Young stars clash when Sabres visit Maple Leafs (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:37:18 PST)
The Buffalo Sabres will be facing a confident, young Toronto Maple Leafs team when they visit the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night. The Maple Leafs (20-13-8) are coming off back-to-back road wins Friday and Saturday against the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators. "I think you want to get caught up in the energy of doing well and having fun and knowing you're getting better, and I think you want to be professional with your approach," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said after practice on Monday.
Blues aim for third straight win vs. Senators (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:12:43 PST)
What seems like a simple task of winning two games in a row proved elusive for more than a month for the St. Louis Blues. For them to continue to hold onto a playoff spot, the players know they will have to play better defensively than they did in their last game, a 4-2 loss at home on Saturday night to Toronto.
Giroux Loves the Helpers (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:29:00 PST)
Despite slumping of late Claude Giroux leads the NHL in pp assists. Read more in Matt Riegler's Power Play Report.
What We Learned: Braden Holtby, Carey Price not getting the attention (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:56:06 PST)
Filling out a mid-season awards ballot the other day took a little bit of research, and when I got to the Vezina category it was a slam dunk. With that having been said, we’ve seen Dubnyk eat it big-time before, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility, especially considering that no one gets this kind of workload and stays that high in save percentage. People are obviously also talking about Sergei Bobrovsky, and for good reason.
NHL Three Stars: Marchand’s five sinks Flyers; Wickenheiser honored (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:24:42 PST)
Playing in his 500th NHL game, the Little Ball of Hate had two goals and three assists in the Bruins’ 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Carter was the hero again for the Kings, as they defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2.
NHL-Highlights from Saturday's NHL games
(Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:37:47 PST)
Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games: Hurricanes 7, Islanders 4 Rookie Brock McGinn had a goal and three assists, while Lee Stempniak scored the game-winner early in the third as the Carolina Hurricanes remained virtually unbeatable at home, downing the New York Islanders 7-4 on Saturday. Carolina scored 21 goals in a four-game homestand sweep of Boston, Columbus, Buffalo and the Islanders, improving to 14-1-1 in its last 16 games at PNC Arena. The Islanders, playing their third game in four nights, led by two goals early in the second but could not keep pace with a fast Carolina team without injured defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic as the Hurricanes registered 45 shots.
Kadri, McElhinney lead Maple Leafs past Senators 4-2 (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:37:49 PST)
Curtis McElhinney is already earning praise from his new teammates after just one start. McElhinney, who was claimed off waivers from Columbus earlier in the week, made 35 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs topped the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Saturday night. ''That was unbelievable,'' said Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri, who scored two goals.
Pens, Wings aim to end respective skids (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:54:23 PST)
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings are both on losing streaks, but that is where the similarities end. The Red Wings host the Penguins at Joe Louis Arena at 7 p.m., on Saturday. Pittsburgh (26-10-5) lost its past two games, 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and 5-2 to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.
Sens prepared for Leafs' Matthews this time (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:41:45 PST)
The first time the Senators faced Auston Matthews, they were left with a bitter sweet memory. The Toronto Maple Leafs rookie became the first player in modern NHL history to score four goals in his debut game, but the Senators still managed to prevail with a 5-4 overtime win in their home opener. "It wasn't one systematic breakdown," Senators coach Guy Boucher recalled Friday.
Blue Jackets' success renews debate over morning skates (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:01:14 PST)
After putting on skates for 27 years, Brandon Dubinsky doesn't mind not having to lace 'em up twice on game days anymore. Coach John Tortorella eyed the age-old hockey tradition of morning skates and eliminated them. To skate or not to skate has been a question for several years now , but the Blue Jackets' success and the condensed schedule caused by the World Cup and bye weeks this season have sparked plenty of debate about whether the morning skate is an unnecessary relic of the past.
St. Louis shake-up?; Senators buy into Boucher (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:09:30 PST)
• Is it time for a ‘shake-up’ with the struggling St. Louis Blues? The team just suffered a tough 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. St. Louis has lost three of its last four games and currently sits at 21-16-15.
Ovechkin's 1001 Capital Points (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:24:00 PST)
Alex Ovechkin hit a couple of milestones this week as The Week Ahead also looks at shorthanded goals.
NHL Midseason Awards: Puck Daddy on best players, biggest disappointments (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:00:28 PST)
The actual midpoint of the 2016-17 NHL season passed recently, even as a handful of team have yet to play 41 games yet. At one point recently, the Penguins had Crosby leading the NHL in goals and Evgeni Malkin leading in points. Suffice it to say, McDavid isn’t afforded that kind of support on the Oilers, who would be counting lottery odds again were it not for his transformative effect on the team.
Wild blowout Price, Canadiens (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:01:00 PST)
Elsewhere Ottawa spoiled Matt Murray's return.
NHL Three Stars: Wild crush Habs; Lightning break losing streak (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:41:55 PST)
No. 1 Star: Eric Staal, Minnesota Wild
NHL-Highlights of Thursday's NHL games
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:50:48 PST)
Jan 12 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Hockey League games on Thursday: Lightning 4, Sabres 2 The return of goalie Ben Bishop sparked the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres, snapping their four-game losing streak on Thursday night at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay got two goals from Ondrej Palat, rallying from an early deficit to cool off the Sabres , who were 3-0-1 in their last four. Bishop stopped 24 shots in his first action in three weeks after missing nine games with a lower-body injury. ...
Condon makes 29 saves, Senators beat Penguins 4-1 (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:59:22 PST)
Ottawa forward Mike Hoffman was asked to shut down Sidney Crosby. Outscoring Pittsburgh's captain was a bonus. Hoffman scored the winner, and Mike Condon made 29 saves to help the Senators beat the Penguins 4-1 on Thursday night.
Mike Sullivan tossed in Penguins loss to Senators (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:57:47 PST)
Mike Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Penguins gets an explanation from referee Kevin Pollock after a goal was waved off in second period during the game against San Jose Sharks at PPG PAINTS Arena on October 20, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was ejected near the end of his team’s 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.
Panthers hope road success leads to win vs. Isles at home (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:00:04 PST)
SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers have won four straight road games, but there's just one problem -- the NHL is forcing them to come home.
Pens aim to improve road record, starting in Ottawa (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:51:08 PST)
It would come as no surprise to see Matt Murray in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday. Murray, who has been sidelined with a lower-body injury since Dec. 28, was activated in time to serve as backup to Marc-Andre Fleury for Pittsburgh's 5-2 loss in Washington on Wednesday. Fleury, who gave up a tone-setting goal to Alex Ovechkin in the first minute, stopped 25 of 29 shots on the night, his first loss in four games since Murray went down.
Ovechkin scores twice, passes 1,000 points as Caps beat Pens (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:22:47 PST)
Nothing about Alex Ovechkin the showman surprises the Washington Capitals anymore. With the thought of recording his 1,000th point in his mind before the game, Ovechkin scored a goal 35 seconds in to reach that milestone and made it 1,001 with a power-play goal later to help snap the rival Penguins' winning streak at five. ''Every night, he plays hard, so nothing new,'' said longtime linemate Nicklas Backstrom, who assisted on each of Ovechkin's goals and had one of his own.
Demers, Luongo lead Panthers to 2-1 win over Islanders (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:24:55 PST)
After a disappointing start to the season, the Florida Panthers are starting to get on a little bit of a roll. Jason Demers scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period, Roberto Luongo stopped 29 shots and the Panthers held on for a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. Keith Yandle also scored for Florida, which has won two straight and four of its last six.
Brock Lesnar, NHL All-Star snubs and third jerseys (Puck Daddy Countdown) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:29:40 PST)
(In which Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.)
Jon Hamm to host NHL gala; Jets won't rush Laine (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:25:01 PST)
• Hollywood star Jon Hamm will host the NHL’s top-100 players gala during the league’s All-Star weekend in Los Angeles. • The Winnipeg Jets won’t rush concussed young superstar Patrik Laine back into their lineup. • Relentlessness is a major key to Alex Ovechkin’s ability to keep scoring at a high level in the NHL.
NHL 2017 All-Stars for Metro, Atlantic: Matthews, Simmonds are first-timers (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:43:17 PST)
We knew heading into Tuesday that Carey Price would captain the Atlantic Division and Sidney Crosby would lead the Metropolitan Division at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game. But now we know who their teammates will be the weekend of Jan. 28-29 during the festivities in Los Angeles.
Maroon, Oilers try to extend hot streak vs. Sharks (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:07:30 PST)
OK, put your hand up if you had Patrick Maroon on your fantasy team at the start of the season. Of any left winger in Edmonton, he's proven to be the most natural fit with center and NHL leading point-getter Connor McDavid. Maroon has five markers in his last three games, giving him 16 on the season and putting him into the league's top 20.
Maple Leafs have a big week (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:30:00 PST)
Matt Riegler looks at the Maple Leafs, Victor Hedman and more in The Power Play Report.
NHL Awards at the Half: Trophy candidates at the midway point of the 2016-17 season (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:28:58 PST)
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins: Coming off a Stanley Cup championship in June and a World Cup of Hockey title in September, the Penguins’ superstar captain missed the first six games of the NHL season due to a concussion — but then returned to action with a vengeance. McDavid might one day knock Crosby off his “best player in the NHL” perch, but it hasn’t happened yet.