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RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team will place forward Nathan Gerbe on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 22. Gerbe suffered a lower-body injury on Sunday in the first period of Carolina’s 4-3 win against Los Angeles at PNC Arena. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Video of the injury is below...
Holtby shuts down the Oilers, Lundqvist, Giroux, Marchand, Varlamov, fantasy and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.
Braden Holtby – Stopped all 33 shots he faced in a 1-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers. In his past seven games, Holtby has a .947 save percentage, stopping 177 of 187 shots, which has lifted his save percentage to .926 in 16 starts.
Henrik Lundqvist – With a 31-save shutout against Nashville, the Rangers goaltender has a league-leading .946 save percentage in 17 starts. While that save percentage is inflated, even for Lundqvist, he’s typically near the top of the league....
Nashville Predators – What more can be said about a team that has been shut out in three straight games, failing to find the net on 93 shots on goal in those three losses.
Nick Holden – The Avs blueliner was buried (2 for, 26 against, 7.1 SAT%) against the Jets, while playing nearly 19 minutes at even strength.
Matt Beleskey – The Bruins winger was pinned in the defensive zone (8 for, 23 against, 25.8 SAT%) and on for all three goals against at Toronto.
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from Mike Ozanian of Forbes,
Combine lots of playoff hockey and a cash-rich arena with the National Hockey League’s biggest market and you get the sport’s most valuable franchise.
For the first time since 2004 the New York Rangers are the most valuable team TISI +% in the NHL, worth $1.2 billion. The Rangers generated the most revenue ($229 million) in the league during the 2014-15 season, cashing in on the $1 billion renovation of Madison Square Garden and drives to the Stanley Cup finals in 2014 and Eastern Conference Finals in 2015. The Rangers took in more than $95 million from premium seating and advertising at MSG last season, tops in the NHL.
Moving up from third in 2014 to second are the Montreal Canadiens, worth $1.18 billion, 18% more than last year. Of the seven Canadian teams, Les Habitants were the only one to increase in value over the past year. Last season, the Canadiens began a long-term local television deal with Réseau des sports that will pay the team an average of C$68 million a season, more than double their previous agreement.
added 10:42am, from Christina Settimi of Forbes,
Good news for the NHL: the average team is worth an all-time high $505 million.
Bad news for the NHL: the average NFL team is worth $2 billion, the average MLB team worth $1.2 billion, and the average NBA team $1.1 billion.
The reason for the discrepancy? Hockey fans are tribal and, as our annual NHL Team Values consistently highlight, the tribe holds the power.
More specifically, during 2014-15 over 80% of the NHL’s revenue was generated locally – in the arena from tickets sales and concessions, from local sponsors and from local broadcasters. So when the local fan base is highly engaged the team immediately reaps the benefits. In comparison the NBA, NFL and MLB have large national media and sponsorship deals which help protect their team values.
LUNDQVIST, HOLTBY FLAWLESSLY GUIDE TEAMS TO VICTORIES
Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) and Braden Holtby (WSH) both posted shutouts on Monday to keep pace atop the NHL with 12 wins apiece:
* Lundqvist stopped all 31 shots he faced to record his 57th career shutout (second this season) and lead the Rangers to their 11th victory in their past 12 games overall as well as their ninth consecutive win at Madison Square Garden. At 16-3-2 (34 points), the Rangers are off to their best 21-game start to a season – in terms of wins and points – in the franchise’s 89-year history. They also have won nine straight home games for the first time since Nov. 10 – Dec. 15, 1971 (9-0-0); that is five games shy of the longest home winning streak in team history, set Dec. 19, 1939 – Feb. 25, 1940 (14-0-0).
* Lundqvist improved to 12-3-2 overall this season (1.74 GAA, .946 SV%, 2 SO), including a 7-1-1 record on home ice (1.55 GAA, .951 SV%, 2 SO). He also leads the League in goals-against average and save percentage.
* Holtby turned aside all 33 shots he faced to earn his 21st career shutout (first this season) and help the Capitals improve to 6-2-1 in their last nine contests. At 14-5-1 (29 points), the Capitals have equaled their second-best 20-game start to a season – in terms of wins and points – in the franchise’s 41-year history. They went 15-5-0 (30 points) through 20 games in 1991-92 and compiled a 14-5-1 record (29 points) in the opening 20 contests of 2010-11.
* Holtby picked up his fourth consecutive victory to improve to 12-4-0 overall this season (1.88 GAA, .926 SV%, 1 SO), including an 8-2-0 record on home ice (1.71 GAA, .937 SV%, 1 SO). He ranks second in the NHL in goals-against average and 10th in save percentage.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN.
Some frustrating times for the Buffalo Sabres, who are trying to hang with the playoff kids in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres dropped another close on Monday night, 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues, a game that was notable for a couple of reasons.
First, the Sabres are now winless (0-3-2) in their past five games. Unlike the past couple of seasons, though, the Sabres are keeping it close and have allowed just 12 goals over that stretch against quality opponents, including the Blues twice, the San Jose Sharks, and the Dallas Stars twice. The offense has gone soft, though, and the slide has coincided with a six-game goal drought for standout rookie Jack Eichel, who has just one assist during that span.
It's also worth noting that the Edmonton Oilers, without the services of No. 1 overall pick Connor McDavid, lost a tight one last night, too, in a 1-0 defeat by a very good Washington Capitals team. The Oilers have won just two of their past eight games and are last in the NHL. It's not too early to say that as Eichel goes, so go the Sabres, or to say the same about the Oilers and McDavid.
more on both teams from the ESPN hockey guys...
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from Janis Carr of the OC Register,
“Our group is going to stay together no matter what’s going on. ... We’re trying to,” Ryan Getzlaf said. “There’s no point in yelling at other people. There’s no one in this locker room that has played outstanding this year and has the ability to point at anybody.
“Only time ever you can call anybody out is when you’re doing it every night and we just haven’t had that from anybody, so we’re a group that has to stay together, pull each other and try to build up each other.”
Don’t be fooled, Coach Bruce Boudreau said. Beneath the calm, the Ducks are not altogether happy with their record, although they do see promise.
“Believe me they’re angry,” Boudreau said. “They don’t like the position they’re in.”
The Ducks (7-10-4) find themselves fifth in the Pacific Division, one point better than the Calgary Flames (8-12-1). The Ducks will be at home Tuesday against the Flames, then at divisional rival Arizona (10-9-1) on Wednesday, then home for six in a row beginning Friday afternoon against Stanley Cup champion Chicago (11-8-2).
A year ago, Gordie Howe was in terrible shape, today he is much better.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
Al Montoya, making his first start in almost three weeks, left Monday’s 3-1 loss to the Kings after apparently being hit in the head while trying to stop Nick Shore from scoring.
Roberto Luongo came in to play facing a 1-0 deficit with 11:19 left in the period and made 20 saves in relief.
“All I know is he left the game,’’ coach Gerard Gallant said of Montoya. “They were driving the net trying to score and something caught him in the neck or the head. He was pretty sore, obviously couldn’t come back.”
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