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Erik Karlsson Has Been Dealing With Hairline Fractures To His Heel

from Joe McDonald of ESPN,

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson told ESPN.com that he played the first-round series against the Boston Bruins with two hairline fractures in his left heel.

Karlsson suffered the injury when he blocked a shot during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 28; he missed three of the last five games of the regular season.

He aggravated the injury when he played back-to-back games against the Detroit Red Wings on April 3 and 4. He has been receiving injections in his heel.

"I've been playing on shots here," said Karlsson, who admitted he was having trouble moving to his left. "It's frustrating because you've worked so hard all year, but it's better now and by Thursday it should be pretty much back to normal," he said.


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Video- Clarke MacArthur Series Winning OT Goal

A power play goal for MacArthur.

The Senators advance to face the New York Rangers.



added 8:26pm, Game highlights are below...

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Your Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Finalists

NEW YORK (April 23, 2017) – Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” the National Hockey League announced today.

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Open Post- Playoff Games Today

I was 1-2 yesterday so time to get back on the plus side.

Both series end today.

The comment section is yours as today's game play out.

Ottawa @ Boston, OTT leads 3-2, 3 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBC
Washington @ Toronto, WSH leads 3-2, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBCSN, CSN-DC

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Is John Stevens Really The New Head Coach Of The Los Angeles Kings? Now Official

I found this link that goes to the story from LaKings.com but if you go to their home page, no mention of it.

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings and John Stevens have agreed to contract terms for Stevens to serve as the club's new Head Coach, it was announced today by Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.

Stevens has most recently served as the club's Associate Head Coach. He has been part of the Kings coaching staff the past seven seasons.

The Kings are scheduled to host a news conference on Monday beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Chick Hearn Press Room at STAPLES Center to formally introduce Stevens. It will be streamed live at LAKings.com. Kings season credentials will allow access into STAPLES Center for tomorrow's press event. Lunch will be provided to the media beginning at 12:45 p.m.

"John and I had very productive dialogue this last week in relation to his head coaching philosophy and specifically how he would implement a strategy to activate our players offensively while maintaining the defensive philosophies we have come to be known for," said Blake.


And I have not received a press release which is usually the norm.  

added 11:13am,


added 11:16am, Headline updated and...


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The St. Louis Blues Continue To Improve Under Mike Yeo

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

This series win isn’t about who the Blues beat, but how the Blues got to the second round — Yeo learning from his mistakes in Minnesota to reignite St. Louis, after the late-January Blues hit, Yeo’s words, rock bottom.

“I think (I’ve improved) just the way that I handle situations, players,” said Yeo, who was hired as the coach-in-waiting but became the coach on Feb. 1. “I think my understanding of the game is probably similar to what it was, but (it’s more) as far as working with the group and being a leader for the group.”

The Blues were in transition, you might have heard.

The Blues were playing with house money, you might have read.

And here they are, ready to join an exodus of broke musicians and bachelorette parties on the road to Nashville.

The Blues don’t play perfect hockey. On Saturday, they played much of the third period with a preventative mindset that irked Yeo. And they made a couple of dumb penalties (or, in regards to the Wild defenseman who tripped a Blue while Minnesota was on the power play, “Dumba” penalties). But Yeo has cooked up the right lines and right energy to go from rock bottom to rocky top Tennessee.


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Don’t Doubt The Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

One year after finishing in 29th place in the National Hockey League, the Edmonton Oilers closed out their first playoff series in 11 years Saturday, dusting off the defending conference champion San Jose Sharks 3-1 to win their series in six games.

A team hopeful of simply making the playoffs when the season began back in October is now in a conference semi-final against Anaheim. There, the Oilers won’t be favoured, but they’ll have far more than just a puncher’s chance....

“Our team, we’re watching them grow up right in front of us,” marvelled McLellan. “We’ve been through a push into the playoffs. We’ve been through a round now. We’ve learned how intense it is to close out a game. We’ve learned how to respond after a blowout. We’ve learned to manage ourselves throughout a series. We’ve played in a hostile environment.”

And they’ll play again, in a series that will open later this week at Honda Center. They won’t be favoured, but we’ll say this: Edmonton has become a team you’ll bet against at your own peril.

“We’re a real team now,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “A competitive team.”

It’s been a long time since those words were spoken.

Get used to them.


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Surprising Results From A Study On The Impact Of Concussions On Retired NHL Players

from Kerry Gillespie of the Toronto Star,

The first scientific study to delve into the long-term impacts of concussions specifically among National Hockey League players has yielded some surprising initial results.

The Rotman Research Institute at Toronto’s Baycrest Health Sciences is collecting brain images and genetic data and conducting a battery of tests on retired NHL players.

On objective tests of cognitive functions such as memory, attention and processing information, the NHL alumni do about as well as the study’s comparison group, and it doesn’t matter how many concussions they had during their careers or whether they have the APOE4 allele, a type of gene that has been associated with increased dementia.

“If there was impairment, it was subtle and nobody was significantly cognitively impaired,” said Dr. Brian Levine, the study’s lead.

Given how much attention there has been lately on the long-term dangers of repeated hits to the head, particularly among football players in the NFL, that’s not necessarily what they might have expected to find.


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The Positives And Negatives Of Dean Lombardi Regarding The Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Dean Lombardi might be a fine choice for the Sabres, either as a president of hockey operations or the general manger to replace Tim Murray. He's closely tied in with USA Hockey, just like the Sabres are now with advent of HarborCenter. And it's hard to ignore his two Stanley Cups in Los Angeles.

But in the wake of sweeping Murray and Dan Bylsma out the door, what Terry Pegula needs to do is look for the red flags. Too often in the past, the Sabres have ignored them. There's plenty of them around Lombardi that make the 59-year-old far from an automatic choice even though he's perceived to be the quick frontrunner because of his experience

The Kings' two Cups were a result of great goaltending from Jonathan Quick and a bruising style of play that was perfect for the playoffs but would not work in the regular season. And it's quickly gone out of favor in a league built on youth and speed. Would Lombardi be able to adapt?

The Kings, remember, were only third in the Pacific in both Cup years and won in 2012 as a No. 8 seed. They won one or more playoff series in only three times in Lombardi's 11 seasons; three other times, they were first-round losers. After winning their second Cup in 2014, the Kings missed the playoffs in 2015 and this spring. They were knocked out in five games by the Sharks last year. So one playoff win in three years got both Lombardi and coach Darryl Sutter their exit papers.

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Recap Of Saturday Headlines And Coach’s Corner

from Sportsnet, 

...Kovalchuk retired after that NHL season so that he could return to Russia and join the KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg. This season Kovalchuk scored 32 goals and 78 points in 60 games for SKA to finish second in league scoring.

And now he wants to return to the NHL. But since he retired mid-contract (a deal that still hasn’t lapsed), his rights remain with the Devils. So how would a return work?

“The New Jersey Devils own his rights, he could sign and play for them no problem,” said Elliotte Friedman on Hockey Night in Canada’s Headlines segment. “If he wants to play for somebody else, technically all the other NHL teams would have to approve it.

"But here's the way that this I think is going to work: if he doesn’t want to play for New Jersey or if New Jersey doesn’t want him playing for them, and neither the agent nor the team is commenting on this, I think whoever gets him is going to work out either a sign and trade with New Jersey or they’re going to trade for his rights."

read on and watch the abbreviated segment at Sportsnet which also included Nick Kypreos mentioning Patrick Roy and the coaching job for the LA Kings...

Below, watch Coach's Corner which consists of talk around the playoff teams.

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