- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The word is "ouch."
No. 1 Star: James Neal, Nashville Predators
Looks like James Neal is doing just fine without Evgeni Malkin as his center. The winger had a hat trick against the Chicago Blackhawks, giving the Predators all three of their goals in their 3-2 win. He now has five on the season. Pekka Rinne made 32 saves in the win.
No. 2 Star: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Quick posted his 33rd career shutout to earn the Kings’ franchise record over Rogie Vachon, as L.A. shut out the Buffalo Sabres, 2-0. Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar had the goals.
No. 3 Star: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
The captain was awesome in the third period: Scoring his third of the season; working hard to set up Pavel Datsyuk, who set up Niklas Kronwall for the game-tying goal; and forcing a turnover that led to Justin Abdelkader's game-winner against the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Boston Bruins star defenseman Zdeno Chara left their 3-2 loss vs. the New York Islanders during the first period with an injury, and the news isn't good.
Chara was evaluated at a local hospital after the game. Speculation is that Chara was injured on this hit against John Tavares of the Islanders:
As you can see, there was some knee-on-knee action there.
Chara threw another check on that shift against Kyle Okposo, but didn’t skate again during the period.
“When you lose your captain and your best defenseman, there’s no doubt it’s going to have an effect on your team. You’re going to lose guys during the season. It’s going to happen. How you react to it and how you respond to it is what’s important.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Ryan Miller faced the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night for the first time since his brief, underwhelming tenure there ended last season. And so, of course, he played outstanding in the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-1 victory over the Blues, including this incredible save against Jori Lehtera that led to a Nick Bonino goal the other way:
Miller made 31 saves in the win. Here's a bit longer highlight:
He was 10-8-1 for the Blues last season with a .903 save percentage, which dropped to .895 in their six-game loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. While the fans felt Miller’s time there was a bust, he enjoyed playing in St. Louis.Fri, Oct 246:00 PM PDTVancouver at ColoradoPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Blackhawks fans travel in large packs to opposing stadiums. It’s what happens when your team is fun, fast, entertaining and has won two Stanley Cups since 2010.
But for whatever reason, Hawks fans seem to travel exceptionally well to Nashville.
A lot has to do with proximity either by car – eight hour drive – or by air – 50 minute flight. It also helps that Southwest Airlines has an incredible amount of direct flights from Midway Airport to Nashville.
Last season the Predators tried a campaign to ‘Keep the Red Out’ where if you bought a ticket to a Predators/Blackhawks game, you had to buy one for a non-Predators/Blackhawks game later in the year.
The deal was in some ways a success, because two of the three games were sellouts, though Hawks fans still dominated the crowds.
Most of Thursday, the Predators official team Twitter had been informing fans about how to get rid of their red outfits for the evening's game between the two teams.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
For a family of four, the price of attending an NHL game rose by 4.7 percent from last season, according to the latest Team Marketing Report analysis of the League.
TMR released its new Fan Cost Index for 2014-15 on Thursday, and found that a theoretical family of four would spend $363.58 on average to attend a game.
(At this point, we make the annual acknowledgement that the Fan Cost Index is built on the most gluttonous, materialistic family in the known universe: The FCI comprises the price of four general -- not including premium seats -- season tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-sized hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two adult-sized caps.)
The Toronto Maple Leafs, as they do every year, lead the FCI at $572.58, which is up 1.9 percent. The Boston Bruins were second at $509.80, and Jeremy Jacobs has apparently decided to pass the lockout savings on to the fans by increasing their FCI by 14.8 percent.
They’re followed by the New York Rangers ($479.48), Chicago Blackhawks ($463.20), Vancouver Canucks ($456.35), Montreal Canadiens ($413.04) and Winnipeg Jets ($411.94).
- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.
Most teams are about six or seven games into the season and poolies are starting to get antsy about their goaltenders. But let's not forget that on October 31, 2013 Henrik Lundqvist was 3-5-0 with a 0.908 SV%. And Jonathan Quick was 8-4-0, which was pretty good but in fantasy his 0.903 SV% wasn't quite as rewarding. Here are some struggling netminders - and how you should play them…Fri, Oct 246:30 PM PDTCarolina at EdmontonPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
NASHVILLE – Sometimes it’s hard to believe Chicago’s Patrick Kane is just 25 years old just by his list of his on-ice accomplishments.
He’s scored a Stanley Cup winning goal – in overtime no less. He has won a Conn Smythe Trophy. Oh yeah, and he’s a millionaire – his next contract signed this summer and kicking in next year will pay him $84 million over eight seasons, starting in 2015-16.
Still there is a sense of youth with Kane. He sometimes seems cursed to always at very least look his age, or younger – who could forget his Abe Lincoln beard from the 2013 playoffs.
And there is that stigma of immaturity that always haunts him.
Anyway, we had a chance to sit down with Kane before Chicago’s Thursday’s game against Nashville – oddly the last two teams in the Western Conference yet to lose in regulation.
Q: Now that (former Flyers) defenseman Chris Pronger is working for the NHL, do you think you will get your Stanley Cup puck back? (Kane’s winner in Game 6 of the 2010 Cup Final against Philly has never been found. It has been surmised that Pronger is the one who stole it).
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
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• Great read from Chris Johnston about a Canadian making the drive to Pittsburgh Wednesday night to hear ‘O Canada’ in light of the events in Ottawa on Wednesday. [Sportsnet]
• The NHL has rescheduled the postponed Maple Leafs-Senators game for Sunday, Nov. 9. [NHL]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
Sportsnet has a debate segment on its NHL coverage called “To The Point”in which Nick Kypreos and Glenn Healy argue different perspectives on hockey’s most pressing issues. Or if they run out of them, “Is Alex Ovechkin coachable?”
That was the topic on Wednesday night* during the Washington Capitals’ game at the Edmonton Oilers, one of the few games this season in which Ovechkin went scoreless.
Kypreos took the “I believe in Ovie” side, although he said Ovechkin is “not the sharpest knife in the drawer” and said it’s “his last chance to prove he’s not a coach killer.” Which sounds really ominous, until you consider that it doesn’t really mean anything except that he’ll get another coach or two or 10 before his contract runs out.
Healy attempted to make that point, although it was like giving a filet mignon to a hot dog vendor to cook. Here’s Healy on Ovechkin’s coachability:
“He is NOT coachable. Here’s the number that matters to me: $124 million that goes to 2021. The only one that’s got a longer deal than that is Rogers, OK?