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The Edmonton Oilers Know They Need A Win Tonight Against The Calgary Flames

from Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Sun,

Connor McDavid calls it “a massive game,” which may be a bit of hyperbole because it’s not exactly Game 7 of a playoff series, but McDavid can read the NHL standings.

If the Edmonton Oilers, seven points south of a wildcard playoff spot, beat the Calgary Flames on Saturday, they at least stay close to Anaheim, Colorado, Minnesota, Vancouver and Chicago just ahead of them in the standings. And they can stay in sight of Dallas and Calgary, who hold the wildcard spots right now.

If they lose, it may be time to think towards next year.

When a Calgary reporter asked McDavid if he knew why the club had been so inconsistent this season, he laughingly said “next question.”

“Believe me, if we knew we would fix it,” he told the reporter following the optional morning skate Saturday. 


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Too Many Coaches?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

If the Lords of the Boards really want to increase NHL scoring — and I have my doubts after the last couple of decades — it’s time to turn their attention away from the ice and focus on what’s going on behind their 31 benches night after night.

Fellas, please, clear the decks back there and give the game back to the players — and in turn, to the fans.

It’s a congested, overstaffed, overcoached menagerie, with many teams, the Bruins among them, parking a head coach and three assistants behind the bench each game. Not to mention yet another coach stationed in the press box, relaying his eye-in-the-sky observations directly to the bench via radio hookup.


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Video- Ivan Provorov Hit On Brad Marchand

Marchand left the ice for a few minutes but did return.

Provorov received two for a hit to the head.


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Afternoon Line- Fluto Shinzawa On Peter Chiarelli And The Edmonton Oilers

Given his history, Chiarelli will exercise more patience, even as the Oilers continue to run out of time. He knows Talbot, Klefbom, and Draisaitl can be better. He believes the cold hands up front will eventually warm. He understands today’s trade possibilities could turn into handcuffs starting next year, the first season of McDavid’s $12.5 million annual payday. Chiarelli does not want to make a bad start turn into more of a long-term problem by making rash moves.

-Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe where you can read more on the Oilers and many other hockey topics.

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Voting For All-Star Game Captains Now Open To The Fans

NEW YORK (Dec. 2, 2017) - For the third straight year, fans will determine the four captains for the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game in Tampa on Sunday, Jan. 28.  The 2018 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™ is open online at NHL.com/vote and via the NHL® App.

The All-Stars will once again take part in a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, and featuring four teams, one for each NHL division. Fans will cast votes online at NHL.com/vote and via the NHL App for one player from each Division, without regard to position. Voting concludes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 1, with the top vote-getters by division – regardless of position – named All-Stars and captains.

Fans will be permitted to select as few as one player and a maximum of four players per ballot. The maximum number of ballots cast per 24-hour period for each fan is 10.

The ballot page at NHL.com/vote will include a leaderboard of the top vote-getters, which will be updated every Wednesday.

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Another Shutout Loss For The Buffalo Sabres

from Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News,

If there was an opportunity for the Buffalo Sabres to break out of their scoring drought, this would have been the night to do it.

The Sabres were facing Tristan Jarry, the backup goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins who was playing just his sixth NHL game. There was an opening to pepper the young goalie with shots and force him to make uncomfortable plays. There was an opening to finally score some goals.

But they didn't.

Instead, the Sabres were shutout for the third straight game -- a first in franchise history -- in a 4-0 loss to the Penguins in KeyBank Center Friday night. They have now gone 180 minutes and 51 seconds without a goal....

"It's quite embarrassing," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "Our coaching staff comes up with a game plan and I just don't think we're executing our game plan. Obviously we go into Montreal and we're up against a good goaltender. Vasilevskiy is one of the best goaltenders in the league but in playing a backup goaltender, I didn't think we took advantage of that tonight. We came close but you can't give a good team like that two goals to start the game. They're going to lock that in. You saw today that even though we had some fight in the third period. But the bottom line it is embarrassing."

read on

Watch the game highlights below...

added 9:05am, Mike Harrington of the Bufffalo News is below too...

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You Call This Justice?

from Adrian Dater of BSN Denver,

The black box that is the NHL’s reasoning for all things “Player Safety” continues to be a study in unaccountability and unfathomability.

By now, Avalanche fans have seen the video of the Gabe Landeskog cross-check to the side of poor, innocent Matthew Tkachuk, the one that was deemed dastardly enough to warrant a four-game suspension. A cross-check to a guy’s head is a serious matter, according to the Kangaroo Court that is the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, so Landeskog’s punishment was just and right and should serve as a deterrent to others from doing the same thing....

The Avalanche needed all the big, talented players it could get against a very good, big, young and fast Devils team. Landeskog was just the kind of guy they needed in what finished a 2-1 Avs loss.

They didn’t have him, though, and they won’t Sunday against Dallas, either, or Tuesday against Buffalo. But that’s OK, though, because what Landeskog did was truly heinous and no doubt it has sent an unmistakable signal to the rest of that league that such actions will not…go…unpunished and that nobody is above the law.


more and Dater wants you to look at the recent Patrik Kane cross-check as a comparison...

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  Tags: gabriel+landeskog

Videos- The Best From Last Night In The NHL Plus Two Goalie Videos

The best from the NHL games played on Friday.

Below, two 'goalie" videos which need no introduction.


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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
Pittsburgh 4, BUFFALO 0
Ottawa 6, NY ISLANDERS 5
NY RANGERS 5, Carolina 1
COLUMBUS 4, Anaheim 2
San Jose 2, FLORIDA 1
Los Angeles 4, ST. LOUIS 1
WINNIPEG 7, Vegas 4
New Jersey 2, COLORADO 1

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Afternoon Line- Damien Cox

...The Sabres are going nowhere this year, and while Kane has been good, the team has bigger needs. Buffalo would probably like to secure a package similar to what Colorado did for Duchene, with an emphasis on the blue line. This Sabres rebuild may give birth to yet another rebuild.

Slowly, the NHL trade pieces are starting to budge, perhaps a little earlier than usual. The value of being able to look two or three moves ahead has never been greater.

-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star where you can read more on 'pieces in motion' in the NHL.

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