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Struggles Continue For The Vegas Golden Knights

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Golden Knights showed flashes of turning the corner Sunday.

They registered more than 40 shots on goal for the second time in three games and cleaned up many of the defensive mistakes in the final two periods.

But it still wasn’t good enough.

The Knights couldn’t get a puck past goalie Ilya Sorokin and lost 2-0 to the New York Islanders in front of an announced crowd of 17,699 at T-Mobile Arena.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Knights, the first time that’s happened since Pete DeBoer was hired as coach Jan. 15, 2020. At 1-4, they also matched 2018-19 for their worst start in franchise history.

“When I look at our game, I thought we took a step last game and another tonight,” DeBoer said. “If you look at our record, are we a 1-4 team that’s going to miss the playoffs and have 50 or 60 points? I’m going to say we’re not. I think on all aspects, we want to just keep improving every day and judge all those things at the end of the year.”


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The Chicago Blackhawks Have Yet To Win A Game This Season

from Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune,

The Chicago Blackhawks saw one hallowed streak come to a halt while laying claim to one of the worst streaks in NHL history.

The Hawks smashed the 2000-01 Washington Capitals’ record of 350 minutes, 25 seconds without holding a lead to start a season. After the Hawks’ 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night at the United Center, the new record stands at 360:57.

And counting.

It was the Hawks’ sixth straight loss to open the season as they tumbled to 0-5-1 for a league-worst .083 points percentage....

It’s hard to imagine a more nightmarish scenario for Hawks fans: the most goals allowed all season (six) to their most hated rival (the Red Wings) on their home ice, which saw its sellout streak end.

Meanwhile, the hot seat has become a scorcher for coach Jeremy Colliton, whose defense fell into shambles in front of goalie Marc-André Fleury, who has seen better days.

Asked if he believes the organization still has faith in him, Colliton said, “Of course.”


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NHL Short Notes

* Red Wings rookie Lucas Raymond showed up to his team’s Original Six showdown Sunday and left with three goals, four points and joined some elite company in the process.

* Undefeated no more. The Bruins and Predators played the role of spoiler and handed the Sharks and Wild their first loss of the 2021-22 season, respectively.

* The Hurricanes and Blues look to become the third and fourth teams to start 5-0-0 in 2021-22. No season in NHL history has featured four teams accomplish the feat.


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Short Video- Ryan Getzlaf Fined For Dangerous Trip

NEW YORK (Oct. 24, 2021) – Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has been fined $1,000 for a dangerous trip against Minnesota Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek during NHL Game No. 75 in Minnesota on Saturday, Oct. 23, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

Watch a short video of the trip below.

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel Fined For Kneeing

NEW YORK (Oct. 24, 2021) – Philadelphia Flyers forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel has been fined $2,687.50, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for kneeing Florida Panthers forward Mason Marchment during NHL Game No. 70 in Philadelphia on Saturday, Oct. 23, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 3:48 of the third period. Aube-Kubel was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

A very short video is below.

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A Win In Seattle For The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

After Seattle waited 97 years for the return of the National Hockey League, the Vancouver Canucks made the expansion Kraken wait at least one more game for their first home win.

In a deafening stadium, dug out from beneath a protected landmark roof in the shadow of the Space Needle, the Canucks earned and then eradicated a third-period deficit, scoring three times in the final eight minutes to beat the Kraken 4-2 in Seattle’s home opener at Climate Pledge Arena.

It was the first meaningful visit by an NHL team since the Seattle Metropolitans folded in 1924.

Saturday’s win for Vancouver was the rebirth of an old hockey rivalry.

“A blast, that was a blast,” Canucks winger Conor Garland said after fooling goalie Philipp Grubauer on the winning goal with 4:02 remaining. “I remember my first game in Vegas was actually a pre-season game and it was the loudest rink I've ever been in. This was pretty close. That was fun.”


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Hockey Notes On A Sunday Morning

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Mitch Marner is the second highest-paid winger in the National Hockey League and with that comes an inherent set of responsibilities.

He doesn’t have to be the nicest man on earth or the friendliest or even the most quotable: None of that really matters big picture.

What he has to be is productive — that’s why the Leafs paid so much for him on the eve of training camp in 2019. More money than Patrick Kane. More money than Alex Ovechkin. More money than Nikita Kucherov....

= Russia will have Andrei Vasilevskiy, Igor Shesterkin, and possibly Sergei Bobrovsky in goal for the Winter Olympics. The U.S. will have Connor Hellebuyck or John Gibson. And if Carey Price is unable to play, Team Canada will likely have a shell-shocked Marc-Andre Fleury or Jordan Binnington in net. Gulp.

- The difference between Mike Sullivan and Jon Cooper: Sullivan won two Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh without an Vasilevskiy in goal and without a Victor Hedman on defence. Sullivan and Cooper are the two best coaches in hockey today … Not far behind: Barry Trotz, Bruce Cassidy, and Joel Quenneville.

= How long before Jeremy Colliton is let go as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks? He’s my best bet to be the first coach fired in the NHL this season.

- It isn’t Michael Hutchinson’s fault that he isn’t good enough to play in the NHL.

He is, as they say, what he is.

A minor league goaltender of some quality — and there is no crime in that. He’s simply not talented enough to be an NHL difference maker...

more on the first and last topic plus other hockey notes...

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Early Problems In Toronto

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Sheldon Keefe has kept believing his first full training camp as coach would get the Maple Leafs properly wired to start a long season.

Six games in, there has been a major disconnect between the coach, his unproductive stars and even the foot soldiers. A terrible 48 hours ended with a 7-1 Saturday night slaughter in Pittsburgh, an undermanned home side jumping on the listless Leafs.

It followed a 5-3 loss to San Jose and dropped Toronto’s record to 2-3-1. Keefe sat first line right winger Nick Ritchie on Friday, but expanded the dog house to breaking up Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner in Saturday’s final period.

“The biggest thing to manage now is the mood and the belief in the group,” said Keefe, who was committed to a plan to take Sunday off to travel to Carolina. “It’s easy to start doubting and questioning when thing aren’t going your way. The difficult thing is to dig in, realize the league is very good and if you cut corners, even one bit, teams make you pay.

“It’s tough playing from behind. We’re doing it too much lately, but this one got away from us quickly.”


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NHL Short Notes

* After the Kraken contested each of their first five games on the road, the club returned to Climate Pledge Arena to celebrate their home opener, but Conor Garland and the Canucks had other plans.

* The Blues scored seven goals for the second time in three contests to topple the Kings and earn a victory in their first game at Enterprise Center this season. 

* Minnesota won in come-from-behind fashion yet again and joined rare company in NHL history in the process.   

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Video- 32 Thoughts Tonight

via Sportsnet,

On this edition of 32 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek discuss whether the NHL will scale back on COVID-19 testing, what the Rangers want for Vitali Kravtsov, an update in the Jack Eichel situation, and more.


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