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NHL Short Notes

10/26/2022 at 3:21am EDT

* For the third time in as many seasons, an NHL games played record has fallen. This time it was Phil Kessel skating in his 990th consecutive game, establishing the longest "Ironman” streak in League history.

* Phil Kessel’s milestone evening, taking place in the same arena in which he won the first Stanley Cup of his career (2016 w/ PIT), also included becoming the 12th U.S.-born player in NHL history to reach the 400-goal mark.

* Marc-Andre Fleury returned to his home province to play his 944th career game and passed Curtis Joseph for sole possession of sixth place on the League’s all-time list among goaltenders.

Phil Kessel Is The New Ironman Of The NHL

10/25/2022 at 10:57pm EDT

via the NHL PR department,

Golden Knights forward Phil Kessel skated in his 990th consecutive regular-season game Tuesday and passed Keith Yandle (989 GP from March 26, 2009–March 29, 2022) for sole possession of the longest “Ironman” streak in NHL history.

* Yandle had held sole possession of the League’s lengthiest consecutive games played streak since Jan. 25, 2022, when he played in his 965th straight contest to surpass longtime NHL record holder Doug Jarvis (964 GP from Oct. 8, 1975–Oct. 10, 1987). Yandle extended his run to 989 contests before he was scratched by the Flyers for their game on April 2.

* Read more below on Kessel’s unlikely streak that was preceded by a cancer diagnosis at age 19 and has included two championships, various viral moments, a plethora of pranks with teammates as well as multiple interactions with prominent members of society ranging from professional wrestlers to U.S. presidents.

TSN Insiders Tonight

10/25/2022 at 6:54pm EDT

The Canucks are the last remaining winless team in the NHL and calls for changes are getting louder and louder. How much more of this can Vancouver ownership take before undergoing a major shakeup? The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss that, Minnesota's slow start, the World Cup of Hockey and more in Insider Trading.

Watch at TSN

Still Winless In Vancouver

10/25/2022 at 4:39am EDT

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Well, at least we’re guaranteed another couple of days without martial law on the West Coast.

After terrorizing the fan base with their performance, and the spectacularly quotable criticisms by their coach and president in their home-opener on Saturday, the Vancouver Canucks had a more noble 3-2 loss Monday to the formidable Carolina Hurricanes.

But it was still wholly unsatisfactory, as Vancouver dipped to 0-5-2 and remain the National Hockey League’s only winless team.

And the worst part of what could have been a bounceback night for the franchise, was that yet again the game was there for the Canucks in the third period, tied 1-1, only to have them yield easy goals to Sebastian Aho and Jesper Fast on the second and third shifts of the final frame.

In their seven games, the Canucks have been outscored 17-2 after the second intermission.


Game highlights are below

NHL Short Notes

10/25/2022 at 3:46am EDT

* Exactly half the games contested Monday featured a comeback win courtesy of the Oilers, Capitals and Senators – contests that included a three-point period for Leon Draisaitl, the 122nd career game-winning goal for Alex Ovechkin and a new franchise rookie record set by Ottawa’s Shane Pinto.

* It’s been nearly 13 years – 4,738 days to be exact – since Phil Kessel made his Maple Leafs debut. As fate would have it, the now Golden Knights forward tied Keith Yandle for longest “Ironman” streak in NHL history against the club where it all started.

* Rasmus Dahlin and the Sabres will look to keep streaks alive as Buffalo has the opportunity to sweep a road trip of at least four games for just the third time in franchise history on a 10-game Tuesday.

Not A Happy GM In Minnesota

10/24/2022 at 7:44pm EDT

from Michael Russo of The Athletic,

As much as any Wild fan, Bill Guerin is disappointed and dumbfounded by the team’s inexplicable 1-3-1 start after a franchise-record 113-point season a year ago.

He can’t believe how many good, relied-upon players are off to subpar starts. He’s dismayed by the overall defensive play. And he’s displeased with the= compete level, not so much in regards to effort but in how the team is working....

He doesn’t want to waste an option this early by storming the locker room gates and tearing into guys. And, for now, he’s letting the coaches coach and hasn’t gone the route of hosting individual meetings.

But the Wild general manager made clear during a sitdown with The Athletic on Sunday’s off day in Montreal that it’s time for Wild players to get their acts together or there is a danger of things going off the rails.

“I think it’s simple here: We’re just not a pretty team,” Guerin said, which is a stunning statement when one considers last season’s entertaining squad was a very pretty team.

“We have some skill — maybe not as much as some other teams — so when we don’t play hard, heavy, physical, when our competitive level isn’t where it needs to be, we struggle. And when we are, we’re good. That’s how we became good. We’re not doing that right now. I don’t see it. And I want to start seeing it.”

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Quite The Honor For Stan Fischler

10/24/2022 at 5:44pm EDT

from Cory Wright of the Islanders website,

The banners hanging in the rafters at UBS Arena represent the ultimate accolade the New York Islanders can give one of its legendary players. Each one of them tells a story about a player who left an indelible mark on the franchise.

But what about the storytellers? How can a team honor the media figures who bridge the connection between player and fan? There is perhaps no bigger honor a team can bestow on a media member than naming its press box after them and on Wednesday, the press level at UBS Arena will officially be named after Stan Fischler.

"To have my name on the press box is roughly equivalent to something like having a little banner for me," Fischler said. "In my personal journalistic life, this is the crown jewel."

Fischler has been a fixture around the Islanders for 50 years. He covered the team as a writer during the first game in franchise history in 1972 and was a part of the Islanders first telecast in 1974-75. For years, he was beamed into living rooms on SportsChannel and MSG Networks, bringing his unique interview style, hockey acumen and love of the Islanders into fans' homes.


Connor McDavid Grows Off The Ice

10/24/2022 at 4:24pm EDT

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

As former Face of the Game Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins arrive for a Monday night meeting and their only visit to Rogers Place this season, you may have noticed his successor has become a more eloquent, patient and cooperative spokesman this season, whose answers to questions let us in more than they ever have.

Off camera, he’s hanging around to kibitz or answer a few extra questions now, something he’s never done before. He’s asking questions now, not just answering them. He’s talking football, or golf, or whatever’s going on in the world outside the locker room.

At long last, Connor McDavid is becoming a spokesman for the game, not a prisoner of it, ready to accept the role that his otherworldly game thrust upon him long before he was ready for that part of the job.

“I am older — this is my eighth season now, and I’m starting to understand how the league works a little bit better,” McDavid said during a candid conversation Sunday afternoon, before he settled into the Chiefs-49ers game.


Afternoon Line -J.T. Miller

10/24/2022 at 4:04pm EDT

Stars Of The Week

10/24/2022 at 1:02pm EDT

NEW YORK (Oct. 24, 2022) -- Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk and New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 23.

It's All About The Cup In Las Vegas

10/24/2022 at 8:28am EDT

from Ryan S. Clark of ESPN,

Perspective can be everything. Look no further than the Vegas Golden Knights.

Missing the playoffs for the first time in franchise history last year has led to questions that had never really been asked about the team before. Then again, this is just the sixth season in franchise history, and the Golden Knights actually finished the 2021-22 campaign well above .500 while also posting the second-most victories in a season in their brief existence.

But lofty expectations have become the standard. That is what happens when a franchise reaches the Stanley Cup Final in its first season and the Western Conference finals in two others. Arriving at those heights only to fall short has since fostered a win-at-all costs culture. It has led the Golden Knights to change coaches along with significant portions of their roster at what might be considered a breakneck pace.

This is what happens when winning a Stanley Cup is the only goal that matters.

"I think when you come here to a team like this, your goal should be to win the Stanley Cup," Golden Knights center Jack Eichel said. "I think we have the players in here to do it. I think that's the standard this organization holds themselves to. ... But it's such a long way away. Nobody has ever achieved a goal eight months away tomorrow. You have to take care of your business throughout the year and give yourself a chance."


NHL Short Notes

10/24/2022 at 12:13am EDT

* After dropping their first two games of 2022-23, the Blackhawks have rallied with three straight wins – overcoming a multi-goal deficit in each contest and joining rare company in the process.

* The retooled Red Wings are off to their best start in more than a decade, with offseason acquisition Dominik Kubalik leading the way by collecting eight points through his first five games of the campaign.

* Phil Kessel is set to tie Keith Yandle for the longest “Ironman” streak in NHL history and will do so in Toronto – a place where his stretch began nearly 13 years ago as a member of the Maple Leafs.

Hockey Notes In Late October

10/23/2022 at 9:11am EDT

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

-- A five-game assessment of the Leafs by an NHL coach: “That’s a soft team. Really talented, but soft. You don’t go anywhere being that soft.” And right after that, it was no accident the Leafs added Wayne Simmonds and Kyle Clifford to the lineup Saturday night.

- The Florida Panthers had 122 points last season with Aaron Ekblad as their best defenceman and MacKenzie Weegar their No. 2. Now Ekblad is injured and Weegar is in Calgary. And poor Paul Maurice is coaching the same kind of defence that got him in trouble in Winnipeg.

- In the 2017 NHL draft, the Dallas Stars took defenceman Miro Heiskanen and goalie Jake Oettinger in the first round and high-scoring forward Jason Robertson in the second round. That’s three all-stars in two rounds, almost a career changer for the affable 64-year-old general manager, Jim Nill.

- The Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche began the season with Nazem Kadri gone to Calgary and now captain Gabriel Landeskog is out for three months. That’s 18 playoff goals and 37 playoff points missing from the champs’ roster.

a few more notes, mostly Toronto related...

It's Bad In Vancouver

10/23/2022 at 3:43am EDT

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

The Vancouver Canucks have never had a home-opener like this one. Has anybody?

In their first game in front of their paying fans, 11 days into a season in which everyone in the organization believes the National Hockey League playoffs are the baseline goal, the Canucks lost 5-1 Saturday to the Buffalo Sabres and were booed off the ice at Rogers Arena.

Three times late in a listless third period, when the Canucks barely competed despite trailing only 2-1 when it began, Vancouver jerseys had to be scraped off the ice after being discarded like trash by fans who have seen too many losses over too many seasons.

After a winless five-game road trip to start the year, the Canucks are 0-4-2. They have 40 home games remaining. Forty!

A jersey on the ice was the symbolic last straw for the Jim Benning-Travis Green era last season. Both were fired on Dec. 5, the evening after the Canucks came home from a long road trip and were beaten 4-1 by the Pittsburgh Penguins on a Hockey-Night-in-Canada Saturday night.

The new regime, headed by president Jim Rutherford and general manager Patrik Allvin, can’t possibly wait until December if this continues.


Below, Rutherford after the game and the game highlights.

NHL Short Notes

10/23/2022 at 3:21am EDT

* Stars forward Joe Pavelski posted 3-1—4 to eclipse Brett Hull as the oldest player in franchise history with a hat trick and help Dallas extend its season-opening point streak.

* Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin found the back of the net once again to extend the longest season-opening goal streak by a blueliner in NHL history.

* David Poile of the Predators served his 3,000th career regular-season game as an NHL general manager and became the first GM in League history to reach the milestone.

32 Thoughts Tonight

10/22/2022 at 9:35pm EDT

On this edition of 32 Thoughts, Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman give an update on where Jakob Chychrun may land and also discuss the NHL looking to play future games in Australia and the candidates for the top jobs in Hockey Canada.

Watch at Sportsnet

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Elite Talent On Display

10/22/2022 at 6:26pm EDT

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It seems as if the dead puck era is as much a thing of the past as the Flyers winning Stanley Cups and the Maple Leafs winning playoff series.

Because while we are operating under a small sample size of 70 games having been played through Thursday, NHL clubs are scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game, the highest threshold in 30 years, since teams recorded an average 3.63 GPG in 1992-93.

Over the first 10 days of the year, seven or more combined goals had been scored in 39 of the first 70 contests. That does not include the two — only two — shootouts that have transpired.

It’s a veritable offensive explosion. Games are fun, even if lacking in uniform intensity. The league’s average save percentage of .902 is the lowest since 2005-06, the first year of the hard cap era, in which the new-age rules meant to open up the game were instituted following the Shanahan Summit and power plays were cheaper by the dozen.

A footnote: Brendan Shanahan, who conceived, convened and covered all the expenses of the congress, deserves credit for imagining the ultra-modern game.


McDavid In Motion

10/22/2022 at 6:07pm EDT

Morning Line -Jared Bednar

10/22/2022 at 8:43am EDT

“Sloppy. Poor execution. Really the whole night,” Bednar said. “So that’s why we didn’t get any shots. Tough to get shots when you can’t execute. Whether it’s decisions, execution: sloppy. Spent the whole night defending.”

-Jared Bednar, head coach of the Colorado Avalanche after a 3-2 home loss to the Seattle Kraken. Bennett Durando of the Denver Post has more.

Watch the game highlights below.

Up Close Scorers

10/21/2022 at 4:15pm EDT

from Frank Seravalli of The Daily Faceoff,

The average goal scored in the NHL last season was fired from 22.3 feet away – a number that on paper probably seems further than you might imagine with players hacking and whacking in rebounds from just outside the blue paint.

And that number checks out when you do a deeper dive on the very best Net-Front Scorers in the game, the latest in our Daily Faceoff Archetype Rankings project.

Take a gander at their average shot distances, below, and you’ll see that every one of them blasts an average shot less than 30 feet away from the cage. They are not Corsi Champions who fling the puck on goal from anywhere. They aren’t snipers. These guys greasy and dirty, the battlers who go to the ‘hard’ areas and every other hockey cliche you can conjure as they clean up the garbage.


An Ugly Night At MSG

10/21/2022 at 8:27am EDT

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Before the Garden crowd took the low road by booing David Quinn when the Rangers flashed a picture of him on the video screen thanking him for his service, the one-time Blueshirts coach weighed in on his former team.

“They’ve got stars everywhere,” he said. “They’ve got stars in net, they’ve got stars on the blue line, they’ve got stars up front …”

Hours later, playing against Quinn’s current team from San Jose that had opened the season 0-5 while outscored by an aggregate 19-8, the Rangers played like a team of stars trying to win with skill rather than will.

They were disconnected and frustrated when early power plays did not connect. They practiced the fine art of poke-checking over and over again. They yielded swatches of open ice in a game where the Sharks were free to roam. Not a single Blueshirts skater was exempt from criticism.

And the Rangers lost, deservedly so, 3-2 in overtime on Erik Karlsson’s shot into an all-but-empty net at 0:49 after a typically dreadful attempt at defending that was a carryover from the third period in which the Blueshirts were outshot 16-2.


NHL Short Notes

10/21/2022 at 3:20am EDT

* Juraj Slafkovsky tallied for the first time in his NHL career, while fellow No. 1 pick Rasmus Dahlin achieved a first-of-its-kind goal streak in the Sabres’ victory at Scotiabank Saddledome.

* Slafkovsky and Dahlin weren’t the only No. 1 picks to shine Thursday, with Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins combining for eight points as Edmonton handed Carolina its first loss of the season.

* New Detroit head coach Derek Lalonde can achieve a franchise-first when the Red Wings and Blackhawks square off in their 750th all-time head-to-head game, while the Lightning and Panthers are set to open their four-game season series after the clubs met in the 2022 Second Round.

Morning Line -Jim Matheson

10/20/2022 at 11:52am EDT

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