(Ed. Note: It’s Thanksgiving time in the U.S., a.k.a. “Real Thanksgiving”, which means it’s once again time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the world of hockey. Here are some of our favorite writers and hockey people, offering their picks for this year. As always, we give thanks to you, the reader, for supporting this blog. Consider these the tastiest leftovers you’ll have today!) Seth Rorabaugh , Empty Netters 1. Hockeyville When you cover hockey for a living, you get incredibly jaded. It's very easy to lose sight of the fact that your "work" involves going to practices, talking to players and coaches, eating free food and basically doing what just a lot of other people would kill to do for "work." Somehow, someway, you just lose a lot of joy you have for the sport. The Hockeyville game in Johnstown, Pa. restored a lot of lost perspective for myself about how much hockey means to many people. Johnstown was so grateful to have a real-life NHL game - albeit a preseason game - in it's tiny little rink, the venerable Cambria County War Memorial. It clearly meant a lot to the players involved as well. There were 13 rows of seats from the ice to the back wall and every one of them was filled with a captivated soul. Covering that event was easily the most fun I've had a hockey game in at least a half decade. 2. Old hockey arenas I was able to cover the Penguins' game in Edmonton this season, which was presumably their final game in Northlands Coliseum turned Edmonton Coliseum turned Skyreach Centre turned Rexall Place (assuming the Penguins and Oilers don't meet in a Stanley Cup Final). It's a dark, dank and cramp structure. It's barebones and utilitarian. But it's marvelous. So many of the "newer" buildings in the NHL are cookie cutters. Go from "Big Bank" Garden to "Big Airliner Center" to "Big Telecommunications Provider" Arena and you feel like you're in the same building. Buildings like Rexall Place, the Saddle Dome, Joe Louis Arena and to a lesser extent, Madison Square Garden, are so unique. You don't suffocate on the stale corporate environment newer buildings have. Rexall Place has a sign reminding you to use ashtrays in the press box. And I left my Marlboros at home: pic.twitter.com/TaoQg7nKsq — Seth Rorabaugh (@emptynetters) November 7, 2015 If your team still plays in an older building, cherish it why you still have it. 3. The Predators yellow helmets Traditions are a big part of hockey. Octopuses in Detroit. Cheering during the national anthem in Chicago. Rats in Florida. Yelling "Potvin sucks!" in Manhattan. The Predators yellow helmets have the makings of being the NHL's new great tradition. While teams in just about every sport try to incorporate a black jersey in order to make a quick buck, the Predators have doubled down on making yellow their identity, even if they claim it as being "gold." Part of that is with their yellow lids. And when you consider they only wear these helmets on Saturdays, it adds a quaint wrinkle to this new tradition. While they vaguely resemble the pre-Gretzky Kings, the Predators' new look makes Saturday nights in Nashville unique. Chris Johnston , Sportsnet 1. Family At the risk of being overly sentimental I'm thankful for the many people in the hockey industry that have become an extended family of sorts. During long hours, nights away from home and life's ups and downs I've found constant reminders of love and support. 2. Friends. Well not friends, friends, but friends of the media. In the NHL we're blessed to have some of the most accommodating athletes in pro sports. Sidney Crosby, despite being the most in-demand hockey player of the last decade. Nazem Kadri and James Reimer, no matter what crazy controversy is going on in Toronto. Victor Hedman, Steven Stamkos, Duncan Keith, P.K. Subban, Gabriel Landeskog, Erik Karlsson and Shane Doan are some of the others I've truly enjoyed dealing with. The list could be much longer than that, too. 3. A roof overhead. Preferably the Bell Centre in downtown Montreal, which for my money remains the best building in hockey. Attending games there is a feeling, an experience. It's like going to the Vatican if you're Catholic. The other NHL buildings on my personal top-five list? MTS Center, Winnipeg; United Center, Chicago; Madison Square Garden, New York; and Staples Center, Los Angeles. Jenny Scrivens, goalie, New York Riveters NWHL Of course we have lots to be thankful for at the NWHL! Here are just a few: 1. Paychecks in women's hockey, for the first time in North America Forecheck, back check, paycheck. Pretty cool to be a part of history! #HistoryBegins pic.twitter.com/rttDgitSe0 — Alyssa Gagliardi (@AGagliardi92) October 2, 2015 Just got paid for playing hockey! 🙌🏻 #HistoryBegins pic.twitter.com/CQTd4Az4aq — Jenny Scrivens (@JenScrivs) October 1, 2015 2. Future draft picks
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009. Happy Thanksgiving! [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] While you’re wolfing down your turkey, hold your phone just underneath the table so nobody can see you scroll down the following chart. The following is the Top 25 players of the past two weeks based on simply ranking them in each roto-league category and then tallying up the score. Not very scientific, but a nice, quick and dirty snapshot of how things are going. This report is one of many you can run for free over at the Frozen Pool section of the DobberHockey website:
No. 1 Star: Frank Vatrano, Boston Bruins The Bruins forward opened the scoring against the Detroit Red Wings with a goal and closed it out with a tip shot followed by a memorable celebration. In between, Detroit dominated, but Vatrano led the Bruins to a 3-2 overtime win. No. 2 Star: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning Bish made 37 saves for the Lightning and only allowed one goal in the shootout as Tampa Bay defeated the Los Angles Kings, 2-1. No. 3 Star: Shane Prince, Ottawa Senators Shane Prince scored his first and second NHL goals and assisted on another, as the Ottawa Senators survived a late push from the Colorado Avalanche for the 5-3 win. Craig Anderson made 40 saves. Honorable Mention: Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves and Matt Calvert had the second-period game-winner in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. … Jack Eichel scored his seventh, but it wasn’t enough as the Nashville Predators got 30 saves out of Carter Hutton and won, 3-2. … Devante Smith-Pelly had two goals and Tomas Plekanec had three assists in the Montreal Canadiens’ 5-1 rout of the New York Rangers. Max Pacioretty scored his 12th. … Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists while Alex Ovechkin scored his 11th of the season in the Washington Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. … Cam Ward made 30 saves and the Carolina Hurricanes scored four unanswered goals in their 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. … Radim Vrbata improved his (alleged) trade value, scoring two consecutive goals and helping the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. … Kyle Okposo had the go-ahead goal and Frans Nieslen scored into an empty net for a 3-1 win over the offensively-challenged Philadelphia Flyers. … Antoine Vermette had his first two goals of the season and Max Domi had two assists as the Arizona Coyotes picked up a big divisional win, 4-2, over the Anaheim Ducks. … Evegni Malkin’s slick goal in overtime gave the Penguins a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues. He previously assisted on Sidney Crosby’s power-play goal, which was Sid’s second of the game. … Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 17 games with two assists, as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the San Jose Sharks, 5-2. Andrew Desjardins scored a key goal in the third period, 1:07 after Patrick Marleau’s tally. Did You Know? Patrick Roy pulled his goalie for a 6-on-4 power play, down three goals and with over 10 minutes left in the third – and it worked! Dishonorable Mention: Devils fans were outraged, but the refs were correct in taking a tying goal from Adam Henrique off the board after Gregory Campbell played the puck on a delayed call against Columbus. … Linus Ullmark was pulled by the Sabres after they went down 3-0. … Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash and Derick Brassard were all a minus-3. … Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was a minus-4, while Jordan Eberle was a minus-3. … Kevin Bieksa and Cam Fowler were minus-2. … Carey Price did not play in the third period for Montreal due to injury concerns. ... Semyon Varlamov was pulled after Ottawa took a 3-1 lead. … Feeling super bad for Nail Yakupov and this freak injury.