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Have to love the guy who said Darryl Sutter looks like an older Sean Penn.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
It could be Henrik Lundqvist. The all-world goalie has been fine to this point, but he hasn’t given his team that one critical stop that Jonathan Quick has provided at the other end of the ice. (Brad Richards is still wondering how he didn’t score on that in-close chance in the third period on Saturday.)
It could be Rick Nash, who peppered Quick with eight shots in Game 2 with hands that are stonier right now than Ben Grimm’s. Or maybe it’ll be Richards, coming off a game marred by giveaways and defensive gaffes as well as blown chances.
But the man who really needs to step it up is Ryan McDonagh.
This postseason has been a coming-out party for the 24-year-old, and he’s used this run to establish himself as one of the top-10 defenders in the league. He’s been bold and decisive and dangerous in all three zones, especially in the Eastern Conference Finals when he rang up 10 points that crushed the Cup dreams of the Canadiens.
A legitimate Conn Smythe candidate? You bet.
At least until the Cup final started.
A two minute video...
via Bob McKenzie tweets,
If all goes as planned with NHL Competition Committee (today)/NHL GMs (Wed), Coach's Challenge is likely to be instituted next year, but...
...But, at this point, subject to change, goalie interference calls would NOT be amongst criteria a coach could challenge via video review.
Until Comp Committee and GMs beat this up, nothing is in final form but limited and very specific Coach's Challenge appears to be the plan.
This is the Rick Nash I know, driving to the net, using his body to keep defenders away.
I do believe I saw a bit of this in game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final but will he build upon that game and continue to take the puck to the net or will he make a half circle and then head to the boards?
The Rangers need the Rick Nash of old tonight!
"I'm saying one time per game, one goal, one time per coach. That's it. It's not going to happen that often.
"Let's get it right."
-Dale Tallon, GM of the Florida Panthers on a coaches challenge on goalie interference and offside. More on what Tallon is up to these days from Damien Cox of The Spin.
Since I am a novice when it comes to video games, what is your impression of NHL 15?
note 12:14pm, removed Gameplay from the headline since someone tweeted saying it is cgi (whatever that is) and not gameplay.
from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
There will be some changes for the Predators television broadcast team next season.
Longtime color analyst Terry Crisp will no longer travel with the team, and will move to a "behind the desk" role during home broadcasts.
Stu Grimson, who had been handling radio broadcasts, will take Crisp's spot next to Pete Weber as color analyst, a team spokesman confirmed to The Tennessean.
RANGERS, KINGS HEAD EAST FOR GAME 3 OF STANLEY CUP FINAL
The Rangers return home to face the Kings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden. Down 2-0 in the series, New York has won 15 of its last 23 home playoff games (dating to Game 7 of the 2012 CQF vs. OTT) as well as at least one home game in 14 consecutive series (dating to the 2007 CQF vs. ATL). Los Angeles, meanwhile, leads the NHL with seven road victories during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (7-5), but is 0-3 all-time at Madison Square Garden in the postseason.
* Including this year, home teams are 25-9 (.735) in the Stanley Cup Final dating to 2009.
* Forty-eight teams have taken a 2-0 series lead since the Stanley Cup Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939. Of those clubs, 43 (89.9%) have gone on to claim the Stanley Cup, including the 2012 Kings in the most recent such occurrence.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Just what the Flyers need: another $5 million center whose best years are behind him and who turns 30 in August.
This figures to be a very challenging summer for newly-installed general manager Ron Hextall, who has about $6.5 million in salary cap space and is desperately seeking to fill one, if not two, spots on defense, while having to re-sign a half-dozen or so players, including Emery, the backup to goalie Steve Mason.
The Kesler deal, which was wildly speculated without substantiation during the trade deadline, made no sense in March and makes even less sense right now.
Yeah, Bob Clarke tendered Kesler an offer sheet for $1.9 million back in 2006. Vancouver matched. Been there, done that.
We’ve already seen the mess the Flyers got themselves into last July by diving foolishly into free agency to sign center Vinny Lecavalier when the position they absolutely need to upgrade was wing.
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