellout crowd of 17,174, his face plastered on the team's big and bright new scoreboard.
The PA announcer described Quinonez, who is from nearby Los Alamitos, as part of “Team Make-A-Wish” because that organization and the Ducks were granting Quinonez's wish of being a member of the team.
At the age of 9, Quinonez was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. The definition is as follows from the Mayo Clinic’s website:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers
After the Flyers allowed seven goals to the Florida Panthers on Saturday night, they rebounded in a strong way with a 1-0 shutout on Monday. Making his first start for the Flyers, Neuvirth, who started in place of Steve Mason after the goaltender was away from the team for a personal matter, stopped 31 shots, helping new head coach Dave Hakstol earn his first NHL win. The shutout was Neuvrith’s eighth of his career and first since 2012. Brayden Schenn scored the lone goal of the game.
No. 2 Star: John Tavares, New York Islanders
The Islanders captain scored what ended up standing as the game-winning goal and recorded a pair of assists in a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The win was New York's first at their new home at Barclays Center. Tavares could have had a second goal, but was denied by Ondrej Pavelec on a third period penalty shot.
No. 3 Star: Matt Moulson, Buffalo Sabres
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
We all had/have favorite players growing up. Those idols were larger than life in our young eyes and we cheered them just a little bit more than the other players on our favorite team.
On Monday afternoon, one little Buffalo Sabres fan showed just how much Evander Kane is his favorite hockey player. During pre-game introductions he held back his cheering as the starting lineup was announced until Kane's name was reached.
Kane didn't score for his young fan, but he did record an assist on Rasmus Ristolainen's opening goal during Buffalo's 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
We're a week into the season and that might already have won cutest moment of 2015-16.
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Funny thing happened to Alexander Nesterov during Salavat Yulaev’s 5-1 win Monday against Jokerit. Early in the third period, he fired a shot by Riku Helenius, but the puck quickly bounced in and out of the net, leading to officials to continue play unsure if a goal had occurred.
The play was eventually whistled dead after Niko Kapanen was given a minor for roughing Nesterov. Taking offense, Nesterov scrummed it up with the Jokerit forward and ended up with a double minor. But the officials still needed to review Nesterov’s shot from earlier, and when they did they ruled it a goal, leading to the Salavat forward celebrating in the penalty box with Enver Lisin:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
St. Louis Blues rookie Robby Fabbri had a great NHL debut, scoring a goal in a 3-1 win over Edmonton. His second game didn’t go so well. He went pointless, the Blues lost and played only 3:27 after he suffered a concussion following an elbow to the head.
There is currently no timetable for his return.
What has already generated a bit of backlash is the following comment by head coach Ken Hitchcock Monday afternoon.
“We’re going to miss Robby. I was surprised on the concussion because he had three great shifts after the concussion. We’re going to miss his spunk, but (Scottie Upshall and Scott Gomez) will be excellent replacements.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Several animal rights activists were in front of Honda Center in advance of the Anaheim Ducks home opener against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday holding signs and yelling while people entered the arena.
This was to protest Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner for killing a famous British Columbia grizzly bear named Cheeky in 2013.
Stoner’s trial was delayed last Friday until Nov. 13, but that didn’t stop the activists from making their voices heard Monday.
Stoner is facing five charges from the hunt under the Wildlife Act. He has yet to comment to reporters on the charges since they became public in mid-September. The group believes Stoner should be suspended by the NHL for the act.
“I realized that nothing had been done to him, so I decided we needed to put a protest together and raise awareness because it wasn’t getting any press, to at minimum get him suspended,” organizer Judie Mancuso said.