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PREMIERE OF ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC
Road to the NHL Winter Classic, a four-part series chronicling the Capitals and Blackhawks as they prepare for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, makes its television debut tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET in both the United States and Canada.
The series will air on EPIX in the U.S. and Sportsnet 360 in Canada. Viewers in the United States also can stream the show for free on NHL.com, the NHL app and the official websites for each participating team as well as on EPIX.com and the EPIX mobile and connected device apps.
Click on the following links for broadcast details in the United States and Canada.
from Nathan Fenno of the LA Times,
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Monday that there’s enough evidence for the felony domestic violence case against Kings defenseman Slava Voynov to proceed.
The lone witness during the preliminary hearing, Redondo Beach Police Officer Gregory Wiist, testified that Voynov’s wife, Marta Varlamova, was distraught when he met her at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance after the alleged incident in the early hours of Oct. 20.
Wiist said that Varlamova told him during two recorded interviews that Voynov punched her in the face during a Halloween party, then the alleged altercation continued at their home.
“He threw her to the ground multiple times,” Wiist said. “On the ground, he repeatedly kicked her all over her body in addition to choking her approximately three times.”
added 4:19pm, from Rich Hammond of the OC Register,
Voyonov faces a count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury and, if convicted, faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison. Voynov, a Russian citizen, also might face deportation.
Judge Hector M. Guzman ordered Voynov to stand trial after he listened to lengthy, detailed testimony from Officer Gregory Wiist of the Redondo Beach Police Department. Wiist testified that he interviewed Voynov’s wife, Marta Varlamova, after an incident at the couple’s Redondo Beach home on Oct. 19.
One of Voynov’s attorney’s Craig Renetzky, made two requests to the court: that the case be dismissed or that the charge be reduced to a misdemeanor. Both were denied by Guzman, who ordered Voynov to return to court Dec. 29 for arraignment.
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
When the Lightning was burned by a controversial goalie interference call in Game 3 of its playoff series against the Canadiens in April, coach Jon Cooper suggested such plays should be reviewed on video. And if that came to be, Cooper thought the rule would be dubbed the "Tampa Rule."
But Cooper didn't expect to keep earning that label this season. Three Tampa Bay goals have been disallowed due to goalie interference, including one in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Capitals.
"It seems like it's following us around," Cooper quipped.
Cooper isn't griping; he knows other teams are impacted by the calls. But the Lightning is joining a growing group around the league that hopes replay is expanded to include goalie interference calls.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said Sunday that his players were all vaccinated about "2-3 weeks ago."...
"I don't even think about it, to be honest," superstar Kings blue-liner Drew Doughty said after Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs. "I'm not too worried about it. If I get it, I get it. I hope I don't. I hope no one on our team does, but there's really nothing we can do. We have sanitizers all over the rink and all over the plan and stuff like that. We’re trying not to get it, obviously."
While the Kings were given the shot, the Maple Leafs say they gave their players the option of getting the vaccine shot, although it appears most players did it.
"Well, I just got my shot today," Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said Sunday. "They dragged me in, I was the last one. I thought that I had [been vaccinated] 58 years ago, so I didn't think I'd need another one, but I guess there's a new strain out that they better look after us."
The NHL and NHL Players' Association have been closely monitoring the situation.
added 8:15am, from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Mumps again was the word.
The virus that has appears to have the makings of an NHL epidemic struck the Rangers for the second time, this time with Derick Brassard the victim.
“Brass woke up this morning with the mumps, so we’re sending him home right now,” Blueshirts coach Alain Vigneault said before Sunday’s 2-0 victory against the Oilers. “Everyone has been tested, all the guys have had their shots, our doctors and I’m sure every team in the NHL are doing what they’re supposed to do.
“Some guys are more prone to it. It’s nature. It’s a virus. There’s nothing I can do about it.”
from Dave Hodge of TSN,
I realized that few others care about this anymore when the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit 2-1 in a Wednesday night shootout, and, given the fact that the Red Wings took 42 of the 61 shots that preceded the tiebreaker contest, the reaction was that Detroit was deserving of a point. I concluded that the three-point game had gained acceptance, and then I realized that I should have been saying that a long time ago, because it has existed for 10 years.
It affects the standings in no small way. The Florida Panthers are sitting in a wild-card playoff spot thanks to eight points gained in overtime and shootout losses. They have the same number of points as the Boston Bruins, but if all games were worth two points, Florida would trail Boston by six points.
There are no points awarded to NBA or NFL teams that lose in overtime, or to MLB teams that lose in extra innings, and that’s because those sports do it the simple way, and I suggest, the correct way — they count wins and losses.
read on for Hodge on Sidney Crosby...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- The 2015-16 cap may reach $73 million as suggested at last week’s Board of Governors meeting by Gary Bettman, but a number of team executives contacted by Slap Shots are taking a conservative approach to roster construction, understanding that a decline in the Canadian dollar could limit the cap to closer to the $71 million neighborhood.
- So, apparently it’s true. Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom did receive a standing ovation following his presentation at the Board of Governors that outlined the NHL’s approach to training their officials.
One member in attendance, however, did not join the celebration. “I must have been in the back getting coffee,” the Fellow Who Shall Not Be Identified told Slap Shots. “Both my hands were full.”
- Snapshot. The NHL’s Most Disappointing Teams: 1. Dallas; 2. Minnesota; 3. Colorado; 4. Rangers.
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Elliotte Friedman sits down with prospective Las Vegas NHL owner William Foley to get his thoughts on why the NHL will work in Vegas and his connection with Wayne Gretzky.
A very well down interview by Friedman.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Players would love it, too, and so would beat writers.
“I bet there’d be a serious home-ice advantage, and some very low-quality articles written,” joked Wild GM Chuck Fletcher, well aware of my infatuation with Vegas (I half considered not leaving the poker table one June afternoon when the Wild traded for Brad Staubitz).
In all seriousness, the NHL has to be right on this. With revenues soaring, the last thing the NHL needs is another Glendale or South Florida.
My gut? Vegas can thrive as long as we all understand the formula to make Vegas succeed will be different from every place else.
For instance, Vegas is an industry town where most locals work Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, so there will need to be more afternoon games and lots of Monday/Tuesday night games. And we’ll all need to accept a large chunk of tickets will go to out-of-town gamblers willing to leave the casino for 140 minutes to shell out $80 for a ticket.
Heck, that’s a measly pass-line and odds bet on the craps table and less than it costs to see Celine Dion.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli and assistant GM Don Sweeney were on a lengthy power-forward viewing tour. (If he could skate, the Bruins might have pursued the Lakers’ Carlos Boozer.) Chiarelli did not want to discuss it, but word last weekend was the Bruins were not close on anything. With that being said, there was a feeling at the Board of Governors meeting that things have intensified on Sabres forward Chris Stewart.
Right now Boston and Buffalo are like two high schoolers at the prom deciding whether or not to dance. Eventually, you’ve got to make your move, or go on to the next victim.
- With Edmonton’s reported interest in Artem Anisimov, the Oilers did shoot much higher. They asked about Ryan Johansen, and from what I understand, were prepared to make a legit offer. My guess: if the Blue Jackets showed interest, Edmonton might have tried to get both centres. I don’t think it got very far, though. According to one GM, “everyone” has inquired about Johansen since his contract dispute with Columbus. “We’re being told he is not available.”
- Carolina is three games into a lengthy stretch that sees them play 15 straight against Eastern Conference opponents. It wouldn’t surprise me if this stretch determines Ron Francis’ roster decisions.
- Kyle Okposo on the change in the Islanders’ mentality: “We’ve gone from hoping to win to expecting to win. And, not just that, but expecting to put teams on their heels right away.”
more including the Babcock talk...
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
...Bettman decided to dip his toe in the water of Las Vegas, allowing billionaire businessman William Foley to hold a season-ticket drive (whatever that means without a team there) to gauge the interest in the market. It is nothing formal, but if it went well, they might consider starting the process of expansion.
The range of potential problems in Sin City is astronomical, which is exactly why all major sports leagues have stayed away from Las Vegas. Not only is there little permanent population, but it’s a city based on gambling. The main draw of getting people into the arena would be to place a bet on the game and then go watch it. Honestly, that would be a blast. If not, my guess is the place would be half-empty every night.
But you know how much work that makes for the league, checking for improprieties with the wagering and the outcomes? NHL referees can have a huge impact on the outcome of a game. Vegas is an awful headache for the league. It’s a scandal waiting to happen.
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