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Video- 41 Years Ago, Mikey Bossy 50 In 50

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Amazing how I still remember these goals today.

 

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (Jan. 24, 2022) – New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider, St. Louis Blues goaltender Ville Husso and San Jose Sharks right wing Timo Meier have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 23.

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Videos- The Talk After Today’s Practice

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Jeff Blahill first, Sam Gagner is below.  added 1:34pm, Video profile of Elmer Soderblom is below.

 

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Practicing In Snowy Detroit

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Ansar Khan tweet,

lines in practice:
Namestnikov-Larkin-Raymond
Fabbri-Suter-Bertuzzi
Erne-Rasmussen-Zadina
Smith-Veleno-Gagner
DeKeyser-Seider
Staal-Hronek/Oesterle
Lindstrom was injured in Saturday’s game and isn’t practicing. Leddy also isn’t skating. Greiss (COVID protocol) still

added 11:42am, Khan...

power-play units:
1. Bertuzzi (net front), Fabbri (bumper), Larkin-Raymond (flanks), Seider (point).
2. Rasmussen (net front), Erne (bumper), Hronek-Zadina (flanks), Oesterle (for Leddy) (point).

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The Goaltending Battle In St. Louis

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from Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic,

Former Blues goalie Jamie McLennan was in St. Louis last week for the retirement of Chris Pronger’s No. 44 jersey. Before leaving town, he was well aware of the debate about who should be starting games: Jordan Binnington or Ville Husso.

“I came in on (Jan. 16), which was the day after Binnington gave up the game-winner against Toronto,” McLennan said. “I know there’s been some inconsistencies with Jordan’s game, so I know there is a pressure point based on Husso’s play. I know it’s a hot-button topic.”

It will get even hotter after the Blues gave Husso a third consecutive start on Sunday in Vancouver, where he won his fifth straight game.

The 26-year-old Finnish netminder followed up his 27-save, 5-0 shutout over Seattle on Friday with 38 saves in a 3-1 win over Vancouver. It was nearly another shutout, as the Canucks’ lone goal came just four seconds after a full two-minute, two-man advantage expired.

Either way, in Husso’s last five games, he’s 5-0 with a 1.20 goals-against average and a .963 save percentage, stopping 154 of 160 shots.

Binnington is expected to get the nod on Monday, as the Blues play the second night of a back-to-back set in Calgary. But Husso’s recent run has led to some legitimate questions: Can Binnington find some consistency in his game again, and if not, will the club regret his long-term contract extension? Will Husso, an unrestricted free agent next summer, be re-signed, and if not, is there a chance he could be traded?

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The Florida Panthers Are Wearing A Target On Their Back

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from George Richards of Florida Hockey Now,

The Florida Panthers have not been a team that draws attention in a positive way for much of the past 20 years, but times have changed.

The Panthers came into the weekend with the best record in the entire National Hockey League and are looked it — both internally and externally — as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

Their coach would like them to start acting like it a little bit when they go on the road.

“We were flat again and it was a disappointing start,’’ coach Andrew Brunette said following Florida’s 5-3 loss at the hands of the expansion Seattle Kraken on Sunday night.

“It’s the price of being a good team in this league; teams are going to be ready for you, they’re going to come at you hard. We haven’t really, in each of our road games so far, figured that out yet.”

It’s a learning process, going from the hunter to the hunted and the Panthers are going to have to get used to the fact that for teams like the Kraken, beating a team like Florida is a big deal.

It did not used to be this way, obviously.

It is now.

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Toronto Is A Different Team This Season

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from Travis Yost of TSN,

Could this be the year for the Toronto Maple Leafs?

That’s not something I have written during my tenure at TSN because for as long as the new-era Maple Leafs have existed, there has always been a fundamental flaw. Unreliable goaltending, a porous blueline, star players going quiet during pivotal stretches – the organization and fans have seen it all.

There is no doubt that Toronto is one of a handful of teams in this year’s Stanley Cup race. Most sportsbooks see five genuine favorites – Toronto joined by the Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights, and Florida Panthers, with plenty more competition within the Eastern Conference.

But this year feels a bit different.

One of the things I’ve been paying attention to in recent years is what I’ll call Players Above Break-Even, or the percentage of rostered players carrying expected goal rates north of 50 per cent. It’s a simple but an effective approach for analyzing full roster performance; it simultaneously captures the ability of top-end players to dominate their opponents, and weeds out top-heavy teams that generally struggle in the postseason against better competition.

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The Wings At The Trade Deadline And At This Point Of The Season

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Ansar Khan of Mlive answers 2 questions from the fans.  The topic is player movement at the deadline,

They should be able to move at least one – Nick Leddy. He hasn’t played well enough offensively or defensively (one goal, 11 points, team-worst minus-21 rating), but he is a veteran, mobile, puck-moving defenseman with ample postseason experience who would draw interest from a playoff contending club.

The Red Wings traded a second-round pick to the New York Islanders for Leddy. Could they get one back for him? Probably not, but they’ll take what they can get for a player they aren’t going to re-sign.

Vladislav Namestnikov is having a good season and would attract interest if the Red Wings opt not to re-sign him.

Marc Staal also is the final year of his contract but rather than ask him to waive his no-trade clause, the Red Wings might be inclined to re-sign him for another season. He has played well and is valued for his leadership (named alternate captain at the start of the season) and as a mentor to the young defensemen.

The club could look to move Thomas Greiss, but there usually isn’t a big market for goaltenders at the deadline unless a team needs to replace an injured netminder. And there would be better options than Greiss....

next question is regarding Jonatan ...Berggren

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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NHL Short Notes

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*  Keith Yandle, who has not missed a game in over 12 years, is expected to skate in his 964th consecutive game Monday, which would tie Doug Jarvis (964 GP) for the longest “Ironman” streak in NHL history.

*  The Kraken earned a win against the League-leading Panthers – and scored two goals in a 17-second span – to sweep their two-game season series. 

* Vladimir Tarasenko recorded a point in his ninth straight appearance as the Blues (25-11-5, 55 points) earned their NHL-leading 15th comeback win of the season and moved into second place in the Central Division. 

  
YANDLE SET TO MATCH "IRONMAN" MARK MONDAY

Keith Yandle, who has not missed a game in over 12 years, is expected to skate in his 964th consecutive contest when Philadelphia hosts Dallas. In doing so, Yandle would tie Doug Jarvis (964 GP) for the longest “Ironman” streak in NHL history. Should he continue his run, Yandle will overtake Jarvis for sole possession of the League record one night later when the Flyers visit the Islanders Tuesday. 

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The Wings Are Still Learning How To Win

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It wasn't a complete lost weekend for the Red Wings.

They did earn one point in Friday's overtime loss to Dallas. But then again, it was only the one point they earned, out of a possible four, when you add Saturday's loss in Nashville.

Red Wings center Robby Fabbri (14) slides against  Predators goaltender Juuse Saros during the third period Saturday night in Nashville.
So, it wasn't great, by any standard.

And, if anything, it was a frustrating one for the Wings, who felt they could have much more while playing two of the better teams in the Western Conference.

"We should have won (Friday), and we were right there (Saturday)," defenseman Marc Staal said after Saturday's 4-1 loss in Nashville. "No, I don't think they're on a different level than us. We just have to figure out a way to make it go our way.

"Right now, we just weren't able to do it."

Coach Jeff Blashill never has been a big believer in "measuring sticks," or measuring his team against others in the NHL. In Blashill's mind, the NHL is a daily measuring stick. Every game is a measuring stick.

But for the Wings in these two games, it was a frustrating to be in good position to win both, yet come away with so little. It was another, painful learning experience.

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