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Video- Cory Schneider With The Save Of the Night

The Devils beat the Stars 5-2 last night.

Goal would have made it a one goal game with 3 1/2 minutes to play.

 

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Have Scoring Issues Without Auston Matthews In The Lineup

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

A three-game trip ended the way it started in Philadelphia on Tuesday and continued in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday.

With a thud, and another loss in regulation.

Playing without Auston Matthews for the fourth game in a row as the team’s best player recovers from an upper-body injury, the Leafs lost 3-1 against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night at Little Caesars Arena.

It’s the second time this season the Leafs, who have a rare off-day on Saturday and don’t play until Tuesday, have lost three games in a row in regulation. The skid comes after Toronto won five of six games.

After the Leafs were shut out in Minnesota, the club’s forwards again fired blanks, as defenceman Andreas Borgman was the lone Toronto player to score on Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, though Borgman said after the game he thought his shot might have been deflected by Kasperi Kapanen.

That doesn’t matter. What does is the Leafs scored just four goals in the four games Matthews missed this past week.

read on

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Welcome To Our Glorious Outdoor Game Setting, But We May Be Moving The Ottawa Senators

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

With hundreds of fans braving -20 C wind chills to kick off what should have been a marquee weekend for the NHL in the nation’s capital, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said Friday night he would consider moving the franchise.

“If it doesn’t look good here, it could look good somewhere else,” Melnyk said. “But I’m not suggesting that right now. That’s always the possibility with any franchise.

“If you open a grocery store and nobody comes, but one opens two blocks down and there’s a line outside, where are you going to have your store?”

The scene on Parliament Hill, with snow falling, was a perfect one for politicking – with the outspoken Melnyk perking up eyebrows of hungry hockey fans in Quebec City and bigwigs in Ottawa as the Senators search for a new downtown arena.

But Melnyk swore he wasn’t posturing.

“I don’t bluff,” Melnyk said. “I won’t sell it. It just won’t happen. Imagine if you own a McDonalds franchise, but you can move it. Why would you sell it? It’s something that’s very difficult to buy. We’re doing OK here. We’re not doing great.”

Melnyk said “the market here has to prove itself” or changes will be made.

continued

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NHL Short Notes

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Carolina 5, BUFFALO 4 (OT)

NEW JERSEY 5, Dallas 2

NY RANGERS 4, Los Angeles 2

DETROIT 3, Toronto 1

VANCOUVER 4, San Jose 3 (OT)

 

CANUCKS SNAP SLIDE, BOESER CONTINUES TO PACE ROOKIES

The Sharks overcame a 3-1 deficit, but Sam Gagner scored with 25.7 seconds remaining in overtime to help the Canucks snap a four-game slide (0-4-0).

 

* Brock Boeser scored to extend his point streak to five games (4-1—5) and leads all rookies in goals and points with 17-13—30 in 2017-18 (30 GP). His 17 goals – which are tied for fifth among all skaters – are the most by a Canucks rookie through his first 30 games of a season.

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Video- Eugene Melnyk Unplugged

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Ottawa Senators' owner Eugene Melnyk joined Time and Sid to talk about the struggles that the team has been through this season, his support for Guy Boucher and Pierre Dorion, the Erik Karlsson situation and the outdoor game.

 

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Who The New York Islanders Could Offer For Erik Karlsson

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

What can be known is that Snow is able to give Dorion what could amount to his best return. The Islanders have stockpiled two first-rounders and two second-rounders in next year’s draft, plus some well-regarded prospects.

Breathe, Islanders fans, we’re told that Mathew Barzal is a non-starter in trade talks.

But terrifically talented and mercurial Josh Ho-Sang, who was just sent back down to AHL Bridgeport on Friday, is a prime candidate.

Would Dorion be enticed by thinking of Ho-Sang on a line with, say, Derick Brassard and Mike Hoffman? The Senators would have to take back some money, but Jaroslav Halak seems a better back-up plan for Craig Andersson than Mike Condon, and Halak’s $4.5 million is expiring after this season. So does something close to Halak, Ho-Sang, a first-rounder and a second-rounder get it done?

It should for Snow, who wants to make things happen right now to help convince John Tavares to commit long-term as everyone awaits New York State’s decision on a possible new arena at Belmont Park.

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TSN Style- Top 25 NHL Players

from Steve Dryden of TSN,

TSN Hockey has no desire to rewrite history: Gretzky is No. 1, Orr No. 2 and Howe No. 3 on our list of the Top 25 NHL Players of All-time. Nos. 4, 5, 6 and 7 also remain the same as The Hockey News list: Lemieux, whom Orr called the most physically gifted player ever, Rocket Richard, Doug Harvey and Jean Beliveau.

It’s at No. 8 where the list welcomes its first new member: Sidney Crosby is one of two active players ranked among the Top 25. All-around excellence and his trophy case – which includes two Art Ross, two Hart and two Conn Smythe Trophies – say it all about the face of 21st Century hockey.

The other active players are No. 16 Alex Ovechkin, the six-time NHL goal leader – surpassed only by seven-time goal leader Hull – and No. 23 Jaromir Jagr, who stands behind only Gretzky in career points.

have at it...

note: my mistake, should be Top 25, sorry. This 100 year anniversary stuff is on my mind.

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100 Years, 100 Reasons To Love The Game

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

In no particular order…

1. Sudden death overtime

2. The way Erik Karlsson skates, passes, does his hair

3. Watching warmups and taking note of which player goes off last for each team (also looking for who doesn’t wear a helmet because they want to be seen and/or enjoy the breeze through their hair)

4. Connor McDavid gathering steam around his own net with the puck on his tape

5. A couple days after a club’s elimination when you hear the long list of the injuries players’ were pushing through

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The State Of The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regarding the Rangers, who with 16 wins in 31 games entering Friday’s Garden match against the Kings, are precisely the ordinary team their record indicates:

1. Stretches such as this one, in which the Blueshirts have played well in one of their past six matches (good versus the Devils while poor against the Panthers, Penguins, Capitals, Stars and Senators) should create clarity for Jeff Gorton as the general manager weighs his options with the Feb. 26 trade deadline coming into view.

Because no matter the paucity of formidable teams in not only the Eastern Conference, but also in the NHL, it is unrealistic to reach the conclusion the Rangers are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, or even an affordable piece away from becoming one. Hence, it is incumbent upon Gorton to cash in on the expiring assets under his control and accelerate the team’s remodeling, whether it costs ownership a couple of playoff dates or not.

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Discussing The Next Contracts For William Nylander And Mitch Marner

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Nylander will need a new contract after this season, and based on last season, it wasn’t hard to imagine he might have been eying something approaching the eight-year, $68-million contract signed by Leon Draisaitl in the summer. Certainly something north of $7 million per season.

Instead, Nylander may have to accept considerably less on a long-term arrangement, or even a bridge deal to get him through the next couple of seasons.

That alone would be very helpful to the Leafs given some of the choices they’ll have on their plate the next two summers. If they imagine taking a shot at John Tavares or Drew Doughty, they’ll need all the room they can get.

Marner, meanwhile, has one more season left on his entry-level deal, and more time to get his numbers in shape for his next negotiation. He has seen the riches bestowed on Connor McDavid (eight years, $100 million) and Jack Eichel (eight years, $80 million), the first and second picks of the 2015 NHL draft in which Marner was the fourth selection. McDavid’s contract would be out of reach, but based on Eichel’s play and numbers, he might be an easier comparable for Marner. That’s if Marner’s stats improve.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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