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No Coaching Change Expected In Anaheim

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Murray said Monday he has “total confidence in Dallas.” However, Murray said they’ve discussed bringing in an experienced assistant to work with Eakins, as Darryl Sutter did until Sutter took the Calgary Flames’ coaching job last week. “I think he’s doing a pretty good job right now, with everything that’s going on,” Murray said of Eakins. “I have no issues whatsoever.”

But Murray's team has issues. Lots of them. “I’m not going to sugarcoat anything. Our record is not good enough,” he said. “And I expected to be better and we’re not and there’s no sugarcoating it.”

Since he insisted: The Ducks’ average of 2.16 goals per game through Sunday’s action ranked 30th among 31 teams and their power play had converted a feeble 13.6% of its chances. They were 5-7-6 in one-goal games, occasions when a power-play goal or two could have made a difference. That failure is on the coaching staff and, ultimately, on Murray. The Ducks have had key injuries on defense, notably to Josh Manson and Hampus Lindholm, but most other teams have had similar problems.

Despite his insistence on not sugarcoating the situation, Murray found a shred of a silver lining in the team’s recent narrow losses. “I'm much more encouraged by our play this year than last year except for obviously, we’ve got to score some goals. The power play has to be better. It’s unacceptable the way the power play is now and that’s hurting us big-time,” he said.

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Proposed Changes To The NHL Draft Lottery

 

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Video- Five Minutes Of Slow Motion Action

All from February.

 

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (March 8, 2021) – Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone and Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada Dr. Claudia Mejia have been named the NHL’s “First Stars” for the week ending March 7.

Throughout the 2020-21 season the NHL is celebrating the remarkable efforts of the off-ice stars who make it possible for us to play our games amid a pandemic by honoring frontline healthcare heroes from the regions represented by the League’s weekly and monthly “Stars.”

Dr. Mejia specializes in health intervention services with the mission of providing quality healthcare and support to Southern Nevadans in low-income communities. Just days after the state’s COVID-19 restrictions commenced, Dr. Mejia was on the phone connecting with the community’s most vulnerable patients.

As Dr. Mejia understood the importance of each patient’s health and well-being, she and her team worked around the clock to create resource guides, coordinate rideshares to appointments, work with the volunteer and pharmacy departments for prescription deliveries, and collaborate with the medical and operations teams to get a telemedicine program off the ground. Since providing telemedicine services, Dr. Mejia has been able to reach even more people in the community who are considered high-risk individuals.

Dr. Mejia also showed an extra level of compassion over the holiday season by providing essential items to more than 200 patients and their family members – and is continuing to distribute these items to assist even more of those in-need.

Rounding out the “Three Stars” of the week are Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko and Carolina Hurricanes center Martin Necas. More on each NHL player’s performance can be found below:

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Celebrating International Women’s Day And Gender Equality Month

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 8, 2021) – This month, the NHL and NHLPA are celebrating more than 200 women from across the hockey community, on and off the ice, in honor of International Women’s Day and Gender Equality Month, a Hockey Is For Everyone™ initiative. These women will be featured on NHL.com/GenderEquality and across the League’s social platforms.  

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What Have You Learned In The Past Year?

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

This Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the NHL suspending its 2019-20 season amid COVID-19. The pandemic upended everyone's daily lives and routines, and it put the NHL season on pause for four months before returning for a postseason -- though some teams went 10 months without any game action. ESPN asked more than a dozen people around the game to share what they learned over this past year.

Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets forward: "I learned how much the game is ingrained in me. It made me realize, hopefully, I'm not ready to get out of the game soon. I realized how much I missed just playing hockey. The NHL can sometimes become a grind when you play this long, but it refreshed my feelings toward the game. Because when it gets taken away from you, and you don't have anything you really set yourself up for, you realize how much it is part of you. And I'm proud of that. I realize how much I truly love it."

Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings forward: "I've really realized how much of a homebody I am. I really appreciate being home. I just bought a house a couple years ago, and I think with our lives as professional athletes, there's a lot of coming and going. A lot of packing bags, trips. So just to have that first three or four months of lockdown and quarantine, I was home and I just appreciated it. I got a Bernedoodle puppy, so that obviously helped make it feel a lot like home."

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NHL Short Notes

THREE HARD LAPS

* The Lightning, Islanders, Penguins and Devils earned wins in Hockey Day in America games as the sport was celebrated throughout Sunday on NBC and NBCSN.
 
* Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin surpassed Steve Yzerman on another all-time goals list.

* Vegas vies for a seventh straight win tonight, while the Canucks and Canadiens are set to clash after averaging nearly nine goals per game through their first five meetings in 2020-21 (8.8 G/GP).

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Video- You Make The Call

Goaltender interferene?  Yes, according to the refs. Travis Konecny to the box.

 

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Afternoon Line- Ralph Krueger

The Sabres lost 5-2 to the Islanders today.

 

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8 NHL Games Today

Or as I look at it, 12 hours of continuous hockey.

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