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The Better Bruins

11/30/2022 at 9:54am EST

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

Tuesday’s Garden victory over the Lightning makes the Bruins 13-0 at home this season. In a league that’s more than 100 years old, no NHL team has ever won its first 13 home games. The Bruins are tied with the Devils for most points in the first quarter of their season.

Most new coaches inherit bad teams. It’s relatively easy to make them look average.

This is different. This is making a good team better. And it’s rare....

“It’s a combination of the way Monty sees the game,” said Sweeney, “similar to Bruce and Claude [Julien] in maintaining defensive structure, but also, looking at a five-man attack and being involved. Communication styles are different for all coaches, and that’s part of Monty’s personality. That needed to be allowed to play out. I envisioned it, having connected with the players.”

Less than five minutes after Sweeney said those words, Taylor Hall scored in the second minute of play to give the surging Bruins another early lead. A Hall one-timer from the high slot on the power play broke a 1-1 tie in the third and delivered yet another victory.

Hall is a former NHL MVP. And he’s playing on the third line . . . behind the first line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and DeBrusk. And the second line of Pavel Zacha, David Pastrnak, and Krejci.

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Revenge Game?

11/30/2022 at 9:46am EST

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The “beat Buffalo” challenge comes with a side order of payback. One month ago, the Sabres put an 8-3 beating on the Red Wings. Tage Thompson enjoyed a six-point night against the Red Wings’ defense and goalie Alex Nedeljkovic. Lalonde has already announced Nedeljkovic will start tonight.

The Sabres’ lopsided win over the Red Wings on Halloween night was part of a better-than-expected 7-3 start. The Sabres are a different team today. Since that good start, the Sabres are 2-10.

But their offensive might still makes them dangerous. They rank fifth in the NHL with a 3.68 goals-per-game scoring average. However, the impact of their scoring prowess is undermined by a 3.59 goals-against-average.

The 6-foot-7 Thompson is still thriving, boasting six points in his past four games. He has 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points in 22 games. The Sabres do have a quality power play (25.6%) and one of the NHL’s worst penalty killing efficiencies (70.4%).

We can guess Nedeljkovic, looking sharp in his relief role Monday, will be extra motivated tonight. That game is the primary reason why his GAA stands at 4.01.

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TSN Insiders Last Night

11/30/2022 at 9:40am EST

What's the latest on the sale of the Senators franchise? What are people around the NHL saying about Roope Hintz's new extension in Dallas? The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss these topics and more in the latest edition of Insider Trading.

Watch at TSN

Ned's Net Tonight

11/30/2022 at 6:48am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Nedeljkovic relieved Husso midway through Monday's 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, making 12 saves. That left Nedeljkovic with a 4.01 GAA and .880 save percentage in seven games.

"We’re all professionals so your routine doesn’t change that much, you always have to be ready to go in," Nedeljkovic said. "If you go in and you are not prepared and you get lit up, it doesn’t look good on you."

Lalonde had planned to start Nedeljkovic this week even before the Leafs doused a four-game winning streak, but hadn't decided which game. With Nedeljkovic making 12 saves against the Leafs, it was natural to give him the next game. That it was the Sabres wasn't really a factor, though it was Nedeljkovic who was in net when the Sabres hung eight on the Wings in a blowout on Halloween. Neither that night, nor when the New York Rangers hunt eight on the Wings on Nov. 10, did Lalonde make a goaltending change during the game. Monday was a season first for that.

"In those two games, where we took it on the chin, versus the Rangers and Buffalo, you could tell we had hit a wall as a team," Lalonde said. "Whether it was the workload coming up to it, whether it was just energy — you could feel that it was going to keep going. I didn’t want to do that to the goalie starting the next game."...

Ideally Nedeljkovic and Husso share more of the workload. Neither goalie has much history as a go-to guy — Nedeljkovic played 23 games for Carolina in the pandemic-shortened 2021 season, and Husso played a career-high 40 games last season with the St. Louis Blues. Balancing goaltenders is something Lalonde is learning to navigate after spending four years as an assistant coach with Tampa Bay, where Andrei Vasilevskiy ruled the pipes.

"I think there’s a lot to that," Lalonde said. "Coming from having a true No. 1, arguably the best goalie in the league in Vasy — it was the balance of playing him versus tiring him out and having enough in the tank for the playoffs. We are in a little different situation here with these two goalies. Neither of them have really played a 65-game schedule or workload in a season. So this is something we’ll have to keep evaluating throughout the year. We were in a fine line with playing Ville six in a row, but the schedule kind of played out a little bit.

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NHL Short Notes

11/30/2022 at 2:35am EST

* There’s a new benchmark for highest-scoring game of the 2022-23 season thanks to a 17-goal thriller between the Kraken and Kings that shifted back and forth with six tying goals (equaling a League record) before Seattle pushed its winning streak to six games.

* Alex Ovechkin scored twice in Vancouver to overtake Wayne Gretzky on the all-time road goals list and move within seven goals of joining him and Gordie Howe in the 800-goal club.

* A nine-game Tuesday saw a 3-1—4 performance by Blake Wheeler, the Bruins remain perfect at home since mid-April and Roman Josi climb the Predators all-time list with an overtime winner.


Video- Alex Ovechkin At The Top Of The Most Career Road Goals List

11/30/2022 at 1:00am EST

With 2 goals tonight, Alex Ovechkin passed Wayne Gretzky in career road goals with 403.

Below find the all-time list by adding one more goal for Ovechkin.

David Perron Looking Forward To Playing With Tyler Bertuzzi

11/29/2022 at 3:13pm EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Derek Lalonde made a few changes to his lines as the Detroit Red Wings try to start another winning streak.

One of the new looks at Tuesday's practice, as the Wings prepared to host the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday, had David Perron on a line with Tyler Bertuzzi (and Michael Rasmussen at center). Perron was enthusiastic about the possiblities.

"I love his game," Perron said. "I know he’s a hard worker, he always finds a way to be around the net, around the puck. He finds open areas of the ice.

"I haven’t played with him yet, so it’s going to be interesting for sure. I’m excited. He’s a guy that can make a lot more plays than he gets credit for, so I also have to be ready in those situations. I think he is a guy who will make those little plays and create that cycle game that I like to play as well."

In other changes, Lucas Raymond was moved back to Dylan Larkin's right wing (where Perron had been playing), with Dominik Kubalik on the left wing. Andrew Copp centered Oskar Sundqvist and Adam Erne, while the fourth line remained Joe Veleno with Jonatan Berggren and Pius Suter.

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Status Quo For The Wings

11/29/2022 at 12:13pm EST

Roope Hintz Signs An Eight-Year Extension With The Dallas Stars

11/29/2022 at 11:40am EST

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed center Roope Hintz to an eight-year contract extension, which begins in the 2023-24 season and runs through the 2030-31 season. The eight-year contract extension is worth $67.6 million and has an average annual value (AAV) of $8.45 million.

Hintz, 26, has skated in 22 contests this season with Dallas and is tied for third on the club with 24 points (8-16-24). Among team leaders, he shares first in shorthanded goals (1) and second in assists (16) and game-winning goals (2), while also third in plus/minus rating (+13). He also ranks second in TOI/G (17:01) and third in power play TOI/G (2:23) among team forwards.

Goaltending Is Now An Issue For The New York Rangers

11/29/2022 at 9:33am EST

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

We can pick at the line combinations, at the head coach’s allotment of ice time, at the regression of most of the kids who have been unable to use last year’s playoffs as a springboard to success, at the team’s lack of resilience.

We can and we have. More than once.

But that’s kind of like being unable to see the forest for the trees.

The primary reason the Rangers have not been able to replicate their performance from a year ago is that, 23 games into the season, last year’s Vezina winner would not get a single vote for the trophy if the balloting were conducted today.

Igor Shesterkin knows it and Igor Shesterkin is wearing it after surrendering another four goals in Monday’s depressing, but not unexpected 5-3 empty-net abetted defeat to the Devils at the Garden that left the Blueshirts a staggering 14 points behind New Jersey.

“The goalie played a s–t game again,” Shesterkin said without a translator after surrendering at least a couple of wonky ones in a game the Blueshirts actually led 2-0 after 3:01 of play. “I’m ashamed.”

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Coach Lalonde Fine With The Wings Play Last Night

11/29/2022 at 7:07am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings experienced the same, old result Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, losing 4-2, but they came away with a different vibe.

As coach Derek Lalonde put it, “You want your overall game to look like that. If we replicate that performance, we’re going to win more times than not.”

The Red Wings outshot the Leafs 43-25, generated more scoring chances and spent more time in Toronto’s zone than their own. The difference was they didn’t capitalize on enough of their chances against Matt Murray while the Maple Leafs didn’t need many opportunities to chase Ville Husso from the game.

Husso, Detroit’s best player this season, had an off night, allowing four goals on 13 shots and getting replaced by Alex Nedeljkovic at 8:37 of the second period.

“I’m sure if you ask him, he’s going to want maybe three of the four back, but that’s a tough task to not face much action at all,” Lalonde said. “And then what we did give up was unfortunately too good of a look to too good of players.”

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

NHL Short Notes

11/29/2022 at 1:59am EST

* The Devils and Golden Knights both earned their 10th road win of the season, with New Jersey becoming the third club in NHL history to reach the mark in 11 or fewer games (BUF: 10 GP in 2006-07 & BOS: 11 GP in 1929-30).

* Mitchell Marner and Jason Robertson each found the back of the net to extend their point streaks, both securing the second-longest run in their respective franchise’s history in the process.

* The Islanders and Kraken will both aim to extend win streaks Tuesday, with Seattle looking to establish a franchise benchmark with its sixth consecutive victory.

Videos- Talking To The Media After A 4-2 Loss To Toronto

11/28/2022 at 10:45pm EST

Derek Lalonde up first.

Below find Dylan Larkin, the game highlights and Mickey Redmond.

Quick Recap- DRW/TML

11/28/2022 at 9:36pm EST

Offensively the Wins had an off night. They either could not hit the net, fanned on a shot or their shot could not get through to the goal.

Credit to the Leafs who capitalized on their chances and had a 4-1 lead after the second period.

Detroit scored with about seven minutes left in the third period to make it 4-2 but there was no more scoring. Toronto wins 4-2.

Detroit goals are below.

Team stats.

Buffalo visits Detroit on Wednesday night, the game is on TNT at 7pm.

Coach Lalonde Looking For Consistency

11/28/2022 at 5:29pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Coach Derek Lalonde, though pleased with the 20-game start, wants to see more of a long-range view of his team.

To Lalonde, this still constitutes a small sample size. Get back to Lalonde around the midseason point, around 40 games.

"You start getting into that 40, even what we call dog days, into that 50-, 60-, 70-game range, now it’s a battle of attrition," Lalonde said. "Everyone is at the top of their game (at that juncture). We're still some time away from that."

The Wings have improved in every major statistical category compared to the end of last season. What pleases Lalonde most, is the progress defensively.

There have been three major blowout losses to New Jersey, Buffalo and the New York Rangers (22 goals allowed) which skew the Wings' defensive numbers worse than what they could be. The Wings entered 14th in goals-against, a dramatic improvement over last season's 31st xxx.

"We're not rolling out what these top teams are rolling out (offensively), which is fine," Lalonde said. "We know what we are and who we are, but for the most part, especially lately, our five-on-five defense has been pretty good."

Lalonde mentioned last week how the "vibe" in the locker room is good, what with a four-game win streak heading into Monday's game and the improvement in the standings.

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Theory On Why The Wings Claimed Magnus Hellberg

11/28/2022 at 2:27pm EST

There is more to this thread, read Sean Shapiro's recent Twitter feed.

Looking For A Playoff Spot

11/28/2022 at 1:59pm EST

from Michael Traikos of the National Poat,

There are six teams that were in the Stanley Cup playoffs last year — Florida, Washington and the New York Rangers in the East, and Calgary, Minnesota and Nashville in the West — who wouldn’t be in the playoffs if the season ended today.

Luckily for them, the season doesn’t end after the first two months.

But it does raise a couple of questions: which teams currently on the outside looking in will be in the dance when the season ends? And more importantly, who will they unseat?

I can’t see the Panthers, who are two points back of the final wild card spot, missing out. Not after finishing with the best record in the NHL last year. The same goes for the Rangers, who are one point out of the playoffs after reaching the East final a year ago.

In the West, the Wild just need some consistent goaltending to get back in the playoff picture. Meanwhile, the Flames should be a playoff team once Jonathan Huberdeau finds chemistry with his new team.

As for who they replace, well this is where it gets tough.

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Stars Of The Week

11/28/2022 at 1:33pm EST

NEW YORK (Nov. 28, 2022) – Dallas Stars left wing Jason Robertson, Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey and New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 27.

A Wrongful Dismissal Suit Filed Against The Vancouver Canucks

11/28/2022 at 11:51am EST

from Jonathan Tovell of The Hockey News,

Former Vancouver Canucks employee Rachel Doerrie alleged the team and assistant GM Emilie Castonguay discriminated against her.

Doerrie filed a human rights complaint with the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal on Nov. 22 and shared the document on Twitter Sunday evening. She alleged that her sex, mental and physical disabilities played a role in her termination on Sept. 27.

Castonguay is specifically named in the complaint “because of the central role she played in the termination of Ms. Doerrie’s employment,” said the document, written by Peter Gall, Doerrie's counsel. The Canucks are also named as a respondent.

Doerrie alleged that Castonguay grew “cold” towards her after Doerrie was promoted to the coaching staff as an analyst and assistant to the video coach. That eventually led to Castonguay allegedly saying to Doerrie, “I don’t know if you have what it takes to do the job, mentally.”

“Ms. Doerrie suffered damage to her dignity, self-esteem, and physical and mental health resulting from Ms. Castonguay's comments, and her subsequent treatment by Ms. Castonguay,” the document alleged. “She also suffered financial losses arising from her unexpected loss of employment.”

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Ville Husso In The Starter's Net At The Morning Skate

11/28/2022 at 10:55am EST

via Ansar Khan tweet,

Ville Husso in starter’s net, so he’ll make his sixth consecutive start tonight vs. Leafs.

Paying The Price For Shot-Blocking

11/28/2022 at 9:16am EST

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Injured Elmer Soderblom won’t be available for tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and still doesn’t appear to be close to returning. He suffered a lower body injury while shot-blocking on Nov. 8 against the Montreal Canadiens.

“I’m told maybe a week now,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said. “It’s been a little frustrating for me not knowing. This was day to day and now we’re in the 2-3 weeks, it’s lower body, it’s just going to take some time. I would not expect him on this homestand.”

The Red Wings have been unlucky when it comes to blocking shots. Tyler Bertuzzi, Filip Zadina and now Soderblom have all suffered injuries that have taken them out of the lineup.

But shot blocking makes teams harder to play against and the Red Wings are 11th in the NHL with 339 blocks. Lalonde views injuries as the price to be paid for a successful style.

“That’s what winning looks like,” Lalonde said. “If we would have told our guys we’d be sitting where we are right now and the sacrifice would have been some injuries over blocked shots, every single player would have taken
that, and that’s exactly where we’re at.”

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Detroit's Reverse Retro Jersey Debuts Tonight

11/28/2022 at 6:18am EST

from Ryan Ford of the Detroit Free Press,

When the Detroit Red Wings take the ice on Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, they’ll be making history, of sorts: The franchise will wear black — or at least black stripes — for the first time in 95 seasons.

That’s part of Adidas’ “Reverse Retro” uniform program for the 2022-23 season. It’s the second iteration from the NHL’s official supplier, after a round of alternates during the 2020-21 season.

The Wings’ outfits that season were a little, uh, underwhelming — almost all-white jerseys with silver stripes supposedly paying tribute to the uniforms the franchise wore in 2017 for the NHL’s centennial celebration. This season’s outfit is anything but that, with a heavy red colorway broken up by black stripes and a thin block-lettered “Detroit” across the chest.

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See the sweater below.

NHL Short Notes

11/28/2022 at 1:53am EST

* Josh Morrissey assisted on three of Winnipeg’s seven goals to match the franchise record for most in a game by a defenseman and continued his strong start to the 2022-23 season.

* While Erik Karlsson accomplished a franchise-first for the Sharks, his opponent Quinn Hughes guided the Canucks to an overtime victory Sunday.

* Matty Beniers outdueled Trevor Zegras and recorded his second three-point outing in three games to help the Kraken tie the franchise’s longest winning streak.

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