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Bruins-Devils Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:10:34 PST)
The Boston Bruins had plenty of scoring opportunities in their attempt to win consecutive games for the first time this month, but an inability to capitalize on them resulted in yet another defeat. Caught in a tight playoff race, the Bruins could have trouble scoring again Friday night against Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils, who may have signaled the end of their own postseason push by trading Jaromir Jagr. Boston (29-22-9) snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-2 win in Chicago on Sunday, but followed with a 2-1 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday. The Bruins scored 1:05 into the game and peppered the Canucks with 41 shots, but they went 0 for 4 on the power play.

Three Periods: Long live the Kings; Wild redemption for Dubnyk; NHL notes (Yahoo Sports)
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:40:23 PST)
Three Periods: Why the streaking Kings decided to be aggressive and acquire Andrej Sekera; how a goalie trade fixed more than goaltending for the Wild; NHL news 'n' notes.

Flames-Islanders Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:42:41 PST)
After ending their recent slide, the Calgary Flames now need to contain one of their nemeses as they continue battling for a wild card in the Western Conference. John Tavares looks to avoid his longest goal drought of the season by continuing his success against visiting Calgary on Friday night when the New York Islanders resume their quest for the Metropolitan Division crown. The Flames (33-24-4) looked as though they might stumble toward missing the playoffs for a sixth straight season after losing their third in a row Tuesday, 1-0 to the Rangers in the opener of a seven-game trip. Karri Ramo has 54 saves over the last two games for the surprising Flames, who are in a tight fight with Minnesota and San Jose for the West's second wild-card spot.

Fantasy top 30 goalies: Canucks' Lack gets job done (NHL)
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:00:00 PST)
Every Thursday during the season,'s Evan Sporer will provide you with in-depth analysis of goaltenders. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to trending players and more, Sporer will be your go-to guy for advice on fantasy goalies all season long.

Dose: Picking up the pieces (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:23:00 PST)
More on moving on post-Patrick Kane in the Hockey Dose.

NHL Three Stars: Hammond blanks Ducks; Malkin's three assists leads Pens (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:06:18 PST)
No. 1 Star: Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senator s The Senators netminder made 25 stops and earned his first NHL shutout during a 3-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Erik Condra, Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris all scored as Hammond recorded his third straight win.  No. 2 Star: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins Malkin helped set up three of Pittsburgh’s four goals as the Penguins edged the Washington Capitals 4-3. Pittsburgh won its third straight as Malkin and Sidney Crosby recorded their first points of the season against their Metropolitan Division rivals.  No. 3 Star: Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames Monahan re-directed a Mark Giordano pass 35 seconds into the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and help give the Flames a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. He would later help set up T.J. Brodie’s shorthanded empty-net tally as Calgary won its third in a row. Honorable Mention : Mike Cammalleri scored his fifth goal in four games for the Devils: Giordano set career highs in assists and points in a season with his helper on the winning goal … The Flames’ PK killed off three opportunities and hasn’t allowed a power play goal in 13 games … Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for his second straight win … Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 39th of the season in the loss … Pens-Caps continued their love affair from a week ago with some rough stuff in the opening period. Did You Know?   . @NHLFlames have 3 dmen w/ 10 goals (Wideman: 12; Giordano: 11; Brodie: 10) for 2nd time in franchise history ('85-86:Suter/MacInnis/Macoun) — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 26, 2015 Dishonorable Mention: New Jersey’s four-game winning streak came to an end. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY :

Shawinigan Cataractes' Giovanni Fiore notches first QMJHL hat trick: Wednesday's 3 Stars (Buzzing The Net)
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:59:45 PST)

Monahan power-play goal gives Flames win over Devils, 3-1 (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:49:27 PST)
The Calgary Flames used another comeback to get back into a playoff spot and make the New Jersey Devils' postseason chances that much bleaker. Sean Monahan scored a power-play goal 35 seconds into the third period and the Flames beat the Devils 3-1 on Wednesday night to move into a Western Conference wild-card spot. ''These were points that we desperately needed,'' Flames goalie Karri Ramo said after making 26 saves to help the Flames snap a three-game losing streak. ''You could see that we were desperate enough to earn a win.'' Calgary, which lost 1-0 at the New York Rangers on Tuesday, moved one point ahead of idle Minnesota in the playoff race.

Rangers keep on winning without Lundqvist and Nash (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:06:58 PST)
The New York Rangers have proven they can thrive without No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Now they are even finding ways to win when leading scorer Rick Nash is sidelined, too. With about one-quarter of the season remaining, the Rangers are in the thick of the fight for first place in the Eastern Conference. Lundqvist's vascular injury to his neck is much more serious than the neck spasms that forced Nash to miss Tuesday night's 1-0 victory over the Calgary Flames.

Calgary's trade decisions; Kyle Clifford re-signed by Kings (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:40:16 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.

Fantasy top 60 'D': Perfect timing for Flyers' Timonen (NHL)
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:00:00 PST)
Every Wednesday during the season, fantasy hockey correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with in-depth defensemen analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer will be your go-to guy for fantasy blue line advice all season long.

Flames-Devils Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:24:04 PST)
Having played a significant role in New Jersey's longest win streak in two seasons, Cory Schneider should get the chance to keep the Devils rolling by adding to his recent strong play against the Calgary Flames. New Jersey will seek its fifth consecutive victory Wednesday night while trying to send the visiting Flames to a fourth straight loss. Schneider stopped 38 shots in a 3-0 victory against Arizona on Monday, and Michael Cammalleri scored twice in the third period. New Jersey, 10-1-2 in its last 13 games on its own ice, will end that lengthy stay at the Prudential Center on Friday against Boston.

Dose: Major Pain for Kane (Rotoworld)
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:37:00 PST)
It's unclear how long Patrick Kane will be out, but Wednesday's Dose is already trying to cope with the loss of an exhilarating star.

NHL Three Stars: Quick quiets Wings; Neuvirth saves Sabres (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:02:49 PST)
No. 1 Star: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings   Quick stopped all 20 shots he faced in the Los Angeles Kings’ 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, on Justin Williams’ first-period power-play goal. No. 2 Star: Benoit Pouliot, Edmonton Oilers Corsi darling Pouliot gave the Oilers both goals in their 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild, while Ben Scrivens stopped 33 shots. No. 3 Star: Michal Neuvirth, Buffalo Sabres The Sabres goalie made 45 saves in their 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, including 18 saves in the third period alone. Honorable Mention: Jonathan Toews scored a goal and got another in the shootout in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Scott Darling made 36 saves. … Bryan Little scored his 24th and Michael Hutchinson made 26 saves in the Winnipeg Jets’ 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars. … Nashville scored five straight goals in their 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Filip Forsberg scored No. 21. … Alex Galchenyuk scored the first two goals of the game and set up Michael Bournival’s second-period goal in the Habs’ 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Brendan Gallagher also had two goals. … Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. … Cam Talbot pitched a shutout while Kevin Hayes had the lone goal in the New York Rangers’ 1-0 win over the Calgary Flames. … Kael Mouillierat scored his fist NHL goal and assist in the New York Islanders’ 5-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Anders Lee scored goal No. 20. … Zack Kassian scored in the third period, and that was the difference in the Vancouver Canucks’ 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Eddie Lack made 40 saves. … Karri Ramo made a highlight-reel glove save against the Rangers. Did You Know? Blake Wheeler had his consecutive-game streak stopped at 227. Dishonorable Mention: Patrick Kane was injured after a crash into the boards. … Detroit was 0-for-5 on the power play. … Tyson Barrie was a minus-3. … Carl Gunnarsson was a minus-3. … Shea Weber earned an instigator and a misconduct penalty along with a fighting major against Gabriel Landeskog.

Calgary Flames lose ‘too safe’ game vs. Rangers (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:35:02 PST)
NEW YORK – It took the Calgary Flames over seven minutes to register a shot against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. They had just 21 for the game, and just six in the third period. Goalie Cam Talbot, who pitched a 1-0 shutout, said the Rangers knew the Flames would be “ a desperate team,” but Calgary didn’t exactly play the part.  “When we’re at our best, we’re an aggressive team that plays an up-tempo game. You have to give them credit. They’re a good hockey team. They take away a lot of things, in the neutral zone especially,” said Flames captain Mark Giordano, who said the Flames played "too safe" at times.  “In those tight games, you have to do a little bit more, generate a little bit more. But when it’s nothing-nothing, that’s easy to say. Both teams are playing tentative, going into the third. And they get a break." The Rangers’ lone goal came three minutes into the third period, as Kevin Hayes buried an odd-man rush pass from Derick Brassard. What preceded it were two periods of a chess match, a conservative battle that saw the Rangers bottle up the neutral zone and both teams stifle offensive chances. “Right from the start, there wasn’t a lot of room on the ice,” said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. “It was really tough to create opportunities.” The Rangers are second in their division, so playing not to lose can be expected in tightly contested games. The Flames are on the outside of the playoff bubble looking in, and the Rangers kept their chances to a minimum. “Anything we gave them we pushed to the outside,” said Talbot. “The guys did a great job boxing out and we didn’t give them a lot of second opportunities.” The Flames have lost two in a row, and head to New Jersey on Wednesday to play a New Jersey Devils team that, inexplicably has won four straight. Then it’s off to Long Island on Friday. Giordano called the Devils game a must-win; his coach said they all are. “We’re hoping to win every game. But if we battle in every game, and we drop one here and one there, it’s going to [about] our ability to bounce back,” said Bob Hartley. *** MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY  

Hayes, Talbot lift Rangers to 1-0 win over Flames (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:52:00 PST)
Kevin Hayes broke a scoreless deadlock 3:00 into the third period, Cam Talbot made 21 saves, and the New York Rangers hung on to beat the Calgary Flames 1-0 on Tuesday night. Derick Brassard forced a turnover by defenseman Dennis Wideman in the Calgary zone and made a pass from the left circle to the right circle to Hayes, who snapped in his 12th goal in his first game since cutting his long hair. Talbot earned his fourth shutout this season and seventh in his NHL career. He improved to 7-1-2 in place of injured No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, and helped New York win for the 10th time in 13 games (10-1-2).

Karri Ramo absolutely robs Rangers’ J.T. Miller of goal (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:57:48 PST)
Henrik Lundqvist didn’t play in Tuesday night’s game between the Calgary Flames and New York Rangers, which meant Karri Ramo had to pick up the slack for unbelievable highlight reel saves. In the first period, the Rangers were putting the offensive pressure on in the Flames’ zone. A deflected Ryan McDonagh shot went off the iron, rebounding directly to J.T. Miller.  The winger stared into a gaping net and knocked the puck towards it … and right into the outstretched glove of Ramo, robbing him of a goal. Seeing it live at MSG, I thought Miller flubbed the shot a bit. Which doesn’t take away from the great effort of Ramo on the play, but I imagine it’s one Miller will be replaying in his mind for a bit. Ramo has a .904 save percentage in 20 games this season for Calgary.  *** MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

Rangers' Nash misses 1st game of season due to neck spasms (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:07:06 PST)
Rangers forward Rick Nash, the No. 2 goal scorer in the NHL this season, is sitting out his first game of the season on Tuesday night due to neck spasms. He was then scratched on Tuesday when the Rangers hosted the Calgary Flames. Oscar Lindberg, a 23 year-old center from Sweden, made his NHL debut hours after he was recalled by the Rangers from Hartford of the AHL. Flames left wing Mason Raymond also missed the game as he returned to Calgary for the expected birth of his child.

Fantasy top 100 forwards: Utilizing enhanced stats (NHL)
(Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:00:00 PST)
Every Tuesday during the season, fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

Flames-Rangers Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:11:09 PST)
The New York Rangers are well aware of where the Calgary Flames pose a major threat. Calgary, though, hasn't been very threatening versus Eastern Conference foes. The Flames own the NHL's second-worst mark against the East entering Tuesday night's opener of a season-high, seven-game road trip. The Rangers (36-16-6) trail the New York Islanders by two points in the Metropolitan Division with three games in hand and are three behind Montreal for the East lead thanks to a 9-1-2 stretch.

NHL's Montador offered years ago to donate brain (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:09:36 PST)
Before concussions were a serious topic in hockey, Steve Montador knew all about the consequences of head injuries. Five years ago, while still playing in the NHL, Montador committed to donating his brain to research. Dr. Charles Tator of the University of Toronto told that story at Montador's memorial service Saturday in Mississauga, Ontario. ''He didn't know when it was going to be, but when it did happen he wanted to donate his brain,'' former Calgary Flames teammate and current assistant general manager Craig Conroy said.

PPR: Mark Streit leads the way (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:21:00 PST)
Michael Finewax looks at the top performers on the ice when their team scores and Mark Streit is tied at the top of the list.

Fantasy All-Access: Red Wings' Helm around to help (NHL)
(Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:00:00 PST)
Every Monday, contributor Matt Sitkoff identifies waiver wire pickups, roster trends, schedule notes and a prospect to watch in fantasy hockey. We are one week away from the NHL Trade Deadline, March 2 at 3 p.m. ET. Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jiri Tlusty, who scored 23 goals two seasons ago, is owned in three percent of Yahoo Leagues. Buffalo Sabres right wing Chris Stewart brings toughness to a contender and has 10 points in his past 15 games.

What We Learned: New NHL stats site has failures at launch (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:59:32 PST)
There have been a few dozen things written about the NHL's new “enhanced” stats site launching, and one feels safe in assuming the thrust of many of them are, “Uhh, what the hell?” So: Uhh, what the hell? The NHL entered the advanced stats era fully and officially on Friday, launching its own engine to give fans more immediate access to the data that has been cultivated for years on the websites of nerds who are truly and thoroughly fans of this sport and wanted to understand the game on a deeper level. Views in that community were a bit mixed; on the one hand, there was trepidation that the whole thing might get screwed up, given how much we know about the NHL's ability to do a Peter Sellers-level job of inadvertently throwing itself down a flight of stairs while trying to show off. But on the other there was a welcoming feeling because this was validation for the years of hard work in a way. By launching this site, the league was essentially saying, “What you have worked on for years has value;” and indeed, the league did an excellent job of reaching out to many people in the analytics community and working with them to see what they'd like to see on the Official Site. On a third hand, there was also an understanding that this wasn't really something for the existing advanced stats community. As with anything else, the league — and please recall this is the NHL we're talking about, where goals-against average and wins are the two goalie stats listed on a newly updated “Leaderboard” on the front of the stats page — is catering to the casual crowd of fans, not the deep, obsessive fanatics. Even getting them to give up the ghost on pretending these stats don't exist was a huge step forward. On a fourth, there's the league's insistence that it's doing something unique, which it absolutely is not. What it feels an awful lot like is a Cortez-type moment. The NHL set foot on land that was already discovered long before, and inhabited by industrious people, and said, “Hmm yes, we own all this.” They built this site, yes, but stood on the shoulders of giants to do it; the league accomplished very little on its own, and it's claiming full credit anyway. Take for example this interview with Chris Foster, NHL director of digital business development, who said, “There's zone starts, I think those are completely brand-new. And the level of depth that we're doing with primary and secondary assists. I don't think anybody's going to have that much detail.” Zone starts are of course not “completely brand-new” and Hockey Analysis has been breaking down first-assist leaders in the league for years. As for the later claims of providing penalties-drawn data for the first time ever, well, Extra Skater used to do that before the Maple Leafs bought it, and War On Ice still does . And of course Behind the Net , after which the entire 'advanced' stats era is named, was tracking both long before anyone else This should have been easy: Take War on Ice or Extra Skater, basically copy the idea behind it with enough changes to avoid a lawsuit, slap an NHL logo at the top. You've just built an excellent website that will help put millions more hockey fans in touch with the concepts underlying success in this sport. Is there a learning curve? Sure. But the NHL just expended a whole bunch of resources building something that people have been making in their spare time — and presumably for much cheaper — to roll out a broken product that doesn't do a good job of what it ought to do. Certainly, not as good a job as the league seems to think. You wouldn't know it from all the back-patting on Friday afternoon, but the problem is that the league — and one assumes SAP, which worked alongside the league to build the site — seems to have put very little thought into many aspects of the launch. For example, users can't filter for things like “minutes played” or “games played” at this time, so if they went to see who has the best CF% (sorry: SATF%) in the league when the site launched, they were probably going to be shocked to find that the answer — Bruins' prospect Matt Lindblad, who's gotten all of 16 minutes at even strength this season — was a guy they'd never heard of. All the way down at No. 11 is Pavel Datsyuk, who actually leads the league in this category, and who had played five more games than the 10 guys in front of him combined. Then there's the fact that you can go and look at a player's SATF per 20 minutes of ES ice time — which, by the way, never states explicitly that it is indeed at ES — and per 60 minutes of ice time, with the latter being the former multiplied by three, and thus not really worth differentiating. And also, there's the fact that the league leaders in “SAT rel” show how little consideration was put into the ideas behind the stats. The vast majority of the top players in the league are on absolute garbage teams, or have been traded from them, because “SAT rel” is apparently calculated by taking the team's SAT number overall and subtracting that player's on-ice SAT number.  Which is why Buffalo's Nicolas Deslauriers led the league at plus-712; the Sabres may stink, and so does he, but at least he's not on the ice for all the other shot attempts his team gives up. Let's put it another way: The Sabres are the worst possession team in recent league history, and if you have a stat that puts 15 of their players in the league's top-20 possession leaders, maybe that stat is absolute garbage and doesn't tell users what you intend it to. Now, to be fair, the league will probably say its stats engine is all being rolled out over time, and that much is true. By April, there will be the ability to visualize stats (which already exists on War On Ice and a number of other sites), as well as the ability to filter the data down to the smallest sample sizes imaginable so that you can draw all sorts of faulty conclusions from the numbers if you finesse them enough to include only Swedish wings who are between the ages of 24 and 32 who shoot left and weigh at least 190 pounds. At that point the league will also provide data that predicts playoff series, based on a 37-factor algorithm that has an 85 percent success rate. But only in predicting past playoff games, which is a lot easier to do, of course; I can “predict” who will win any individual game or whole series over the last 100 years or so as long as you let me check Wikipedia first. And if someone could develop a formula to predict individual games in any sport with 85 percent accuracy, the sports book industry would have hired them or had them killed years ago. Fun fact, though: if you want to pick an individual series winner, simply using scored-adjusted fenwick (sorry: score-adjusted USAT, which as far as the NHL is concerned doesn't exist yet) over the last 20 games o the regular season will give you a success rate that pushes 70 percent . Obviously bringing that up to 85 percent to that makes your predictions 21 percent more accurate — if that is indeed what SAP's algorithm can do for future games, which I doubt — but putting money down based on that alone is going to win you a decent bit of cash over the course of the postseason. Please don't mistake any of this for bitterness. The fact that “corsi” and “fenwick” and PDO are now SAT and USAT and SPSV doesn't really bother me — except to say that it's once again co-opting the work of others and putting a new name on it like Thomas Edison at the height of his Tesla-harassing days; this is a branding issue — and seeing the league embrace the power of these statistics is indeed nice. And I further understand that I'm in the 1 percent of 1 percent of users who look at this data literally every day of their lives. The average fan isn't me, doesn't have the need for this much information about the sport. This site is likewise not for me; the likelihood that this version was going to supplant War on Ice and Puckalytics and Hockey Analysis and Own the Puck and Puck on Net — y'know, to name a few — for me was basically non-existent. But the fact of the matter is that we've very much gotten off on the wrong foot in terms of helping people understand what these statistics mean and how they should actually be applied, which creates its own problems down the road: their foundation of advanced (sorry: enhanced) stat knowledge being based in bad or faulty information. There's also the fact that the league published all this data, faulty though it may be, with plenty of caveats that this does not indicate any official position on the efficacy of using possession stats to evaluate teams? “Does it tell you anything? We can't say for sure but if you think it does here it is!” That's classic stuff. Overall, the league probably would have been better off not rushing to get this done in the middle of the season, I think. Take the extra several months and unveil it next October, make the thing actually usable and intelligible at launch by letting the real nerds get an early look and tell you what you're doing wrong. At that point you can also integrate the player-tracking technology we've heard so much about, and really have something that stands out from the offerings put together and maintained by a small group of people who are essentially hobbyists. The problem with showing up late to the party and trying to take credit for everyone else's work is that you might not really have the best idea what's going on with it. Certainly this is progress, but it's not the kind of progress for which the league should be holding a press conference. What We Learned Anaheim Ducks : No surprise but the Ducks want defense now that they're starting to fall apart a little bit. There's this guy in Toronto I think would be great there. Arizona Coyotes : Antoine Vermette really isn't doing very much to make people excited about trading for him . Seems like nothing wants to go Arizona's way here. Boston Bruins : Here's the thing with hyper-reactionary headlines like this : The Bruins were never going to let Malcolm Subban into a position where he even might have become their No. 1 goalie. They have this fellow called Tuukka Rask for the next hundred years, and I guess he's pretty good. Buffalo Sabres : Tim Murray is apparently turning his attentions to acquiring Ryan O'Reilly , which would theoretically give the Sabres a Nos. 1-3 center depth of Jack Eichel/Connor McDavid, Sam Reinhart, and Ryan O'Reilly for the next decade. Nice way to speed up your rebuild. Calgary Flames : The Flames won't give a 32-year-old questionably second-line right wing a ton of money this summer ? Maybe they are learning. Carolina Hurricanes : Andrej Sekera is going to cost someone a lot , in terms of both money, picks, and prospects, and there's a pretty good chance he's worth it. Chicago : Jonathan Toews went in on his teammates after they lost to the Avalanche. After that game, they'd lost four of six, so maybe he's right to do it. Colorado Avalanche : Speaking of the Avs, this is maybe the nicest goal Brad Stuart has scored in a while: Columbus Blue Jackets : Sergei Bobrovsky looks close to a return . Just in time for it to not matter at all. Dallas Stars : Wait, the Red Wings are a “ long-time rival ” for the Stars? In what possible way is this the case? The Red Wings don't ever think about the Stars. Detroit Red Wings : Saturday night, the Red Wings entered the third period down two goals , tied the game, went down by two goals again, then won in overtime. First time that's happened since 1934. Doesn't seem like any sort of a fluke at all. Edmonton Oilers : This is a really great look at how the Oilers develop talent. Or, put another way, how they don't do that. And how things might be changing. Florida Panthers : If the Panthers had won on Saturday, they would have moved into a playoff spot . That is weird to think about. Los Angeles Kings : What if this is just how good the Kings are for the rest of the season? Besides the white pants, I mean. Minnesota Wild : And when you talk about playoff pushes, the one going on in Minnesota right now is fascinating. Devan Dubnyk shouldn't be able to play like this, but man, here we are. Montreal Canadiens : Seems as though this Pacioretty fellow is a pretty good hockey player . He might score 40 this season. I doubt too many people would have predicted that. Nashville Predators, America's Favorite Hockey Team : Proof goalie wins are a nonsense stat: Rob Zepp stops 20 of 22 and wins , while Pekka Rinne stops 31 of 33 and loses. Ah well, at least they got the point. New Jersey Devils : The Devils might try to replace Lou Lamoriello as GM in the next year or two? Wow, only three years too late! New York Islanders : Wait, are people, like, not-treating the Islanders as one of the best teams in the East? New York Rangers : Is Mats Zuccarello worth $5 million to you? That's what he's seeking this summer. What a league. Ottawa Senators : You can go ahead and throw it in , guys. Philadelphia Flyers : Seems like you can put almost anyone on a line with Claude Giroux and they're gonna score. Maybe we want to dial back the “Jake Voracek is an elite forward” talk as a consequence. Pittsburgh Penguins : The Pens are looking at bringing back Jordan Staal in the summer . The Staal dynasty is falling apart in Carolina. San Jose Sharks : The answer to the question posited in the headline is, “Yes,” and it's because of how foolishly they approached things this past summer. They made their bottom-six much worse and moved a dominant power forward to the blue line. Now they're not as good. Hmm. St. Louis Blues : The Blues' schedule for the month is brutal. Montreal Tuesday, a five-game road swing, three more home games, then six more on the road. We're about to learn a lot about these guys. Tampa Bay Lightning : Pretty decent little run of success on the road here from the Bolts. Now they're back above .500 away from home (kinda, if you don't call shootout losses actual losses). Toronto Maple Leafs : If you think Olli Jokinen is going to make a positive impact with the Leafs, of any kind, have some bad news for you . Vancouver Canucks : Isn't this kind of just what the Canucks do ? Beat the Rangers, get creamed by the Devils. Are we really surprised at this point? Washington Capitals : Picking up a shootout win over the Islanders goes a long way toward making people think the Caps are legit. Not as long as, say, a regulation win, but beggars can't be choosers. Winnipeg Jets : For real, though, stop doing this . Play of the Weekend This is a real nice goal from Niklas Kronwall. Real nice. Gold Star Award

Is it finally Etem's time? (Rotoworld)
(Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:22:00 PST)
Ryan Dadoun looks at Etem and more in this week's Waiver Wired.

Sharks chew on playoff hopes after Stadium Series setback to Kings (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 21 Feb 2015 23:44:36 PST)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Fireworks shot into the sky like a confetti cannon at a funeral.  The San Jose Sharks stood on the ice, having just been thwarted again by their arch rivals, wondering if they should shake the hands of the Los Angeles Kings or waddle back to the dressing room to contemplate the two vital points they lost in the standings, in front of 70,205 fans at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday. “It’s the truth when they say ‘it’s better when you win’ because this sucks right now,” said forward Joe Pavelski. The teams left their Stadium Series game without a handshake line, but the Sharks stick-saluted their faithful before everyone headed to the exits. They all take away memories from the first outdoor game appearance in San Jose’s history, but the Sharks also take away the bitter taste of a 2-1 loss, putting them on the outside of the playoff bubble for the moment -- 68 points, trailing the Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets, Vancouver Canucks and Kings.  “It was a hard-fought game by two good teams that played a pretty even match. So the outcome is very disappointing, but everything else we're proud of,” said coach Todd McLellan. “Every game is really, really important. But if you think I'm locking in when our next practice arrives and say, ‘Hey, we're out of the playoffs’ … they're smart guys, these were very important points. But there are 42 of them left on the table.  We'll have to go out and earn more than we lose, if we do that, we'll take care of ourselves.”

Former NHL defenseman Montador honored at funeral (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:22:04 PST)
Hundreds of friends, family members and teammates gathered Saturday for former NHL defenseman Steve Montador's funeral. ''Imagine if there was a time where there wasn't hockey: You wouldn't be able to have a place big enough for as many people to come to see Steve,'' former Calgary Flames teammate Craig Conroy said. Montador was remembered as a best friend and ideal teammate. David Clarkson of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Dan Carcillo of the Chicago Blackhawks were among those in attendance at the Mississauga Convention Centre, a group that also included former goalie and junior teammate Stephen Valiquette, Anaheim Ducks teammate George Parros, Flames teammates Martin Gelinas and Rhett Warrener, Canadian women's star Hayley Wickenheiser and Mathieu Schneider of the NHL Players' Association.

NHL Three Stars: Dubnyk blanks Oilers; Avs topple Blackhawks (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 21 Feb 2015 06:46:22 PST)
No. 1 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild   He only had to face 15 shots on goal, but Dubnyk snagged all 15 in the Minnesota Wild’s 4-0 win over his former team, the Edmonton Oilers. Justin Fontaine scored two goals. It was Devan Dubnyk's sixth shutout on the season. No. 2 Star: Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche Barrie scored two goals and added an assist in the Avs’ 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. He opened the scoring with an unassisted goal, assisted on Gabriel Landeskog’s power-play tally and then scored a power-play goal of his own. No. 3 Star: Mike Cammalleri, New Jersey Devils Mike Cammalleri scored two goals, including a back-breaking empty netter while the Vancouver Canucks went on a 6-on-4 power play, in the Devils’ 4-2 win. Honorable Mention: Rick Nash had a goal and an assist in the New York Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. … Eric Staal scored a goal and an assist in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. … Alex Steen had three helpers and Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice in the St. Louis Blues’ 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins. … The Anaheim Ducks scored five third-period goals in a 6-3 victory over the Calgary Flames. Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, while Hampus Lindholm and Francois Beachemin were a plus-4. Did You Know? It was the Flames' first loss this season when leading after two periods (14-1-0). Dishonorable Mention: Oscar Klefbom was a minus-3. … Tory Krug was a minus-3. … Malcolm Subban was pulled after giving up three goals on three shots to start the second period. … Dennis Wideman, Curtis Glenncross, Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler were all minus-3.                                                                                                                                                     

Dose: The Devan Dubnyk Show (Rotoworld)
(Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:37:00 PST)
The Saturday Dose looks at the continued brilliance of Devan Dubnyk and the exact opposite of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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