Kukla's Korner Hockey
All the highlights from the NHL games on Monday night.
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
It seems like the Rangers have been trying to solve this problem forever, and they can never quite find the right solution.
The power play has been close to a decade-long bugaboo for the Blueshirts, seemingly never a strength and always a source of frustration. If it has had its moments this season — which it has — right now, at the most critical time with the playoffs approaching, it has gone absolutely dormant.
“It’s not nearly good enough, without a doubt,” coach Alain Vigneault said after Sunday’s 0-for-5 performance over 7:21 of man-advantage time during a 5-2 loss to the Capitals at the Garden. “We’re going to take a look at some tape and make the adjustments we need to make.”
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The race for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference is apparently over.
The Senators have lost.
At least, that's the message being delivered by the Boston Bruins, who late Monday afternoon gave notice on Twitter that tickets for the B's first round Stanley Cup playoff games go on sale Friday at 11 a.m.
With the Bruins holding a three-point edge on the Senators, and having played one more game, some of their fans were unimpressed.
"We haven't made it yet," tweeted one of them.
"I almost feel like this is tempting fate," added another.
"Thanks in advance for jinxing us," stated a third.
John Shannon of Sportsnet with the report...
ROW, or regulation and overtime wins, is a statistic that doesn’t make much of an impact in the NHL standings except once, at the end of the NHL season, when it becomes the first tiebreaker for teams in the playoff hunt.
from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
Last week, he went out with some people close to him, including his son, who is in the Hockey Hall of Fame, for a pastime Howe carried with him from his childhood in Saskatchewan.
He went fishing.
"I was down there last week," said Mark Howe, the director of pro scouting for the Red Wings, whose career as a defenseman put him in the Hall of Fame in Toronto with his father.
"We took him out catfishing a couple of days on a couple of ponds and did some walks and everyday things. Overall, he did pretty well."...
"My brother Murray and I were there last week," Howe said. "I had four days with him. He did pretty well when I was there.
"This week, my brother Marty's down there, and he struggled a little bit more this week. But I guess he's doing a little bit better today."
The story by Kruppa was probably meant for tomorrow, which is Gordie Howe's 87th birthday.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The drive to bring an NHL franchise to Las Vegas is entering a second phase with the league's blessing, prospective owner Bill Foley said Monday.
Although Foley would not discuss numbers with ESPN.com, several sources said the trial season ticket drive that had been green-lighted by the NHL late last year and began in early February had exceeded its original target of 10,000.
"We've done really, really well," Foley said.
Down payments on those tickets reflect grassroots buyers, individuals and small businesses throughout the Las Vegas area. Now, Foley is reaching out to larger corporations in Las Vegas, including major casino operations. Large banking institutions, telecommunications companies, food services operations and logistics enterprises like UPS or Federal Express also are in Foley's sights.
The group will continue to take down payments on season tickets from individuals even as they move into discussions with these larger entities, many of whom have already reached out to Foley and his group, he said. It's possible that along with the sale of suites, which are at about 750 seats, the ownership group that includes Foley and the Maloof family, former owners of the Palms casino and resort in Las Vegas and the NBA's Sacramento Kings, could top the 13,000 mark for season ticket deposits.
from Shawn Roarke of NHL.com,
For years, Rob Suggitt dreamed about visiting every rink in the NHL.
Finally, he acted this year and finds himself in the midst of a whirlwind, month-long tour of hockey across North America.
Suggitt, a self-professed hockey fanatic from Edmonton, is on a quest to visit 30 different NHL rinks in 30 consecutive nights. It is part bucket-list adventure and part charity fundraiser. It has also been an unforgettable experience.
"For me, it's going to be the memories of this trip," Suggitt said as he sat at the Prudential Center before a game Sunday night between the New Jersey Devils and the Anaheim Ducks. "Right now, they are just incredible. As I finish it, I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life."
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
We’re coming down to it in the West, with the Los Angeles Kings and three Western Canadian teams vying for a total of three playoff spots between the four clubs. (The Sportsnet election desk has awarded the first wildcard spot to Minnesota).
Heading into tonight’s action, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Los Angeles are grouped within three points of each other. Calgary has the easiest remaining strength of schedule by a few percentage points, but the Flames also have the heaviest road schedule, playing four of their last six games away from the Saddledome.
Vancouver has a two-point cushion and a game in hand on Calgary, while the Jets are going to feel either very nervous or super confident on Wednesday morning, after their home game against the New York Rangers Tuesday night.
from Michael Felger of CSNNE,
Fighting is down across the NHL, and the B's have been all too willing to go with the flow. I don't think that's a good thing.
According to the folks at hockeyfights.com, the Bruins rank 14th in the NHL with 26 fights. And for those of us who have watched most of them, calling some of these altercations actual "fights" is being kind. It's safe to say the B's are at a soft 26.
Anyway, that's way down from last year, when the B's had 46 fighting majors. And that's down from the year before, when the B's had 32 fights over 48 games (a pace of 55 over an 82-game schedule). And that was down from the 61 they put up in 2011-12.
I'm not good at numbers, but I'm sensing a trend. It's gotten so bad that Montreal fights more than the Bruins.
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