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Elliotte Friedman joined NHL Live today and discussed the management changes by the Florida Panthers, the head coach search for the Ducks and what is in store for the Washington Capitals.
Then Friedman mentioned a few players from Europe who may play in the NHL next season and the last topic was Steven Stamkos.
San Jose @ St. Louis 8:00 PM ET NBCSN, CBC & TVAS
Blues lead the series 1-0 and Sharks wil have their hands full again. I say Blues will head to San Jose up 2-0.
Discuss tonight's game in the comment section of this post.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,
The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues play Game 2 of the Western Conference Final at Scottrade Center on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The Blues lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.
Here are 5 keys for Game 2:
1. BATTLE HARDER
The Blues are a hard, heavy team. They played quick, speedy teams in the first two rounds in the Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars but now need to adjust to an opponent like themselves. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock called Game 1 of the conference final the hardest his team had played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs from a "compete-on-the-puck" standpoint, with lots of board play and battles. He used words like "exhausting," "demanding" and "draining."
"We're playing a mirror image of ourselves," Hitchcock said of the Sharks. "It's going to take some getting used to because we frustrated a lot of teams all year. They're able to do that too. Their game, they are committed. They are 100-percent, all-in committed. We're just going to have to learn to play through it to beat them."
Canada's winning streak at the world hockey championship has ended at 16 games after a 4-0 loss to Finland in the preliminary-round finale for both teams....
With the loss, Canada (6-0-0-1) finished second in the Group B standings with 18 points while the Finns (7-0-0-0) had the maximum 21 points. Canada will now face Sweden on Thursday in St. Petersburg in quarter-final play while Finland plays Denmark....
Earlier on Tuesday, the Czech Republic clinched first place in Group A with a 5-4 win over Switzerland to secure a quarter-final matchup with the U.S. on Thursday in Moscow. Host Russia's 4-1 win over Sweden secured second place in Group A and a Thursday game against Germany.
more, including Canada's loss to Finland...
I will post NBCSN broadcast plans when released.
added 4:29pm, IIHF released the times for the games on Thursday:
CZE-USA & FIN-DEN puck drops at 9:15am ET
RUS-GER & CAN-SWE at 1:15pm ET
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Wyatt Nelson's hockey play-by-play audience is going to mushroom Tuesday.
Wyatt, the 12-year-old native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan made famous by the "Discover Card Day with the Cup" video that shows him doing hockey play-by-play for his blind father, Gerry, in the stands at a Western Hockey League game, will be on the St. Louis Blues radio broadcast for Game 2 of the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
Wyatt will call part of the first period from the KMOX radio booth with play-by-play man Chris Kerber and color man Kelly Chase.
"I'm meeting so many household names that a 12-year-old boy would dream of meeting and I'm getting to rub shoulders with them and get pictures with them," Wyatt told NHL.com Tuesday. "Now I get to call part of a NHL game. I can't believe it, I'm pumped."
continued also included the Day with the Cup video which I posted a few days ago....
Mic on the ice...
Nothing new here.
"At this stage of Marc-Andre Fleury's career I have a hard time believing Murray is the guy they're making available. They're going to have cap issues going forward, every team does that has high-end guys like [Sidney] Crosby and [Evgeni] Malkin that you're committed to for a long, long period of time.
"I think what you'll see is that, if they announce the expansion draft in June in Las Vegas, that will be one of players whose names will be out there. People [in Calgary] are gonna have to evaluate... is Marc-Andre Fleury the guy you need to get you to the next point?"
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail via Sportsnet (Sportsnet 960 The Fan) where you can read more on this.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Former Bruins and Boston College star Kevin Stevens, charged last week with two federal drug offenses, appeared in court Tuesday and was released from federal detention and had his case moved to June 21 for an initial status conference.
Stevens, who turned 51 last month, was arrested last Thursday on two charges, both related to oxycodone. He entered not guilty pleas on both charges Tuesday.
According to the indictment, Stevens and Christopher Alonardo of Medford, over a span of months (August 2015 through at least March 2016) and in multiple locations, did “knowingly combine, conspire, confederate and agree . . . to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.’’ Also, per the indictment, Stevens “did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute oxycodone” on Nov. 5, 2015 in Braintree.
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