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The HNIC panel runs through the biggest stories in hockey, touching on the Gerard Gallant firing and shooting down Max Pacioretty trade rumours.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
From Nov. 23 on, the Avalanche and Denver Nuggets have combined to lose eight consecutive games at the Pepsi Center, with the asterisk and small print that one defeat — the Avalanche’s to Vancouver on Nov. 26 — came in a shootout, meaning it salvaged a point in the NHL standings.
The Avalanche, in fact, pulled off the difficult feat of going winless (0-4-1) in a five-game homestand, finishing it off with a 3-0 loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday — on “Star Wars Night.”
There was other bad news for the Avalanche, when defenseman Erik Johnson didn’t come back out to the bench for the third period, and after the game Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Johnson had suffered a broken fibula and would be out six to eight weeks.
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Home Team in Caps
Boston 2, BUFFALO 1
NY RANGERS 4, Carolina 2
PHILADELPHIA 3, Chicago 1
New Jersey 5, NASHVILLE 4 (OT)
VANCOUVER 3, Toronto 2 (SO)
Winnipeg 3, ST. LOUIS 2 (OT)
OTTAWA 2, Florida 0
TAMPA BAY 2, Washington 1 (SO)
PITTSBURGH 5, Detroit 3
Columbus 3, ARIZONA 2 (SO)
Dallas 3, COLORADO 0
EDMONTON 3, Anaheim 2 (OT)
LAINE GRABS SHARE OF GOAL-SCORING LEAD
Patrik Laine (1-1—2) scored his 16th goal of the season and set up Bryan Little’s overtime winner as the Jets snapped a six-game road losing streak (0-5-1) and improved to 3-1-0 in their last four overall.
* Laine, who has scored in three consecutive games (4-1—5), moved into a tie with Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead with 16 goals this season (27 GP) and paces all rookies with 16-7—23.
from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,
Don Cherry sounded off on the decision and how Gallant was dismissed by the team.
"I've been involved a long time in hockey," Cherry started. "I’ve seen bad firings, I’ve been fired myself. I thought in Colorado it was rather bad. I have never seen anything like this. This is the worst firing in the history of (the NHL).
"They fired the guy after the game, the players are sitting on the bus. It was a great headline I saw ‘dumped at the curb.’
Images of Gallant catching a cab himself after the game went viral on social media and led to attacks against the Panthers for how they prepared for the firing. Gallant wanted to clear up any wrongdoing by the Panthers on that front to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman on Thursday, telling Friedman that he just wanted to get out of there and not wait for the car service the organization had called for.
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from Brenda Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,
How about the notion of John Tavares in a Canadiens jersey? There is all kinds of media chatter that the New York Islanders star is potentially on the trading block given the Isles’ mediocre start and for some reason — most likely the invention of the Loafs-obsessed Toronto hockey media mob — the Maple Leafs are most frequently mentioned as a potential destination for Tavares.
But why not Montreal? Bergevin would have to give up something big to land a guy who scored over 30 goals in each of his last two seasons. So how about giving New York a guy who’s scored over 30 goals in four of his last five seasons?
Exactly. Max Pacioretty for Tavares, with presumably Montreal throwing in someone else to sweeten the deal. Patch is having a sad-sack season, but maybe what he needs is a change of scenery to kick him out of his funk. The one thing for sure is that it’s not clicking for him here and hasn’t for a while.
"I think it's fantastic for our sport. think it's great for our league that we go, and we're there. I think for all the players it's an honor to be part of the Olympics. I'm hopeful they can work it out. It's great for our league and great for the game."
-Steve Yzerman, GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning on the NHL players participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times has more on this topic.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
- The Blue Jackets have the best power play in the league (25.9 percent) through 22 games, even though they’ve only gone on the man-advantage a league-low 58 times. In comparison, the Predators had 82 opportunities in the same amount of games.
- Dallas coach Lindy Ruff made John Klingberg a healthy scratch against Detroit on Tuesday. Klingberg’s coaches and teammates have compared him to Erik Karlsson. But Klingberg was given a seat in the press box because there’s been too much risk in his game.
- Ben Bishop has always known his time is coming to an end in Tampa Bay. Bishop will cede the net to Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is younger and cheaper. But Bishop may not finish the season with the Lightning given his performance. Through 16 games, Bishop is 7-9-0 with a 2.99 GAA and .902 save percentage. The plan was for the Lightning to carry both goalies through the season. But Bishop’s not playing well enough for Tampa to keep feeding him starts when Vasilevskiy (6-2-1, 2.24 GAA, .930 save percentage) has been the better goalie.
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via the Chicago Blackhawks,
Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry: "Corey presented this morning with acute appendicitis. He is undergoing an appendectomy today at a Philadelphia hospital. We are anticipating a full recovery and return to play. We will provide details regarding the timeline of his return after we have more information about the surgery.
“I’ll f----n’ kill you,” right? I played hockey for 20 years as a professional, and I never thought when someone said that to me or to someone else that they meant “I’m going to kill you.” It’s like when you’re a kid: “I’m going to kill you.” You don’t mean you’re going to kill him.
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky have not said anything publicly during the Islanders’ dismal start to the owners’ first season in charge. But they have been busy.
Newsday has learned that Malkin and Ledecky have been meeting since the summer with a number of people in the hockey world, from former team chief officers to power agents to retired players, in hopes of finding a “big name” to step in and oversee the Isles’ operations.
Sources say that Malkin and Ledecky are not close to naming anyone to what would be a team president role — one of the two titles currently held by Garth Snow, who has been president and general manager since the summer of 2006. A team spokesman flatly denied that there is any search underway for a new team president.
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