- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
[Top 6: Storylines from the past weekend in women's hockey.]
1) Pure insanity in the Connecticut Whale and Buffalo Beauts game. In total, there were 13 goals scored. 7 of those goals came on the power play. And to top it all off, the game had a bunch of “firsts” for the league, including an ejection (Megan Bozek for slashing in the first) and everyone’s favorite – a shootout!
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
ANAHEIM – After he scored an empty-net goal in the Anaheim Ducks’ 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, Ryan Kesler lost the usual emotionless look on his face.
His eyes grew large, he cracked a bit of a smile and shook his head.
Kesler isn't one for large displays of on-ice emotion, but this would probably be considered his "relief" look. The Ducks forward had scored one goal in the prior 21 games. Like the rest of the team, he has slumped on offense, which has weighed heavily on him during the 2015-16 campaign.
“To be honest I hold myself to a high standard and … do I like that I only have one goal in 21 games? No. But I’m not going sit here and whine about it and be upset,” Kesler said the morning before the win. “It’s happened and there’s still a bunch of games left.”
As a lot of the Ducks have struggled to find their offensive footing, Kesler has been more immune to criticism than teammates Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Though he’s the team’s second-line center, he’s a high-end player and one of the guys the Ducks count on night-in, night-out to produce.Wed, Nov 259:00 PM ESTAnaheim at ArizonaPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
John Collins joined the NHL in 2006. Visualizing where the League was at that moment speaks volumes about where Collins would take it over the next nine years.
No billion-dollar contracts with Comcast and Rogers. No outdoor games, and their ancillary benefits. No deal with Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens proclaiming that they’d tapped out every local revenue stream they could find, desperately seeking national ones the NHL hadn’t located yet. The media chatting up the idea that the NHL, stumbling after its cancelled season, was primed to be surpassed by Major League Soccer in the American sports pecking order.
Hell, in the first Sports Business Journal awards that Collins attended with the NHL, the League didn’t just fail to garner a nomination – no one from the League, including Commissioner Gary Bettman, even presented an award.
But in 2011, Sports Business Journal named the NHL its “Sports League of the Year. In 2014, it did it again.
In 2006, the NHL was a $2 billion industry. As Collins leaves his position of chief operating officer of the League, resigning this month, the NHL is a $4 billion industry.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Are there issues with Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby and team owner Mario Lemieux?
Sirius XM’s Matthew Barnaby – a former Penguins player for parts of three seasons in his career – said that there are problems between Crosby, a two-time league MVP and Lemieux, a franchise icon, who co-owns the team with Ron Burkle.
Here is the full quote from Barnaby with Steve Kouleas on the air.
“But the more and more I looked into it, the more I found out, people with the same sentiments that there’s a big falling out between Mario (Lemieux) and (Sidney) Crosby. Now whether that pushes them to move him at some point? Whether he wants to move? That I don’t know, “ he said.
Barnaby was asked if the falling out has to do with Crosby’s contract, the coaching staff, losing, or not winning more than one Stanley Cup.LiveSt. Louis1 - 1PittsburghFollow Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
(There’s really no such thing as the “quarter pole” of the NHL season, but most teams have cleared their first 20 games. Here are the 10 most pleasant surprises of the season so far; we chronicled the unpleasant ones yesterday.)
10. The Devils Aren’t The Devils
So not only are they not tanking for Auston Matthews, they’re a contending team with a young roster, an aggressive offense and a strong reliance on analytics that’s kept them far from the cap ceiling. These are not Mr. Lamoriello’s Devils.
9. Twin Magic
Daniel Sedin, 35, has 23 points in 22 games, including 10 goals. Henrik Sedin – spoiler: also 35 – has 21 points in 22 games. They’ve combined for 15 points on the power play, where their Swedish sonar remains in full effect. Still a blast to watch.
8. San Jose Sharks LovefestWed, Nov 2510:00 PM ESTChicago at San JosePreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at email@example.com.
• Actual size of Adam Henrique bobblehead. Little known fact, Henrique is 6-inches tall. [@adamhenrique]
• Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin signed an extension keeping him with the team until the 2021-2022 season. [Canadiens]
• A practice rink for a future Las Vegas team is set to be built in Durango, NV, for $15-million, completely funded by Clark County. [The Sin Bin]LiveMontreal2 - 0NY RangersFollow Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The 24-year-old Ortio had played just four games this season and carried a 4.26 goal-against average and .868 save percentage. He hasn’t played since Oct. 30, and had mostly been backup to Karri Ramo, who had reclaimed his position on the NHL roster after also being placed on waivers earlier in the season.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
9. Making your product worse
Yesterday, the Big Ten Hockey Conference announced a rule change proposal that would limit the age at which you can be a freshman playing college hockey and keep all four years of eligibility to just 20 years old.
While that sounds reasonable on the surface, you have to understand that many college hockey players are 20- but often 21- and even 22-year old freshmen, simply because it's really hard to be impactful at this level as an 18- or 19-year old. You're playing against guys that are a lot more physically mature, so unless you're Jack Eichel or Dylan Larkin, you're not blowing anyone's doors off as a freshman.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
It's a new edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast, in which we discussed:
- Ray Shero, GM of the New Jersey Devils, discusses their surprising start, how they used analytics to build a thrifty roster and a hilarious story involving his Hall of Fame dad.
- Brendan Gallagher and the dangers of shot-blocking.
- Cocaine testing in the NHL.
- What we're thankful for in hockey.
- News and notes from around the NHL.
The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]LiveColumbus1 - 1New JerseyFollow Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim captain had a hand in all five of the Ducks’ goals in their 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames. Getzlaf recorded five assists for the first time since Oct. 2008, tying a franchise record.
No. 2 Star: Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Ottawa Senators
The size of the nets in Dallas were no problem Tuesday night as the Ottawa Senators downed the Stars 7-4 at American Airlines Center. Pageau led the offensive rush for the Senators scoring twice and assisting on another for his first multi-point game since Jan. 15. One of Pageau’s two third period goals came shorthanded to give him the NHL lead with three:
No. 3 Stars: Rickard Rakell / Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Rakell and Perry each scored twice in the Ducks win, thanks in part to Getzlaf assists.
Honorable Mention: Craig Anderson made 33 saves, including this diving stop on Jamie Benn which then led to a Mike Hoffman empty net goal: