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Why The San Jose Sharks Put Adam Burish On Waivers

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The Sharks practiced what they've been preaching Saturday, putting veteran forward Adam Burish on waivers in their effort to become a younger team.

Burish, 31, has one goal and two assists in 20 games. More significantly, he is a minus-6 playing an average of 11:08 per game in a limited fourth line role.

"It's where we are as an organization," Coach Todd McLellan said after his team's Saturday morning skate. "We made a commitment to brining some younger players in, and at this point with Adam's position and where he is in the lineup, we are exploring some younger possibilities there."...

"Somebody could use that type of player in the league," the coach said. "He'll get an opportunity to move on and play somewhere else."

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Ottawa Senators Hope To Change Their Recent Record In Afternoon Games

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citzen,

In 2013-14, Ottawa were to play 17 afternoon dates. They wound up playing 18 because a Jan. 24 game in Carolina was re-booked to noon on Jan. 25. Nearly every one was a disaster.

The overall record: 4-12-2. The Senators were equal opportunity daytime pushovers, losing in multiple U.S. states, in three different time zones, in Western Canada and on home ice.

Staff and players tried everything to change the mojo: Arrived at the rink sooner. Altered the warmup routine. Drank extra coffee.

“We changed everything down to the music,” said centre Kyle Turris at one point. To no avail.

It’s a new season and, the Senators hope, a new storyline on afternoon starts. To boost it along, they have delayed their home afternoon start times by an hour, hoping it’s a better match for players’ circadian rhythms.

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Oilers Need A #2 Center

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

MacTavish needs a No. 2 centre (something he undoubtedly knows), and before you say he would be dealing from a position of weakness now, Montreal GM Marc Bergevin managed to trade winger Rene Bourque for a useful defenceman Bryan Allen this week.after sending the inconsistent Bourque to the minors, first.

Whether that means MacTavish has to trade a winger, even with Benoit Pouliot busting his foot after a Marek Zidlicky shot slammed into him Friday, so be it. While rookie Leon Draisaitl was markedly better against the Devils, driving the net, distributing the puck, playing 16 minutes, the Oilers need an older second-line centre who’s played 400, 500, 750 games.

Draisaitl, who was robbed by Cory Schneider in the dying seconds on his doorstep, could move back to the third hole and Mark Arcobello could be the 13th forward.

Does MacTavish have to dangle David Perron, a greasy guy with hands who had 28 goals last year but can’t get untracked (one goal in 48 shots)? Does he consider trading Jordan Eberle in a bigger package as some have suggested? Who knows, but the GM, before he starts looking at the coach, has to make a deal. And, no, Detroit’s oft-injured but former No. 1 centre in Florida, Stephen Weiss, is probably not the answer.

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NHL Short Notes

ISLANDERS EDGE PENGUINS IN FIRST HALF OF HOME-AND-HOME
Kyle Okposo scored the decisive goal in the third round of the shootout to power the Islanders to a win in the first half of their home-and-home series with the Penguins.
 
* At 13-6-0 (26 points), the Islanders trail the Penguins (13-3-2, 28 points) by two points for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. These clubs face off again Saturday at Nassau Coliseum, the third of five meetings in 2014-15 (also Jan. 16 at NYI and April 10 at PIT).
 
* The Islanders improved to 7-1-0 in their last eight contests. They have won 13 of their first 19 games of the season for the first time since 1987-88 (13-5-1); they didn’t record their 13th victory until their 41st outing in 2013-14.
 
* Okposo improved to 4-for-4, with three game-deciding goals, in tiebreakers this season. He is 8-for-21 (38.1%), with six game-deciding goals, in his shootout career.
 
* Frans Nielsen also scored in the shootout; his 56.3% career efficiency (36-for-64) leads all active players with a minimum of 20 attempts.
 
* Ryan Strome posted 1-2—3 to set a career high for points in one game.
 
* The Islanders now have won six consecutive shootouts dating to April 11 at NJD, including a 4-0 mark in 2014-15.
 
* ICYMI: Trailing 1-0 just 73 seconds after the opening face-off, the Islanders scored three goals in 1:35 to take a 3-1 lead midway through the first period.

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Video- Three Games On Friday Night

Two minutes of highlights...

 

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Video- Don Cherry On The Toronto Maple Leafs Stopping The Stick Salute

via Sportsnet,

 

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Another Bad Loss For The Edmonton Oilers

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The Edmonton Oilers sunk to a new low Friday, difficult as that might be to comprehend, having to skate off the ice to a chorus of boos after being badly outworked in a 2-0 home-ice loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Once again, all the skill in the world came up short in the face of superior will, as Team Analytics got steamrolled by an opponent that simply rolled up its sleeves and ground out a victory with hard work, determination and smart hockey.

“We have guys in our lineup, guys like Matt Hendricks and Boyd Gordon, they have a ton of will, it’s in their DNA,” said embattled head coach Dallas Eakins. “And we have other guys, who we’re pushing to go there and they will go there sometimes, but we need them to go there every time.

“That’s the challenge, because people are wired a certain way.”

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Watch coach Eakins post-game below...

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Video- Sergei Bobrovsky With The Bad Goal Of The Night

The Blue Jackets lost 4-3 in a shootout.

 

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Video- Johnny Boychuk Hit On Evgeni Malkin

No penalty on the play, thoughts?

 

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Video- Benoit Pouliot Out With A Broken Foot

 

You can see how the injury occurred at the :22 second mark of this game recap video.

 

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