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Devils-Senators Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:46:28 PDT)
A national tragedy put the Ottawa Senators' winning streak on hold - and in a much different perspective. Before facing the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, the Senators will hold what figures to be an emotional tribute to honor the Canadian soldiers who lost their lives earlier this week. Ottawa (4-1-0) had won four in a row before a scheduled meeting with Toronto on Wednesday was postponed because of shootings in the Canadian capital. Earlier that day, a gunman killed a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial, then stormed Parliament before being shot dead.

Rangers-Canadiens Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:36:53 PDT)
The Montreal Canadiens lost the Eastern Conference finals to the New York Rangers last season, but Carey Price's series ended in Game 1 after a collision with Chris Kreider. Price will be back between the pipes on Saturday night as the conference-leading Canadiens face Kreider and the Rangers for the first time since being ousted from the playoffs. Price was integral in getting Montreal to the East finals last season, going 8-3 with a 2.15 goals-against average through the first two rounds of the postseason. Price, who is 5-1-0 with a 2.96 GAA this season, isn't dwelling on the incident with Kreider or losing the series to the Rangers.

Bruins-Maple Leafs Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:36:59 PDT)
After having to move past the Johnny Boychuk trade that occurred just four days before the season, the Boston Bruins have now learned they'll spend an extended stretch without their top defenseman. The Toronto Maple Leafs, meanwhile, are happy just to get back on the ice. The visiting Bruins hope to continue the success they've had over the past three seasons against the rival Maple Leafs on Saturday night when they play their first game without injured All-Star Zdeno Chara. Boston (4-5-0) moved Boychuk in a trade to the New York Islanders on Oct. 4 for salary-cap reasons, leaving a hole in a unit that ranked second at 2.09 goals-against per game last season.

National Hockey League roundup
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:42:43 PDT)
(The Sports Xchange) - Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will miss four to six weeks because of a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The defenseman was injured in the first period of his team's 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday night. General manager Peter Chiarelli said surgery is not expected. "This is completely different, isolated from other ligaments that are more critical of the maneuvering of the knee," Chiarelli said. "So the good news is it's isolated to that. ...

Senators, Canadiens, Leafs pay tribute to soldiers (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:37:27 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will hold coordinated tributes Saturday night to honor the Canadian soldiers who lost their lives during shootings this week. The tributes will be before games at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, the Bell Centre in Montreal and Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The Senators said Friday the teams will show appreciation for the men and women whose actions stopped the attackers and aided victims.

Bruins lose Chara for 4-6 weeks with knee injury (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:35:09 PDT)
The Boston Bruins will spend the next four to six weeks trying to fill the hole left by an injury to the tallest player in NHL history. Defenseman Zdeno Chara tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee but will not need surgery, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. The team called up two minor-league defensemen on Friday to replace the 6-foot-9 Slovakian who was the 2009 Norris Trophy winner and plays more minutes than any other Bruins skater. ''But I'd rather have it four to six weeks than four to six months.'' Chara left Thursday night's game against the Islanders in the first period, one shift after a collision with New York forward John Tavares.

Habs, Leafs, Senators to hold coordinated tribute to fallen soldiers (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:50:46 PDT)
Since the tragic events in Ottawa on Wednesday , we’ve seen tributes all throughout the hockey world, including some American rinks featuring the singing of “O Canada” before games, plus players Tweeting out their condolences and sending prayers and strength to Canada’s capital.  The Ottawa Senators will be playing their first home game since the events unfolded when they host the New Jersey Devils Saturday night. It will be a very emotional scene inside Canadian Tire Centre when the national anthem is sung.  Before the 7 p.m. ET puck drop, the Senators, along with the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, who are also be playing at home, will hold a coordinated tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.  From Senators owner Eugene Melnyk : “As we continue to reflect on the tragic circumstances surrounding the deaths of two our country’s soldiers on Canadian soil, we do so with heavy hearts” said Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “But what doesn’t break us, makes us stronger. Today our country stands more united than ever and so does the entire NHL family. We are very pleased to join forces with the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs in coordinating a unique and special tribute prior our game on Saturday in honour and recognition of these two brave soldiers, their families and all members of our Canadian military.” Also on Saturday night, one of the Senators’ minor league affiliates will be doing a tribute of their own. The ECHL’s Evansville IceMen were planning to unveil jerseys resembling the Senators’ current alternates later in the season, but what happened in Ottawa this week caused them to move up the debut date to this Saturday: 

Neal 'blindsided' by trade; Panthers to broadcast in Spanish; Bailey out with broken hand (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:28:45 PDT)
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

Nicklas Backstrom on Top (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:53:00 PDT)
Michael Finewax reports that Nicklas Backstrom is the first player from his class to hit the 500 point mark in 'The Week Ahead'

Staying patient, Drouin among hot fantasy topics (NHL)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:00:00 PDT)
Last week I advised owners to stay patient with some players that were struggling early on. At that time, San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture had one point in four games. Fans were asking if they should look to trade or drop him (crazy, but true). I advised his owners to stay patient with the 25-year-old forward. In his next four games he went on to record four goals and three assists.

Three Periods: Voynov illustrates new reality; Fleury's future in Pittsburgh; NHL notes (Yahoo Sports)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:02:16 PDT)
The NHL's suspension of Slava Voynov signals a new era in handling criminal cases; Marc-Andre Fleury contract question; news 'n' notes.

NHL Fantasy Hockey: Why Tyler Seguin a Stud, Matt Moulson a Dud (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:16:10 PDT)
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website   DobberHockey   back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.   Most teams are about six or seven games into the season and poolies are starting to get antsy about their goaltenders. But let's not forget that on October 31, 2013 Henrik Lundqvist was 3-5-0 with a 0.908 SV%. And Jonathan Quick was 8-4-0, which was pretty good but in fantasy his 0.903 SV% wasn't quite as rewarding. Here are some struggling netminders - and how you should play them… Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes - I have been pretty tough on Ward over the years and he's giving me no reason to change that. And Anton Khudobin has been impressive for brief stints with several teams now. I said in the preseason that Ward is the Golden Boy - meaning the Hurricanes need him to be successful more than any other player short of Eric Staal. So he'll get all the opportunities early on. But eventually it will become pretty clear that Khudobin is the better option if they want to win hockey games. Well, this transition seems to be happening sooner than I thought and Ward should be traded or dropped as soon as possible - assuming for some reason you still have him. Hopefully he was only a No.4 goalie on your squad. Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers - Mason is also a Golden Boy. The Flyers are desperate for a young goaltender with upside to become the face of the franchise and they'll be giving Mason all the easy match-ups they possibly can. Meanwhile, Emery will get the tough opponents (look no further than Thursday night). What I'm saying is - no matter how much Mason sucks, and he'll certainly have his moments, he's still getting 30 to 34 wins. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche - Still looking for his first win, but he's on a team that has only one of them. And he's been injured for a week on top of that. Varly is expected to return Friday. Most of us projected at least a small regression for the Avalanche. But a slow start like this is too much - this is easily a playoff team so the wins will start to roll in and Varlamov will get at least 35 of them if he can stay healthy. If there was ever a time to buy low on him, that time is now. John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks - Gibson has had a slow start to his campaign, including a stint in the AHL. Regardless of the fact that he's the most highly-touted prospect goaltender in the world, or that he made a huge impression in the NHL postseason last spring, Frederik Andersen is better. Andersen has been the top goalie in the league so far and he'll continue to get the starts as long as he stays healthy. Andersen was injured twice last year, so he may not be able to handle it - but if he can play 65-plus games he will. That means Gibson is not going to help you this year. In fact this has the potential to be the next Jonathan Quick/Jonathan Bernier situation in which the younger guy is stuck warming the bench for big chunks of several seasons.  Studs... These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...  Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars (4-5-5-10, plus-6, 2 PIM, 18 SOG, 3 PPPts) - After a slow start, Seguin and buddy Jamie Benn took flight against the Blue Jackets and haven't looked back. Now they're looking like this year's version of the 2011 Getzlaf-Perry connection. Torey Krug, Boston Bruins (3-2-3-5, plus-5, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 2 PPPts) - The 23-year-old has 55 points in his last 98 regular season and playoff games, making him one of the most prolific point producing blueliners in that span.  Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers (6-2-7-9, even, 0 PIM, 32 SOG, 3 PPPts) - This is a big difference from his craptacular start from a year ago, when it took 16 games for Giroux to score his first goal and six games to earn his first assist. With a hot start like this, a return to 90-plus points could be in the cards. 

P.K. Subban as ‘Thriller’ Michael Jackson deserves all the Halloween candy (Photos) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:57:19 PDT)

Penguins-Red Wings Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:39:08 PDT)
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are trying to get their power play going again, while the Detroit Red Wings' unit hasn't made much of an impact. After being held without a point for the first time this season, Crosby aims to help the visiting Penguins bounce back from their second loss in three games Thursday night against the Red Wings. Crosby leads the Penguins (3-2-0) with nine points, but he was held off the score sheet and was a minus-2 in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to Philadelphia. Pittsburgh's NHL-leading power play also came up empty for the first time this season, going 0 for 2 after converting on 8 of 17 chances and scoring at least one goal in each of the first four games.

NHL Three Stars: Night of the OT thrillers (and goalie interference) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:17:53 PDT)
No. 1 Star: Kevin Klein, New York Rangers Klein needed to do his goalie Henrik Lundqvist a solid after a few pucks had gone in off the defenseman this season, including one against the New Jersey Devils. So he gave Lundqvist the win with the third game-winner of his eight-season career, scoring at 2:18 of overtime to complete a Rangers rally for the 4-3 win. No. 2 Star: Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs Phil The Thrill led the Leafs’ rally on Long Island, scoring two goals and assisting on one by James van Riemsdyk as Toronto blew past the New York Islanders, 5-2. No. 3 Star: Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning Palat’s sweet backhand goal on a point blast from Anton Stralman gave the Bolts a 2-1 overtime victory against the Calgary Flames, as Evgeni Nabokov outdueled Karri Ramo. Honorable Mention: Antti Raata made 32 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks scored three first-period goals in a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Patrick Kane had two goals. … It wasn’t pretty, but the Boston Bruins defeated the San Jose Sharks, 5-3. Seth Griffith scored his first NHL goal. Torey Krug and Milan Lucic had 3-point nights. Logan Couture had two goals. … David Desharnais was the OT hero for the Montreal Canadiens, as they defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1. The Nashville Predators won again, this time in a shootout over the Arizona Coyotes. Ryan Ellis scored a goal in regulation and the eventual winner in the shootout. … Adam Lowery scored his first NHL goal and Dustin Byfuglien added the back-breaker in the second as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 21 of 22 shots. … The Dallas Stars got two goals from Erik Cole and a slew of other multi-point games in doubling the Vancouver Canucks. … Rick Nash scored his eighth for the Rangers. … Brad Boyes’ OT goal at 2:23 gave the Florida Panthers a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche, who rallied from three goals down.   Did You Know? The Devils and Rangers were a combined 5-for-8 on the power play. Dishonorable Mention: Thomas Hickey and Travis Hamonic were a minus-3. … Ryan Miller was pulled after giving up five goals on 13 shots. … Nick Bonino, Alex Burrows and Chris Higgins were minus-3; Kevin Bieksa was a minus-4. … This goalie interference penalty was bad. … This goalie interference penalty was terrible.  ... In fact, the overall officiating in the Panthers/Avs game was terrible. 

Desharnais scores in OT to give Montreal 2-1 win (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:45:43 PDT)
MONTREAL (AP) -- Alex Galchenyuk is showing that he wants to establish himself as a top offensive player for the Montreal Canadiens.

Ellis' shootout goal leads Nashville over Arizona (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:41:26 PDT)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Predators earned a rare shootout win.

How terrible is this goalie interference call on Nick Bjugstad? (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:38:34 PDT)
The Florida Panthers defeated the Colorado Avalanche in overtime on Tuesday night, 4-3, on a Brad Boyes goal. This result proves that the Hockey Gods have a sense of goodness and fairness, because the Panthers were nearly jobbed by an atrocious goalie interference penalty late in the third period. Bjugstad made a brilliant move in the Avalanche zone, skating out from behind the net, turning and accelerating through the Colorado defense towards goalie Reto Berra. The goalie moved to the top of his crease and attempted a poke check. Bjugstad collided with his pad and flew through the air. The result? Two minutes for goalie interference, a penalty that the Panthers would eventually kill. The NHL rulebook, on goalie interference: “Incidental contact with a goalkeeper will be permitted, and resulting goals allowed, when such contact is initiated outside of the goal crease, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.” Or, if you prefer: A goalkeeper is not “fair game” just because he is outside the goal crease. The appropriate penalty should be assessed in every case where an attacking player makes unnecessary contact with the goalkeeper. However, incidental contact will be permitted when the goalkeeper is in the act of playing the puck outside his goal crease provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such unnecessary contact. Considering where Berra was when the contact was made, and the fact that his aggressive defensive play was THE ONLY REASON THERE WAS CONTACT, there’s no way in hell there should have been a goalie interference call, let alone a power play being handed to Colorado in that situation. The difference between this play and the one that took a Pavel Datsyuk goal off the board for the Red Wings at the Montreal Canadiens? The rules provided Carey Price some cover when he initiated contact with Justin Abdelkader, who had placed himself near the Montreal goalie. But this Bjugstad play only happens because Berra attempts to play the puck. One’s a bad rule with too much gray area. The other’s just a terrible call. 

NHL-Highlights of Tuesday's NHL games
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:30:48 PDT)
(Adds late games) Oct 21 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's National Hockey League games: - - - - Bruins 5, Sharks 3 The Boston Bruins struck for three third-period goals to rally to a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. The win gave the Bruins (4-4-0) back-to-back victories for the first time this season. Just-recalled rookie right winger Seth Griffith tied the game with his first NHL goal 4:50 into the third before center Gregory Campbell scored his first of the season at 10:42. Center David Krejci scored a short-handed empty-net goal with 24.5 seconds left. ...

Pavel Datsyuk work of art ruined by NHL goalie interference rules (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:55:29 PDT)
Pavel Datsyuk returned to the Detroit Red Wings lineup on Tuesday night and did what Pavel Datsyuk does, which is score a ridiculous goal: Blazing speed into the Montreal Canadiens zone, a dangle to the middle, a spinning backhand perfectly placed past Carey Price.  Only it didn’t count. Nor should it have counted, as per the NHL’s goalie interference rules and the real-time enforcement of them, without benefit of review. Justin Abdelkader of the Red Wings parked himself next to Price, his skate near the crease. Price moved into his hip, attempting to defend the shot. And the goal was disallowed because of that contact. Fox Sports Detroit announcers Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond went a little nuts, attempting to paint Price as the aggressor here. And he was, but it doesn't matter, as the NHL rules state: “Goals should be disallowed only if: (1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal.” Now, the Red Wings ended up losing this one, 2-1 in overtime, turning this disallowed goal into a rather significant one, because Detroit would have gone up 2-0. Instead, Alex Galchenyuk scored with 3:09 left and then Montreal won it in overtime. After the game, coach Mike Babcock joined the chorus of his announcers: "Abby ends up with his foot in the paint, but Price definitely initiates contact." Again: Letter of the law, the refs called it right, because there's no way of telling if Price sold the bump or if was impaired, as the play went on.  But if the question is whether the law should work like that, giving goalies yet another advantage per the rulebook while coaches have no recourse with a challenge during the game, well … it’s just too bad about that Datsyuk goal is all. 

Pavel Datsyuk back for the Detroit Red Wings (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:31:30 PDT)
Sunshine. Puppies. Pavel Datsyuk in the lineup.  What are three things that undeniably brighten your day? The Detroit Red Wings star will make his season debut on Tuesday night at the Montreal Canadiens, four weeks after suffering a separated shoulder. Johan Franzen, alas, is headed to seven-day injured reserve with a wonky groin to open up that spot for Datsyuk. As Helene St. James of the Free Press notes, getting him back could mean very good things for the Red Wings’ offense: Getting Datsyuk back surely would help an offense that so far has sputtered; the four goals scored Friday at Toronto mark the only time the Wings have topped two goals in a game. Saturday, they scored once — in overtime. The power play has been especially egregious, its 9.5% success rate reflecting two goals on 21 opportunities. "We have to get more pucks to the net," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "We've been a little bit too stationary once we do enter the zone. We need to make sure we have more motion." When it was brought to Kronwall's attention that he said the same thing a billion times last season, he laughed. "It might have been more than that." Datsyuk will play on the Red Wings’ top line, skating with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader. He’ll also be on the top power-play unit. 

Red Wings-Canadiens Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:24:44 PDT)
Despite the absences of two of their top players, the Detroit Red Wings managed to sweep their first back-to-back set this season.

Mark Hunter leaves London Knights, becomes Toronto Maple Leafs' director of player personnel (Buzzing The Net)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:31:57 PDT)

What We Learned: An etiquette guide to throwing your NHL jersey in protest (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:38:01 PDT)

It's Trevor Daley time! (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:57:00 PDT)
It may be hard to believe but the Stars Trevor Daley is tied for the NHL lead with three power play goals.

Dose: Shutting the Door (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:34:00 PDT)
Henrik Lundqvist and Pekka Rinne were among the seven goalies who pitched shutouts this weekend. The Dose ponders the future of each netminder.

Subban scores twice, Canadiens beat Avs 3-2 (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:55:35 PDT)
MONTREAL (AP) -- P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens spoiled Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard's first NHL start.

Svedberg earns shutout in Bruins' win over Sabres (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:03:00 PDT)
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Boston Bruins bounced back from their worst defensive performance of the season with their first shutout victory.

P.K. Subban powers up out of penalty box, scores lovely goal (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:16:02 PDT)
The Colorado Avalanche had an opportunity to tie their game with the Montreal Canadiens late in the second period on the power play. It didn’t happen. And when the penalty expired Lars Eller dumped the puck off the boards and out of the zone, catching up with a racing P.K. Subban, who had just exited the box. It would end up being ten seconds Tyson Barrie would like to forget: Poor, lonely Tyson Barrie:

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