Morning Line- Paul Maurice
“There was no f—ng slow start. We played as good in the first as we did in the second as we did in the third. That team played its asses off tonight. “Listen, I haven’t liked some of the games we played but that team played as hard as it could. I got no beef on the effort, the other team played well too.” -Paul Maurice, head coach of the Winnipeg Jets after a 4-1 loss to Carolina. Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun has more on the Jets, who have lost 5 of their last 6 games.
One Simple Question
Two games tonight, Winnipeg at Columbus and Detroit at Minnesota. Then no NHL games until Monday. So a simple question as we head into the All-Star break. Who is your favorite to win the Stanley Cup? Mine, the Blues repeat. Extra credit if you pick the other team in the SCF. Mine is Washington.
Dennis Cholowski Recalled
DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Dennis Cholowski from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. Cholowski, 21, has split his second professional campaign between the Red Wings and Griffins, showing eight points (2-6-8) and four penalty minutes in 29 games with the Red Wings, including five points (1-4-5) on the power play to rank second among the team's defenseman in addition to his first overtime-winning goal in the NHL (Nov. 12 at Anaheim). Since joining the Griffins last month, Cholowski has notched five points (2-3-5) in 17 contests, including goals in two of his last four games with the team. Dating back to his pro debut at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, Cholowski has 17 points (2-15-17) and 14 penalty minutes in 43 regular-season games with the Griffins and two points (0-2-2) and two penalty minutes in six Calder Cup Playoff games. In his two NHL seasons, the 6-foot-2, 197-pound defenseman has recorded 24 points (9-15-24) and 20 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Red Wings.
Reshaping the Maple Leafs’ Defense for Next Season
The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t played well of late. Frederick Anderson seems tired and two Maple Leafs defensemen are out with broken feet. Maybe it’s time to take a break from the general sense of euphoria since Sheldon Keefe took over as head coach of the Maple Leafs on Nov. 20 and ask a difficult […]
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Devils 2019-20 Midseason Prospect Update
Not a lot has gone right for the New Jersey Devils this season. From trading away their best player to firing head coach John Hynes and eventually general manager Ray Shero. There’s a lot of uncertainty as to what comes next for the organization. But there are some positives to take away from a turbulent last […]
Islanders Head into All Star Break with a Win
There may have only been two points on the line, but anytime the New York Islanders and New York Rangers face off, the points seem more important. The Islanders are coming off their worst week of the season with two losses to the Rangers as well as losses to the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes. […]
The New York Rangers’ Goaltending Situation
The New York Rangers find themselves in quite a situation these days in regards to their goaltending scenario and Henrik Lundqvist is caught in the middle of it. It’s been well documented that King Henrik is taking more of a backseat this year to let the Rangers develop their up and coming netminders Alexandar Georgiev and […]
NHL Teams Realize Backup Goaltender Is Important Position
BOSTON — The Boston Bruins had it all set up to honour backup goalie Jaroslav Halak on Tuesday night for becoming the 74th goalie in NHL history to play in 500 games. Then something went wrong: Starter Tuukka Rask was injured, Halak became the No. 1 guy and the Bruins decided to postpone the ceremony […]
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How The Columbus Blue Jackets Have Remained Hot
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch, The Blue Jackets are 15-2-4 over their past 21 games. The numbers within are crazy, and we can count the ways. On Dec. 9, when this hot streak started, the Jackets were closer to last place in the conference (nine points ahead of Detroit) than they were to the second wild card (11 points behind Carolina). Heading into a game Wednesday night against the Winnipeg Jets in Nationwide Arena, the Jackets are holding the first wild card. Right now, they’re in. The Jackets are 26-18-6. They have 60 points, their second-best record through 50 games, trailing only the 2016-17 team, which had 71 points through 50 games and ended the regular season with 108. That was a healthy group touched by magic. This is something else. The past 21 games, by the numbers (and the goaltending stats are crazy): Nineteen players have combined to score 63 goals (3.0 a game). Twelve players have scored winning goals. continued
Robin Lehner Deserves A Long-Term Contract Somewhere
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, The Blackhawks should have a pretty good idea of their playoff chances by the time the trade deadline rolls around Feb. 24. They have a gruelling schedule in February, with all but three of their 14 games away from the United Center. But they’ve actually been a better team on the road than at home this season. Not including tonight’s game, they have 11 more games, eight of them on the road. So the picture should become a little clearer in the coming weeks. If the Blackhawks are still in playoff contention, there’s no way they even think of trading Lehner. They might not be able to trade him even if they want to make a deal because as enticing as a top-tier goaltender would be for the playoffs, there are precious few teams that are playoff bound that need a goaltender. The Edmonton Oilers, who are getting good, but not great goaltending, are one of those teams. The last time they made a deadline deal to get a goalie was 2006 and it worked out pretty well. They made a deal for Dwayne Roloson, who carried them to the Stanley Cup final and might have won it for them had he not gotten hurt in Game 1 of the final. Regardless of whether Lehner is dealt by the Blackhawks, it’s impossible to argue that he doesn’t deserve the long-term deal he was seeking from the New York Islanders over the summer. There have been a total of 37 goaltenders in the NHL who have played at least 60 games over the past two seasons and of those goalies, Lehner is second in save percentage to Ben Bishop. more
The St. Louis Blues Still Have Assets To Make Moves At The Trade Deadline
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has aggressively spent long-term assets while in win-now mode. He has the defending Stanley Cup champions atop the Western Conference as a result. Yet Armstrong can step back at the All-Star break and still see solid organizational depth supporting his roster. If he wants to make an upgrade before the NHL trade deadline, he still has chips to play. If he chooses to hang on to them instead, he will have a hedge against spring fatigue and future salary cap challenges. Either way, Armstrong is sitting more comfortably than most of his peers. Even with wingers Vladimir Tarasenko and Sammy Blais sidelined while recovering from surgical repairs, forwards Jordan Kyrou and Zach Sanford have had to alternate in the lineup and power forward Klim Kostin has remained in development in San Antonio. continued
Maple Leafs Must Make a Splash Ahead of Trade Deadline
Despite a strong 16-7-3 run since Sheldon Keefe took over behind the bench on Nov. 21, the Toronto Maple Leafs remain exactly where they started when Mike Babcock was let go: 10th in the Eastern Conference, and on the outside looking in. While the team has certainly performed well on the ice – and most […]
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Montreal Canadiens: Who Should Replace Geoff Molson as President?
There have been on-again, off-again calls to replace Geoff Molson as team president of the Montreal Canadiens. Many of the voices making this demand are there to find a way to get another person to oversee the work of current general manager Marc Bergevin, and possibly to have him replaced. Molson also holds the position […]
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Dissecting the Flames’ Lack of High-End Offence This Season
The Calgary Flames relatively poor offensive production in the 2019-20 campaign has left both fans and sports journalists mystified – perhaps rightfully so. Notwithstanding several minor moves in the offseason – namely the James Neal – Milan Lucic swap and the addition of Cam Talbot in a backup goaltending role – last season’s roster has […]
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THW’s Goalie News: Elliott’s Shutout, Markstrom’s New Deal & More
Tuesday night gave us five games as the National Hockey League is nearing their All-Star break. After tonight’s games, there will be no games until Monday evening. Last night, we saw a shutout in Philadelphia and a big performance on Broadway. Plus, an All-Star is looking to get a new contract with his current team. […]
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NHL Short Notes
THREE HARD LAPS * Frank Vatrano scored Florida’s fourth hat trick of the season to propel the Panthers to victory in Joel Quenneville’s return to Chicago. * Meanwhile, Mike Hoffman joined rare company with his second point streak of 10-plus games in as many seasons as the Panthers skated to their sixth straight win. * Teuvo Teravainen, one of three Finnish-born players to find the score sheet in the Hurricanes-Jets game, collected his fourth three-point game of 2019-20 and helped Carolina improve to 4-0-1 in its last five home games.
Yzerman Pleased With Givani Smith And Blashill Trying To Make A Point
from Ansar Khan of Mlive, Givani Smith has scored two goals in 14 games with the Detroit Red Wings but hasn’t celebrated either, since they came late in one-sided losses. There will be more goals and many more games for the big, abrasive forward. Smith has made a good impression since being recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Dec. 30. He forechecks hard, grinds down low, plays physical and doesn’t back down. General manager Steve Yzerman likes what he’s seen, telling people in the organization he’s pleased that Smith goes to the net aggressively. continued from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, A little after noon Tuesday, a pair of goaltenders wanted to know where their Detroit Red Wings teammates were. Practice was supposed to be underway, but the only players on the ice were Jonathan Bernier and Calvin Pickard, who went through skating and shooting drills with goaltending coach Jeff Salajko. The question came up because they wanted to face shots. The answer: Detention. Practice was delayed about half an hour because coach Jeff Blashill was adamant players stick around until they understood the assignment regarding systematic play. The Wings, who lost to the Colorado Avalanche, 6-3, on Monday, take a five-game losing streak into Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Wild. “It was a meeting that I wasn’t going to leave until we had it straight,” Blashill said after an optional practice at Xcel Energy Center. “We have to get better at our d-zone coverage. So until everybody had a chance to make sure everybody understood, we weren’t leaving that meeting, and if it went a little long, it went a little long.” continued
Ducks’ Prospect Will Francis Ready for NCAA Development
We’ve been releasing Anaheim Ducks prospect updates since the start of the season, and one player we’ve routinely checked up on is Ducks’ 2019 sixth-round pick, Will Francis. Francis is playing for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League. The Ducks have been going to the USHL well several times in the […]
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Key Takeaways from Rangers’ 2-1 Loss to Blue Jackets
After coming off two impressive wins against the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers were looking to ride their momentum to another victory on Sunday night at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Unfortunately for the Garden Faithful, their team lost a heartbreaker in the final seconds of regulation. It was quite a disappointing […]
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Panthers Land One of NHL’s Best Bargains in Acciari
If you had told Florida Panthers forward Noel Acciari he’d score 18 goals with his new team, he’d probably have believed you. He just would have thought you had meant over the course of the three-year term of his $5 million contract (total). Instead he’s got a career-high 18 just past the halfway mark of […]
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Quenneville Coaches Panthers to 4-3 Win Over Blackhawks
CHICAGO — The Florida Panthers got Joel Quenneville a win in his return to Chicago, using a hat trick by Frank Vatrano to beat the Blackhawks 4-3 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.
The 61-year-old Quenneville coached Chicago to three...
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Williams Scores Twice, Hurricanes Defeat Jets 4-1
RALEIGH, N.C. — Justin Williams scored a pair of goals in his second game back in the NHL, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. Williams scored the winning goal in a shootout for a 2-1 win over the Islanders in his first game after signing a […]
Krejci Has Goal, Assist for Bruins in 3-2 Win Over Golden Knights
BOSTON — David Krejci scored with 7:42 left to rally the Boston Bruins past the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 Tuesday night. Jake DeBrusk had a tying goal for Boston early in the third period, and Krejci also assisted on Jeremy Lauzon’s first goal of the season. Jaroslav Halak stopped 27 shots as Boston entered the […]
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Bailey, Greiss Help Islanders Hold on to Beat Rangers 4-2
NEW YORK — Josh Bailey had a goal and two assists, Thomas Greiss stopped 40 shots, and the New York Islanders held on to beat the rival New York Rangers 4-2 Tuesday night. Anders Lee, Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson also scored, and Mathew Barzal had two assists to help the Islanders head into the […]
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Elliott Makes 19 Saves to Lead Flyers Over Penguins 3-0
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Avalanche: Predicting André Burakovsky’s Next Contract
Drafted 23rd overall by the Washington Capitals in 2013, and acquired by the Colorado Avalanche in June 2019 for a 2020 second-round pick, 2020 third-round pick, and the signing rights to Scott Kosmachuk, André Burakovsky has now settled into a role in the Avalanche’s top six. At the time of writing, Burakovsky is 24 years […]
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Bogosian, Botterill and Buffalo’s Bloated Blue Line
A lack of a bonafide No. 2 center. A glaring lack of secondary scoring. Woeful special teams. There are plenty of reasons why the Buffalo Sabres sit outside of the playoff picture. With all the frustration, there’s a nagging question that seems to be gaining momentum: why is Zach Bogosian still in the lineup? Brittle […]
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AHL Central News: Playoff Race Intensifies
As we have moved past the halfway point of the 2019-20 season, the top two teams in the American Hockey League’s Central Division have comfortable leads when it comes to a postseason spot. The remaining six teams are just separated by seven points as they duke it out for the final two Calder Cup playoff […]
Edmonton-Calgary Still A Hot Topic
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, George Parros is coming to the game. But he doesn’t want to talk about it? Meanwhile, just about everybody else seems to want to talk about nothing else but Game 787 of the NHL schedule Jan. 29 in Edmonton. It’s a game that has come to stand separately from all the others on the 2019-20 NHL schedule. The renewal of hostilities of the finally-on-again Battle of Alberta following the Oilers recent 4-3 loss in Calgary featuring heels Matthew Tkachuk and Zack Kassian has become the featured game of the entire regular season. Parros, the NHL Director of Player Safety, has decided his presence will be required in Rogers Place to read the riot act to both teams and particularly both players in order to prevent a riot. In all his years as a goon, playing 10 NHL seasons with career totals of 18 goals and 18 assists and 1,092 minutes in penalties, no NHL Director of Player Safety was ever required to show up for any jackpot Parros ever managed to get himself involved. continued
Video- Chicago Welcomes Back Joel Quenneville
They still love Coach Q in Chicago. pic.twitter.com/pUG0hh4vKt — NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 22, 2020 Q’s moment. pic.twitter.com/a0wB2LDU6y — Tracey Myers (@Tramyers_NHL) January 22, 2020
NHL Rumors: Bruins, Maple Leafs, Flames, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on who the Boston Bruins are targeting as their top target at the NHL Trade Deadline, plus who are the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames targeting? Finally, how much of a role will player contracts play in trades made during this year’s trade deadline hysteria? Bruins […]
Canucks’ Season Could Hinge on Next Road Trip
Although just one point separates the Vancouver Canucks from the four-way tie mayhem between the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Vegas Golden Knights, and Arizona Coyotes for second place in the Pacific Division, the view from atop must look pretty sweet. It’s been eight years since Vancouver last led their division going into the All-Star break, […]
Panthers’ Playoff Hopes Hinging On Goaltending
As the Florida Panthers continue on their quest to qualify for the NHL Playoffs, one major liability is holding the team back: goaltending. Heading into this season, the goalie is the last thing Panthers fans would expect to be the team’s biggest weakness, after signing Sergei Bobrovsky this past offseason. The Panthers find themselves in […]
Bakersfield Condors’ Brandon Manning Suspended for Racial Slur
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The American Hockey League has suspended Bakersfield Condors defenceman Brandon Manning five games for using a racial slur against Ontario Reign left-wing Bokondji Imama. The AHL made the announcement Tuesday, a day after Manning and Imama were involved in an altercation during Ontario’s 3-0 win over the visiting Condors. The Condors are […]
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The Grind Line: Red Wings’ Options for 4th-Overall Draft Pick in 2020
It is no secret that the 2019-20 NHL season has been difficult for the Detroit Red Wings. They own a 12-34-4 record, which puts them dead last in the league standings by a sizable margin. Thankfully, if the Red Wings wind up finishing the campaign in last place, they would own the best odds at […]
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