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Home Team in Caps
TORONTO 2, Calgary 1 (SO)
WASHINGTON 6, Chicago 2
Philadelphia 4, EDMONTON 2
ANAHEIM 3, Ottawa 0

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Golden Knights Historical Season Discussed

Gracie Kuhn on the Vegas Golden Knight’s meteoric rise in the Western Conference. The Vegas Knights historical season is discussed, including odds on their playoff chances as well as some individual and team props.

“Gerard Gallant is getting the most out of his group on a nightly basis. Vegas’ 16 ROW (“regulation + overtime wins”; historically, an excellent indicator of overall team strength) is tied for second in the league, only behind the Tampa Bay Lightning (17). What has made the Knights so successful and put them in prime position to make the playoffs? The Coles Notes version is speed, depth, and hard work.

When GM George McPhee started charting out his roster, he had a clear vision: build the fastest roster possible, one with players who could all play in a very specific way. He wanted a team that could play with relentless tenacity and pace. What he built is a squad that forces turnovers like no other thanks to an aggressive and persistent forecheck. That style of play — i.e. a quick and bruising north-south transition game — renders a team that is greater than the sum of its individual parts and makes Vegas a handful for even the NHL’s elite. Most other teams in the West play a more skilled, east-west game, and Vegas is uniquely suited to exploit these teams.”

The rest of the article here

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Video- Matthew Tkachuk With A Stick Jab Tonight

The Sportnet guys discuss his stick work tonight.


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Evening Line- John Tortorella

"My biggest concern is we simply have to get our core guys playing harder and better, and sometimes, instead of pointing the fingers outward, you've got to point the finger inward. It can't keep on going around like this. You're not going to win games consistently in this league, and be the team you want to be, if you don't have your top players being your top players - no matter what situation they're in. It's not trying to rip them. It is what it is."

-John Tortorella, head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Brian Hedger of BluJackets.com has more.

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NHL All-Star Fan Vote Leaders After One Week

NEW YORK (Dec. 6, 2017) – Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid are the top vote-getters after one week of voting in the 2018 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™. The four top vote-getters by division – regardless of position – will be named All-Stars and captains for the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game in Tampa on Sunday, Jan. 28 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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Roberto Luongo Out For Weeks With Lower-Body Injury

from Bill Price of NHL.com,

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo will be out for an "extended period" with a lower-body injury, coach Bob Boughner said Wednesday.

Luongo was injured Monday against the New York Islanders when he made a pad save with his right leg on a slap shot by Ryan Pulock at 2:31 of the second period. Luongo immediately lay on his stomach and then didn't put any weight on his right leg while being helped off by two trainers.

Luongo left with the score tied 1-1 after making 12 saves. James Reimer made 16 saves in relief in a 5-4 shootout loss.

Boughner said he's not sure if Luongo will miss three, four or five weeks. He also said the injury was not related to a previous hip problem.


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Destination Seattle

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The NHL expansion train, destination Seattle, is now on the track and ready to leave the station – perhaps as soon as this week.

As soon as Seattle city council voted yes Monday to a radical refurbishment of Key Arena, Seattle checked off the final of three boxes the NHL requires to expand.

Market? Check.

The NHL has always had eyes for Seattle and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. That region has been the most notable missing part of the NHL’s so-called national “footprint” in the U.S. In 2013, the NHL’s internal rankings for most desirable expansion locations were: 1. Seattle; 2. Las Vegas; 3. Quebec City.

Quebec City was a distant third, and still isn’t seriously in the NHL expansion picture (more on that later). But in the  years since 2013, Seattle was quickly eclipsed by Las Vegas because the former didn’t have its arena and ownership buttoned down like the latter.


added 11:59am, also from McKenzie,

With all the talk of possible NHL expansion to Seattle, it’s probably a good time to review all the other franchise issues that seem to be percolating out there.

Let’s start with Carolina.

By all accounts, a sale of controlling interests of the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos to Texas businessman Thomas Dundon may be on the verge of happening.

That will spark a lot of “relocation” talk for the Canes, but it shouldn’t.

My strong sense is that the NHL remains fully committed to Carolina as an NHL market and if Dundon enters into an agreement to purchase the Canes, he’s doing so knowing full well the NHL would only approve it if the Canes stay put.


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Shane Gostisbehere’s Hockey Life

from Shane Gostisbehere at The Players' Tribune,

I used to wake up everyday at 4 a.m. to go to the rink. That’s how dedicated I was when I was seven.

My dad would drive my sister and me through the dark on an empty highway, then I’d get to the rink and do what I loved to do more than anything in the world: I went to sleep.

Let me explain.

My sister, Felicia, is four years older than me. Back then, she was an unreal figure skater. She was going to be an Olympian someday — she was that good. My dad would take us to Incredible Ice — the rink in Coral Springs, Florida — every morning. My mom worked, so I had to tag along if I wanted to get to school. I didn’t want to watch figure skating, though, so I started bringing a sleeping bag. I’d roll it out right in the bleachers, and I’d pass out for a few hours, five rows up from the ice while Felicia trained with her coaches.


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Video- 400 Goals For Marian Gaborik

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

“I’m very proud of it,” Gaborik said of his 400 goals. “Congrats to Kopi for his 500th assist. It’s kind of ironic he gets it on my 400th goal and it’s against my former team as well.”

more on the Kings 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Watch the goal below...

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Who Said It?

I loved all the teams. The ‘84 Tigers, and of course the Pistons before I left. I was always a Red Wings fan. Stevie Y came in and I became a big Yzerman fan. It’s been tough over the years. I played a lot in the west so I got my butt kicked by the Wings quite a bit. That love wore off. But I love the sports town. Still wearing my Lions hat. I don't know how long I can do that, but I still battle, still root for them too.

Who said it?  A good Q & A too.

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