Five More Hockey Names Enter The Hockey Hall Of Fame Tonight
from Jon Lane of NHL.com, Guy Carbonneau, Vaclav Nedomansky, Hayley Wickenheiser, Sergei Zubov, Jim Rutherford and Jerry York will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday. Regarded as the greatest women's hockey player, Wickenheiser played 23 years with Canada women's national team, winning four Olympic gold medals (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) -- she is the leading scorer in Olympic history with 51 points (18 goals, 33 assists) in 26 games -- and the IIHF World Championship seven times. Wickenheiser is currently the assistant director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Zubov played 16 NHL seasons, winning the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994 and the Dallas Stars in 1999. He is the Stars/Minnesota North Stars leader among defensemen in points (549), goals (111), assists (438), games (839), power-play goals (60), and plus/minus (plus-103). His No. 56 will be retired by the Stars next season. Carbonneau won the Stanley Cup twice with the Montreal Canadiens (1986, 1993), once with the Stars (1999), and won the Selke Trophy, voted as the best defensive forward in the NHL, three times (1988, 1989 and 1992). continued Watch the HHOF inductions tonight at 8:00pm ET on TSN and the NHL Network.
Video- Jeff Blashill After Today’s Practice
Just over 6 minutes to watch. Coach Blashill post practice. #RedWings pic.twitter.com/gaOBbTC2wO — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) November 18, 2019
The Latest On Puck And Player Tracking
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com, The NHL will experiment with Puck and Player Tracking at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis on Jan. 25, and the system should be ready around the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "We hopefully -- I'm told we will -- be introducing Puck and Player Tracking by the start of the playoffs, maybe even sooner," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told the audience during a keynote interview at the 2019 PrimeTime Sports Management Conference on Monday. The NHL has spent years and tens of millions of dollars developing the system, which uses sensors in pucks and on players to create hundreds of data points per second. The League is being deliberate about the rollout. "We're continuing to test it, and we have to install the capability in every building, and we have to make sure in every building it's working as it's intended to do," Commissioner Bettman told reporters. "And it's just a time-consuming process. … "This is going to be a work in progress. We want the basic technology to work, which we believe it will, and then we're going to figure out how best to use it." continued
Brad Marchand No Longer A Rat
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, Don’t look now, but Marchand hasn’t received a fine in more than a year-and-a-half and hasn’t been suspended in almost two years. (Although he should have been lighter in the wallet for drilling Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Scott Harrington in the back of the head during the playoffs.) Even though Marchand is on pace for a career high in penalty minutes, he’s concentrating more on being an elite player than an elite pain in the rear end. And it’s manifesting itself into superstar-like production. After posting 100 points last season, he was on pace for career highs in goals (53) and points (131). The sample size now is large enough to surmise that Marchand is indeed one of the elite talents in the world. At the age of 31, no less. And there might not be a guy in the league today who is giving his team better value for its money than Marchand is for the Bruins. more
Filip Zadina Is Injured
Jeff Blashill didn’t want to reveal more, but said Red Wings prospect Filip Zadina is injured. — Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) November 18, 2019 Anyone have any more information?
Stars Of The Week
NEW YORK (Nov. 18, 2019) – Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 17.
Surgery For Jonathan Drouin And Paul Byron In Montreal
Claude Julien confirme que Jonathan Drouin (poignet) et Paul Byron (genou) subiront une intervention chirurgicale. Claude Julien confirms that Jonathan Drouin (wrist) and Paul Byron (knee) will undergo surgery. pic.twitter.com/a927CcXld9 — Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) November 18, 2019
Cory Schneider Going On Waivers Today
#NJDevils goaltender Cory Schneider will be placed on waivers at noon ET for purpose of assignment to Binghamton (AHL). — New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) November 18, 2019
Practice Today In Detroit
#RedWings in practice: Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha Fabbri-Filppula-Athanasiou Hirose-Nielsen-Perlini Helm-Glendening-Erne Cholowski-Green (Hronek working in) Ericsson-Bowey Biega-McIlrath — Dana Wakiji (@Dwakiji) November 18, 2019
Still Stanley Cup Contenders?
from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet, Roughly six short weeks ago, Toronto was part of a group of teams like Tampa Bay, Vegas, Nashville and Dallas pegged as pre-season conference and Cup favourites. The best points percentage from that five-pack of teams right now is Tampa’s .588, which has the Bolts on a 96-point pace. Put another way, not one of those teams is tracking a season that would have cleared the 98-point bar required to make the Eastern Conference playoffs last year. So which clubs that we tabbed Cup threats are really living up to prognostications a quarter of the way into the season? The Islanders look amazing, but they’re outstripping external expectations, as are the Oilers and, really, a Blues team I don’t think anybody outside Missouri wholeheartedly believed had a great shot to go back-to-back. It’s hard to do an honest evaluation of Colorado other than to say, in the face of several significant injuries, this young club is hanging tough and may yet prove worthy of bold forecasts. You could make a case the only teams which were circled in red as Cup contenders before the season and who continue to look the part now are Boston and Washington, two clubs who clashed Saturday in a 3-2 shootout win for the Caps. Of course, as teams continue to clump closer together in this league year after year, where you finish becomes a secondary consideration to getting into the big dance at all. So while a handful of supposed contenders look pedestrian through 25 per cent of the season, they’re most pressing goal — just get in, baby! — remains attainable. many more topics...
Issues Continue For The Calgary Flames
from Eric Francis of Sportsnet, Humbled in Glendale and humiliated in Vegas (again), the Calgary Flames return home from a two-game trip with the same number of points as they had goals. Zero. One day after being shut out 3-0 by the Arizona Coyotes, the Flames crapped out again in Vegas, losing 6-0 Sunday to a Golden Knights team that entered the game struggling to score goals. That’s four losses in a row for a Calgary club with just three goals in that span. These Calgary Flames just can’t score. One year after finishing second in the league averaging 3.52 goals a game, the Flames sit 28th, almost a full goal less at 2.60 a game. It’s no secret who the team’s leading culprits are, as former 30-goal men Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan are in well-documented slides. continued Below, watch Matthew Tkachuk post-game.
The Problems In Toronto
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun, As for him (Babcock) paying the price for his worst start since the first years of the Shanaplan, U.S. Thanksgiving is often the time when clubs look to make a major change. This six-game trip could be ideal camouflage, once Monday’s Hall Of Fame induction is done. The last three Leafs coaches fired in mid-season — Randy Carlyle, Ron Wilson and Pat Burns — were all turfed on the road, But letting a 700-win coach go when the team is just two or three points out of a playoff spot in mid-November seems a tad reactionary, never mind the severance cheque MLSE would have to cut the $50-million man barely halfway through his contract. General manager Kyle Dubas and club president Brendan Shanahan must also acknowledge a few things: * The GM just gave a state of the union address last week that focused on patience. more
Don’t Make A Big Deal Of Rasmus Dahlin’s Recent Benching
from Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News, Rasmus Dahlin showed no signs of angst inside the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room Sunday night. The 19-year-old defenseman isn't worried about his play. Neither are his coaches or teammates. Dahlin explained following a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks inside United Center that people outside the Sabres are making too much of him being benched one night earlier. "We’re making too big a deal of what it is," Dahlin said. All Dahlin cared about was that the Sabres beat the Ottawa Senators. He didn't sulk afterwards or get down on himself. Instead, he followed the benching with a promising performance against the Blackhawks, recording one shot on goal among seven attempts with a plus-1 rating. Dahlin's status as a former first overall draft pick magnifies each of his mistakes, and he shoulders immense responsibility as the quarterback on the Sabres' top power-play unit. Though Dahlin committed a few defensive mistakes against the Blackhawks, his resolve impressed coach Ralph Krueger. continued
NHL Short Notes
THREE HARD LAPS * Kirby Dach and Patrick Kane each found the back of the net Sunday to extend personal streaks and help the Blackhawks secure their fourth straight win. * William Karlsson struck twice to continue his ascent of a rare NHL list. * The Hockey Hall of Fame is set to induct four players and two builders – and also honor two media members – as part of its 2019 class.
Use Andreas Athanasiou As A Trade Chip?
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, With every game he plays in a Detroit Red Wings uniform, Robby Fabbri looks like the trade of the season. Which may lead Steve Yzerman to trigger another one.... What Athanasiou’s improved play does is give Yzerman options. He already has made three trades — for Fabbri, Brendan Perlini and Adam Erne. Those were minor moves, but Yzerman was adding guys he wanted to a roster he inherited. Athanasiou, 25, is a 30-goal scorer with a career 0.53 point-per-game average who could yield a top prospect to add to the rebuild. more on both Fabbri and Athanasiou...
Video- Hometown Hockey Feature On Barry Trotz
Christine Simpson with the feature. via Sportsnet's YouTube page, Barry Trotz might be the most celebrated name from Dauphin the hometown moments he has experienced may have helped shape Trotz as a Stanley Cup champion, a Jack Adams Award winner and one of the most successful head coaches in NHL history. -
Expanding the topics discussed on Saturday Headlines. from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, With general managers set to meet Tuesday afternoon in Toronto, there are a couple notable proposals pertaining to offsides on the table. One has been discussed in the past and would see the blue line treated as a plane when a linesman makes an offside call. This would allow a player with a skate not in contact with the ice to be judged onside, assuming his foot has not completely broken the plane of the leading edge of the blue line. Some GMs believe that call is simply too hard for an official to make in real-time. Another proposal would see linesmen told to err on the side of calling close plays onside because the defending team has the right to challenge using video review in cases where a goal is scored. That would improve game flow and keep quality scoring chances from being broken up in situations where the wrong call is made. The November GMs meeting tends to be more of a housekeeping session and lasts just a few hours. The managers meet for three days every March and that’s where rule change proposals are usually hammered out. Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include: Discussions on scheduling and the involvement of series supervisors in pre-game meetings during the playoffs; updates on player and puck tracking; the Seattle expansion draft; and a report on new rules and officiating. more topics...
The Hall Of Fame Legends Classic
from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com, Three ways that you immediately knew that the Haggar Hall of Fame Legends Classic on Sunday wasn't on the up and up: Team captains Mats Sundin and Nicklas Lidstrom arrived at Scotiabank Arena together an hour before the game, chatting amiably as they walked toward their dressing rooms. "This kind of pregame fraternizing must be against the rules," Lidstrom was told, to which he replied, with a laugh, "The new NHL!" continued
The Next Team From Detroit To Win A Championship?
It's a lazy Sunday so why not... Anyone wish to predict the next professional sports team representing Detroit to win a championship? The Wings are 7-12-3 Detroit Lions sit at 3-6-1 Detroit Pistons are 4-9 The Detroit Tigers finished at 47-114 Pretty sad isn't it? I have no idea what team to pick so I will have to say the Wings. When? That's another question.
Robby Fabri Has Been Good
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, The Red Wings acquired forward Robby Fabbri late in the evening of Nov. 6, after another discouraging loss to the New York Rangers. The loss was the Wings’ 12th in 13 games, and nothing was looking good with the roster. Hope was slipping away, the losses were one-sided, and the immediate future looked bleak. Since Fabbri has put on a Wings’ sweater – acquired from St. Louis for forward Jacob de la Rose – they’ve earned a point in all five games. They’ve won three games, and lost two either in overtime or a shootout, which was what happened Saturday in San Jose, the Sharks defeating the Wings 4-3 (1-0 in shootout). Not perfect, but considering where the Wings were, it counts as a turnaround. cotninued
Videos- While The Avs’ Matt Calvert Bleeds, The Vancouver Canucks Score
from Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic, The hockey world watched Calvert take a shot off the back of his head seconds before the Vancouver Canucks scored a goal. But the Colorado Avalanche saw something else. They watched another teammate laying on the ice, bleeding – again – after being hit in the head with the puck while play was allowed to continue. They viewed what happened to Calvert as a player safety issue and one that should have resulted in the game immediately stopping so a player could receive immediate medical attention. Escaping Rogers Arena with a 5-4 overtime win Saturday did not matter because all they could think about was Calvert. “It’s a *#$%@& joke man and I’ve talked about it already,” said Avalanche alternate captain and defenseman Erik Johnson, who was referencing a postgame radio interview he gave with the team’s flagship station that also needed to be censored on a seven-second tape delay. “Like, you want to protect a guy? The guy’s got a family at home. He’s laying there bleeding out of his head and they don’t blow the *#$%@& whistle? It’s a complete joke. It’s an absolute joke and they should be ashamed of themselves.” read on ($$$) Below, watch it play out and also Nathan MacKinnon reacts...
Video- A Hearing Today For Oskar Sundqvist
He took a run at goaltender John Gibson. St. Louis’ Oskar Sundqvist will have a hearing today for Charging Anaheim’s John Gibson. — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 17, 2019
Morning Line- Lance Hornby
And as far as giving Babcock a job review, the hierarchy must check a few of their young stars for a pulse and wonder what happened to the impact of their newest additions. The loss comes amid a growing number of hollow promises to play heavier, stick to the system, give a better account in consecutive games etc. While it’s good the Leafs have escaped the cold in Toronto for a few days, the heat will get turned up without some better performances. -Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun where you can read more on the Leafs.
Videos- Wrapping up The Wings-Sharks Game
from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website, What could have been a great road trip ended up being a pretty good one for the Red Wings. Once again, the Wings rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the game, had great chances in overtime but fell in the shootout, 4-3, to the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center Saturday night. Detroit fell to 7-12-3 overall and finished the trip 1-0-2.... Andreas Athanasiou (two) and Taro Hirose scored for the Wings.... Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard (2-8-1), making his first start since Nov. 6 in New York, made 16 saves, none bigger than getting his glove on a point-blank shot from Logan Couture in the slot with 1:40 left in regulation. read on Below watch the game highlights and post game talk.
NHL Short Notes
THREE HARD LAPS * A total of 102 goals were scored on the NHL’s 17th all-time 15-game day (including three shootout-deciding goals), highlighted by two teams recording at least six and a pair of players registering hat tricks. Saturday featured the second-most goals scored on one day in NHL history, one shy of the 103 from a 12-game slate on Jan. 23, 1993. * Ten of 15 games contested Saturday were decided by a one-goal margin, one shy of the most on one day in League history (11 of 12 GP on April 5, 2018). Seven of those games required overtime, which also fell just short of the single-day NHL record (8 GP on Feb. 22, 2007, Nov. 27, 2015 and Feb. 7, 2019). * The busiest day of the season thus far also featured five teams overcoming a deficit to win, including three multi-goal comebacks.
Evening Line- Michael Traikos On The Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs are down 5-1 in Pittsburgh after two periods tonight and are 0-3-1 in their last 4 games. via Michael Traikos tweets, Blame Babcock and Dubas, but where are the so-called leaders on this team??? Everyone wearing a letter — and/or is making the lion’s share of the cap, because they wanted to be paid like stars — deserves even more blame. If I’m Dubas, I wouldn’t fire Babcock. After what the GM went through each of the past two summers, I wouldn’t let the players off that easily. No way. This is their mess to clean.
Video- Saturday Headlines
Elliotte Friedman, Chris Johnston and Ron MaClean discussed- The future of Mike Babcock (down 5-1 tonight) and they are looking for a goalie plus the future of Tyson Barrie. The Flames may be looking for a shakeup and a few more topics including Kovalchuck talk and the GM meetings next week and possibly talking about the offside rule. via Sportsnet,
Goalie Change For The New York Rangers?
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, It is time for the Blueshirts to summon Shesterkin to Broadway in an exchange for Alex Georgiev, because three-into-two creates fractions in nets, and because Georgiev’s waivers-exempt status will expire after he plays eight more games in the NHL. The Rangers only play one game over the next five days, Wednesday at home against the Capitals. But beginning Nov. 22, there will be six games in nine days. That represents the perfect time for Shesterkin to get into the NHL mix and work on a daily basis with goaltending coach Benny Allaire.... Davidson has known since the moment he took the job that the team ultimately would have to choose between Shesterkin and Georgiev, and on probably more of an accelerated basis than optimal. But unless the decision-makers are surprised by how well Shesterkin has played in the AHL (and that’s not likely), this was always going to be a matter of time. And the time is just about now. more plus other topics like- should Claude Lemieux be in the HHOF, the Leafs, Don Cherry and more...
Another Late Night
Well, we had a little streak, and, it felt pretty good there for a bit. Now we're back to reality. The late night games are almost done with for now. We're up against a Sharks team whose top guys are going pretty good right now, and, our defense is not the best, with some of our better players out. That does not bode well for whoever is in goal. So hello, goodnight, and thanks if you choose to be here for another late night game. It's a Live Blog!
Video- The Sportsnet Panel On Mike Babcock
Afer a 6-1 loss in Pittsburgh. via Sportsnet, Brian Burke and The Hockey Night in Canada panel discuss if the clock has begun to tick on Mike Babcock’s tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs. added 11:28pm, via Sportsnet, Brian Burke talks about the how the heat is being turned on for some coaches and the play of the Vancouver Canucks. Watch below.
Video- Ron MacLean On The Past Week
A sincere, troubled and caring man. Well done Ron MacLean. via the YouTube page of CityNew Toronto,
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - John Chayka got a contract extension in Arizona. Imagine the kind of deal he’ll get if the Coyotes ever make the playoffs or win a post-season round? - Watching Connor McDavid grow into himself is a rather spectacular delight to witness. He plays hockey at a speed we’ve never seen before, a style all his own. But that, by itself, is really nothing new. This is what you get from the best centres who have ever played. They are brilliant but different. Different in size and shape and what they bring to the sport.... more, including Don Cherry and HHOF talk...
Video- After The Skate Talk
I will add more videos if they become available. Luke Glendening. "I'm excited to get back and be a part of the group." Luke Glendening ready to return to game action. #DETvsSJS #LGRW pic.twitter.com/0Txhb8MUlU — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) November 16, 2019
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