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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- San Jose GM Doug Wilson has been trying to make a deal all season. Since he wasn’t able to make significant changes in the off-season, he’d like to add a blueliner. Sources say he’s held talks with Arizona (don’t call me Phoenix) Coyotes GM Don Maloney about the possibility of acquiring defenceman Zybnek Michalek. The issue is Wilson isn’t alone on that front with St. Louis, Detroit and Anaheim also making a push for Michalek. The Sharks have been trying to trade winger Tyler Kennedy with no luck.
- The Jackets have lost 317 man-games to injury and don’t have a chance of making the playoffs which means they may start making moves. They’d like to move defenceman Jordan Leopold. There’s interest in winger Cam Atkinson and Columbus may be able to get a decent return. Atkinson has rights to arbitration and the Jackets may be concerned about what he might get.
- There have been no talks between the Hurricanes and defenceman Andrej Sekera. You can expect him to be dealt and there are plenty of teams looking for blueliners.
RED WINGS SOAR TO TOP OF EAST
Tomas Tatar (1-2—3) matched a career-high with three points (Jan. 17 vs. NSH) and Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots to guide the Red Wings to their third straight victory and propel the club into first place in the Eastern Conference.
* At 31-12-9 (71 points), the Red Wings leapfrogged the Lightning (33-16-5, 71 points) – who lost in regulation against Los Angeles – for the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. Detroit holds two games in hand, but Tampa Bay owns the ROW tiebreaker (TBL: 31, DET: 29).
* Tatar is tied for second on the club with 23-16—39 in 52 GP, matching a career high set in 73 games last season (19-20—39). His team-leading 23rd goal was his sixth game-winner, placing him one off the League-lead shared by four players.
* Mrazek improved to 8-1-0 in 10 starts since Jimmy Howard was injured on Jan. 10, matching his win total from his first 20 career games (8-8-1). Overall, he is 13-4-1 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 19 appearances this season.
from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Penguins (30-15-6) faced a 2-0 deficit at the time, and the goal would have given them a serious spark. Instead, Shawn Matthias and Zach Kassian scored later in the period to trigger the rout, which wraps up a 2-1 Western Canada trip.
Johnston explained that nothing was called or said on the ice. The only thing he heard or saw was a whistle and a referee with his arms up.
“There was no call made on the ice,” Johnston said. “There was just a wave of the arms. It wasn't a call that was waved off. The play was stopped because the net was off.
“They decided on the ice that it was no goal. Then they waited for Toronto. Toronto couldn't decide. That's the way the ruling went.
“When I watched it again ... boy, it's a goal for sure. I thought that was a key turning point in the game. Would have given us a lot of momentum at that time.”
Watch the no-goal below...
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet discussed what is next for Evander Kane, trade options for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the future of Dave Nonis and the goaltending situation in Edmonton.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
At Tufts, the hockey team is using an iPad and GoPro camera as tools to help its goalies. The devices are part of a package developed by Double Blue Sports Analytics, launched by Dan Kerluke, a former University of Maine player and assistant coach. Users place the camera on the glass, preferably above the goalie. The camera captures every sequence that is critical to a goalie’s analysis of the game, such as shots, saves, screens, passes, entries off the rush.
Either during or after the game, a goaltending coach tags the events on an iPad. If an opponent takes a shot from inside the blue line along the wall, the coach will drop a pin on the approximate location. The coach will note if a goal is scored off an extended cycle. A tap on the screen will tag where the puck beat the goalie — high glove, low blocker, five-hole. During video sessions, the goalie can study every save made and missed. Even if a goalie’s coach is elsewhere, Double Blue’s iPad application allows for remote instruction. Once a goalie’s game is captured and tagged, the video is uploaded to a cloud server. The coach downloads the clips and makes notes and corrections via voiceover, telestration, and annotation. The coach pushes the video back to the goalie for review.
“If he’s given up eight high-glove goals, you can click on the shot chart and see all the videos attached to those eight goals,” Kerluke said. “Instantly for a goalie coach, you can go through those high-glove goals and find out what the deficiency is, then work on something in practice to make that improvement. As a goalie coach, to aggregate 10 games’ worth of goals against can be 30 or 40 hours of work. This technology extracts that simply and gives it meaning.”
more plus other hockey topics...
The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-1.
While drinking your morning beverage, enjoy six minutes of highlights from the NHL games on Saturday.
The best part of Coach's Corner tonight was Don Cherry talking about Evander Kane which is at the end of the segment and includes this from Cherry...
“You are the fork in the road right now. You are a jerk right now and don’t think you can fool me with the operation. The operation is they didn’t want you around.”
Other topics but not all- the terrible first period of the Edmonton/Toronto game and the fourth line of the New York Islanders.
So I’m in the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel – NHL headquarters — when I see Gordie Howe walking toward me. He’s 81 at the time, but spry, and as he heads in my direction, he passes two women about his own age. He slows down enough to smile at them and maybe exchange a few words. And as he passed them, they both turned, looked back and started to giggle a little.
When Howe reached me, he looked over, tilted his head, grinned and said, “Still got it” in the most charming, innocent and non-salacious way possible.
-David Pollak of Working The Corners where you can read more on Gordie Howe.
Matinez won't return to the game, upper-body injury.
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