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* For just the sixth time in NHL history, two different teams earned a three-goal third-period comeback victory on the same day as the Oilers and Blues both achieved the feat Saturday.
* Jack Hughes scored the first hat trick of his career – and did so in natural fashion – as the Devils won 12 games in a month for the third time in franchise history.
* Both of the NHL’s longest point streaks of the season remained intact as Jason Robertson and Mitchell Marner extended their runs to 15 and 16 games, respectively.
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On this edition of 32 thoughts, Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman discuss how there could be a new directive after Connor Hellebuyck's mask off incident, the concern of player safety from fans and how the Sabres could be dark horse for Jakob Chychrun.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The beautiful part of it is that Borje Salming knew how the world perceived him before his passing as a victim of ALS on Thursday at age 71. The word “iconic” doesn’t quite do justice to the Hall of Fame defenseman. Salming was more that. He was revered.
He was revered not only as a player, but also as an individual. Love and adoration flowed to Salming as a groundbreaker who became a pioneering role model in opening the door for an influx of his fellow Swedes into the NHL after he conquered an unwelcoming, antagonistic environment that confronted him and any who might threaten the Canadian hegemony of the league.
Salming knew that. He knew that when he received a thunderous ovation at Maple Leaf Gardens during pregame introductions while representing Team Sweden prior to playing Team Canada in the 1976 Canada Cup. He knew that two weekends ago in Toronto on consecutive, emotional nights featuring one impromptu tribute and a second formal one that evoked tears.
Similarly, he knew that at the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation Centennial Gala celebrating the country’s all-time greatest players at Avicii Arena in Stockholm just over one week ago, when his introduction evoked an emotional response. Salming was not only a beloved hockey player, but also a beloved individual in the way of Rod Gilbert, Jean Beliveau and Gordie Howe, and a beloved cultural icon in the way of Maurice Richard.
via Sportsnet's YouTube page,
On this edition of To The Point, the Hockey Night in Canada panel discuss Sidney Crosby's multiple exits in the first period against the Maple Leafs, Matt Murray dislodging the net numerous times, and Connor Hellebuyck losing his helmet during play.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
What we have here, one quarter of the way into the NHL season, is a Bruins team that has drastically outperformed expectations. The question now becomes, can they keep it going for another 61 games, and then a couple of months of grueling, often torturous, Stanley Cup play?
For that answer, please see this space when the playoffs begin at the start of May, albeit with this one caveat: This is the same space that in September had the Bruins slotting in again as a No. 7-8 wild-card contender. Which is why spiked eggnog is a holiday staple in your faithful puck chronicler’s hydration care kit.
Through the first 21 games, including Friday’s 3-2 win over the Hurricanes, the Bruins have scored more than anyone, including their new bench boss, figured possible — both in terms of goals and roster depth and breadth. They also own the league’s widest positive goal differential (plus-38).
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Then 4 unanswered goals from the Edmonton Oilers in the 3rd period to win 4-3.
Here are the Edmonton goals.
from Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet,
The confusion was real, though the reactions weren’t quite as raw as they might have been had the Winnipeg Jets not been able to find a way to squeeze out the extra point after another bizarre and entertaining finish.
The 5-4 overtime win over the Dallas Stars on Friday night represented an impressive bounce-back effort after a 6-1 shellacking to the Minnesota Wild two days earlier, but by allowing two more extra attacker goals, there’s clearly an area the Jets are going to need to clean up in short order as they’ve given up five of those goals in two games over a three-game span.
That the game even required overtime was a point of contention for the Jets, who couldn’t believe the fourth goal by the Stars was allowed to count, as it came with goalie Connor Hellebuyck sprawled out on the ice with his mask knocked off and taking cover after a collision with Stars captain Jamie Benn.
After a video review that was initiated by the NHL situation room, the goal was allowed to count as the officials deemed that the actions of Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey led to Benn’s contact with Hellebuyck.
The NHL said in a statement that "the decision was made in accordance with Note 2 of Rule 38.11 (ii) which states, in part, that the goal should be allowed because 'the attacking Player was pushed, shoved or fouled by the defending Player causing the attacking Player to come into contact with the goalkeeper.'"
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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings have a different disposition than they’ve shown in recent years.
They have more bite to them and more fight in them. Coach Derek Lalonde referred to it as pushback. And they pushed back Friday against the Arizona Coyotes in more ways than one.
The Red Wings lost the lead in crushing fashion – with 26 seconds remaining in regulation. But they pushed back by winning 4-3 in a shootout on Dylan Larkin’s goal.
In winning their fourth consecutive game, the Red Wings (11-5-4) also pushed back physically in a chippy game.
“(The Coyotes) have a lot of toughness,” Lalonde said. “There’s going to be games like this. We’re not built like that, but we’re going to need to push back. Sometimes that push back is not 1985, where it’s a five-on-five brawl and gets out of hand like that.
“Stick up for teammates, push back, there’s moments it’s going to get chippy. Don’t want to get pushed around. We’re not built for that type of hockey necessarily all the time, but anybody can push back, and I thought we did that tonight.”
from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,
* The Bruins watched an NHL record fall following their matinee clash with the Hurricanes and became the first team in League history to win each of their first 12 home games of a season.
* Josh Morrissey and Jason Robertson each continued their strings of success to start 2022-23 as the Jets and Stars required overtime to decide a winner between the Central Division’s top two clubs.
* The Kraken find themselves within the NHL’s top four in points percentage following a fourth straight win and improving to 8-1-1 in their past 10 contests.
* Another full day of NHL action is ahead as the League celebrates the 105th anniversary of its founding in 1917.
Dylan Larkin with the only shootout goal up first. Below find Lucas Raymond/Filip Hronek and Derek Lalonde. The game highlights are there too.
Recap of the first period.
After 40 minutes.
In the third period, the Coyotes scored with 26 second left and their net empty to tie the score 3-3.
In overtime there was no scoring although both teams had great chances.
In the penalty shot segment of the game, Arizona could not score, Detroit netted one goal and won 4-3.
Detroit goals are below along with an Andre Copp interiew.
Heya everyone! I’m thinking we’re all still riding high after the last three games. The Wings have been not bad, and Husso has been very, very good in goal for us.(Stealing one on Wednesday.) He’ll be starting tonight as well. The Wings put in a solid effort in a game that could have gone either way against the Preds.
It’s probably one of the better all around games so far this season, with Husso backstopping, and Larkin and Hronek once again leading the way. It’s been exciting hockey for sure, with everyone pulling their weight, and it’s hard trying not to get too far ahead of ourselves.
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and are still able to stay awake for tonight’s tilt. It’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the LCA, also known around here as the Pizzarena, and the Dough Joe.
It’s the Coyotes vs the Wings. The puck is set to drop around 8:00 PM, and will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit and the Red Wings Radio Network (97.1 The Ticket in Detroit). Also available on NHLPP/ESPN+ and BSAZX.
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And if there’s an honorable mention amidst all the ‘didn’t-see-that-coming’ storylines to develop in the first quarter, it probably needs to involve the Coyotes because they are not falling off the face of the earth the way so many expected. Instead, they have 18 points in 16 games, despite a massive early concentration of road games, where they are a remarkably respectable 6-7-1. The news got even better this week because both Nick Schmaltz and Jakob Chychrun finally returned to the lineup Monday. Schmaltz had been absent since the opening game of the season. On a team with limited talent, getting back last year’s No. 2 scorer was critical.
=Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic where you can read ($) his view many more topics.
Just over 5 minutes to watch.
via Ansar Khan tweet,
lines at the skate same as previous game:
Soderblom still not practicing.
Husso starting/Nedeljkovic backup.
from The Athletic,
The Athletic asked the writers who know each NHL team best two questions: 1) How confident are you in the team’s playoff chances? And 2) Will the team be a buyer or a seller at the deadline?
Here’s what they said.
Record: 10-5-4, 3rd in Atlantic
Playoff tier: They’ll be on the bubble
Trade deadline buyer or seller? Seller
Analysis: Detroit’s underlying numbers are more concerning than their record, and they could go from “bubble” to “long shot” over the course of the next month — and the best guess is still that they’ll be on the wrong side of that bubble when all is said and done. Still, though, that’s an improvement over past seasons, and the Red Wings don’t look like they’ll go down without a fight. The real question, when it comes to the deadline, is whether they’re more likely to sell or stand pat. Buying (or at least renting) feels unlikely until they’re more of a sure thing, but you could see a case for them to forego a fire sale if they’re still hanging around that bubble come February. — Max Bultman
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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- Toronto’s 2-1 win over New Jersey — ending the Devils’ 13-game win streak — was one of the best games of the regular season for pure entertainment, energy and drama. Last year, I was talking to one player about the Stanley Cup Final between Colorado and Tampa Bay. He referred to both defence corps as “long,” saying that when you have big, you have mobile and you have discipline in a system, “Every time you get through one body, arm or stick, there’s another body, arm, or stick right away. It’s a battle to get through.”
According to official heights and weights, Cale Makar was listed as the smallest regular (five-foot-11, 187 pounds) in the final. The Devils are dangerous offensively and occupy the puck, which helps the defence. But they are also much better at gap control and similarly are being described as “long.” Their smallest defender — John Marino, having a great start to the year — is six-foot-one, 181 pounds. It’s waaay too premature to compare them to Colorado or Tampa Bay, but I think it’s interesting to hear them described in that way.
- When Patric Hornqvist accepted his trade to Florida, there was discussion that he wouldn’t get moved again. So, the Panthers may have to explore other options to clear cap space for Anthony Duclair's return.
- At last week’s GM Meetings, there was a conversation about calling more penalty shots instead of power-plays — something I totally support. That led to another debate among a few of us: should the team that draws the penalty have the option of going on the power-play or taking a penalty shot? Shooters are 5-for- 11 on penalty shots in 2022-23 after goalies stopped 76 per cent of last year’s attempts. There are good variables to weigh. Who’s shooting? How good is your power-play? Philadelphia GM Chuck Fletcher had a good line, though, saying: “It will be tough to explain to a player if you have a horrible power-play and go that route instead of letting him shoot.”
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
The Vancouver Canucks have been a slightly more competitive team in recent games, going 5-4-1 in their past 10 contests. But that’s not nearly enough to justify Canucks management choosing to go to battle with the same group of talent for the rest of the season. This can’t be the second year of them fighting uphill through the final three-quarters of the year, only to fall short of a playoff berth.
Even then, even if they did beat the odds and clawed their way back through the Pacific Division’s bottom half, and did wind up earning a low post-season spot, does anyone not employed by the organization really believe the Canucks can do any sort of damage once they get to the end of the year?
It’s clear now, after nearly one-quarter of the season, that Vancouver simply does not have the depth of talent, particularly on defense, to be a serious Stanley Cup contender. And that means GM Patrik Allvin and president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford must take an axe to the roster, keeping a handful of young players and shearing off the rest for whatever they can get on the trade market.
That means veteran forwards Bo Horvat, Brock Boeser and Connor Garland should be on the trade block. That means veteran defenseman Tyler Myers should join them there. Only Myers has a no-movement clause in his contract, but as per Cap Friendly, that’s only a modified NTC, with Myers able to submit a list of 10 teams he can’t be dealt to.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Having special teams they can rely on — especially the power play — is part of the growth the Wings are enjoying this season.
"We had a good start last year, and I remember we just couldn’t get anything going on our special teams," Dylan Larkin said after the Predators game. "Our special teams let us down a lot. Now our special teams is winning us games. It’s different players that are in our lineup now. I just think we’re rolling right now, we’re taking care of the puck on the power play and on the penalty kill, things are going well. We’re blocking shots or getting sticks in lanes or getting big saves."
Larkin ranks second on the team with eight power play points, two behind leader Dominik Kubalik. Adding veteran David Perron in the offseason has been a big part of the transformation — he makes such good decisions with the puck, hustles on retrievals and is dangerous making passes and unleashing his one-timer.
Larkin was part of Wednesday's 5-on-3 kill, along with defensemen Filip Hronek (who later scored the power play goal) and Olli Määttä — who were called to duty because the two skaters the Wings were without were their top defense/penalty killing duo, Moritz Seider and Ben Chiarot.
The Wings' power play is clicking at 21.7% and the penalty kill at 80.7%. At the end of last year, they were at 16.3% and 73.8%, respectively. Of the Wings' 62 goals, 17 have come on man advantages (including pulling the goalie for an extra attacker), five have been empty-netters, two shorthanded, and one four-on-four, with the rest (37) coming at during five-on-five play.
* The NHL will reach the Quarter Mark during Friday’s 14-game slate. A full day of hockey starts at 1 p.m. ET and will end about 12 hours later.
* The 2022 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown returns today with a doubleheader on TNT, Sportsnet and TVA Sports that opens with an intrastate rivalry between the Penguins and Flyers and concludes with the Blues visiting the Lightning.
* Legendary NHL defenseman Borje Salming, who revealed in August that he was battling ALS, passed away Thursday at the age of 71. Salming, the NHL’s first star player from Sweden and a Maple Leafs icon, was a Hall of Fame defenseman and pioneer who changed the perception of European players when he joined the Maple Leafs for the 1973-74 season.
via the Toronto Maple Leafs,
On behalf of the Salming family, it's with great sadness that the Toronto Maple Leafs announce the passing of franchise icon Börje Salming. He was 71.
Statement from Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan:
via the NHL PR department,
By the Numbers: The first quarter of the 2022-23 regular season, with comparative stats through 317 games. The 2022-23 regular season will reach the quarter mark with the 11th of 14 games scheduled for Friday, Nov. 25 (328 of 1,312 games).
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
"I think we’re starting to understand each other better, to anticipate each other a little bit more, anticipating where the puck is going to go," Andrew Copp said. "There have been a lot of improvements, but we’ve still got a long ways to go."
A fifth of the way through the season, the Wings show improvement compared to this point last season in numerous per-game averages: Goals for (3.28 vs. 2.83), goals-allowed (3.17 vs. 3.33), power play percentage (20.9 vs. 16.7) and penalty kill percentage (79.6 vs. 77.6). One of first-year head coach Lalonde's best traits is how calm he has been, through the five-game point streak that began the season, and through some doozy mishaps like giving up eight goals in games at Buffalo and at home to the Rangers. He's realistic about the talent the Wings have — or rather, haven't — and complimentary of the determination that has led to being in playoff positioning.
"It's blocked shots, tracking, back checking, getting above plays," Lalonde said. "All those hard things you have to do to be successful. There are nights we are just not going to out-talent a team. I was fortunate to be in Tampa where if we didn’t play our best, our big talent got us through some games. We’re not going to get many of those nights here."...
"There’s a difference between winning hockey and, unfortunately, where they were at the end of last year," Lalonde said. "It was a tough situation — depleted lineup, they had no chance of making the playoffs. What are you playing for? We talk about our ‘why’ in the room all the time, and what was the ‘why’ then? Are guys cheating for points? It’s a little tougher in those situations to put your body on the line.
"Our goal all along was improving our team defense and playing meaningful games later in the year. We’re not there yet, but hopefully we can get there."
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