- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy45 mins ago
Marty St. Louis will cross back over the smoldering, charbroiled bridge he left behind in Tampa Bay to visit the Lightning for the first time as a Ranger on Wednesday night.
It’ll be an awkward moment for Bolts fans. Not the whole “franchise’s greatest player returns in opposing jersey” thing; no, it’ll just be strange to see his front again, after he turned his back on them in February.
This is not a happy homecoming. This is not a welcomed returned. The bygones are not bygones. This is the first chance for Lightning fans to let this alleged leader know the consequences for the captain jumping ship, with a court-matial of jeers.
This is the opportunity to inform St. Louis that 972 games and 953 points and 13 seasons of blood and sweat and dedication can be packed up in a mothballed box until the pain subsides from his selfish decision to abandon the franchise.
“I'd like for people to remember the great years,” he said on Tuesday.
They will. Eventually. Just not now. (Unless the video tribute they run during the game makes them all weepy and nostalgic for a moment.)
"We had 14 years together. I hope they can respect my decision. I think I've earned that.”
- Jen Lute Costella at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Hockey fans have always loved hits for their entertainment value. Coaches and analysts spend tons of time during the season talking about the need for physicality. Fans of skill teams default to bemoaning a lack of big hitters as soon as the team struggles in a game. The question is, does hitting really make a difference? Is this much ado about nothing or is hitting actually important to the game?
We can all think of times when a hit has caused a player to lose the puck so there are certainly times when a little physicality can make good things happen. We can also all think of times when a player ended up completely out of position on the play because he was too busy chasing a hit. Hitting is part of the game though so how hitting is used and the effect it has on play is an interesting topic.
What is the purpose of hitting in the NHL? Ideally, hits are supposed to stifle a team’s offensive attack. If players and teams are using hitting correctly, it should show in shot suppression metrics, i.e. stats that show the shooting rates and offensive pressure of opponents.
Team Level Analysis
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
The Edmonton Oilers are winless in seven games after losing to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. Changes will be made, and reports say that forward David Perron’s change of address will be one of the first.
Aaron Ward of TSN reported that Perron could be shipped out to the Columbus Blue Jackets, with center Artem Anisimov potentially headed back to the center-starved Oilers.
This would reunite Perron with Jackets president John Davidson and general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, who knew him well during their days with the St. Louis Blues.
Anisimov is signed through 2016 with a $3.283 million cap hit. Perron is also signed through 2016 with a $4.5 million cap hit.
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet believes the Montreal Canadiens would have interest in Perron, and that the Pittsburgh Penguins could be in the derby too, given their need for another veteran wing in the top six after the loss of Pascal Dupuis.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
Another multi-goal game for Seguin, as the Stars star is up to 17 goals on the season with a 2-goal second period in their 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
No. 2 Star: Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks
Miller made 20 saves in shutting out the New Jersey Devils, 2-0. Alex Burrows and Shawn Matthias had the goals. This was a shutout vs. former Canuck Cory Schneider.
No. 3 Star: Danny Briere, Colorado Avalanche
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Briere flung the puck towards Zach Redmond, but it deflected off the stick of Martin Hanzal and past Mike Smith at 3:16 into overtime to complete an Avs’ rally, 4-3 over the Arizona Coyotes. Gabe Landeskog had two goals in the win.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
In overtime between the Colorado Avalanche and the Arizona Coyotes, defenseman Erik Johnson was given a little drop pass from Danny Briere. He shoveled a quick shot on Mike Smith, who made the save.
And then he was freight-trained by Martin Hanzal.
The collision knocked Johnson to the ice where he was face-down before being helped off to the back.There was no penalty on the play.
The Avs would win the game on a Briere overtime goal. Coach Patrick Roy said Johnson was feeling good after the game, which is good news for all parties.
As far as the hit goes, it’s a tough one to assign blame.
Johnson was crouched down when he took the shot; Hanzal stands at 6-foot-6, so he was lined up for a hit to the head. He definitely delivers a check, not really attempting to avoid Johnson; but Johnson’s eligible to be hit there, according to previous NHL rulings.
So despite Hanzel having two supplemental discipline punishments last season -- a fine and a suspension -- he could be OK on this one.Wed, Nov 266:00 PM PSTChicago at ColoradoPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Ryan Garbutt tormented Taylor Hall every time he had the chance in the Dallas Stars’ game vs. the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. He’s a pest, Hall’s a star; it’s expected.
Less expected was the knee Garbutt stuck out to clip Hall with just under eight minutes left in the third period, sending Hall flying to the ice. His linemates Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle immediately went over to Garbutt to … well, considering who we’re talking about here, we’ll just assume they threatened to call over one of their bigger friends and/or litigation.
Garbutt was given just a 2-minute minor for “tripping.” Hall remained in the game, and actually took his own minor for hooking 11 seconds later. Dallas won the game, 3-2.
Said Hall after the game, via Gene Principe: "I know guys who know him. He's not that kind of player but I would liked to have seen more than two minutes."
He still might. Garbutt is a repeat offender, having received five games for charging Dustin Penner on Oct. 23, 2013 and just over $1,400 for spearing Corey Perry on April 25 of this year.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Pat Quinn has a lasting legacy with the Vancouver Canucks, having served as their president, general manager and head coach – the latter gig from 1990-96, including the team’s memorable run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1994.
Quinn died on Monday at 71, after battling a lengthy illness. Tributes from around the hockey world honored him, and the Canucks added their before Tuesday’s game vs. the New Jersey Devils.
The team had a moment of silence followed by the quintessential tribute to the gregarious Irishman: a rendition of “Danny Boy” as images of Quinn illuminated the ice. A roaring ovation followed from the fans.
The Canucks wore “PQ” decals on their jerseys in his honor during the game as well.
The team also set up a multimedia page that allowed fans to submit their text, audio and video tributes to Quinn.
- Jen Lute Costella at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
In just eight games with the Dallas Stars, rookie defenseman John Klingberg has made an impression. After Tuesday night, Viktor Fasth won't forget him soon either.
Klingberg scored a long-distance goal on the Edmonton Oilers' netminder, scoring his seventh point in eight games for Dallas.
After Jason Spezza won a faceoff, Klingberg unleashed a waffling, fluttering slap shot that eluded Fasth's glove to give Dallas the 1-0 lead and giving Dallas Eakins a little more goalie-related heartburn.
Klingberg would later add an assist on Tyler Seguin's goal in the second period, moving him into a tie for rookie scoring leaders among defensemen. Not a bad couple of weeks for the newbie as the Stars won 3-2.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Tom Sestito is forward for the Vancouver Canucks. On Monday night, like so many of us, he had opinions about the decision by a grand jury not to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown,as well as the civil unrest in the community that followed.
So he went on Twitter.
UM, UH, UH, UM...
***Hits Delete Again, Just To Be Sure***
Alas, a Twitter user named Shoemosher managed to snag an image of that opinion before Sestito made it disappear.
Here's their interaction, followed by some other tweets about Ferguson fron Sestito (not chronological).
Now, you might be one of those people who believes that spotlighting this will cause pro athletes to clam up and not say anything interesting, and of course you'd be wrong. But what we hope it does is remind athletes that, just like the rest of us, it's not cool to delete your tweets. But to his credit, Sestito didn't claim he was hacked.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
Kings defenseman Matt Greene is a noted classic rock music fan. So when asked to describe the Kings as a “Hall and Oates” song, Greene simply couldn’t quite figure out this particular group of hockey royalty.
“Oh man… that’s the best question I’ve ever gotten … So many to choose from … not off the top of my head,” he pondered scratching his chin. “This is a question you don’t just throw away and answer. I can’t answer that whole-heartedly.”
Maybe it was just Greene’s love of the world’s largest selling rock duo that he couldn’t quite get the answer right. Or maybe it’s just the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the Kings and how they operate under coach Darryl Sutter.
Note that the Kings always seem to be a strong pick to win the Stanley Cup every year? But winning the Pacific Division? Yeah, don’t look toward them for regular season success. Los Angeles is currently fourth in the Pacific this year and have one road win.