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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars' injury problems continue to get worse, as Ales Hemsky reinjured his groin Saturday and is out for Tuesday's game, and Jason Spezza tweaked something in practice Monday and moves into "questionable" status.
Already out for Dallas are: Cody Eakin (knee), Mattias Janmark (knee), Patrick Sharp (concussion), Patrick Eaves (lower body) and Jiri Hudler (flu). Eaves has been skating and might be available to play Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets. Hudler skated Monday, but is not expected to be available for Tuesday's game.
Jamie Benn missed practice for a maintenance day, but is expected to be ready to play Tuesday.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Tuukka Rask is hurting. Anton Khudobin, who woke up Monday feeling fine, is also injured. Every hockey season has its challenges, and only five games into 2016-17, the Bruins have a doozy.
By the time the Bruins finished their morning workout in Brighton, rookie Malcom Subban was the lone goalie standing, and he could be in net Tuesday night at the Garden to face the Wild for his second career start.
All in all, the “A” plan is on hold, the “B” plan is challenged, and the “C” plan (“Crisis?!”) is somewhere between “day-to-day’’ and batten down the hatches.
“We are in a situation here, we’ll see what happens,’’ said coach Claude Julien, unable or unwilling to share much about his goalie woes. “If [Subban] is going in goal, he’ll go in goal, as simple as that.’’
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Mike Commodore has been known as many things to many people.
The guy with the big, red Afro who would shave his head for charity; the guy who wore the white bathrobe; a Stanley Cup champion; the guy who played 484 career regular-season games for seven teams over 12 years; the guy with a pathological dislike for Mike Babcock; and the guy, at times, with a funny Twitter account that popularized the hockey catchphrase #PackYourS---.
Now you can add one more: Uber driver.
The soon to be 37-year-old retired defenceman who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., tweeted last week he had signed up to be an Uber driver. Last Friday night, from 6 to 11 p.m., he was driving people around the Valley of the Sun region in his hybrid Cadillac Escalade.
For that, he got $94 plus $5 in tips and a lot of a good conversation, as well as some entertaining tweets on Twitter.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The short-term increase in scoring this season is not simply a function of a power-play goal bonanza. In fact, there's only been one more power-play goal (16) scored in 80 games this year compared to the (15) first 80 of last season. There have been additional five shorthanded goals, from 10 to 15.
And there have been five fewer empty-net goals this season — 22 as opposed to 27 —compared to the same time period a year ago.
Goalies appear to be taking a beating. The league's overall save percentage has gone from .917 to .902. There were 13 shutouts in the first 80 games of 2015-16; there have been only six shutouts so far this season. Shots (4,725 to 4,756) and shot attempts (8,714 to 8,840) are up but only marginally.
So unless you're a goalie, or a coach who has been pulling out his hair because of the wild offensive ride we're on, it's all good.
I asked a half-dozen NHL head coaches what they make of what they've seen so far. I'm not identifying which coach said what — a little anonymity goes a long way in getting a more direct answer — but like a lot of us, they're wondering if this trend will continue for the rest of the season.
"Too soon to say," said one coach. "All I know is we're way too busy right now pulling pucks out of our net."
NEW YORK/TORONTO (Oct. 24, 2016) – Hockey Fights Cancer™, a joint initiative founded by the National Hockey League (NHL®) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), begins today with programming and Club participation from October 24 to November 18. The initiative is a program of the NHL’s U.S. and Canadian charitable foundations which, along with NHL supporters and fans, have donated more than $16 million to support national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. Lavender, the official color of Hockey Fights Cancer™ representing all cancers, will be featured prominently throughout the campaign.
from Wes Gilbertson at the National Post,
Can the Flames snap out of this?
You might feel like you stumbled into a time-machine or somehow drifted back to last fall. The Flames are handing out Grade A scoring opportunities like Halloween treats. Again.
As a result, they rank among the NHL’s statistical cellar-dwellers in both goals against (4.33 per game) and team save percentage (.856). Again.
The special-teams stink, again, although the power play is now more offensive — not in a good way — than the penalty kill....
Who’s the go-to goaltender?
Gulutzan insisted last week there is no goaltending controversy at the Saddledome. But at the very least, it’s a goaltending conundrum.
Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson have split the workload so far: three games apiece. Elliott is expected to be back between the pipes in Chicago, but there were some eyebrows raised when Johnson received the starting nod for Saturday’s showdown with the Blues, with the man they call ‘Moose’ serving as backup in his first meeting against his former team....
By Tim Dolan,
Several big games are on the docket across the NHL this week, and none will be bigger than the latest chapter in the stored Maple Leafs-Canadiens rivalry on Saturday. The two teams set to clash at Bell Centre in what will be the most expensive game of the week, according to ticket search engine TicketIQ. The Rangers and Bruins meet at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday and are also generating big resale ticket demand ahead of their mid-week battle. The Canucks play host to both the Oilers and Capitals while the Sharks welcome the Predators in a Conference Semifinals rematch from a season ago. Check out the complete list of this week's top-priced games below:
NEW YORK (Oct. 24, 2016) – Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot, Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Greenhave been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 23.
from Adrian Dater at WoodyPaige.com,
Plan the parade? No. Block off time in mid-April to attend Avalanche playoff games? Not yet.
But let’s give the beleaguered ice men of Denver a little nice pub here. It might be the last chance for a good while.
The Avs, YOUR Avs, are 3-2-0 after the first five games of the 2016-17 season. Big deal, three and two. Alert the media.
But the record is impressive when you consider:
*These are the Avs.
*All five teams the Avalanche has played made the playoffs last season, with two (Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay) making the NHL’s Final Four, and the other three (Dallas, Washington and Florida) winning their divisions.
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