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Sweet backhand from Ennis...
A shot to the ribs, kidney area of Marian Hossa which is usually not protected by equipment. No penalty on the play.
Marian Hossa can't believe it!
Anaheim TV crew with the call below...
Kyle Palmieri receives five for boarding and a game misconduct.
via Anaheim Ducks tweets,
Defenseman Francois Beauchemin (broken finger) is out for 4-6 weeks and has been placed on injured reserve.
INJURY UPDATES: Clayton Stoner (mumps) has been placed on Injured Reserve.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a third-round pick in 2015 from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Eric Brewer, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
The 2015 third round pick the Lightning received from the Ducks was previously acquired from the Edmonton Oilers.
The Flyers? Oh, my.
This is a team that's playing like it's afraid to make a mistake. No confidence....
It's a team that doesn't seem to have a set identity. That's frightening more than 20 games into the season.
They've already been reamed out by their GM Ron Hextall, they've had players-only meetings. What's next?
Likely a trade or two I suspect. I don't think Hextall can afford to wait much longer.
-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN after watching the Flyers lose to the Rangers 3-0 today. More on the game...
Martin St. Louis scored his 379th career goal to reach the 1000 points milestone.
from Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona,
The Coyotes will not tank the 2014-15 season. Not going to happen. Not a chance.
"I don't think that's something I would ever accept under any circumstance," Maloney, the Coyotes GM, said. "Tanking is not in Tip's DNA, it's not in my DNA, it's not in ownership's DNA and it's not in the players' DNA.
"Just that idea destroys the whole credibility of an organization. We would all love a franchise player -- or two or three -- but that's not how you go about it."
The idea of tanking overtakes fans wherever you find teams withering while franchise players are ripening on the amateur vines. But you'd be hard pressed to find an instance (cough, 2011 Indianapolis Colts, cough) where the team actually played along with this approach.
"Players are paid to win, coaches are paid to win and I'm paid to win," Maloney said. "If we tanked in order to rebuild, I wouldn't be around for the rebuild."
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
It’s a fairly common belief in hockey circles that if you’re in the playoffs by American Thanksgiving, chances are you’re going to be in the post-season dance five months later.
So how does that notion hold up to scrutiny? Not badly, actually. But it would be very, very dangerous for the 16 teams that are in the playoffs to think they can basically put in on autopilot for the rest of the season. According to numbers crunched by thn.com over the past 10 years when they’ve actually been playing hockey on American Thanksgiving – something they didn’t do in 2004 and 2012 – teams that are currently in the playoffs have a 77 percent chance of keeping their spots in the top eight.
When you remove the two seasons from the past 10 that did not include the extra point for a shootout win, the probability of making the playoffs goes up to 78.9 percent.
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