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Islanders announce he is out with a lower-body injury.
via SportsBusiness Daily,
Mexico City sports and government officials "are working to bring NHL games to the city," according to NOTIMEX. Mexican Ice Hockey Federation (FDMHSH).
President Joaquín de la Garma said on Wednesday that he has had two meetings with NHL execs about holding games during the next NHL preseason.
To host a game, an ice rink would have to be installed, "most likely in Mexico City's Palacio de los Deportes." If this facility is not available for sponsorship reasons, other possibilities would be convention centers.
De la Garma claimed that the most popular NHL teams in Mexico are the San Jose Sharks, L.A. Kings, Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins, "but added that it would be the NHL that would decide which teams would play." De la Garma:
"The idea is to organize two games, one on Friday night and the other on Sunday at noon".
NEW YORK (March 31, 2016) – Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for butt-ending Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere during NHL Game No. 1150 in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 30, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 17:29 of the second period.
The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Watch the incident below...
from Travis Yost of TSN,
You can start to see why Philadelphia’s racking up the points of late. It’s a combination of definitively improved play (their shot and scoring-chance differentials have both increased of late), and a drastic reduction in penalty kill goals against. Combine that with a little bit of shooting luck of late and you have the right ingredients for a team racking up points and pushing toward the postseason.
On the other hand, Detroit is pretty much in the same boat as their year-to-date numbers – the team is skating really well and really competitively at even strength, but at least recently, goaltending has submarined most of their efforts. And as for Boston, well, they’ve cooled off at the wrong time. Their goal rates are right near break-even, mostly by way of strong goaltending. As a team, they’re not really skating as strongly as they were in the first part of the year.
All this to say: I don’t know if any team is specifically more deserving than another, but there’s real truth to the following things: the Flyers are playing well enough to be worthy of an eight seed, the Red Wings might miss the cut despite actually playing reasonably well down the stretch, and the Bruins have no one to blame but themselves if they end up missing the cut. For a team with playoff-or-bust expectations, Boston just hasn’t been good enough to hold off the rest of the pack, and it’s put them in the very real position of missing the postseason in 2015-16.
more including two graphs to explain the point...
The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is pleased to announce the three Hobey Hat Trick finalists for the 2016 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: Kyle Connor, freshman forward from the University of Michigan, Thatcher Demko, junior goalie from Boston College and Jimmy Vesey, senior forward from Harvard University.
The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 8, 2016 from the Tampa Theatre in Tampa, Flor. during the NCAA Frozen Four. Built in 1926 the theatre was known as one of America’s finest movie palaces of its era. The 36th annual announcement will be televised live on the NHL Network at 6 p.m. ET, and at the Hobey website, www.hobeybakeraward.com. Here is more on this year’s three finalists:
from Chuck Gormley of CSN Mid-Atlantic,
There were butt ends to midsections, gloved face washes and checks from behind. Capitals coach Barry Trotz often talks about being pulled into battle and in Wednesday night’s 2-1 shootout loss in South Philadelphia, the Caps had themselves a nice little street fight with the Flyers.
“As the game ramped up there was some cheap stuff going on,” Trotz said.
The cheapest among them, at least according to the Capitals, was Sean Couturier intentionally slamming into Caps goalie Braden Holtby 2:56 into overtime. Holtby, who’s had his share of crease collisions this season, reacted by wrestling Couturier to the ice....
Trotz went so far as to suggest that referees Francois St. Laurent and Tom Chmielewski simply didn’t want to deal with the reaction of an angry Philadelphia crowd if they gave the Capitals a second power play in overtime.
“In that situation I would probably say the referee wasn’t going to call that,” Trotz said. “He wants to get out of Philadelphia.”
Game highlights are below including some of the rough play from both sides...
DUCKS MATCH NHL RECORD IN WIN OVER FLAMES . . .
The Ducks scored a season-high eight goals to pick up their third consecutive victory overall and extend their regular-season home winning streak against the Flames to 23 games dating to April 4, 2004.
* The Ducks matched the longest regular-season home winning streak against one opponent in NHL history. The Flyers are the only other team to post such a run, defeating the Penguins 23 straight times on home ice from Feb. 17, 1980 – Jan. 29, 1987.
* The Ducks notched eight or more goals in one game for the fourth time in franchise history and first time since Jan. 15, 2014, when they set a franchise record with nine goals vs. VAN (9-1 W).
* Via Elias, seven different Ducks players scored in the same game for the first time in franchise history. Jakob Silfverberg (2-0—2) was the only player with a multi-goal performance, the seventh of his career (257 GP) and third in his past nine outings (9-2—11).
* Fifteen of the Ducks’ 18 skaters registered at least one point. Ryan Kesler led all players with 1-3—4, matching and establishing career highs for assists and points in one game, respectively.
from Bill Beacon of the CP at CP24,
It's rare, but the Stanley Cup playoffs will go ahead without any of the seven Canadian teams.
The Ottawa Senators were the last to be eliminated on Wednesday night despite beating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1. Instead, the Philadelphia Flyers' 2-1 shootout win over the Washington Capitals mathematically eliminated the Sens.
The Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks had already fallen short and will stand aside as 16 U.S-based clubs battle for the Cup.
"It's such a big part of our culture in Canada and ever since I can remember growing up, gearing up for that first round of playoffs is huge." said Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano. "It's disappointing that we're not going to have a team from Canada represented.
"But there are still a lot of great players, a lot of great teams, a lot of great Canadian players on American teams, so I'm sure the fans will still enjoy it and it will be another great playoff."
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