Vanek innocent, per agent; Flyers sign Colaiacovo; Scrivens talks mental health awareness masks (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:55:24 PDT)
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Senators-Bruins Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:11:23 PDT)
The Boston Bruins haven't fully found the form that lifted them to the Presidents' Trophy a season ago, though there are recent signs that they're not far off. The Bruins have won four of six and can move above .500 for the first time this season when they host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. Boston (6-6-0) won 3-2 in overtime at Buffalo on Thursday, outshooting the Sabres 37-15. Brad Marchand tied the game in the third period before scoring in the extra period.
Senators home cooking (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:29:00 PDT)
Michael Finewax reports that the Senators are at home for all four games in The Week Ahead.
Sharp, Hossa lead Blackhawks to win over Senators (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:21:22 PDT)
Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa had a memorable night in the city where his NHL career began. Hossa had a goal and an assist in the Blackhawks' 5-4 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators, reaching two milestones where he got his start back in 1997. He started his career with the Senators, moved on to Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Detroit before joining Chicago. Jonathan Toews scored twice for Chicago (6-3-1), and Kris Versteeg added a goal.
Three Periods: Dupuis' incredible comeback(s); Maatta deals with tumor; NHL notes (Yahoo Sports)
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:30:06 PDT)
The Pittsburgh Penguins prove their resilience – again – as Pascal Dupuis bounces back from another freak injury and Olli Maatta plays despite tumor news; plus, news and notes from the NHL.
David Backes, T.J. Oshie out with concussions for Blues (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:16:07 PDT)
Fantasy top 30 goalies: Scrivens, Lehner solid adds (NHL)
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:00:00 PDT)
Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to trending players and more, Goldman will be your go-to guy for fantasy goalie advice all season long.
Blackhawks-Senators Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:27:35 PDT)
While the usually high-scoring Chicago Blackhawks haven't been generating much offense, they managed to get by the Ottawa Senators last weekend. The slumping Blackhawks hit the road looking to continue their recent success against the Senators on Thursday night. Chicago (5-3-1) picked up nine points in its first five games before scoring six goals during a 1-3-0 stretch. The Blackhawks couldn't get any of their 38 shots past Anaheim's John Gibson in a 1-0 loss Tuesday.
Will Arnett and Jay Baruchel lead Canadian team celebrity fandom (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:48:19 PDT)
Will Arnett does not shy away from being a Maple Leafs fan. The former “Arrested Development” actor, who hails from East York, Ontario got to live his dream – or nightmare maybe – of coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs in the below video. This comes on the heels of Montreal Canadiens commercials where “This is the End” star and Habs superfan Jay Baruchel creeps on some players. The recent actor love for these teams got us thinking. Who are our favorite celeb fans of other Canadian franchises? Ottawa Senators … Matthew Perry: The former “Friends” actor was raised in Ottawa. Though he often claims the Kings, we’ll take the excuse that he can root for Los Angeles in the Western Conference and Ottawa in the Eastern Conference. Thankfully for Perry, they’ve never met in the Stanley Cup Final. Vancouver Canucks … Cobie Smulders: On “How I Met Your Mother," Smulders never hid her love of hockey, or the Canucks, often wearing shirts honoring her team … even after the Canucks crashed and burned in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. Honorable mention goes to Elvis Costello who 'pumped it up' for the Canucks in the 2011 postseason. Edmonton Oilers … Kevin Smith: The film director and New Jersey native is somehow an Oilers fan. We don’t get it, but his movies often include hockey scenes, so we dig it. Winnipeg Jets … Neil Young: The rock, and Manitoba, legend famously gave up rooting for the San Jose Sharks to pull for the newly reincarnated Jets. Calgary Flames … Bret Hart: The former and pro wrestler Calgary, Alberta native is the co-founder of the Western Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen and one of its original owners.
MacArthur powers Senators past Blue Jackets 5-2 (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:53:48 PDT)
Clarke MacArthur and the Ottawa Senators used a big third period to put away the injury-riddled Columbus Blue Jackets. MacArthur had two goals and an assist, and Ottawa beat Columbus 5-2 on Tuesday night in the Blue Jackets' first game since star goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was sidelined by a broken finger. ''Our leadership group stepped up tonight on the road to make sure we went home with some points,'' Senators coach Paul MacLean said. Erik Karlsson added a goal and assist for Ottawa, which scored three times in the third while stopping a two-game slide.
Dallas GM Jim Nill sees future in the Stars: 'There's a time for everything' (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:23:33 PDT)
Jim Nill took his time before finally becoming an NHL GM, and the lessons he learned are paying off for the Dallas Stars.
Ducks-Blackhawks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:12:59 PDT)
After unsuccessfully fighting - literally - to keep their winning streak alive, things may not get any easier for the Anaheim Ducks on their upcoming road trip. The Ducks begin a four-game swing against Central Division opponents Tuesday night as they face the Chicago Blackhawks. Anaheim (7-2-0) had won seven straight but couldn't get much going in a 4-1 loss to San Jose on Sunday. The Ducks allowed the first four goals before Matt Beleskey scored on the power play with just over five minutes remaining in the third.
Fantasy top 100 forwards: Stars trio making waves (NHL)
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:00:00 PDT)
Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.
Senators-Blue Jackets Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:29:02 PDT)
The Columbus Blue Jackets were already dealing with a number of injuries, but as they return from a four-game road trip, it's somehow gotten worse. The Blue Jackets won't have goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky for at least a week and may not have Nick Foligno on Tuesday night - and perhaps longer - as both they and the Ottawa Senators try to avoid a fourth straight loss. Already missing half of its top six forwards - center Brandon Dubinsky, left wing Boone Jenner and right wing Nathan Horton - Columbus (4-4-0) watched Foligno leave on a stretcher in Sunday's 5-2 loss to Los Angeles after the winger was checked along the boards into the elbow of linesman Shane Heyer. An MRI on Monday came back negative on Foligno, third on the team with nine points.
Devils-Penguins Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:59:56 PDT)
All of the New Jersey Devils' success this season has come on the road, but to keep that trend going, they're going to have to overcome some sustained struggles in Pittsburgh. After ending a four-game winless streak, the Devils will try to keep their away success going Tuesday night in a visit with the Penguins. The Devils (4-2-2) are winless in three home games but improved to 4-1-0 on the road with Saturday's 3-2 overtime win in Ottawa. Jaromir Jagr scored the winner on the power play, giving the 42-year-old former Penguins star four points in four games after going pointless in his previous three.
Lots of Power Play scoring (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:07:00 PDT)
Michael Finewax reports that 3 weeks into the season, 17 teams are at a 20 percent rate on the pp while only 3 teams did so last year.
What We Learned: Are the Minnesota Wild lucky or good? (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:11:03 PDT)
NHL-Highlights of Sunday's National Hockey League games
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:41:07 PDT)
Oct 26 (Reuters) - Highlights of Sunday's National Hockey League games: - - - Kings 5, Blue Jackets 2 With "That '70s Line" cranking the hits again, the Los Angeles Kings smashed a club record on Sunday. Rookie Tanner Pearson scored twice and the streaking Kings earned a victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets before an announced crowd of 18,230 at Staples Center. ...
NHL Three Stars: Darling wins historic NHL debut; 'That 70s Line' leads Kings (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:16:36 PDT)
No. 1 Star: Scott Darling, Chicago Blackhawks The first Southern Professional Hockey League player to play in an NHL game was huge in his debut. Darling made 32 saves, including 16 in the third period as the Blackhawks edged the Ottawa Senators 2-1. To get an idea of just how far Darling has come, check out Chris Peters' story . No. 2 Stars: That 70s Line, Los Angeles Kings The trio of Jeff Carter (1 goal, 3 assists), Tanner Pearson (2 goals) and Tyler Toffoli (1 goal, 3 assists) combined for four goals and 10 points as the Kings downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2, sweeping a six-game homestand. One of Pearson’s goals came via a homerun pass by Toffoli and an extra effort by no. 70: No. 3 Star: Nick Bonino, Vancouver Canucks The Canucks doubled up the Washington Capitals 4-2 Sunday night, with Bonino factoring in on pair of goals. He first scored his third of the season late in the second perod to give Vancouver a 2-1 lead. Just 25 seconds later, he would set up Luca Sbisa’s first of the year, which would stand as the game winner. Honorable Mention: The Winnipeg Jets ended their five-game homestand with a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Bryan Little’s goal with 25 remaining in overtime was his fifth of the year: Andrew Ladd scored his 100th goal with the Thrashers/Jets franchise … Dustin Byfuglien, meanwhile, was hitting everything: Tim Erixon and Liam O'Brien tallied their first NHL goals … Patrick Kane’s assist on Jonathan Toews’ second period goal was his 500th NHL point … Antti Niemi made 33 saves and the San Jose Sharks got goals from Tommy Wingels, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns en route to a 4-1, fight-filled win over the Anaheim Ducks. Did You Know? “Eight minutes into the second period, Quick joined [Rogie] Vachon and Kelly Hrudey as the only goaltenders to play at least 20,000 minutes in a Kings uniform during the regular season. Among that trio, Quick is first in wins, goals-against average and save percentage - in addition to the shutouts.” (AP) Dishonorable Mention: Nick Foligno collided with a linesman along the boards and ended up having to be stretchered off the ice . After being evaluated, he was deemed well enough to travel back to Columbus with the Blue Jackets … Anze Kopitar left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury . The Kings did not reveal any more information … They were handing out PIMs at Honda Center like Halloween candy … Anaheim’s seven-game winning streak came to an end.
Blackhawks top Sens 2-1 behind rookie G Darling (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:14:44 PDT)
Scott Darling didn't have to go far from home to fulfill his NHL dream. Darling made 32 saves in his NHL debut, Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook scored, and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a two-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night. Darling, a 25-year-old native of the Chicago suburb of Lemont, Illinois, was steady as he faced a handful of tough chances early. I've been a Blackhawks fan since I knew what hockey was.'' The 6-foot-6 Darling was called up from Rockford of the AHL last Tuesday after Blackhawks No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford sustained an upper-body injury.
NHL Three Stars: Nielsen leads Islanders rally; Jagr, Larsson win in OT (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:26:27 PDT)
NHL-Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:18:04 PDT)
(Adds late games) Oct 25 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games. - - Penguins 3, Predators 0 The Nashville Predators finally have something in common with the rest of the NHL: a regulation loss. Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots for his 29th career shutout Saturday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins bagged a win before a sellout crowd at Bridgestone Arena. Crosby swatted in the rebound of his shot past Pekka Rinne at 6:21 of the first period for the only goal Pittsburgh needed.
Senators-Blackhawks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:07:55 PDT)
Craig Anderson's nine-day layoff has mainly been due to a break in the Ottawa Senators' schedule following the tragedies that occurred in Canada, but his return to the ice will come in some familiar surroundings. The Chicago-area native looks to help Ottawa deal the Blackhawks a third consecutive defeat Sunday night at the United Center. Anderson made 31 saves in a 5-3 victory over Colorado on Oct. 16 to improve to 2-1-0 with a 2.01 goals against-average in a solid start to his season.
Hockey returns to Ottawa with emotional ceremony (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:24:27 PDT)
Players on opposing teams formed a circle at center ice as hockey made a stirring return to Ottawa on Saturday night. Glow sticks were handed out to fans as they entered the arena, and they stood in place of candles while the home of the Senators hosted a public, national vigil. It was the first hockey game in Ottawa since Wednesday's attack on Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial, where Cirillo was shot and killed.
Devils beat Senators 3-2 in overtime (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:09:17 PDT)
Jaromir Jagr powered the New Jersey Devils to a big overtime win. Jagr scored a power-play goal 3:39 into the extra period, and the Devils beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on an emotional Saturday night in Canada's capital. It was the Senators' first game since the shooting death of Cpl. A touching tribute took place prior to puck drop as players and fans united to pay tribute to Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed in a hit-and-run attack Monday near Montreal.
Fans sing ‘O Canada’ in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal simultaneously in tribute (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:52:26 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators returned to the ice for the first time since the attack on the city on Wednesday, and took part in a memorable tribute to those affected by the tragedy -- a mutli-city ceremony that also celebrated the solidarity of Canadians. Before their game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, the Senators held a center ice ceremony to remember Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent , including a moment of silence that featured images of the National War Memorial where the shooting began. But the Senators weren’t the only Canadian team in action on Saturday night: The Toronto Maple Leafs were hosting the Boston Bruins, while the Montreal Canadiens hosted the New York Rangers. The teams had discussed doing a coordinated tribute during the week , and on Saturday night fans at the Canadian Tire Centre, Bell Centre and Air Canada Centre synced up for a stirring rendition of “O Canada.” As Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk said on Friday: 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.”
Hockey returns to Ottawa as Senators host Devils (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:19:16 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators hope they can do their part in the process of mourning Cpl. Nathan Cirillo on Saturday night and help Canada's capital come together after Wednesday's shooting on Parliament Hill. The Senators will be back on the ice for their first game since Wednesday's attack when they host the New Jersey Devils at Canadian Tire Centre, about 20 minutes outside of downtown Ottawa. There will be a pregame ceremony to honor Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed in a separate incident outside Montreal.
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.
Benn, Spezza score in SO, Stars edge Devils (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:22:32 PDT)
Once Dallas got New Jersey to a shootout, it was all over for the Devils. Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn scored in the tiebreaker, and Dallas beat New Jersey 3-2 on Friday night, extending the Devils' NHL record for shootout losses to 18 straight. It didn't appear as if he had to stop any in the shootout, with Mike Cammalleri's shot going over the net on the first attempt and Jaromir Jagr losing control of the puck on the second. ''You have to score,'' Devils coach Pete DeBoer said ''You've got Benn and Spezza coming down for them the first two shooters.