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Videos- The NHL All-Stars Show Off Their Skills

6 1/2 minutes of highlights from last night's Skills Competition.



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NHL Short Notes

NHL Morning Skate


Thirty-six skaters and eight goaltenders representing all 31 NHL teams competed across six events at the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday night at AMALIE Arena.

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Video- Gary Bettman On Goalie Interference


via Sportsnet,



added 7:18pm, Below, watch the full press conference, with a few more topics...

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All About Tonight’s NHL All-Star Skills Competition

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the details of the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition and the format of the six events that will showcase hockey's top talent on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. ET at AMALIE Arena in Tampa, Fla., home of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition will be televised on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. All six events of the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition will be individual competitions, with the winner of each event earning $25,000. 

Details and rules for all six events of the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition are listed below.

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Saturday Afternoon Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Phil Kessel is fourth in the NHL in scoring, probably having his greatest offensive season, and ahead of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in points. And he’s not at the NHL All-Star game. Odd … Also odd: Brian Boyle at the All-Star game. Boyle is a fine man, a terrific teammate. He’s going through a very difficult time fighting leukemia. Everyone is cheering for him. But he’s no All-Star and he’d be the first to tell you he’s no All-Star.

- Not all is well between general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville in Chicago, nor has it been for awhile. But the belief here is, if the Blackhawks don’t make the playoffs, Bowman will be saying goodbye to the legendary Quenneville when the season ends.

- Among the reasons the NHL wouldn’t allow players to go to the Olympics: They didn’t want to stop the season and extend the playoffs. So they give players a four-day break at Christmas, and a five-day break courtesy of collective bargaining and a six-day break for the all-star game, followed by a condensed schedule the rest of the way. In other words, 15 days off. Which is basically the Olympic break .


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Afternoon Line- Fluto Shinzawa On The Shootout

As a traditionalist, I could live without the shootout. As a realist, I acknowledge it isn’t going anywhere. The NHL prefers resolutions, even via gimmicks, instead of ties.

The proposal, then, is to embrace the shootout for what it is: a party trick. To that end, every home-ice shooter should take his shot with his preference of tunes blaring from the arena sound systems.

Think baseball, when each hitter approaches the box to a few favorite bars. Music would heighten the atmosphere of the shootout. Upon the shootout’s conclusion, if the home team scores the decision, the winning goalie’s music should play as his teammates congratulate him on the win. It would give fans another peek at players’ personalities.

-Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe where you can read more hockey topics...

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News From Today’s BOG Meeting

via Pierre LeBrun tweets,

News from Board of Governors meeting today: confirmed teams for Europe next season, Edmonton-NJ play regular season game in Sweden at start of season; Wpg-Florida reg season game in November in Finland

Oilers will play an exhibition games at the end of camp in Germany (Draisaitl) while Devils will play one in Switzerland (Hischier)

League not in a position to announce pre-season games in China quite yet. Apparently still some issues to iron out with NHLPA on that....

Darren Dreger tweets,

Goalie interference was discussed by NHL board of governors. Talked about officials overthinking the call...getting too technical.

The 4 All Star coaches and NHL GM's in Tampa are meeting with league brass this afternoon to further discuss goaltender interference

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NHL Short Notes

The 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition will showcase hockey’s top talent on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET at AMALIE Arena in Tampa, Fla. (NBCSN, CBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports). The 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition will feature six individual competitions, with the winner of each event earning $25,000. Click here for a detailed event-by-event breakdown.

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A Look At The NHL To This Point Of The Season

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

This being all-star weekend, it's a perfect opportunity to take a look at what has happened – and, just as importantly, what has not happened – in this wonky, weird and a few times wonderful 2017-18 NHL season.

On the wonky side has to be the rules of the game. When is an offside an offside? If the game is played by humans for the pleasure of humans, why are humans considered incapable of making a simple call?

And as for what now constitutes goaltender interference, let analyst Ray Ferraro's tweet on Thursday's match between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers speak for itself: "This is absurd. I am totally disillusioned with what they think they're trying to accomplish. It's clear the rule is 'We don't know what the rule is, so we will throw darts on each review.' Signed NHL."

The wonky has to be the number of times cameras catch assistant coaches staring at their handy iPads. Has overcoaching made the NHL game so unbearably dull that they're all watching Netflix?

As for the wonderful and the not-so-wonderful, we turn first to the welcome surprises.

The only hockey team that has no past, the Las Vegas Golden Knights...

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Only Five Games For Brad Marchand?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Brad Marchand's vicious elbow to the head of Marcus Johansson was bad enough, but the NHL's feeble five-game suspension for such a flagrant transgression by a six-time offender is even worse.

The same league that has proved time and again that it has no interest in protecting its star players from the actions of thugs and miscreants is more than happy to protect stars who are thugs and miscreants themselves. That’s really the only conclusion that can be drawn from the NHL’s ridiculously feeble five-game suspension to Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins for his flying elbow to the head of Marcus Johansson of the New Jersey Devils.

It’s bad enough that Marchand only received five games for an action that was so egregious, so blatant and so gratuitously vicious and dirty. But what makes it worse is that George Parros and his band at the NHL’s department of player safety watched Marchand’s indiscretion hundreds of times in slow motion from every angle and never had any intention of giving him more than five games.


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