- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The NHL auction of the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins autographed Winter Classic-themed jerseys worn on Jan. 19 has raised $63,484.52 to support Denna Laing, the NWHL player who during the Women’s Outdoor Classic at Gillette Stadium on New Year’s Day.
The auctions were done through the NHL-MeiGray Group Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program from Jan. 19 - Feb. 11 with 100-percent of proceeds going toward expenses related to Laing’s recovery and rehabilitation.
Patrice Bergeron’s jersey sold for the highest amount ($5,100), with Brad Marchand ($3,720.63) and Tuukka Rask ($3,520) right behind him. P.K. Subban ($2,870) and Tomas Plekanec ($2,420) were the top sellers on the Canadiens side.Fri, Feb 124:00 PM PSTMontreal at BuffaloPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
At one point this season, quite recently, the Vezina Trophy race was a sprint to a coronation: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals goaltender and pupil of that Netminding Yoda Mitch Korn, had the trophy in the bag.
He had the NHL lead in wins. As he did for goals-against average. As he did for save percentage.
As for Feb. 12, he still holds onto one of those leads: Wins, with 35, four more than Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks. That’s 14 more wins than Petr Mrazek of the Detroit Red Wings – Holtby has started 44 games, Mrazek has 34 – but hey would you look at that: The Red Wings goalie leads the NHL in save percentage (.934) and GAA (1.94) heading into Friday night’s game hosting the Colorado Avalanche.*
The current stats picture, via War-on-Ice, at 5-on-5:
Here’s what they’ve done on the penalty kill:
The Red Wings have the 19th best penalty kill in the NHL; the Capitals have the fourth. Sometimes a kill works because of the goalie. Sometimes it’s the system and the personnel in front of him.
Which is, essentially, the same argument that can made with all goaltending stats, right?Fri, Feb 124:30 PM PSTColorado at DetroitPreview Game
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
by Jason Chen
Seven games are on Friday's NHL slate with plenty of interesting picks to be made. Start with a re-match of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals with the red-hot Rangers -- thanks to Derick Brassard 's hot streak and Henrik Lundqvist 's strong play -- playing host to the Kings, who may not have the services of Jonathan Quick , officially listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury suffered Tuesday against Boston. If either Jhonas Enroth , who lost Thursday against the Islanders, or Peter Budaj starts, all bets are off and the Rangers will be the heavy favorite, but the Kings won't go away easily. Without Rick Nash , the Kings will have a clear advantage in size with Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter , and they'll have to use that to full effectiveness, which may prove difficult after playing Thursday.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
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• The OHL’s Flint Firebirds will suit up tonight as Jackie Moon’s Flint Tropics. [SportsLogos.net]
• Radko Gudas will not have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety after his big hit on Daniel Catenacci of the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night. [Courier Post]
• After his memorable NHL All-Star Weekend and the birth of twins, it's time to go back to work for John Scott. [ESPN.com]
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The NHL is a lot smarter today than it used to be. But there are still serious blindspots that many general managers share when it comes to evaluating talent and determining what it's worth.
For example, goaltending remains a little-understood position for which many players in this league are overpaid. There is often little correlation between a goaltender's normal performance level and the contracts they pull.
This is also true of guys who are decent enough hockey players for the bulk of their career but who have a lot of success in a particularly deep postseason run, and end up breaking the bank because of it.
Finally, there is a third group of player types that are reliably overvalued in this league: Defense-first players.
You see it over and over again: Guys who can maybe chip in a little bit offensively but whose main job is touted as being a “shutdown” guy will get more money than any reasonable viewing of their game and numbers would suggest.
The latest to fall into this category, almost inexplicably, seems to be Kris Russell of the Calgary Flames.Fri, Feb 126:00 PM PSTCalgary at ArizonaPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price hasn’t played since Nov. 25, defeating the New York Rangers and moving his team to 17-4-2.
They’ve gone 10-20-2 since then, tumbling from first place in the conference down to three points out of a playoff spot.
But it is just three points. There is hope. And of course, there’s the hope that the reigning MVP and top goalie in the NHL will ride in and literally save the season.
It’s hope that the Canadiens have helped create by being coy with Price’s status. GM Marc Bergevin said in January that Price would be out at least another month – bad news in the context of the initial prognosis, but good news in the sense that he’d be back.
But La Presse reports on Friday that this is basically a ruse. Price is still suffering from an injury to the MCL of his right knee. They didn’t opt for surgery, but rather for rehab. It’s hasn’t worked, and the chances are “slim” that he’d be back for the end of the regular season or the playoffs.
From Richard Labbe:
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
If Dion Phaneuf can be traded, any captain can be traded!
OK, probably not Jonathan Toews. But we digress.
With the NHL trade deadline approaching, who are the other players wearing the ‘C’ that should be on the move?
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports' Puck Daddy blog takes a look at five NHL captains who could use a change in scenery, for various reasons.
Go ahead and put your choices in the comments!
The Wysh List is a weekly countdown on Yahoo Sports hosted by Greg Wyshynski. Questions? Comments? Hit us at .
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Joonas Donskoi came barreling in on Karri Ramo late in the third period of a 5-5 game between the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames.
Donskoi was tripped by Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano and slammed into Ramo. The same shift San Jose defenseman Paul Martin had been elbowed by Flames forward Sam Bennett. The Sharks were about to embark on a two-minute 5-on-3 power play with three minutes left and to make matters worse for the Flames, Ramo was also writhing in pain on the ice.
Jonas Hiller entered the game and stopped the 5-on-3 to help the Flames win 6-5 in a shootout. Hiller played eight minutes and made eight saves in relief of the injured Ramo. He also stopped three of four Sharks shooters in the shootout.
"We really needed these points and I want nothing more than to help the team win," Hiller said after the game.
Said Calgary coach Bob Hartley, "Gutsy effort from our guys. I'm very proud of our team."
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
The 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick continued his torrid pace after his return from a fractured clavicle in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. MacDavid scored two goals and added three assists for a career-high five points. McDavid has 12 points in six games since coming back after the All-Star break. He is the first rookie to notch five points in a game since Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Nov. 19, 2011.
No. 2 Star: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals' captain fired his first hat trick since Dec. 13, 2013 in a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. All three goals came in the second period. With the performance Ovechkin took over the league’s goal scoring lead with 34 scores. The Caps became the first team to pick up 40 wins on the year with the victory.
No. 3 Star: Patrick Eaves, Dallas StarsSat, Feb 135:00 PM PSTWashington at DallasPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron isn’t proficient in fighting. That’s because he doesn’t do it a lot, at least in the regular season.
On Thursday Bergeron and Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler dropped the gloves and tussled in their game at MTS Centre. The fight didn’t take long but it was memorable. This is because it was only Bergeron’s second regular season fight in his career.
The other fight came on Dec. 31, 2013 between Bergeron and 6-foot-8 defenseman Tyler Myers, who at the time played for the Buffalo Sabres. Bergeron’s also had two playoff fights – one in 2013 against Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, and another in 2009 against then-Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges.
This was just Wheeler’s seventh fight in his NHL career.
The fight wasn’t Bergeron’s only highlight of the evening. He scored two goals in a 6-2 drubbing of the Jets. The win for the Bruins helped erase some of the sting of a 9-2 loss on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings.