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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- One day they will go to the Hockey Hall of Fame: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin, Henrik Lundqvist, Carey Price, Henrik Zetterberg, Patrice Bergeron, Shea Weber, Jonathan Quick, Drew Doughty, Joe Thornton, John Tavares, Jaromir Jagr, both Sedins, and Ryan Getzlaf. And I’m not including anyone who hasn’t yet played 500 NHL games.

- An NHL GM on Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid: “If you ask the question, which player would you want to build your team around for the next 10 years, there are only two players to consider. And to be honest, I don’t know which one I’d pick.” Six months ago, that would have sounded crazy.

- Houston makes sense for the NHL, but not as an expansion team, as a place to relocate the Coyotes, Panthers or Hurricanes.

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The 2019 Winter Classic Will Be Held At Notre Dame Stadium

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via the NHL PR department,

The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Chicago Blackhawks® and Boston Bruins® outdoors on Jan. 1, 2019 at Notre Dame Stadium, home of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today.

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Luke Witkowski Will Not Appeal His Suspension

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Secondary Scoring Needed In Edmonton

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from Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal,

... The Oilers, meanwhile, are suffering from what can only be termed “general disappointment” in their search for depth scoring.

The main men are producing at a reasonable rate. The quintet of McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl, Patrick Maroon and Milan Lucic have connected for 28 goals to this point, compared to 25 through 19 games a year ago. Ryan Strome’s 3 goals are within spitting distance of the departed Jordan Eberle’s 5, so let’s call the “top six” a saw-off.

But beyond that, there’s barely a pulse. Fourth-line centre Mark Letestu has 3 goals, all on the powerplay. On the wings, young bucks Drake Caggiula, Anton Slepyshev, Jujhar Khaira, and Puljujarvi 1 lonely tally apiece. The list of guys with no goals at all stretches from the departed Kailer Yamamoto and Jussi Jokinen to fourth-line regulars Iiro Pakarinen and Zack Kassian. That’s a total of 4 goals for 8 players in  combined 91 games played. Whereas last season Pitlick had 6 on his lonesome by this point.

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Not The Best Start For Tuukka Rask

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Rask is on track to appear in 55 games. It would be his lightest workload as a No. 1 goalie since a 45-game run in 2009-10 (excluding the lockout-shortened season of 2012-13). In 2009-10, as a 22-year-old, Rask shunted aside Tim Thomas, who would require hip surgery that summer.

This year’s lighter pace has not resulted in better performance.

It has been a lousy start for both Rask and the Bruins. Through 12 starts, Rask was 3-7-2 with a 2.89 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage. Rask was unavailable for two games against Vancouver and Buffalo in October because of a concussion, the result of when Anders Bjork checked him into the Mass. Pike during a full-speed practice collision. He has been playing behind a JV lineup, most closely affected by the loss of stay-at-homer Adam McQuaid, and compounded by a one-line attack up front.

But the numbers are the numbers. They are not good.

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Tweets from practice: Wings prepare for Avs; Lashoff sent back to GR

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Updated 4x at 2:30 PM: The Red Wings hit the ice at Little Caesars Arena just after noon, preparing for a big match-up against the surging 9-7-and-1 Colorado Avalanche (the Avs play in Nashville tonight) tomorrow afternoon/evening:

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Gary Bettman Stresses New Arenas Needed In Calgary And Ottawa

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Amid growing talk about Houston’s desire to land a hockey team, and with Seattle pushing towards finally getting an NHL-ready building, Gary Bettman gently pointed out that his league has some budding dance partners. Lest anyone forget in the only two cities where teams are known to be lobbying for a new facility.

“We believe in all of the places that we have franchises now,” Bettman said Friday after a luncheon with Montreal’s chamber of commerce. “We think all of our markets are capable of supporting our clubs. We’re not looking to threaten markets, but there is a certain inevitability if a club needs a new arena to stay competitive, to stay viable and have stability, that if it can’t for whatever reason get a new facility then at some point ownership has to look at what options it may have.

“It’s great to know that there are lots of places that are interested in having a franchise that don’t, but we’re not running around actively soliciting interest. We listen to whoever wants to come and talk to us, and we’re aware of the interest, but our preference is to have our franchises right where they are.”

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P.K. Subban Still Cannot Explain The Trade

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from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

On the phone from Nashville, Subban says he has no idea why he is no longer playing for the team he grew up loving as a kid in Toronto, adding it’s up to Habs management to explain themselves.

“It’s just hilarious when people ask me the question, ‘Why do you think you were traded?’,” Subban says after a recent practice at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

“You know what? Let’s get a panel. We can get (Montreal Canadiens president and co-owner) Geoff Molson, we can get Marc Bergevin, we can get (former Habs coach) Michel Therrien. We can get the whole front office and we can just throw those questions at them.

“The reality is that I didn’t ask to be traded. I don’t know. I never got an explanation for it.

“When you think about it, I think it was two years before, we had a great team, put on a great run (in the 2014 playoffs) and I thought a lot of those pieces were still there for us to do it again. But for whatever reason, that was not just part of the plan any more.

“I can’t explain it. I can only make the best of the situation I’m put in.”

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Wings’ ‘Match Game’ Working Out Well

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings scored some greasy goals and grinded out a win Friday in a game that was right up Luke Glendening's alley.

Glendening, Darren Helm and Frans Nielsen, three centers, teamed up to form the match line. They did a good job containing the Buffalo Sabres' top line and collaborated on goal, too, in the Red Wings' 3-1 victory at Little Caesars Arena.

"In the time they've been together, whether it was on the road or at home, they've been excellent," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "They go out against the other team's top line, they're our match line. (Justin Abdelkader) has been involved in that as well at times and I think they've done a great job.

"When you're a match line and you're above offensive lines all the time, you create turnovers because offensive lines want space and they're not giving them any space. They buy into it big-time. Glenny has five goals. That's what happens when you play from the right side of the puck and you're above and you're frustrating and you work as hard as they do. They've been a real difference-maker line for us. They free up other guys to create more offense as well."

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Below, awood40 posted extended highlghts from last night's game....

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NHL Short Notes

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FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
COLUMBUS 2, NY Rangers 0
DETROIT 3, Buffalo 1

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