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NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery, used to determine the order of selection for the first 15 picks in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft, will be held on Saturday, April 29 in Toronto. The results of the Draft Lottery will be announced shortly after 8 p.m. ET, during live coverage of the event on NBC, CBC and TVA. Coverage on CBC begins at 7:30 p.m., ET.
The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery will consist of three drawings: the 1st Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting second overall and the 3rd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting third overall.
from Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail,
Born with Down syndrome, Joey Moss has been the heart of the Oilers, working as their lockerroom attendant for more than 30 years. Now 53, he has outlasted every player and coach, and has one of the most enduring and remarkable relationships with a team and city in all of sports.
There may be nobody enjoying the Oilers’ return to the playoff spotlight more.
Wayne Gretzky started this hockey love story back in 1980, when he met Joey’s sister, Vikki, and they began dating. Through her, he was introduced to Joey.
When they broke up, the Oilers’ superstar remained friends with the Moss family, and particularly, Joey.
Growing up in Ontario in the 1960s, Gretzky had an aunt with Down syndrome. At the time, children with the chromosome disorder were often placed in institutions. Gretzky’s grandmother would not hear of this, and brought his father’s sister to live with them.
“The thing about people with Down syndrome is that they have unconditional love,” says Gretzky, now a partner and chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group, the NHL team’s parent company. “My aunt was the same way, and we treated her like everyone else. We never looked at her differently.
“That is how it is with Joey.”
from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,
The Nashville Predators were down a man for 11 of 60 minutes in their first loss of the postseason and never had a single power play, but they did not complain.
Well, not exactly. Peter Laviolette may have wanted to, but he got out of there Friday night after a 70-second press conference. Never one to elaborate on much, Laviolette was itching to bolt the scene of the Predators’ 3-2 loss to St. Louis in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.
He did drop this nugget before departing: “Once we were done killing penalties, I thought we played pretty well.”
And Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis, the would-be hero before his team blew a 2-1 lead in the third period, had this when asked if the Preds were undisciplined: “Ask the refs.”
“It's disappointing to be up halfway through the third there (and lose),” Ellis said. “But we've got to stay out of the box, maybe get a call here and there, and just capitalize on our chances.”
OK, that’s definitely some light shade thrown at the refs. And that’s fine, whether it’s deserved or not. In fact, if I were the Predators I’d keep mentioning the disparity — it was officially 23 penalty minutes for Nashville and 2 for St. Louis — all the way up to the 2 p.m. puck drop for Sunday’s Game 3 at Bridgestone Arena.
Who cares if you get criticized for whining? This is the playoffs, a 1-1 series, and campaigning for calls in the next game is fair game.
Watch the highlights from the game below...
from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,
Foor a team that is hardly ever boring, it just got a lot more interesting.
The Ducks have been intriguing every step of this postseason with injuries, comebacks and unlikely heroes, but this latest turn presents a challenge they would rather not face.
They outshot the Edmonton Oilers, 40-23, but could not crack Oilers goalie Cam Talbot or the goalposts in a 2-1 loss Friday in Game 2 of their second-round series at Honda Center.
The Ducks trail the best-of-seven series, 2-0, after a 39-save performance by Talbot. Game 3 is Sunday in Edmonton, with the Ducks needing to win four of five games to advance after failing to defend home ice.
“If you’re going to play a long time, you’re going to have adversity,” Ducks goalie John Gibson said. “We have it now.”...
“It’s always disappointing,” Ryan Getzlaf said. “When you’re talking about playoff hockey, and having your own building, I’d be really disappointed if we didn’t play well, but we played pretty good hockey tonight. We’ve got to make a few adjustments and find our way into Game 3.”
Catch the game highlights below...
Home Team in Caps
ST. LOUIS 3, Nashville 2 – series tied 1-1
Edmonton 2, ANAHEIM 1 – EDM leads 2-0
TALBOT, OILERS LEAVE ANAHEIM WITH 2-0 SERIES LEAD
Cam Talbot turned aside 39 of 40 shots he faced as the Oilers left Anaheim with a 2-0 lead in their Second Round series.
* The Oilers took a 2-0 series lead on the road for the fifth time in franchise playoff history, including twice against the Ducks (also 1981 PRE at MTL, 1988 DF at CGY, 1990 F at BOS and 2006 CF at ANA). Edmonton went on to win each series.
* Talbot earned his fourth consecutive win and improved to 6-2 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs overall (2.03 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO).
* Per Elias, teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series own an all-time series record of 309-48 (86.6%), while teams that do so on the road own an all-time record of 69-18 (79.3%).
Colton Parayko went to the room but did return for the 2nd period.
My predications for the second round have not been good, 1-3 thru the first two nights, but there is enough time to recover.
Tonight I say Blues and Ducks win.
Nashville @ St. Louis, NSH leads 1-0, 8 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN
Edmonton @ Anaheim, EDM leads 1-0, 10:30 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBCSN
Feel free to comment on the games tonight.
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired goaltender Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Ottawa’s 2017 third-round draft pick. The Hurricanes will have exclusive negotiating rights with Darling until July 1, when he could become an unrestricted free agent.
“Scott had a very successful season in Chicago and was a big part of the Blackhawks finishing with the best record in the Western Conference,” said Francis. “He played a critical role on Chicago’s 2015 championship team.”
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
One assumed guarantee was a capacity crowd for an NHL playoff game in a Canadian city.
Ottawa fans are turning that notion on its ear.
For Thursday’s Round 2 opener against the New York Rangers, hundreds of empty seats were conspicuous at all three arena levels, a hot topic of discussion between whistles.
The development is stunning considering this is only the second time since 2007 the Senators have been among the final eight teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Just as the first sultry weather of the season screamed, ” Patio Bar!!” the Senators entertained the Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal. A crowd of 16,744 took in Ottawa’s 2-1 win at the Canadian Tire Centre, the smallest home gate this post-season by about 2,000. Official capacity is 18,572 but more than 20,000 attended Daniel Alfredsson night.
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