- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
No. 1 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
At this point, it’s Sidney Crosby’s world, and we’re all living in it. Sid had a four-point night in the Penguins’ 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, with two goals and two assists. That’s seven straight games with a goal, and points in 11 straight games (12 goals, 10 assists). Crosby is now fifth in the NHL in scoring, and six points away from Jamie Benn for second in scoring. Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves.
No. 2 Star: Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
Mrazek made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, as the Red Wings defeated the Florida Panthers, 3-0. Tomas Tatar and Pavel Datsyuk (2 goals) had the offense for Detroit.
No. 3 Star: Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators
Stone scored a goal for the fourth straight game, tallying twice in the second period to power the Senators to a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. He also assisted on Zack Smith’s opening goal.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Heading into the Florida Panthers’ game at the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night, Aleksander Barkov had goals in each of his last four games.
He didn’t score against the Red Wings, because his night ended nearly midway through the second period.
Barkov collected the puck near his own net, and tried to send it up the boards. He was a bit crouched, a bit off-balance. Abdelkader met him with a hard hit that appeared to make principle contact with Barkov’s shoulder or chest before his head.
The Panthers forward dropped to the ice, before skating back to the bench. He didn’t see the ice after that hit, playing just 8:58 for the game.
Florida announced he was out with an “upper body injury.”
Hopefully this was just a precaution, as Barkov is having a heck of a season for the Panthers.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Martin Brodeur has officially been bronzed an immortalized.
The New Jersey Devils unveiled a statue of the legendary goaltender at a ceremony in the Prudential Center on Monday.
The statue, which was designed by Jon Krawczyk, will rest outside the Prudential Center in Championship Plaza. Brodeur is set to have his No. 30 retired on Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers.
“When they brought it up, I was shocked,” Brodeur said in New York Times story. “I never expected a statue like that, to be standing outside ... forever.”
Joked Brodeur at the ceremony, “It’s, a lot more fit than me now.”
Here's a better look pic.twitter.com/jFaAuXnBtT
Brodeur is the NHL’s all-time leader in wins with 691 and shutouts with 125. He won three Stanley Cups and four Vezina Trophies with the Devils. He is considered the greatest player in franchise history and one of the top goaltenders in NHL history.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
- Chris Johnston of Sportsnet joins us to talk about the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens, the NHL trade deadline and the World Cup of Hockey.
- Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy talks about his hatred of football, Stanley Cup commercials, the Wayne Simmonds incident and much, much more.
- Stanley Cup vs. Lombardi Trophy.
- National Anthem debates.
- News and notes from around the NHL.
The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]Tue, Feb 97:30 PM ESTTampa Bay at MontrealPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Bill Foley, the billionaire behind the Las Vegas NHL expansion bid, is “9.5 out of 10” confident that the League will award him a franchise.
He thinks that the state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena, opening in April, is enough to earn a team. He thinks 14,000 season-ticket “deposits and commitments” are enough, with the upper bowl of the Vegas arena sold out. He thinks having sold out all but one of his luxury boxes in the arena is enough.
So he’s watching and waiting. “They’re doing their job. They’re doing their process,” he said of the NHL, in an interview with NBC 3 in Las Vegas this week. “I don’t talk to the owners. I’m in a quiet time. It’s like a public offering: I’m trying to be patient.”
That said, Foley isn’t quiet about one aspect of the timeline: He’d like an answer by June if this team is going to debut in the 2017-18 season.
Why June? For one reason, that’s the earliest he can start looking for a hockey operations staff. “We really can’t talk to potential GMs or coaches or scouting staff [in season],” he said.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Winnipeg Jets forward Drew Stafford was suspended one game by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for high-sticking Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nick Holden in a Saturday game.
The play occurred at the 15:15 mark of the second period.
“As the whistle blows, Stafford recklessly spins around with his stick extended, driving his stick forcefully into Holden’s face,” said the Department of Player Safety in the above video. “While accept Stafford's assertion that he did not intentionally strike Holden in the face, he is responsible for the consequences of swinging his stick in such a forceful and reckless fashion.”
Holden was cut on the play, but did return. Below is a photo of Holden after he came back.
Stafford was given a four-minute double-minor for high-sticking. He also scored two goals and added an assist for his third three-point game of the season in Winnipeg’s 4-2 win over the Avalanche. Holden also received a hooking penalty on the play.
Stafford had never been suspended or fined in his 638 game NHL career. He has 16 goals, 12 assists and 18 penalty minutes in 49 games played.Tue, Feb 99:00 PM ESTVancouver at ColoradoPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Once it became apparent that the Winnipeg Jets were dead-set on signing defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to an extension, the only question was one of term.
The Jets and Byfuglien answered that question on Monday in announcing his new contract: $38 million, with a $7.6-million cap hit, over five years.
“This was something between ourselves and Dustin’s representative that we could feel comfortable with,” said GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.
What a win for the Jets.
“I’ve been here five years. From where started and where we’re at now, I don’t feel like we’re that far off,” said Byfuglien, via Illegal Curve.
Reports were that Byfuglien was asking for $55 million over eight years, which led to visions of an immobile 37-year-old Dustin Byfuglien with a $6.875 million cap dragging down the Jets like a rusty anchor.Tue, Feb 98:00 PM ESTWinnipeg at St. LouisPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Youth hockey should be all about the fun of playing the game, not what it says on the scoreboard.
For the North Olmsted Squirt 3 team of the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League, it didn’t matter that they were losing 7-0 to Strongsville in a game last month. While they were lined up for a face-off a brief delay saw the rink DJ put on some Silento to pass the time, so the kids decided to tell the crowd to watch them whip and watch them nae nae.
We applaud these little kids for the making the most out of the brief delay before the face-off. It’s certainly a much better way to kill time than checking the tape on your stick, doing a couple of twirls on the ice or standing around in your posititon letting your muscles get cold.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was placed on injured reserve Monday after suffering a right knee injury Saturday in a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild.
The Blues said Pietrangelo will be re-evaluated in three weeks. The all-situation blueliner ranks fourth in the NHL, averaging 26:40 of ice-time per-game. He’s had a bit of a down year, with 23 points and three goals in 55 games. He’s also a minus-6 on the year.
Pietrangelo suffered the injury in a knee-on-knee collision with Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle. A video of the play is above. Coyle did not receive a penalty.
The 26-year-old Pietrangelo has twice been a second-team NHL All-Star. In 2011-12, he finished fourth in Norris Trophy voting. In 2013-14 he finished fifth in Norris voting.
According to War-on-Ice, Pietrangelo has a minus-1.72 CF Rel% 5-on-5, meaning the Blues possess the puck more when he’s not on the ice. His CF% is 50.40 while 5-on-5, meaning the team holds onto the puck more than their opponent when he plays.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 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 .
• Zach Boychuk opining on Super Bowl halftime fashion. [Zach Boychuk]
• Winnipeg Jets forward Drew Stafford will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Monday. Stafford high sticked Nick Holden of the Colorado Avalanche. [NHL]
• Some of the biggest names in the NHL explain why the Washington Capitals are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. [Washington Post]