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Pitching Gambling

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from Phil Mushnick of the New York Post,

Back to the Garden, where Rosen, apparently ordered to enter without his dignity, was forced to bang away some more in pursuit of more suckers.

Over a DraftKings graphic encouraging viewers to “Place Your Bets Now,” Rosen was stuck reading ad copy about how one could still win money betting this game. Rosen:

“Here are the DraftKings live odds. Download the top-rated DraftKings app and bet live during the game. Plus, for the first two games of the season, when you place a $25 bet on any hockey game, you get a free $10 bet.”

Not for a second would anyone who has experienced Rosen’s straight-arrow approach since he began calling MSG’s Rangers games in 1984 believe he personally endorses in-game gambling on hockey, or any other kind of sports gambling.

He deserves better. But at 73, Rosen must remain a company man, and if that now includes being a gambling shill, so be it. It doesn’t matter if he takes his orders from Gary Bettman — pronounced “Bet, man!” — or Jimmy Dolan, who has fought substance addictions, Rosen doesn’t fit the role of a bad-odds cash hustler.

I’d never put Rosen on the spot to ask him to defend himself.

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We Have Two Afternoon NHL Games Today And Eight More Tonight

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Videos- After Today’s Morning Skate Before Facing The Carolina Hurricanes Tonight

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Marc Staal, then Jeff Blashill below.

 

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Video- Jared McCann Will Have A Hearing Today

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via NHL.com,

Jared McCann will have a hearing with NHL Department of Player Safety on Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins forward is facing discipline for elbowing Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim on Friday.

Watch the elbow below.

update 3:52pm, He was fined 10K, see the comments.

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Stream- The Morning Skate

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I will update here with any news from the skate.

Below, watch the Morning Skate.

added 10:54am, Bernier first off the ice per Max Bultman tweet and he also says Darren Helm is on the ice.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Look The Same

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Was it just a couple of weeks ago that general manager Kyle Dubas insisted a tenet of the 2021 Maple Leafs would be “competitiveness, physicality and structure … defined by our ability to make it more difficult to get to our net and fight for space?”

Just how nine goals against in the season’s first six full periods follows that credo is a little cloudy. After giving his team defence a pass in the sometimes sloppy opening overtime win over Montreal, coach Sheldon Keefe’s COVID-19 mask looked ready to fly off with rage the way his law was churning. The Ottawa Senators owned the Leafs in their own end, 5-on-5 and on special teams in the 5-3 win.

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Game highlights are below.

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The Day After A Bad Opening Loss By The New York Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

But on the heels of a performance in which Quinn, both immediately following the match and then again on Friday, said, “There wasn’t anything good that happened … in any capacity,” the player combinations were less the issue than the team’s intent and preparedness. And for sure, the coaching staff shares responsibility for the team’s total eclipse of the heart....

Other than the Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich unit, the remaining three lines were flexed as well. Most noteworthy, Quinn moved Alexis Lafreniere up and across to right wing on the 1A line with Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome, while Kaapo Kakko was dropped to a remodeled third unit with Filip Chytil and Phillip Di Giuseppe.

I spent the summer lobbying for Lafreniere to be awarded an immediate top-six spot, and I think he deserves it. But this move will be viewed more as a demotion for Kakko than as a promotion for Lafreniere. If that is the case internally, it could backfire. The Rangers simply cannot afford to diminish Kakko at this point before he’s even had a chance to establish a foothold.

“This is his second year. Everybody here thinks he’s a really good player. We just need guys to show up night-in and night-out, compete night-in and night-out, and he’s no different,” the coach said of the 19-year-old winger. “He was on a crowded bus of guys who didn’t have good nights, so he’s got to be better, but everyone has got to be better.”

That’s just it. The Rangers have to be better. Much better. The route to getting there will be paved with choices. Selecting the wrong ones could invite long term consequences.

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Morning Line- Ryan O’Reilly

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"We embarrassed ourselves tonight. That was very disappointing. The thing is, we came into the game and you could tell we didn't have the detail in it. The little things steamrolled into big things. It was everyone. I thought 'Binner' played outstanding the time he was in the net. He made some huge saves, but once they got that first one, we just tightened right up. We lost the details and it just steamrolled from there.

"We're embarrassed. That was not what we do. We stick with it and we compete to the end and we didn't. It's my fault, it's some other guys too. We have to find a way to get something out of it. It's very disappointing."

-Ryan O'Reilly, captain of the St. Lous Blues after an 8-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.  Lou Korac of Inside The Slot has more reaction and watch the game highlights below.

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NHL Short Notes

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THREE HARD LAPS

* Sportsnet’s Hockey Night in Canada will make its season debut with a trio of matchups from the Scotia North Division, the first all-Canadian division in NHL history.

* The Avalanche matched their franchise record for power-play goals in a single game en route to erupting for a League-high eight goals against the Blues.

Travis Konecny netted his first career hat trick and recorded the Flyers’ second four-point performance in as many games as Philadelphia took a 2-0-0 lead in their season series with Pittsburgh.

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The Edmonton Oilers Need A Goalie

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from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

This in from the Edmonton Oilers, news that back-up goalie Mike Smith needs to go on Long Term Injured Reserve, meaning he will be out at least 10 games.

“The Oilers have placed goaltender Mike Smith on Long Term Injured Reserve & have reassigned Olivier Rodrigue (currently in the Austrian National League) to the club’s taxi squad, pending quarantine protocols.”...

Oilers GM Ken Holland is now on the hottest of seats. Other NHL GMs know he has in great need of a back-up goalie. What’s he going to do? Over pay? Patiently wait for some goalie to pop up on the waiver wire? In the next few weeks, Holland will be tested to come up with the right goalie at the right price. Good luck to him. It’s a tall order to fill.

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