- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy48 mins 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 Daddy56 mins 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]Thu, Oct 235:00 PM PDTArizona at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr 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?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The Detroit Red Wings are holding Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Thursday night, as the Pittsburgh Penguins roll into town. That mean’s lavender dashboards around the rink at the Joe, as well as goalie Jimmy Howard busting out his pink goalie mask for charity.
It’s a pink version of Howard’s usual mask, with a script “Hockey Fights Cancer” adorning it.
For the second straight year, Howard and the Red Wings will be auctioning off gear to support Hockey Fights Cancer. That includes sticks with lavender tape the Red Wings will be using in warm-ups.
As far as we know, Howard isn’t busting out the pink pads from last season for tonight’s game. But we can dream …
Images via Red WingsThu, Oct 234:30 PM PDTPittsburgh at DetroitPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Last season, Garth Snow got aggressive for the New York Islanders, and it was a mistake.
Acquiring Thomas Vanek was a redundant move. It was clearly a rental, as everyone and their mom knew he was going to Minnesota, or at the very least not staying on Long Island. It cost the Islanders a first-round pick in a draft so deep that it probably reaches the Earth’s core.
This season, Garth Snow was patient, and it’s been brilliant so far.
He knew he had two things coming into this season: a weak blueline and a ton of cap space. He knew the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins had two things: a surplus of defensemen and cap problems. So like a frugal shopper waiting for that party dress to hit the clearance rack, Snow acquired Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk, who were thrown together as a pairing and have been part of the foundation for the team’s stunning start.Thu, Oct 234:00 PM PDTNY Islanders at BostonPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Oh, if only Vincent Price were alive to do another “Thriller” rap now that P.K. Subban has unleashed his Halloween costume on an unsuspecting public:
“Darkness falls across the land/
A costume hangs on P.K. Subban/
It’s Michael Jackson, only not/
A zombified Les Habitant!”
Maybe there’s still time to get Bill Hader to do one as Vincent Price …
Yes, the Montreal Canadiens star defenseman has decided to render every other NHL Halloween costume inconsequential by going the full Rick Baker and creating a near-perfect Michael Jackson zombie from the classic “Thriller” music video. As opposed to a Zombie Michael Jackson, which would have been scarier although a little more macabre …
Or, you know,you can be like Sidney Crosby and wear a hat.
No word if Subban was able to coax the rest of the Canadiens into doing a group “Thriller” dance like they did in “13 Going On 30”, but we would have paid good money to see Andre Markov attempt it.
At the very least, P.K. owes us a moonwalk on skates next game.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Penguins faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night wearing their new third jerseys. They’re not technically new, as the uniforms are the same design that Mario, Jaromir and Ronnie Franchise wore during their back-to-back Stanley Cup years in 1991 and 1992.
Unlike previous efforts, these uniforms were lauded by Penguins fans. It’s rare that an NHL team’s jersey is collectively praised, even from non-fans, given the league's penchant for the color black and horrible design schemes that clubs pump out on an annual basis so their cash registers stay busy.
When the NHL went through their 1990s third jersey explosion, we saw a ton of legendarily bad designs. We'll never forget the LA Kings’ Burger King jerseys or the Wild Wing ones that the Mighty Ducks tried to pull off or even the New York Islanders’ fisherman logo. But the Penguins almost had a jersey of their own that could have topped them all.
Look. At. These.
Arghhhh!!!! My eyes!!!!!!
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Recorded his second hat trick of the year to propel the Ducks to a 4-1 win over the Sabres. Perry is now tied for the NHL lead in goal scoring with the Rangers’ Rick Nash.
No. 2 Star: Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers
One goal and two assists for the Flyers forward in a tough, rivalry game, a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh. Couturier also won 56 percent of his face offs.
No. 3 Star: Ben Scrivens, Edmonton Oilers
Made 32 saves on 34 shots on goal by the powerful Capitals attack to help the Oilers to their second straight win. Scrivens had to be on his guard all night as Edmonton was also out-Corsi’d by the Caps 66-36.
Honorable mention: Edmonton’s Nikita Nikitin ripped a point blast past Caps netminder Braden Holtby for the Oilers game-winner … Philly’s R.J. Umberger notched a ‘Gordie Howe Hat Trick’ with a goal, an assist and a fight … Ducks forward Ryan Kesler scored a goal and won 67 percent of his face offs… Anaheim Goaltender Frederik Andersen improved to 26-5-0 to start his NHL career with a win over the Sabres.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators were due to play on Wednesday night. They did not because downtown Ottawa came under siege earlier in the day, when a gunman shot and killed a solider at the National War Memorial before the gunman was shot and killed inside the Canadian Parliament building.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins did play on Wednesday night, and before the game fans at CONSOL Energy Center let Canadians know they’re in the thoughts and prayers of hockey fans.
They sang to a performance of “O Canada,” which isn’t played before games featuring two American teams despite the majority of players being Canadians.
Here's another vantage point from Sean Gentille of the Sporting News from the press box:
Truth be told, we were expecting one of those “anthem singer drops out to allow fans to carry the tune” moments, which he did during “The Star Spangled Banner” that followed. But it’s the thought that counts, and this was a truly thoughtful moment from these two rivals.