- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 mins ago
The Nashville Predators announced defenseman Shea Weber suffered a subluxed kneecap in Game 2 against Chicago and is out 4-6 weeks. Alas, the Predators lost to Chicago in Game 6, so really, the injury timetable means little because it happened in the playoffs. Above is a photo of Weber meeting the Nashville media Monday on crutches.
Here is the play where Weber was hurt:
Also, isn’t it amazing that a player can go from 'day-to-day with a lower body injury’ as the team called it, to having surgery and being out 4-6 weeks. Gotta love the playoffs, and teams that think injury disclosure puts them at some sort of disadvantage. It’s one of the reasons why we love the NHL. Every team does this, but we must thank Nashville for the specificity in making us all search the term "subluxed" which isn't in my spellcheck.
Oh, and here’s another Nashville injury that just got specified now that the Predators’ season is over.Sat, Apr 25Nashville3 - 4ChicagoGame Recap
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy54 mins ago
(Ed. Note: As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue, we're bound to lose some friends along the journey. We've asked for these losers, gone but not forgotten, to be eulogized by the people who knew the teams best: The bloggers and fans who hated them the most. Here are the snark masters from The Committed Indian, a Chicago Blackhawks publication, fondly recalling the 2014-15 Nashville Predators. Again, this was not written by us. Also: This is a roast and you will be offended by it, so don't take it so seriously.)
By TheCommittedIndian.com staff and Andrew Cieslak
We have to say it’s kind of an amazing feat that we’ve been able to arrive here to toss dirt on the 2014-15 Predators. Considering the armed guards, barbed wire, screaming eel-filled moats, concrete walls, and dogs with bees in their mouths and when they barked they shot bees at us that Nashville put in place to keep us out, one has to wonder if it’s all worth it.
Then we remember the sight of Mike Ribeiro dragging his slimy ass off the ice after shaking hands (or in his case, tentacle) and we have to say yes … yes it is.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
When it comes to coaching rants and their effectiveness, hindsight is always 20/20. If your team wins, you’re a genius. If your team loses, you come off like panicky whiner who had to resort to certain types of off-ice antics.
How will history look at Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning? It depends if his argument calling Detroit a bunch of cheaters actually does anything in Monday’s Game 6. Detroit has a 3-2 lead and can clinch at home.
Per the Tampa Bay Times, the Coop is up to some sort of lawyering Jedi type mind trick. Or just complaining about refs via reporters … which always looks sore. This was said Sunday.
"There are 30 teams in the league and nobody does (interference) more than the Detroit Red Wings, hands down," coach Jon Cooper said. "The old saying is, 'If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying.' They do it to a 'T'.Mon, Apr 277:00 PM EDTTampa Bay at DetroitPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Corey Crawford is nothing if not patient. All he had to do was wait until Scott Darling fell apart like he did in the first two games of their series against the Nashville Predators, and the Chicago Blackhawks net was his again.
Crawford was named the starter in Game 1 of the Blackhawks’ Central Division championship series against the Minnesota Wild scheduled for later this week. He entered Game 6 in relief of Scott Darling (3 goals, 12 shots, 11:16 TOI), sparked a rally and made 13 saves on 13 shots to close out the Preds.
Earlier in the series, it was Darling who replace Crawford in Game 1 of the series and sparked a Blackhawks’ rally for a double-overtime win. Crawford got a chance at redemption in Game 2, but gave up six goals in the loss and then handed the crease to Darling for the next four games.
But now it’s Crawford again, as the guy signed for $6 million per season against the cap through 2019 gets the start over the guy who earned $570,000 this year. Yeah, we know: Spoiler warning...
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
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• You can't stop the power of Scorch.
• Five-time Stanley Cup winner and Hockey Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost has passed away at the age of 84. [Windsor Star]
• Facing elimination tonight, can the Lightning’s big guns come through? [Raw Charge]Sat, Apr 25Vancouver4 - 7CalgaryGame Recap
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
If the Rangers make it to Mount Doom err … the Stanley Cup Final, they may have to do so without forward Mats Zuccarello. The team announced Monday that the Norwegian Hobbit Wizard is out indefinitely after taking a Ryan McDonagh slap shot to the head in Friday’s Game 5 clincher against Pittsburgh. The team called it an upper body injury.
I ask this question. Would Frodo have let a puck to the head prevent him from throwing the one ring to rule them all into the fires of Mount Doom? The answer to that question is probably not. But then again, Middle Earth doesn’t have the same type of head injury protocol as the league. Plus, this looked pretty bad.
It’s not like Zuccarello has been lighting up the playoffs with two points in five games. He had 13 points in 25 last year during the Rangers’ Cup Final run. But it’s that old line of thinking around this time of year that depth plays a key role in a march towards a championship. And Zuccarello has been on the Rangers’ first line. And you know what? It’s never good to lose a top-end guy in the postseason.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
“Most people don’t realize how close we were to actually getting an NHL team.”
That was Mike McGinn, former mayor of Seattle, speaking to the Seattle Times last October. One year earlier, the Glendale City Council approved a lease agreement that kept the Phoenix Coyotes from potentially relocating.
That potential relocation site? Seattle, according to the Times:
Three sources with knowledge of negotiations confirm the Coyotes would have been bought by New York investment banker Ray Bartoszek and his partner Anthony Lanza and moved to Seattle as soon as the following day — playing up to three seasons at KeyArena — had the vote not passed.
Two sources with first-hand knowledge have confirmed New York investor Bartoszek had moving trucks on standby to relocate the team to Seattle. They say a Seattle financing specialist had helped Bartoszek line up local investors to own a small piece of the franchise.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The city of Calgary spent Saturday night celebrating the Flames’ series-clinching win over the Vancouver Canucks. Fans took to the streets with giant cut-out heads of Bob Hartley, Brian Burke and players as the party on the Red Mile went all night.
While the celebrations were on-going, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra had a sold out show of their own minutes away from the Saddledome and congratulated the Flames in their own special way during the encore of Carmina Burana.
Did you ever think in your life you’d hear the names of Deryk Engelland, Josh Jooris or Brandon Bollig during a performance of O Fortuna ?
Aside from showing some city pride, a number of the Philharmonic’s musicians and staff are big hockey fans, even competing in an annual playoff pool where Lord Stanley’s Nacho Platter has been handed out every postseason since 1989.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Like spoiled milk, moldy cheese and that Russian dressing that’s been on the fridge door since the Bush administration, Ken Hitchcock has an expiration date.
His first head-coaching job in the NHL remains his longest tenured one: Seven years with the Dallas Stars, 503 games, with a Stanley Cup and two Western Conference titles.
Then came four years and 254 games with the Philadelphia Flyers before being fired in 2006. Then came four years and 284 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets before parting ways in 2010.
He’s coached the St. Louis Blues for four seasons and 281 games.
Look, there’s no denying the effect Hitchcock had on this franchise. His systematic structure produced four straight playoff years – Year 1 had him taking over for Davis Payne after 13 games – with the Blues twice finishing first and twice finishing second.
But their six-game bow to the Minnesota Wild is the third straight season that they’re out on their asses in the first round. This year’s loss came at the expense of the best roster, on paper, that GM Doug Armstrong has given his coach. And it wasn’t against the Kings or the Blackhawks. It was against a team they should have beaten.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)
The big complaint about these playoffs is that a lot of penalties are going uncalled, and how much that's affecting play.
Anecdotally, this is happening a lot. Guys get taken out of the play, or even slowed up, by a hook or obstruction in the neutral zone, and what should have been a 3-on-2 that might have resulted in a scoring chance all of a sudden becomes a 2-on-2 that very much doesn't.
Now, what isn't mentioned when people complain about this stuff is that this is part of a larger trend that's been going on for a while now.