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Quirky Streak And A Trade Proposal

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- So Taylor Hall brought a 16-game point-scoring streak (11-13=24) into Saturday’s match at Tampa Bay, except no he didn’t, because the NHL is the only one of the four major pro sports leagues to allow achievement streaks to be interrupted by injury or missed contests.

And as Hall — who may well be the Metropolitan Division’s MVP — missed the three games leading into the All-Star break with a hand issue, No. 9 is recognized as on a nine-game streak, because of course, of course, nothing sells like putting obstacles in the way of setting offense-oriented records.

- Wonder how receptive the Candy Canes would be to an offer built around J.T. Miller for Justin Faulk or Noah Hanifin?

The Rangers, of course, have already had the Other Justin Falk. No one ever had more of the Others than the Devils of the early years, as in Aaron (not Neal) Broten; Jeff (not Steve) Larmer; and, of course, Rocky (not Bryan) Trottier.

Other than that, no problem.

more notes including tearing down the New York Rangers...

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When It Comes To Goaltending, The Big/Long Rebound May Be A Good Thing

from Kevin Woodley at NHL.com,

It wasn't that long ago that a big rebound meant a bad rebound. That's no longer necessarily the case.

A one-timer from Edmonton Oilers defenseman Yohann Auvitu ricocheted off the pads of Florida Panthers goaltender James Reimer during a game Monday. After the puck bounced back high into the slot, the Edmonton broadcaster said the big rebound was a mistake.

Far from it, actually.

With Florida up by a goal and Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot pulled for an extra attacker, three players were crashing the net looking for a rebound of Auvitu's shot. Reimer's best option was to kick the rebound past that first wave of attacking forwards, so the big rebound went to teammate Jamie McGinn near the top of the face-off circle and, 11 seconds later, Vincent Trocheck scored into an empty net.

"There are guys 5-10 feet in front of you, and if you just leave a rebound right there you can get in trouble," Reimer said. "So you give it extra juice and your guys are on the other side."

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Team USA Blanked 4-0 By Olympic Athletes From Russia

GANGNEUNG, South Korea —  The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team outshot the Olympic Athletes from Russia 29-26, but was defeated 4-0 here tonight in its final preliminary round contest of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games at the Gangneung Hockey Centre.  

“I thought it was a great game with unbelievable pace,” said Tony Granato, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “As an athlete, you love to play in games like this. The crowd was awesome. Our guys played hard to the end. We didn’t get any breaks tonight and certainly give them credit. They’re a really good team. We have a really good team too and this game will help us as we move to the next round."

The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team (1-0-1-1/W-OTW-OTL-L) returns to action on Tuesday (Feb. 20) in the qualification playoff round. Time, opponent and television coverage of that contest are all to be determined, but the game will be live streamed on NBCOlympics.com.

For the complete game recap, click here.

added 10:50am,

 

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A Look At The Canadian Teams Missing The Playoffs

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

EDMONTON

The bad moves are piling up on GM Peter Chiarelli, and the bad metrics, particularly historically awful penalty killing, aren’t complimentary to head coach Todd McLellan. Nobody expected the Oilers to take such a massive step backward this season, and somebody, you figure, has to pay the price.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins needs to move on. Problem is, the Oilers felt the same about Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, and the trades involving both of those players look pretty bad right now for Edmonton. The Oilers have historically been one of the NHL’s fastest teams, and now they’re one of the slowest. As said many times, that Milan Lucic contract is going to haunt them.

The key question is whether the Chiarelli/McLellan combo can return, or whether they need to wipe the slate clean in Edmonton. Again.

Tough call for owner Darryl Katz. Connor McDavid’s cap hit, don’t forget, jumps to $12.5 million from $925,000 next season.

MONTREAL

The Canadiens can’t blame the absence of Carey Price for this debacle. He’s been a big part of it. There’s no No. 1 centre, and you’d have to be an eternal optimist to believe Jonathan Drouin is going to become that guy....

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Team Canada Defeated By Team Czech Republic

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet,

Three-on-three overtime on the international-sized ice is flat-out bonkers, especially since the teams don’t change ends and face the long change the way Canada and the Czech Republic did Saturday at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The pace is frenetic, the transitions are immediate and the space to operate appears even more endless than it does in the NHL.

Andrew Ebbett thought he might get off on a breakaway during the crazed stanza but was out of juice, so he sprung Mat Robinson, who started the play by stealing the puck and hustled his way onto the attack. But on the messy ice the defenceman lost the puck before he could fire a shot away, another in a series of opportunities the Canadians couldn’t covert.

"Ugh," Robinson said afterwards. "I probably won’t be able to sleep tonight."

The same surely extends to some of his teammates after a 3-2 shootout loss to the Czech Republic at Gangneung Hockey Centre in a very physical and tremendously entertaining contest, a result that may cost the two-time defending Olympic champions a chance to advance directly to the quarter-finals.

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NHL Short Notes

NHL MORNING SKATE

 

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Philadelphia 2, COLUMBUS 1 (OT)

NY Islanders 3, CAROLINA 0

WINNIPEG 6, Colorado 1

DALLAS 2, St. Louis 1

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Report- Meet The New CEO Of The Ottawa Senators

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Rather than hiring a replacement for recently departed president and chief executive officer Tom Anselmi, the Senators owner will leave his cozy nest in Barbados, set up an office in the nation’s capital and assume the CEO duties of his own team, a well-placed source inside the organization says...

Melnyk came to town earlier this week and held a staff meeting, at which point he presented his new plan. The boss would become hands-on, directing the staff and running the business.

It is not known whether Melnyk will hold a news conference to share what strategy he has devised, if any, to increase the number of ticket-buying customers. But the odds of that happening appear to be slim, if his most recent means of communicating with the fans are any indication.

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A Six-Year Contract Extension For Mikael Backlund

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed center Mikael Backlund to a six year contract.

Backlund, a native of Vasteras, Sweden, was drafted in the first round – 24thoverall by the Flames in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Backlund made his Flames debut on January 9, 2009. Since then, Mikael has skated in 519 games for the Flames notching 104 goals and 158 assists for 262 points. Backlund had a breakout year in 2016/17 notching career highs in goals with 22, assists with 31, and points with 53. Recently, on November 25th, Backlund scored his 100th career NHL goal and on December 31st he played in his 500th career NHL game.

Term: 6 Years

AAV: $5.350M

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Upcoming Olympic Hockey Schedule

If in the eastern time zone, subtract 14 hours to get the ET puck drop.

Rachel G. Bowers on the USA/OAR game..

If the US beats Russia, in regulation or overtime, it will win the group and receive a bye into the quarterfinals. If Russia beats the US in regulation, it could have a shot at winning the group, pending the outcome of Slovakia-Slovenia. If Russia wins in overtime, it will tie the US in points with 5. If two teams are tied in points after group play concludes, the winner of the head-to-head matchup wins the group. If there is a three-way tie, however, this five-step tiebreaker is applied until there is no longer a tie.

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Afternoon Line- David Poile

"I think we’re closer to doing nothing than to do something."

-David Poile, GM of the Nashville Predators.  Adam Vingan of The Tennessean has more.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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