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Expect the NHL’s outdoor-game overload to return…During the 2015-16 season

The Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger penned a column containing "six things to watch in the NHL" during/going into 2015, and #5 involves a "rumbling" that's become something of a roar:

5. THE GREAT OUTDOORS

With the cash cow known as the Winter Classic continuing to pad the pocketbooks of the NHL, the Capitals and Blackhawks will face off in Washington on New Year’s Day, followed by an outdoor clash between the Sharks and Kings at Levi’s Stadium, home of the 49ers.

Just two games in the great outdoors this season? Is this a sign that these events are becoming a passing fad?

Guess again.

In reality, the league is suspected to be looking at four outdoor contests in 2015-16, with the Winnipeg Jets playing host to one and Denver, Minneapolis and Boston in line to do the same. There is talk the Bruins would host the Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, a game that undoubtedly would attract plenty of attention north of the border.

Expect the league to make an announcement regarding details in the coming weeks.

Zeisberger continues...

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Canucks’ Jannik Hansen OK despite collapsing on bench

NHL.com's Kevin Woodley needs to explain this before you see it:

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen left the game after collapsing briefly on the bench shortly after taking a hit early in the second period against the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Hansen was conscious and on his feet moments later but had to be helped to the locker room by medical staff.

CBC reported that Hansen was being observed in the Canucks dressing room and was not taken to a hospital. It later said he was walking to the Canucks' workout room.

Hansen took a hit from Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman in the corner and was hunched over as he skated straight off. He remained hunched over as he sat on the bench while play continued, then slumped forward, his body appearing to go limp as teammates caught him and banged their sticks on the boards to get the attention of referees, who stopped play while medical staff rushed out from behind the Canucks net.

Hockey Night in Canada's Scott Oake was the one who reported that Hansen was walking on his own, but, via Yahoo Sports' Josh Cooper, that's pretty damn amazing:

I can only make a speculative and educated guess here: if Hansen was concussed or otherwise "had his bell rung" by the Wideman hit, it could've taken some time for his body to process that reaction and wooziness to hit.

Update:

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Cox, Friedman dish NCAA-to-CHL rumors, diving chatter, trade talk and more

This Saturday, Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman got six minutes' worth of time to discuss hockey headlines, and they stated that:

  • Boston University forward and top 2015 draft prospect Jack Eichel may or may not bolt from NCAA hockey to join a Canadian Hockey League team, with the Saint John Sea Dogs owning his rights. Cox points out that Charlie Coyle, Adam Tambellini and Sonny Milano have all committed to NCAA teams and then joined CHL teams instead, so it is possible that Eichel may be on the move after he plays for Team USA at the World Junior Championships--and BC goalie Thatcher Demko might also exit stage CHL;

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

The three main topics Don Cherry and Ron MacLean disusseed were the mumps, sort of, the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers.

 

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Hockey Talk On The Saturday Before Christmas

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- If I’m MacTavish, I don’t hire a coach so quickly. I wait to see what happens in St. Louis or San Jose come playoff time. Both Ken Hitchcock and Todd McLellan, if available, would be fascinating candidates for the Oilers job.

- Of the 16 defencemen drafted before P.K. Subban in 2007, the list includes: Alex Plante, Nick Ross, Nick Petrecki, Taylor Ellington, Tommy Cross, Josh Godfrey and Kevin Marshall. Combined NHL games played: 21. Combined NHL points: Two.

- More than one NHL GM laughs about all the hot news about hockey analytics. “We’ve been doing a lot of this stuff since the mid-’80s,” said a GM. “So have most teams. I don’t know what everyone is so excited about.”

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Video- Oliver Ekman-Larsson Hit On Marian Gaborik

Oliver Ekman-Larsson with a big hit on Marian Gaborik.

Then Kings scored on the play to make it 4-2 late in the game.

Gaborik did not miss a shift but in my opinion he should not have come back at that point with LA up by two goals.

 

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The Magic Number

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Forty-one victories. That’s the target.

Because even as the loser’s point and the three-point game have combined to produce the appearance of convoluted standings, the number under the “W” column doesn’t mislead.

And since the introduction of the shootout, the loser’s point and the three-point game in 2005-06, 135 of the 149 teams to win at least half of their games have made the playoffs.

In the East, it’s 65 out of 71, 36 out of 37 over the past five years, and 28 of 28 in the past four full, 82-game seasons, including all seven last year following realignment.

As of Saturday morning, seven teams in the East and nine in the West had won at least half of their games.

more topics including Theo Fleury and the Calgary Flames...

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The Falling Ruble And The KHL

from the CP at TSN,

The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League saw itself as the oil-rich rival to the NHL, offering a tempting, if less prestigious, alternative to playing in North America.

As the league planned to expand as far as Britain, the money on offer even attracted Russian stars like Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Radulov, who walked out on lucrative NHL deals to return home.

Then came the crash of the ruble this week.

The financial crisis has threatened the plans of players like former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Curtis Sanford, who came to Russia to save for his retirement.

"It's just really happened all of a sudden," the 35-year-old Sanford told The Associated Press. "These are some things that you don't expect when you sign a contract. Right now, you just have to ride the rolls of how it's going and hopefully it stabilizes and gets better."

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Ilya Bryzgalov’s Bad Night

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Some notes, quotes and other musings from the Ducks’ 6-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Friday night …

Let’s look at Bryzgalov. The Ducks are paying him some real good money to be a No. 3 option who has to be the No. 2 for now as they opted to have John Gibson get well in Norfolk. General Manager Bob Murray was watching his investment ($2.88-million salary cap hit, $1.9-million actual money) blow up in his first start from high up in Canadian Tire Centre.

Every shot began to look like an adventure after a while but this was the wild ride Murray signed up for in the mercurial Bryzgalov when his goaltending beyond Frederik Andersen was either on the training table (Gibson) or wrapped up in a bandage (Jason LaBarbera).

Suddenly LaBarbera didn’t look so much like a feared option if or when things get desperate. And Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, when asked if it was a tough spot to put Bryzgalov in at the end of a nine-day road trip, didn’t jump in defend the dismal outing even when the rest of his tired team disintegrated around the netminder.

“It’s a tough spot but Freddie played 20 games in a row and it’s not like Bryz is a first-year player,” Boudreau said. “He knows what he’s done. He’s been practicing for two weeks. He’s played two games in the minors. Played the third period or more than a period and a bit in Toronto.

“He’s practiced. He should have been ready. And he should be ready.”

Ouch.

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More Injuries For The Pittsburgh Penguins

via the Pittsburgh Penguins twitter account,

Coach Johnston: “Craig Adams won’t play tonight. He’s had an injury. Unfortunately, he will be out of the lineup."

Coach Johnston on Christian Ehrhoff: “We are still getting some test results back. He will be out at least 3 games."

Coach Johnston: “Paul Martin will be out tonight."

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