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An Optional Skate For The Wings

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Marc Staal was on the ice for the optional skate.

I will update here including any videos after the skate.

added 11:08am,



added 11:27am, Below find Jeff Blashill after the skate.

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Video- Recap Of The 13 NHL Games Played On Friday

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All this in 1:44.


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Eight Straight Losses For The New York Islanders

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from Ethan Sears of the New York Post,

The last time the Islanders faced the Penguins, they ended Pittsburgh’s 2020-21 season with Game 6 victory in a first-round playoff series. Much has changed since that night in May.

Chief among those changes: The Islanders, who took the Lightning to seven games in the Stanley Cup semifinals last season, look less and less like a playoff contender with each passing day. After a 1-0 loss to the Penguins on Friday night, the Islanders (5-10-2) have now been beaten in eight straight games and face a 17-point climb just to make it back to a postseason berth.

“This is one of the biggest challenges I’ve ever faced in 20-some years,” head coach Barry Trotz said, referring to the injury and illness that have hit the Islanders. “And I started with an expansion team.”

The Islanders looked overmatched from the start Friday. The Penguins accounted for 10 of the game’s first 12 shots, and Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin was the sole reason the final score wasn’t uglier.


Game highlights are below.

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NHL Short Notes

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Alex Ovechkin scored his 28th career hat trick and tied Marcel Dionne and Bobby Hull for the sixth most in NHL history.

Kirill Kaprizov notched his second four-point outing in five games to propel the Wild to their second seven-goal performance of 2021-22.

Andrei Vasilevskiy (200 wins) and Joe Pavelski (400 goals) each celebrated milestones as the Lightning and Stars skated to victories Friday.

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Video- Artemi Panarin Throws His Glove At Brad Marchand

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from Daniel Rainbird of Sportsnet,

Brad Marchand is among the league's best at scoring goals and setting up teammates, but his ability to get under his opponent's skin is unmatched.

On Friday afternoon, he caught his latest victim: Artemi Panarin.

As the clock wound down on a 5-2 New York Rangers victory over the Boston Bruins, a Marchand-Panarin argument from their respective benches reached a tipping point when the Rangers star took his glove off, whipped it across the benches and nailed Marchand in the centre of his chest.

What could Marchand have said to push Panarin over the edge? If you're taking the Boston winger's word as gospel, Panarin might've taken issue with Marchand's decision to opt for something other than turkey on his Thanksgiving dinner plate.

"We were just asking each other how Thanksgiving dinner went and he didn’t like what I ate," said Marchand post-game, cheekily stoking the fire on the situation a day after the American holiday.

continued with video or watch the glove toss it below...

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Doug Wilson Takes A Temporary Medical Leave

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SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that General Manager Doug Wilson will be taking a temporary medical leave from his day-to-day activities. In the interim, Sharks Assistant General Manager Joe Will will be handling the team's day-to-day operations.

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Open Post- 13 Games Today

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I am running a bit slow today but better late than never.

13 games on the schedule today and if you'd like to enjoy some leftovers without hockey, there is a window around 10pm ET tonight to do so.

Otherwise, hockey from 1pm until 1am today.

Full schedule is below.

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Givani Smith May Get Top 6 Minutes

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“We kind of have two shooters in Fabbs and Zadina, kind of the same type of player, so Smitty would be a net presence, big-body guy (joining) a playmaking center with a shooter in Fabbri,” Blashill said. “That line has gotten chances but they’re a little slight, so you got a big body up there as well. I’m not sure we’re going to stay with it and certainly don’t know if we’ll stay with it within the game but it’s something we wanted to look at.”...

“I think he’s been solid the last three games,” Blashill said. “I think he can be a guy who if he can get consistent in his game and bring what he can bring to the table that’s different from other people, he can be a guy who can help us.”

Smith took several bad penalties early in the season but hasn’t been penalized his past 10 games while trying to balance aggressiveness and discipline.

“It’s something we’ve talked to him about and sometimes you take away some of the aggressiveness,” Blashill said. “We’ll continue to make clear to him that we’d like to see him be a physical presence, which he has been at times last couple of games.

“But there’s a lot more to it with him. Him and I have talked lots about being real good in our zone, being real good with the puck moving up through the ice. He should be a real simple player with the puck moving up through the ice, get it out at our blue line, get it in at their blue line and play in the O-zone, because that’s where he can separate himself. He’s got a unique skill-set when he’s in the O-zone, so let’s get there.”

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I Don’t Think Steve Simmons Is On The Chris Osgood HHOF Bandwagon

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Afternoon Line- Barry Trotz On Olympic Participation

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“We don’t know what’s gonna happen in two months. If you had an outbreak and you had a lot of stars out from the NHL for 2-3 weeks, it wouldn’t be good for the NHL. “I think they’re gonna make the right decisions. They still have time and they’ll make the right decision when it’s needed.

“They’ll have all the protocols, they’ll all the testing, they’ll be in the bubble, I think they’ll be fine. There’s different things around the world you gotta be conscious of. So you don’t wanna be there and not be able to play your best players.”

-Barry Trotz, head coach of the New York Islanders on the NHL players playing in the Olympics.  Ethan Sears of the New York Post has more.

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