- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy29 mins ago
Drew Miller is a lucky, lucky man. The Detroit Red Wings forward stepped onto the Joe Louis Arena ice Wednesday morning sporting a cage, hiding the nastiness that lie underneath.
Tuesday night against Ottawa, Miller took a Mark Stone skate to the face and needed 50-60 stitches to close up the gash.
Here’s what Miller looked like Wednesday morning:
Miller, who wears a visor, said the contact was so hard that he initially felt like he’d lost his eye. Somehow, there’s a chance he’ll be back in the Detroit lineup Thursday night against the Boston Bruins. He still, however, needs to be cleared by doctors, and added that his vision is fine.
If you think Miller wanting to play two days after this freak incident is crazy, in true hockey player fashion, he actuallywanted to return for the third period against the Senators.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
It's an April 1 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: Bobby Holik on the NHL!
• Milan Lucic makes waves.
• The Hockey Hall of Fame class and long speeches.
• Hockey News and Views
Question of the Day: Who is the person who most belongs in the HHOF of the 2011 class? Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Winnipeg Jets rover Dustin Byfuglien will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. But the hearing will be via phone, which means he can’t receive more than a five-game suspension for the below brutal crosscheck of Rangers forward J.T. Miller in Tuesday night's loss to New York. DoPS did not offer Byfuglien an in-person hearing.
This is perfect (or not) for the Jets, since if it ends up being four games for Byfuglien, he’ll return right on schedule for Winnipeg’s playoff showdown with the Calgary Flames in the final game of the season. Or if it’s five games, Byfuglien is done for the rest of the regular season and has to watch his teammates try to make the playoffs without him.Tue, Mar 31NY Rangers3 - 2WinnipegGame Recap
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
[Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn't tell you anything you didn't know. Who's hot, who's not, who cares? For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.]
6. The draft lottery
The hockey world at large is having a bit of a panic about this whole “tanking” thing — hell, the league might hide the draft lottery in an intermission on the first day of the playoffs to save everyone from the... uh, embarrassment I guess? — and now that the season is drawing to a close we're facing down the very real possibility of two teams finishing the season with fewer than 60 points, which seems insane. It would be the first time since the 2005-06 season that such a thing happened.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 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.
Well that wasfun for about a minute.
The Boston Bruins rallied with two goals in the third period to defeat the Florida Panthers, 3-2, as Milan Lucic had a goal and an assist. The Panthers’ tragic number drops to four, while the Bruins moved three points up on the Ottawa Senators, who defeated the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout in the Hamburglar’s return.
Seriously, 15-1-1 for Hammond. We don’t care if he only faced 17 shots. That’s crazy good.
Meanwhile in the West … the Winnipeg Jets were defeated by the New York Rangers in regulation, 3-2, which is problematic on a couple of fronts.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
The Florida Panthers didn’t really ‘need’ a win to stay within the realm of playoff possibilities in the Eastern Conference. With a loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, the Panthers still technically have a chance to make the playoffs. But it’s not looking good following a 3-2 regulation loss to Boston.
With 1:09 left in the third period Bruins forward Milan Lucic fired the laser … err wrister past Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, which prevented Florida (which came into the game four points back of Boston with six games left) from gaining any sort of ground or limiting losses with a possible overtime or shootout defeat.
Said captain Willie Mitchell to the Miami Herald:
“We needed a win. That was it,” Willie Mitchell said in soft, reserved tones.
“On to the next one, you know? We’ll be playing our tails off doing everything we can to put points on the board. That’s all we can control. On to the next one.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
No. 1. Star: Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins
In big games, your top players need to come up with the big plays. Lucic scored a goal and added an assist in a crucial 3-2 regulation win over Florida. The game-winner came with 1:09 left in the game. The victory essentially eliminated the Panthers from playoff contention, and kept the Bruins three points clear of Ottawa (who also won) for the final playoff spot.
No. 2. Star: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
The Caps’ sniper picked up his 50th goal in a season for the sixth time in his career. He also added an assist for good measure in a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Caps’ plus-37 goal differential ranks third in the Eastern Conference.
No. 3 Star: Nick Bonino, Vancouver Canucks
Notched two assists in a big 5-4 shootout win over the Nashville Predators. Bonino also played 19:05 in the contest. The victory further cemented Vancouver’s playoff status – seven points clear of Los Angeles, which is the final team out of the postseason.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
For at least a little while, it seemed like the Vancouver Canucks had changed their diving and ‘cheap shotting’ ways. This wasn’t the same type of group many despised, like the squad that lost to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final in 2011 and the LA Kings Twitter feed trolled in 2012.
But at least for one night, against the Nashville Predators in a 5-4 shootout win, the Canucks morphed back into that type of team in a few plays.
First, we take a look at Alex Burrows’ hit on Predators forward Paul Gaustad. (S/t Steph as always)
i really don't know what happened. i think it's just shoulder contact, but holding his face for no reason is absurd pic.twitter.com/0WMdT1rWTSThu, Apr 28:30 PM EDTVancouver at ChicagoPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Dustin Byfuglien, why in the world did you crosscheck Rangers forward J.T. Miller in the head? We know you’re a bit of a bully,but that’s just plain wrong.
Check out the video from New York's 3-2 regulation win over the Jets:
The grainy Zapruder-like eyeball test indicates that there should be supplemental discipline on the play. I mean, he crosschecked the dude in the back of the neck/head area. Why? Brain fart? Who knows. Miller did stay in the game.
After the game, New York coach Alain Vigneault said the following per Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun:
“Violent,deliberate. Could have broken his neck. It was one of the most vicious cross-checks I've seen this year."
And especially with the Jets in the middle of a playoff race that’s likely going to come right down to the wire. Not a smart play by Byfuglien, at all …
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Detroit forward Drew Miller, who wears a visor, took a skate from Ottawa’s Mark Stone. The play looked completely accidental as Stone was falling down when it happened. The photo of Miller (s/t @redwingsmemes) is above. Wow, that was incredibly close.
Anyway, here is the video:
From coach Mike Babcock after the game
Babcock said He doesn't know if Miller will be ready Thursday but expects to have more hands on deck.
Here is an update on Miller from our own Nick Cotsonika after the play:
Miller suffered two deep lacerations around his right eye, but apparently no damage to the eye itself.
Miller suffered two deep lacerations around his right team but no eye damage, the team said.
Skate injuries are awful, but thankfully it seems as if Miller will be OK. Yet another one of those 'could have been worse' type plays. Amazing at how close that was per the picture.