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Lalonde first, Perron below.
Bultman also noted...
Elmer Söderblom skating with the team this morning in Tampa
from George Richards of Florida Hockey Now,
“It’s still home for some of my family and a special place,” Maurice said before the Panthers took off on their five-game road trip which ends at the arena on Portage Avenue.
“It’s a really good team, a tremendously well-run organization and a special market because it needs the fans to survive. It’s not a big building, it’s not a big market. So that connection there between the fans and the players is unique. And special.
“It will always be a special place. They understand the loss (of the team to Arizona) so the connection they have is unusual and important. That franchise is a great model in the league for smaller and maybe unique markets.”
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Marty Pavelich skis a hundred times a year at age 95 and aims to continue doing it when he hits 100.
Skiing is his passion. Hockey is his claim to fame. Pavelich played on the Detroit Red Wings’ four Stanley Cup championship teams in the 1950s.
He moved to Big Sky, Montana in 1993 and was instrumental in getting that town of 3,000 residents its first hockey rink. It will be named the Marty Pavelich Ice Rink during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday.
“I’ve been here 30-some years in the northern part of our country and no hockey. I said this is ridiculous,” Pavelich said. “I called the local sportswriter, took him to lunch and said how about writing something about hockey? He started writing about hockey and now we got two enclosed rinks in Bozeman and over 1,000 kids playing hockey and the same thing happened here. I thought we got to give these kids an opportunity.”
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
This week will be revealing for the Detroit Red Wings.
They’ve achieved a winning record on the strength of beating teams that don’t project to make the playoffs, but now come a trio of elites, one after the one: The Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, Florida Panthers on Thursday, and Dallas Stars on Saturday.
Recent tests — at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vegas Golden Knights — ended with losses. To their credit the Wings stayed with their structure and competed both nights, but the bottom line is they have measured up short against the teams they want to be among....
onday was a day off, common practice after playing back-to-back. The trip at least began on a winning note, as the Wings used their power play and Ville Husso’s goaltending to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets, at team hovering in the lower third of the standings. The Wings are 12-7-5 with a .604 winning percentage, clinging to fourth place in the Atlantic Division just one point ahead of the Panthers.
The Wings are 3-4-1 against teams that made the playoffs last season, earning victories against the New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators, and losing to the Rangers, Leafs, Los Angeles Kings (regulation and overtime) and Boston Bruins.
from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,
Two weeks into his Calder Trophy season four years ago, Elias Pettersson was thrown violently to the ice in Florida by defenceman Mike Matheson, who had been embarrassed by the rookie Vancouver Canuck earlier in the shift.
Pettersson got a concussion, Matheson a two-game suspension and the incident set off an inferno of debate about the culture of both the Canucks and the National Hockey League.
But even then, as a 19-year-old with the physique of a 2-iron, Pettersson was tougher than he seemed. Tougher mentally and physically. Four years later for Pettersson and two teams later for Matheson, the Canucks’ elite two-way centre victimized the Montreal Canadiens’ defenceman in overtime to give Vancouver an inexplicable 7-6 victory in front of fans who have rarely been so entertained.
Highlights are below.
* Just a day after the Stars rallied from a 5-1 deficit to force overtime against the Wild, the Canucks mounted the first four-goal comeback win of the 2022-23 season, capped off by Elias Pettersson scoring the fastest overtime goal in Canucks history.
* The Golden Knights held off a Bruins comeback attempt to earn a win in their 400th game and became the first team to capture a victory at TD Garden since April 16 (regular season & playoffs).
* Mitchell Marner and Jason Robertson are set to put their 19- and 18-game point streaks on the line when the Maple Leafs and Stars face off at American Airlines Center.
There was no post-game update on the upper-body injury except he will fly back to Denver with the team.
On this edition of One Big Question, the Hockey Central panel discuss and debate which NHL player, excluding Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Cale Makar, would be the most valuable to start a franchise with.
Keith Yandle picked Mo Seider. Watch at Sportsnet.
via Sportsnet's YouTube page,
Jeff and Elliotte discuss Erik Karlsson and Brock Boeser, Jacob Trouba and the New York Rangers, some details of the 2024 All-Star Game, define the word “Imminent” and talk about the play of Jordan Binnington.
Watch below and see the start times for each segment.
Jackets’ Forward Voráček Likely Out For Season
The Columbus Blue Jackets will likely be without fan favorite and forward Jakub Voráček for the remainder of the 2022-23 season, the 33-year-old told reporters Monday.
Voráček last played on Nov. 4, when Columbus fell 6-3 in the first of two games against the Colorado Avalanche in Tampere, Finland. Voráček, who explained that he’s highly unlikely to play again this season.
from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,
When Derek Lalonde started coaching the Detroit Red Wings, players quickly realized that he brought some of the Tampa Bay Lightning success with him.
“When we went into training camp and saw clips of what we were going to be doing and how we were going to be playing, there was a lot of seeing Tampa do it,” Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin said. “I think it is easy to get behind because it’s had success, it’s proven in what they do.
Lalonde was a Tampa Bay assistant coach for both of their recent Stanley Cup championships. Lalonde hasn’t transformed the Red Wings into the Tampa Bay Lightning. But we will see how the two teams compare Tuesday when they meet in Tampa. Lalonde has changed the team’s approach to playing the game. They are playing a simpler defensive style, paying more attention to preventing high danger scoring chances. The Red Wings were last in the NHL in that statistic last season, and today they rank 11th.
The Red Wings rank eighth with an average of 15.68 blocked shots per 60 minutes, and they are 14th in hitting. Even though Lalonde isn’t happy with the team’s consistency 5-on-5, the Red Wings’ scoring average of 3.17 goals-per-game ranks 15h.
Lalonde has even pushed hard on Larkin to be better in the defensive zone.
“Yeah there’s been some uncomfortable moments in video,” Larkin said. “That’s part of being a leader and part of being a top player. It’s meaningful when you’re in there and getting called out, because we’re all in this together and we all have to defend together and get better together. There has been some uncomfortable clips but I think it helps the group, it helps me.”
from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,
The point being: We are far enough along in the season that if a team isn’t performing, management will be getting a little antsy.
Let’s take a look at four teams looking for answers right now....
New York Rangers
I could be wrong, but I see the course correction coming organically here. I don’t think Drury has to do anything drastic at this time. This team will turn around. I know that’s a boring take, but this is an example of a team where patience will ultimately be the best course of action. Of course, I could be wrong. But there are times when GMs feel the pressure to do something drastic and end up doing something they absolutely regret.
But the bottom line is, the Caps have not hung in there standings-wise as MacLellan had hoped. They’re far from out of it, but a .462 points percentage through 26 games is indeed a hole dug.
MacLellan has 11 pending UFAs on his roster, including the likes of Dmitry Orlov, Lars Eller and Nick Jensen. Without a turnaround, the Caps GM will be in listening mode soon, followed by selling mode. We’re not there yet, but MacLellan will know what comes next by the new year.
Here’s the thing about this team, though — and maybe I’m totally wrong here, but I honestly believe it: There’s still a chance the Senators get on a heater and salvage some semblance of a season. Not a playoff spot, of course, but the kind of hockey for the rest of the season that at least reassures they’re on the right track.
Finally, there’s head coach Bruce Boudreau. He replaced Green behind the bench a year ago and his contract expires after this season, but given the pressure on management to enact change, I don’t think it’s a question of “if” but rather “when,” in terms of a Canucks coaching change. That’s the crappy part of the business, for sure.
Where this team sits after the March 3 trade deadline and what its salary-cap situation looks like heading into the offseason will be interesting to watch.
much more ($) on each of the above teams...
Did I catch anyone off guard?
via the Tampa Bay Lightning,
Assistant Coach Jeff Blashill spoke to the media following Monday's practice at Amalie Arena.
from Craig Merz at the CBJ website,
Jakub Voracek said Monday that his chances of playing again this season with the Columbus Blue Jackets are "very slim."
The 33-year-old forward sustained a concussion Nov. 4 at the 2022 NHL Global Series in Tampere Finland, when he was hit below the nose with a high stick from Dryden Hunt of the Colorado Avalanche. He has not played since.
"After talking to many people and many doctors we came to the conclusion that as of right now, I'm not capable of coming back, I won't be coming back anytime soon," Voracek said. "Obviously, I'm going to make my best efforts to do that (return) but it might be a long process and as of now I don't see myself playing in the near future.
"I had a lot of head injuries in the past and that's something I've got to think about and be smart about and that's where I stand right now."
Voracek said he is not contemplating retirement at this point. He is signed through the 2023-24 season.
"If I'm going to be medically cleared, I'm going to try. We'll see about that," he said. "And retirement? I can't retire, I'm still under contract. I would like to finish it off. If I'm going to be able to, I'll be happy about that. If I won't be, that's going to be up to doctors.
NEW YORK (Dec. 5, 2022) – Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Buffalo Sabres center Dylan Cozens and Dallas Stars left wing Jason Robertson have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 4.
from Travis Yost of TSN,
We are two months into the regular season, and though there is still time for this to change, what the Toronto Maple Leafs are yielding from a ragtag goaltending tandem has been impressive. Considering the sizable pressure on the Maple Leafs front office to deliver a Stanley Cup contender that can advance beyond the first round of the playoffs, banking on an injury-prone underperformer in Matt Murray and an unknown in Ilya Samsonov was risky.
What’s interesting about Toronto’s decision to dress Murray and Samsonov behind an otherwise talented lineup is that much of it was born from economic headwinds within the league. The league’s slowed salary cap growth, stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, pinched a number of top-spending teams, including Toronto. Combine that with a weak summer goaltending market, and Dubas’ options were limited.
Considering their skating talent advantage over most teams in the league, the Maple Leafs didn’t need the Murray-Samsonov tandem to be anything more than average – at least during the regular season. But even managing through injuries, it has held up incredibly well.
A fascinating part about Toronto’s first two months is, on the surface, you wouldn’t know the goaltending has outperformed relative to expectations. Toronto’s aggregate performance is actually underwhelming relative to the prior two seasons – true if you are looking at actual goal-scoring rates, or expected goal-scoring rates:
from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,
Coming off three consecutive losses, the Red Wings couldn’t afford to start a road trip with a loss. They got the win they needed vs. Columbus.
“Anytime you can start with a win on the road that’s what you want,” said Austin Czarnik, who scored Detroit’s first goal. “Now we go to three hard places to play who are really good teams. We just need to build off this and keep going.”
The road trip continues with games against the Tampa Bay Lightning (Tuesday), Florida Panthers (Thursday) and Dallas Stars (Saturday). Those three teams have a combined record of 41-23-10.
“(The win was) important, especially with what we’re up against,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said. “In our play of late, we’ve had trouble versus the league’s elite. We’re gonna get a few opportunities in the next week at that.”
The Red Wings took charge in this game by claim a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Czarnik and Dominik Kubalik. Czarnik was called up when Tyler Bertuzzi was put on the injured list for the second time.
“That was a focus point for us. We wanted a good start,” Czarnik said. “The last couple of games we’ve fallen behind, so that was a big focus for us. To be able to get our ahead is huge and we held the lead.”
Watch the extended game highlights below.
* In a contest Kirill Kaprizov and Jason Robertson each extended their recent strings of success, the Stars nearly completed a four-goal, third-period comeback, but the Wild halted all hopes with a shootout victory.
* Rasmus Dahlin and the Sabres outdueled Erik Karlsson and the Sharks in a showdown between the two highest-scoring defensemen in the NHL this season.
* Connor McDavid and Alex Ovechkin are set to go head-to-head for the 11th time in their careers, with the Capitals captain holding the all-time edge (WSH: 6-2-2; EDM: 4-5-1).
Lucas Raymond up first, below find Austin Czarnik, Mickey Redmond, Derek Lalonde and the game highlights.
The Wings played a very good first period and was in the lead 2-0 after 20 minutes.
The teams exchanged goals in the second to make it 3-1 Detroit heading to the third period.
In the third, both teams again scored a goal and the Wings win 4-2.
Detroit goals are below along with a Maatta interview
Hi everyone, and welcome to tonight’s game. I missed last night’s debacle, just lucky I guess, and, I almost missed tonight’s tilt as well.
Anyway, from what I’ve read, it was a throwaway. So back to the drawing board, and fix the darn power play, and, play the full 60 minutes like it’s the last 6 minutes of the third period. We may not get the win, but we’ll get to watch something better than last night’s exercise in futility.
It’s the Wings vs the Blue Jackets. The puck is set to drop around 6:00 PM, and will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit Extra and the Red Wings Radio Network (WWJ Newsradio 950 in Detroit).Also available on NHLPP/ESPN+ and BSOH.
It’s a Live Blog!
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
The Saturday evening tussle between the Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers marked the first time this season I’ve watched a hockey game on the CBC, and I felt like I’d hopped a flight to Las Vegas and landed in the midst of the MGM Grand Race & Sports Book.
Wall-to-wall gambling ads doesn’t even cover it. There were times when the face of the oleaginous Cabbie would appear to offer in-game updates or various betting parlays. Almost overnight, Hockey Night in Canada, one of our most sacred institutions, has become a gambling website. It’s not even NHL hockey — it’s FanDuel hockey.
HNIC isn’t alone. The wholesale takeover of the sports world by gambling interests has completely altered the simple experience of watching the game with your family on a Saturday night. ESPN, TSN, Sportsnet, TVA, now the CBC — they’re all in it, and the experience is the same whether you’re watching the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB or (for all I know) professional lacrosse.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- Jason Robertson has scored 80 goals in his first 152 NHL games with the Dallas Stars, which is hugely impressive. And getting more spectacular by the day. In the first 152 games of his career, Auston Matthews had 84 goals. Matthews leads Robertson in goals, Robertson leads Matthews in points, 164-148.
- Speculation continues about Matthews’ future with the Leafs, even though there is this season and next season on his contract. Some are saying he doesn’t like this roster much. But his on-ice body language suggests otherwise. Question to ponder: why would he make any decision on his future at this time of year, especially as he’s struggling and especially before you have any idea of what might happen in this season’s playoffs?
- Add Igor Shesterkin’s name to the list of goaltenders who have had marvelous seasons but not necessarily two in a row. Thatcher Demko is on that list, too. Once upon a time, the NHL had Dominik Hasek, Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, Ed Belfour, Grant Fuhr, Tom Barrasso, and Curtis Joseph. Today, there is Andrei Vasilevskiy and whichever goalie happens to be hot each year. The hot one this year: Ilya Sorokin of the Islanders.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up their five-game homestand Saturday with a frustrating 4-1 loss to Vegas.
“It’s going to be a little bit frustrating because I think the underlying numbers are going to look very similar to (Monday’s 4-2 loss to Toronto),” coach Derek Lalonde said. “There’s going to be some nerd telling us we should’ve won that game on expected goals. But that doesn’t happen against really good teams.”
Minutes after the game, Dylan Larkin turned his attention to Sunday’s date in Columbus, the start of a tough four-game trip during which he hopes his team can recoup some points.
“It’s just another one of those games where we’re really close, but it’s not enough to get a result,” Larkin said. “It hurts, but we got to switch focus and be ready to go tomorrow night because it’s back-to-back. We’ve been good on back-to-backs. We need to come out and play a solid road game.”
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