- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Kings defenseman Matt Greene is a noted classic rock music fan. So when asked to describe the Kings as a “Hall and Oates” song, Greene simply couldn’t quite figure out this particular group of hockey royalty.
“Oh man… that’s the best question I’ve ever gotten … So many to choose from … not off the top of my head,” he pondered scratching his chin. “This is a question you don’t just throw away and answer. I can’t answer that whole-heartedly.”
Maybe it was just Greene’s love of the world’s largest selling rock duo that he couldn’t quite get the answer right. Or maybe it’s just the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the Kings and how they operate under coach Darryl Sutter.
Note that the Kings always seem to be a strong pick to win the Stanley Cup every year? But winning the Pacific Division? Yeah, don’t look toward them for regular season success. Los Angeles is currently fourth in the Pacific this year and have one road win.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Donald Brashear hasn’t played major professional hockey since 2010 when he split time with the New York Rangers and Hartford Wolf Pack. He then briefly joined the fight-filled LNAH before heading into MMA, a career which lasted 21 seconds after a TKO victory.
Brashear will need to dust off his old hockey gear and hop on a plane to Sweden after signing with Modo for the rest of the Swedish Hockey League season.
The news comes out of nowhere, but Brashear does have a connection with MODO. He and the team’s assistant general manager, Peter Forsberg, were teammates with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2005-06. And with recent games seeing youngster William Nylander targeted, the team feels bringing in an experience intimidator may help with that.
McDavid talks fight; fancy stats all-stars; controversial junior hockey mascot benched (Puck Headlines)Sean Leahy 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.
• Astronaut Butch Wilmore is currently floating around in space while supporting the Nashville Predators. [@wztv_fox17]
• Connor McDavid on the fight that broke his hand: "I think it was the right thing to do. I would rather fight than turtle.” [Go Erie]
• On the day his grandfather passed away, Viktor Tikhonov scored twice and assisted on another goal in the KHL. [IIHF]
• Time has healed any wounds created by the Daniel Alfredsson’s departure from Ottawa between the Swede and Senators GM Bryan Murray. The two took a car ride on Monday, ahead of Alfie’s likely announcement that he’ll be retiring. [ESPN]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Dmitry Chesnokov on the death of Viktor Tikhonov.
* The Norris Trophy debate.
* The surging Islanders.
* Marc-Andre Fleury gets No. 300
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Forbes released its annual NHL team valuations Tuesday. Though some team officials gripe at these, saying that they're off for whatever reasons -- the news is generally positive. First, the good according to Forbes:
"Fueled by a new Canadian media deal with Rogers Communications that begins with the 2014-15 season, the average NHL team value rose 18.6% during the past year, to an all-time high of $490 million. The 12-year, $4.6 billion agreement, which gave Rogers rights to all NHL games in Canada, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, on all of its platforms, in all languages, is worth 2.6 times more annually than the league’s previous Canadian deals."
Now the sort of bad -- which we already knew ... that the NHL lags behind other major North American pro sports because these television deals don't exactly equate to what MLB, the NFL or the NBA get from their respective partners:
Roberto Luongo on his Kim Kardashian photo, Tortorella and his bad poker hand (Puck Daddy Interview)Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Roberto Luongo, thank you. For being honest, fun, enjoyable to talk to … and having the best non-verified athlete Twitter handle in the NHL.
Seriously, if you don’t follow @strombone1, you should, because it’s amazing.
Anyway, we won’t bore you with a lead-in on Luongo’s distinguished career, his gold medal, his time in Vancouver playing for the Canucks.
Here is our interview with one of the top personalities in hockey, which was all done wile Luongo was wearing designer shoes at the Florida Panthers team hotel in Nashville.
What an impeccable sense of style that man has.
Q: That Strombone Twitter guy seems to know a TON about you. How does he gets the goods?
LUONGO: It’s something that was done to show a little bit about myself without having to be on the record. So far it has worked out well, but you have to be careful a little bit. You don’t want to cross any lines.
You came close to crossing a few with that Kim Kardashian photo …
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason made a save on Kyle Okposo in the shootout on Monday night, which is notable for two reasons: That it was Okposo’s first unsuccessful attempt in five tries, and that it was only the second time this season that an opposing goalie has stopped the puck against the Islanders in the shootout.
The Islanders moved to 5-0 in the skills competition with their 1-0 win over the Flyers, the first team in the NHL this season to get to five victories. While it’s not the sole reason they’re tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins atop the Metro Division with 30 points – hello, plus-12 goal differential – it’s hasn’t exactly been a hindrance either.
This is two straight years of strong shootout performances for the Islanders. They were 9-6 last season, scoring 23 goals, good for second in the league. This season they’ve converted 10 of 16 chances; four of the misses went wide, while only two were saved.
“Anytime in a shootout when you can make a stop and the guys score goals, it can help,” said Halak last night, wearing his Capt. Obvious cape.Wed, Nov 264:00 PM PSTWashington at NY IslandersPreview Game
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
It not even being the end of November yet, it is perhaps too early to start pronouncing conferences to essentially be two-horse races, but it's certainly shaping up that way in Hockey East.
Already, the two teams tied for fourth (Merrimack and Providence, both of whom can safely be categorized as surprises for opposite reasons) are already five points back of tied-for-first-place Boston University and Vermont, 13 to 8. That's a lot of ground to make up in a relatively small number of games, but it's actually the league's third-place team which looks like it's going to be one of the two best at the end of the year.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Scored two goals, including the game-winner in Pittsburgh’s nationally televised Monday 3-2 overtime victory over Boston
No. 2 Star: Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers
Vanquished in the shootout, but stopped 46 shots on goal by the powerful Islanders in a 1-0 loss to New York.
No. 3 Star: Stephen Weiss, Detroit Red Wings
In just his second game of the season, the oft-injured center scored two goals in leading Detroit to a 4-3 win over Ottawa.
Honorable Mention: Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby scored one goal and added two assists … Pens defenseman Kris Letang had three assists … Bruins defenseman Joe Morrow scored the first goal of his NHL career … Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson scored one goal and added one assist … Senators goaltender Craig Anderson saw 43 shots on goal in the loss to Detroit … Minnesota’s Jason Zucker scored two goals … Wild defenseman Ryan Suter notched one assist and was a plus-3 … Ottawa’s Kyle Turris scored a goal and added an assist … Detroit’s Luke Glendening was a minus-2Wed, Nov 264:30 PM PSTToronto at PittsburghPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Any time Nino Niederreiter scores, an Islanders fan cries. Never mind it was a long-protracted situation that got Niederreiter off the Island. Still, the skilled Swiss marksman is red hot for the Wild. Behold his 10th goal of the NHL season:
At least until this year, it appeared Niederreiter, a 2010 fifth overall pick, was going to be a failed prospect. But he has alas come around for the Wild. And look at that backhand shelf shot -- yikes.
As for Cal Clutterbuck -- the player dealt to the Islanders for 'The Nino' -- he has four points in 19 games. Then again, the Islanders beat Pittsburgh twice last weekend, so it doesn't matter too much. But then again, he's not picking up highlight-reel goals nightly.
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