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Fill In The Blanks Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

You may be aware, for example, the finale of the last three Canucks’ seasons has followed a certain pattern, one which lends itself easily to the boilerplate treatment. The Canucks lose. They lose again. Someone gets injured. They never score. Rinse and repeat.

With that in mind, we offer our latest in this series: The Canucks’ game story from March.

ST. LOUIS (or any of the 30 other NHL cities, this is the beauty of our template) — The Vancouver Canucks dropped a 3-0 decision to the _____ here on ____ night, extending their losing streak to ____ games and their goalless streak to ____ minutes.

The Canucks last scored ____ weeks ago in ____. They now sit ____ in the NHL, just ____ points ahead of the last-place (pick one of Buffalo Sabres or Arizona Coyotes).


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Nashville’s Calle Jarnkrok Out For The Regular Season With Upper-Body Injury

via Nashville press release,

Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok will miss the remainder of the regular season with an upper-body injury.

Jarnkrok was injured during Tuesday night's 3-1 win against Winnipeg. The 26-year-old has 16 goals and 35 points in 68 games this season.

added 2:49pm,


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Still Time To Register For A Fishing Trip Of A Lifetime

If you missed the first two blog posts on this fantastic fishing excursion, check them out (one, two).

The trip is first class all the way, with top rated accommodations and you will be joined on the trip by former NHL players- Charlie Simmer, Greg Adams, Jamie Huscroft, and Chuck Kobasew.

The trip includes the following:

  • Welcome cocktail reception in Vancouver penthouse suite
  • Overnight in Vancouver – private dinner with renowned chef
  • $500 gift bag and personalized gift (jerseys)
  • $2500 in fish to take home
  • Whiskey tasting experience 
  • Oyster shucking presentation and lesson with vodka tasting
  • 4-day fully guided fishing experience
  • 4-day jaw-dropping wildlife viewing
  • Prizes given out everyday

Plus just added...



In this case, the pictures actually tell the story.

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Concussion Lawsuit Hearing Scheduled For Friday

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The National Hockey League concussion lawsuit is finally coming to a head.

More than four years after the landmark case against the NHL was first filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, lawyers for the league and a group of disgruntled former players face off in court Friday to argue over whether the litigation should proceed as a class action.

If judge Susan Nelson decides to approve the case as a class action – a decision that might not come for many months – some 5,000 former NHL players would automatically become plaintiffs, hiking the stakes for the NHL and raising the league’s potential financial liability.

For the players, a loss would mean that the roughly 300 former players who have either filed a lawsuit against the NHL or retained lawyers to do so would have to argue their claims individually.


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Team USA Will Meet Team Canada In The Gold Medal Game Of Paralympic Olympic Games

GANGNEUNG, South Korea – Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) scored three goals and Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) added a pair as the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team beat Italy, 10-1, in the semifinals of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. With the win, the United States (4-0-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) advances to the gold medal game on Sunday (March 18), where it will face Canada.

“Our focus was to not look past this game and we didn’t,” said Guy Gosselin, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. “We brought a lot of energy and moved the puck well again. We’ll enjoy this win tonight and get back on the ice tomorrow as we get ready for Canada and the ultimate goal of a gold medal on Sunday.”

Puck drop for Sunday’s game at Gangneung Hockey Center is slated for 12 p.m. local time, making it an 11 p.m. ET puck drop on March 17 back in the United States. The contest will be televised live on NBCSN and also streamed live on NBCOlympics.com. The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team is seeking its third-straight Paralympic gold medal after winning gold at both the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. In five Paralympic Winter Games, the United States has won three gold medals (2002, 2010, 2014) and one bronze medal (2006).

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  Tags: team+canada, team+usa

The St. Louis Blues Are In A Race For The Playoffs

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

With just a baker’s dozen of games remaining in the regular season, the Blues can see the finish line.

Heck, they can see the standings, posted every day in the hallway at the IceZone in Hazelwood.

And what a mad scramble it is. Assume, for now, that Nashville, Winnipeg, Vegas and Minnesota are secure, playoff-wise.

That leaves seven teams in the Western Conference jostling for four playoff spots. Three of those seven reside in the Central Division: Dallas, Colorado and St. Louis. Four of those seven call the Pacific Division home: San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Calgary.

A measly four points separated all seven of those teams entering Wednesday’s play in the NHL. It’s chaos. It’s madness. It’s cats living with dogs.

continue for the chances for the Blues...

Below, a snapshot of the Western Conference race...

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Are The Ottawa Senators Interested In Ryan Nugent-Hopkins?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins may or may not know it. But with Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion taking in his second consecutive Edmonton Oilers game, he is auditioning.

For the Oilers first, and the Senators second....

Having Nugent-Hopkins makes for three centremen in the Top 6, which pleases the coach. Having that trio — plus the $6-million Milan Lucic — gives you four forwards earning $33 million beginning next season. That’s plenty.

And that’s what has Nugent-Hopkins auditioning for the Senators as well. Because, by the time this run on McDavid’s wing ends, if the coach and GM decide that Nugent-Hopkins is not the prototypical winger for this prodigal centreman, then they might decide that Mike Hoffman is.

Hoffman makes $5.2 million for the next two seasons. He’s roughly a 25-goal man who, we would guess, could do much better than that in a season spent on McDavid’s flank. Chiarelli has already mused about the problem of having $27 million wrapped up in three centremen.

read on

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Leafs Win, Lose Andersen

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

A three-goal game by James van Riemsdyk, a last-minute goal from Patrick Marleau and shootout goals from Mitch Marner and Tyler Bozak rallied the Leafs to a 6-5 decision over the Dallas Stars, giving Toronto a franchise-record 11th win in a row at the Air Canada Centre.

But the Leafs played the final half of the game without Andersen, who pulled himself with what the team called an upper-body injury.

Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said he believed the injury occurred in the first period when Stars winger Alexander Radulov landed on Andersen, snapping the goaltender’s head back. Andersen was noticeably wincing afterward but stayed in the game.

“It sure didn’t seem like much,” Babcock said. “He played after he got hurt, so I don’t know exactly.”

The worry is Andersen might have suffered a concussion, or maybe an awkwardly pulled muscle. Curtis McElhinney played a solid second half and was spectacular in overtime to get the win. He will play Thursday in Buffalo.

read on

Below, catch the game highlights and how Andresen may have been injured...

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Video- A Sit Down With Tyler Seguin

via Sportsnet,

Dallas Stars star Tyler Seguin sits down with Kyle Bukauskas to talk about life, hockey and shopping.


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  Tags: tyler+seguin

Video- Susan Sarandon And Pierre McGuire?  Yep.

Now this is an interview I never expected to see.



from NHL.com,

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  Tags: pierre+mcguire, susan+sarandon

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