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By Mike Shackil,
Having two of the biggest stars in the NHL has helped propel the Chicago Blackhawks near the top of the standings annually, and towards the top of the secondary market ticket prices as well. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews might be the best one-two punch in all of hockey, and have revitalized hockey in Chicago, and the Blackhawks fan base. The crowd comes in to watch this team win, which it does often. They are currently 31-17-2 on the season. They have an interesting schedule upcoming for February. Here are the three most expensive games in February, according to TiqIQ.
TSN's Bob McKenzie appeared on NBCSN's Rivalry Night....activities...to discuss possible trades that the Predators and/or Ducks might make, diving and a host of other topics. It was quite interesting, and the clip from Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker isn't geo-blocked:
I really don't know what to think about this, so I'll let the Winnipeg Free Press's Gary Lawless take it away...
After breaking a team rule, Evander Kane was a healthy scratch on Tuesday and that may be the end of this little saga. Or we may soon see signs of a much larger rift.
Kane’s transgression on Tuesday, as it turns out, was fairly was minor. He broke dress code, arriving at the rink for a midday team meeting in sweats, instead of a suit. By gametime, Kane wasn’t a player.
Jets coach Paul Maurice scratched Kane from the lineup and after the game called it a coach’s decision. This is the second time Maurice has made Kane a healthy scratch for disciplinary reasons. The coach has rules and he expects his players to follow them and there are few exceptions. The margin of error for a repeat offender such as Kane is thin. So he got benched.
How Kane takes this treatment will be the subtext of the next chapter. If he accepts he made a mistake and is willing to move forward, we’ll see him back in the lineup as early as Friday night. If he’s miffed, and decides he’d like to swat back at the organization, Kane does have a card to play. He can elect to shut it down and have surgery on an undisclosed injury.
Continued, and we all know that Kane may demand a trade. Or not?
Former NHL linesman Ray Scapinello appeared on Sportsnet's Prime Time Sports to discuss the Tim Peel situation:
You can also listen to/download the audio here:
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
One of the hardest things for Maple Leafs coach Peter Horachek to hear right now is talk he shouldn’t be the Leafs’ coach at all.
With his club 1-11 since he took over the coaching reins, Leafs Nation is rife with talk that, maybe, it wasn’t so bad under former coach Randy Carlyle after all.
Horachek’s mantra is to keep pressing forward with the process, but he’s not idling and hoping for a break from critics and a bone from the Hockey Gods in the form of a win.
Horachek is likely more frustrated than any of his players or fans; this is a coach who spent nine years as an assistant in a solid Nashville Predators program, took over a hopeless situation on an interim basis in Florida last year, then progressed to an equally untenable situation in Toronto as an interim coach at the moment.
For the moment, Horachek remains stoic for public consumption, but is pressing buttons with his players harder and harder behind the scenes.
AHL President Dave Andrews joined Prime Time Sports to discuss the new California Division and its affiliates and also the plan for the NHL to adopt the AHL’s overtime rules.
Slava Fetisov recalls the "Miracle on Ice" while visiting Lake Placid with his daughter in 2013. 30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men premieres February 8th, 9pm ET on ESPN.
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
Five straight losses have significantly loosened their grip on a playoff spot, and has the Jets looking over their shoulders again, not at the teams above them.
What should have people reaching for the panic button, though, isn’t a simple losing streak. It’s how this team has suddenly begun to act like the old Jets.
You know, the immature, defensively inept bunch we got tired of watching the first three years. The one that cost Coach Claude his job just over a year ago.
Topping the list of concerns today is the return of Evander Kane to the coach’s doghouse, no minor detail given the circumstances in Vancouver, Tuesday night.
Kane was all set to play before his family and friends in his old hometown, only to see Paul Maurice banish him to the press box, presumably for breaking a team rule.
I say presumably because Kane had been one of the Jets better forwards of late. And if he’d been hurt, the Jets would have said so.
added 3:17pm, from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province.
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