- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy28 mins ago
There are a pair of Olympic hockey gold medals currently up for auction that could use a good home.
Bill and Dave Christian, the father-son duo who won gold representing the United States at the 1960 and 1980 Olympics, respectively, have decided to
"Whether or not we have it in our hand, we still both won gold medals," Dave Christian told the Associated Press. "The memories and all the stories and what not, they won't ever go away.”
Heritage Auctions will conclude bidding next weekend during an event in New York City.
Bill, 78, recorded 13 points during the 1960 tournament in Squaw Valley that saw the U.S. win all seven games en route to gold. Dave, 56, assisted on eight goals in eight games as the “Miracle on Ice” team shocked the world in defeating the Soviet Union and Finland to earn gold at Lake Placid.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy37 mins ago
By Sasha Yodashkin
Saturday's eight-game NHL slate shouldn't be lacking in fantasy production, with the NHL's two highest-scoring teams facing off on the same night that the two worst defensive units play each other. While the Capitals-Stars and Senators-Blue Jackets games figure to feature plenty of valuable performances, it's important not to overlook the rest of the league in the quest for value. All of the players listed below are in position to outperform their prices and lead their owners to victory.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Tanner Pearson beat Henrik Lundqvist 3:10 into overtime to give the Kings a 5-4 win over the New York Rangers. Kopitar recorded his third career hat trick to help LA to their third win in their last five games. Peter Budaj, called up earlier in the day, made 24 saves to earn his first regular season NHL win since April 4, 2014.
No. 2 Star: Shane Doan, Arizona Coyotes
The Coyotes captain scored twice and assisted on another as Arizona got by the Calgary Flames 4-1. With three points, Doan set a franchise record with his 931st point. He also notched his 123rd career power play goal, another franchise record. Both records were held by Dale Hawerchuk. Oliver Ekman-Larsson also recorded three points as the Coyotes ended a five-game losing streak.
No. 3 Star: Marcus Foligno, Buffalo Sabres
Foligno scored twice in the second period, including on a penalty shot, as the Sabres downed the Montreal Canadiens 6-4. Evander Kane scored two of his own, with his first goal assisted by Foligno, and finished with a three-point night. The win ended a four-game losing streak for the Sabres.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
For a few years the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired players they thought would be key members of their core. But in the past year, it became Maple Leafs needed to rebuild their roster.
Last summer they traded Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins. This past week, captain Dion Phaneuf was dealt to the Ottawa Senators. Fans have decided to take their Kessel and Phaneuf jerseys and foul them to adjust to these changes.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
The NHL auction of the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins autographed Winter Classic-themed jerseys worn on Jan. 19 has raised $63,484.52 to support Denna Laing, the NWHL player who during the Women’s Outdoor Classic at Gillette Stadium on New Year’s Day.
The auctions were done through the NHL-MeiGray Group Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program from Jan. 19 - Feb. 11 with 100-percent of proceeds going toward expenses related to Laing’s recovery and rehabilitation.
Patrice Bergeron’s jersey sold for the highest amount ($5,100), with Brad Marchand ($3,720.63) and Tuukka Rask ($3,520) right behind him. P.K. Subban ($2,870) and Tomas Plekanec ($2,420) were the top sellers on the Canadiens side.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
At one point this season, quite recently, the Vezina Trophy race was a sprint to a coronation: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals goaltender and pupil of that Netminding Yoda Mitch Korn, had the trophy in the bag.
He had the NHL lead in wins. As he did for goals-against average. As he did for save percentage.
As for Feb. 12, he still holds onto one of those leads: Wins, with 35, four more than Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks. That’s 14 more wins than Petr Mrazek of the Detroit Red Wings – Holtby has started 44 games, Mrazek has 34 – but hey would you look at that: The Red Wings goalie leads the NHL in save percentage (.934) and GAA (1.94) heading into Friday night’s game hosting the Colorado Avalanche.*
The current stats picture, via War-on-Ice, at 5-on-5:
Here’s what they’ve done on the penalty kill:
The Red Wings have the 19th best penalty kill in the NHL; the Capitals have the fourth. Sometimes a kill works because of the goalie. Sometimes it’s the system and the personnel in front of him.
Which is, essentially, the same argument that can made with all goaltending stats, right?
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
by Jason Chen
Seven games are on Friday's NHL slate with plenty of interesting picks to be made. Start with a re-match of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals with the red-hot Rangers -- thanks to Derick Brassard 's hot streak and Henrik Lundqvist 's strong play -- playing host to the Kings, who may not have the services of Jonathan Quick , officially listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury suffered Tuesday against Boston. If either Jhonas Enroth , who lost Thursday against the Islanders, or Peter Budaj starts, all bets are off and the Rangers will be the heavy favorite, but the Kings won't go away easily. Without Rick Nash , the Kings will have a clear advantage in size with Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter , and they'll have to use that to full effectiveness, which may prove difficult after playing Thursday.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
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• The OHL’s Flint Firebirds will suit up tonight as Jackie Moon’s Flint Tropics. [SportsLogos.net]
• Radko Gudas will not have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety after his big hit on Daniel Catenacci of the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night. [Courier Post]
• After his memorable NHL All-Star Weekend and the birth of twins, it's time to go back to work for John Scott. [ESPN.com]
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
The NHL is a lot smarter today than it used to be. But there are still serious blindspots that many general managers share when it comes to evaluating talent and determining what it's worth.
For example, goaltending remains a little-understood position for which many players in this league are overpaid. There is often little correlation between a goaltender's normal performance level and the contracts they pull.
This is also true of guys who are decent enough hockey players for the bulk of their career but who have a lot of success in a particularly deep postseason run, and end up breaking the bank because of it.
Finally, there is a third group of player types that are reliably overvalued in this league: Defense-first players.
You see it over and over again: Guys who can maybe chip in a little bit offensively but whose main job is touted as being a “shutdown” guy will get more money than any reasonable viewing of their game and numbers would suggest.
The latest to fall into this category, almost inexplicably, seems to be Kris Russell of the Calgary Flames.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price hasn’t played since Nov. 25, defeating the New York Rangers and moving his team to 17-4-2.
They’ve gone 10-20-2 since then, tumbling from first place in the conference down to three points out of a playoff spot.
But it is just three points. There is hope. And of course, there’s the hope that the reigning MVP and top goalie in the NHL will ride in and literally save the season.
It’s hope that the Canadiens have helped create by being coy with Price’s status. GM Marc Bergevin said in January that Price would be out at least another month – bad news in the context of the initial prognosis, but good news in the sense that he’d be back.
But La Presse reports on Friday that this is basically a ruse. Price is still suffering from an injury to the MCL of his right knee. They didn’t opt for surgery, but rather for rehab. It’s hasn’t worked, and the chances are “slim” that he’d be back for the end of the regular season or the playoffs.
From Richard Labbe: