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Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 3, Carolina 2
COLUMBUS 5, Tampa Bay 1
PHILADELPHIA 3, Boston 2 (SO)
Buffalo 5, OTTAWA 4
DETROIT 3, Dallas 1
WINNIPEG 3, New Jersey 2
CHICAGO 2, Florida 1 (SO)
Nashville 5, COLORADO 3
Toronto 4, EDMONTON 2
VANCOUVER 5, Minnesota 4
ANAHEIM 2, Montreal 1
SAN JOSE 2, Arizona 1 (OT)
MAPLE LEAFS EMERGE (AGAIN) IN MATTHEWS-MCDAVID SHOWDOWN
Auston Matthews (1-0—1) scored the opening goal less than six minutes into his second NHL meeting against Connor McDavid (1-1—2) to spur the Maple Leafs to their second straight victory.
* Matthews, who ranks second among rookies with 10 goals, has scored in three straight games (4-1—5) after going 13 contests without a goal. He ranks second among rookies in points (10-8—18), behind Patrik Laine (13-6—19) and teammate Mitch Marner (7-12—19).
* McDavid, meanwhile, extended his point streak to six games (6-6—12) with his ninth multi-point effort of the campaign to increase his League-leading point total to 11-20—31 (24 GP). He ranks second in the NHL with 1.14 points per game since the start of last season, behind last year’s leading scorer Patrick Kane (1.22).
* Nazem Kadri (1-0—1), who stole the spotlight with 2-0—2 including the overtime winner in the first Matthews-McDavid showdown on Nov. 1, again scored the game-winning goal for Toronto.
Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger have more on the Maple Leafs' willingness to trade a winger for a defenceman, Peter Holland's future in Toronto, the Coyotes being open to moving Anthony Duclair, and the expectations for the NHLPA to decline the NHL's proposal to extend the CBA.
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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- San Jose broke a lot of its own rules in re-signing Brent Burns to an eight-year, $64M contract. Term longer than five years, signing bonuses all over the place and front-loading the money. Burns had a ton of leverage, and it’s very possible he left money on the table by not testing the market. But, don’t %&*$ with happy and the Sharks got to a point where next summer’s number-one free agent was thrilled to commit. The way I look at it is this: San Jose is built to be a legitimate, consistent Stanley Cup contender over the next four-five years. If you lose him, you can’t replace him. There is simply no one available that could have Burns’s impact on the ice and among the group. It would seriously damage the Sharks’ chances, so you take the plunge.
- With Burns signed, the top free-agent defencemen are probably Washington’s Karl Alzner and Kevin Shattenkirk of St. Louis. Blues GM Doug Armstrong proved with David Backes that if he thinks his team is good enough, he’ll go for it. And we know Washington is all-in. The market for defenders is high, because it’s so hard to find them. Good ones will get what they want. Nick Kypreos reported last weekend Alzner is asking between $5.5M-$6M from the Capitals. I do think they value Alzner — a lot — but don’t see how they could get there without a major corresponding move. Could see Western Canada’s teams throwing themselves at him.
- As for Shattenkirk, in all of last summer’s rumours, I didn’t realize until last week that some teams were actually allowed to talk to him. As usual, the particular clubs and agent Jordan Neumann weren’t talking, but Arizona and Edmonton had their shot....
more inlcuding a lot of Florida Panthers talk...
"I'm looking forward to it. I've been waiting for a while, so it will be nice to play a game, it feels like it's been a while. What has it been, 21, 22 games? It's been a while. Just excited to get back into the game action and play instead of watch."
-Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres on returning to the Buffalo lineup tonight. NHL.com has more.
from Danny Ecker of Crain's Chicago Business,
Patrick Kane has, by necessity, gotten pretty good at repairing his public image.
Gone are the headlines about the 28-year-old's off-the-ice conduct, replaced by thrilling goal highlights and commercial appearances, including recent ones for Chevrolet and hockey equipment brand Bauer. The turnaround comes just one year since a district attorney in upstate New York said he would not pursue criminal charges after investigating a Buffalo woman's allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Kane.
It's a familiar script for the Chicago Blackhawks star forward, who has had to rehabilitate a damaged reputation for the third time in his 10-year professional career. While last year's investigation was by far the most serious of his setbacks, it added to a track record that includes disorderly conduct for punching a cabdriver in 2009 and public displays of drunkenness that pervaded the internet.
While sexual assault accusations rarely stick to superstar athletes in courts of law, they can stick in the court of public opinion. In this case, Kane ran the image recovery play perfectly. He abandoned social media for eight months after the allegations surfaced in Buffalo, generally avoided media attention and was absent from ads. And he topped it off by turning in the best season of his career, winning the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player.
TORONTO (Nov. 29, 2016) – Travis Moen announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following 12 NHL seasons.
from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
A month ago, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said he planned to keep Sergei Bobrovsky’s number of starts to a manageable 58 to 60 this season.
Asked Monday if a goaltender who’s started all but two of 19 games could stay in the target range, Tortorella responded: “It’s doable.” Informed it would mean limiting his puck-stopping workhorse to roughly two of every three remaining games, the coach declared war on arithmetic.
“I don’t do the math . . . I’m not a numbers guy,” he said.
The good news for Tortorella and the Blue Jackets (11-5-4) is the goaltending “numbers” have been strong. The club ranks sixth in goals against average (2.27) and Bobrovsky’s statistics (2.15 GAA, .929 save percentage) are in line with his Vezina Trophy-winning season in 2013-14.
He’s also on pace to play about 72 games, which seems like an unsustainable pace for a goalie with a history of groin injuries and one who has never started more than 57 games.
“Bob is our No. 1 goalie and we’re going to monitor the situation very close . . . to make sure we don’t overload him or overwork him,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “But he’s going to play most of our games no matter who our backup is.”
Home Team in Caps
NY ISLANDERS 2, Calgary 1 (OT)
ST. LOUIS 4, Dallas 3 (OT)
BLUES STAY HOT AT HOME
Dallas tied the game twice in the third period, but Vladimir Tarasenko scored the winner with 1:36 remaining in overtime to help the St. Louis extend their home winning streak to five games.
* The Blues have now earned a point in ten consecutive games on home ice (8-0-2) and are 10-1-2 overall at Scottrade Center. Their last 10-game home point streak came from Jan. 28 – Mar. 27, 2014, when they posted an identical 8-0-2 record.
* Jake Allen picked up his sixth straight victory overall and his fifth straight at home, the longest home winning streak of his career. Allen improved to 8-0-2 with a 1.57 GAA and a .940 SV% on home ice this season. According to Elias, Allen is the first Blues goaltender to earn at least a point in 10 straight home games in one season since Jaroslav Halak did so from Dec. 8, 2011 – Mar. 8, 2012 (13-0-1).
* David Perron stretched his point streak to eight games (3-8—11) to set a new career high, surpassing the mark he previously set from Feb. 7-18, 2012 (6-3—9 in seven games).
* Tarasenko has earned a point in 10 of his last 12 games (6-8—14) and sits tied for third in League scoring with 10-13—23 this season.
* Jaden Schwartz picked up an assist to extend his point streak to seven games (5-4—9), one shy of his personal best eight-game streak accomplished from Dec. 19, 2013 – Jan. 4, 2014 (7-3—10) and Dec. 11, 2014 – Jan. 13, 2015 (6-6—12).
from Dave Hyde of the SunSentinel,
The names keep changing. The roles keep shifting. The primary question stays the same:
Do the Panthers know what they're doing?
With Sunday night's firing of coach Gerard Gallant, the purge is nearly complete of the smart hockey lifers that gold-fingered general manager Dale Tallon assembled before being kicked upstairs last spring.
The old-school hockey minds have given way to hockey analytics almost completely now. Maybe this team wins now. Maybe it gets healthy and shakes off a slow start. Probably in the short term, as Tallon assembled so much talent it can't be completely screwed up no matter who's in charge.
That brings up the question: Who is in charge? To announce Gallant's firing Monday, four Panthers officials were needed on the teleconference with media. Four. One more and they'd have a starting lineup Tuesday night in Chicago for the first game of their next chapter.
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