- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy55 mins ago
Sunshine. Puppies. Pavel Datsyuk in the lineup.
What are three things that undeniably brighten your day?
The Detroit Red Wings star will make his season debut on Tuesday night at the Montreal Canadiens, four weeks after suffering a separated shoulder. Johan Franzen, alas, is headed to seven-day injured reserve with a wonky groin to open up that spot for Datsyuk.
As Helene St. James of the Free Press notes, getting him back could mean very good things for the Red Wings’ offense:
Getting Datsyuk back surely would help an offense that so far has sputtered; the four goals scored Friday at Toronto mark the only time the Wings have topped two goals in a game. Saturday, they scored once — in overtime. The power play has been especially egregious, its 9.5% success rate reflecting two goals on 21 opportunities.
"We have to get more pucks to the net," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "We've been a little bit too stationary once we do enter the zone. We need to make sure we have more motion."Tue, Oct 214:30 PM PDTDetroit at MontrealPreview Game
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: Ryan Lambert is our resident NCAA Hockey nut, and we decided it’s time to unleash his particular brand of whimsy on the college game every week. So NCAA HOCKEY 101 will run every Tuesday on Puck Daddy. Educate yo self.)
In two short weeks, this college hockey season has already proven weirder than most.
It has, in fact, been very strange indeed. Upsets abound. Teams that were supposed to be pretty good this season have been abject, while some that were supposed to be doormats have been pretty decent.
It's obviously still early in the season yet and thus sorting through some of these things isn't always going to be easy. Weird results happen all the time. But with that having been said, it's important to keep in mind that even the goofiest October loss can end up costing you a plum spot in the NCAA tournament, making it all the more important to pummel weak opponents early and often. So the question is: Did your team do that?
ECAC already shaping up as expected
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The last of the 'Big Four' from the potentially famous 2013 draft made his NHL debut Monday when Jonathan Drouin played his first game for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 3-2 loss at Edmonton.
That draft, which happened in beautiful Newark, N.J. featured four elite guys between No. 1 pick Nathan MacKinnon, No. 2 pick Aleksander Barkov, Drouin who went at three to the Lightning, and defenseman Seth Jones who went fourth to Nashville
Anyway, Drouin's below highlight reel from that year, and his insanely prolific numbers in junior -- he had 105 points in 49 games in his draft year -- made him an intriguiing prospect. His one issue? He's listed at 5-foot-11.
Out of the 'Big Four' he was the only player to not make his team out of the draft and sent back to junior where he had 108 points in 46 games with the Halifax Mooseheads. He fractured his right thumb in training camp, and missed the start of the season this year after making the team.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
There’s a perverse joy in seeing the honeymoon end.
As we’ve talked about before, the veil’s been lifted from the eyes of Winnipeg Jets fans, who have peeled off the “be happy you even have a team again” protecting this franchise and started, you know, expecting progress and success and maybe even the faint whiff of contention.
It’s the only thing that’ll eventually force changes in Winnipeg; changes that are overdue.
Although coach Paul Maurice takes a nihilistic approach to that idea.
“Change to what? At the end of the day, to what? Is it moving our kids out? I don’t think we need to get any younger,” he said.
Maurice’s team is 1-4-0. They’re 27th in the League in offense at 1.60 goals per game – losing Evander Kane’ll do that to a team – but 18th in defense, with Ondrej Pavelec sporting a .895 percent even-strength save percentage.
In three of those five games, they trailed after the first period and never rallied.
“We have a certain reaction to bad events. Changing that reaction is a challenge,” he said on Monday.Tue, Oct 215:00 PM PDTCarolina at WinnipegPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Back in late December 2010, Jordin Tootoo was playing his typical agitating-style, hitting seemingly everything that moved, fighting, occasionally scoring for the Nashville Predators … and then he was gone into the NHL and NHLPA’s joint substance abuse program on Dec. 27, not to be heard from again until late January/early February.
A shroud of secrecy went over the team. Nobody would really talk about the specifics of how it happened.
Even after Tootoo returned, a lot of the talk was in generalities.
We’re going to know a lot more about Tootoo’s situation really soon. The New Jersey Devils forward, and first Inuit player in NHL history, is coming out with a tell-all book, “All The Way: My Life on Ice” by Stephen Brunt. It hits shelves Tuesday.
Tootoo’s representatives with Titan Sports were nice enough to give us a view of what to expect with an advanced online copy.Tue, Oct 215:00 PM PDTArizona at NashvillePreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers
Scored a goal on a slick backhanded breakaway move on a penalty shot. Hall’s dogged forecheck helped lead to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ game-winner. He also assisted on Justin Schultz’s score earlier in the game.
No. 2 Star: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers
Wristed the game-winner at the 16:35 mark of the third period, and led all Oilers forwards with 20:55 of ice-time in the contest.
No. 3 Star: Ben Scrivens, Edmonton Oilers
Stopped 22 of 24 Lightning shots, including four from former 60-goal man Steven Stamkos.
Honorable mention: Jordan Eberle assisted on the game-winner … Anton Stralman played 23:18 to lead the Lightning as Tampa tried to cobble together some defense to replace the injured Victor Hedman … Brian Boyle scored his first goal with the Lightning … Justin Schultz scored a goal … Jonathan Drouin was minus-1, but was on the ice for Tampa’s final offensive push in his NHL debut.
Did you know?: Per Edmonton’s broadcast, the Oilers, who won their first game of the season, have defeated the Lightning four straight times at Rexall Place.Wed, Oct 226:30 PM PDTWashington at EdmontonPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
John Gibson, wunderkind goaltender for the Anaheim Ducks, has played in one game this regular season, and like his preseason appearances, things didn't go too well.
So what does any good goalie do when they're in a bit of a slump? Change their mask, of course!
Gibson is one of many NHL goaltenders who entrust their masks to airbrush artist to the stars, Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt.com.
This isn't the first time Gunnarsson painted a mask for Gibson. As the young netminder entered his first NHL games this past season, Gibson donned a mask themed 'The Haunted Insane Asylum - Psycho Ducks On The Loose'. Later in the summer, Gibson and Gunnarsson came up with a Pac-man helmet for the 21-year-old to wear as he challenged fellow Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen for the No. 1 spot.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
BY JOSH COOPER
Earlier today the NHL suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov indefinitely for an arrest on domestic violence suspicion.
These all come from Hammond’s blog on the Orange County Register website. The first part is Hoffman’s statement, followed by a few pertinent follow up questions by Hammond.
``Last night, at around 11:25 p.m., the Redondo Beach Police Department received a call on our business line -- not our 911 line -- from a resident in the 800 block of Avenue C, concerning a woman screaming and heard crying …”
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
by Josh Cooper
What do Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins and Animal from The Muppets have in common? Not much really, besides dominant abilities on the drums.
Rask’s style looks a little more chill than Animal’s, but who doesn’t love an athlete who shows his musical side, especially during the season. Plus, he probably needed to hit the drums to chill out a little after a start that saw him with a 2.89 goals against average and .870 save percentage.
Hey, remember that time when Henrik Lundqvist jammed with tennis legend John McEnroe? Yeah, that was cool.
Stick-tap Steve P.Tue, Oct 214:00 PM PDTSan Jose at BostonPreview Game
CHL class action lawsuit; Roenick's life after 13 concussions; Stastny week-to-week (Puck Headlines)Jen Neale at Puck Daddy22 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.
• Congrats to the Kings for their 28-26 upset victory over the Seattle Seahawks. World Champions, indeed. (S/T to reader Nick B. and the lovely people at ABC7 Los Angeles for this gem). [Puck Daddy Tumblr]
• "An unprecedented class action lawsuit striking at the economic foundations of junior hockey in Canada alleges the Canadian Hockey League and its teams “conspired” to force young players into signing contracts that breach minimum wage laws." [The Star]
• Jeremy Roenick recounts the 13 (!!) concussions he experienced in his hockey career, and what life is like now. [Business Insider]Sun, Oct 19Seattle26 - 28St. LouisGame Recap