- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter clarified comments made Monday about not wanting to be paired with Jonas Brodin on defense.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Michael Russo spoke with Suter at Tuesday’s morning skate at the United Center in Chicago, where the All-Star defenseman admitted he made a mistake the prior day in calling out the coaching staff.
"We’re obviously on the same page," Suter said. "It’s a story that shouldn’t even be a story. I think the heat of the practice yesterday, I was just saying stuff I probably shouldn’t have said. But at the end of the day, it’s about winning and it’s about what's going to be best for our team. Obviously Brods is a great defenseman, Spurge is a good defenseman, we’ve got a lot of good defensemen. I told you at the beginning of the year, our D corps I think is up there at the top of the league. It’s not really news to me anymore."
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
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• Adam Henrique said goodbye to his Movember mustache and hello to an interesting looking holiday jacket. [Fire and Ice]
• Secret NHL emails have been unsealed in regards to a concussion lawsuit against the league with some interesting words from exec Colin Campbell. [TSN]
• The Steven Stamkos contract saga has an “eerie” feel to it. And not in a good way for the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Tampa Bay Times]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The NHLannounced the alumni game rosters for February’s Stadium Series game between the Minnesota North Stars/Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks.
First, here’s who will be on the TCF Bank Stadium ice come Feb. 20:
Good to see big names like Chris Chelios, Jeremy Roenick, Denis Savard, Mike Modano and Dino Ciccarelli there. But we can’t help but notice a lack of players that could be involved who are currently not listed.
For the Blackhawks, we'd love to see Al Secord, currently an airline pilot, or San Jose Sharks scout Dirk Graham; or how about Steve Larmer? Doug Wilson? Ed Belfour? Ed Olczyk? Darren Pang?
As for Tony Amonte, he’s the varsity coach at Thayer Academy in Massachusetts and the team is slated to play in one of their final regular season games that day so that could explain his absence.Tue, Dec 15:00 PM PSTMinnesota at ChicagoPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
With roughly 25 games in the books, it’s time to take a gander at the MVP race for the 2015-16 NHL season.
When it comes to voting for the actual trophy, we have a strict “in it to win it” policy; you can’t have a Hart Trophy winner from a non-playoff team. But for the sake of this ranking, we’ve included players from teams that are currently out of a playoff seed.
We also figure only one or two goalies, in the end, are going to be in contention for the Hart. But we’ve included four here, as there’s no question they’re in the MVP conversation.
So with that established, here are the top 10 candidates for the Hart Trophy through Monday’s games:
10. Max Pacioretty, Montreal CanadiensTue, Dec 16:00 PM PSTDallas at CalgaryPreview Game
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Now that it's officially December, I guess we can call off the moratorium on Hobey Baker talk.
Most teams are about one-third of the way through their seasons and, while things can still change dramatically in the remaining four months, people are least starting to talk about Hobey hopefuls.
And while Thatcher Demko has understandably been grabbing headlines for his .953 start between the pipes of Boston College, people started whispering that maybe you want to throw teammate Colin White into the mix as well. It's a kind of crazy claim, on some level, because a) it's early to start handing out even the most theoretical of hardware, and b) he's a freshman forward.
But he's also fourth in scoring nationally, playing on a dominant team loaded with talent. So there's some thinking that he can keep it up. He'd have to distance himself from the pack a little bit more — he's four points behind the national leader — but if he keeps it up, it's conceivable that his current 1.6 points per game pace has him very much in the conversation when March arrives.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen has been called “The Norwegian Nightmare” for his physical, and frequently injurious, play. You may remember him from the Olympics, playing defense for the NORGE. He also spent five years in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Philadelphia Flyers from 2005-10. He played 163 games. He earned 296 penalty minutes.
Now played for Färjestad BK in the SHL, Tollefsen showed he’s still got the touch in a recent game against HV71. The “touch” in this case being the ability to blindside a player with a head shot.
As former New Jersey Devils forward Mattias Tedenby was lunging for a pass near the Färjestad net, Tollefsen charged at him. Tedenby was eligible to be hit on the play; but as he bent down to reach for the puck, Tollefsen skated through him, connecting with his head. Tedenby hit the ice, but would continue to play in the game.Tue, Dec 14:30 PM PSTColumbus at MontrealPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Garret Sparks, Toronto Maple Leafs
On Monday he became the first netminder in Leafs history to record a shutout in his NHL debut. Sparks was called up from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League to start in place of the injured James Reimer and a struggling Jonathan Bernier. Sparks stopped 24 of 24 Edmonton Oilers shots on goal in the 3-0 win.
No. 2 Star: John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks
Gibson improved to 2-1-1 since his call-up from San Diego with a sterling 25 save performance in Anaheim’s 4-0 shutout over the Vancouver Canucks. Gibson helped the Ducks kill off a late four-minute double-minor high sticking call on Chris Stewart.
No. 3 Star: James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs
The young forward notched three assists and was a plus-2 in 17:33 of action. He has 16 points in 24 games on the season and seven points in his last six games.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
In the long history of the Toronto Maple Leafs, no goaltender had shutout his opponent in his NHL debut – until Monday.
Netminder Garret Sparks made 24 saves over the Edmonton Oilers to pick up a shutout in his first NHL game. And after the 3-0 win, he got emotional when informed that he had entered the Maple Leafs record books with the blanking.
The video of this moment is above.
Said Sparks via NHL.com:
"After I came out of the first period unscathed, I wanted to have a good second and I got a couple of lucky posts there," Sparks said. "Going into the third period, it was definitely on my mind, and I just wanted to be sure that if they are going to beat me, they really had to beat me. The guys in front of me kept everything to the outside and kept everything manageable. I really have them to thank for this."Wed, Dec 26:30 PM PSTBoston at EdmontonPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
The Carolina Hurricanes are struggling through another mediocre season and frustration boiled over for goaltender Cam Ward in a 4-3 loss at the New York Rangers.
Ward took his anger out on his stick after he allowed a bad angle goal on a soft shot by Rangers forward Chris Kreider in the second period to put New York up 3-1. The video of the play is above.
The 31-year-old Ward stopped just 18 of 22 Rangers shots on goal in the game. He has a 2.53 goal-against average and .898 save percentage.
The loss dropped Carolina to 8-12-4 on the year and a minus-20 goal differential.
On a funny note the team’s official Twitter handle made a slight jab at a Rangers mistweet.
At least losing hasn’t dampened their sense of humor.
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