- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy21 mins ago
Per the website hockeyfights.com, Evgeni Malkin doesn't have any regular season fights. And even after Malkin picked a scrap with Los Angeles' Justin Williams, in the Penguins 3-0 win over the Kings, this pristine record will likely stand.
Both were assessed roughing minors. Though as the below video shows, it indeed looks like a fight.
Why would Malkin decide to tussle with Williams? To prove his Conn Smythe Trophy was more worthy than Williams'?
It looks like Malkin was angry by an attempted hit by Dustin Brown ... so of course Malkin didn't look for Brown and found the closest player who looks nothing like Brown in Williams.
Said Malkin to Sporting News' Sean Gentille following the game...
"Malkin said that Williams asked him to go earlier, but he downplayed that, too: "It's all emotion. I don't like fight, but (there's) sometimes lots of emotion."
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Guess that date...
The No. 1 song in the United States was "Harlem Shake" by Baauer. The No. 1 movie was "Oz, the Great and Powerful." Barack Obama was President. Give up?
These were all attributes of America the last time the New Jersey Devils won in a shootout -- March 10, 2013. Since then, the Devils have gone 0-for-18. New Jersey is winless no-more.
New Jersey defeated the Winnipeg Jets in the breakaway contest. Jacob Josefson, who did not play in that March 10, 2013 game against Winnipeg scored the shootout winner. Cory Schneider -- who was not on the Devils at that point -- stopped all three Jets shooters.
Even the Devils website made fun of it. The headline? "Finally!"
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
According to Yahoo Sports’ Nick Cotsonika, former New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens interviewed for a job with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.
One assumes he would be hired under through the NHL’s “What Not To Do” program, which also resulted in the addition of Chris Pronger to the department …
Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports that Owen Nolan and George Parros have also interviewed, the latter obviously to bring up the collective GPA of this group.
All of these players obviously share the same hockey DNA: Stevens as one of the league’s most ferocious hitters, most of which would today be illegal; Nolan as a bruising power forward; Parros as a career fighter.
If all of this feels a little redundant, that’s because it is.
One of the great things about the NHL’s competition committee, by comparison, is that it’s a cross-section of players. Seriously, look at this group. Scorers, defensemen. Guys who hit, guys who get hit. A goalie!
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The Norris Trophy is defined as being given to the defenseman who displays "greatest all-round ability in the position."
The 2012 winner, Erik Karlsson of Ottawa, is known mostly for his offense. His defense is improving, but not at the end of this play. After Karlsson zips back into his own zone to break up a Kris Versteeg breakaway, Versteeg, of the Chicago Blackhawks, then skates around Karlsson for a goal. Below ...
Instead of just ripping Karlsson, some credit probably needs to go to Versteeg on the play for the power move. Also, it was a tough play for Karlsson. Versteeg barrelled at him at high speed and Karlsson had to make a quick decision on how to play him.
Either way, it was quite a nice looking goal, but not for Karlsson.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The Detroit Red Wings have been on both ends of blown calls involving goals recently.
“Last year we scored a goal in here against L.A., it was wrong,” recalled Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.
That’s of course a reference to the Red Wings’ goal scored off the netting and behind Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings, which the referees missed. It tied the game at 19:33 of the third period; Detroit won in the shootout.
The skate was on the other foot against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. Drew Miller appeared to score for the Detroit Red Wings in the first period, but the goal was waved off due to goalie interference by Luke Glendening.
Only it wasn’t interference: Holtby fell backwards scrambling back to his crease. It was a blown call.Fri, Oct 314:30 PM PDTLos Angeles at DetroitPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Patrik Nemeth has had a rough go of it during the three years since he’s come to North America. A broken hand, broken foot and concussion have all sidelined the 22-year old Swede, according to Mark Stepneski of the Stars, and now he's added a freak skate cut injury to the laundry list of reasons taking away from the ice.
“I knew something hit my arm,” Nemeth said on Thursday talking about his collision with R.J. Umberger of the Philadelphia Flyers last week. “I took a peek at it, and it was bleeding. I just wanted to stop the bleeding. It was a little bit worse than I thought it would be. It wasn’t good news.”
Umberger’s skate cut muscles and tendons deep in Nemeth’s right arm. Fortunately, no arteries or nerves were affected. He had surgery the next day and was ruled out for at least the remainder of the regular season and possibly playoffs.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
MGM Resorts is building a $350 million sports arena and event center behind New York New York. That building is going to need things that will fill its 20,000 seats. They believe the National Hockey League could be that thing.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal,the company and an ownership group seeking to bring a team to Vegas have had preliminary talks:
In an interview following MGM Resorts third-quarter earnings conference call, company CFO Dan D’Arrigo said preliminary discussions had taken place with a group interested in housing an NHL team at the MGM-AEG arena, which will have 20,000 seats, along with luxury boxes and other amenities.
D’Arrigo didn’t go into details on the talks and whether the group was looking to move an existing NHL team to Las Vegas or seeking an expansion franchise.
“We would be supportive of an NHL team coming to our arena,” D’Arrigo said. “We’re highly interested and we have been in discussions with a group.”
Briere a healthy scratch; Hitchcock worn out welcome?; best arena food in the league (Puck Headlines)Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
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- Daniel Briere is a healthy scratch for the Colorado Avalanche “to take some pressure off the first two lines” says coach Patrick Roy. [Denver Post]
- The Blackhawks have their own comic strip writer. [DNA Info]
- An update on “Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe in his recovery from a serious stroke. [Yahoo]
- KHL “rookie” Ryan Whitney scores his first goal overseas. [YouTube]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
So things are really going well for the St. Louis Blues.
Now, more super terrific news: David Backes and T.J. Oshie are both out of the lineup. With concussions.
"Backes is concussed, out ... Oshie is concussed, out," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said, via STLToday.com. "Oshie has something else going, plus the concussion. We're not sure whether it's the bacterial (infection)."
Backes hit his head on the ice after taking a hit from Trevor Daley of the Dallas Stars in Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime win.