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Saturday Evening Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- One day they will go to the Hockey Hall of Fame: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin, Henrik Lundqvist, Carey Price, Henrik Zetterberg, Patrice Bergeron, Shea Weber, Jonathan Quick, Drew Doughty, Joe Thornton, John Tavares, Jaromir Jagr, both Sedins, and Ryan Getzlaf. And I’m not including anyone who hasn’t yet played 500 NHL games.

- An NHL GM on Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid: “If you ask the question, which player would you want to build your team around for the next 10 years, there are only two players to consider. And to be honest, I don’t know which one I’d pick.” Six months ago, that would have sounded crazy.

- Houston makes sense for the NHL, but not as an expansion team, as a place to relocate the Coyotes, Panthers or Hurricanes.

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The 2019 Winter Classic Will Be Held At Notre Dame Stadium

via the NHL PR department,

The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Chicago Blackhawks® and Boston Bruins® outdoors on Jan. 1, 2019 at Notre Dame Stadium, home of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today.

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Secondary Scoring Needed In Edmonton

from Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal,

... The Oilers, meanwhile, are suffering from what can only be termed “general disappointment” in their search for depth scoring.

The main men are producing at a reasonable rate. The quintet of McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl, Patrick Maroon and Milan Lucic have connected for 28 goals to this point, compared to 25 through 19 games a year ago. Ryan Strome’s 3 goals are within spitting distance of the departed Jordan Eberle’s 5, so let’s call the “top six” a saw-off.

But beyond that, there’s barely a pulse. Fourth-line centre Mark Letestu has 3 goals, all on the powerplay. On the wings, young bucks Drake Caggiula, Anton Slepyshev, Jujhar Khaira, and Puljujarvi 1 lonely tally apiece. The list of guys with no goals at all stretches from the departed Kailer Yamamoto and Jussi Jokinen to fourth-line regulars Iiro Pakarinen and Zack Kassian. That’s a total of 4 goals for 8 players in  combined 91 games played. Whereas last season Pitlick had 6 on his lonesome by this point.

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Not The Best Start For Tuukka Rask

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Rask is on track to appear in 55 games. It would be his lightest workload as a No. 1 goalie since a 45-game run in 2009-10 (excluding the lockout-shortened season of 2012-13). In 2009-10, as a 22-year-old, Rask shunted aside Tim Thomas, who would require hip surgery that summer.

This year’s lighter pace has not resulted in better performance.

It has been a lousy start for both Rask and the Bruins. Through 12 starts, Rask was 3-7-2 with a 2.89 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage. Rask was unavailable for two games against Vancouver and Buffalo in October because of a concussion, the result of when Anders Bjork checked him into the Mass. Pike during a full-speed practice collision. He has been playing behind a JV lineup, most closely affected by the loss of stay-at-homer Adam McQuaid, and compounded by a one-line attack up front.

But the numbers are the numbers. They are not good.

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Gary Bettman Stresses New Arenas Needed In Calgary And Ottawa

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Amid growing talk about Houston’s desire to land a hockey team, and with Seattle pushing towards finally getting an NHL-ready building, Gary Bettman gently pointed out that his league has some budding dance partners. Lest anyone forget in the only two cities where teams are known to be lobbying for a new facility.

“We believe in all of the places that we have franchises now,” Bettman said Friday after a luncheon with Montreal’s chamber of commerce. “We think all of our markets are capable of supporting our clubs. We’re not looking to threaten markets, but there is a certain inevitability if a club needs a new arena to stay competitive, to stay viable and have stability, that if it can’t for whatever reason get a new facility then at some point ownership has to look at what options it may have.

“It’s great to know that there are lots of places that are interested in having a franchise that don’t, but we’re not running around actively soliciting interest. We listen to whoever wants to come and talk to us, and we’re aware of the interest, but our preference is to have our franchises right where they are.”

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P.K. Subban Still Cannot Explain The Trade

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

On the phone from Nashville, Subban says he has no idea why he is no longer playing for the team he grew up loving as a kid in Toronto, adding it’s up to Habs management to explain themselves.

“It’s just hilarious when people ask me the question, ‘Why do you think you were traded?’,” Subban says after a recent practice at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

“You know what? Let’s get a panel. We can get (Montreal Canadiens president and co-owner) Geoff Molson, we can get Marc Bergevin, we can get (former Habs coach) Michel Therrien. We can get the whole front office and we can just throw those questions at them.

“The reality is that I didn’t ask to be traded. I don’t know. I never got an explanation for it.

“When you think about it, I think it was two years before, we had a great team, put on a great run (in the 2014 playoffs) and I thought a lot of those pieces were still there for us to do it again. But for whatever reason, that was not just part of the plan any more.

“I can’t explain it. I can only make the best of the situation I’m put in.”

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NHL Short Notes

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
COLUMBUS 2, NY Rangers 0
DETROIT 3, Buffalo 1

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Coach’s Challenges Season To Date

via the NHL,

6 Coach’s Challenges | 41 upheld | 25 overturned

· 45 for goalie interference | 25 upheld | 20 overturned (17 to “no goal” / 3 to “goal”)

· 2 initiated by Situation Room for goalie interference | 2 upheld | 0 overturned

· 14 for offside | 9 upheld | 5 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 5 initiated by Situation Room for offside | 5 upheld | 0 overturned (all to “no goal”)

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On The Automatic 10-Game Suspension

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

So, if 10 games is the standard based on a rule introduced years ago – perhaps in response to an era when brawls were commonplace – its time the National Hockey League considered either standardizing automatic suspensions for other malicious acts or removing automatic suspensions altogether. 

Witkowski’s actions didn’t warrant a 10-game suspension and it’s likely his punishment will be introduced as evidence at a future competition committee meeting or during CBA discussions that the rule needs to be revisited.

One suggestion is to lift the term “automatic” or allow the Department of Player Safety to overrule when applicable.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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