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from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,
Even before they went on their current five-game winning streak, there were signs the Flyers were headed in a different direction that the sad-sack football team that plays across the street from the Wells Fargo Center.
In losses to Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers, you see, the Flyers dominated the scoring chances but ran into hot goalies. They have continued to get more shot attempts recently and have gotten superior goaltending of their own.
Here, then, is how the win-one, lose-one Flyers have transformed into the NHL's hottest team.
Steve Mason, the NHL's No. 1 star of the week, plays much better when he knows he is "the guy" and will get a majority of the starts. With Michal Neuvirth sidelined by a knee injury - he might return in mid-December - Mason has flourished while starting 10 of the last 11 games. He has a .945 save percentage and 1.71 goals-against average in his last four games, all wins.
ST. LOUIS - Alex Galchenyuk suffered a lower body injury on December 4 in Los Angeles.
He went for medical testing in St. Louis earlier Monday, and will be out indefinitely.
He will be further evaluated by team doctors in Montreal on Wednesday.
An update will be released later this week.
Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Canucks General Manager, Jim Benning announced today that forward, Derek Dorsett, will undergo cervical fusion surgery to repair disc degeneration in his neck. Dorsett is expected to make a full recovery and return to play.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins of the Marina Del Rey Hospital spine clinic in Los Angeles, California. Due to the nature of the procedure a definitive timeline will not be confirmed.
"The decision to perform surgery was made after a thorough review of our options, including non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation," said Benning. "Derek, our Canucks medical team and Dr. Watkins believe that surgery offers the best outcome both for his career and long-term health. Derek is an important member of our team and we are optimistic for a full recovery."
Laine continues to dazzle; Radulov, Hall, Chiasson and a whole lot more wrapping up the weekend in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.
Winnipeg’s rookie goal-scoring phenom, Patrik Laine scored a goal and set up the overtime winner in Saturday’s 3-2 win at St. Louis.
Even after getting shut out in Sunday’s win at Chciago, he has five points (4 G, 1 A) in the past four games and is tied for the league lead with 16 goals in 28 games.
The 6-foot-4 Finn is a brilliant shooter, and while his 21.6% shooting percentage is inflated, it may not be grossly over the mark either, because he has obviously rare shooting talent.
Just to rain on his parade a little bit, while the teen leads the league with seven power-play goals, he has struggled to push play forward at even-strength.
It’s not the end of the world, because he’s just 18, and there is lots of room for him to grow, but his brilliant finishing ability has easily overshadowed the difficulties he has faced from time to time.
continue for much more from Scott Cullen of TSN...
NEW YORK (Dec. 5, 2016) – Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko and San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Joneshave been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 4.
from Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune,
At first the Blackhawks did not think Jonathan Toews' back injury was going to keep him out very long. Toews said he would be playing through it if this were the playoffs.
But there has been no improvement, and the Hawks are now going keep Toews off the ice for at least the next few days to see if it gets better.
Toews missed his sixth consecutive game Sunday against the Jets and although he skated in the morning, coach Joel Quenneville said Toews will not skate the next three days because Quenneville said the injury is not getting better.
"We'll keep him off for a few days and get a better assessment the middle of the week or so," Quenneville said.
Slow motion action from the past week in the NHL.
CANTON, Mass. (December 5, 2016) – U.S. hockey fans have a new reason to cheer this season, as Dunkin’ Donuts and the National Hockey League announced a multi-year agreement today, making Dunkin’ Donuts the official U.S. coffee, donut and breakfast sandwich of the NHL®. The partnership, which marks Dunkin’ Donuts’ first national sports league partnership, will officially launch during the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® outdoor game in St. Louis on January 2, 2017.
As part of the deal, Dunkin’ Donuts will be prominently featured at several of the NHL jewel events, including the NHL Winter Classic®, NHL® All-Star Weekend, NHL Stadium Series™ and the NHL’s year-long Centennial celebration. Dunkin’ Donuts will be included in advertising, LED Signage and jumbotron displays, as well as on-site activations at each jewel event.
from Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com,
As Di Giusseppe came off the right boards and skated through the circle, Viktor Stalberg cut to the net from the end boards to create a screen in front of Ben Bishop. On his way through the crease, Stalberg appeared to clip Bishop’s stick just before the puck went through Bishop’s pads for the winning goal.
The play was reviewed by the officiating crew, but stood up to give the Hurricanes the extra point. Cooper was not happy the play was allowed to stand.
“It's called incidental contact,’’ Cooper said. “He kicks the stick between Bishop's legs, and the puck goes right there. He wasn't given a chance to make the save. He didn't. I'm blown away.’’
Cooper continued, “Once they make the call, there are no take bakes. But I’m just mystified. I don’t get it.’’
more on the Tampa Bay 1-0 OT loss to Carolina and while there, check out the new site from Erlendsson too.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
In a scoreless second period with the energetic Gustavsson and the quieter-in-the-net Dubnyk matching saves, the Oilers had to play the last seven minutes without Connor McDavid. One of the NHL’s concussion spotters in the building, or perhaps the NHL’s War Room crew watching on TV back in Toronto, decided McDavid didn’t look quite right after he was clipped by Wild defenceman Jared Spurgeon’s stick and the Oiler captain’s face appeared to hit the ice.
The Oilers bench expressed surprise when zebra T.J. Luxmore skated over to tell McDavid he had to go to the dressing room to be checked out. He had played 12:14 until that point and the Oilers missed out on him as they had nine seconds of a 5-on-3 when Nate Prosser cleared the puck into the netting, then a full two minutes when they managed nothing in the 1-1 game.
Prosser had knocked McDavid down earlier in the second frame with McDavid’s lid coming off. Milan Lucic gave Prosser a “don’t do that” slash after a fairly harmless check and got a penalty.
more on the Oiles 2-1 OT loss to the Wild...
Watch McDavid post-game below...
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