- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The Buffalo Sabres and the Arizona Coyotes meet in Buffalo on Thursday night, in what is somehow simultaneously the most important and least important game of the season.
The Sabres are last in the NHL at 47 points in 73 games; the Coyotes have 52 points in 74 games and are second-to-last. The one who finishes in the basement is assured of getting super prospects Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. The other one … not so much.
These crazy kids meet again on Monday in Glendale, too. So in honor of this unprecedented mini-series between the two draft lottery darlings, we present The 10 Things We Want To See At The Sabres vs. Coyotes Tank-a-palooza, because everything sounds fun when you add “palooza” to it. Shameless written in the style of a Buzzfeed listicle!
And here … we … go.
10. Instead of the national anthem, have the singer belt out Tom Petty’s “Even The Losers Get Lucky Sometimes.”
9. Play a prerecorded message from Connor McDavid explaining how honored he is that both teams would sacrifice so much to have him join their team, and how both franchises are unique snowflakes and how they’re both beautiful in their own way.LiveArizona1 - 1BuffaloFollow Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
(Welcome to the NHL Draft Tank Powerless Rankings, a weekly look at the race to the bottom in the League for the right to draft Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel.)
The Sabres are back! At least as the team with the most powerful tank in the NHL. This comes right before the Buffalo/Arizona "Tank Wars" week, where they will play twice -- once on Thursday night in Buffalo and the other in Glendale, Arizona the following Tuesday. Hopefully Tim Peel can ref one of those games.
14. Los Angeles Kings (86 points)
Current Draft Lottery Odds: 1.0 percent
Chances of making the playoffs: 68.8 percent
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
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• This is a good way to divy up a first NHL something puck. [Oilers]
• The Buffalo Sabres tanking creates a bizarre situation for fans. [ Die by the Blade ]
• According to Arizona head coach Dave Tippett, Coyotes coaches and players are not playing for draft picks. [ Fox Sports Arizona ]
• Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is about to return Saturday. This will give St. Louis even more defensive depth for the playoffs. Yikes. [ Fansided ]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
It's a Thursday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Jamie Baker on the Sharks!
• Wysh goes to the MAURY Show.
• Huge night in the East.
• The Boll suspension.
• Marek on OHL.
Question of the Day: GOING POSTAL! Ask us anything! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
UPDATE: The Buffalo News has given us more details of the Boynton case. They are below:
After being cut off at the bar early Thursday morning, Nick Boynton, a former defenseman with the Boston Bruins, went on a drunken rampage at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, pushing patrons, calling women vulgar names and fighting with officers, police sources said.
When it was over, Boynton, who was in town as a radio announcer for the Arizona Coyotes, landed in the city jail, facing several charges.
Boynton was so drunk, police sources said, they decided to wait until the Thursday afternoon session of Buffalo City Court to take him there for arraignment.
Casino personnel cut Boynton off from the bar at about 1:45 a.m. because of his intoxicated behavior, police sources said. That prompted him to yell and swear at workers, with his anger especially directed at women employees, calling them vulgar names, police sources said.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Columbus forward Jared Boll, you cannot check someone in the head. It’s just not allowed. And by doing this to Patrick Maroon of the Anaheim Ducks, you have been served three games by the Department of Player Safety.
Patrick Burke, tell us how it is …
The crux of the matter is this per the video:
“Boll elevates into the hit, driving his right shoulder directly into the side of Maroon’s head, making it the main point of contact, making it an illegal check to the head. “
Nope, you can't do that, which I always find amazing, because Scott Stevens made a living by driving his shoulder upwards for checks that were then-legal.
Plus, as the league notes “head contact on this play is avoidable." Also the video says Boll has been fined twice for head shots. And because of this … three games for Boll and $27,419.34 lighter in the wallet.
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- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.
Two weeks left in the season and head-to-head leagues are knee deep in playoff matchups. Now is the time to make some hard decisions. To make decisions that feel wrong, but are actually right. Like the decision the Leafs made in late December to start losing every game.
Some pretty big stars are sidelined with injury right now and fantasy owners are handcuffed because these guys are undroppable. But are they really? If they're hogging a roster spot and you're only keeping them because "maybe" they'll be back in a couple of games, reconsider your stance. Let's take a look at a few.Thu, Mar 268:00 PM EDTMontreal at WinnipegPreview Game
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
It's not really fun or interesting to say “Any team could win this thing” — and it's also not true — but almost any team could win this thing.
There are so many teams in the field of 16 this season that can absolutely steal a game from a higher seed or fend off tough competition from a lower one just as easily as they could lose. While a 16-team field obviously produces eight “favorites,” you probably wouldn't be too wise to bet on the chalk in this one.
Let's first consider the No. 1 overall team Minnesota State Mavericks. They reigned supreme this year with the best record in college hockey (29-7-3) behind the best possession game in the country. Now, would they win 29 games if their conference didn't feature three teams from the bottom eight on a national basis? Obviously not. They played Alabama-Huntsville, Lake Superior State, and Alaska Anchorage a combined eight times this season, and predictably won them all (34-7 on aggregate in fact), so that helps pad out the ol' winning percentage. But this is a good team that would have competed in any conference.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Congratulations, you’ve graduated college! With your degree in hand, you’ve got years of memories and a bag of hockey gear that’s seen its full potential as an NCAA student-athlete. You were a good collegiate hockey player but not, like, national program good.
What’s next for you? The NHL? NOPE. Overseas? Too complicated. Southern Professional Hockey League? Unlikely, but not impossible.
Oh, forgot to mention: You’re a women’s hockey player.
How about the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL)? That’s an option, but you’re not sure if you can afford it, time and money wise. They don’t pay their players. You’ll have to provide most of your own gear, among other expenses, and somehow work in a full-time job in order to support yourself just to play the game you love.
Looks like your hockey glory days are coming to a beer-league-only end…
At least they were, until now.
Dani Rylan set out to bring a CWHL franchise to her home in New York, but she didn’t stick with that plan. After Rylan, a former Northeastern hockey player, met and had several discussions with retired USA Hockey legend Angela Ruggiero, the two considered creating a paid professional league for women in the U.S.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.
The top 10 teams in the Eastern Conference are all in action on Thursday night, as are two teams right on the Western Conference bubble.
We mention this fully knowing that the attention of the hockey world will be on the two worst teams in the NHL facing off in a competition to see which one is worster.
But while you watch the Coyotes and the Sabres play a game of hot potato, here’s the rest of the awesome on Thursday night:
Montreal at Winnipeg: The only 100-point team in the NHL battles a Jets team that’s holding onto the last wild card in the West.
Nashville at Tampa Bay: Two teams battling for the top seed in their divisions and the NHL overall. The Preds could move into first in the West with a win and some help; ditto the Lightning in the East.
San Jose at Detroit: Eh, not the most important game, considering the plight of the Sharks, but the Wings need to find their footing before the playoffs.