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NEW YORK (Dec. 19, 2016) – Tonight’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena, NHL Game No. 477, has been postponed due to a technical problem with the ice equipment that has made the ice surface unplayable.
The date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.
Cody Eakin gets four games for his hit on Henrik Lundqvist...
Mike Hoffman gets two game for a cross-check on Logan Couture...
from Ruffled Lines,
Lindy Ruff up first...
On the Cody Eakin ejection:
“I understand the call. There was no intent on his part. As a penalty killer he’s trying to gain speed so he can get back. I watched the play and Henrik (Lundqvist) was off the wall originally and I think he just mishandled it for a second. When he went to go play it, he went into the wall. Cody said he was just trying to jump by him. I know it doesn’t look that way but there was no intent on his part.”
Stars Forward Cody Eakin
On the play with Lundqvist:
“I was coming in pretty fast, trying to create some energy, and my intention was to go for the puck. Obviously, it was not to make contact with him or his head. The collision carried me a little bit off my feet.”
On receiving discipline from the League:
“I’m sure I’ll hear something and we’ll go from there. The game just ended so I don’t know anything.”
Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault
On Henrik Lundqvist’s play tonight and the hit by Cody Eakin:
“Well, the first thing is that the League better do something about that hit. It’s everything that you want to take away from the game. Hit to the head, forward motion and it’s a goaltender on top. That happens in the playoffs and your goaltender has to go out of the net. They better do something about that and they better take care of business. As far as Hank’s [Henrik Lundqvist] play tonight; there’s no doubt that he played extremely well....
If you missed the hit last night, watch it below...
Five minute major for charging and a game misconduct for Eakin. Lundqvist went to room for a few minutes but has returned and is back in the game.
"There's no moral victories, there's no 'We played good in Detroit or Pittsburgh or Philly. It's not good enough. It's not good enough with the type of team we have. It doesn't matter if you play well if you don't win games. It's a results-oriented business, and these losses get tougher and tougher because we know we have a hole to climb out of."
-Jason Spezza of the Dallas Stars
"I mean, we shoot ourselves in the foot. That's pretty much plain and simple. The way we're losing is unacceptable. Once again, I don't think our best players were our best players, and penalties kind of shot us in the (rear) again."
-Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News has more on the 3-1 Dallas loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Sorry for the delay, thank you Comcast outage...
Both Jamie Oleksiak and Mark Borowiecki were suspended today for two games each.
Oleksiak video first and Borowiecki video is below...
Mark Borowiecki will also have a hearing today for this hit on Tyler Toffoli.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Jiri Hudler is as confused as anyone.
The veteran forward has been disabled by a mystery virus this season, and has seen his own doctors in addition to Stars team doctors. But while nobody really knows what he has been battling, they do believe he is on the road to recovery.
"It's been a long time and frustrating, but it is coming along. I hope I am going to be playing as soon as possible," Hudler said. "I just felt really bad for the past five or six weeks or whatever it was. I've never been in this situation before, and I never want to be again, that's for sure."
Hudler, 32, has played just four games this season and has spent the rest of the time just trying to diagnose the problem. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said the team believes Hudler's problems are similar to those suffered by Travis Morin in training camp.
"Just a virus, some type of virus, which really can't be answered," Ruff said. "I guess there's hundreds of them out there."
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
... the Blues scored twice in a game for the first time in their last five outings and just the second time in their past eight. They had to overcome an overturned goal in the third period to get there, but they did it....
Dallas picked up four assists from Tyler Seguin and three from Jamie Benn to rout the Blues 6-2 in the Central Division matchup, sending the visitors to their second straight defeat. They both came on the road, and including Tuesday’s 5-0 loss in New York, the Blues were outscored 11-2 on the trip.
“There was a lot more good stuff (than the Rangers’ game), but still the end result is not better than it was and that’s all we look at in hockey,” Blues forward David Perron said. “We’re going to have to turn this thing around pretty quickly.”...
As the story continues to unfold, the Blues outshot Dallas 30-27 but came up on the short end after missing on more scoring chances. And the areas that have saved the Blues in recent weeks — goaltending, defense and penalty-killing — now have holes. The PK gave up another goal Thursday and goalie Jake Allen has given up nine goals on 46 shots in two games.
“This is a tough time for us right now,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We’re not playing very well. We’re not all on board, where we should be. It’s a tough time for us right now. We’re going to have to build some momentum back with better play, more committed play. It’s a frustrating time for everybody right now, frustrating because we’re not scoring and we’re not keeping it out of the net our last two games.”
Game highlights can be watched below...
from Sean McIndoe at Sportsnet,
We’ve flipped the calendar into the NHL season’s second month, and one of the biggest emerging stories can be found in the Central Division. Specifically, down near the bottom of the standings, where two teams that we all expected to be very good are struggling to find wins.
With three wins through nine games, the Nashville Predators are on pace for just 64 points on the season. The Dallas Stars‘ three wins and eight points have them in a little better shape, projecting out to 73 points. Those would be stunning totals for two teams that both played in the second round last year, and that came into this year as favourites in the Central.
But if you’re a Stars or Predators fan, you’re probably wondering just how troubling a bad start can be. After all, each team still has 73 games left to play, which seems like plenty of time to right the ship. Is this kind of start really as big a deal as it might seem?
One way to forecast the future can be to dig into the past. So today, let’s look through the salary cap era with a specific question: How often have good teams gotten off to starts this bad?
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