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The panel talked about Sidney Crosby's injury, Mark Stone and Matt Duchene contract situations, the Canandiens may be looking to move a defenseman, William Nylander's contract talks and hits in the NHL plus a few more topics including a HNIC retro-look next week.

via Sportsnet,


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Luke Glendening’s Game

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from Arthur J. Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

If you were to take a poll among NHL players on who they believe is one of the NHL's supreme agitators, Glendening would certainly garner a few votes, but he's much more than a pest. Against the Devils, Glendening's goal at 18:26 of the second period ignited the Wings, but perhaps where his presence was most felt was in the face-off circle. Glendening won 15 of his 17 draws for a success rate of 88 percent. In 16:26 of ice time, he scored, was plus-2, blocked two shots and even saw a shift in overtime....

"We had a bit of a tough start, which seems to be kind of theme here lately. It was good to come back and great to get a win, for sure. (Cholowski) made an outstanding pass (on his goal). He's been making great passes all year, showing his maturity at a young age. He's been outstanding for us and he did it again tonight." - Glendening

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

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Topics discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean include: the passing of Mike Foley, the equipment mgr. of the Ottawa Senators.  The play of Brady Tkachuk, a look at Gary Smith, one of the early goalies for the Canucks.  Also discussed the play of the Leafs, Erik Gudbranson blocking shots, someone tell Elias Pettersson it's not the ice follies and the play of Mike Hoffman.

Then don't try to block a shot with a stick, the CHL should not be sued and a few more topics.

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,


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Working To Avoid A Lockout

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Canceler-in-Chief’s collective bargaining history precedes him, so buyer beware, but it is a fact that all precincts are reporting reason for optimism as the NHL and the NHLPA continue a series of preliminary talks aimed at extending the CBA before either party can exercise its reopener in September 2019.

We’re told by multiple sources that Gary Bettman is not particularly keen on leaving behind a legacy of orchestrating four consecutive lockouts within 17 years, and as such, the commissioner is seeking to find common ground with the union and an early peace accord that would extend the labor agreement beyond 2019-20.

Ownership hawks such as Boston’s always self-interested “Mr. Jacobs,” the Board chairman, could exert their will and push the commissioner into taking a harder line, but there is no evidence of that, at least at this point. Yes, it is early, but the tone and tenor from both the league and union are in stark contrast to the atmosphere leading into both the 2004 and 2012 lockouts, with dialog ongoing between union officials and Deputy Dawg Bill Daly.

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The Official News On The Injuries To The Boston Bruins

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BOSTON - The Boston Bruins have issued the following updates on Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and John Moore:

Patrice Bergeron (upper body) and John Moore (lower body) will travel back to Boston to be re-evaluated by team doctors. The team will issue further updates when available.

Zdeno Chara sustained an injury to his left MCL during the first period of the team's game against Colorado on Wednesday, November 14. He will be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks.

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Video- The Tampa Bay Lightning Lead 5-1 Over The Philadelphia Flyers

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Then in just over six minutes, the Flyers scored four goals in the third period to tie the game at 5.

But the Tampa Bay Lightning won in OT.


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Video- Talk After The Win In New Jersey

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Larkin, Bernier and Blashill post-game.



added 5:04pm, Watch the game highlights below.

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Quick Recap- Wings/Devils

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After the first period, NJD 15 shots, DRW 4 shots.  Devils up 1-0 and yes Devils dominated the play, Wings were chasing and trying to connect on passes.

Detroit also lost Darren Helm with an upper-body injury after getting hit and falling to the ice on his right arm. He left the ice hold his wrist area which could also mean he was trying to stabilize his shoulder area.  All the Wings stated was upper-body injury.

The first shift of the second period the Wings came out with some grit, but then started chasing again and seemed a 1/2 step slow.

Devils scored a shorty to make it 2-0 but late in the period, Luke Glendening made it a game again, 2-1 New Jersey.

Shots after two periods favored New Jersey 24-15.

Wings continued to work hard and it paid off- Michael Rasmussen tied the game 2-2 with 6:23 left in the third period.

On to OT... Mantha to Larkin, Bingo!

Wings win 3-2.

Goals and stats below.

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Hockey Talk

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Gary Bettman went into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday night, on the same day that his sidekick, Bill Daly, announced there might be a World Cup of hockey in 2020, if there isn’t labour troubles at the time. Also announced that day, the NHL has settled its concussion lawsuit with former players. How Bettman is all that?

- To be clear, former Peterborough GM Jeff Twohey was not pushed out in Arizona. He chose to leave. Most sane hockey people would make the same decision.

- Milan Lucic, then and now. In the third period of Game 7 vs the Maple Leafs in Boston in 2012, Lucic had two even strength assists and was an absolute force in the Bruins famous comeback win. This season, in 18 games with the Edmonton Oilers, he also has two even strength assists.

- Colorado’s Rantanen leads the NHL in even strength assists with 19. No one else, and that includes Connor McDavid, had more than 12 heading into Saturday night.

- I was about to declare this a week without disaster for the Ottawa Senators until the story broke about bots and fake accounts supporting the Sens, owner Eugene Melnyk and personally taking on critics. So for now, carry on.


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Do You Consider Mark Giordano An Elite Defenseman?

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from Andrew Berkshire of Sportsnet,

Remember back in 2013-14 when Mark Giordano was the frontrunner for the Norris Trophy essentially all year long, then he missed a few too many games with injury and people seemingly forgot about him? He ended up finishing 10th in votes.

Then, in 2014-15, Giordano was once again seen as the frontrunner for the Norris for a huge portion of the season, but he got injured once again and it knocked him down to sixth.

Since then, he’s finished 13th, eighth, and 16th in voting, and is rarely mentioned as one of the NHL’s elite despite playing on arguably the best defence pairing in hockey throughout those years.

The Flames getting mediocre results over that time certainly has something to do with it, but at 35-years-old, Giordano has somehow defied age and remains one of the NHL’s most dominant and well-rounded defencemen.

Coming into this season, I had Giordano ranked fourth among defencemen over the last three seasons in overall impact, after ranking fifth the year before, and second in 2016.


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