Johnson, Flames surging into meeting with Jets (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:21:07 PST)
The Calgary Flames got hot just as the icy cold winter arrived on the Canadian prairie. The Flames take a five-game winning streak into Saturday's tilt against the Winnipeg Jets at Scotiabank Saddledome during a stretch that has taken Calgary from the ranks of NHL bottom feeder to that of playoff hopeful. "We've got traction now," Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan told reporters Thursday night after a 2-1 road win over the Arizona Coyotes.
Peter Karmanos no longer on NHL executive committee (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:10:37 PST)
Gary Bettman unveils the League’s Centennial celebration plans for 2017 during a press conference at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at Air Canada Centre on September 27, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. PALM BEACH, Fla. – The NHL announced new members of the executive committee for the Board of Governors following the second day of meetings, Friday. Former Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider, who died earlier this year, was previously on the committee.
West Coast Teams on the Road (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:41:00 PST)
The Week Ahead looks at San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Arizona being on the road all week
NHL Three Stars: Philly wins seventh in a row, bad night for goalies (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:52:35 PST)
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) punches New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) after Palmieri ran into him during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 in Montreal. Voracek, along with Claude Giroux, powered the Flyers to their seventh straight win with their four and three point nights, respectively.
Johnson Keeps Flames Going (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:43:00 PST)
Elsewhere Jamie Benn scored his 200th career goal.
NHL-Highlights of Thursday's NHL games
(Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:27:33 PST)
Highlights of National Hockey League games on Thursday: Canucks 5, Lightning 1 Ryan Miller stopped 38 shots to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning before pulling himself late in the third period. Miller left the game with 6:02 left in the game during a timeout and headed for the locker room and was replaced by Jacob Markstrom. Jayson Megna and Jack Skille each scored twice while Erik Gudbranson added a goal and an assist for Vancouver.
Sputtering Sharks meet porous Ducks (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:49:24 PST)
A team with a sputtering offense meets an opponent with a porous defense when the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks clash Friday night at the Honda Center. The Sharks, Stanley Cup finalists last season, are near the bottom of the NHL in goals scored with 62 -- or 2.38 per game. Defenseman Brent Burns leads San Jose with 11 goals and owns second place with 23 points, one behind Joe Pavelski.
Flames beat Coyotes 2-1 in overtime for fifth straight win (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:28:22 PST)
The Calgary Flames expected a fight from a desperate team and got one. Once they shook off a slow start, the Flames fought back and Dougie Hamilton scored a crafty overtime goal to extend their winning streak to five games. Hamilton scored 1:09 into overtime, Chad Johnson stopped 27 shots and the Calgary Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 on Thursday night.
NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:12:15 PST)
The Vegas Golden Knights' trademark request was denied by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday because of a "likelihood of confusion" with The College of Saint Rose Golden Knights in Albany, N.Y. The expansion franchise revealed its name and logo on Nov. 22. "There are countless examples of college sports teams and professional sports teams with coexisting names," the Golden Knights said in a statement to Sports Illustrated. -- The Calgary Flames recalled defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon from the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League and assigned defenseman Brett Kulak to the same club.
Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Thursday picks (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:05:22 PST)
While his .910 save percentage is nothing to get excited about, he’s only let in one goal in his last two starts. This is a guy that hasn’t had a save percentage worse than .916 since becoming Tampa’s starter, so an improvement is very likely. Vancouver is 28th in the NHL in goals scored, averaging a paltry 2.19 per game.
Sizzling Flames visit slumping Coyotes (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:22:39 PST)
The Calgary Flames are on a four-game winning streak, and they won seven of their past 10 (7-2-1). The Arizona Coyotes are on a five-game losing streak, and they dropped 10 of their past 13 (3-6-4). "For me, it's been three things," Flames general manager Brad Treliving said Wednesday as the team took part in an off-ice workout at Gila River Arena.
Stars' Ruff wants more effort vs. Predators (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:12:09 PST)
The Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars meet at American Airlines Center on Thursday, and these Central Division rivals square off under different circumstances. Nashville (12-9-4) defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, making the Predators 9-4-1 over their past 14 games. "I thought we did a real good job in the third period," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said after the win.
Alexander Radulov shows maturity in resurgence with Canadiens (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:55:05 PST)
Alexander Radulov and David Desharnais of the Montreal Canadiens celebrate a goal in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings during a game on December 4, 2016, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES – With the Nashville Predators, Alexander Radulov made a lot look easy. As the most talented offensive player on the team, Radulov would use his skill to make passes nobody else on the Preds could make and score goals with moves only a handful of players around the league could attempt.
Wild wrap up 5-game trip in Toronto (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:00:28 PST)
The Toronto Maple Leafs return home from a three-game road trip on Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre when they face the Minnesota Wild, who will be wrapping up a five-game trip of their own. Toronto finished its trip 1-1-1 and Minnesota is 1-1-2 on its tour. Both teams defeated the Edmonton Oilers on their trips.
Monahan scores on power play in 3rd, Flames beat Stars 2-1 (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:59:24 PST)
Johnny Hockey is back with the Flames, and Calgary is rolling up the Pacific Division standings. Sean Monahan scored on a power play midway through the third period off a pass from Johnny Gaudreau, lifting Calgary over the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Tuesday night for its fourth straight win. Gaudreau dished to Monahan from behind the net into the slot, and Monahan slid a wrist shot past goalie Kari Lehtonen through a narrow opening at the bottom left corner of the net.
Hurricanes going to California without Staal (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:43:38 PST)
The Carolina Hurricanes will miss one of their leaders when they begin their road trip in California on Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. Center Jordan Staal, one of the team's three alternate captains, has not recovered from a concussion he suffered Nov. 27 in a 3-2 victory against the Florida Panthers. Carolina faces the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night and finishes the trip against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
NHL-Highlights of Tuesday's NHL games
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:28:36 PST)
Highlights of National Hockey League games on Tuesday: Flyers 3, Panthers 2 (overtime) Wayne Simmonds scored a pair of goals for the second straight game and Jakub Voracek scored with 8.6 seconds remaining in overtime, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to their sixth straight win, a 3-2 home decision over the struggling Florida Panthers. Simmonds is now tied for third in the NHL with 15 goals, two behind Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby.
Darling's Filling The Void (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:03:00 PST)
Elsewhere Jake Allen is on an eight-game winning streak.
NHL Three Stars: Schwartz's heroics; Flyers win sixth straight (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:28:31 PST)
Jaden Schwartz of the St. Louis Blues celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against the Montreal Canadiens on December 6, 2016, at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Schwartz scored twice, including the overtime winner as the Blues clawed back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2. Schwartz actually had a hand in all three St. Louis goals as he picked up the primary helper on Paul Stastny’s seventh of the year in the third period.
NHL All-Star Game voting: Crosby, Kane, McDavid, Price leaders by division (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:35:24 PST)
After five days, the NHL All-Star Game vote has yet to see any sort of John Scott candidate break through among the divisional leaders. While there have been calls for chaotic votes (Steve Ott) and sentimental ones (Bryan Bickell), there’s nothing out of the ordinary with the first batch of results.
Patrick out for WJC; Ramo lands Marlies tryout; Holland's ideas (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:53:19 PST)
• Nolan Patrick, the top prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft, will not play for Team Canada at the World Juniors. Patrick suffered an upper-body injury early this season and has only played six games. • The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed goaltender Karri Ramo to a tryout deal with their AHL team, the Toronto Marlies.
Flames, Stars look to keep good vibes going (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:34:43 PST)
The Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars both had big victories over the weekend, making Tuesday's matchup at American Airlines Center a battle of two teams showing good form. Calgary (13-13-2) blitzed the Anaheim Ducks 8-3 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday. First-year Flames coach Glen Gulutzan, who coached Dallas from 2011 to 2013, said, "Well, you don't get too many games in the NHL where you can breathe.
Claude Giroux still on top (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:12:00 PST)
Matt Riegler gives you the top power play leaders in the NHL including Claude Giroux.
What We Learned: Has the NHL reached 'peak goaltending?' (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:07:24 PST)
Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens protects his net during the NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre on November 12, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-0. The NHL significantly changed its rules in the wake of the 2004-05 lockout as a means of engendering more goalscoring.
Gaudreau scores in return as Flames roast Ducks, 8-3 (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:14:56 PST)
The return of Johnny Gaudreau sparked Calgary to its biggest offensive outburst of the season. Gaudreau had a goal and an assist in his first game back from a broken finger, and the Flames scored five times in a 6:04 span of the second period to rout the Anaheim Ducks 8-3 on Sunday night. It was a surprise when it was revealed in the morning that Gaudreau would be back in the lineup less than three weeks after surgery that was expected to keep him out four to six weeks.
NHL-Highlights of Sunday's NHL games
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:58:35 PST)
Dec 4 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Hockey League games on Sunday: Flyers 4, Predators 2 Wayne Simmonds' two goals and Steve Mason's 30 saves lifted Philadelphia to a 4-2 win Sunday over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena, the Flyers' fifth straight victory. Both of Simmonds' markers came on the power play, giving him six with the man advantage this season. Chris VandeVelde and Michael Raffl also scored for the Flyers. Calle Jarnkrok and Colin Wilson scored for the Predators. ...
NHL Three Stars: Flames thump Ducks, Flyers win five straight (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:25:38 PST)
The career renaissance of Radulov continues as the Canadiens scored four goals against the Los Angeles Kings. Radulov assisted on Max Pacioretty’s two goals and added one of his own. After going on a five game win streak, Ward dropped his next three.
Dose: The Return of Gaudreau (Rotoworld)
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:46:00 PST)
The Monday Dose welcomes back Johnny Gaudreau as the Ducks were unable to put out the Flames' fire.
Festivus miracle: Gaudreau returns ahead of schedule (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:48:28 PST)
Earlier in the week, Calgary Flames President Brian Burke aired his grievances over Dougie Hamilton trade speculation. On Sunday, the team received a Festivus miracle – Johnny Gaudreau will return to the lineup three weeks ahead of schedule. If there isn’t a Festivus pole in the Flames locker room, someone needs to rectify that immediately.
Flames aim to stay hot at home against Ducks (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:09:44 PST)
Winners of two straight games on home ice, the Flames (12-13-2) will look to keep that momentum going against the Ducks (12-8-5), who lost 3-2 in overtime to the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday. "We weren't good enough at the Saddledome obviously in the first bit of the season, so this is huge for us," Flames right winger Kris Versteeg said after scoring once in regulation and again in the shootout during Calgary's 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday.