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from Neil Greenberg of Capitals Insider,
Montreal blueliner P.K. Subban won the Norris Trophy as the National Hockey League’s best defenseman last year playing mostly with Josh Gorges and Francis Bouillon. However, that hasn’t stopped everyone from debating whether or not he should be on Team Canada for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. What shouldn’t be debated is that he and new defensive partner Andrei Markov now form the league’s best defensive pairing.
Subban and Markov only shared 73 minutes of ice time during even strength last year, but they made the most of it, helping Montreal outscore opponents 6-1. This season they have shared almost 400 minutes and each skate more than four minutes per game on the power play. In addition, ignoring special teams and lead-protecting situations, the Habs see more than 54 percent of shots in their favor. When they are on the bench those same linemates drop down to 48 percent. And it should be noted these aren’t soft minutes, as Subban and Markov are often matched against the opposition’s top scoring line.
from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Fleury made 44 saves Thursday in a 5-1 win against the San Jose Sharks at Consol Energy Center. That was a season-high and three saves shy of his career best.
After that game, Sharks second-leading scorer Logan Couture suggested that Fleury's save total wasn't reflective of his performance. "He gave up a lot of rebounds, and on a lot of shots, he looked shaky," Couture said. "We weren't able to score on second chances."
San Jose's Joe Pavelski suggested that Fleury "was fighting it all night. It felt like we could have had five [goals]."
Those words didn't sit well with the Penguins, particularly Couture's assertion that Fleury was "shaky."
"I think that's kind of a stupid comment," defenseman Matt Niskanen said Friday after the Penguins practiced at Southpointe. "Sure, they had a lot of chances. They didn't bury them because he competed really hard.
"I'm assuming he's talking about ones where [Fleury] is rolling around on the ice trying to make saves. Those are second opportunities that we didn't clean up. He had to make consecutive saves on several occasions. To say he looked shaky, that's just stupid."
MacKINNON, LINDHOLM NOTCH GAME-WINNERS
Two players selected among the top five picks of the 2013 NHL Draft tallied game-winning goals in the third period Friday:
* Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon, the top pick last June, scored the decisive goal at 2:28 of the final frame in a 3-2 win at Calgary. MacKinnon, 18, notched his second game-winner in the last four games and third overall in upping his season points total to 6-11—17, second to San Jose's Tomas Hertl (14-9—23) in the rookie scoring race.
* Carolina's Elias Lindholm, the no. 5 pick overall in 2013, notched 1-2—3, including the game-winner with six minutes to play, in a 5-3 victory over San Jose. Lindholm, who turned 19 on Dec. 2, recorded his first NHL multi-point game and has 3-3—6 in 18 games this season.
Would the review room in Toronto overruled the call on the ice if this type of ruling would be reviewable?
And how about this call from the Colorado/Calgary game...
Did Cory Schneider play the puck illegally?
The Wings put the game out of reach by making the score 3-1 with a Tatar goal just off the faceoff.
First Jonas Gustavsson with the behind the back save..
In the same game, Cory Schneider comes up with a 'sweater' save, watch it below...
Adam Erne, also a Lightning draft pick, was the player who put the hit on Drouin.
“I don’t know if I’m in the minority, but I’m hesitant; there’s no accountability for these random people making these predictions the cap is going to be $80 million. I might be wrong. I think there’s folly. There’s so many factors that go into the salary cap.
“Because there’s a new television deal, I’m not going to assume it’s going to be $80 million. I don’t operate that way. If you base your assumptions on predictions and you’re wrong, I can’t say, ‘They said it was going to be $80 million.’ I’m going to wait to see where it goes. I think it’s safe to say it’s going to go up. It’s think it’s a little bit irresponsible to say where it’s going to be unless you have intricate knowledge of the cap.”
-Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on the future of the salary cap. Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago has more from Bowman on the cap in regards to siging Toews and Kane.
from Christopher Botta of SportsBusiness Daily,
A look at the past week in the NHL and a glimpse at what’s ahead:
• The Numbers
104,173: That’s the Guinness World Records-certified attendance mark for a hockey game the NHL hopes to top at Michigan Stadium for the Winter Classic between Detroit and Toronto. The league office will be working with Guinness staff to verify the more than 106,000 fans they believe will attend the Jan. 1 game. The current record also was established at Michigan Stadium, for the “Big Chill at the Big House” between Michigan and Michigan State on Dec. 11, 2010.
2: As in, are two games too many for Yankee Stadium? Tickets went on sale two weeks ago, and plenty of seats remain available for the pair of games at Yankee Stadium during Super Bowl week that make up part of the NHL’s Coors Light Stadium Series. The Rangers play the Devils on Jan. 26 and the Islanders on Jan. 29. One challenge could be team performance: The Islanders are in last place in the Metropolitan Division, while the Rangers and Devils have hovered around the .500 mark so far this season. High prices also could be a problem: As of Wednesday night, it was not difficult to find eight seats together via Ticketmaster in the $198, $238, $288 and $308 price ranges for the Islanders-Rangers game.
from the IIHF,
With two months to go until the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, representatives of the International Ice Hockey Federation, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association held a site visit in the Russian city on the Black Sea.
While there are still some diggers and cranes in and around the Olympic Park, they are mostly there to work on the final details and roads....
In total five ice sheets will be used for ice hockey. The Bolshoy Ice Dome, which includes 12 dressing rooms, an entry for bigger vehicles such as busses and a ring road under its roof, has a practice rink that was also used for local kids during the site visit. For many of them it is their first ever hockey season since there haven’t been ice rinks before in the city that used to be known mainly as a summer resort.
Just across the Shayba Arena, a third hockey building includes two practice sheets that will be used by the hockey teams at the Olympics.
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