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TOFFOLI, SCRIVENS LEAD KINGS PAST BLUES
Tyler Toffoli scored a pair of goals and Ben Scrivens made 25 saves to help the Kings improve to 15-3-0 in their last 18 games versus the Blues, including nine consecutive victories at STAPLES Center (regular season and playoffs).
* At 17-7-4 (38 points), the Kings are off to their fourth-best start in franchise history (best 28-game start was in 1980-81: 20-7-1, 41 points).
* The Kings are 8-1-4 in their past 13 games, outscoring opponents 30-18 over that span.
Sorry for the late start today but woke up with one of those sore throats that cause you to cringe every time you try to swallow.
Trying some home remedies but so far, nothing is working.
via Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
The ideal Christmas gift for the Vancouver Canucks will be a healthy Alex Burrows.
The under-producing forward’s season took a turn for the worse Sunday, when teammate Chris Tanev hit Burrows in the face on a clearing attempt and broke his jaw during the second period of the Canucks’ 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. (Watch the injury at the 1:40 mark of the video above.)
Burrows’ agent, Paul Corbiel, confirmed to Vancouver radio station News 1130 that his client underwent successful jaw surgery Monday night in Dallas.
Watch the incident below...
Bob McKenzie of TSN made his weekly appearance on NHL Live today and discussed Canada's WJC roster, the future of Jack Capuano and the health of Tylyer Seguin.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
If anyone is emotionally and contextually ready to write some hurtin’ lyrics for country music, it’s Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows. Alas, neither of his official languages has twang.
The 32-year-old from Quebec, where there are many cows but few cowboys, is hobbling under a 22-game goal-less slump that has gotten silly.
Burrows has no goals in 17 games this season, but at least has one save after guiding the puck off the Canucks’ goal-line to preserve Vancouver’s 3-2 win Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes. His regular-season scoring famine extends to the final five games of last season.
In these 22 games, when Burrows has averaged 18 minutes a night and played largely on the first line beside former National Hockey League scoring champions Henrik and Daniel Sedin, the winger has fired 61 shots on target without scoring.
It's a video verson if the Evening Line as Flyers' owner Ed Snider talks about his team's goaltending.
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Winning last Friday's showdown between the top two teams vaulted the San Jose Sharks past the St. Louis Blues and back into top spot of the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings. The Sharks had been ranked No. 1 for the first three weeks.
The Detroit Red Wings jumped, from 18 to 12, taking advantage of a soft spot in their schedule to win four straight, even with star centre Pavel Datsyuk injured.
6-3-1 in their last 10 games, the Winnipeg Jets climbed from 19 to 15 and the Tampa Bay Lightning are up, from 20 to 16, after recording back-to-back wins last week.
Here we are in early December and the hockey world, at least the United States hockey world, is already looking to Detroit.
Just under a month away from the Greater Detroit area hosting the largest hockey event in history with the Winter Classic at Michigan Staduim and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame is inducting the class of the 2013 right in the heart of Hockeytown.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Hockey refs, sports writers, your boss—the moment they start to act like they never get one wrong is the moment you start to wonder about them. The thing about referees, however, is that you rarely meet one away from the rink.
Sure, they portray complete confidence under the spotlight of an NHL game. They have to. But away from the glare, they will admit to missing the odd call, and in fact receive weekly, morale-boosting video highlight packages from their boss, Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom, “that reinforce the positives. What we’re doing right.”
Call it “Chicken Soup for National Hockey League Referees.”
Walkom follows that up with a video quiz at game speed, where the entire roster can have a run at a few of the tricky calls experienced over the past week by individual crews. “Our big thing is, we always get labeled as inconsistent,” Walkom says. “Well, how do you get consistent? You work at it.”
And, in the Year 2013, you get more video help.
from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,
Cam Talbot has not dethroned Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers say, but Alain Vigneault's decision to start Talbot Monday night for the second straight game has the unmistakable makings of a potential goalie controversy at 33rd and 7th.
"Cam's playing extremely well right now," Vigneault said at the Garden before the Blueshirts (14-13-0) took on the Winnipeg Jets (12-12-4). "He's got a lot of confidence in his abilities, and for tonight's game, I just thought that was the right call. Henrik is definitely the number one goaltender on this team. He's proven that over the years: That he's one of the best, if not the best, in the National Hockey League. But for tonight's game I feel that it's the best thing for us to go with Cam."
Lundqvist, 31, the Rangers' Team MVP for the last seven consecutive seasons and the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goalie, has not been a healthy scratch in consecutive games since Feb. 5-7, 2011, when now-retired backup Martin Biron played two in a row under former coach John Tortorella....
"This game is not about what you did last year or the last eight years or last month; it's about now," Lundqvist said. "And tonight, this is the best decision for the team, and I stand behind that. I just have to see it as a challenge for me to really reach my top level. I'm not satisfied by being OK or (that) I played a solid game. I want to be great. And if I'm not, I'm not gonna be satisfied. So I just need to push myself even harder here."
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