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Video- All Nico Hischier

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Christine Simpson sits down with first overall pick Nico Hischier to get his thoughts on his draft experience and being in the NHL.


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Does Tyson Nash Have A Point?

via Tyson Nash tweets,

Tough start for the @ArizonaCoyotes but let’s be honest, playing the @GoldenKnights 2 of teams 1st three games was not ideal.

No excuses but there is not a team in NHL that was beating the @GoldenKnights last night in that environment. Game was over before it began

A motivated group. A bunch of castaways from other teams that have come together & galvanized the group. On a mission to prove themselves

I’ve always said that hungry players are the most dangerous kind. Everyday in the NHL is a gift. Find that hunger.

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Mark Scheifele On The Top Players He Has Played Against

from Mark Scheifele at The Players' Tribune,

I’m what you might call a full-on hockey nerd. I can watch hockey all day. Like, when we’re headed to the airport after a game, I’ll pull out my phone right on the bus and just start streaming the late games. I’m always fascinated by why guys are playing a certain way, or taking chances in certain moments, or adding little tricks to their game. You watch any hockey game closely enough, and there’s going to be something you can pick up.

I see a guy like Sid winning two Stanley Cups in a row, and he’s still loving everything about the game, still working on new things. That’s inspiring to me. I wake up every day and try to eat, breathe, and sleep hockey. And I figure — why not add “write hockey” to that list?

This is my attempt at taking you a little deeper inside the game that I love. Honestly, I probably could have made this 20 players long — but here are the five toughest guys I’ve ever faced.

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Wednesday Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Freidman of Sportsnet,

- A few GMs/executives saw the same thing in the first week. As one said, “A lot of teams are really thin on the blue line.” You could probably name 10 clubs with a strong defence corps, but how many of them are confident enough to subtract from that group in a trade? There’s a squeeze. That’s where Vegas comes in, but right now it’s an old-fashioned staring contest between George McPhee and his peers. As one GM said, “The guys we want are the guys he wants to keep.”

-  Tampa Bay beat Washington on Monday with a four-forward overtime power play — Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos. Good luck defending that.

- The NHL and NHLPA’s next face-to-face meeting about the international calendar is Thursday in Toronto. There is some question about whether or not everyone wants to go back to China, because it didn’t make money. (The promoter takes the risk, not the league or union.) I can’t believe this is even an issue. You’re going to go once and give up, four years from the Olympics? I’d like to see them go to France and Germany, too, since the world championships were just there.

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Video- Top Plays From The NHL During Week One

Five and a half minutes of your time....


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Video- The NHL Players Support Las Vegas

The NHL players stand with Las Vegas.


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Video- Latest Hockey Talk From Elliotte Friedman

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman on the Vegas Golden Knights trading some of their defensive depth, where the New York Islanders will be playing in the next few years and how a loophole might see NHL players still go to the 2018 Winter Olympics.


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Another Loss For The Habs

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“In the first period, we were dominating, cycling the puck and getting shots from every line,” Jonathan Drouin said. “Then they scored two quick goals. It’s frustrating, (but Chicago) is a team that has proven for a while now they don’t need many chances.”

The Canadiens were outshooting the Blackhawks 15-5 when Chicago took advantage of an unsuccessful clearing pass by Jordie Benn to get on the board with rookie Alex DeBrincat’s first NHL goal. Brandon Saad scored 19 seconds later after a rare breakdown from the top defensive pair of Shea Weber and Victor Mete.

Things might have been different if the Canadiens had capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play early in the first period.

“Every night we have little breakdowns,” captain Max Pacioretty said. “We have a lot of new faces and we’re still learning what we can do. We have to be strong. Tonight, we had a chance to step on their throats with that 5-on-3 and we didn’t do it. We thought we were having a picnic.”

The power play has been disappointing this year. The Canadiens went 0-for-5 Tuesday and are 0-for-14 on the season.

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Highlights of Chicago's 3-1 win over Montreal can be watched below...

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It Was More Than Just A Game In Las Vegas Last Night

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The names of the dead were emblazoned on ice and a second ticked away for each one on the video screen high above.

For a heartbreaking 58 of them in the silent darkness of T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night, we were again reminded about a sanctuary that has been known to offer refuge from the brutality of terror.

It’s just sports and, by God, it isn’t.

If sorrow and gloom is part of the healing process for Las Vegas to eventually emerge from under the menacing cloud that has immersed the city since those horrifying 10 minutes Sunday evening, so, too, is the opportunity for a community to gather and celebrate what can be a needed distraction.

No one could have imagined the first home game in the history of the Golden Knights would be defined by such a mournful cause, but as it has so many times in the worst of moments, sports proved to be the most powerful of remedies.

“We were trying to thank the town and bring the town together,” Knights owner Bill Foley said. “We wanted to show Vegas that we really are a part of the community.”


added 9:28am, from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Fifty-eight seconds. That was the length of the moment of silence at the Vegas Golden Knights' inaugural home opener Tuesday.

Fifty-eight seconds, one for each person killed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival of country music on Oct. 1 by the gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, just down the Strip from T-Mobile Arena.

The wait forced you to feel the weight. As the scoreboard counted, you were confronted by how much was lost in the worst mass shooting in American history. But as you looked around, you were comforted by something else.


Below, watch highlights from the VGK 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

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Video- The Best From Last Night

4 1/2 minutes to watch the full video.


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