- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy56 mins 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.)
If before last week's 'Tank Wars' match up between the Sabres and Coyotes, if I was to tell you Buffalo would get three points to Arizona's two, what would you say? You would believe me? You wouldn't? At very least, Sabres GM Tim Murray is probably slamming his head against a wall.
14. Los Angeles Kings (88 points)
Current Draft Lottery Odds: 1.0 percent
Chances of making the playoffs: 51.7 percent
The Kings went 3-2-0 on their five-game roadtrip. That's actually pretty good ... but not when you're fighting to make the playoffs. If they win the lottery, it'll be like the Spurs getting Tim Duncan after one so-so year and then turning into arguably the greatest NBA franchise of the last 20 years.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Gordie Howe at a pre-birthday dinner with his family in Lubbock, Texas. [Bill Roose]
• It’s Gordie Howe 87th birthday. This is truly a milestone considering all that Mr. Hockey has gone through this year. [Detroit Free Press]
• An inside look at the Gordie Howe hat trick. Despite the (fight, assist, goal) stat having his name, he only accomplished it twice in his career. [Third String Goalie]
• Tampa Bay looks for playoff redemption with a team worthy of a deep run. [Yahoo]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
But with Jagr’s recently trade to the Florida Panthers, the group needs a new member. Enter the Panthers’ promotion department, who have stepped up to help fill the group’s empty spot. Before their game on April 2 against the Carolina Hurricane, the team will be holding tryouts for a “Non-Traveling Jagr” position.
According to the online job description, entrants must “lack of any knowledge of socially acceptable hairstyles,” have a “willingness to take many, many pictures with fellow Travelling Jagr members and fans,” and, of course, have “expert knowledge of the professional hockey career of one Jaromir Jagr.”
Vitally important: It's BYOM: Bring your own mullet. (We prefer 1990 NHL Draft Hair Jagr, ourselves.)
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
It's a Tuesday 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: Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press talks Red Wings.
• Boston vs. the Cats, and the Sens are waiting.
• The pesky Flames.
• Tank Talk.
Question of the Day: Which Stanley Cup Playoff matchup do you most want to see? Email email@example.com 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!
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Matt Calvert hasn’t exactly earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to self-diagnosis.
The Columbus Blue Jackets forward, who plans on returning to the lineup against the New Jersey Devils, missed 15 games with a concussion and a neck injury. Calvert claims he didn’t realize he had concussion symptoms until the neck injury was diagnosed around Feb. 27. His coach, Todd Richards, said he wasn’t sure if Calvert was hiding those symptoms from the team in order to remain on the ice.
“But I do know, being a former player, that a lot of times you get hit … you’re a hockey player. You want to play,” Richards told the Columbus Dispatch. “I know for a fact that I had concussions and I played. Back then, it was just getting your bell rung. Times have changed. I don’t think there would be any guys that would do that, based on the knowledge we have today.”
OK, well, it happens all the time, but we’ll take your word for it, ‘Skip.Tue, Mar 317:00 PM EDTNew Jersey at ColumbusPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Andre Deveaux’s contract was terminatedMonday by Swedish side Rogle after video surfaced over the weekend showing him viciously slashing an opponent before a game last week. He, along with the victim of the attack, Per Helmersson, played that night, as well as with Sunday’s final game in their playoff series.
After talk of charges being laid swirled, a warrant has now been issued for Deveaux's arrest after authorities viewed the footage.
Helmersson is expected to be questioned by police.
Deveaux did not show any remorse for his actions in an interview with Expressen after Thursday’s game (begins at 18 seconds):
After having his contract terminated on Monday, Deveaux released a statement through Rogle apologizing, while also including, “I am not a violent person.”
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The NCAA tournament began this past Friday and ended on Sunday night, whittling the field of 16 down to just four in three days.
In all, it was a tournament that went mostly as expected: There were just four upsets in the 12 games played, and two came as a result of what Providence did to take down the top two teams in its bracket. In a matter of speaking, the tournament has been a little boring to this point, just because picking chalk would have worked out so well for you. And one of the other upsets — Michigan Tech losing to St. Cloud — wasn't really much of one; the NCHC was a much better conference than the WCHA this year.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Jaromir Jagr is doing what Ponce de León couldn’t do over 500 years ago: Locate the Fountain of Youth in Florida.
Seriously, who saw this one coming? Jagr hadn’t scored a point for the New Jersey Devils in the eight games leading up to his trade to the Florida Panthers. His 29 points in 57 games had him on track for his lowest points-per-game in his 1,544-game NHL career.
When the Panthers acquired him, the best case scenario was a boost to the power play and put some extra fannies in the seats for an improbable playoff run. Well, Jagr made a better case: 12 points in 14 games, turning the team’s top line with Jonathan Huberdeau, 21, and Aleksander Barkov, 19, into an offensive juggernaut.
Yes, two players who were years away from entering the world when Jagr was debuting with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Two players that, combined, don’t equal Jagr’s 43 years on Earth.
The trio has 13 goals and 38 points in 14 games since the Jagr trade. The line is clicking thanks to Jagr’s leadership and … well, his assets. From the Sun Sentinel:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 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.
Like a bad rash, the Flames continue to burn and just won’t go away.
Calgary’s win over the Dallas Stars on Monday night gives them 91 points and an 84.6-percent chance of making the playoffs, now with a three-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings for the No. 3 seed in the Pacific. The win brings them to 38 ROW, while the Kings have 35.
The win also has them keeping pace with the Vancouver Canucks, who also won again to move to 93 points. They have six games left, while the Flames have five.
Also with six games left: The Los Angeles Kings, and one of them is against the Flames in the second-to-last game of the season.
The key to this whole schmoz might be the Winnipeg Jets, who have 90 points with six games left. They don’t have a ROW advantage over the Kings (32). They do play Calgary in the season finale.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Vladislav Namestnikov, Tampa Bay Lightning
The winger scored two goals and added on assist in the Bolts’ 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens, despite the absence of his linemate Tyler Johnson. He played 13:57 and was a plus-3. The Bolts are now 5-0-0 vs. Montreal this season and clinched a playoff spot.
No. 2 Star: Andrej Meszaros, Buffalo Sabres
The defenseman did the Tank no favors, as he scored two goals in the Sabres’ 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes in the race to the bottom.
No. 3 Star: Richard Bachman, Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton backstop stopped 29 of 30 shots as the Oilers topped the Colorado Avalanche, 4-1. Brandon Davidson scored his first NHL goal in the win, and the Oilers scored two empty netters. Andrew Miller had three assists.