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Where Did The Goals Go?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Boy, the NHL sure had us there for a while. During the first two weeks of the season, players were filling the nets like it was the Bill Clinton administration. The first three nights of this season, there was an 11-goal game, a 10-goal game, three nine-goal games and two eight-goal games. Rookie Auston Matthews turned in a record on the first night of the season by scoring four goals in his NHL debut and his team still lost the game.

Good times. Yup, good times. And like all good times, it inevitably had to come to an end. Because NHL. The orgy of scoring we saw early in the season has been replaced with what seems like a record number of loop passes from the defensive zone. And why are defensemen doing this at such a regular pace? Because trying to get the puck through the neutral zone along the ice is almost impossible.

Through the first 356 games of this season, NHL teams have scored a total of 1,880 goals. Those are real goals. The phony ones teams are awarded for winning the NHL’s skills competition are not included. That means teams are scoring at an average of 5.28 goals per game this season, which if it sticks, will mean scoring is at its lowest in the NHL since The Dead Puck Era™.

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Patrik Laine Keeps Impressing

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler had heard all the stories and scouting reports last offseason about his team's new phenom from Finland, who could shoot a puck from everywhere and score at will.

Watching it firsthand, well, that's a whole other thing.

"It's pretty incredible," Wheeler told ESPN.com this week. That phenom -- 18-year-old forward Patrik Laine -- has 15 goals in his first 26 games.

"When we got the pick, everyone was excited at the prospect of having Patty," Wheeler said. "You heard all the stories about his shot and the dynamic things he could do. That's all well and good, but he's 18. You expect there to be a learning curve, you expect to be some speed bumps along the way.

"All of a sudden, he's leading the NHL in goals, and it's not by mistake. It's crazy. He gets the puck in areas [where] you don't really feel like [he has] a scoring chance. All of sudden, it's in the back of the net. You just kind of shake your head.''...

Laine is on pace for 47 goals. He has already had two hat tricks and, yes, he's earned a few nicknames already.

"That was the big thing: 'What do people call him?'" said Wheeler, 30, chuckling. "He started with 'Patty,' and then he got more comfortable and revealed that all his buddies back home call him 'Patsyuk,' obviously after Pavel Datsyuk.

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Leaf Fans Can’t Get Their Customized Centennial Sweaters Delivered To Canada

from Peter Goffin of the Toronto Star,

Leaf fans threw the NHL in the penalty box after learning the league’s online store couldn’t ship custom Centennial Classic jerseys to Canada.

Leafs fan Chris Gumbert said he tried to order himself a Mitch Marner Centennial sweater from a page on shop.nhl.com billed as the Toronto team’s “official shop.”

After entering his Hamilton, Ont., mailing address, Gumbert was confronted with an error message telling him his order “contains manufacturer direct items that cannot be shipped to addresses outside of the continental United States.”

NHL customer service representatives confirmed to the Star that the jersey, which will be worn by the Leafs when they take on the Detroit Red Wings in a Jan. 1 outdoor game at BMO Field, could not be mailed to Canada.

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Any Great NHL Teams This Year?

from Jimmy Hascup of USA TODAY,

Almost two months into the NHL season, five points separate the Eastern Conference's worst team from a wild card spot, and six points separate the West's worst from a playoff position. There is a seven-point difference between the East's best team and the second wild card, while 10 points separate those teams in the West.

Which in many words says one thing (aside from there's a lot of hockey left to be played): There's a lot of parity (or mediocrity, if that's how you want to view it) in the NHL, and It's unclear if there are any great teams.

Do the Chicago Blackhawks, leading the league with 35 points, stand out as a fierce contender? Credit to them: They have survived with a 30th-ranked penalty kill and an injury to Jonathan Toews, who has struggled with 12 points in 25 games. But they are a top-heavy team, with their stars required to do the heavy lifting....

Then there’s the Montreal Canadiens, who at 16-5-2 are second in the league with 34 points. The Canadiens are an improved team over last season, thanks to Carey Price’s health. But a surefire Cup contender now?

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Afternoon Line- Dion Phaneuf

“I know my role now has changed from when I first game in, but it's a different game too. The game has changed with blocking shots over the years.  You're not getting the same looks that you used to. Plus, on this team, Karlsson is the big guy for us offensively on the backend and I've got to do my job defensively.

“That's what makes teams good and that's what makes teams competitive. Everyone has a job and everyone has to do their job. I still think I have an offensive side to my game, but I'm asked to do more on the defensive side and I enjoy that role.”

-Dion Phaneuf of the Ottawa Senators.  Darren Dreger of the Dreger Report has more on Phaneuf.

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Morning Line- Joe Sakic

“I have faith in them, but to me, the start is not a core thing; it’s a team thing. I think you see we’re trying to hold people accountable. We know we have certain guys who can give more, and those guys know they can give more, but it’s not like it’s a whole thing. We’re not as consistent as we need to be. We didn’t win two straight Cups and have that leeway. We have to play with that urgency every night on a consistent basis to be successful.”

-Joe Sakic, GM of the Colorado Avalanche on his core players and team.  More on the Avalanche from Terry Frei of the Denver Post.

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NHL Short Notes

THURSDAYS RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
BOSTON 2, Carolina 1 (SO)
BUFFALO 4, NY Rangers 3
PITTSBURGH 6, Dallas 2
NY Islanders 3, WASHINGTON 0
Philadelphia 3, OTTAWA 2 (OT)
Florida 2, DETROIT 1 (OT)
ST. LOUIS 5, Tampa Bay 4
Edmonton 6, WINNIPEG 3
CHICAGO 4, New Jersey 3 (OT)
Columbus 3, COLORADO 2
Los Angeles 4, ARIZONA 3
Anaheim 3, VANCOUVER 1
 
TARASENKO (HAT TRICK) LEADS BLUES TO SIXTH STRAIGHT HOME WIN
Vladimir Tarasenko (3-1—4) scored the third hat trick of his NHL career and equaled a career high with four points to help the Blues extend their home point streak to 11 games (9-0-2), including six straight wins.

* Tarasenko has earned at least one point in 11 of his last 13 games (9-9—18) and ranks third in League scoring with 13-14—27 this season (24 GP).

* Jake Allen (22 saves) picked up his career-high seventh consecutive victory, posting a 2.24 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in those contests.

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night Candidate

Henrik Lundqvist...

 

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

from TSN,

Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have more on the NHL keeping a close eye on the rematch between the Maple Leafs and Canucks, the Coyotes offering the Flames Anthony Duclair for Dougie Hamilton, the Senators exploring the market for a versatile winger and the possibility of the Canucks and Kings playing an exhibition game in China.

everyone can watch here...

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You Are Hired Then Most Likely Fired

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

In the salary cap era there have been 48 mid-season coaching changes. The average stint of those coaches behind the bench was 207 games. Just 207 games! That’s about two and-a-half seasons.

So why in the name of God’s green earth would someone want to coach in the NHL? It certainly never appears that any of them are enjoying themselves.

As one coach told me, “It’s like chewing glass sometimes.”

Said another: “You have to be comfortable with being hated.”

Beyond the money (and let’s face it, the money can be good, very good), why would anyone want to go through the rigours, the scrutiny of ownership, management, fans and media, and the embarrassment of being fired?

With that in mind, I talked to 12 current and former NHL bench bosses.

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