Seguin scores in shootout and Stars beat Canucks 3-2 (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:09:41 PST)
Antti Niemi bounced back Friday night. After his poorest game this season, Niemi stopped all three Vancouver shootout attempts after making 34 saves and the Dallas Stars beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. Seguin sent the puck between Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller's legs for the only score on six shots in the shootout.
NHL-Highlights from Friday's NHL games
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:04:20 PST)
Nov 27 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from National Hockey League games on Friday: - - - - Canadiens 3, Devils 2 (SO) Right winger Sven Andrighetto scored the deciding goal during a shootout to help the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. The Canadiens, who won their fourth successive and lead the NHL with 38 points, erased a 2-0 second period deficit. Andrighetto and center Alex Galchenyuk scored for the Canadiens in regualtion. Montreal goaltender Mike Condon stopped 25 shots. ...
The Seven: Price drop in Montreal, McDavid's absence has upside for Oilers (Eh Game)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:29:38 PST)
In a twisted and torturous way, Connor McDavid’s injury has been a silver lining for the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers are 2-6-1 since the super-duper rookie broke his collarbone. They’re last in the NHL with a 7-14-1 record, all but quashing any chance at a postseason berth – again – considering they were nine points off the pace at American Thanksgiving. McDavid was on a great run before he fell awkwardly into the boards, and was only getting better. The 18-year-old recorded 12 points in 13 games and almost certainly would have won the Calder Trophy. But here’s the issue – despite McDavid acting as likely the Oilers’ best player, his play wasn’t impacting results. The Oilers won just five of their first 13 games. After nearly a decade of failing to reach the playoffs, the hope was for the Oilers to show signs of progress under new coach Todd McLellan. But returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2006 was always a long shot. The Oilers earned 62 points last year and the average cutoff in the Western Conference over the past five seasons was more than 93. That’s a hefty increase for one season. This quarter-pole mark is not what the team or its fans had envisioned, but at least another Grade-A asset like Auston Matthews or Jakob Chychrun – or a top first-round pick to trade – could be coming down the pipeline. For that, the Oilers would largely have McDavid’s injury to thank. Now for the rest of The Seven – a weekly look at the Canadian-based NHL teams. This week we’ll break things down from first to worst.
The Quarter Pole (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:20:00 PST)
The NHL season has hit the quarter pole and Michael Finewax looks at the surprising teams thus far.
Canucks-Stars Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:23:19 PST)
Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff is thankful that he has two capable goaltenders now that Kari Lehtonen is hurt. The Stars will likely start Antti Niemi on Friday night when they host a Vancouver Canucks club that has dropped eight straight in this series. Lehtonen entered in relief of Niemi in Tuesday's 7-4 defeat to Ottawa that ended the Stars' five-game win streak.
What we’re thankful for in hockey, 2015: Puck Daddy Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:45:41 PST)
(Ed. Note: It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S., a.k.a. “Real Thanksgiving”, which means it’s once again time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the world of hockey. Here are the editors and writers from Puck Daddy and Yahoo Sports, offering their picks for this year. As always, we give thanks to you, the reader, for supporting this blog. Happy Turkey Day!) Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy Editor 1. Outdoor Games. There aren’t too many of them. OK, maybe there are too many of them that involve the Chicago Blackhawks. But if you go to one, you know what I’m talking about: 50,000 fans getting loaded and celebrating the game and, in some cases, just hoping the game doesn’t go to a shootout so they suffer hypothermia. 2. Barry Trotz Simply one of the most dedicated, smartest and level-headed hockey guys I’ve ever come across and I’m thankful that he’s behind the bench for a Capitals team that might have this thing figured out finally. Would love to see this lifer lift the Cup. 3. Every Single Person That’s Purchased And Read And Hopefully Enjoyed My Book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK. I can’t thank you all enough. I’m so honored. Or if you bought it on Amazon.ca, honoured. 4. Hockey Podcasts So many options now and so little time, from the ones beat writers are putting out to the new weekly ones to the podcasts that come around a few times a season from fans. As an American, hockey talk on the radio is a rare bird. Now we can take it with us! Sean Leahy, Puck Daddy Editor 1. Jaromir Jagr. I'll never not be thankful for him. And now that he's bringing back the mullet? Immortal. 2. Teemu Selanne. He may be gone from hockey, but he sure is living the hell out of retirement. 3. Hilary Knight. Unstoppable . 4. David Backes' pig. Because it pooped in Ken Hitchcock's office. 5. Pranking rookies. Tricking rookies to go out on the ice for warmups by themselves will never get old. It's even better when the kids realize the joke and keep skating. 6. Greenville Swamp Rabbits .
Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Why Evgeni Malkin is a stud, Mark Giordano is a dud (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 06:11:09 PST)
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009. Happy Thanksgiving! [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] While you’re wolfing down your turkey, hold your phone just underneath the table so nobody can see you scroll down the following chart. The following is the Top 25 players of the past two weeks based on simply ranking them in each roto-league category and then tallying up the score. Not very scientific, but a nice, quick and dirty snapshot of how things are going. This report is one of many you can run for free over at the Frozen Pool section of the DobberHockey website:
NHL Three Stars: Vatrano steals win; crazy Roy move almost works (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:08:11 PST)
No. 1 Star: Frank Vatrano, Boston Bruins The Bruins forward opened the scoring against the Detroit Red Wings with a goal and closed it out with a tip shot followed by a memorable celebration. In between, Detroit dominated, but Vatrano led the Bruins to a 3-2 overtime win. No. 2 Star: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning Bish made 37 saves for the Lightning and only allowed one goal in the shootout as Tampa Bay defeated the Los Angles Kings, 2-1. No. 3 Star: Shane Prince, Ottawa Senators Shane Prince scored his first and second NHL goals and assisted on another, as the Ottawa Senators survived a late push from the Colorado Avalanche for the 5-3 win. Craig Anderson made 40 saves. Honorable Mention: Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves and Matt Calvert had the second-period game-winner in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. … Jack Eichel scored his seventh, but it wasn’t enough as the Nashville Predators got 30 saves out of Carter Hutton and won, 3-2. … Devante Smith-Pelly had two goals and Tomas Plekanec had three assists in the Montreal Canadiens’ 5-1 rout of the New York Rangers. Max Pacioretty scored his 12th. … Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists while Alex Ovechkin scored his 11th of the season in the Washington Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. … Cam Ward made 30 saves and the Carolina Hurricanes scored four unanswered goals in their 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. … Radim Vrbata improved his (alleged) trade value, scoring two consecutive goals and helping the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. … Kyle Okposo had the go-ahead goal and Frans Nieslen scored into an empty net for a 3-1 win over the offensively-challenged Philadelphia Flyers. … Antoine Vermette had his first two goals of the season and Max Domi had two assists as the Arizona Coyotes picked up a big divisional win, 4-2, over the Anaheim Ducks. … Evegni Malkin’s slick goal in overtime gave the Penguins a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues. He previously assisted on Sidney Crosby’s power-play goal, which was Sid’s second of the game. … Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 17 games with two assists, as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the San Jose Sharks, 5-2. Andrew Desjardins scored a key goal in the third period, 1:07 after Patrick Marleau’s tally. Did You Know? Patrick Roy pulled his goalie for a 6-on-4 power play, down three goals and with over 10 minutes left in the third – and it worked! Dishonorable Mention: Devils fans were outraged, but the refs were correct in taking a tying goal from Adam Henrique off the board after Gregory Campbell played the puck on a delayed call against Columbus. … Linus Ullmark was pulled by the Sabres after they went down 3-0. … Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash and Derick Brassard were all a minus-3. … Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was a minus-4, while Jordan Eberle was a minus-3. … Kevin Bieksa and Cam Fowler were minus-2. … Carey Price did not play in the third period for Montreal due to injury concerns. ... Semyon Varlamov was pulled after Ottawa took a 3-1 lead. … Feeling super bad for Nail Yakupov and this freak injury.
NHL-Highlights of Wednesday's NHL games
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:02:06 PST)
Nov 25 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's National Hockey League games. - - Canadiens 5, Rangers 1 Devante Smith-Pelly scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens earned a potentially costly 5-1 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Goaltender Carey Price stopped 22 of 23 shots to grab the win, but left the game after two periods for undisclosed reasons. He missed eight games earlier this season with a lower-body injury and was playing in only his third game since returning. ...
Vrbata scores twice, Canucks beats Wild 3-2 (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:06:54 PST)
Radim Vrbata had just four goals this season for Vancouver before Wednesday. Vrbata scored twice, Jannik Hansen once and the Canucks held off the Wild 3-2. Daniel Sedin had two assists, Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots and Vancouver allowed fewer than three goals for the first time in 11 games, winning for just the third time in that span.
Defense helps Ryan Kesler in struggle to find offense (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:24:24 PST)
ANAHEIM – After he scored an empty-net goal in the Anaheim Ducks’ 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, Ryan Kesler lost the usual emotionless look on his face. His eyes grew large, he cracked a bit of a smile and shook his head. This would probably be considered his "relief" look. The Ducks forward had scored one goal in the prior 21 games. Like the rest of the team, he has slumped on offense, which has weighed heavily on him during the 2015-16 campaign. “To be honest I hold myself to a high standard and … do I like that I only have one goal in 21 games? No. But I’m not going sit here and whine about it and be upset,” Kesler said the morning before the win. “It’s happened and there’s still a bunch of games left.” As a lot of the Ducks have struggled to find their offensive footing, Kesler has been more immune to criticism than teammates Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Though he’s the team’s second-line center, he’s a high-end player and one of the guys the Ducks count on night-in, night-out to produce. But unlike Perry and Getzlaf, Kesler isn’t paid just to score. He’s arguably the team’s top two-way forward, and while his offense hasn’t been great, he believes his defense has carried him through this difficult stretch. Kesler has averaged over 19 minutes of ice time per game – more than Getzlaf – and won 55.6 percent of his faceoffs. He’s a minus-11, but the team itself has a minus-15 goal differential. “He’s not one-dimensional,” defenseman Cam Fowler said. “There’s people around the league whose main job is to score goals. Kes is certainly capable of doing that, but it’s not all he can bring, so at the end of the day if that’s not going for him, it will. He’s too good of a player for it not to turn eventually. At the end of the day he still has things he can fall back on that are very valuable to us, especially come the more important games that help you win hockey games. He’s always done that for us and he’ll continue to do it.” [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] Part of Kesler’s effectiveness revolves around his consistency. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau knows what he’s going to get from the 31-year-old forward. Whether he scores or not, every shift he’s watching a certain two-way headiness that at very least tries his best in games. “I know he’s frustrated because he hasn’t scored, but to not let the other part of his game go ... usually when you’re not scoring and you want to score you start cheating offensively and I find that he still does every game, does what he’s supposed to do when he doesn’t have the puck,” Boudreau said. “You know you’re getting effort and care every night.” Kesler has proved an easy fit with the Ducks. He’s comfortable in the role of being better than your typical second-line center, but not a first-line player. This was his situation with the Vancouver Canucks when he played behind Henrik Sedin. In his second year with the team, he’s pretty much the same player he was in the first season, and a similar guy to what he’s been his whole career. He was acquired by Anaheim two summers as a nasty second-line center to help the team go further in the playoffs. Last postseason he had 13 points in 16 games to push the Ducks to Game 7 of the Western Conference Final. It was the first time they advanced that far since 2007. “I’ve known all these guys for a year now and you step in and grow that bond immediately,” Kesler said. “I’m feeling more comfortable.” Maybe there’s more pressure this season – both with Kesler and the struggling Ducks. Anaheim was considered a Stanley Cup favorite before the year but is 8-10-4 through 22 games. Last summer, Kesler signed a highly scrutinized six-year $41.25 million contract extension that starts in 2016-17 and ends at the end of the 2021-22 season. He says he’s not feeling the weight of those expectations set by the deal or any desire to prove naysayers wrong. He more feels the burden of his own goals. “I don’t really pay attention to the contract,” Kesler said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to perform at my highest levels and I think all the good players do that.” Plus, it’s not like Kesler hasn’t had his share of bad luck. In Anaheim’s 5-0 loss at Tampa, the end of Ben Bishop’s stick swiped a sure Kesler goal. Said Kesler about his scoring, “ It’s a funny game and I’m not too worried about it.” MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY
Keeping track of the NHL's coaching carousel (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 03:18:25 PST)
St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock felt a little sheepish arriving in Buffalo for a game this week. In greeting two members of the Sabres' new coaching staff, he mistakenly snubbed another. ''I forgot to say hello to Dave Barr, because I had forgotten David was here,'' Hitchcock said with a laugh.
Blackhawks-Sharks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:57:10 PST)
As the Chicago Blackhawks feel the effects from their longest road stretch of the season, the San Jose Sharks may be disappointed to be returning home. Fresh off a perfect trip, the Sharks vie for a seventh consecutive win Wednesday night against a Blackhawks team that struggled its last time out. San Jose (13-8-0) scored four unanswered goals over the final 13:47 to rally for a 5-3 victory Sunday against Columbus and complete a 6-0-0 trek.
The Price is Right (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:56:00 PST)
Joey Alfieri has everything you need to know about goaltending matchups for the upcoming week.
Canucks-Wild Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:54:21 PST)
The Minnesota Wild have been the NHL's best home team, and they should be even better with Zach Parise expected back soon. Minnesota (11-5-3) is 8-1-0 at home and has outscored opponents 10-3 in three straight victories there since losing to Nashville on Nov. 5. The Wild had dropped the last three on a four-game trip before returning home to knock off that Predators team 4-0 on Saturday.
Rangers are NHL's most valuable team in annual Forbes rankings (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:46:44 PST)
The New York Rangers are the NHL’s most valuable team. Forbes annual NHL franchise valuations puts the Rangers as the NHL’s most valued franchise, currently listed at $1.2 billion. According to Forbes, it is the first time since 2004 that the Rangers have been the most valued team in the NHL. Said Forbes: The Rangers generated the most revenue ($229 million) in the league during the 2014-15 season, cashing in on the $1 billion renovation of Madison Square Garden and drives to the Stanley Cup finals in 2014 and Eastern Conference Finals in 2015. The Rangers took in more than $95 million from premium seating and advertising at MSG last season, tops in the NHL. Forbes also notes the average NHL team is worth $505 million, a three percent increase from a year ago and revenue was up to $133 million – an eight percent increase. [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] Operating incomes were averaged at $15 million “almost identical” to last season, says Forbes. Forbes says the NHL’s deal with Major League Baseball Advanced Media is a sign that even greater progress is on the horizon. The most bullish signal for the league since the Rogers media deal was the agreement reached with Major League Baseball Advanced Media, baseball’s internet and technology arm, this summer. MLBAM will pay the National Hockey League $100 million annually starting next year to operate the NHL.com website, and the NHL Network will also distribute out-of-market games online through NHL GameCenter Live and through television providers on NHL Center Ice. In addition to the rights fees that MLBAM will pay, the NHL will get a stake of 7% to 10% in BAM Tech, which could fetch between $3 billion to $5 billion if it were carved out of its parent. Here are the teams and valuations: 1. New York Rangers, $1.2 billion 2. Montreal Canadiens, $1.18 billion 3. Toronto Maple Leafs, $1.15 billion 4. Chicago Blackhawks, $925 million 5. Boston Bruins, $750 million 6. Vancouver Canucks, $745 million 7. Philadelphia Flyers, $660 million 8. Detroit Red Wings, $600 million 9. Los Angeles Kings, $580 million 10. Washington Capitals, $565 million 11. Pittsburgh Penguins, $560 million 12. Edmonton Oilers, $455 million 13. Dallas Stars, $450 million 14. San Jose Sharks, $445 million 15. Calgary Flames, $435 million 16. Anaheim Ducks, $400 million 17. Minnesota Wild, $380 million 18. Ottawa Senators, $370 million 19. Colorado Avalanche, $360 million 20. Winnipeg Jets, $350 million 21. New Jersey Devils, $330 million 22. New York Islanders, $325 million 23. Buffalo Sabres, $300 million. 24. St. Louis Blues, $270 million 25. Tampa Bay Lightning, $260 million 26. Nashville Predators, $255 million 27. Columbus Blue Jackets, $226 million 28. Carolina Hurricanes, $225 million 29. Arizona Coyotes, $220 million 30. Florida Panthers, $186 million According to Forbes, the Canadiens added 18 percent value from the previous year. Last season, the Canadiens began a long-term local television deal with Réseau des sports that will pay the team an average of C$68 million a season, more than double their previous agreement. The Toronto Maple Leafs were the most valued franchise since 2006, but lost their top spot due to a devalued Canadian currency and various other factors – such as making the playoffs once since 2006 and a 13-year sellout streak ending last March. Forbes said, the Habs were the only Canadian team to increase value over the last year. Here is our blog of last year’s rankings. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper
Canucks off Hamonic sweepstakes; Trottier's advice; NHL and Adidas (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:41:09 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . • The Vancouver Canucks will not meet the New York Islanders’ demands on defenseman Travis Hamonic. [ Canucks Army ] • Taking a deeper look into Calgary Flames defenseman Kris Russell, a pending unrestricted free agent: “From an analytics perspective, however, the question isn’t so much whether or not Calgary can afford him. It’s if the Flames should even want to keep him in the fold.” [ Sportsnet ] • The NHL’s deal with Adidas means changes are coming to jerseys. But don’t expect anything major yet. [ The Hockey News ] • Bryan Trottier writing a letter to his former self as an old, grizzled former player. [ The Players’ Tribune ] • How did the Toronto Maple Leafs lose 21-year-old prospect Petter Granberg via waivers to the Nashville Predators? [ Globe and Mail ] • A profile on Erika Lawler, the head of the NWHL Players’ Association. [ Today’s Slapshot ] • What are the threats to hockey as the most popular sport in Canada? It goes deeper than just head injuries. There are many factors. [ Toronto Star ] [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] • We’re within the 100-day mark to the NHL trading deadline. What are the concerns for the New York Rangers? Keith Yandle is one. He’s a pending unrestricted free agent. [ Full Tilt NYR ] • Daniel Sedin’s hat trick last Saturday yielded just one hat. And Vancouver Canucks fans made fun of this online. [ CBC via Yahoo ] • If you’re the Toronto Maple Leafs, do you call up high-level forward prospect William Nylander at some point this season? [ Pension Plan Puppets ] • What type of team are the Detroit Red Wings? It has been somewhat of a transition year with new coach Jeff Blashill from former coach Mike Babcock. [ Octopus Thrower ] • Monday is the first anniversary of Pat Quinn’s passing. Read all about the legendary coach here. [ The Canadian Encyclopedia ] • More stories on Quinn. [ Leafs Nation ] • Read about the Connecticut Whale’s 7-6 shootout win over the Buffalo Beauts at HarborCenter in Sunday’s NWHL action. [ The Hockey Writers ] • Three fixes to try to increase scoring in the NHL. [ Pro Hockey News ] • Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal has been the team’s best player through the first quarter of the NHL season. [ Five for Howling ] • The Edmonton Oilers need a proven starting goaltender for their team. [ Spector's Hockey ] • Chinese sports officials have asked the Czech Republic to teach their athletes about hockey and biathlon for the 2022 Beijing Games. [ Prague Post ] • Check out some Canadian Mounties playing hockey in Deline, N.W.T. It’s a community of about 550 people on the shores of Great Bear Lake. It is considered the birthplace of hockey. [ CBC ] • Who are 10 players you need to ‘cut bait’ with on for your fantasy team? [ Dobber Hockey ] • The Buffalo Sabres are improved this year, but they still have a ways to go toward being competitive. [ Buffalo Hockey Beat ] • The Nashville Predators are missing that sparkplug in their lineup. The type of player who can ignite a team with a big hit or big play. [ Along the Boards ] • Taking a look at Tyson Jost of the Penticton Vees for the 2016 NHL Draft. [ Yahoo Canada ] • Did you think the Washington Capitals are good this season? If you did, you’re 100 percent correct. [ Japers’ Rink ] • Canadian junior player Braden Pettinger is determined to walk again, after a devastating on-ice spinal cord injury. [ CTV ] • Ever want to know about Jen Conway, the NHL History Girl? If you don’t follow her on Twitter , you should! [ KVRR ] • Finally, Jonathan Quick did not want to be on camera after getting yanked in Sunday's game at Carolina. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY
Vancouver hot on the PP (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:39:00 PST)
The Power Play Report looks at great weeks from Vancouver and Toronto and of course Justin Faulk once again.
Has John Tortorella actually improved Columbus Blue Jackets? (What We Learned) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:02:00 PST)
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.) It's hard to argue with the results. Columbus started the year 0-7, and fired Todd Richards. Now they're 8-7 under John Tortorella, but also 6-4 in their last 10. This is a team that, at long last, appears to be moving in the right direction. Like all Tortorella-coached teams that have any amount of success (sorry, 2013-14 Canucks), people seem to be fixating on the coach's defense-heavy, shot-blocking demands of his players as the thing that leads to all the winning . And it's impossible to say that Columbus isn't collectively getting in the way of more shots per game than they were before. In fact, the number of shots they're blocking every night has increased more than 38 percent (from 10.4 under Richards to 14.4 under Tortorella). But here's the thing: It's easier to block more shots when you're also giving up more shots. And is that what Columbus is doing? Of course it is. [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] Once you adjust possession numbers for the various score effects involved, Columbus goes from a slightly-below-even possession team (49.7 percent) to a dreadful one (46.6 percent). ( Ed. Note : These stats do not include Sunday night's loss to San Jose.) The latter number is the third-worst score-adjusted number in the league since Richards' last game behind the bench, ahead of only Ottawa and Florida. The positive thing you can say about the Blue Jackets under Tortorella is that they're allowing fewer high-quality chances per 60 minutes (a 13.3 percent drop) and getting more of them (23 percent improvement), which is obviously going to be quite conducive to winning more than you lose. But otherwise, there seem to be a lot of cracks in the system that should give everyone pause as to the whole “Columbus has improved immensely under Tortorella” thing. There's no question, for example, that they play a more muted style of hockey, which isn't necessarily good or bad but is certainly not as fun to watch or, presumably, play (no one has ever accused Torts Hockey of being boring or injurious, right?). And that comes almost across the board, with scoring chances, shot attempts, unblocked attempts, and goalscoring all taking at least some step back on a per-60 basis. That “unblocked attempts” one is interesting too. You'd think a team like Tortorella's that blocks almost 40 percent more shots per game than it used to would, if it reduced shot attempts against per 60, likely see fewer unblocked attempts getting through as well; simply because the team would, theoretically at least, be getting better at controlling shot quality. But interestingly, the number of unblocked attempts they concede per 60 has actually ticked up under Tortorella, albeit very slightly (by 0.1).
Cammalleri, Schneider lift Devils over Canucks 3-2 (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:04:25 PST)
Cory Schneider wasn't worried about beating his former team. All the goalie cared about was helping the New Jersey Devils end their road trip on a positive note. Schneider stopped 36 shots and Mike Cammalleri added a goal and two assists Sunday as the Devils beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 to snap a two-game slide.
NHL Three Stars: Schneider saves Devils vs. Canucks; Quick pulled in loss (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 22 Nov 2015 22:15:47 PST)
NHL-Highlights from Sunday's NHL games
(Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:50:35 PST)
Nov 22 (Reuters) - Highlights from National Hockey League games on Sunday: - - - - Hurricanes 4, Kings 3 Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk scored two power-play goals as the Hurricanes beat the Los Angeles Kings. Carolina came into the game 0-1-3 at home over the last 10 days, but were able to jump out to a three-goal lead early in the second period, chasing starting goalie Jonathan Quick after two periods. Faulk's two goals extended his points streak to five games and has a team-leading 15 points in 20 games. ...
Anaheim Ducks still stuck in neutral after 'average' road trip (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 22 Nov 2015 09:19:58 PST)
Blackhawks GM backs Patrick Kane, dodges off-ice behavior ‘trap question’ (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 22 Nov 2015 07:39:16 PST)
Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman hasn’t said much of anything about Patrick Kane since training camp, where he pretty much didn’t have much to say about Kane , either. But he spoke with reporters before the Blackhawks’ game at the Vancouver Canucks, said Kane is “absolutely” in the team’s long-term plans and praised his star winger – on the ice, at least. [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] From Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago: “You can’t find talent like that,” Bowman said. “You look at what he’s done over the course of his career, whether it’s this season, last season or since he was a rookie, he won rookie of the year. He’s been a game changer. He’s one of those guys that’s, I’ve said it a lot over the years. He’s able to elevate his game in pressure moments. Not too many guys are able to do that. Sometimes when the pressure gets on, they have a hard time performing, but he’s sort of the opposite. He seems to raise his game.” As you know, the Erie County District Attorney said, in no uncertain terms, that Kane would face no criminal charges in sexual assault investigation stemming from an incident at his home in August. So does Bowman feel “vindicated” in how it all worked out for Kane, who extended his point streak to 16 games last night? “I don’t if I look at it as vindication. It’s not about that for me or for us. It’s really about just moving forward with things,” Bowman said. “Patrick has been the best player in the league. The first 20 games, he’s certainly been our best player and he’s had a lot of good starts over the years. He tends to start well. Last year, he had a really strong year up until he got injured. He sort of picked up where he left off, really and that’s the only way I would look at that. I wouldn’t characterize it as anything other than I’m happy to see the way he’s playing.” Bowman was given a chance to heap praise on Kane off the ice as well, but decided – again – not to get into character questions. "I’m not going to comment on that. I think that’s just a trap question,” he said, via the Chicago Tribune. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY
Devils-Canucks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 21 Nov 2015 23:46:09 PST)
While the New Jersey Devils have come back to earth on their current road trip, the Vancouver Canucks finally got off the ground in their long-awaited return home. New Jersey (10-8-1) was one of the league's hottest teams with a 10-3-0 stretch from Oct. 18-Nov. 14. New Jersey will attempt to get back on track at a place it hasn't won often.
Sedin brothers lead Canucks to 6-3 victory over Blackhawks (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 21 Nov 2015 23:35:39 PST)
Coming off a disastrous road trip and teetering toward another third-period collapse, Henrik and Daniel Sedin showed once again why they're the heart and soul of the Vancouver Canucks. The superstar twins combined for nine points on Saturday night, including four after Chicago tied the game with less than 9 minutes to go, and the Canucks beat the Blackhawks 6-3. ''When you really need your leadership is when you're going through a tough time,'' Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins said.
NHL Three Stars: Nash gets hatty in OT; Stamkos downs Ducks; shutouts for everyone (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 21 Nov 2015 23:17:23 PST)
No. 1 Star: Rick Nash, New York Rangers Nash and teammate Mats Zuccarello picked up 3 points each in the Rangers overtime win against the Florida Panthers. The Cats made a 2 goal comeback in the final three minutes of the third period to force overtime. It would be Nash who played the hero. He scored the OT goal on the power play to cap off the hat trick in the game: No. 3 Star: The Sedins, Vancouver Canucks Yeah, it's cheating, but at one point they were essentially one person before the cells split. Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin combined for 9 points in the Canucks 6-3 victory against the Blackhawks. P er Thomas Drance , Henrik recorded the first 5-point game of his career. Daniel notched a hat trick: No. 2 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning Judging by the Lightning's 5-0 beatdown of the Anaheim Ducks, non-puck heads might be surprised to learn Tampa has struggled at times to score this season. Stammer picked up goals 10 and 11 against struggling Ducks. Goal number 10 was a signature Stamkos scorcher: Honorable Mention: Zdeno Chara's third goal of the season scored in the third period would stand as the game winner for the Bruins over Toronto. Tuukka Rask made 22 saves in the shutout ... Bobby Ryan extended his current scoring streak to 8 games with 2 assists against Philadelphia. Craig Anderson held the Flyers scoreless on 36 shots ... Goals by Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr tied the game against the Rangers before dropping it in overtime: ... Tampa was 2-for-4 on the power play against the Ducks and their No. 1 penalty kill in the league (at least they have that going for them). Ben Bishop followed in the shutout trend making all 30 saves ... Congrats to Patrick Marleau for scoring is 1000th NHL point on an assist to set up a Brent Burns goal. Technically he scored his 1001st point on another assist on another Burns goal in the Sharks 3-1 win over the Penguins ... Seven different Capitals scored goals in Washington's 7-3 pumeling of Colorado. One the of the goal scorers was the magical Dmitry Orlov. Jason Chimera and Evgeny Kuznetsov picked up 3 points each against the Avs ... Chris Thorburn scored a short-handed goal for the Winnipeg Jets that stood to be the game winner: ... Pavel Datsyuk earned his first goal of the season on a nifty snipe between the arm and leg pad of Jake Allen. Vladimir Tarasenko tied the game with 2:10 left in the third to send it into overtime. Detroit's Teemu Pulkkinen sniped the game winner past Allen in OT ... Jamie Benn reclaimed the goal scoring lead at 14 with two tallies against the Buffalo Sabres; Tyler Seguin assisted on both goals. Evander Kane returned to the Buffalo lineup for the first time since Oct. 24. Antti Niemi collected a shutout making all 22 saves over the Sabres ... Ryan Suter had a goal and two assists in the Wild's 4-0 drubbing of the Nashville Predators. Devan Dubnyk was yet another goaltender on the evening to earn a shutout. Minnesota's power play went 2-for-4 ... Patrick Kane extended his scoring streak to 16 games with an assist on Artem Anisimov's game tying goal before the Sedins took over ending the game 6-3. In the losing effort, Jonathan Toews scored a beauty on the power play to open the game's scoring: Did You Know? Per STATS LLC, this is the first time in NHL history that 5 home teams earned a shutout victory on the same day. — Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) November 22, 2015 Dishonorable Mention: Brad Marchand went knee-to-knee with Leo Komarov and starts to scrap with James van Riemsdyk before the official literally dives in: ... Scott Laughton played only 23-seconds against Ottawa before being boarded by Alex Chiasson. Sam Gagne went after Chiasson to defend his teammate's honor. Chiasson only received 5 minutes for fighting. Gagne earned 5 for fighting, 10 minute game misconduct, and two minutes for instigating ... Ducks were without Hampus Lindholm who is day-to-day with upper-body injury ... Ondrej Pavalec left the game after colliding with Shane Doan. Doan said it was an accident . You be the judge: ... Reto Berra lasted only one period against the Washington Capitals giving up 4 goals on 11 shots. Calvin Pickard did slightly better letting in 3 goals on 21 shots ... Mike Ribeiro received a game misconduct 1:21 into the third period for sassing the officials. The game was what one would call 'chippy.' In one of the fights, James Neal breaks The Code against Nate Prosser: just how you expect a Neal fight to end pic.twitter.com/QsMBStdHBA — Stephanie (@myregularface) November 22, 2015 - - - - - - - Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD . MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:
NHL-Highlights of Saturday's NHL games
(Sat, 21 Nov 2015 22:05:19 PST)
Nov 22 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games. - - - Stars 3, Sabres 0 Dallas winger Jamie Benn scored two goals, Tyler Seguin had two assists and goaltender Antti Niemi stopped all 22 shots he faced as the Stars defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 at American Airlines Center. Benn recorded both of his goals in the third period, scoring a power-play goal off a rebound at 7:11 and then converting off the rush 1:53 later at 9:04 for his 14th goal of the season. ...
Blackhawks-Canucks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 20 Nov 2015 23:22:35 PST)
The Chicago Blackhawks aren't happy with their performances on the road, but they're starting to pick up points. Patrick Kane continues to pile them up practically everywhere. Kane looks to extend the longest point streak of his career Saturday night when the Blackhawks face the struggling Vancouver Canucks.
The Seven: Canucks' overtime woes destined to end soon (Eh Game)
(Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:04:33 PST)
When it comes to overtime, if the Vancouver Canucks didn’t have bad luck they’d have no luck at all. After falling 4-3 to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, the Canucks saw their record fall to a putrid 0-6 in the revamped 3-on-3 extra-period session this season. A lot of things have to go wrong for a team to lose each and every time in six straight OT outings – especially for a team like the Canucks. Truly, they’ve deserved a better fate. According to War On Ice, the Canucks boast an impressive Corsi rating of 54.5 in OT, meaning they direct more shots towards the net than their opponents during overtime. They also win more faceoffs (52.6 percent), a stat that’s even more important with fewer skaters on the ice; starting with the puck helps. So part of the problem has been bad breaks, as evidenced by their paltry 54.5 PDO – a measure of adding their save and shooting percentages. Most of the goals they’ve allowed have come on odd-man rushes like the one that saw P.K. Subban connect with David Desharnais on Monday. There have been some errors, too. Giving New Jersey a power play in overtime didn’t end well. Leaving Daniel Sedin to defend a 2-on-1 against Edmonton resulted in a Lauri Korpikoski marker. Surely there are a few tweaks that Canucks coach Willie Desjardins can try. Despite their intimate familiarity, the Sedins aren’t the fleetest of foot and that works to their detriment with the added open ice. Splitting them up – blasphemy, I know – might be worth a shot. A timely save or two by goaltenders Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom wouldn’t hurt either. At least the overtime “loser” point was helping the Canucks remain on the playoff bubble in the Western Conference, with a 7-7-6 record. They’ve given away some crucial extra points, but there are reasons to believe that could change sooner than later. Now for the second act of The Seven – a weekly look at the Canadian-based NHL teams. This week we’ll break things down from east to west. MONTREAL CANADIENS