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Plekanec helps Canadiens end skid with 5-1 win over Oilers (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:09:10 PST)
Tomas Plekanec had a goal and three assists, helping the Montreal Canadiens end a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Brendan Gallagher and P.K. Subban each had a goal and an assist, while Lars Eller also scored as Montreal posted just its sixth win in 26 games since Dec. 3. The Canadiens beat the Oilers for the first time in five meetings since the 2013-14 season.

NHL-Highlights of Saturday's NHL games
(Sat, 06 Feb 2016 15:42:08 PST)
Feb 6 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games. - - Canadiens 5, Oilers 1 Tomas Plekanec scored a goal and added three assists to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at the Bell Centre. Brendan Gallagher, Lars Eller, P.K. Subban and Tom Gilbert also scored for Montreal (25-24-4), who snapped a four-game losing streak. ...

Goalie Marty Brodeur gets statue, NJ Devils jersey retired (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:08:28 PST)
Even after retiring, Marty Brodeur is still the face of New Jersey Devils' hockey. The NHL's winningest goaltender was back in New Jersey on Saturday to conduct a youth hockey clinic, talk about a career that earned the Devils three Stanley Cups and look forward to a statue unveiling Monday and jersey retirement Tuesday. ''When you play hockey, when you start, you don't expect things like that,'' said Brodeur, now the St. Louis Blues assistant general manager.

Oilers-Canadiens Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:56:18 PST)
The return of Connor McDavid has momentarily revitalized the Edmonton Oilers' offense. Issues on both ends of the ice continue to plague the reeling Montreal Canadiens. Looking for a third straight victory since the All-Star break, the Oilers can also continue their success in this series by extending the Canadiens' longest regulation home skid in 14 seasons Saturday.

Panarin's bonuses; Sedin's All-Star leadership; Peverley Protects (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:05:09 PST)
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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com .   Bob Miller sends his well wishes to all the #LAKings fans! pic.twitter.com/lB5tE8wj4B — LA Kings (@LAKings) February 5, 2016 • Los Angeles Kings Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller had heart surgery and appreciates your well wishes.  • The Montreal Canadiens should shut down goaltender Carey Price for the remainder of their disappointing 2015-16 season. Price, last year’s league MVP, has played 12 games this season as he’s fought a lower body injury. [ Habs Eyes on the Prize ] • Former NHL referee Paul Stewart has added his name to the NHL concussion lawsuit. Stewart also played 21 NHL games with the Quebec Nordiques. [ The Hockey News ] • If Chicago Blackhawks rookie Artemi Panarin keeps scoring at a high pace, he may trigger some contract bonuses, which would cost Chicago some salary cap space. [ Second City Hockey ] • Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin showed his leadership in the NHL All-Star Game’s 3-on-3 tournament for the Pacific Division. [ Vancouver Courier ] • Daniel Sedin gave away his All-Star winnings to the Vancouver Canucks training staff. That equates to $125,000 Canadian dollars. [ Van City Buzz ] • Check out Pevs Protects, in association with former Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley: “Our mission is to raise funds to purchase Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to be placed within communities so that others will be given a chance for a second life. In addition, we would like to help educate and train community members of all ages to feel comfortable and confident in using AED’s.” [ Pevs Protects ] • Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen opens up about the possibility of a trade. Cowen has been a healthy scratch recently. [ TSN ] • Former NHLer Martin Rucinsky was named the general manager of the Czech Republic World Cup team. Milan Hnlicka was also named assistant to the general manager and Jaroslav Spacek was named assistant coach. Former NHLers Vinny Prospal (assistant coach) and Jiri Fischer (head of scouting) were named to the team's staff.  [ NHL ] • After PTOs with the Toronto Marlies and Ontario Reign, former NHL goaltender Ray Emery has signed with Adler Manheim in Germany, [ Sportsnet ] • Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall expects to start skating again Monday or Tuesday. He had arthroscopic knee surgery on Jan. 18. [ MLive ] • Todd Bertuzzi has found his retirement calling, coaching his 14-year-old son’s local midget minor team in Michigan. [ Click On Detroit ] • The New York Riveters of the NWHL need to improve in a few areas for their playoff push. [ Today’s Slapshot ] • Check out the top-100 fantasy keeper league defensemen. [ Dobber Hockey ] • The1992, 94 and 95 Kamloops Blazers Memorial Cup championship teams were recently honored. That group featured 600 goal scorer Jarome Iginla. [ Buzzing the Net ] • On being a Wisconsin Badgers fan for a day: “Until that day, I'd only heard stories of Midwest women's college hockey -- the packed barns, the sold-out enthusiastic crowds. But on that day, I was finally experiencing them for myself.” [ Victory Press ] • How have the Philadelphia Flyers have performed this year in all three zones under first-year coach Dave Hakstol. [ Broad Street Hockey ] • Connor McDavid’s aggressiveness, along with his skill, is what makes him such a special player. [ Oilers Nation ] • How should the Carolina Hurricanes approach the NHL trade deadline? The Hurricanes are contending for a playoff spot, but they haven't quite broken through yet. [ Section 328 ] • Has the Northeastern men’s hockey team turned a corner this season? [ College Hockey News ] • Check out this save total. "Junior Taylor DeForrest of Apple Valley made 112 saves, but the Eagles still lost 3-2 to East Ridge in six overtimes on Wednesday night in a Class 2A, Section 3 girls’ hockey quarterfinal at Bielenberg Ice Arena in Woodbury.” [ Star Tribune ] • The 10 NHL teams that should be tankings for No. 1 rated prospect Auston Matthews. [ The Comeback ] • Finally, NHL players wish coach/broadcaster Don Cherry a happy birthday. Cherry turns 82 today.   MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY  

Back in full swing (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:07:00 PST)
With the All-Star break behind us, we're into the final months of the season. It's a busy schedule for plenty of teams in The Week Ahead.

The Seven: McDavid marks his return to the Oilers with his nascent signature move (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:50:19 PST)
Our weekly look at the NHL's seven Canadian franchise begins with Connor McDavid not missing a beat as he rejoined the Edmonton lineup.

Marek Vs. Wyshynski: Wideman suspension debate with Pat Steinberg, Kent Wilson (Podcast) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:43:21 PST)
- Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 in Calgary talks about the Dennis Wideman suspension, Johnny Gaudreau and the Pacific Division race. - Kent Wilson of Flames Nation joins us to talk about Wideman, NHL.com's revamp, the Calgary arena deal debate and analytics.  - GAME SHOW THURSDAY! Will our latest victim be able to survive the gauntlet? - The Montreal Canadiens' tank.  - News and notes from around the NHL. The   Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast  is hosted by  Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports , breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world.  MvsW  streams live while its being recorded:  LISTEN HERE!   [ And if that doesn't work, try here. ]

Week 18 Fantasy Nuggets (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:44:00 PST)
Ryan Dadoun discusses the All-Star Game, Anaheim's rise, Montreal's fall, and the struggles of Canadian teams in general.

Will Canadiens embrace the tank, shut down Carey Price? (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 04 Feb 2016 08:09:02 PST)
The Montreal Canadiens were the hottest team on the planet in October: Nine straight regulation wins to start the season, which was an NHL record. Visions of the first Stanley Cup in Canada since the Habs’ last one 23 years ago danced in our heads.  But P.K. Subban attempted to shake us awake. "We're not going to be the ones leading this type of parade,” he said, before an October game at the Vancouver Canucks. “I've said it before and I'll say it again: All we've accomplished is to have a good start to the season, and that's it." The Canadiens lost that game to Vancouver, snapping their streak. Since then, they lost Carey Price, perhaps for the season. They lost Brendan Gallagher for several weeks, short-circuiting their offense. They lost the Atlantic Division lead. They lost a playoff spot. They’ve lost nine of their last 10 games, scoring more than two goals only once while going 1-8-1. They’ve lost the fans, who are leaving seats empty at Bell Centre. And they’ve lost any semblance of confidence or sense of purpose for this increasingly futile campaign. They’re five points in back of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final wild card spot in the East, although Pittsburgh has three games in-hand. They’re six points behind the Detroit Red Wings for the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic, and the Wings have two games in-hand. Sports Club Stats, that daily tracker of playoff probability, gives the Canadiens a 12-percent chance of making the postseason. That’s bad. But don’t worry, Price will return this month and the season will reverse course and … … oh, he’s still favoring his injured leg? That’s really bad. Or maybe it’s what the Canadiens need to see. Increasingly, the calls are for Montreal to shut Price down for the season, forget about rallying for a postseason berth, grab a lottery pick and retool their offense for next season. Maybe it was that loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night – a team that embraced the tank and ended up with Jack Eichel – but now the attention in Montreal is squarely on the Canadiens perhaps doing the same to earn Auston Matthews or another draft blue-chipper. From Stu Cowan of the Gazette: If the Canadiens finish the season 23rd overall, they would have a 6.0 per cent chance of getting the No. 1 pick in the draft lottery. The further they fall, the better the odds. With 30 games left in the season, the Canadiens are only nine points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets — the worst team in the NHL that beat them twice last week. The team that finishes last will have a 20-per-cent chance of getting Matthews. The Canadiens could end up winning by losing — and how sad is that for this storied franchise? That’s the trick, isn’t it? Pride. Can anyone imagine the Canadiens actually lowering expectations, accepting fate and looking down the standings instead of up? Well,  Craig Custance of ESPN is wondering if this is what’s happening anyway, and there’s merit to that. General Manager Marc Bergevin hasn’t made a significant trade to shake his team out of its plummet – with due respect to John Scott. Maybe there’s a reason James Reimer isn’t a Hab. His vote of confidence for coach Michel Therrien seemed tied to the new contract he gave him in the offseason – it’s hard for a GM to justify extending and then firing a guy within months – but it might be a case of deciding not to rectify an unsuccessful season until after the season is done. In other words: Improving the team in the short term does nothing in the long run. I think the Canadiens are fooling themselves if they think their fans won’t be down for writing off this season. They see what the Sabres did, and what came from it. They hope that the changes they’re asking for – Therrien gone, vast improvements to the forward group, a healthy Carey Price – will arrive in the offseason. The promise of October is a faint memory. Look to June.  -- Greg Wyshynski  is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com  or  find him on Twitter.  His book,  TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK , is  available on Amazon  and wherever books are sold.  

Dose: Monahan, man (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 04 Feb 2016 03:32:00 PST)
Thursday's Hockey Dose watches Sean Monahan take over while Dennis Wideman's big suspension begins (plus much more).

NHL Three Stars: Monahan's exciting 4 point night; Sabres 3 goal third sink Habs (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 03 Feb 2016 22:00:21 PST)
No. 1 Star: Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames Monahan earned the first four point night of his career against the Carolina Hurricanes. The forward had 1 goal and 3 assists in the Flames 4-1 win over Carolina. Monahan and the Flames didn't need much help, the 'Canes did damage to themselves. No. 2 Star: Robin Lehner, Buffalo Sabres  The netminder earned his second win of the season in the Sabres comeback 4-2 victory against the sinking Montreal Canadiens. Of his 33 saves, 14 of them came in the third period as the Habs furiously tried to keep the Sabres from scoring. (Spoiler: They couldn't.) No. 3 Star: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning In a relatively boring game between the "rivals" (per NBCSN), Kucherov assisted on Tyler Johnson's go-ahead goal and the scored final goal for the Lighting in their 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Honorable Mention: Buffalo scored 3 goals in the third period, overcoming a 2-1 deficit against Montreal. There was one bright moment for the Habs. Watch Alex Galchenyuk score a beautiful goal: ... Lightning went 2-for-3 on the power play against Detroit ... Jiri Hudler and Johnny Gaudreau on a line with Monahan had 2-points each. Did You Know? Ben Bishop picked up win No. 100 as a member of the Lightning after his team beat the Red Wings Wednesday night. Dishonorable Mention: The Habs are sinking, terribly quickly. Before they went ahead 2-1, the team looked like they were ready to self-destruct. They got the lead then lost it. Are the vultures circling? ... T.J. Brodie took a shot above the knee towards the end of the second period. He attempted to give it a go, but went to the locker room before the end of the period. Brodie did not return. Referees working in Calgary are going down left and right. Mike Leggo took a puck to the face - on accident - and left the game: - - - - - - - Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD . MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

NHL-Highlights of Wednesday's NHL games
(Wed, 03 Feb 2016 21:23:41 PST)
Feb 4 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's National Hockey League games: Lightning 3, Red Wings 1 The Tampa Bay Lightning picked right back up on the tear they were on before the All-Star break, returning to the ice on Wednesday with a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Amalie Arena. A pair of power-play goals lifted Tampa Bay (28-18-14) to a ninth win in 10 games, with center Tyler Johnson scoring the go-ahead goal in the second and right winger Nikita Kucherov, who assisted on that effort, adding a goal in the third period. ...

McGinn, Larsson lift Sabres past slumping Canadiens 4-2 (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:29:49 PST)
The Buffalo Sabres trailed the Montreal Canadiens by a goal heading into the third period. Jamie McGinn, Johan Larsson and Brian Gionta all scored in the final period and the Sabres rallied for a 4-2 comeback victory over the slumping Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. ''We just stuck with it,'' McGinn said.

Marek Vs. Wyshynski: Good, bad, ugly of NHL.com, NHL.tv with Dave Lozo! (Podcast) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:11:02 PST)
- Special Guest: Our Wednesday friend Dave Lozo! - A full review of the new NHL.com and NHL.tv. - John Scott asks Mike Milbury to drop some pounds.  - Lozo has more words for Jeremy Roenick.  - The Montreal Canadiens.  - Your listener mail, including "The People Vs. O.J. Simpson."  - News and notes from around the NHL. The   Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast  is hosted by  Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports , breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world.  MvsW  streams live while its being recorded:  LISTEN HERE!   [ And if that doesn't work, try here. ]

Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Eichel, Skinner smart Wednesday plays (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:37:42 PST)
By Neil Parker It was quite the night in the National Hockey League:  Sidney Crosby  registered a natural hat trick and  Connor McDavid  returned from a lengthy layoff with a three-point night.  There won't be as many storylines Wednesday, with just three games on the schedule, and especially with a pair of lackluster matchups. Nonetheless, the small slates can lead to huge scores in the daily racket. Here are your values and busts Wednesday. Going against Vegas with a few Sabres is a potential means of differentiating lineups, and while risky, Montreal has been a basement dweller for the past two months.  [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest now ] GOALIE Robin Lehner, BUF at MON ($33) -  Montreal has been awful for an extended stretch, and while no one should confuse the Sabres as a bully, they likely shouldn't be underdogs in this tilt, either. Montreal could easily take home the victory, but Lehner has been strong in his limited action this season, posting a .936 save percentage and 2.26 goals-against average. And he is cheap. Given the recent form of each offense, the nod goes to Buffalo and Lehner, though he is far from a safe undertaking as your No. 2 goalie. Goalie to avoid: Karri Ramo, CGY vs. CAR ($34) -  With just five wins through his past 14 games and a mediocre .914 save percentage, Ramo continues to underwhelm. He allowed five goals to the Hurricanes recently, and Carolina lit up Chicago for five goals in its latest game. Calgary has struggled defensively all year and has allowed exactly 3.0 goals per game, which makes Ramo a huge risk in goal and nothing more than a No. 2 goalie filer in plus-matchups. CENTER Jack Eichel, BUF at MON ($24) -  Expect Eichel to carry a low ownership Wednesday, as his price has climbed, and he is more expensive than a trio of Red Wings who carry more name value. Eichel has been on an extended hot streak, though, with 20 points -- seven goals and 13 assists -- over his past 18 games with 49 shots on net. With the Canadiens allowing 4.0 goals per game through the five outings before the break, it is a great matchup, too. Center to avoid: Steven Stamkos, TB vs. DET ($28) -  As the most expensive skater in the player pool, it is difficult to spend up for Stamkos with confidence, as he has missed the score sheet in six of his past 13 games. Of course, there is multi-point upside, but Detroit, and especially red-hot  Petr Mrazek ($42), are an unfavorable matchup. Just twice over its past 10 games has Detroit allowed more than two goals in a game. WING Johnny Gaudreau, CGY vs. CAR ($27) -  The home/road splits are unkind to Gaudreau, but this game is in Cowtown. At home, Gaudreau has 17 goals, 17 assists and a plus-17 rating through 24 games. Carolina isn't a doormat opponent, but with limited options available, Gaudreau's home-ice dominance is tough to ignore. Jeff Skinner, CAR at CGY ($16) -  Talented and streaky, Skinner's inconsistency keeps his price in profit territory. He has a goal, two assists and 10 shots in his past two games, and this is a plus-matchup. Rarely will you find a two-time, 30-goal scorer in this price range. Wing to avoid: Max Pacioretty, MON vs. BUF ($25) -  This price is clinging to past success, and Pacioretty has no business being priced as a high-end asset. He has just 11 points -- six goals -- over his past 25 games and a minus-15 rating. The only plus is the high shot volume, but you get value from appearances on the score sheet, not shots on net. DEFENSEMEN P.K. Subban, MON vs. BUF ($24) -  It is never advised to start a skater against one of your goalies, but a potential exception could be made for Subban. If you're avoiding Lehner, Subban is a must-start rearguard. He has been a lone bright spot for Montreal with 14 points and 41 shots on net in his past 14 games.  Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF at MON ($14) -  Tied for 10th in scoring among blue liners, Ristolainen is an emerging star. Sure, his current form is weak, but he stuffs the peripheral categories (2.36 shots and 1.54 shot blocks per game) and plays all the right offensive minutes. There is a plus/minus risk most nights, but if you're looking to stack a few Sabres, he carries the best value-upside combo. Defenseman to avoid: Victor Hedman, TB vs. DET ($23) -  This is purely a matchup fade. As noted, Detroit is stingy, and these two teams battling it out in a low-scoring, low-event bout is a concern. At the cap hit, it takes a lot to return value, and there might not be enough opportunities for Hedman to do so Wednesday. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

Dose: Missed you, Connor (Rotoworld)
(Wed, 03 Feb 2016 01:56:00 PST)
The return of the Hockey Dose covers a heaping portion: 12 recaps, including the glorious return of Connor McDavid.

NHL Three Stars: Crosby, McDavid do as Crosby, McDavid do (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 02 Feb 2016 23:26:42 PST)


Woe is Canada as its NHL teams struggle and its dollar drops (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 02 Feb 2016 23:13:37 PST)
If the NHL playoffs started today, none of the seven Canadian-based teams would be playing. ''It can't be good for the league,'' said San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, a Canadian. ''But we're hoping no team from Canada makes it because we've got to play against them.

NHL-Highlights of Tuesday's NHL games
(Tue, 02 Feb 2016 21:53:22 PST)
- - - Panthers 5, Capitals 2 Florida winger Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and back up goaltender Al Montoya registered 36 saves as the Panthers opened up the second half of the season with an impressive 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. Huberdeau's second goal of the night, a ringing shot off the near post, was his 10th of the season and it sent some in the Verizon Center crowd heading for the exits with the Capitals down 4-0. - - - Flyers 4, Canadiens 2 Wayne Simmonds scored a pair of goals and the Philadelphia Flyers got back to winning ways on home ice with a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at Wells Fargo Center.

Sabres-Canadiens Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 02 Feb 2016 21:42:42 PST)
The last time the Montreal Canadiens faced the Buffalo Sabres, they were riding the high of a win streak that fell one game shy of an NHL record. This time around, the Canadiens are about as low as they can get. Montreal seeks just its sixth win during a two-month free-fall when it opens a four-game homestand Wednesday night against the Sabres.

Flyers top Canadiens 4-2 behind 2 goals from Simmonds (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:22:36 PST)
With the Flyers hoping for a playoff push ahead, Wayne Simmonds showed he just might lead the charge. Simmonds scored two goals and led Philadelphia to a 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. Simmonds has four goals and two assists over the last six games.

San Jose Sharks embraced John Scott's All-Star appearance (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:17:38 PST)
ANAHEIM – Group texts went back and forth between San Jose Sharks players during the NHL All-Star Skills Competition and NHL All-Star Game. Mostly they were about former teammate John Scott and how the hulking enforcer who spent the 2014-15 season in San Jose was handling the weekend. Not often do hockey players pay much attention to the All-Star festivities. A lot are on vacation and try to get away from the game. But Scott, who was voted into the game as a Pacific Division captain with an internet fan vote , left a large impact on the Sharks’ room. Enough to where Pacific Division teammates Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns carried Scott off the ice after their team won the 3-on-3 competition, along with $1 million to be distributed to the group.  During the three days in Nashville, it felt like he was more a part of the Sharks than any team in the league. Scott was traded from the Arizona Coyotes to the Montreal Canadiens after his selection to the game . Since the deal he had been in the minors with Montreal’s AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps. “Johnny … it was great to see that,” Sharks defenseman Justin Braun said. “He was a great teammate while he was here and to see that turn out the way it did couldn’t have gone any better.” Sharks players had a reaction to most parts of Scott’s weekend. From the skills competition – where he wore an All-Star jersey while the rest of his teammates wore team jerseys – where he took part in the hardest shot, to the game itself where he scored two goals, the weekend left a mark on his former teammates. His first goal, where he reacted with a mega celebration seemed to draw the most attention. “Just to see him get that one and the big celebration and everything with Pavelski and Burns being out there for it, just a great moment for everyone involved,” Braun said.   The oddness of Scott’s place in the game was apparent to the Sharks – especially in the skills competition where he looked out of place in his jersey. Scott received a standing ovation from the Bridgestone Arena crowd before the hardest shot. “It was a unique situation there and we’d like to have seen him in some type of colors. It’s not easy being that guy, I’m sure,” Pavelski said. “He had to wear the NHL jersey in the skills competition and he handled it great. That’s his personality and that’s the type of guy he is, so it was fun.” Players weren’t surprised at how Scott tried to make the weekend as fun as possible and took it in stride. That’s the way he was when he played for the Sharks last season. He scored three goals – a career high – in 38 games in San Jose. Former teammate Mike Brown liked how Scott cracked up when the Nashville fans booed a stone-faced Patrick Kane. “That’s typical John Scott right there,” Brown said. “He starts doing that and you start laughing also, so he’ll get you going like that.” Even people who weren’t with the Sharks when Scott was there could sense a vibe around the player and what he meant to San Jose. “It also gave me a real idea of what I already had heard of what a respected guy this guy was around the room and the team here and the time he spent here,” first-year Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. “That spoke volumes about the impact he had on this group when he was here last year.” MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper        

Canucks place disappointing Brandon Prust on waivers (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:59:03 PST)
It’s official: the Brandon Prust-Zack Kassian trade was a stinker for both sides. First, Kassian was dealt by the Montreal Canadiens in December to the Edmonton Oilers. On Tuesday, as the NHL returns following the All-Star Break, the Vancouver Canucks placed the 31-year old Prust on waivers. In 35 games, he has one goal, seven points and 59 penalty minutes. According to General Fanager , if Prust clears and is assigned to Utica of the AHL that will mean the Canucks will have a $1.55 million buried cap hit. It also means he’ll join Chris Higgins, who was waived last month .  General manager Jim Benning likely couldn't find a trade partner for Prust, but the lineup will be boosted when Henrik Sedin and Dan Hamhuis return soon.  “This decision was based on the need to provide more opportunity for our younger players,” Benning said in a statement . “We appreciate Brandon's contributions.”  Currently in the final year of his deal, Prust has had a very difficult 2015-16 season in Vancouver. He missed 11 games earlier in the season with an ankle injury and believes he returned to the Canucks’ lineup too early. He’ll likely be a healthy scratch for his third straight game Tuesday night. - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

Doughty the Norris favorite and other midseason award picks (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 02 Feb 2016 07:55:06 PST)
Drew Doughty constantly thinks about winning the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman. If he keeps up this pace, that will become a reality in less than five months.

With All-Star endeavors finished, NHL playoff race heats up (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 01 Feb 2016 23:07:25 PST)
The NHL playoff race doesn't really get rolling until after the All-Star break, and almost every team still harbors postseason hopes - some more realistic than others. The division races only determine playoff seeding in the NHL, and it's almost considered a weakness to ascribe too much importance to the regular season. The Washington Capitals have opened a formidable 15-point lead in the Metropolitan Division and an 11-point lead on Atlantic Division leader Florida for the top overall seed in the Eastern Conference.

Casting ‘John Scott: The Movie,’ as All-Star MVP gets film offers (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:22:48 PST)


Capitals running away with the East, Penguins stirring (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:16:22 PST)
It certainly looks like the Washington Capitals are running away with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The 14-point gap between the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals and the second-place New York Rangers is almost as big as the one between New York and the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets. The Capitals' overall conference lead over the Florida Panthers is 11 points.

Canadiens-Flyers Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:58:32 PST)
Mired in a miserable two-month stretch, the Montreal Canadiens remain positive despite feeling a sense of urgency to save their fading season. Expecting to have ailing captain Max Pacioretty in the lineup, the visiting Canadiens look to begin a post-All-Star break turnaround Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers. Montreal (24-22-1) has gone from the top spot in the Eastern Conference to three points out of the final wild-card berth thanks to a 5-18-1 slide.

Power Play Busts (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:56:00 PST)
Michael Finewax looks at players who have yet to pick up a point this season on the power play.

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