Clutterbuck fined for diving; Preds on cruise control; Islanders dominance over Rangers (Puck Headlines)Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr 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.
• Let’s Talk everyone! [Montreal Canadiens Twitter]
• Cal Clutterbuck is the latest player fined for diving/embellishment [NHL]
• Could the Predators win the Central Division if they keep this up? [ESPN]
• The Capitals are scoring, but losing. This is confusing. [Japers Rink]
• The Islanders basically own the Rangers right now. [The Pink Puck]
• Chris Sutter was the big winner All-Star weekend. [LA Kings]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
It's a Wednesday 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: Darren Pang on the retirement of Marty Brodeur.
• NHL prospects talk.
• Carey Price and the Hart
• The World Cup of Hockey.
• News and notes.
Question of the Day: 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 Daddy3 hrs ago
Jarome Iginla is a legend.
He ranks 47th overall in points with 1,199 in his career and 20th overall in goals with 575. And he’s at it again for Colorado. His 15 goals leads the Avalanche.
The 37-year-old Iginla has had extraordinary level of consistency. Since 2000-01 he has had 30 goals every year – with the exception of the 2012-13 lockout-shortened season.
The only element lost on his resume is a Stanley Cup. He hasn’t won one, and in his back-to-back years with powerhouses Pittsburgh and Boston, those two teams flamed out in the postseason.
Regardless, his legacy is secure. He is one of the true ambassadors for the game – a guy who is smart, talkative and enjoyable to watch on the ice.
Iginla carved out a decent chunk of time for us after a morning skate in Nashville to answer many questions, which is cool because players try to scram quickly after morning skate. Thanks Jarome!
Q: You smile a lot when you talk to us, but you’re a nasty SOB on the ice. Explain this Hulk-like transformation…
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
If you’ve been monitoring Twitter Wednesday or watching television up in Canada, you’ve probably noticed the Let’s Talk campaign by Bell, in order to bring awareness to mental illness with the hashtag #bellletstalk.
From a string of tweets by NHL Department of Player Safety voice Patrick Burke, it has been all over the mainstream and social media universe.
9 years later, I am still in hockey. I have great family and friends. And I carefully monitor my mental health daily. #BellLetsTalk
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has joined the fight.
In this video provided by TSN, Babcock explains how two families close to him recently lost members because of mental illness. Most startling is that in his entire coaching career he says only two hockey players have come forward to him to chat about mental issues with him. Think the NHL has a ‘tough guy’ problem?Thu, Jan 294:30 PM PSTDetroit at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The disconnect between the NHL All-Star Game’s entertainment value on-site and on television grows forever wider.
Having covered the weekend in Columbus, it was a blast. OK, the actual game wasn’t – that was pretty unwatchable. But the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft and Skills Competition delivered and were a riot to watch.
Having now seen the TV ratings for these events … woof .
NBCSN in the U.S. reports that the All-Star Game on Sunday delivered 1.194 million viewers, which was a 14-percent drop from the 2012 game on NBCSN (1.317 million). The Skills Competition delivered 895,000 viewers, down 15% from the 2012 competition on NBCSN (1.104 million). The Fantasy Draft on Friday delivered 310,000 viewers, down 24% from the 2012 Fantasy Draft (408,000).
The good news for NBC, such as it is, was that the All-Star Game was the most-watched NHL game on NBCSN since the Stanley Cup Final and the 1.194 million viewers were up 240 percent vs. the network’s regular-season average from last season 351,000.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Our friend Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News wonders if Carey Price should win the Hart Trophy this season:
In reality, it’s the player most valuable to his team as long as that team is good and since Montreal is a near-lock for the playoffs already, the Habs qualify. But the Canadiens have just one player among the top-60 scorers in the NHL and that’s Max Pacioretty, who ranks 34th right now with 38 points in 46 games.
The power play – one of the few aspects of the game Price has no effect on – is bottom-10 in the league, clicking at just 17.1 percent.
Price has a compelling case. He’s third behind Brian Elliott (.944) and Michael Hutchinson (.942) in even-strength save percentage, coming in at .939. That’s with having faced the fourth-most shots at 5-on-5 (914). He’s 25-10-2 overall with a 2.15 GAA.
But we all know how this Hart Trophy thing works, right?Thu, Jan 294:00 PM PSTMontreal at NY RangersPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Watching Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle’s goal from Tuesday night vs. the Edmonton Oilers in real time, you’re left awestruck.
The Oilers defenders were on him. Goalie Viktor Fasth came out to the top of the crease to challenge him. Coyle looked like he ran out of real estate before sliding into the boards. And yet … it was a goal, the game-winner in the Wild’s 2-1 victory over the Oilers.
How’d he pull that one off? Logic would dictate that he banked it off Fasth as the goalie scrambled back to his crease. But no – Coyle actually tucked the puck in from behind the goal line after beating three Edmonton defenders on a breakaway. That’s nuts.
Although Coyle said after the game that the goalie’s aggressive reaction surprised him, Fasth played the challenge correctly – not his fault that he followed the backhand deke to its logical conclusion.
There may have been just a slight miscommunication with the defenders as Andrew Ference came blazing in on the backcheck, but they mostly had this played correctly. And Coyle barely got the puck around the near post before running out of time.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
Notched five assists in his first game back after being slammed into the boards by Zac Rinaldo before the All-Star break in a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Forward Patric Hornqvist also returned for the Pens in the victory after missing a month of action.
No. 2 Star: Jaroslav Halak, New York Islanders
Halak has turned into Rangers kryptonite, stopping 40 of 41 shots on goal in a 4-1 victory over the Islanders’ rival. This comes on the heels of a shutout over the Rangers before the All-Star break. Overall on the season, Halak is 3-0-0 against the Rangers.
No. 3. Star: Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks
The slick Danish netminder stopped 17 shots on goal in a 4-0 blanking over the Canucks. The victory for the NHL-leading Ducks was Anaheim’s sixth in a row and the shutout was Andersen’s third this season and second this month.Wed, Jan 285:00 PM PSTPittsburgh at WashingtonPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin slammed Stars forward Jason Spezza into the boards from behind.
He pushed him, Spezza flew, and he bled after the play. Which meant ... boarding of course and a game misconduct for the blueliner.
Take a look at the video from Tuesday night’s showdown between the two teams:
So in regards to this hit and Department of Player Safety …
Emelin was given a five-minute major and a game-misconduct for boarding. He’s a repeat offender, after being fined $11,021.51 for an illegal check to the head of Brian Gionta on Nov. 29. He was also fined $5,000 for a butt-end of Pascal Pelletier of the Canucks the prior February.
But … Spezza only suffered a cut on his nose and returned after being stitched per Stars beat scribe Mike Heika.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Did you ever like Zach Parise's smile? Did you ever think his pearly whites emanated sunshine, rainbows and happiness. Then today is a bad day for you.
Take a look at what happened to Parise in Minnesota's Tuesday evening game against Edmonton Parise took a puck in the face and lost a tooth. Ouch. The video please.
And then Parise had the wherewithal to pick up said Chiclet and skate off the ice with it. How nice of him. Look at the concern on Ryan Suter’s face as he watches his partner in 13-year $98 million contract crime go through pain. And then as Parise skates off, Suter gives him a stick-tap on the behind. How cute.
Anyway, Parise returned. Because he’s tough. He’s a hockey player. And losing teeth is a badge of honor for these guys.
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