- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 mins 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 f 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 Daddy19 mins 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 Daddy1 hr 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 Daddy2 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 Daddy3 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 Daddy10 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.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
It’s always a scary scene: an errant, deflected puck flies in the air and into the face of an NHL player. He grabs his head, bends over in panic, and we all worry about the damage done.
Rarely does it end up being a comical situation. But then again, rarely does the player hit by the puck end up wearing it like an eye patch. Arrrrrrrrgh!
Patrik Nemeth of the Dallas Stars was skating back into his own zone Monday night when Calgary Flames forward Jiri Hudler’s dump-in missed its mark and hit Nemeth in the face. In a one-in-a-million freak of hockey physics, the puck became wedged under his visor over his left eye.
It eventually dropped out and Nemeth had a laugh about it, so we can all have a laugh about it too.
And here we thought Captain Hook was the ultimate hockey pirate ...
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Sometimes you see a penalty during an NHL game and you’re positive, in the moment, that the penalty you just saw will result in a major and/or a game misconduct.
In real time, that was the reaction we had to seeing Brett Ritchie of the Dallas Stars go high on Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames on Monday night.
And yet … it was a minor penalty for high-sticking.
Maybe we have it all wrong. The Dallas Stars intermission analysts seemed to believe so. They said Ritchie was trying to protect himself on the play … by connecting with Monahan’s head with either his forearm or the butt-end of his stick.
Which is nuts. Freeze the video at around 38 seconds: The puck is away, and Ritchie literally has his stick extended towards the head of Monahan.
Maybe the NHL will have a say about this after the game. But this play appeared to cross the line from self-defense, if that's what it was, to predatory.Mon, Mar 30Calgary5 - 3DallasGame Recap
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Congratulations Las Vegas and prospective NHL owner Bill Foley. You have exceeded the magic 10,000 ticket deposit threshold according to ESPN.com, which is a major step towards getting an NHL franchise. Woohoo!
So now what?
Well, keep getting deposits of course ... this is Vegas, and what would be more Vegas than continuing to try to take people's money in games of minimal chance of winning? Just kidding, well not really.
The group will continue to take down payments on season tickets from individuals even as they move into discussions with these larger entities, many of whom have already reached out to Foley and his group, he said. It's possible that along with the sale of suites, which are at about 750 seats, the ownership group that includes Foley and the Maloof family, former owners of the Palms casino and resort in Las Vegas and the NBA's Sacramento Kings, could top the 13,000 mark for season ticket deposits.
So, they’ll keep doing just that. According to the piece, Foley’s investors have already talked about a lease with a new $350 million arena on the strip that seats 17,300.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
It’s quite the common refrain you hear this time of year in the NHL.
(Read following generic cliché with Canadian broadcaster accent please)
“This is so the team you don’t want to face in the playoffs if they get in”
Generally, this has been used when discussing the Los Angeles Kings and their playoff chances. The defending champs are the late bloomer nobody wants a piece of.
Is this because they’ve won two of the last three Stanley Cups? Is it because they have ‘the goaltender nobody wants to face’ In Jonathan Quick? There’s actually a lot of factors.
There are a few teams that could win in the first round over teams with a higher seed, and we wouldn’t in any way be surprised. So Nashville, St. Louis, Anaheim … or maybe even Montreal or the Rangers, you could be screwed by playing awesome the whole year and having a crummy match up in April.
We take a look at the top playoff bubble teams and why they could be a load for some of the top seeds in the upcoming postseason.
1. Los Angeles Kings (88 points, one point out of Pacific 3)