- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
When having a discussion about the likelihood of the Calgary Flames making the playoffs, you have to start with the acknowledgement that it was never very likely.
The Flames are bad, as has been covered in this space before, but Mark Giordano was one of the few actual good players on the roster. He, along with defense partner T.J. Brodie, Jiri Hudler, Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and maybe one or two others if you really want to be generous have had actual good seasons by just about any measure. The rest of the club is a mishmash of guys who are average at best, but more commonly just bad or “bad but who have gotten every bounce to go their way” this season (here the hockey world turns its lonely eyes to Dennis Wideman, who somehow entered last night with 12 goals in 62 games and was one away from tying a career high).LiveCalgary1 - 2DetroitFollow Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
John Tavares is in some ways a victim of poor timing.
When you talk to the Islanders captain, there isn’t much smiling. The joking is of deadpan nature. Try to ask a funny question, and he is wry in his sense of humor. His voice? Slightly monotone.
Unfortunately for Tavares, Jonathan Toews is ‘Captain Serious’ while the New York captain is still searching for a nickname. If you line them up next each other and ask them the same questions, you’d probably get the same answers. And on tape, it would be hard to discern the two.
How about ‘That guy who is arguably the best position player in the New York area?’ for the time being.
OK, that’s a little long, but Tavares is having another solid all-around season on the Island. He has 31 goals and his 67 points are tied for the NHL lead.
He’s playing 20:25 per-night. His face off percentage is a decent 52.6 percent. His shot attempts relative to 60 minutes is at plus-8.4, so the puck possession is there, per the NHL’s enhanced stats website.
“I just try to add more tools to the toolbox,” Tavares said. “You try to be unpredictable and hard to play against. “
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
With the Minnesota Wild’s win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, goalie Devan Dubnyk is now 26-8-3 in his stints with the Wild and the Arizona Coyotes, playing a total of 41 games this season.
He has a 2.11 goals-against average, which is second to Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens (1.92) for goalies with at least 20 starts. He has a .927 save percentage, which ties him for third in the NHL behind Price (.935) and Cory Schneider (.928). His even-strength save percentage (.933) ranks him seventh in the NHL for goalies with at least 20 games played.
He's also starting his 23rd straight game for the Wild against the Hurricanes tonight.
And this is where we remind you that he’s DEVAN DUBNYK.
That he’s a goalie that’s had a save percentage better than .920 once in his career, in 38 starts with the 2012-13 Edmonton Oilers. That he was a spare part reclamation project for Sean Burke and the Coyotes after a disastrous 2013-14 season that saw him bounce from Edmonton to Nashville along with the AHL.LiveMinnesota1 - 0CarolinaFollow Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy6 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.
• Celebrating 'Whalers Wednesday' this past week, Greatest Hockey Legends brought out this little number. Based on the Whalers non-existence as a franchise now, me thinks someone broke Burke's Law. [Hockey Legends]
• Philadelphia has parted ways with goaltending coach Jeff Reese. The circumstances around his departure are a bit fishy. This is the Flyers, though. Would we expect anything else? [Broadstreet Hockey]
• Fantastic news for the Islanders, Kyle Okposo is expected to rejoin the team in Florida on Saturday. [Islanders Point Blank]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The Winnipeg Jets made several moves to boost their playoff chances before the trade deadline. The city is pumped – it could be Winnipeg’s first NHL playoff team since 1995-96. But it’s not like the Jets have taken off of late, winning two of their last six games.
Byfuglien apparently was hurt on this play against Ottawa on Wednesday:
Tough to tell how or what happened there. But damage was clearly done.
So now looking at the playoff picture, the Jets are two points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. The Kings have a game in hand. Winnipeg is without Byfuglien, an All-Star who has 42 points in 65 games as the team’s fourth-leading scorer … goo.Sat, Mar 77:00 PM ESTWinnipeg at NashvillePreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Cammy Babiarz is a Chicago Blackhawks fan. She’s five years old. She doesn’t have the ability to communicate verbally or walk, as she was born with Rett syndrome.
But thanks to Duncan Keith, she’s now a goal-scorer.
Her mother, Jackie Corrado Babiarz, planned on submitting a photo of Cammy and a pink leg brace with a Blackhawks logo to the team’s #WhatsYourGoal social media campaign. She asked her daughter which Blackhawk she’d like to meet if her entry was chosen.
Jackie and Bill Babiarz watched her eyes as they read off the Blackhawks roster. Cammy communicates with her eyes. She looks at them for a “yes,” and away for a “no.”
Jonathan Toews? No look. Patrick Kane or Patrick Sharp? No look.
Duncan Keith? “She gave us a resounding smile, her eyes locked on us,” said Bill Babiarz.
So Jackie submitted the request: Her daughter wanted to meet Duncan Keith and score a goal.
The Blackhawks reached out and invited them to the team’s practice facility.
Only Cammy’s parents knew what was going on. Cammy knew they were going to the rink, but not meeting a Blackhawk. Her grandfather assumed it was part of a documentary project.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
The Colorado Avalanche are nine points out of a wild card spot in the Western Conference. Playoff hopes are slim, and they took a big blow on Friday when the team announced Nathan MacKinnon islikely done for the year after fracturing his foot.
According to head coach Patrick Roy, via the Denver Post's Terry Frei, MacKinnon blocked shots in games against Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh that caused the fracture.
This is the second bone MacKinnon has broken this week after a hit from Sean Bergenheim Saturday night did some damage to his nose.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
OK, here’s the situation. Jokerit was playing Minsk in the KHL's Gagarin Cup playoffs. They were winning 6-0. They were on a power play, in the third period.
So the puck is passed to Linus Omark behind the Minsk net. Omark, who never met a trick shot he didn’t take, decided to place the puck on his stick blade. One assumed he was going for a lacrosse-style wrap-around, which would have been insult to injury for Minsk.
Nope! Instead, he decided to go with an even bigger insult to injury.
Omark tried to bank the puck off the back of goalie Dmitry Milchakov. He failed, thanks in part to a last-second stick check from Oleg Goroshko, who then gave Omark a shove after the whistle. And yes, that was a Lukas Krajicek sighting as he covered the puck on top of the net.
Seriously, dudes: The man is playing with a jester on his jersey. YOU DIDN’T EXPECT THIS?
Jokerit won the game, 7-1, as Omark had two assists.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
When Torey Krug and Reilly Smith signed one-year, $1.4-million bridge contracts last September, some predicted it would lead to a hellish salary cap-fueled negotiation this summer that could have cost the Boston Bruins one or both of the restricted free agents.
After all, the team has roughly $46 million committed to nine players already for next season.
But the deals were good ones for this season, and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli came through with healthier deals for both on Friday: Krug signed a 1-year extension for $3.4 million and Smith was given two years at $3.425 million against the cap.
What might seem like overpayment may actually be the fulfillment of a promise made before the season: Take peanuts now so we don’t have to further blow up the roster, and we’ll take care of you later…
From the Bruins:Sat, Mar 71:00 PM ESTPhiladelphia at BostonPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
The Boston Bruins lost in a shootout to the Calgary Flames on Thursday night thanks to a goal by something called “Dave Schlemko,” and coach Claude Julien spoke on behalf of our bittersweet hearts afterwards regarding the skills competition.
So, when asked about shootouts following Thursday’s loss, Julien cut off the question.
“They suck,” he said.
The reporter responded, “Hmm?” before Julien enunciated a little better.
“They suck,” he repeated as clearly as he could. “That’s my [feelings on] the shootout.”
He added that “It’s the not the reason we lost tonight, but we’ve been definitely challenged in that area.” Which is correct, as the Bruins have gone 2-7 in the shootout, leaving five valuable points on the table.
Then again, the also-rans that are creeping up on the Bruins for the last playoff spot haven’t exactly killed it in the shootout either. The Philadelphia Flyers are 3-7 and the Ottawa Senators are 3-6.