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Video- Cedric Paquette Has A Hearing Today With DoPS


Watch the hit below...

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The New Jersey Devils Improved Their Stanley Cup Chances With Sami Vatanen Trade

from Stan Fischler of MSG Networks,


Just like that, the New Jersey Devils have established themselves as serious playoff contenders.

And if there’s any doubt about that, well, forget about it. The trade General Manager Ray Shero pulled off, obtaining ace defenseman Sami Vatanen, 26, seals the deal.

As one scout told me when he heard about the move, “The Devils now have a top-10 defense in the league.”

Exaggeration? Perhaps, but New Jersey is a mere point behind first-place Columbus — Devils have a game in hand — because of its surprising defense corps, starring rookie power-play quarterback Will Butcher.


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The Name Of The Game Is Speed In The NHL

from Frank Seravalli and Steve Dryden of TSN,

The average even-strength shift length in the NHL is down to 44 seconds, significantly lower than the nearly 57-second average when the league first began keeping individual on-ice data in 1998.

The tempo of today’s game has shifted to the point that players – some of the most finely tuned physical specimens in the world – can only go that fast for that long.

“You can definitely tell the speed has increased,” said Scotty Bowman, the NHL’s all-time winningest coach. “Maybe not twice as fast, but it’s pretty close.”

Guy Lafleur used to draw oohs and aahs from the Forum faithful for the way his hair blew in the wind as he zoomed up the ice. Shelley said now “you’re standing there in between the benches and it actually blows your hair back.”

The torrid pace of today’s NHL has spurred a natural evolution process, a survival of the fittest, which accelerated the extinction of enforcers like Shelley and anyone else on the ice who couldn’t keep up.


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Mika Zibanejad Out With A Concussion

added 12:29pm,


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Derek Dorsett Will Not Return To The Active Roster Due To Health Concerns

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Trade- Adam Henrique To The Ducks, Sami Vatanen To The Devils


added 10:04am, New Jersey release is below....

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The Slump Continues For The Ottawa Senators

from Ken Warren at the Ottawa Sun,

The snowball continues to grow, rolling on and on downhill.

After yet another demoralizing defeat, this time 2-1 to Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre Wednesday to kick off a seven-game road trip, the Ottawa Senators losing streak has hit the not so lucky seven mark.

In addition to extending the Senators ghastly slump, the Canadiens have now pulled three points ahead of Ottawa in the Atlantic Division standings.

Suddenly, the once-slumping Canadiens are on a three-game winning streak.

The Senators, meanwhile, left Montreal immediately for New York and Friday’s game against the Islanders in Brooklyn. In all too familiar fashion, they were searching for answers as they left the arena.

“We’ve got some guys working hard, doing the right things,” said left winger Zack Smith. “It’s just a matter of a little more confidence and a bounce here and there and we’ll get out of this. We’ve lost seven in a row. That’s disheartening, to say the least, but we’re definitely not out of it. We have a team that can turn things around and get us back in the playoffs.”


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Video- The Changes Made To The Goalie Mask Over The Years

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Scott Morrison takes a look at the evolution of the goalie mask and if the goalies of yesteryear would wear their old masks in the game today.


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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
BOSTON 3, Tampa Bay 2
MONTREAL 2, Ottawa 1
Anaheim 3, ST. LOUIS 2
COLORADO 3, Winnipeg 2 (OT)

Carey Price 
made 27 saves to help the Canadiens edge the Senators in their final meeting before the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic, which will be contested outdoors on Dec. 16 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.

* Price has earned victories in all three of his appearances since returning from injury on Nov. 25, allowing one goal or fewer in all three games. Overall, Price owns a 150-7-4 record in 161 career starts when allowing one or fewer goals against.

Jonathan Drouin scored the eighth penalty shot goal in the NHL this season (19 attempts). It was the first such goal of his career (189 GP) and the first penalty shot goal by a Canadiens player since Nov. 13, 2014 (Dale Weise vs. BOS).

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Brayden McNabb Signs A Four-Year Extension With The Vegas Golden Knights

VEGAS (Nov. 27, 2017) — Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, November 29, that the team has signed defenseman Brayden McNabb to a four-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season worth an average annual value of $2.5 million.

McNabb has tallied 52 points (7 G, 45 A) in 257 career games over six seasons. This year, he is one of six players in the NHL who have recorded more than 50 hits and blocked shots. He leads the Golden Knights with 56 hits and 52 blocked shots to go with two assists and 19 penalty minutes in 20 games.

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