Yahoo Daily Fantasy Sports: Saturday picks
(Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:16:40 GMT)
JANUARY 8: Derick Brassard #19 of the Ottawa Senators prepares for a faceoff against the Edmonton Oilers at Canadian Tire Centre on January 8, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Braden Holtby, WAS vs. PIT ($29): Holtby struggled in Game 1, but it’s safe to expect a bounce back given his combination of recent regular season success and playoff history. The Vezina Trophy finalist’s 2.07 GAA and .925 save percentage from the 2017 campaign are outclassed by his 1.95 GAA and .935 save percentage in 53 career postseason appearances, suggesting he has the skills to deny even Pittsburgh’s high-flying offense.
Mark Scheifele on ball hockey, Winnipeg's season, working with Adam Oates (Puck Daddy Q&A)
(Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:45:46 GMT)
The setting was always Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena for Mark Scheifele’s ball hockey fantasy Stanley Cup, and he was always his idol, Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman. “It was a fight between me and my brother who could be Steve Yzerman,” Scheifele says.
Florida's coaching search; Fiala replacement options (Puck Headlines)
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:50:44 GMT)
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. • Given that scoring winger Kevin Fiala is done for the year, what do the Nashville Predators do to replace him? • There’s no such thing as a must-win Game 2 in a best-of-seven series, but this one is pretty close for the St. Louis Blues because the next two games will be in Nashville.
Brassard, Zibanejad insist focus should be on Senators-Rangers
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:05:23 GMT)
Try as he might, Derick Brassard could not change the storyline for Thursday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal between the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers at Canadian Tire Centre. "It's not about me and Mika," the Senators center said after Wednesday's practice, referring to Rangers center Mika Zibanejad -- the player he was traded to Ottawa for last summer. True enough, but they were the scoring leaders of their respective squads in the first round, with Brassard racking up eight points (two goals) in Ottawa's six-game elimination of the Boston Bruins and Zibanejad picking up four points (one goal, an overtime winner) in New York's six-game bouncing of the Montreal Canadiens.
Life of a goalie in Eastern playoff series is complicated
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:14:01 GMT)
WASHINGTON (AP) When the difference between winning and losing is a puck shot from behind the goal line that goes in off his helmet, all Henrik Lundqvist can do is shake his head. Among the hundreds of decisions and 41 saves he made against the Ottawa Senators, the New York Rangers goaltender knew all anyone wanted to know was how that one crazy goal went in. ''That's the life of a goalie,'' Lundqvist said.
Stanley Cup Jersey Fouls: Da Biebz in Toronto; Church of Alfie in Ottawa
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:19:33 GMT)
Jersey Fouls During the first-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Toronto Maple Leafs superfan known as Dart Guy became a viral story. In fact he became such a big deal, that it appears someone decided to immortalize him on a No. 99 Toronto jersey
Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview: Rangers vs. Senators
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:08:48 GMT)
The Rangers go into the conference semifinals finally winning at home. The Rangers will also need to dominate possession and push the puck up the ice. Against the Canadiens, they were often caught playing defense for long amounts of time, which tired out Lundqvist and the New York defenders.
Stepan: ‘I’ve stunk since the playoffs started’
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:20:13 GMT)
Derek Stepan knows he’s not playing very well, and he knows he’ll have to be better if the New York Rangers are going to make it past the Ottawa Senators. With just one goal (an empty-netter) and one assist in seven playoff games, Stepan’s offensive production has fallen off a cliff after a respectable 55-point regular season, which included 38 assists. “I’ve stunk since the playoffs started,” Stepan said, per NHL.com’s Dan Rosen.
NHL Three Stars: Penguins, Senators take Game 1
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:42:35 GMT)
No. 1 Star: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators Karlsson’s bad angle shot snuck through bodies and off the back of Henrik Lundqvist with 4:11 left in regulation, giving the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 Game 1 win over the New York Rangers. No. 2 Star: Sidney
Scrambling for excuses on Ottawa Senators’ failure to sell out
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:59:58 GMT)
The Ottawa Senators are one of eight teams remaining in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. All of these conditions should, in theory, lead to a sellout crowd at Canadian Tire Centre, as fans are revel in the postseason fervor. The Edmonton Oilers are selling out their arena so fans can strain their necks to watch a game from Anaheim on the Jumbotron.
Lundqvist snubs Sens with 21 saves in first (Video)
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:05:25 GMT)
The Ottawa Senators generated chance after chance in a busy opening frame of Game 1, generating a 21-12 shot differential against the New York Rangers. The game remains 0-0 in large part because Lundqvist has carried over his momentum from the Montreal Canadiens series so far. As you can see from the video above, Lundqvist made some absolutely fantastic saves, especially in somehow stopping Mark Stone.
Fortunate bounce helps Karlsson lift Senators over Rangers in Game 1
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:39:37 GMT)
Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson scored the decisive goal in Game 1 versus the New York Rangers. With over 42 shots on target going into the final five minutes of Game 1, the Ottawa Senators had explored just about every avenue in pursuit of a second and decisive goal against Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers. Then Erik Karlsson tried wandering below the goal line.
NHL: Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Penguins land first punch on Capitals behind Crosby, Fleury
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:25:29 GMT)
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins got the better of the Washington Capitals, while the Ottawa Senators won in the NHL playoffs. Crosby scored twice 52 seconds apart and Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves as the Penguins claimed a 3-2 win over the Capitals in their series opener on Thursday.
WATCH LIVE: Game 1 for Penguins – Capitals, Rangers – Senators
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:30:04 GMT)
It’s really happening.
For all the griping about having the Penguins and Capitals meet in the second round (again), it’s easy to forget the bright side: upsets didn’t dislodge this juicy matchup from taking place.
The West’s duo of Game 1 matchups
Blackhawks trade goalie Scott Darling to Hurricanes for third round draft pick
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:30:06 GMT)
CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks have traded goalie Scott Darling to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange a third round draft pick.
The Blackhawks announced the trade in a statement saying the third round pick was “previously acquired by Carolina from the Ottawa Senators.”
"We could count on Scott in any situation as he was always reliable," said Executive Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman said in the statement.. "We appreciate his contributions to the Blackhawks organization--including a Stanley Cup Championship team--and we wish him well as he continues his career in Carolina."