Oilers-Canucks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:33:05 PST)
The Vancouver Canucks have fared well no matter who's been in net lately, and that could make coach John Tortorella's decision on his starters for a set of back-to-back games less stressful. Tortorella might choose to give No. 1 netminder Roberto Luongo the task of helping the Canucks extend their season-high win streak to six games or let Eddie Lack build on his first NHL shutout Friday night against the Edmonton Oilers. As a coach you're looking at the present but you're also looking at the future, too, as you go through a long year with a condensed schedule that we have with the Olympics." With the Canucks wrapping up their five-game homestand Saturday against Eastern Conference-leading Boston, Lack might get another start Friday versus the last-place team in the West. Edmonton (11-19-3) had gone 2-0-1 in its last three games before losing 4-2 to Boston on Thursday.
Dallas Eakins gives Dubnyk the hook in loss to Bruins (NBC Sports)
(Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:03:58 PST)
His inconsistent season continues.
Crying humbug on hockey’s ugly Christmas sweater jerseys (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:26:02 PST)
Have you ever been on Twitter when news breaks, and everyone makes the same obvious joke but acts like they’ve just validated the existence of the Higgs boson particle? ( Raises hand as that person, with frequency .)
It's basically the same phenomenon as the “ugly Christmas sweater” trend in minor league hockey.
First came the Reading Royals of the ECHL:
And then the Knoxville Ice Bears of the SPHL:
And the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL:
Aaaaaaaand the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL:
And we're not even halfway through December yet ...
To this trend, we cry HUMBUG! And here's why:
1. The death of creativity. Oh, look, a couple are red and a couple are green. But it's the same collection of iconography remixed into seasonal colors. Reindeer jumping! Reindeer jumping over trees! Reindeer jumping into snowflakes! Snowflakes falling on trees! Trees falling on reindeer!
We all love a holiday cookie cutter, but c’mon already.
2. None of the reindeer are having sex. Somewhere, Michael Del Zotto weeps into his “HBO 24/7” sweater.
3. They’re not that ugly. Seriously, do any of these rise to the level of “ugly” as far as holiday sweaters go?
Of course not. They’re garish and not necessarily our cup of eggnog, but none of them trigger our yuletide gag reflex.
You want ugly sweaters? Let the Vancouver Canucks be your guiding star, ye wise men (and women).
Because Kevin Bieska knows ugly:
And Chris Tanev knows ugly:
And Henrik Sedin knows ugly:
My god. It’s like someone tried to knit something from Thomas Kincaid’s crumpled up rejection pile.
4. Finally, novelty hockey jerseys can’t settle for normal. Again, the “ugly Christmas” sweaters are the kind of thing you’d expect to see on sale at Land’s End or worn by that weird person in your office that always smells of liverwurst. They’re not that bold or outrageous, which is what we expect from our hockey minor league teams and should demand from their Christmas jerseys.
So ditch the ugly sweaters. Get drunk on the holiday spirit, like the Rocky Mountain Rage of the Central Hockey League:
Or, in the granddaddy of all terrible holiday jerseys, behold the Florida Everblades:
Please, hockey teams wearing or considering wearing “ugly” Christmas sweaters: Stop being the stale fruitcake of novelty jerseys, and start being the Red Rider B.B. Gun: unexpected, instantly memorable and permanently damaging to our vision.
How Concerned Should Minnesota Wild Fans Be About the Team’s Performance on the Road? (Yahoo Contributor Network)
(Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:43:00 PST)
COMMENTARY | It's no secret: The Minnesota Wild are better at home then they are on the road this year. Following their 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday -- a team had not lost in Orange County -- Minnesota was 13-3-2 at the Xcel Energy Center and 5-7-3 away from St. Paul. On the road, it doesn't matter who the Wild are playing -- the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, or Columbus Blue Jackets -- things just kind of fall apart. The Ducks game wasn't particularly awful -- they had two rough periods, but goaltender Josh Harding kept them in the contest and the offense got going in the third -- however, Alex Grant's goal in the second period was a microcosm of what goes wrong for Minnesota on the road.
Flames fire GM Feaster (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:21:56 PST)
The Calgary Flames fired general manager Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod on Thursday. Brian Burke, the team's president of hockey operations, announced the firings and will act as interim general manager until a replacement is hired. The Flames failed to make the playoffs in the three years Feaster was with the team and have started this year with an 11-15-4 record, 13th in the Western Conference.
In the Cage: Hurricanes face goaltending decision (NHL)
(Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:00:00 PST)
Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com's weekly segment: "In the Cage." From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.
Canucks awesome ugly Christmas sweater family photo (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:23:35 PST)
The epitome of the holiday season is the ugly Christmas sweater. For this year's Dice and Ice charity event benefiting Canucks for Kids , the team donned their finest holiday wear for photos posted around the event.
If you can't tell already, Ryan Kesler is not amused. Torts just told him he can't have a Red Rider BB Gun.
(s/t to Bure's Triple Deke for tweeting photo )
The family photo is nice but like usual, Roberto Luongo takes the cake for the best tweet and photo of the night. This time Ryan Kessler is only slightly amused.
Every kiss begins with K........ pic.twitter.com/hEtzKFCj45
— Strombone (@strombone1) December 12, 2013
While the event is a great way to raise money for kids, auctioning off the head of Sarah McLachlan seems a bit excessive. But then again, this is Vancouver...
(Additional s/t to @CanucksForKids for sharing pictures)
Paille joins list of injured Bruins’ players (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:26:52 PST)
Kassian on Oilers seeking revenge: ‘Door is open, go ahead’ (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:28:17 PST)
"I'm not too worried about someone coming after me."
Cooke: Despite losing record, Wild ‘built for the road’ (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:59:58 PST)
Minnesota has just five wins from 14 games away from Xcel this season.
After blowing 4-1 lead, Oilers top 'Canes in OT (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:00:29 PST)
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Try as they might, the Edmonton Oilers didn't lose. After building a seemingly comfortable 4-1 lead on the Carolina Hurricanes, only to cough it up over the final 30 minutes, the Oilers recovered to pull out a 5-4 overtime victory Tuesday at Rexall Place. Blowing a huge lead made the Oilers all the more desperate heading into the extra period. "It wasn't our prettiest win, but we dug deep in overtime and got a big goal," said Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, after right winger Jordan Eberle scored the winner at 1:48 of overtime.
Oilers 5, Hurricanes 4 (OT) (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:50:14 PST)
EDMONTON, Alberta -- After blowing a 4-1 lead to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Edmonton Oilers emerged with a 5-4 win Tuesday at Rexall Place when right winger Jordan Eberle scored a power-play goal at 1:48 of overtime.
Stumbling Coyotes have ‘huge’ game versus Avalanche (NBC Sports)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:13:34 PST)
Phoenix has just two wins in its last eight.
The Front Line: Getzlaf powering Ducks' fantasy surge (NHL)
(Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:00:00 PST)
Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy forwards in his weekly segment: "The Front Line." From updated rankings to players you should keep a close eye on and much more, Cubeta will be your fantasy forwards insider all season long.
Hurricanes-Oilers Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:44:56 PST)
Jeff Skinner and the Carolina Hurricanes are looking to get back on track as they continue a four-game road trip. A meeting with the Western Conference-worst Edmonton Oilers could help. After opening this trek with a loss, Skinner and the Hurricanes will try to bounce back and keep red-hot Taylor Hall in check Tuesday night against the Oilers.
Canucks' Lack earns 1st NHL shutout, tops Canes (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:34:02 PST)
Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella is already quite fond of backup goalie Eddie Lack. The 25-year-old Swedish rookie didn't disappoint in his first home appearance, backstopping the Canucks with a 31-save effort and leading Vancouver to a 2-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night. With No. 1 goalie Roberto Luongo getting the night off, Lack continued his steady play and earned his first NHL shutout and helping the Canucks to their fifth straight win.
Canucks' Lack blanks 'Canes in first home start (The SportsXchange)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:30:23 PST)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Eddie Lack made his first home start with the Vancouver Canucks a memorable one Monday night. Lack stopped 31 shots for the first shutout of his NHL career, and the Canucks blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 with fans chanting "Eddie! Eddie!" just before the final horn sounded. The Canucks (18-10-5) posted their fifth consecutive win and gained a share of fifth place in the Western Conference. The Hurricanes outshot the Canucks 31-26, including 13-7 in the third period.
Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: B's take top spot (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:00:02 PST)
The holiday roster freeze is just around the corner for the NHL, so were not anticipating too many changes in the current natural order of things in the Eastern and Western Conference. Younger teams off to hot starts like the Colorado Avalanche are coming back to earth a little bit while still looking like a playoff team, and Eastern Conference teams in Montreal, Pittsburgh and Boston are beginning to prove theyre the only ones worth a damn. ...
NHL Wrap: Malkin scores in return, Pens win (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:45:12 PST)
PITTSBURGH -- Evgeni Malkin's favorite running mate is serving a five-game NHL suspension.
Canucks win fifth in a row, Lack gets first NHL shutout (NBC Sports)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:41:34 PST)
Vancouver is getting in the thick of things.
NHL Three Stars: Perry, MacArthur score twice; Lack blanks Hurricanes (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:39:45 PST)
It's my sincere hope that these guys met at the game and just sat together after realizing they were a complete set.
No. 1 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Perry reached 20 goals on the season with two in the Ducks' 5-2 rout of the hapless New York Islanders, who are definitely about to fire their coach. Perry's goal with two seconds remaining in the second period was a thing of beauty. It also pushed his goal streak to 6 games.
No. 2 Star: Eddie Lack, Vancouver Canucks
Lack was perfect in his first NHL home start, stopping all 31 shots he faced for his first career shutout in the Canucks' 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
NHL-Highlights of Monday's National Hockey League games
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:09:55 PST)
(Adds later games) Dec 9 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's National Hockey League games. - - - Penguins 2, Blue Jackets 1 Receiving goals from the NHL's two leading scorers, centers Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins skated past the Columbus Blue Jackets. Malkin, who missed the previous two games due to a lower-body injury, opened the scoring in the second period before Crosby put Pittsburgh up 2-0 in the third with his 16th goal of the season. Marc Andre-Fleury made 32 saves for the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins (21-10-1). ...
Canucks 2, Hurricanes 0 (The SportsXchange)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:50:30 PST)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Eddie Lack stopped 31 shots for the first shutout of his NHL career, and the Vancouver Canucks blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 Monday night. The Canucks (18-10-5) posted their fifth consecutive win and gained a share of fifth place in the Western Conference. The Hurricanes outshot the Canucks 31-26, including 13-7 in the third period. Defenseman Chris Tanev and right winger Jannik Hansen, into an empty net in the game's final minute, scored for Vancouver.
NHL salary cap expected to rise to $71 million (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:02:59 PST)
The NHL salary cap is expected to rise to about $71 million next season, an increase of more than 10 percent. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made the optimistic announcement Monday at the league's board of governors meeting. The ceiling of the salary cap is determined by hockey-related revenue generated this season, so the new figure is merely an estimate, Bettman said. The NHL has had a major recovery one season after the lockout-shortened campaign.
Coyotes-Avalanche Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:47:00 PST)
While the Phoenix Coyotes are in danger of concluding their trip with three consecutive defeats, they have played well in Colorado of late. The Avalanche are looking to regroup following a disappointing trek of their own. The slumping Coyotes will again be without captain Shane Doan as they go for a fifth win in six visits to Pepsi Center on Tuesday night. Phoenix (16-8-5) opened its trip with a 6-2 win over Edmonton last Tuesday before losing 4-1 in Calgary the following night.
NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:08:54 PST)
Dec 9 (The Sports Xchange) - The NHL suspended Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal five games for kneeing Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand in the head during Saturday night's game. Under terms of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement, Neal is considered a first-time offender. - - The Chicago Blackhawks placed forward Bryan Bickell on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 19 when he suffered a lower-body injury reported to be to his left leg. Goaltender Kent Simpson was recalled from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League to fill Bickell's roster spot.
NHL roundup: Pens' Neal suspended five games (The SportsXchange)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:00:26 PST)
The NHL suspended Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal five games for kneeing Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand in the head during Saturday night's game. The five-game ban is the maximum allowable following Neal's telephone hearing with the league's Department of Player Safety. Neal, 26, clipped Marchand with his knee after Marchand fell to the ice during the first period of the game. Neal was assessed a minor penalty on the play.
Haggerty's Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15:59:50 PST)
*The Pro Hockey Talk boys examine Garth Snow looking at all the Isles options as New York approaches 10 games without a victory.*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough says that the Vancouver Canucks fans were chanting Mike Santorellis name on Sunday night. I absolutely didnt see that one coming, but Ive made up for it by picking him up in several of my fantasy hockey leagues.*Will the New York Times use the Shawn Thornton/Brooks Orpik incident as low-hanging fruit in their longstanding attempts to outlaw fighting from the NHL? Well, of course they will. ...
Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Some streaks will rise, some will fall (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15:16:11 PST)
Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Create-a-Caption : "A young fan is rewarded with Roberto Luongo's shtick after the Vancouver win over the Colorado Avalanche in their NHL game at Rogers Arena December 8, 2013 in Vancouver..."
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Preview: Philadelphia Flyers at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m. ET
Preview: New York Islanders at Anaheim Ducks, 10 p.m. ET
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...
1. Senators try to end home losing streak. The Senators have lost five straight at home with the Flyers, who have already beaten them twice this season, in town.
2. Islanders try to end two worse losing streaks. But even if Ottawa makes it five, they've got nothing on the Islanders, who have lost nine consecutive games. They've also lost nine consecutive road games. Probably not an ideal time to run into the best team in the Pacific Division. Good luck with that.
3. Getzlaf very pointy. Another streak on the line tonight in Anaheim: Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has picked up a point in 13 consecutive games. He's pretty good.
4. Streaks and streaks and streaks and streaks. The Canucks began their current four-game winning streak by beating the Hurricanes a week ago. Now they're looking to push it to five by beating the Hurricanes again. But the Hurricanes are looking to push their own winning streak to four by beating the Canucks, and ending a five-game losing streak against Vancouver in the process. #streaks
5. McElhinney seeks third straight shutout. It's an all-streak edition of the Viewing Guide! Curtis McElhinney has recorded shutouts in two straight games. Can he make it three against the Penguins?
Bold Prediction : As some streaks rise and some streaks fall, we will reflect on the randomness of our very existence.
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Fantasy All-Access: Filling in for injured stars (NHL)
(Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:24:00 PST)
Injuries have plagued the fantasy world lately and some of the biggest names currently are out of action.