Reeling Canucks look to stop slide vs. Predators (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:34:04 PST)
The Vancouver Canucks are learning -- the hard way -- that just being close is not good enough in the NHL. "We've got to find a way to win, and it's unfortunate the last few games have gone the way they have," Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin said. Coach Willie Desjardins scrapped a scheduled practice Monday in favor of a team day off, giving the Canucks a chance to rest after Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss to New Jersey at home and three setbacks on the road.
Panthers look to continue road success at Flames (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:50:28 PST)
The Florida Panthers haven't lost a road game in more than a month. It's a trend that they're hoping continues when they visit the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday night. The Panthers (20-17-8) won four straight road games dating back to Dec. 15, when they lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre.
Devils hope to begin turnaround against Wild (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:31:39 PST)
The New Jersey Devils have considerable work to do if they want to make a run at the playoffs. "We're not a team that's going to score five or six goals every night," said Devils forward Taylor Hall, who had the overtime winner in a 2-1 victory at the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. "The last few games in particular where we've been able to get a few more shots and a little more offensive zone time, we've been able to do that and not lost playing pretty sound defensively," Hynes said after beating the Canucks to reach .500 at 18-18-9.
Giroux Loves the Helpers (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:29:00 PST)
Despite slumping of late Claude Giroux leads the NHL in pp assists. Read more in Matt Riegler's Power Play Report.
What We Learned: Braden Holtby, Carey Price not getting the attention (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:56:06 PST)
Filling out a mid-season awards ballot the other day took a little bit of research, and when I got to the Vezina category it was a slam dunk. With that having been said, we’ve seen Dubnyk eat it big-time before, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility, especially considering that no one gets this kind of workload and stays that high in save percentage. People are obviously also talking about Sergei Bobrovsky, and for good reason.
NHL-Highlights of Sunday's NHL games
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:22:19 PST)
Jan 15 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Hockey League games on Sunday: Capitals 5, Flyers 0 Justin Williams and Matt Niskanen each scored twice within a five-minute span of the third period, Philipp Grubauer stopped 24 shots and the Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0 on Sunday at Verizon Center for their ninth straight win. Washington, the defending Presidents' Trophy winner, moved ahead of idle Columbus for first place in the Metropolitan Division as well as for the overall NHL points lead. ...
NHL Three Stars: Hall, Berglund OT heroes; Caps win ninth (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:19:09 PST)
No. 1 Star: Jason Pominville, Minnesota Wild
Hall scores in OT, Devils beat Canucks 2-1 (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:27:02 PST)
Skating up the ice on a 2-on-1 with Damon Everson in overtime, Taylor Hall decided to keep the puck and came through with the winning goal. Hall scored 1:28 into the extra period, beating Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom through the legs to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Canucks on Sunday. ''On that 2-on-1, when both guys have a lot of speed, it's tough for Damon to pivot and open up for a one-timer there,'' Hall said.
Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Sunday picks (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:15:35 PST)
JANUARY 12: Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center on January 12, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sunday’s NHL slate is a modest one, with just six teams scheduled to take the ice. Cory Schneider, NJ at VAN ($26): Schneider makes for a strong play against his former team, given his combination of affordability and current form.
Desjardins, Canucks eye power surge vs. Devils (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:46:03 PST)
Willie Desjardins is keeping the faith while his skeptics remain highly doubtful. The Vancouver Canucks coach refused to revamp power-play units that are clicking at a dismal 13.7-percent rate in advance of Sunday's home game against the New Jersey Devils. "I think we have a good group," said Desjardins, referring to both power-play units, after practice Saturday.
Sharks take on road-weary Blues (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:28:00 PST)
A favorable stretch of the schedule could provide the San Jose Sharks with a chance to recharge their batteries and perhaps get back atop their division. Looking for its third win in four games, San Jose takes on the road-weary St. Louis Blues on Saturday night at SAP Center. The Sharks (25-15-2) begin play in second place in Pacific Division, two points behind the Anaheim Ducks, but only one point ahead of the Edmonton Oilers.
Rask expected to play as Bruins host Flyers (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:33:26 PST)
The Bruins played well but weren't able to get at least one point out of their game in Nashville on Thursday night. Goaltender Tuukka Rask left the game in the first period after taking a Roman Josi shot high. "I'll be good (for Saturday)," Rask said.
Ovechkin's 1001 Capital Points (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:24:00 PST)
Alex Ovechkin hit a couple of milestones this week as The Week Ahead also looks at shorthanded goals.
Wild blowout Price, Canadiens (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:01:00 PST)
Elsewhere Ottawa spoiled Matt Murray's return.
NHL Three Stars: Wild crush Habs; Lightning break losing streak (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:41:55 PST)
No. 1 Star: Eric Staal, Minnesota Wild
NHL-Highlights of Thursday's NHL games
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:50:48 PST)
Jan 12 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Hockey League games on Thursday: Lightning 4, Sabres 2 The return of goalie Ben Bishop sparked the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres, snapping their four-game losing streak on Thursday night at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay got two goals from Ondrej Palat, rallying from an early deficit to cool off the Sabres , who were 3-0-1 in their last four. Bishop stopped 24 shots in his first action in three weeks after missing nine games with a lower-body injury. ...
Tkachuk looks to keep rolling when Flames host Devils (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:49:02 PST)
Heading into his rookie NHL season with the Calgary Flames, Matthew Tkachuk didn't know what to expect. After scoring once and setting up another in Calgary's 3-2 win at home over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, Tkachuk has now put up eight goals and 19 assists in his first 40 professional games. "I wouldn't have known what to say just because I'd never played in this league," said Tkachuk, who moved into a tie with Johnny Gaudreau at 27 points for second place on the Flames in scoring, just two points back of linemate Mikael Backlund.
Giroux's shootout goal leads Flyers over Canucks 5-4 (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:08:40 PST)
The Philadelphia Flyers overcame a plethora of penalties, a goalie change and some shoddy defense to pick up a much-needed victory. Claude Giroux scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Flyers to a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Brayden Schenn scored in regulation for the Flyers, who won for just the third time in their last 10 games.
Puck Lists: 30 NHL players with very 'Star Wars' names (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:20:58 PST)
Over the weekend, a number of college hockey games were played at Fenway Park, including one between Boston University and UMass. There’s something about Star Wars universe names that stand out. Sure everyone called him Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Thursday picks (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:53:31 PST)
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Bruins ride strong road form into Nashville (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:04:48 PST)
The Nashville Predators ended a frustrating first half of the season with an emphatic bang, one they hope will serve as a springboard to improvement. The second half begins Thursday night when the Boston Bruins arrive at Bridgestone Arena for the teams' first meeting of the year. Boston is eager to cap an already successful road trip on a high note.
Flyers hope to end freefall vs. road-weary Canucks (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:05:55 PST)
In the history of the NHL no team has ever won 10 games in a row and missed the playoffs in the same season. The Flyers are hoping they're not the first. After winning 10 games in a row from Nov. 27 through Dec. 14, the Flyers (21-16-6, 48 points) have gone 2-5-3 and are flirting with the possibility of making some pretty dubious history.
Enroth to Ducks; Datsyuk to attend NHL All-Star Weekend (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:34:09 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. • The Stormtroopers hockey team is in desperate need to improving their shooting percentage. • While you were sleeping the Toronto Maple Leafs dealt goaltender Jhonas Enroth to the Anaheim Ducks for a 2018 7th-round pick.
Brock Lesnar, NHL All-Star snubs and third jerseys (Puck Daddy Countdown) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:29:40 PST)
(In which Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.)
A Turning Point for Boedker? (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:36:00 PST)
Elsewhere Anaheim's John Gibson silences Dallas.
Jarnkrok's OT winner leads Predators over Canucks, 2-1 (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:34:32 PST)
The Nashville Predators were overdue for an overtime win, and they got one in dramatic fashion. Calle Jarnkrok scored a short-handed goal with 1.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Predators to a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. With time ticking down in the extra period, Roman Josi blocked a shot from Troy Stecher just outside the crease of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.
NHL Three Stars: Boedker tricks Oilers in Sharks' win (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:12:50 PST)
No. 1 Star: Mikkel Boedker, San Jose Sharks
NHL-Highlights from Tuesday's NHL games
(Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:02:00 PST)
Highlights from National Hockey League games on Tuesday: Sharks 5, Oilers 3 Winger Mikkel Boedker, who had three goals all season, scored three in the first two periods to give San Jose a lead they would never relinquish in their victory over Edmonton. Brent Burns also scored in the first period for the Sharks, who led 2-1 after one period and 4-1 after two. The Oilers launched a fierce rally in the third period to turn a blowout into a nail biter.
Calle Jarnkrok scores shorthanded goal with 1.5 seconds left in OT (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:18:08 PST)
The Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks were tied 1-1 in overtime on Tuesday night. The Canucks earned a power play in the extra session on a Mattias Ekholm holding call. Troy Stecker fired a shot on goal that was blocked by defenseman Roman Josi, and he was off to the races with Calle Jarnkrok.
Jon Hamm to host NHL gala; Jets won't rush Laine (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:25:01 PST)
• Hollywood star Jon Hamm will host the NHL’s top-100 players gala during the league’s All-Star weekend in Los Angeles. • The Winnipeg Jets won’t rush concussed young superstar Patrik Laine back into their lineup. • Relentlessness is a major key to Alex Ovechkin’s ability to keep scoring at a high level in the NHL.