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Open Post- 13 Games Today

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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Afternoon Line- Barry Trotz On Olympic Participation

“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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NHL Short Notes

* The Rangers and Bruins will take to the ice for the 2021 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown broadcast nationally on ABC, ESPN+ and Sportsnet as one of 13 games set for Friday.

Nazem KadriCale Makar and the Avalanche all look to extend their respective streaks when Colorado visits Dallas.

* The NHL was founded on this date in 1917 at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal.

NHL RETURNS TO ABC IN 2021 THANKSGIVING SHOWDOWN
The 2021 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown will feature the Rangers (12-4-3, 27 points) and Bruins (10-6-0, 20 points) as the clubs will square off in the first NHL game broadcast on ABC since 2004.

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Changes Needed In Montreal

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

After Wednesday’s 6-3 loss to the Capitals in Washington, the Canadiens are sitting in 30th place in the overall NHL standings with a 5-14-2 record, two points ahead of the Arizona Coyotes (4-14-2) and three points ahead of the last-place Ottawa Senators (4-12-1). The Coyotes hold one game in hand and the Senators have four games in hand. The expansion Seattle Kraken (6-12-1) are one point ahead of the Canadiens and hold two games in hand.

The Canadiens are on pace to finish the season with 47 points, less than half what it will probably take to reach the playoffs. They have been outscored 70-24 in their 16 losses, allowing five goals or more nine times, and have scored more than two goals only six times.

This team is a total mess and something has to happen.

The first thing is that Molson has to sign Bergevin to a contract extension or announce that his GM won’t be back and that he’s searching for a new one. In a perfect world, that new GM would be in place before the NHL trade deadline on March 21. Bergevin shouldn’t be allowed to make any moves if he’s not going to be back. Let the new guy have control over fixing this mess.

“There isn’t a clear-cut plan,” Craig Button, TSN’s director of scouting, said about the Canadiens after Wednesday’s game.

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Video- 14 Games Were Played In The NHL Last Night

Recapped in 2:18.

 

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Video- Saves Of The Week

Five minutes worth of them.

 

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What You May Have Missed Today

NEW YORK (Nov. 25, 2021) – Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Columbus Blue Jackets forward Alexandre Texier during NHL Game No. 297 in Columbus on Wednesday, Nov. 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 16:27 of the third period. Morrissey was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.


NEW YORK (Nov. 25, 2021) – Columbus Blue Jackets forward Max Domi has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for unsportsmanlike conduct during NHL Game No. 297 in Columbus on Wednesday, Nov. 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 2:20 of the third period. Domi was assessed a double-minor penalty for roughing.


NEW YORK (Nov. 25, 2021) – Ottawa Senators defenseman Nikita Zaitsev has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking San Jose Sharks forward Timo Meier during NHL Game No. 302 in San Jose on Wednesday, Nov. 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 4:03 of the third period.

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Enough Of The Turkey, Let’s Get Back To Our Game With Thoughts On Hockey

from Eiiotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- It’s now a daily question: “What are you hearing about the Olympics?” The answer: more and more concern. There’s the COVID issue and the moral dilemma, as the women’s tennis tour remains unconvinced about Peng Shuai’s safety. With 46 days until the NHL can withdraw from competition without financial penalty, 70 days until the women’s competition begins and 76 before the men drop the puck, it’s very possible the questions get even more pointed. Diplomatic boycotts are being floated, although that means athletes could still compete. Undoubtedly, some are already wrestling with the desire to validate all of the work towards your life goal of Olympic participation, versus the moral imperative of human rights....

- You’re going to see trade chatter pick up over the next week or so. Biggest challenge: so many teams are cap tight. Hard to pull off dollar-in, dollar-out.

On Kevin Fiala: Minnesota’s at the top of the Central Division, and GM Bill Guerin is not going to make his team worse. He’s also not going to trade Fiala simply because of a slump, although the forward scored a big one in Tampa and another in the shootout Wednesday at New Jersey. So, if anything does happen, it’s going to be part of a plan to make them better.

Buffalo has to be looking for a goalie. Aaron Dell was pulled following the first period of Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to Boston. Unfortunately, Craig Anderson’s return date is not certain, and the Sabres need to give their young players help behind them. The challenge is teams still in the race might not be willing to give up any of their top three goalies for their own insurance. You want an option that can help you. How many are available?

As reported locally, Evander Kane resumed skating in San Jose. Apparently, he’s been doing so for a couple of weeks....

- At Monday’s roast of Brett Hull for the Jamie Daniels Foundation, an autographed Nikita Kucherov hat with “$18M over the cap” written on it went for almost $500. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a bargain. Great buy for a great cause.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanks to many of you for making Kukla's Korner and Abel to Yzerman a place to talk hockey.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday and be thankful for what we have, things could be much worse.

Let's enjoy this day and all the things which come with it.

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The Reeling New York Islanders

from Arthur Staple of The Athletic,

On Wednesday, for the first time in a week, there were no additions to the COVID protocol list. But it still wasn’t a step in the right direction as Noah Dobson became the fifth regular defenseman to be sidelined, this time by a lower-body injury. That left Scott Mayfield as the only top-six regular D-man in the lineup for the Ranger game, with Thomas Hickey and Paul LaDue the latest Islanders (along with center Otto Koivula) to make their season debuts.

It went about as you’d expect: The Isles worked hard, they played well at times but it wasn’t enough. It seems impossible to believe it can ever be enough while missing 10 of the original 21 skaters on the roster at the start of the season. And it’s not as if the Islanders entered this COVID-and-injury minefield playing well; they’d lost three straight before the things started to fall apart with the roster.

Now it’s seven straight, all by at least three goals. A mind-boggling stretch that doesn’t have an endpoint yet — all seven players in COVID protocol are still testing positive despite reportedly mild symptoms. Josh Bailey is eligible to come out of protocol Friday, Anders Lee and Ross Johnston on Sunday.

By then it may feel too late to do enough to right this season that’s gone so terribly wrong.

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