- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
NASHVILLE – There were apparently no extra fiery speeches from Predators coach Peter Laviolette or anything out of the norm in advance of Nashville’s Saturday 4-1 win over Philadelphia. Or at least that’s what his players said.
“I’m sure inside he wanted this one a little bit more but he’s pretty professional. I don’t think he was coming in making sure we did it for him,” forward Colin Wilson said. “I think he wanted the win no matter what. I’m sure it’s a little more special for him, but certainly not on the outside.”
On this evening of epic attempted trolling that included a bobblehead doll for Nashville captain Shea Weber (Yes ... against the very team that tried to sign him away from Nashville) and multiple Bridgestone Arena video montages explaining why all things Philadelphia were horrible, the former Flyers bench boss played it straight.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Derek Stepan, New York Rangers
His hat trick was the second straight game a Rangers player scored three goals – Rick Nash on Tuesday was the other. This scoring spree propelled New York to its eighth straight win, a 3-1 victory over New Jersey. It was New Jersey's first game with its new coaching arrangement
No. 2. Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
The Washington netminder silenced the likes of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby to pick up his second shutout in a week in a 3-0 blanking of the Penguins. In his last four games, Holtby has allowed just five goals. Holtby made 31 saves in the win.
No. 3 Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
The star winger has now picked up 10 points in his last five games after scoring two goals and adding an assist in a 5-2 win over Colorado.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Milan Lucic was embarrassed and upset when Dalton Prout ‘one-punched’ him on Nov. 21.
So Lucic did what any player who got his butt kicked in front of 15,000-plus people would do. He decided to get into another fight with the same dude -- and just three minutes into the second period of Boston's contest against Columbus
Below is the video of Lucic and Prout going at it ... again.
Clearly Lucic showed the world his jaw is indeed not made of glass. Good for him.
Said Prout to the Columbus Dispatch after the game:
“It’s obviously not the way you should start a fight,” Prout said. “You can never be too happy about getting jumped. Sometimes you get in those situations and you learn how to protect yourself. Sometimes you can jockey for position forever, or sometimes you take one to give one. I’ll take on one to give one.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
NASHVILLE – Claude Giroux said “I totally forgot about that” when he was asked about Shea Weber’s offer sheet situation with Philly over two years ago.
When he said it, the Flyers captain sounded so sincere. And then you listen to the audio … and whoa was that sarcastic.
“Obviously he’s a good player and any team he would be on … he’s a good player,” said Giroux in an extreme understatement. “He kills penalties, power plays, he’s a pretty physical player.”
The Weber mega offer sheet, when he signed a 14-year $110 million front-loaded deal with Philadelphia which Nashville matched, will always be part of the hulking defenseman’s NHL story. And while some Predators staffers have privately wished the story would go away, the team decided to push its troll job, with Weber’s own bobblehead night Saturday against Philadelphia.
“It really looks like me … not,” Weber laughed ... party on Webs! Nice Wayne's World reference.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention. In that case, Lou Lamoriello has historically been hockey’s Thomas Edison ... if Thomas Edison occasionally invented crap like Hair In A Can.
The New Jersey Devils general manager fired coach Peter DeBoer on Dec. 26; one day later, he revealed his short-term plan for replacing him: naming Adam Oates and Scott Stevens as the new Devils coaches.
Not head coaches, although one might ascend to that position next season. Just … coaches.
Oates will coach the forwards, Stevens and Tommy Albelin will coach the defensemen. Mike Foligno and Chris Terreri will remain with the coaching staff, while assistant coach Dave Barr walks out the door behind DeBoer.
Oh, and for the time being, Lamoriello himself will step behind the bench, for the third time. He coached 50 games in 2005-06 and then three more in 2007.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
(Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.)
We are often amazed by the creativity of puckheads when it comes to artistic expression of their favorite sport.
As always, Jersey Fouls is our ongoing exploration of the rules and etiquette for proper hockey jersey creation and exhibition. If you spot what you think may be a foul in your arena, email a photo to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in future installment.
Here are just some of the many Jersey Fouls that came across our desk this season. Thank you to all those who sent in pictures. Keep policing the arenas, fans!
This J-Foul from Xar Jhantial is a first for us: The Full Family Foul, in which everyone is not only in personalized sweaters but the personalization is personalized. Wowzer!
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
You’re Paul MacLean. You want to go to a better situation than you had in Ottawa. And you end up in New Jersey.
This feels like a face palm moment for all parties …
Newark is potentially the spot for the former Senators coach per
With teams set to resume play after the NHL's Christmas break, speculation among Devils players is that Paul MacLean will be introduced Saturday morning as the team's new coach.
Nothing like a Lou Lamoriello phone call to take MacLean
How did it go? Here is a fictional account:
Lou: “Hey Paul, how would you like to coach the super-tandem of Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr?”
Paul: “Sure” (Thinking it’s still 2002).
Regardless, if the recently fired Senators coach wants job security, this is a horrible position for him. As points out our own Greg Wyshynski ,
Cheap management? Poor roster? Sounds like 'Ottawa South.'
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
At this rate, Orebro goaltender Julius Hudacek is going to run out of ideas for post-win celebrations; so for the meantime, we’ll just sit back and enjoy his creative ways of expressing the joy of victory with fans.
After Friday’s 3-2 overtime win over Skelleftea, Hudacek got into the holiday spirit, tossing on a Santa Claus beard and hat, and then hopping on a “sleigh” while “Santa’s little helper,” Joonas Jalvanti, pulled him around the ice. He then went into his bag of gifts and tossed t-shirts to Orebro fans:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Just as a canine’s life is measured in “Dog Years,” a New Jersey Devils coach’s tenure is measured in “Lou Years.”
With 248 games in four seasons before his firing on Dec. 26, Pete DeBoer would roughly be around Abe Vigoda’s age in “Lou Years.” It’s the longest streak of consecutive games for any coach Lou Lamoriello has hired, second only to Jacques Lemaire in total games coached (thanks to return engagements in 2009 and 2010).
What’s amazing about DeBoer’s run is that he presided over the last gasp of success for the Brodeur Era Devils, the 2012 Eastern Conference championship, and then two straight non-playoff seasons, the first time that’s happened since Lamoriello took over the team in 1987. In "Lou Years," another coach might not have made it past last season. But DeBoer was given another crack at it, and lasted 36 games, going 12-17-7.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy1 day ago
A quick look at the standings in the Eastern Conference shows two things you probably wouldn't expect to see: The Bruins out of a playoff spot (still), and the Panthers rather close to one.
They're running Nos. 8 and 9 in the East at this moment, and it's been a bit of a joke for a while now that they've been flip-flopping back and forth, more or less constantly flirting with a playoff spot and occasionally seizing it. Right now, the Bruins are one point back of Washington with an extra game played, and the Panthers are two out with two games in hand. This is, to Bruins fans, a sign of the apocalypse; “How could they possibly be as bad as the Panthers?”
And no, certainly Boston shouldn't be this bad, but the question is really whether the Panthers should be this good.
“Good,” here is obviously a relative term.