- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy36 mins ago
Last season, Garth Snow got aggressive for the New York Islanders, and it was a mistake.
Acquiring Thomas Vanek was a redundant move. It was clearly a rental, as everyone and their mom knew he was going to Minnesota, or at the very least not staying on Long Island. It cost the Islanders a first-round pick in a draft so deep that it probably reaches the Earth’s core.
This season, Garth Snow was patient, and it’s been brilliant so far.
He knew he had two things coming into this season: a weak blueline and a ton of cap space. He knew the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins had two things: a surplus of defensemen and cap problems. So like a frugal shopper waiting for that party dress to hit the clearance rack, Snow acquired Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk, who were thrown together as a pairing and have been part of the foundation for the team’s stunning start.Thu, Oct 234:00 PM PDTNY Islanders at BostonPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Oh, if only Vincent Price were alive to do another “Thriller” rap now that P.K. Subban has unleashed his Halloween costume on an unsuspecting public:
“Darkness falls across the land/
A costume hangs on P.K. Subban/
It’s Michael Jackson, only not/
A zombified Les Habitant!”
Maybe there’s still time to get Bill Hader to do one as Vincent Price …
Yes, the Montreal Canadiens star defenseman has decided to render every other NHL Halloween costume inconsequential by going the full Rick Baker and creating a near-perfect Michael Jackson zombie from the classic “Thriller” music video. As opposed to a Zombie Michael Jackson, which would have been scarier although a little more macabre …
Or, you know,you can be like Sidney Crosby and wear a hat.
No word if Subban was able to coax the rest of the Canadiens into doing a group “Thriller” dance like they did in “13 Going On 30”, but we would have paid good money to see Andre Markov attempt it.
At the very least, P.K. owes us a moonwalk on skates next game.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Penguins faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night wearing their new third jerseys. They’re not technically new, as the uniforms are the same design that Mario, Jaromir and Ronnie Franchise wore during their back-to-back Stanley Cup years in 1991 and 1992.
Unlike previous efforts, these uniforms were lauded by Penguins fans. It’s rare that an NHL team’s jersey is collectively praised, even from non-fans, given the league's penchant for the color black and horrible design schemes that clubs pump out on an annual basis so their cash registers stay busy.
When the NHL went through their 1990s third jersey explosion, we saw a ton of legendarily bad designs. We'll never forget the LA Kings’ Burger King jerseys or the Wild Wing ones that the Mighty Ducks tried to pull off or even the New York Islanders’ fisherman logo. But the Penguins almost had a jersey of their own that could have topped them all.
Look. At. These.
Arghhhh!!!! My eyes!!!!!!Thu, Oct 234:30 PM PDTPittsburgh at DetroitPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Recorded his second hat trick of the year to propel the Ducks to a 4-1 win over the Sabres. Perry is now tied for the NHL lead in goal scoring with the Rangers’ Rick Nash.
No. 2 Star: Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers
One goal and two assists for the Flyers forward in a tough, rivalry game, a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh. Couturier also won 56 percent of his face offs.
No. 3 Star: Ben Scrivens, Edmonton Oilers
Made 32 saves on 34 shots on goal by the powerful Capitals attack to help the Oilers to their second straight win. Scrivens had to be on his guard all night as Edmonton was also out-Corsi’d by the Caps 66-36.
Honorable mention: Edmonton’s Nikita Nikitin ripped a point blast past Caps netminder Braden Holtby for the Oilers game-winner … Philly’s R.J. Umberger notched a ‘Gordie Howe Hat Trick’ with a goal, an assist and a fight … Ducks forward Ryan Kesler scored a goal and won 67 percent of his face offs… Anaheim Goaltender Frederik Andersen improved to 26-5-0 to start his NHL career with a win over the Sabres.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators were due to play on Wednesday night. They did not because downtown Ottawa came under siege earlier in the day, when a gunman shot and killed a solider at the National War Memorial before the gunman was shot and killed inside the Canadian Parliament building.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins did play on Wednesday night, and before the game fans at CONSOL Energy Center let Canadians know they’re in the thoughts and prayers of hockey fans.
They sang to a performance of “O Canada,” which isn’t played before games featuring two American teams despite the majority of players being Canadians.
Here's another vantage point from Sean Gentille of the Sporting News from the press box:
Truth be told, we were expecting one of those “anthem singer drops out to allow fans to carry the tune” moments, which he did during “The Star Spangled Banner” that followed. But it’s the thought that counts, and this was a truly thoughtful moment from these two rivals.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
As the Slava Voynov issue continues to twist and turn -- our Nick Cotsonika has updates from Voynov's attorney and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly -- there is still a hockey component for Voynov's indefinite suspension by the league under suspicion of domestic violence.
At the time of Voynov's suspension, which was announced Monday, the Kings had five healthy defensemen without Voynov, as it was believed defenseman Jake Muzzin was out with an upper body injury sustained in the preseason.
Well, Muzzin is out no longer! Per Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com, Muzzin said he's not 100 percent, but good to go for Thursday's game against Buffalo, which brings the Kings up to six defensemen.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
[Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn't tell you anything you didn't know. Who's hot, who's not, who cares? For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.]
7. Big effin' surprises
“What do you mean the Jets suck?”
This is, somehow, something that's being said in Winnipeg.
See, the Jets won just one of their first five games, which obviously isn't an ideal number. And in those games, they've scored just eight times, and simultaneously allowed 15 goals. A surefire recipe for disaster there, no doubt about it. But the thing is, people in Winnipeg seem shocked by this.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
Wednesday morning's tragic events in Ottawa -- where a gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial, shooting a solider standing guard before driving a car to the doors of Parliament Hill, have sparked responses from the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Both teams were supposed to play Wednesday evening at the Canadian Tire Centre in nearby Kanata, but the NHL has postponed the game.
Below is a statement from the Maple Leafs:
“The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of all affected by the tragic events in downtown Ottawa today. The Club supports the National Hockey League’s decision to postpone tonight’s scheduled meeting with the Ottawa Senators.
We have been witness today to some terrible events but are thankful to those brave men and women for their tireless service in protecting everyone’s safety.”
- Nicholas J. Cotsonika at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Kings supported the NHL’s suspension of defenseman Slava Voynov after his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. But general manager Dean Lombardi also had a number of questions about the mechanics of the situation.
Voynov is suspended from team activities indefinitely with pay. So what is the timing of the NHL’s investigation? How does that relate to the criminal investigation? What is the impact on the Kings’ salary cap? The Kings have six healthy defensemen now that Jake Muzzin is ready to return to the lineup, but they have little cap room if someone gets hurt.
Team and league officials held a conference call Tuesday. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly responded to questions from Yahoo Sports in an e-mail Wednesday:
Q: Is there any more clarity on the timing? Will he remain suspended as long as the legal process plays out? Will the league hold a hearing — and make a determination — before that?Thu, Oct 237:30 PM PDTBuffalo at Los AngelesPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy21 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.
• Chris Johnston on the Pandora’s box the NHL may have opened with the suspension of Slava Voynov. [Sportsnet]
• Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Marc-Andre Fleury’s future: "As long as I'm GM here, he's my goalie.” [ESPN]
• Nick Cotsonika on the New York Islanders wanting to give Nassau Coliseum a memorable send-off. [Yahoo]