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Notes On The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Blue Jacket,

‒ The Jackets, for at least four or five more days, have one game-breaker: Artemi Panarin, who ranked 16th in the league in scoring heading into Tuesday night’s game. Tampa Bay, which leads the league with 94 points through 61 games, has three players among the league’s top nine in scoring: Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos.

One definition of “game-breaker”: The Jackets outshot the Lightning 19-6 and had the superior special teams during the first period. Kucherov scored on two breakaways, and the Lightning had a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. Game broken.

‒ In a perfect world, Kekalainen will trade both Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky — so he doesn’t lose them for nothing when they become unrestricted free agents on July 1 — and have enough assets to acquire a top-six forward and a decent goaltender (Detroit’s Jimmy Howard?) at the deadline.

In the real world, getting all of that done might be impossible. My cracked crystal ball says Panarin goes and Bobrovsky stays. There’s a strong market for the one and a soft market for the other. Plus, at the moment, Joonas Korpisalo isn’t exactly inspiring confidence.

a few more Columbus related topics...

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One Of The Issues With The LA Kings This Season

from Mark Whicher of the LA Daily News,

Speaking of Anze Kopitar, he was on the ice for Alex Iafallo’s third-period goal but remains at 43 points through 58 games. He also has zero power-play goals for the season. There are 333 players in the NHL who came into Monday night with at least one power-play goal. Teammate Matt Luff has a power-play goal. So does the Ducks’ Troy Terry, who has played only 12 games.

Last season Kopitar had 92 points. His previous low for a non-lockout season was 52, two years ago, after which General Manager Rob Blake suggested he pick up speed from somewhere.
The Kings need to pick up playmaking from somewhere. Plus-minus is the most deceptive of numbers, but Drew Doughty is minus-23. Carter has 10 goals. Tyler Toffoli has staged a recent spurt to get to 12.

Rookie Austin Wagner has the type of dynamic game that would perfectly supplement a skillful team. Instead, his appearances, on the fourth line, have been a highlight of the evening. That’s not how it should be.

more, mostly on Alex Ovechkin who faced the Kings last night...

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Catch NHL Highlights On Snapchat

from Todd Spangel of Variety,

Snapchat is adding more action from the ice under a new multiyear deal with the National Hockey League.

The NHL, in association with Disney Streaming Services, is delivering a new weekly highlights show on Snapchat recapping the top 10 plays of the previous week and will produce Curated Our Stories on the platform for select games and marquee events — making the NHL the first pro sports league to use Snap’s third-party curation tools. The league’s content will be available to Snapchat users worldwide.

The NHL is doubling down on Snapchat because it sees unusually high engagement on the platform, particularly among users under 30.


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NHL Short Notes


Home Team in Caps

CALGARY 5, Arizona 2

Tampa Bay 5, COLUMBUS 1

CHICAGO 8, Ottawa 7

COLORADO 3, Vegas 0

Boston 6, SAN JOSE 5 (OT)

Washington 3, LOS ANGELES 2


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GIF- Incoming Puck Pierre!

Thar was close.



added 9:03pm, a little longer version with audio below...

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Big Names At The Trade Deadline

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

With one week to go before the NHL’s trade deadline, the TSN Trade Bait Class of 2019 is shaping up to be the best in recent memory.

Rarely has such a prolific pack of players been up for grabs – a group jaw-dropping in both its star power and sheer depth.

Think back to years past and names like Wayne Simmonds (No. 4) or Kevin Hayes (No. 6) likely would have been enough to headline their class.

Three megawatt stars – Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Mark Stone – are all better than point-per-game players in the NHL and all seem more likely than not to be traded over the next week.


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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Feb. 18, 2019) – Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 17.

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So Your Team Is A Seller

from Travis Yost of TSN,

One of the fascinating decisions facing sellers as the trade deadline approaches is whether or not to rest a player who is likely to be traded in order to protect their value.

Think about the NHL landscape as we approach Feb. 25.

Columbus’ Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky are two of the marquee names available, and all reports indicate that they will be with a new franchise in short order. But the team is also in the middle of a playoff race, and trading two of their most skilled players at the deadline would likely sink their postseason chances. Even having the players miss a handful of games to buy insurance against the risk of injury could have an impact on the Jackets’ playoff likelihood, which currently sits at around 89 per cent.

Ottawa’s situation may be more complex. The Senators have been effectively eliminated from playoff contention and have no first-round draft pick to tank for this season. Moreover, they have two marquee names in Matt Duchene and Mark Stonepotentially on the block and neither has put pen to paper on a contract extension.


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This Is Not A Playoff Push By The Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrnington of the Buffalo News,

Unless something wholly unexpected happens in the next few weeks, it's readily apparent this club isn't going to the playoffs for the eighth straight season.

Coach Phil Housley said Friday night his team played "soft" and no one in KeyBank Center would disagree. Called out by their coach after a putrid loss to the New York Rangers, the response the Sabres would offer was the overriding theme of Sunday's game in Prudential Center.

Well, the Sabres made it clear what they're made of.

Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Devils was hardly a disgraceful performance. The Sabres had a 35-24 advantage in shots on goal and had 21 more attempts. They had the puck a lot. They just didn't do enough with it. They didn't defend at key times either.

While the standings show the Sabres are six points out of a playoff spot with 24 games left, the reality paints a much harsher picture. It's widely known that it's two months and counting since the Sabres have won a measly two games in a row.

But get this: Since Jan. 1, the Sabres are 7-10-1 -- and tied with Ottawa for the fewest number of points in the Eastern Conference. Over that stretch, they're 22nd in the NHL in goals for (52) and 23rd in goals against (66).

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Morning Line- Marian Hossa

“I switched (my equipment) to white because somebody told me maybe it’s the color. But I would try different materials, everything, different companies. We wash everything. The equipment, we would rewash. Like special things, they give me different detergent than the team. But everything was helping a little bit, but nothing really big.”

“Oh, yeah, yeah, man, it itched, I learned how to handle the itching during the day, but the worst thing is at night because when you sleep. My wife sometimes hold my hand. It’s like, ‘You’re scratching yourself again.’ After you wake it up, it’s like bloody sheets or something. So, yeah, there were those times.”

-Marian Hossa on dealing with a skin issue.  Scott Powers of The Athletic (paid) has much more on and from Hossa.

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