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NHL Central Scouting Bureau Releases Their Mid-Season Rankings

TORONTO (Jan. 22, 2018) – Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin of Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League and right wing Andrei Svechnikov of the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts rank No. 1 among International and North American Skaters, respectively, as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau today released its mid-season rankings.

Dahlin (Trollhattan, Sweden) looks to become the second Swedish-born player selected first overall in the NHL Draft (Mats Sundin: No. 1 in 1989 by QUE). Dahlin captured a silver medal and was named Best Defenseman as a member of Team Sweden at the 2018 World Junior Championship and will represent his country, at 17 years of age, at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

“Dahlin is the real deal and the consensus No. 1 selection for the 2018 NHL Draft. His play at the World Junior Championship solidified that fact,” said Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr. “He has elite level skills and hockey sense and plays with such composure and conviction that you cannot help but be impressed at what he has accomplished and what the future holds for him in the National Hockey League.”

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Scott Darling Not Working Out For The Carolina Hurricanes

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

There’s still a chance that Scott Darling could emerge as a legitimate No. 1 goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes. Maybe even later this season, although there’s scant evidence so far to believe that will happen. For now, here on the other side of the solstice of the season, Darling isn’t the player the Hurricanes thought they traded for in April.

He’s not even Eddie Lack.

As has so often been the case for the past decade, the Hurricanes will head down the stretch playing catch-up in the standings with Cam Ward as their first option in net. Maybe this is the year Ward is able to play at the upper limit of his ability for an extended period of time. He wasn’t supposed to be asked again.

This was supposed to be Darling’s team. But it’s time to stick a fork in the Darling experiment, well intentioned as it may have been, after Sunday’s 5-1 loss. It’s January and his save percentage is .892, which means the Hurricanes gave up a third-round pick and $16.6 million to get worse at the position.


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Video- Slowing Down The NHL Today

Just over 4 minutes long all in slow motion.


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The Playoff Race In The NHL

NHL teams have played between 45-49 games this season and the playoff races are tight.

Below I have listed the playoff race including wild card teams that have a chance.

What do  you think, any changes by the end of the regular season?

Note, some teams are not listed below, to see the full picture, visit the NHL standings at NHL.com.

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NHL Short Notes

NHL Morning Skate

Home Team in Caps

Philadelphia 2, WASHINGTON 1 (OT)
Vegas 5, CAROLINA 1
WINNIPEG 1, Vancouver 0
San Jose 6, ANAHEIM 2
LOS ANGELES 4, NY Rangers 2

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Not The Best Time To Trade Erik Karlsson

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Dealing Karlsson at this juncture doesn’t make sense and there’s a slim-to-none chance it’s going to happen in February.

League executives told Postmedia they believe the only untouchables on the club’s roster with the deadline looming for Dorion are alternate captain Mark Stone, Karlsson and possibly rookie blueliner Thomas Chabot.

Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019, Dorion can hold talks with Karlsson this summer to see what the defenceman’s salary demands are and where he envisions his future.

The Senators can offer him an eight-year extension while any team that signs him as a UFA can offer a seven-year term. Karlsson said Saturday night he wants to stay in Ottawa.

With a cap hit of $6.5 million through 2018-19, the belief is Karlsson’s camp will be looking for a long-term deal in the $10-to-$12 million range It will then be up to the organization to decide if it wants to make that kind of commitment.


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Paul Coffey Named A Skills Development Coach For The Edmonton Oilers

via a release from the Edmonton Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have hired former Oiler and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Paul Coffey as a Skills Development Coach.

Coffey, who played over 21 seasons in the National Hockey League, appeared in 1409 regular season games, posting 1531 points (396G, 1135A), winning four Stanley Cups, including three with the Oilers.

The native of Weston, ON, ranks second all-time among NHL defencemen in career goals, assists and points. The 56 year-old won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenceman three times, and was voted to eight All-Star Teams.

Coffey was one of seven Oilers alumni named as one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history, as part of the NHL Centennial celebrations in 2016-17.

He also represented Canada internationally five times, winning three Canada Cups (1984, 1987, 1991) while playing in one World Cup (1996) and one World Hockey Championship (1990).

Paul Coffey was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.

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USA Hockey’s Jim Johannson Passed Away Suddenly This Morning


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Vidoes- Bad Goal Of The Night Candidates

Carey Price..



Or Pekka Rinne?

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Brutal Loss For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Paul Roumeliotis of NBCChicago,

Probably not the way the Blackhawks wanted to start their second half of the season.

After a five-day break, the Blackhawks suffered a brutal 7-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night at the United Center. This coming after a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on home ice last Sunday.

"It was a game we had to win," Quenneville said after Saturday's loss. "Disappointing in a lot of ways."

The Blackhawks needed both goaltenders to get through 60 minutes. Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass combined for 39 saves on 46 shots.


Game highlights are below...

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