- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy28 mins ago
John Moore of the New York Rangers wassuspended five games by the NHL on Wednesday for his second illegal hit to the head in the span of 12 games, which doesn’t just make him a repeat offender but a borderline serial one.
Why five games? It’s sorta the going rate for illegal hits to the head that result in injuries. Ryan White on Kent Huskins in April 2013. Deryk Engelland, also a repeat offender, got five for a hit on Justin Abdelkader in Dec. 2013. Zac Rinaldo and Mike Rupp both got four-gamers for hits last April.
But Larry Brooks of the NY Post has another theory: The NHL went five because six would have earned an appeal from the NHLPA. From the Post:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings forward was an offensive force in their 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals, scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals and assisting on Gustav Nyquist’s opening goal. That included this awesome individual effort in the third:
No. 2 Star: Craig Smith, Nashville Predators
Smith opened and closed the scoring for the Preds in their 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Roman Josi assisted on both goals.
No. 3 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Rinne shut the door against the Oilers with 26 saves and his sixth win of the season, although the crossbar bailed him out at least once.
Honorable Mention: Taylor Beck and Shea Weber had the other Predators goals. … Taylor Hall scored his sixth for the Oilers. … Pavel Datsyuk scored the clincher for the Red Wings. … Evgeni Kuznetsov scored a slick goal for this first of the season. … Henrik Zetterberg was a plus-3.
Did You Know? Alex Ovechkin didn’t have a point for his fifth straight game, the longest drought of this NHL career.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
“Listen shooter, I'm not gonna [expletive] you, all right? I don't give a good [expletive] what you know, or don't know, but I'm gonna torture you anyway, regardless. Not to make a save. It's amusing, to me, to torture a shooter. You can say move you want cause I've seen it all before. All you can do is pray for a five-hole, which you ain't gonna get. Now, you ever listen to K-Billy's 'Super Sounds of the Seventies' weekend? It's my personal favorite.” – Frederik Andersen, probably ...
It doesn’t get much cooler than the dialogue from Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” and it doesn’t get much cooler than honoring that pivotal film with a goalie mask.
Frederik Anderson of the Anaheim Ducks has done just that, thanks to artist Dave Gunnarsson. And not only does he have the “Reservoir Ducks” featured – including the black tie on the front of the mask – he specifically features Michael Madsen’s “Mr. Blonde.”
With a duck holding a straight razor. Near the ear, of course.Thu, Oct 305:00 PM PDTAnaheim at St. LouisPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
The Arizona Coyotes face the Florida Panthers on Thursday night, and Mike Smith will tend goal for them.
Normally, this wouldn’t be news: He’s the starter, after all. But he’s also been terrible this season: 2-4-0, with a 4.29 GAA and an .858 save percentage. At even strength, even worse: .855 save percentage. This includes the 7-3 drubbing from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
“Smitty had an average night. Again. And we didn’t play that well in front of him,” said Coach Dave Tippett.
Tippett’s defended Smith throughout the team’s struggles, and he has a point: The Coyotes have inexplicably been sloppy in defensive coverage this season. Players like Oliver Ekman-Larsson have made some downright amateurish mistakes, which Tippett chalks up to trying to do too much to pull the team out of its slump.
“He’d certainly like to make a few more stops, but we have to clean up some of the stuff in front of him. We’re missing assignments, just plain and simple. Giving up opportunities we shouldn’t be giving,” he said.
“You start pressing. Overdoing things, instead of getting in a rhythm.”Thu, Oct 304:30 PM PDTPhiladelphia at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
John Moore of the New York Rangers accepted the NHL Department of Player Safety’s invitation to plead his case in person for his hit on Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula Monday night. Stephane Quintal and his crew listened, and the verdict is that he’ll be sitting for five games.
Take it away, Patrick Burke:
Moore will lose $51,859.75 in salary for the five-game suspension. You’ll also note the five-game ban is juuuuuuust enough of a punishment so that Moore and the NHLPA can’t appeal.
Haula sat out Tuesday’s win in Boston as a precautionary measure. The Wild said he hadn’t been diagnosed with a concussion, but wanted to be careful with how they handled him.
You hear Burke pointing that Moore is a repeat offender. He was given a two-game ban 12 games ago for a hit on Dale Weise of the Montreal Canadiens during the Eastern Conference Final -- an eerily similar hit.Thu, Oct 305:00 PM PDTSan Jose at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
There are different kinds of roles for actors. There are prestige projects, in which you sweat and bleed and get fat or get skinny and give everything you have to make art. And then there are paycheck jobs, in which you show up as General Hawk for 10 minutes in “G.I. Joe: Buy This Toy.”
After 10 games, Buffalo Sabres coach Ten Nolan has to realize this is a paycheck team.
This is a collection of players that know they’ve been set up to lose, from the crease out, and know that help isn’t on the way until Bill Daly flips over their logo card at the draft lottery next April.
He has to know that this historically bad start – their 10 goals in 10 games is the fourth-fewest in NHL history – isn’t indicative of anything beyond this being a paycheck team.
But he’s a prideful guy, and thus he skated the Sabres through a wall on Wednesday: Bellowing expletives through 85 minutes of muscle-aching practice.Thu, Oct 304:00 PM PDTBoston at BuffaloPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Will Arnett does not shy away from being a Maple Leafs fan. The former “Arrested Development” actor, who hails from East York, Ontario got to live his dream – or nightmare maybe – of coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs in the below video.
This comes on the heels of Montreal Canadiens commercials where “This is the End” star and Habs superfan Jay Baruchel creeps on some players.
The recent actor love for these teams got us thinking. Who are our favorite celeb fans of other Canadian franchises?
Ottawa Senators … Matthew Perry: The former “Friends” actor was raised in Ottawa. Though he often claims the Kings, we’ll take the excuse that he can root for Los Angeles in the Western Conference and Ottawa in the Eastern Conference. Thankfully for Perry, they’ve never met in the Stanley Cup Final.
Blue Jackets' injury woes continue; Nolan fed up with Sabres; AHLer banned 20 games (Puck Headlines)Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• This Columbus Dispatch cartoon sums up the Blue Jackets’ recent injury woes. [Dispatch]
• James Wisniewski, Mark Letestu and Artem Anismov have now joined a crowded injured list. [Dispatch]
• Things are not going well in Buffalo and Ted Nolan is fed up. [Olean Times]
• Add this to the growing lore of Connor McDavid: there’s a claim that the top prospect in hockey shot a puck so hard off a crossbar that the thing exploded. [Buzzing the Net]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
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On Monday night there were two games in the NHL, both of which afforded an opportunity to look at how teams try to get back in a game when they are trailing. The Montreal Canadiens were not successful in their bid to comeback against the Edmonton Oilers and lost 3-0. The New York Rangers scored five goals in the third period to hand the Minnesota Wild a tough 5-4 loss.
Over the years, hockey analysts have noticed a common trend in the way teams play with a lead and when they are trailing. It’s called Score Effects.
The idea behind Score Effects: When a team has a lead of two or more goals in the first or second period or even just one goal in the third period, it tends to protect that lead. Often, the leading team will go into a defensive shell and be much less aggressive offensively. The leading team takes fewer risks in order to avoid giving up a goal. The team trailing in these situations tends to be much more aggressive offensively, taking more risks to score and get back in the game.