- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy42 mins ago
It’s been nearly two weeks since Zdeno Chara was listed as “day-to-day” with an upper-body injury by the Boston Bruins. That injury will now keep him out of Thursday night’s opener against the Winnipeg Jets.
"I'm OK to be smart about it," Chara said , via Joe MacDonald of ESPN Boston. "Obviously I want to play as soon as I can, but at the same time it's Game 1 and know that it's [not] less important than any other game, but at this time, I want to continue to have progress and keep going forward with it instead of having setbacks.”
Chara suffered the injury on Sept. 24 and has been practicing with the Bruins. He was even a part of their morning skate on Thursday. There’s no timetable for his return, and head coach Claude Julien was hopeful the captain would be back for Saturday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.Thu, Oct 87:00 PM EDTWinnipeg at BostonPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy59 mins ago
Boy, that Dustin Brown hit against Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks on opening night was something, wasn’t it?
It was like he was shot out of a cannon: a head-first King missile, launching into Couture’s upper body, cutting the Sharks forward’s face. It was a brutal hit, the kind you look at and immediately recognize as the sort of thing you don’t want to see in the NHL.
But what rule, exactly, did it break?
That was the conundrum for the NHL Department of Player Safety, which reviewed the hit after the game but opted not to have a suspension hearing for the Los Angeles Kings captain.
Forget the fact he wasn’t penalized on the ice; the Department of Player Safety exists, partially, to hand out punishments for calls that aren’t. The issue is that the play itself doesn’t necessarily fall into any category the NHL uses for supplemental discipline.
- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
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Usually when I do this column I run through some of the hot and cold streaks from around the league. But of course we're just one day in, so I'm going to do what I did here last year at this time. I'll dig up some players who are have a absurdly low draft percentage. Last year I offered up Nikita Kucherov (who at the time was a ridiculous 6% owned) , and we all know how that turned out.
But first, another thing I liked from the column a year ago. I posted a list of the players with the most "hits" for the preseason. It was insightful so I'll do it again (data via Frozen Pool - run any preseason report you want right here):
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
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LOS ANGELES – Milan Lucic thought Logan Couture’s submarine hit on him in the final minute of the San Jose Sharks' 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings was a dirty play – one that could have merited an injury. So Lucic was perplexed as to why he received a match penalty for going after Couture following the hit.
“Just a low hit. I didn’t like it so I reacted to it,” Lucic said. “I don’t know why I got a match penalty. I didn’t cross any line. Obviously I deserved a penalty but I don’t know why it was called a match penalty. At the end of the day, I don’t care who it is on the other side, you’re going to hit someone like that, you could easily injure someone. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, definitely going to react to it. “
By getting a match penalty, Lucic is automatically suspended the next game pending an NHL review.
Per the NHL rulebook:
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
When will the NHL and the Chicago Blackhawks get it ?
The Blackhawks raised the championship banner, as they are allowed to do, but the occasion felt hollow to many in the wake of the Patrick Kane rape allegations. The feeling of hollowness transitioned to one of rage and disgust as Kane proceeded to participate in the hooking the banner to the scaffolding to raise it to the rafters.
Both the league and the team failed to take the lead in order to show they care about violence against women by doing something as small as acknowledging the growing trend among their ranks. Instead they stuck their heads in the sand as they 'respect the process of the investigation.'
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
The newly minted Sharks captain scored a power-play goal to give the Sharks the lead, assisted on Brent Burns’ second-period goal and picked up another helper on Joonas Donskoi’s third-period tally in the Sharks’ 5-1 rout of the Los Angeles Kings. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Brent Burns and Joe Thornton had a two-point nights in Peter DeBoer's debut as coach.
No. 2 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
The reigning MVP and Vezina winner made 36 saves as the Canadiens ruined Mike Babcock’s debut with a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Max Pacioretty scored two goals and P.K. Subban had three assists.
No. 3 Star: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists as the Canucks hung 44 shots and five goals on Karri Ramo in a 5-1 victory.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
The ovation for Patrick Kane was loud and, by this point, expected. His unhindered promotion by the Chicago Blackhawks – taking part in their red carpet entrance on Madison, playing a role in the team’s Stanley Cup championship banner raising – was in keeping with the team’s increasingly brazen response to the swirl of outrage around their star, who is still under investigation (but not charged) for sexual assault in Western New York as the NHL season begins.
No matter how voluminous the social media protests, no matter how many Blackhawks fans were questioning their fandom or outright walking away from it, the United Center was Patrick Kane’s protective bubble.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
LOS ANGELES – Dustin Brown appears to be back in prime big-hitting form.
The Los Angeles Kings captain slammed San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture hard in the first period of their season-opening game on Wednesday.
Brown looked like an football player with how he got in a crouch and exploded into Couture. From the above angle, it’s unclear how high he hit Couture or if he led with his helmet.
“He launched his head into my face, so…” Couture said when asked if Brown's helmet made contact with Couture's face.
Couture suffered a cut on his nose, which could have come from his own visor, not Brown's helmet. He did not leave the game. Brown was also not penalized.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
The Calgary Flames eliminated the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season in six games, with goalie Karri Ramo getting the win in relief of Jonas Hiller.
Ramo got the opening night start for the Flames against the Canucks, and midway through the first period on Wednesday night he got the better of the Sedin Twins with a spectacular save.
Henrik Sedin skated in on a two-on-one after a Flames turnover, his brother rocketing down the wing. He floated a pass to Daniel Sedin’s stick, and it looked like another bit of twin magic from the Sedins.
Instead, Ramo executed a spinning windmill save with his blocker, knocking the puck over the glass as the Sedins were stunned.
Alas, Ramo would give up two goals to the Canucks in the first period. But that save sure was something. Save of the year candidate, for sure. You know, one game into the season.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
The NHL finally instituteda coach’s challenge this season, granting bench bosses a way to appeal blown goalie interference and offside calls that lead to a goal – as long as they have a timeout.
At 6:35 of the second period on Wednesday night, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock hadn’t used his timeout. So when Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens crashed goalie Jonathan Bernier prior to defenseman Jeff Petry putting the puck in the net, Babcock decided to test the system for the first time in the regular season on opening night.
He called over referee Frederick L'Ecuyer, indicated that he wanted a coach’s challenge, and that set the wheels in motion. L'Ecuyer and referee Dan O’Rourke picked up a small video tablet and began reviewing the play between the penalty boxes.