- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy50 mins ago
It really all depends on who you ask.
Did Mike Yeo’s message get stale for the Minnesota Wild, and will firing him and hiring John Torchetti help get that message through to the players now?
“I think it can definitely help,” said forward Thomas Vanek on Sunday. “Sometimes the message goes stale or whatever. And a new voice is a new beginning.”
But seriously: Did Mike Yeo’s message get stale for the Minnesota Wild, and will firing him and hiring John Torchetti help get that message through to the players now?
“I don’t think so,” said defenseman Ryan Suter. “Like I said, I have a lot of respect for Mike Yeo. I think he’s a very good coach. And it’s too bad that we get the wins we needed to turn this thing around. For him, and for ourselves.”
You can’t fault the Wild for being confused. Their heads are spinning after losing 13 of 14 games, and after coach Mike Yeo was let go on Saturday.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
While many are celebrating their love on Valentine's Day, Denna Laing's team, the Boston Pride, took to the ice against to celebrate her on what is dubbed as "Denna Day."
It's been a month and a half since Laing experienced a significant spine injury while playing in the Women's Outdoor Classic on New Year's Eve. She has been seen in multiple photos and videos since that day. For the first time Sunday, Laing made her first public appearance, taking to the ice with her team in the pregame.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
In the never-ending quest to humanize NHL players and maximize its investment in on-air talent, NBC had a first-intermission segment that featured Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings and Jeremy Roenick and a green screen and our silent cries for help.
Here’s the 1:15 video that felt about as long as the first period:
Look, this was probably the bees’ knees for someone.
If you wanted insightful discourse about Larkin’s rookie season or the Calder race or really anything that didn’t involve the last people to make a “Hotline Bling” joke … well, that’s all very NBCSN. This is NBC , where the hockey talk is pitched to the most general of general audiences, despite the fact that your audience is made up of the kind of hockey fans that would be watching the Red Wings and the Boston Bruins on Valentine’s Day afternoon. So, like, the hardcores.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins is on a ridiculous goal-scoring tear, having scored 12 of them in his last 12 games entering Sunday afternoon’s contest at the Detroit Red Wings.
He didn’t waste any time making it 13-in-13.
Marchand took a Brett Connolly faceoff win and snapped the puck past Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek just eight seconds into their game, his 28th goal of the season.
The goal set a Boston Bruins record for fastest to start a game, breaking Mackell Fleming’s mark of nine seconds set in Feb. 1953. Holy Mackell!
Alas, Marchand missed the NHL record for fastest goal to start a game, by a nose: Four players have scored five seconds after the opening faceoff, with Alex Mogilny the latest to net one in Dec. 1991 for the Buffalo Sabres.
The goal matched Marchand’s career high for a season, as he had 28 in 76 games back in 2011-12. He’s only in game No. 51 this season. Hell of a year for the perennial pest.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Jack Eichel wants to remind everyone that while they're caught up in the Connor McDavid, Dylan Larkin and Artemi Panarin shows, he's still an incredibly talented rookie.
The Colorado Avalanche were made acutely aware of this fact just two minutes into game against the Buffalo Sabres.
Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog is unable to get a stick on the pass in the neutral zone, and the puck deflects off the boards directly to Eichel. As the forward skates back to the Sabres zone, Landeskog peels off to head to the bench for a change.
Without any hesitation, Eichel proceeds to skate down the ice and around two would-be Colorado defenders. Tyson Barrie prepares to block whatever shot Eichel is about to take, and the kid just unleashes a laser of a wrist shot through the legs of both Barrie and Semyon Varlamov.
The goal is No. 17 for Eichel on the season. He has 38 points at the time of publication, tied (for now) with Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin. Both men have an uphill battle if they want to catch Artemi Panarin at 52 points. Maybe Jack should be getting a little more Calder love than he's getting at the moment?
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Washington Capitals forward Mike Richards doesn’t expect to talk to Dean Lombardi in the near future. Even if the two bump into one another at Tuesday’s Capitals/Los Angeles Kings game at Verizon Center – the first time Richards will face his former team after a bitter offseason divorce – Richards doesn’t know what he would say.
“I haven’t talked to him, but it’s nothing more than – really he was my boss. Do you talk to your former bosses? Probably not. So, that’s all it was. I haven’t talked to him and to be honest I don’t really expect to,” Richards said. “I’ve never really thought about it. I doubt really anything would be said. I’m not really sure to be honest.”
During the offseason the Kings terminated Richards’ contract for what the team called a “material breach.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Mike Yeo couldn’t survive this one.
In the 2013-14 season, Yeo was a “whisker away” from being fired by the Minnesota Wild after a six-game losing streak, with defenseman Ryan Suter saying the team was “as close to bottom as you can get.” But somehow, he survived. (You know things are surreal when you go from the firing line to Ilya Bryzgalov coming off the scrapheap to save your season.)
In 2014-15, same deal: The team was in a death spiral, and the expectations were even higher. They sat six points out of the playoffs in January. Yeo was so pissed off that he slammed his stick against the boards and stormed out of practice. Then Devan Dubnyk arrives, Yeo rides him like American Pharoah and the Wild make the playoffs. Job status: Safe, somehow.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
John Scott returned to reality on Saturday night when he took to the ice at Mile One Centre in St. John’s for the Ice Caps’ game against the Toronto Marlies.
Scott’s whirlwind month saw him voted as All-Star captain of the Pacific Division, traded to the Montreal Canadiens, in limbo as to whether or not the trade would affect his All-Star status, named MVP of the All-Star Game following a two-goal performance, and finally, welcome twin girls to the world.
The Ice Caps fans showed their love for Scott with “MVP” chants during 3-1 win, a game that he admitted was a “nerve-wracking” experience.
“I was not good, but the good thing about hockey is everybody has to be good,” Scott said afterward. “We had a lot of good plays, good performances so we won the game and that’s what matters.”
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
by Sasha Yodashkin
Sunday's five-game Valentine's Day NHL slate offers non-stop thrilling action, with a 7:30 p.m. EST divisional battle between the rival Rangers and Flyers capping off a day that starts with a pair of 12:30 games. There are plenty of high-end fantasy options available, but the players listed below have the best chance of delivering value.Sun, Feb 144:30 PM PSTPhiladelphia at NY RangersPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
In the battle of the top teams, Dallas came emerged victorious over Washington by a score of 4-3. Seguin scored two goals for the Stars giving him a total of 30 on the season. Scary moment for Seguin near the end of the game when he was sliced by a skate on the arm. It required stitches. His status is unknown.
No. 2 Star: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
For the first time this season, the Ducks won in overtime. The Ducks captain, playing with a full cage due to a broken nose, scored his sixth goal of the season in extra frames against the Chicago Blackhawks. He also assisted on David Perron's goal earlier in the game. Chicago now shares the lead in the Central with Dallas.
No. 3 Star: Carter Hutton, Nashville Predators
The Atlantic Division leading Florida Panthers could not break the impenetrable wall that was Carter Hutton. The netminder earned his sixth win of the season on the back of a 22 save performance. Check out this incredible blocker save.