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PERRY, DUCKS MAKE IT SEVEN STRAIGHT
Corey Perry posted 1-1—2, including his League-leading ninth goal of the season just 1:28 after the opening face-off, to power the Ducks to their seventh consecutive victory.
 
* At 7-1-0, the Ducks continue to match their best start to a season both in terms of wins (7; 2013-14) and points (14; 2006-07 and 2013-14).
 
* The Ducks now have posted four winning streaks of seven or more games since the start of the 2013-14 season. That includes a franchise-record 10-game winning streak Dec. 6-28.
 
* Perry also now is tied for the League lead with 12 points this season. He is joined by teammate Ryan Getzlaf (3-9—12), who also recorded 1-1—2 Friday.
 

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Not Good News For The NHL, The Canadian Dollar Is Dropping

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadian dollar has been steadily losing value vis-à-vis its U.S. counterpart. It dropped below 90 cents this week and economists see a further decline in the future. A CIBC report said the loonie could fall to 82 cents early next year.

What does this mean for the NHL?

The league has enjoyed a dramatic rise in revenues over the past decade despite two potentially devastating lockouts. We would like to give NHL commissioner Gary Bettman credit for growing the business, but the driving force behind the increase has been a healthy Canadian dollar. Canada bounced back from the recession faster than the U.S. and that was the result of a booming resource sector.

But oil prices have reached the stage where it is too expensive to extract the sludge from the Alberta oilsands. The dollar is dropping and every decline in the loonie’s value will have a largely adverse effect on the NHL.

We start by looking at those overall revenues. Upwards of one-third of the money that is used to measure hockey-related revenue in the NHL is generated by the seven Canadian franchises. If the dollar drops in value, so does the overall revenue.

Teams are expecting to have a little more cap money next season because the full value of the Rogers Canadian TV deal kicks in, but that deal will be worth a little less next year and the value could continue to decline.

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The Winnipeg Jets Are Digging Themselves Into A Hole

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from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

They lacked focus and finish. None of their players had good nights. Winnipeg gave too many open looks to Tampa’s big guns and the visitors didn’t miss when given the chance.

Jets coach Paul Maurice is quickly finding out he’s got even more of a challenge on his hands than he might have expected.

His group is mentally soft and doesn’t have a compass.

Inconsistency has been the hallmark of this club since it moved to Winnipeg and Maurice is the man now tasked with determining how to stamp out that insidious trait.

The Jets are drifting towards dangerous territory in a hurry and now own a 2-5 record for a share of last place in the Western Conference. They’ll face their cellar mates Sunday when the Colorado Avalanche come to town. Thumb wrestling for the most honest golfer award.

Yes, it’s still early in the schedule, but in the near future the NHL standings will begin to take shape and making a big move up the charts will become increasingly difficult.

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NHL Talk On Twitter

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from Irene Thomaidis of the Toronton Sun,

According to exclusive data obtained by the Toronto Sun, the Oilers were the most talked-about Canadian team during the opening week of the NHL season according to mentions on the social-networking service. That despite an 0-3-1 start.

"There's a few things at play there," Chris Doyle, director of media partnerships at Twitter Canada, said. "The 1983-84 team reunited in Edmonton at the beginning of the season. Those tweets combined with excitement of the new season led to a lot buzz."

Former captain Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's leading all-time scorer, was among those at a public reunion at Rexall Place sharing stories with fans, including, of course, the 1984 Stanley Cup win.

While homegrown talent like the Rangers' Rick Nash and Pens captain Sidney Crosby were first and second for Twitter mentions respectively, the Leafs' Nazem Kadri was the most tweeted about Canadian-based NHL player.

In Canada, tweets may speak louder than coaches -- of the six most mentioned teams on Twitter, five were Canadian-based. The only exception was Stanley Cup champs L.A. Kings.

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Flyers Need A Defenseman, Showing Interest In Ryan Whitney

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from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

According to a source, the Flyers reached out to defenseman Ryan Whitney's camp yesterday to gauge interest.

No deal had been reached yesterday, but one could be brokered soon, depending on how Gostisbehere plays and whether the Flyers can get eyes on Whitney's physical condition.

Whitney, 31, arrived in Sochi, Russia, only yesterday after signing with the KHL's HC Sochi. His deal with HC Sochi is a 1-year deal and he has an "out clause" to return to North America at any point. HC Sochi plays next tomorrow.

A text message delivered to Whitney's cellphone by the Daily News in Russia went unreturned. His agent, Paul Krepelka, neither confirmed nor denied the Flyers' interest.

"Ryan is signed with a KHL team as of now," Krepelka said. "I don't want to comment any further than that - I'll leave that up to Ronnie ."

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Preview And Notes- Red Wings/Flyers

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock might have been exaggerating slightly when speaking about his team's record in Philadelphia.

"I don't think we've won in Philly since Christ was a kid," Babcock said.

It only seems like that. The Red Wings have lost eight consecutive games in Philadelphia, getting outscored 33-13, since winning there when it mattered the most - in Games 1 and 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup finals en route to a sweep.

They'll have another chance Saturday at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) and will turn to backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson in an effort to snap the streak.

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Below, Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly on the Flyers plus game notes...

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A Grieving Canada Will Honor Those Who Were Recently Killed

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from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,

The Leafs will host the Boston Bruins on Hockey Night in Canada, the first gathering of the nation’s hockey congregation after a week in which Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed in a targeted hit-and-run attack in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Quebec and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was murdered on the steps of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the shadow of Parliament. Both deaths are considered acts of terrorism with Canadian soldiers as targets.

The three Canadian NHL teams playing in the early games – Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa — are planning a joint tribute pre-game to Cirillo, the 24-year-old reservist from Hamilton who was part of the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders of Hamilton and Vincent, an airmen.

It will no doubt be moving. It represents a rare opportunity for millions of Canadians to reflect on a pair of excruciating events, in particular Wednesday’s shooting which resonates both for its powerful symbolism and the smallest details – in Cirillo’s case a six-year-old boy who will be growing up without his big, rugged Dad; a picture of two very sad pups now without a loving owner; while Vincent leaves a sister without her twin.

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Video- Highlights Of Friday’s NHL Games

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All the action in under three minutes...

 

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Videos- Two High-Profile NHL Rookies With Their First NHL Goal Friday Night

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Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers and Jonathan Drouin of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored last night.

 

 

Below, Droun's first NHL goal...

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Video- Patrik Elias Hand Pass Bounces Off Of Kari Lehtonen To Damien Brunner - Goal

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You would think the goal would not be allowed but truthfully I don't know the rule on this.

The NHL Situation Room only ruled on this and no mention of a hand pass....

Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Dallas net. Video review showed that the net was displaced after the puck crossed the Stars goal line. According to Rule 78.4 "The goal frame shall be considered in its proper position when at least a portion of the flexible peg(s) are still inside both the goal post and the hole in the ice". Good goal New Jersey.

Watch the goal below...

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