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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
or much of the 20th century, General Motors proudly stamped the “Body by Fisher” logo on the cars it rolled off the Detroit assembly line. GM and Fisher wanted buyers to know they partnered to provide them with a quality, stylish set of wheels.
If the Bruins, an astounding 38-6-4 entering weekend play, stamped a logo on their 2022-23 model, it would read, “Mojo by Montgomery.”
The ride with the ever-positive Jim Montgomery behind the bench just keeps getting better.
“I’m amazed when I look at our record,” Montgomery said during a quiet moment during his club’s stop at Montreal’s Bell Centre the other day. “It just seems like every time we’re in a game, it’s in my head, ‘We’re gonna find a way.‘ And then it happens. It’s almost like it’s magical.”
Hired by the Bruins at sizable risk over the summer to replace the popular and successful Bruce Cassidy, Montgomery has been a 5-foot-10-inch dynamo of optimism since Day 1 on the job. He’ll be the boss behind the Atlantic Division bench for the NHL All Star Game on Saturday, staged fittingly in Sunrise, the town in Southern Florida named in the spirit of hope and light that every new day brings.
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The Sabres entered weekend play with five consecutive wins, the longest current unbeaten streak in the league. It looks, finally, like the Crossed Swords at least will play meaningful games in February and March, and possibly could squeeze out a wild-card invite for their first trip to the playoffs since 2011. Rasmus Dahlin (55 points, second only to Erik Karlsson’s 64 among defensemen as of Friday) has developed into a horse and should shatter Phil Housley’s franchise mark of 81 points by Buffalo D-men. Dahlin is one of four Sabres already to reach the 50-point plateau, joined by Tage Thompson (68), Alex Tuch (54), and the all-but-forgotten Jeff Skinner (50). League-wide, the Oilers were the only other club with four players at or above the 50 line: Connor McDavid (89), Leon Draisaitl (73), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (58), and Zach Hyman (57)
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The Detroit Red Wings ended their dads trip and entered their week off unable to take advantage of a team that has been crumbling.
There wasn't much energy to Friday's outing against the New York Islanders — the Wings' third game in four nights and second of a back-to-back — with fathers and a couple brothers in the stands at UBS Arena. The Wings came out of it on the short end of a 2-0 final, again unable to string together more than two victories in a row.
It was a disappointing way to go into a weeklong break, losing to a team that had won just twice in its previous 13 games. It was 1-0 after two periods but the Wings' shot at rallying diminished when Brock Nelson used Anders Lee as a screen to score early in the third period.
"I didn't think we played a bad road games, we just couldn't generate offense," coach Derek Lalonde said. "You certainly take the 27 shots we gave up and the goals against, to give you a chance on the road; we just didn't do enough offensively."...
"I”m really proud of the way we played," Dylan Larkin said. "It was tough travel and we’re going into a break. It could easily be one to, yes we have our dads here, but it could be one we don’t show up for and we did. We just didn’t get past Sorokin."
Below find Larkin, Perron and Lalonde post game plus the game highlights.
* Jack Hughes recorded a multi-goal game, including scoring the overtime winner, and moved into a tie with Jason Robertson for fifth place in the 2022-23 Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy race.
* The League announced that AleksanderBarkov, captain of the host Panthers, will replace the injured AustonMatthews on the Atlantic Division roster for the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Game.
* One week from today, All-Stars will go head-to-head in South Florida for the 67th NHL All-Star Game. But first, 19 more regular-season contests are to be played including more than half as part of an 11-game Saturday that begins with a matinee between the Blues and Avalanche on HULU, ESPN+, Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
Break time? Not for me. Even though the Wings have a nice break, the NHL continues although it is a light schedule leading up to the All-Star weekend.
So feel free to check in every so often for the latest news from the hockey world.
The Wings lost 2-0 to the New York Islanders tonight and now head for parts unknown.
The Islanders scored early in the second period to take a 1-0 lead and did the same in the third to make it 2-0.
Good evening and welcome. The Wings are coming in tonight after two wins and hopefully have gained some confidence. They matched up pretty well against the Canadians last night in an entertaining game. Moritz Seider marked his fifth multi point game this season and became the first defensemen in Wings history with a trio of three assist games at age 21 or younger. The All-Star break/hiatus will begin and the Wings are out of action until February 7th against the Oilers, so it’s a much needed break for all of us.
Tonight the Wings are venturing onto the Island to play against a team that is winless in their last six, making the Islanders a dangerous team to have to face in their own barn, as they currently sit one point above the Wings and are hungry for a win. The Wings would love to enter the break with 2 points as well.
It’s the Wings vs the Islanders. The puck drops around 7:00 PM, and will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN.
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The New York Islanders in my opinion have had a disappointing season but like the Wings, could be considered in the hunt for a wild card spot.
After playing Detroit tonight, they host Vegas tomorrow then go on their extended break.
So like the Wings, they need to start stringing a few wins together.
But, they have not been good lately.
What a treat to have this man around.
Are the Canadiens fielding calls on Sean Monahan, specifically from Colorado? What is the latest on Max Pacioretty's torn Achilles injury? Are the Devils kicking tires on Sharks' winger Timo Meier? TSN Hockey Insiders Chris Johnston, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger discuss this and more.
Watch and/or read the transcript of the segment at TSN.
* Nikita Kucherov had three points to help the Lightning earn their 11th straight victory on home ice as Tampa Bay snapped Boston’s seven-game winning streak as the visitor in the process.
* A pair of young defensemen shone Thursday as 20-year-old Owen Power extended his goal streak to three games while 21-year-old Moritz Seider collected his third career three-assist performance.
* Thursday marked the third straight day to feature at least three games requiring overtime. The longest stretch of days with three or games being decided past regulation is five (March 5-9, 2011).
Robby Fabbri scored the OT goal and is up first, below are coach Lalonde, the game highlights and Carley Johnston has coffee with Kevin Larkin.
Wings play on Long Island tomorrow night, then are off until February 7th when they host the Edmonton Oilers.
After two periods, the Wings had a 1-0 lead, Montreal tied it after two minutes, a 2-1 lead, Montreal tied it in 3:01 and a 3-2 lead, Montreal tied it in 3:09.
The game settled down in the third with neither team able to score.
The Wings started overtime needing to kill off 57 seconds left on a Montreal power play. The Wings did so and finally finished the game off with a Fabbri goal. Wing win 4-3.
Below are the Detroit goals and a few BSD videos.
Good evening to all and welcome. It the annual “Wings bring a loved one on the road for a few games trip” so I do expect extra effort from every single player. I mean, I do every night, but, whatever. The Wings should come out tonight firing on all cylinders as they face off against a Habs team that just lost to Boston, so they’ll be feeling it. The guys really need to be up tonight as they tend to play down to teams they view as lesser opponents, or so it seems. Both of these teams are pretty evenly matched, so it’s a battle between two mediocre teams. That’s more realistic. Anyway, I’m just going to be patient and try to enjoy these games. That’s why they play, and why we watch. For the fun.
Bert is a game time decision as of this writing, and no Zadina for tonight.
It’s the Wings vs the Canadian in an Original Six matchup. The puck is set to drop around 7:00 PM, and will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit Extra and the Red Wings Radio Network (97.1 The Ticket in Detroit) Also available on NHLPP/ESPN+, RDS, and TSN2.
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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,
Agent Pat Brisson cautions against reading too much into the fact the Dylan Larkin’ contract negotiations have stretched beyond the halfway mark of this season.
“I’m not alarmed at all,” Brisson told Detroit Hockey Now.
Brisson declined to discuss any specifics, but said the two sides are engaged in “ongoing negotiations and discussions.”
“We are talking more the last few weeks,” Brisson said.
He said he doesn’t like to talk about whether the two sides in any negotiation are close, or not, because often you don’t really know until a deal is completed. He said he sometimes thinks he’s close and he’s not, and vice versa.
from Justin Tasch of the New York Post,
Rangers fans might find themselves without any alcohol at an upcoming game.
Owner James Dolan is threatening to pick a night at the Garden, possibly a Rangers game, to shut down alcohol sales in response to the New York State Liquor Authority investigating Dolan about his facial recognition technology that has resulted in bans against lawyers suing him.
“They’re being extremely aggressive and they’re saying, ‘We’re gonna take away your liquor license,’ ” Dolan said of the SLA during an appearance on “Good Day New York” on Fox 5. “So I have a little surprise for ‘em. They’re basically doing this for publicity, so we’re gonna give ‘em some publicity. What we’re gonna do, right, is we’re gonna pick a night, maybe a Rangers game, and we’re gonna shut down all the liquor and alcohol in the building. This isn’t gonna bother me because I’ve been sober 29 years. I don’t need the liquor.”
Dolan then held up a sign with a photo of Sharif Kabir, the CEO of the State Liquor Authority, along with his contact information. He said the signs will also ask fans to call Kabir if they want to drink at games.
“Tell him to stick to his knitting and to what he’s supposed to be doing and stop grandstanding and trying to get press,” Dolan said.
The fathers and mentors are in Montreal.
In the first half of the NHL regular season.
The Boston Bruins have gotten off to a historically excellent start in the 2022-23 season. Through 47 games they have gone 38-5-4, accumulating an astounding 80 of the 94 points available to them. That is 85.1% of the total. The next closest teams have 66 points. TD Garden has become a near fortress as the Bruins have lost just one game in regulation and three others in overtime all season.
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from Daniel Kaplan and Bill Shea of The Athletic,
...fans find themselves: stuck between two competing poles, the high-priced traditional cable TV universe and the fresher world of increasingly costly streaming. These options are pulling from the same sports, and in some cases, the same event and even the same match, leaving fans either missing out or forking over more money than ever. To get the best sports coverage, it’s not clear whether to rush forward to streaming, stay back with old-fashioned cable and broadcast television, or some combination of the two.
Companies like ESPN (ESPN+), NBC (Peacock), and CBS (Paramount+) are balancing the need to satisfy consumers paying hefty cable bills with the move to streaming, an area in which these conglomerates have spent — and lost — billions of dollars. While the belief abounds that one day everyone will stream, that day is not today, and sports fans are stuck between old- and new-world paradigms.
“There is as much art as science to it,” said sports media consultant Lee Berke, on how sports broadcasters decide what goes behind a streaming paywall and what resides on traditional linear TV. “You don’t want to get too far ahead of the curve, and you don’t want to be too far behind.”
It may be an art deciding how to carve up sports and tournaments between online and TV, but the results are often arguably unsightly.
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NEW YORK (Jan. 26, 2023) – The National Hockey League and adidas today unveiled the jerseys the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals will wear when they face off in the 2023 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series™ outdoor game at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, Feb. 18 (8 p.m. ET, ABC, ESPN+, SN360, TVAS2).
Both jerseys will be available at adidas.com, adidas.ca, NHLShop.com, NHLShop.ca, Fanatics’ network of online stores and at Capitals’ and Hurricanes’ team stores starting at noon ET today. Additional retailers will offer both jerseys starting Saturday, Jan. 28.
Additional details for the 2023 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series will be announced in the coming weeks. For the latest event details, visit NHL.com/stadiumseries and follow @NHL and @PR_NHL. Fans can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #StadiumSeries.
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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Over the weekend, the Carnegie Initiative held a summit in Toronto, gathering big names from around the hockey world to both celebrate and speak on inclusion in the sport. Named after recent Hall of Fame inductee Herb Carnegie, whose legacy is being carried on by his family, the Carnegie Initiative held a number of symposiums on Saturday featuring some very interesting panels.
One such talk was a forum entitled Creating Sustainable Change, hosted by Sportsnet's Donnovan Bennett. He was joined by new Hockey Canada Chair Hugh Fraser, NHL senior executive VP Kim Davis, Team Trans founder Daniel Larson and U-16 Toronto Young Nats forward Ajay Rai....
Early on in her tenure with the NHL, she reached out to Dr. William Frey of the Brookings Institution, someone she had known from her days in the financial sector. Davis asked Frey to look at the Gen Z and Millennial demographics in every NHL market, and his research found that in 23 of the 31 markets (this was in 2019, before Seattle joined), those groups were so multicultural that calling them 'minorities' wasn't even mathematically accurate.
Which is to say that if the NHL and the hockey world at large wants to keep bringing in new fans, the sport has to make sure that all communities feel welcome.
"It's really going to be a missed opportunity if we don't embrace different communities that will be important for our future," Davis said. "We want a movement, not a moment."
Davis, whose own son stopped playing hockey in the Chicago area due to racist taunting, noted that it's not just outward acts of hatred that can turn someone off the game, but that hockey needs to be "culturally available" and explicitly inclusive. She used the analogy of someone walking past a building filled with people having a good time - it's not enough for those outside to just be able to look through the windows; someone needs to open the door and welcome that person in to join in on the fun.
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