Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Saturday picks (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:13:43 PST)
Penguins and Sharks players will be popular against a pair of inferior opponents, but there’s plenty of value to be found in the other two games as well. Carey Price, MON at TOR ($27): Price is starting to find his game again, holding each of his last three opponents to two goals while posting a .929 save percentage in that stretch. Despite that recent improvement and his season-long 25 wins, 2.43 GAA and .918 save percentage, the 2015 Hart Memorial Trophy winner is the cheapest available choice in net at just $27.
Five Canucks quarantined with possible virus
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:42:49 PST)
The Vancouver Canucks said Friday that defenseman Troy Stecher was diagnosed with mumps and several other NHL players have shown symptoms of the virus. "We're taking this very seriously given how easily mumps can spread," said Canucks general manager Jim Benning. "At this point, Troy Stecher is the only player with a confirmed test result.
Canucks' Troy Stecher diagnosed with mumps (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:31:54 PST)
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher has been diagnosed with mumps and several other players have shown symptoms of the highly contagious virus. The team said Friday that defensemen Chris Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin and forwards Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund have shown symptoms. ''We're taking this very seriously given how easily mumps can spread,'' Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement.
Short-handed Canucks look to fend off rested Sharks (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:10:21 PST)
Traditionally, a team feels refreshed coming off a five-day break -- but the Vancouver Canucks are actually weaker. The Canucks revealed Friday that several players have shown symptoms of the mumps, including one confirmed case. As a result, at least four teammates will be sidelined Saturday as the Canucks (26-28-6), who have been off on the NHL-mandated five-day break since Sunday, host the San Jose Sharks (35-18-7) at Rogers Arena.
Five Canucks quarantined after Stecher contracts mumps
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:58:11 PST)
(Reuters) - Five members of the Vancouver Canucks squad have shown symptoms of the highly contagious virus mumps and are not expected to play on Saturday, the National Hockey League team said on Friday. Defenseman Troy Stecher has a confirmed diagnosis with centers Markus Granlund and Michael Chaput as well as defensemen Christopher Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin also potentially affected, the Canucks said on their website.
NHL-Five Canucks quarantined after Stecher contracts mumps
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:52:01 PST)
Five members of the Vancouver Canucks squad have shown symptoms of the highly contagious virus mumps and are not expected to play on Saturday, the National Hockey League team said on Friday. Defenseman Troy Stecher has a confirmed diagnosis with centers Markus Granlund and Michael Chaput as well as defensemen Christopher Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin also potentially affected, the Canucks said on their website.
NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:59:11 PST)
The Anaheim Ducks made a move to beef up their offense on Friday, acquiring forward Patrick Eaves from the Dallas Stars. Eaves is in the midst of a career season, tying for Dallas' team lead with 21 goals. Anaheim sent a conditional second-round pick to the Stars in exchange for Eaves.
Canucks say Stecher has mumps, four teammates have symptoms (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:26:36 PST)
The Vancouver Canucks announced that defenseman Troy Stecher has tested positive for the mumps. Also according to the team, defensemen Chris Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin along with forwards Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund have each presented symptoms of the virus.
Flyers look to avenge lopsided loss to Capitals (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:32:02 PST)
The Philadelphia Flyers don't have to dig deep into their memory banks to remember the last time they faced the Washington Capitals. After all, they were blitzed 5-0 in Washington on Jan. 15 and were forced to spend a bye week stewing about it. The Capitals (39-12-7, 85 points) have lost two straight but are atop the Metropolitan Division while the Flyers (28-24-7, 63 points) are coming off a 1-2-0 road trip and are trying to decide if they should be buyers or sellers prior to the March 1 trade deadline.
What We Learned: Why Bruce Boudreau might be the best coach alive (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:08:19 PST)
It is generally accepted that Mike Babcock, or maybe Joel Quenneville, is the best coach in the NHL. You see all the success they’ve had for years and years, getting winning hockey out of good or even great teams despite immense pressure. The idea there, obviously, is that Boudreau does more with less.
Gostisbehere has 3 assists, Flyers beat Canucks 3-2 (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:11:35 PST)
Shayne Gostisbehere's career night helped the Philadelphia Flyers to a morale-boosting victory in their push for a playoff spot. The second-year defenseman set up each one of his team's goals for his first three-point game in the NHL, and the Flyers beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Sunday. ''It's good to get some points, but I think it was more important to get the two points for our team,'' Gostisbehere said.
NHL-Highlights of Sunday's NHL games
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:49:57 PST)
Highlights of National Hockey League games on Sunday: Blackhawks, Sabres 1 Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist to help lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Kane reached 20 goals on the season, making him the first American-born player to ever score 20 or more goals in each of his first 10 seasons, according to STATS, LLC. Ryan Hartman, Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Artem Anisimov also scored for the Blackhawks, who dominated the Sabres from start to finish. Scott Darling made 25 saves.
NHL Three Stars: Drouin’s shift, Gibson’s shutout (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:26:38 PST)
No. 1 Star: Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning
Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Sunday picks (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:48:16 PST)
Cam Ward, CAR vs. TOR ($24): Ward is too affordable to pass up against a struggling Toronto team. Expect those struggles to continue on the second night of a back-to-back against Ward, who has held his last four opponents at PNC Arena to a total of six goals combined. Ryan Miller, VAN vs. PHI ($41): Miller simply isn’t worth $41 regardless of his opposition, considering his past seven starts have yielded just one win, 23 goals against and a .901 save percentage.
Tanev scores in overtime, Canucks edge Flames 2-1 (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:55:10 PST)
After giving up a tying goal in the waning seconds of regulation, the Vancouver Canucks could have been discouraged. Chris Tanev's goal 34 seconds into overtime gave Vancouver a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. Tanev converted a 2-on-1 with Daniel Sedin after Flames captain Mark Giordano scored on a long shot from the boards with 5.6 seconds left in the third period to tie it.
Flyers aim to improve scoring in matchup with Canucks (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:06:51 PST)
Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux has no doubt about why his team is struggling lately. The Flyers are 2-4-1 in their last seven games and have been outscored 17-10 in those games. In today's tight-checking NHL, such a gap can be considered a canyon and Philadelphia will try to improve its offensive game Sunday against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.
NHL-Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games
(Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:30:34 PST)
Highlights of National Hockey League games on Saturday: Jets 3, Canadiens 2 Winnipeg scored two third-period goals to break a 1-1 tie and spoil Claude Julien's first game as Montreal's coach. Julien had been hired by the Canadiens on Tuesday after being fired by the Boston Bruins on Feb. 7. Mathieu Perreault and Patrik Laine both scored in the third period for Winnipeg.
NHL Three Stars: Stone's 5-spot for Sens; Roussel nets first hat trick (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:06:43 PST)
Ottawa Senators centre Derick Brassard (19) left wing Ryan Dzingel (18) and right wing Mark Stone (61) celebrate a goal by Chris Wideman (not shown) during third period NHL hockey action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday, Feb. 18 2017. Stone had a career night during Ottawa’s 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Blue Jackets host Predators before taking a break (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:00:33 PST)
The Columbus Blue Jackets have started to do the right things again. The Nashville Predators would like the backsliding to stop. Playing their final game before going on an extended break, the Blue Jackets hope to continue their latest surge when they meet the struggling Predators on Sunday evening.
NHL turns 100: Borje Salming hailed as European trailblazer (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:36:02 PST)
Exceptionally fit and muscular still, Borje Salming sits at his locker with a familiar No. 21 Toronto Maple Leafs jersey hanging behind him while pecking out a message on his cellphone. The faceoff for the Centennial Classic's alumni game between the Maple Leafs and Detroit is still a few hours away at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium. Except for the telltale creases of age that line the 65-year-old Salming's cheeks and temples, the former star defenseman looks hardly out of place among the Leafs' current crop of millennials.
Flames, Canucks renew rivalry in Vancouver (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:38:56 PST)
Both the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks could use a little boost right about now, and they will probably get one Saturday -- by playing against each other. The clubs will resume their re-festering rivalry as the Flames (29-26-3) visit the Canucks (25-27-6) at Rogers Arena. "I think it's a good (rivalry)," said Flames captain Mark Giordano earlier in the season.
Strader's cancer fight; Burrows' Rangers fit (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:51:42 PST)
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NHL Three Stars: Sidney Crosby cracks 1,000 points (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:02:15 PST)
No. 1 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jake Allen makes save without mask thanks to ‘weird rule’ (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:05:06 PST)
St. Louis Blues Jake Allen called it a “weird rule,” and it resulted in one of the weirdest saves of the NHL season: Allen, stopping the puck without wearing his goalie mask. According to the NHL rulebook, if goalie loses his mask and his team doesn’t have control of the puck, play is stopped “if there is no immediate and impending scoring opportunity.” If the referee determines the goalie lost his mask on purpose to stop play, it can result in a minor penalty. Against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, Allen’s mask broke and he was forced to doff his helmet.
NHL-Highlights of Thursday's NHL games
(Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:01:46 PST)
Highlights of National Hockey League games on Thursday: Penguins 4, Jets 3 (OT) Center Sidney Crosby recorded his 1,000th career point early and scored the winner late in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 4-3 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets at PPG Paints Arena. Crosby's winner came with just 21.1 seconds left in the extra session as he beat a defender to the puck and tapped it into an empty net. Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz and Phil Kessel also scored for the Penguins, while Patrik Laine, Paul Postma and Dustin Byfuglien scored for the Jets.
Tarasenko, Steen score late, lift Blues past Canucks 4-3 (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:29:04 PST)
Alexander Steen has been hot since Mike Yeo took over as coach of the St. Louis Blues. Vladimir Tarasenko and Steen scored third-period power-play goals to lift the streaking Blues to a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Magnus Paajarvi and Jori Lehtera also scored, and Kevin Shattenkirk had three assists for the Blues, who won their sixth straight game.
Sidney Crosby notches 1,000th NHL point (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:37:38 PST)
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby reached 1,000 points on Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets, becoming the 86th player in NHL history to do so. Crosby came into the game needing one point to reach the total and he got it on an assist to Chris Kunitz at the 6:28 mark. The 29-year-old Crosby accomplished the feat in 757 games – the 12th fastest to reach 1,000 points.
Puck Lists: 9 NHL coaches on the hot seat (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:00:41 PST)
APRIL 29: Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars looks on during pregame warm up before the Stars take on the St. Louis Blues in Game One of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 29, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. The problem with coaching in the NHL today — as with the standings in the NHL today — is that there’s too much mediocrity. There are a few elite coaches (four or five is probably the max), a few very bad coaches (maybe only two or three) and then a whole lot of guys who are varying degrees of pretty good to pretty bad.
Blues return home to face Canucks after 5-0 road trip (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:55:10 PST)
During their extended stay on the road, the Blues went 5-0, capping the trip with a 2-0 shutout behind backup goalie Carter Hutton on Wednesday night in Detroit. Jake Allen, who struggled throughout January but who won three of the games on the road trip, allowing a combined three goals, is expected to start in goal against the Vancouver Canucks in the Blues' first home game since Feb. 4. The Blues lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins that night, their only loss in seven games since the team made a coaching change, putting Mike Yeo in charge.