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Home Team in Caps
WINNIPEG 6, Arizona 3
Pittsburgh 4, MONTREAL 1
DETROIT 6, Boston 5 (SO)
EDMONTON 4, Florida 3 (OT)
San Jose 3, LOS ANGELES 2
McDAVID NETS LATE OVERTIME GOAL IN OILERS’ FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
The Panthers registered three straight goals to overcome an early 2-0 deficit, but Jordan Eberle tied the game with 2:59 remaining in regulation and Connor McDavid (1-2—3) scored with 2.6 seconds left in overtime to lift the Oilers to their fourth straight win (all at home).
* McDavid registered his seventh three-point game of the season to increase his lead atop the NHL scoring race (15-39—54 in 47 GP) and eclipse 100 career points (31-71—102 in 92 GP).
* Elias notes that McDavid (92 GP) became the fourth-fastest active player to record 100 career points, behind Alex Ovechkin (77 GP), Sidney Crosby (80 GP) and Evgeni Malkin (89 GP). Only two players in Oilers history have accomplished the feat in fewer games: Wayne Gretzky (61 GP) and Blair MacDonald (85 GP).
* McDavid, who faced the Panthers for the first time in his career, has collected at least one point against all but two NHL teams he has played (CAR and TBL).
TSN's RIck Westhead discusses the NHL's denial of CTE with Scott Parker and Dani Probert:
from Allan Kreda of the New York Times,
“Here we go,” he said while approaching the waiting throng of television cameras and reporters.
The pressure is instantly on Weight, 45, a Stanley Cup winner with Carolina in 2006 who started his career with the Rangers and finished it with the Islanders in 2011. Since then, Weight had been an assistant under Capuano, who led the team to the playoffs in three of the past four seasons.
But with the squad enduring an inconsistent first half, squandering leads and losing games late, General Manager Garth Snow made the coaching switch, putting Weight in charge on an interim basis.
“When it comes down to it, we have to play better,” said Weight, a native of Warren, Mich., who served as the captain of the Islanders and the Edmonton Oilers during his 19-year playing career. “I’ll just be standing a little more to the right on the bench. Guys have to play better, and I’m going to let them know when they’re not.”
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced that defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss a minimum of four weeks due to a fractured finger suffered in last night's 4-3 loss to New Jersey.
Brodin, 23 (7/12/93), has tallied 16 points (3-13=16) including five power-play points in 43 games with Minnesota this season. He has already surpassed his point and assist totals from last season and owns a career-high two game-winning goals. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound native of Karlstad, Sweden, ranks second on the team in blocked shots (68) and third in TOI/game at 19:46. Brodin has collected 70 points (18-52=70) and a plus-21 rating in 306 career NHL contests with the Wild.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
With six weeks to go until the NHL’s 2017 Trade Deadline, here’s an early look at each team’s needs, wants and wishes:
Top priority: Future assets
Scoop: GM Tim Murray has been one of the trade deadline’s biggest sellers over the past few years and he likely will be again this season. Buffalo has extra second and third-round picks this June to show for it. They can probably add to that total with pending UFAs Cody Franson and Brian Gionta. Maybe another team can rehab pending RFA Zemgus Girgensons into the 30-point scorer he was two seasons ago.
Top priority: Shed salary
Scoop: The lights are likely to go down at Joe Louis Arena for the final time this spring without a Stanley Cup playoff appearance for the first time since 1990. Detroit already has $68 million committed for next season, plus they need to re-sign RFAs Tomas Tatar and Andreas Athanasiou. Keeping Tomas Vanek not only doesn’t help for the long-term future but only complicates the cap crunch.
Top priority: Walking the tightrope
Scoop: The Blues gambled last year and let David Backes and Troy Brouwer walk for nothing on July 1. They need to get something before Kevin Shattenkirk does the same. The difficulty is in finding a fit that won’t do a disservice to the Blues’ current crop, even if they aren’t as strong as in years past.
the rest of the NHL teams...
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- When it comes to Paul Maurice, my thoughts are this: 2017–18 is the final year of his current contract and I do believe it was always Winnipeg’s plan to discuss an extension with him after the season. Sometimes, the ground shifts underneath our feet, throwing our best-laid plans out the window. In a perfect world, that’s what I think the Jets would still like to do. The organization is loyal and patient. They gave Claude Noel a longer rope than most other teams would have, and you always look for patterns in behaviour.
One of the reasons I think Winnipeg likes Maurice: He plays their young players. The Jets want to know what they have. It’s not always easy to find coaches comfortable with that, especially since being a bench boss is not exactly a stable profession.
- A year ago, it’s unlikely Shane Doan would have thought about waiving his no-move protection. Finishing his career with one franchise was very important to him (and I suspect still is). What changed? The Coyotes would like to see someone else grab the mantle of leadership, recognizing even he cannot play forever.
Monday in Edmonton, Arizona had five power plays. Doan did not get time on the first four. It’s not hard to see where this is going, and the team is losing. That’s why his outlook is different. He’ll have to accept a depth role, but I could see three of the California teams taking a look. As Doan said himself, “It’s going to have to be a perfect situation.”
more includes some trade talk too...
The Islanders need an updated blueprint and a broader vision. They missed their chance to build on having finally won a playoff series for the first time in 23 years. It is hard to keep thinking of them as a team of the future, what with John Tavares in his eighth season and the wave of young players behind him never having flourished.
-Mark Hermann of Newsday where you can read more on the Islanders.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
The Leafs are already in a playoff spot -- and with so many games in hand they're likely the second-best team in the Atlantic Division. The Sabres hit town off a solid win over Dallas but still last in the division.
Asking Babcock how surprised he was to have accelerated past the Sabres made him recoil after the morning skate.
"I never said that, you just said that right?" Babcock said. "Sometimes when you ask those questions then the next thing that comes out in the media is like I said that. Just so we know, I did not say that."
The room broke up because Babcock made sure to emphasize each of the last four words. He then proceeded to explain himself further.
"To tell you the truth, I don't spend a whole lot of time concerning myself on the other teams. We're building our own product here. We have a lot of work to do. I tried to say that yesterday. I told our players the same thing. We're 41 games in. Let's just try to get better every day. We do that, we have a chance to be a good team moving ahead. That's what we're trying to do."
Now obviously, the biggest thing in the Leafs favor is they tanked for half a season (Garrett Sparks in goal, anyone?) and were lucky enough to win the draft lottery to take Auston Matthews. The Sabres put together two of the worst seasons back-to-back in recent NHL history and didn't get the little ping pong ball bounce either time.
Jack Eichel is a terrific young player. But he's no Matthews. No shame in that. But it's the reality.
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