- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy19 mins ago
NEW YORK – Janine Weber was recently speaking with some 12-year-old girls, and had a question for them: What do you want to be when you grow up?
After a few expected answers, one of them told her, proudly: “I want to be a hockey player.”
Weber smiled. “I think it’s pretty cool that now they can be professional hockey players.”
A native of Austria who attended Providence College, Weber was the first free agent to sign with the four-team National Women’s Hockey League, one of two professional women’s leagues in North America. Her team, the New York Riveters, opens its inaugural season on Sunday in Stamford, Conn., against the Connecticut Whale.
(The afternoon game at Chelsea Pier, CT, is sold out; there are tickets available for the Buffalo Beauts’ debut against the Boston Pride at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11 at HarborCenter. Manon Rheaume, the first woman to appear in an NHL exhibition game, will drop the first puck.)
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The New Jersey Devils needed a captain, so they put the ‘C’ on a defenseman, which is their wont.
Andy Greene was named the 11th captain in team history, replacing defenseman Bryce Salvador and following in the tradition of defensemen Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer and Bruce Driver.
The team actually had a stretch of six years with captains at the forward spot – Patrik Elias, followed by Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise – but this makes two in a row on the back end.
Why Greene? Well, he’s signed through 2020 for one, with a no-trade clause. He’s a career Devil, for another. But he’s also the team’s oldest player (32) among its defensemen, which is the most promising area of the lineup. You could do a lot worse than having Greene as the role model for Adam Larsson, Eric Gelinas, Jon Merrill and Damon Severson, as he’s been during the start of their careers.
Since they’re all youngin’s on the blueline, the Devils named forwards Elias, Travis Zajac, Mike Cammalleri, Adam Henrique and Auston Matthews as their alternates. Ha, just kidding, Auston Matthews isn't a Devil until next season ...Fri, Oct 97:00 PM EDTWinnipeg at New JerseyPreview Game
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
A little while back I wrote a column saying that goaltending controversies are almost always overblown by the media and that, in reality, teams usually ought to have a pretty good idea of which of their goalies is the best.
One team that is quite notably going through a goaltending controversy right now, entirely because they put themselves in this position, is the Calgary Flames.
This is a club with a lot of evidence as to which of their goaltenders gives them the best chance to win every night, and unlike most goaltending controversies, this isn't some ginned-up story to fill column inches: By all appearances, they legitimately just don't know which of their three (three? Three.) goalies to play.
First and foremost, they have Jonas Hiller, a long-time NHL starter who is self-evidently at least average and sometimes a little above that. He's in the final season of a two-year deal that pays him $4.5 million against the cap. He is the guy they should be playing most of the time because he is the one with the best career stats by far. In general, you want your goalie to be the one that's clearly good rather than the one that is more of a mystery.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The connections between professional hockey and hip-hop are well established.
There was that time Snoop Dogg hung with commissioner Gary Bettman at an Anaheim Ducks game. There was that time Kris Kross wore New Jersey Devils jerseys in the “Jump Jump” video (backwards, of course, because they were totally Krossed out). There was Lil Jon, Thrashers fan. (RIP ... the team, not Lil Jon.) There was that time Alex Ovechkin was name-checked in a rap and performed a rap himself. There was … hmmm … give us a moment … uh … Drake?
So it should come as no surprise that the connection grows forever stronger, as the Buffalo Sabres have turned to an old school rap classic as their goal song this season.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Antti Niemi, Dallas Stars
The storyline heading into Dallas' game against the Pittsburgh Penguins was the new super duo of Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby. Niemi crushed that narrative with a beautiful 34-save performance in his first game with the Stars. Dallas defeated the Penguins 3-0. Niemi also had two assists – meaning he was the first player in NHL history to record two assists and a shutout in the same game.
No. 2 Star: Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
The Wild forward fired a hat trick to help the Wild come from deficits of 3-0 and 4-1 to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-4. Two of Parise’s goals came in the third period.
No. 3 Star: Alexander Burmistrov, Winnipeg Jets
The former Atlanta Thrashers first-round pick made quite the return from his sabbatical to the Kontinental Hockey League. Burmistrov scored a goal (empty-netter), added an assist and was a plus-4 in the Jets’ 6-2 drubbing over the Boston Bruins.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Right before his NHL debut against the St. Louis Blues Connor McDavid couldn’t escape the television camera.
During the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “O Canada,” the Edmonton Oilers television feed was fixed on the 2015 No. 1 overall pick in the NHL Draft as he stood on the bench.
He tried to stare stoically, but looked like he was full of nervous energy. An NHL debut is a scary time for most prospects. For the 18-year-old McDavid, considered the best NHL prospect in the last 10 years, it was the culmination of almost a lifetime’s worth of hype.
"There was a lot of attention on (the game); glad it's over. As the game went on, I felt better about it. Had a couple of chances," McDavid said via NHL.com
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
It took just 2:17 for the first NHL 3-on-3 overtime to end with a victory. Defenseman Jason Garrison scored on a breakaway for the Tampa Bay Lightning to give them a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Yes, Jason Garrison – a defenseman known for howitzer one-timers from the blueline rather than blazing speed scored the game-winner on a breakaway. Hence the glory of 3-on-3.
The OT was fast and furious, back-and-forth and even included a penalty shot by Flyers forward Scott Laughton.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Jack Eichel has scored an NHL goal.
The Buffalo Sabres 2015 first-round draft pick made his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. It took him over two periods to get on the scoresheet, but when he did looked like it was quite the scene at the First Niagara Center.
On the power play, Eichel took a puck from Marcus Foligno just below the circle and fired a shot past Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson. After the goal he celebrated with a double fist pump, and the introduction of "Let me Clear my Throat" by D.J. Koolas the team's new goal song. The goal was scored at the 9:11 mark of the third.
Said Eichel via Buffalo Hockey Beat, which also painted the raucous atmosphere:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
One of the Buffalo Sabres big summer acquisitions was hurt in the team’s season opener.
Goaltender Robin Lehner dropped down to his knees, anticipating a shot on goal in the second period of their game against the Ottawa Senators. Except he had trouble getting up.
At the start of the third period, the Sabres announced Lehner would not return with a "lower body injury."
The play where Lehner was hurt looked quite innocent, but sometimes with goaltenders, muscle pulls or other problems can happen on the easiest looking plays. Lehner finished the game stopping 11 of 12 Ottawa Senators shots on goal in 27:30 of action. He allowed a goal 30 seconds into the game by Ottawa forward Kyle Turris.
According to NHL.com's Joe Yerdon, Lehner left First Niagara Center in a walking boot.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
By Sasha Yodashkin RotoWire Hockey Writer
Thursday's seven-game Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey slate features the 2015-16 debuts of a few serious Stanley Cup hopefuls, and is noteworthy for a number of matchups that seem lopsided on paper. That said, it's a new season so anything can happen!
Finding early season value plays can be tricky due to the potential fluidity of players' roles, but there are more diamonds in the rough to be had at this stage, as some less-established players begin to embark on their breakout campaigns.