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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Guess how many players had been suspended this season for dirty checks or headshots going into Thursday’s games around the NHL.
The answer: Zero.
That’s right. Zilch, zip, nada.
No players had been forced to watch games for heinous acts on the ice, including in the pre-season. It’s something to be thankful for, seeing as we had more than a dozen a year ago at this point, and around half of them were because of headshots.
Could it be the message has gotten through?
“I’ll put it this way, I’m definitely more aware now of headshots than three or four years ago,” said Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano. “When you had a chance to give a guy a lick three or four years ago, you didn’t think, ‘I’d better not hit his head.’ You’re thinking of giving him a lick as hard as you can.
“In the heat of the battle, you don’t easily think about those things, but I honestly pulled up thinking exactly that, I didn’t want to hit his head.”
Last night, the Detroit Red Wings showed their support for the City of Ottawa and all of Canada.
“We’re not playing the right way. We made a heck of a run here playing the right way, no odd-man rushes, don’t force offense, don’t give the puck away and make hope-for plays offensively. We’ve had a shoot-first mentality that allowed us to be top five in the league in scoring goals. But we don’t want to play the right way. We want to play a different game right now. Until we buy into that, we’re going to have some rough water we have to go through.
“When you force offense and you play careless with the puck, when you have defensemen who want to play ahead of the forwards, you end up with a recipe for disaster. … We’ve given up more odd-man rushes in six hockey games than we did in two months last year. You can’t win like that. The alarm bell’s going off.”
-Ken Hitchcock, coach of the St. Louis Blues after losing 4-1 at home to Vancouver. More on the game from Tom Timmerman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Below, watch Hitchcock's post-game...
Here are the highlights from those games...
Below, the play he may have possibly injured his knee.
It’s often said that the mentality of a professional athlete and that of a poker player go hand in hand. That winning mentality. The never say die attitude. The sitting on a team bus for hours and hours making your way across country. It all transfers across from the rink and onto the poker table. No man can prove that more than Greg Mueller.
The 43-year-old has transferred his talents seamlessly onto the green velvet over the past few years since retiring from the sport in 2000, not only becoming an ex-pro who enjoys a hand like P.K. Subban and Mike Bossy, but a poker pro in his own right.
It's been a hectic last three days for me so I am rewarding myself with some time off tonight.
I will be watching the games tonight and nothing else.
Of course if something major does pop up I will post, but other than that, see you tomorrow morning.
The Insiders have the latest on the possible discipline facing Sudbury Wolves coach Paul Fixter after he cursed at a reporter, Leon Draisaitl's nine-game mark and more.
watch it at TSN and in regards to Paul Fixter, watch what happened below...
This list, like all others TSN.ca produces, is a living and breathing one. Just as sure as lines change, you can be sure this list will change and, as such, it will be revisited in the weeks to come. Leading a group effort in the weekly rankings is TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button. Ultimately, he's the face of the list. Direct all your feedback - good and BAD - to his twitter account @craigjbutton and use the hashtag #tsnhockeylist.
Corsi% = Corsi Percentage (shots, missed shots & blocked shots for vs. shots, missed shots & blocked shots against)
Corsi Rel% = Relative Corsi (player's Corsi % relative to team Corsi when player not on ice)
1. The Getzlaf Line
A line that dominates with skill and power. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry can set it up or finish it and Devante Smith-Pelly is smart in reading off both of them and is the perfect 'wing man' for Getzlaf and Perry. They have played together just two games this season, but previously played together during the 2014 playoffs.
LW Devante Smith-Pelly 7 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 PTS, 16:08 TOI, 45.3 Corsi%, -4.8 Corsi Rel%
C Ryan Getzlaf 7 GP, 2 G, 8 A, 10 PTS, 19:53 TOI, 48.9 Corsi%, +0.1 Corsi Rel%
RW Corey Perry 7 GP, 8 G, 2 A, 10 PTS, 19:16 TOI, 50.3 Corsi%, +2.1 Corsi Rel%
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