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Video- Another Slow Monday

A bit over four minutes of slow motion action from the past week in the NHL.


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Getting A Jolt With Smelling Salts

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

For many NHLers, it’s a long-accepted pre-game ritual: In the moments before puck drop at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday night, it’s a good bet Maple Leafs teammates Mitch Marner and Matt Martin will indulge in an enthusiastic sniff of a freshly cracked ammonia capsule — commonly known as smelling salts. Marner and Martin, like legions of fellow pros, have both been hyping themselves up by inhaling the stuff for years.

“The first sniff, it clears up your nostrils a little bit,” Marner, 20, said in a recent interview. “The second one, it feels like it gives you a little more go power — adrenalin.”

Said Martin, 28: “It burns the hell out of your nostrils sometimes. But it gives you a bit of a wake-up. It’s like, ‘OK. Let’s do this.’ ”...

One NHL trainer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that, while the science is scant — and at least one study found no correlation between inhaling ammonia and improved athletic performance in weightlifting — there’s “power in the placebo effect.” In other words, if the players believe they’re getting more “go power,” to use Marner’s phrase, it’s conceivable they are.

The trainer added that it’s “widely accepted” that the occasional sniff of an ammonia capsule is “relatively harmless.” The exception surrounds players suffering the symptoms of a concussion. 


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Will Seattle Become A Hockey Market?

from Michael Traikos ot the National Post,

Seattle, with its cool and wet winters and location on the West Coast, is not exactly a natural hotbed for hockey.

“There’s none,” Seattle Thunderbirds GM Russ Farwell, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, said of the city’s hockey culture. “You have to understand there’s none here. We have, like, seven ice rinks right from Everett to Tacoma. It’s a niche sport right now because of the lack of rinks. It’s the last place in the U.S. to turn onto hockey.”

That doesn’t mean it can’t grow into a hockey market.


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NHL Short Notes


Home Team in Caps
CHICAGO 3, Arizona 1

ST. LOUIS 3, Buffalo 2 (OT)

TORONTO 1, Edmonton 0

Minnesota 4, SAN JOSE 3 (OT)

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Video- Alexandre Burrows Fined For Roughing


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Playoffs Don’t Look Good For The Montreal Canadiens

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

If you’re optimistic, you can look at the standings and point out that the Canadiens are only one winning streak away from a playoff position. They are only two points behind Boston in the race for third place in the Atlantic Division and only five back of Pittsburgh for the final wild-card spot. And, don’t forget, there’s a lot of hockey to be played....

The race with Boston is illusory because the Bruins have four games in hand. As for the wild-card spot, a team has to play .565 hockey to reach the 95 points that secured eighth place last season, and the Canadiens are back under .500 after losing to Edmonton Saturday night. ...

The only player on pace to reach 50 points this season is fourth-liner Daniel Carr, who has seven points in the five games since he was recalled from Laval. There are players who should be embarrassed that Carr, Nicolas Deslauriers and Byron Froese have set the standard for hard work on this team.

The biggest concern has to be Carey Price. A week ago, he was the NHL’s second star of the week and a big reason why the Canadiens were on a five-game win streak. During that run, he had a 1.20 goals-against average and a .961 save percentage. In the current three-game losing streak (0-2-1), Price has revisited the nightmare that was the start of his season. He had a 4.42 goals-against average, an .864 save percentage and was pulled Saturday after giving up four goals on 14 shots.


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Mark-Andre Fleury Activated By The Vegas Golden Knights

VEGAS (December 10, 2017) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, December 10, the following roster transactions: the team has activated goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from the injured reserve list and has assigned goaltender Maxime Legace to the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.

Fleury missed 25 games after being place on the injured reserve list on October 14.  Prior to the injury, he made four starts in net for the Golden Knights and compiled a 3-1 record to go with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. The Sorel, Quebec native will be made available to media following practice on Monday, December 11.

Legace was recalled by Vegas on October 22 and appeared in 14 games for the Golden Knights, making 13 starts in net. He sported a 6-6-1 record to go with a 3.79 goals-against average and a .872 saving percentage. On Saturday, he earned the victory after making a career-high 36 saves in the team’s 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars. The Saint-Augustin, Quebec native signed a one-year contract with Vegas on July 1, 2017.

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Jaden Schwartz Goes On IR With Ankle Injury

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has placed forward Jaden Schwartz on injured reserve with a right ankle injury.

Schwartz, who suffered the injury during the Blues' 6-1 win in Detroit on Saturday, is scheduled to be re-evaluated in six weeks.

Schwartz, 25, shares ninth in the NHL overall with 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) and ranks second with a +23 rating through 30 games this season.

Below, watch how Schwartz was injured.

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Videos- What Do You Think Of This Hit By Brad Marchand On John Tavares?

Marchand received a five minute major for interference.

via Arthur Staple of Newsday,

“I’m fine,” Tavares said. “I think the video speaks for itself on that one. Don’t have much else to say.”



The Sportsnet panel discussed the hit below...

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Playoff Hopes For The Ottawa Senators Fading Quickly

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

As far as the Ottawa Senators are concerned, the Golden State has lost its shine.

For the first time in four seasons, the Senators closed out a trip through California without even one victory, capped by a horrible 5- 0 loss to the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center on Saturday night....

What’s going on here? This string of bad hockey isn’t showing any signs of stopping and the Senators are slowly. but surely, taking themselves out of any real possibility of making the National Hockey League playoffs.

Not only did the Senators stretch their winless streak to four games, but they also have just one victory in the past 12 after letting the Sharks skate away with the two points.


What kind of night was it for the Sens?  See below...

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