NHL Three Stars: Gaborik rallies King over Chicago; Boedker tricks Jets (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 28 Nov 2015 23:08:33 PST)
NHL-Highlights from Saturday's NHL games
(Sat, 28 Nov 2015 22:53:03 PST)
Nov 28 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from National Hockey League games on Saturday: - - - - Kings 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT) Right winger Marian Gaborik scored two goals, including the game winner, as the Los Angeles Kings defeated Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime. Gaborik took a long lead pass from Kings center Anze Kopitar and sped in alone to beat Chicago goaltender Scott Darling with a wrist shot at 2:04 of the extra time. Los Angeles (14-8-1) remained atop the Pacific Division with the victory. Goaltender Jonathan Quick (11-7-1) stopped 20 Chicago shots for the win. ...
Ward, Marleau help lead Sharks past Flames 5-2 (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 28 Nov 2015 22:45:34 PST)
The San Jose Sharks needed to start winning at home and they needed help from their special teams. Joel Ward and Patrick Marleau scored power-play goals 50 seconds apart in the second period and the San Jose Sharks beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 on Saturday night. Tommy Wingels, Tomas Hertl and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored and the Sharks won at home for the first time in over three weeks.
Tippett gets the title belt after 500th career win (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:51:08 PST)
Dave Tippett walked out of his postgame news conference to a hallway inside Gila River Arena, where a security guard tried to hand him the gaudy championship belt. The players had already awarded their player-of-the-game prize to Tippett in the locker room and there was no way he was going to be seen with it in a semi-public place. Coaches don't win games,'' Tippett said after Arizona's 2-1 overtime win over Calgary Friday night, career victory No. 500 for the Coyotes' coach.
Johnny Gaudreau makes progress as Flames take step back (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 28 Nov 2015 07:40:52 PST)
ANAHEIM – In his second year, Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has figured out a balance at forward. As players with offensive nature tend to push back at trying to better understand defense, Gaudreau has been able to boost his offensive numbers while becoming a better all-around player. “We saw the total package. How competitive he was, how good defensively he can be, how responsible he can be in key situations,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "That’s why when we lead by a goal, he’s on the ice for the last minute, because I think he’s proven to us he can read the play. He can commit when the other team has the puck and his skill set when he gets it, he can make plays that can allow us to win games.” While the Flames (8-13-2) have struggled and underachieved this season, Gaudreau has been one of the few improvements from 2014-15 where the team made the second round of the postseason for the first time since the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has 21 points in 23 games to lead the Flames and his offensive creativity has led to several highlight-reel plays. While other rookies from last season like Filip Forsberg and Aaron Ekblad got off to slower-than-expected starts, Gaudreau hasn’t shown any signs of a sophomore slump. “I feel a lot more comfortable and confident and it’s a lot different to start this season than last season,” Gaudreau said. “I think it’s a year under my belt and learning a lot last year and trying to make it come natural now rather than keep learning and learning.” If you ask one of Gaudreau’s teammates about memorable plays from this season, there’s a look of befuddlement. Kind of like, ‘which one?’ There was the stickhandling move against the Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki. There were the 3-on-3 OT heroics against the Chicago Blackhawks. “He’s so shifty and so quick. You watch him on other defensemen, it’s tough to go at him so they try to contain him and when you contain him it opens up other guys and he makes good passes,” Calgary captain Mark Giordano said. “He’s a very underrated passer so that’s what makes him so good.” Gaudreau was supposed to be just a part of a deeper group of players this year that would push the Flames to a higher level in the Western Conference. He wasn’t supposed to be the runaway offensive leader of the group. But as the team has slumped, Gaudreau has taken his game to greater heights. Linemate Sean Monahan is second on team scoring with 15 points, and is on pace for fewer than his 31 goals and 62 points of a year ago. Giordano has just seven points and is a minus-15. Newly-acquired defenseman Dougie Hamilton has five points. Forward Jiri Hudler – last year’s scoring leader – has 14 points in 21 games. Though Gaudreau doesn’t wear a letter with the Flames, he’s almost turned into a de-facto leader this season – just because nobody has equaled his production so far. “You look at the way he has been raised, the way he has been coached and he wants to win,” Hartley said. “When you want to win, you can’t be a one-trick pony and Jonny figured this out very quickly. He’s blocking shots he’s on the forecheck, he’s around the net and it doesn’t take anything away from his unbelievable talent. His skill set his speed, his quickness in tight areas most definitely makes him a very, very special player for us.” If Gaudreau didn’t produce this year, it would be easy to say last year, when he had 64 points and finished third in Calder Trophy voting, was a fluke. But his creative mind is a sponge, and kept him ahead of the rest of the league as it continues to try to figure him out. Said Giordano, “Johnny’s going to be a guy who gets points all the time.” 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
Flames-Sharks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:14:58 PST)
Suffering a defeat in their first home game after a perfect road trip wasn't enough to get the San Jose Sharks panicking about what they basically wrote off as an off night. The Calgary Flames won all three times they've visited San Jose last season, and they'll try to extend that streak Saturday night after dropping the first two on their trip. The Sharks (13-9-0) swept a six-game trip before losing 5-2 to defending champion Chicago on Wednesday, when it took more than 13 minutes to put their first shot on goal.
Ekman-Larsson's OT goal lifts Coyotes to 2-1 win over Flames (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:43:21 PST)
The Arizona Coyotes grinded their way through the tough stretches, relied on great goaltending and won it on a big goal at the end. Call it a Dave Tippett special. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in overtime, Mike Smith stopped 25 shots and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 Friday night for coach Tippett's 500th career victory.
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. ...
10 snapshots of the NHL season so far: Stars, streaks and big sticks (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:17:19 PST)
Highlights and lowlights as the 2015-16 NHL season sails through the first quarter.
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.
Huge If True: Where exactly is Travis Hamonic going? (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:27:26 PST)
[Breaking down the plausibility of the week's biggest rumor.] The Rumor There's no doubt that all of this is real. Unlike most NHL rumors, this started last week with a very concrete , “Travis Hamonic has asked for a trade” from Elliotte Friedman. He asked for it over the summer, and he asked for it for family-related reasons. These were all presented — rightly — as the indisputable facts of the situation. Within a day, Hamonic himself confirmed pretty much all details . So basically, Hamonic has played all season knowing he doesn't want to be with the organization, and he's done pretty well for himself. He leads the team in TOI, is a possession monster (53.1 percent against top competition, and everyone else is 47.7 percent when he's off the ice), and so on. If nothing else, he's ensuring that the Islanders get absolute max value for him, and he's 25 years old. What we have here, then, is a stud young player who's playing the best hockey of his life, and is cost-controlled at less than $3.86 million through 2020. That's four seasons after this one. He won't even be 30 when the deal expires. That he wants out is gutting to the Islanders, but you certainly understand the motivation, especially if you know Hamonic's backstory . But unlike a lot of rumors we know a whole hell of a lot about the ins and outs of this particular rumor: Half the who, half the where, and a lot about the return as well. Who's Going Where? We should be careful here, though, to note the words of Bob McKenzie earlier this week , as he notes that a trade might not have happened yet not because there aren't suitors lined up — there are plenty of suitors, obviously — but because Garth Snow is hoping Hamonic changes his mind. But the fact that this is all out in the open now, and Hamonic told all his teammates about it likely speeds up the process . So again, we know where Hamonic would be headed: Western Canada. There are only four teams there: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. And Vancouver isn't interested , so now you're down to three teams really quickly. As for the chance he'd be traded to one of the other 25 teams in the league, well, Damien Cox said both Detroit and LA called to ask if they could get in on this and were told to take a hike pretty flatly. Anaheim apparently wants in, and is basically beating down Snow's door about it, but as Cox notes, it's about 1,500 miles from Winnipeg to Anaheim, and only about 1,300 from Winnipeg to Brooklyn. Don't see where that makes sense. So it's the Flames, Oilers, and Jets who are in on this. “Maybe Minnesota,” says Cox, but who knows on that? Mike Russo says the Wild haven't even been given a price point for the player, nor have they talked to Hamonic's agent about how amenable he'd be to playing 400 miles from home, even if it's not in Canada. And that issue about the agent is an important one. Pierre LeBrun says Hamonic's representation can now talk to teams about playing there, effectively making this something of a free agent situation. He noted the Avs are kicking the tires too, but last I checked Denver isn't in Canada, or even all that close to the border. However, Darren Dreger notes that if something can't get done in Western Canada, other teams in the West might be reasonable destinations as well. But let's focus here on the three Western Canadian teams right now. Cox says Calgary won't give up TJ Brodie for Hamonic, which seems wise, and that the Islanders for some reason wouldn't want Dougie Hamilton coming back (maybe the money and term?). Edmonton doesn't want to give up Darnell Nurse, and might therefore be more interested in packaging Justin Schultz and Jordan Eberle. As for the Jets, Snow wants Jacob Trouba. However, Bob McKenzie says that right now, there are “ too many moving parts ” for the Jets to get heavily invested in the bidding. Minnesota, meanwhile, might be willing to part with Jonas Brodin, who isn't playing well away from Ryan Suter but still has name recognition and so on. Friedman also floated the idea that Calgary and Edmonton couldn't make a deal without getting a third team involved . That might be where the Avs come in or something, but that effectively opens this rumor up to 27 more teams besides Calgary/Edmonton/Brooklyn. Fun fun fun. The Implications Also per Friedman, Hamonic apparently says he's willing to play the full season, so this trade is anything but imminent. That's despite the fact that Cox said the trade could happen Monday or Tuesday (but obviously didn't or we would have heard about it by now). This whole issue becoming public now, right around U.S. Thanksgiving — the traditional opening bell for the NHL's trading season — shouldn't shock anyone at all, especially if GMs knew about Hamonic's situation for months and no one said anything. To McKenzie's earlier point about potentially moving up the timeline, this very much feels like a GM trying to shake something loose. But if Calgary and Edmonton need help to get the deal done, there's almost no use speculating as to the implications of such a trade because there are just so many moving parts to consider there. Who else could get involved? Almost literally anyone. Speculate away. But as to Winnipeg, they're certainly the most viable trade partner here, and not just because Hamonic is from there. That's because of the whole Dustin Byfuglien/Andrew Ladd thing. Do they have the money to sign both of them? Who knows! Do they have the guts to trade one of them if negotiations sour? Also who knows! Not that the Islanders want Byfuglien or Ladd. They want a top-four defenseman who's probably going to be cheap and amenable to signing long-term. But last week the Jets went back to reopen negotiations with Byfuglien and Friedman doesn't see that as any sort of coincidence. If they can make that work, then the Hamonic deal becomes very doable. You just can't risk trading Trouba and losing Byfuglien to UFA status, because then you're losing a very good young defenseman and a great older one, and getting a great mid-20s defenseman back. If you can figure out a way to keep Byfuglien and get Hamonic back, you do that in a second. It's also worth noting that the Jets have a pretty impressive prospect pool, more so than Calgary or Edmonton, so if the pot needs to be sweetened in some way, that's an easy way to do it without hurting the NHL roster (apart from losing Trouba, which would still suck). This Is So Huge, If True: Is It True? On a B.S. detector scale of 1-5, with one being the most reasonable and 5 being the least: This trade is going to happen at some point. That much is clear. To that end, you can only give this rumor:
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.
Flames-Coyotes Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:35:33 PST)
The Calgary Flames are near the bottom of the NHL's overall standings, and they'll likely stay there unless they find a way to improve their play away from home. With coach Bob Hartley potentially shuffling his lines, the Flames seek just their second road win this month Friday night against the Arizona Coyotes. Only Edmonton (15) entered Thanksgiving with fewer points than Calgary (8-13-1), and a 3-8-1 road record is among the biggest reasons why the Flames have struggled to recapture last season's success.
NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:15:42 PST)
Nov 26 (The Sports Xchange) - The Calgary Flames activated goaltender Jonas Hiller from injured reserve on Thursday. Hiller has been on IR with a lower-body injury since Nov. 8 after suffering the injury on Oct. 28. He has a 2-3-0 record in seven games this season. - - The Dallas Stars placed goaltender Kari Lehtonen on the injured list and called up prospect Jack Campbell to take the roster spot. - - The Nashville Predators recalled forward Colton Sissons from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League and placed forward Miikka Salomaki on injured reserve. ...
Blackhawks-Ducks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:41:25 PST)
Patrick Kane's best run of his career has him sitting atop the league in points while helping provide the Chicago Blackhawks with a formidable second line that also features two newcomers. After a strong effort, coach Joel Quenneville could choose to go with his new lineup again as the Blackhawks continue their road trip Friday against the Anaheim Ducks. Kane has 10 goals and 18 assists during a career-best 17-game point streak after assisting on goals by defensemen Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith in Wednesday's 5-2 win over San Jose.
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:
Vermette, Duclair, Domi lead Coyotes to 4-2 win over Ducks (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:34:16 PST)
Antoine Vermette has been around long enough to know scoring droughts happen from time to time. Vermette scored his first goal of the season in the second period and ended Anaheim's comeback bid with an empty-netter, lifting the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. ''When you're younger, maybe you're more sensitive to those stretches, but you know if you keep putting in the work, eventually it's going to come,'' said Vermette, who returned to Arizona after winning the Stanley Cup with Chicago last season.
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
Flames place goaltender Joni Ortio on waivers (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:50:44 PST)
Ducks' top line roars past Flames 5-3, keeping streak alive (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:49:34 PST)
The Anaheim Ducks haven't lost at home to Calgary in nearly 12 years, and their top line kept the streak alive with a phenomenal finish. Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry scored two goals apiece, and the Ducks rallied from a third-period deficit for their 21st consecutive home victory over the Flames, 5-3 Tuesday night. Captain Ryan Getzlaf tied a franchise record and personal best with five assists for the Ducks, who haven't lost a regular-season game to Calgary at Honda Center since Jan. 19, 2004.
NHL-Highlights from Tuesday's NHL games
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:37:41 PST)
Nov 24 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from the National Hockey League games on Tuesday: - - - - Senators 7, Stars 4 Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mike Hoffman scored two goals each to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 7-4 victory over the Dallas Stars. Right winger Mark Stone had a goal and two assists and right winger Bobby Ryan and left winger Milan Michalek also contributed goals. Goaltender Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots for Ottawa. Dallas got goals from left winger Patrick Sharp, two goals from left winger Jamie Benn and one from center Tyler Seguin. ...
NHL Three Stars: Getzlaf records five assists for Ducks; Pageau leads Senators (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:55:24 PST)
No. 1 Star: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks The Anaheim captain had a hand in all five of the Ducks’ goals in their 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames. Getzlaf recorded five assists for the first time since Oct. 2008, tying a franchise record. No. 2 Star: Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Ottawa Senators The size of the nets in Dallas were no problem Tuesday night as the Ottawa Senators downed the Stars 7-4 at American Airlines Center. Pageau led the offensive rush for the Senators scoring twice and assisting on another for his first multi-point game since Jan. 15. One of Pageau’s two third period goals came shorthanded to give him the NHL lead with three: No. 3 Stars: Rickard Rakell / Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks Rakell and Perry each scored twice in the Ducks win, thanks in part to Getzlaf assists. Honorable Mention : Craig Anderson made 33 saves, including this diving stop on Jamie Benn which then led to a Mike Hoffman empty net goal: Jamie Benn finished with two goals and an assist for the Stars in a losing effort. His second of the night came via a great saucer pass from brother Jordie … Mark Stone scored a goal and assisted on two others for Ottawa … Bobby Ryan’s goal extended his point streak to nine games. He has four goals and 11 points over that stretch … John Gibson relieved Anton Khudobin in the first period and stopped 19 of 20 shots he faced … Michael Frolik scored twice in the Flames’ loss. Did You Know? The @AnaheimDucks improved to 21-0-0 in their last 21 regular-season home games vs. CGY dating to April 4, 2004. pic.twitter.com/tCw8KOUAuf — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 25, 2015 Dishonorable Mention : Dallas’ five-game winning streak came to an end … Antti Niemi was pulled in the second period after allowing three goals, but re-entered the game when Kari Lehtonen was hurt in a collision with John Klingberg. Niemi would finish with five goal allowed on 16 shots faced. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:
The Great Canadian Ratings Report: A great Grey Cup could save TV season for the CFL (Eh Game)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:41:57 PST)
Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Go for Getzlaf on Tuesday (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:03:11 PST)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper
The 10 most unpleasant surprises of the 2015-16 NHL season (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:21:07 PST)
(There’s really no such thing as the “quarter pole” of the NHL season, but most teams have cleared their first 20 games. Here are the 10 most unpleasant surprises of the season so far; we’ll get back on the positive tip with the pleasant surprises later.) 10. Alex Semin Who would have figured that the Montreal Canadiens would be one of the best offensive teams in the League, and free agent Alex Semin would play absolutely no role in it? He has one goal and three assists in 14 games and has been a healthy scratch. If only there was a word that could capture the perplexing nature of a non-North American player’s performance … 9. Mark Giordano After two injury-shortened seasons in which the Calgary Flames defenseman flirted with the Norris Trophy, Giordano has six points in 21 games and it a minus-11. He clearly missed partner T.J. Brodie in October, as did the Flames, whose defense has been hot garbage this season. 8. Dave Hakstol The former North Dakota coach managed to take a mediocre Philadelphia Flyers offense and make it the worst in the NHL. Worse yet, his former NCAA team is now called the "Fighting Hawks." [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] 7. The Triplets Line The belles of the Stanley Cup Playoff ball last spring tripped, fell and lost their parasols. Tyler Johnson has 10 points in 19 games. Ondrej Palat had two goals in 15 games before being injured. Nikita Kucherov has managed six goals in 22 games. But the Triplets were broken up as the Tampa Bay Lightning struggled offensively. 6. Raffi Torres You know, for a second, we thought Torres might have gotten it through his thick skull not to target the thick skulls of his peers with illegal hits. And then he kabong’d Jakob Silfverberg and earned himself a 41-game suspension. Maybe not a surprise, come to think of it. 5. Columbus Blue Jackets The strong finish to last season and the Brandon Saad trade had expectations sky high for the BJs. Then they started 0-7-0, Todd Richards was fired, John Tortorella was hired, Ryan Johansen had some mystery ailment and Nick “Team” Foligno had one goal in 22 games. But hey, they own their first-round pick next summer! 4. Connor McDavid’s Injury
Flames-Ducks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:43:03 PST)
The Anaheim Ducks have looked better lately after a horrid start, though they ran into a setback their last time out. Anaheim (7-10-4) hasn't lost to the Flames at home since a 5-1 defeat Jan. 19, 2004. The 20-game run is tied for the fourth-longest home winning streak in NHL history by one franchise against another, and is the longest since Philadelphia's NHL record of 23 straight home victories against Pittsburgh from Feb. 17, 1980-Jan. 29, 1987.
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 email@example.com . • 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).