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* The Rangers scored five unanswered goals – bookended by tallies from Adam Fox and Ryan Reaves – to rally past the Maple Leafs. Reaves, who scored earlier in the game, recorded his first two goals since being traded to New York on July 29, 2021. 

Nazem Kadri also collected multiple points to eclipse 50 on the season and help the Avalanche blank the Ducks. 

* The NHL announced a comprehensive update to the 2021-22 regular-season schedule, including new dates for 98 games that had been postponed over the two-month period from Nov. 18, 2021 through Jan. 18, 2022, that will see all teams complete the full season by the original April 29 closing date.  

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Video- Dmitry Orlov Suspended Two Games

NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2022) – Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov has been suspended for two games, without pay, for kneeing Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers during NHL Game No. 695 in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Jan. 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 13:17 of the third period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Orlov will forfeit $51,000.00. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Watch the explanation below.

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Video- Saves Of The Week

Four minutes long.


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Updated NHL Schedule

NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2022) – The National Hockey League today announced a comprehensive update to the 2021-22 regular-season schedule, one that will enable all 32 teams to complete their respective 82-game slates by the regular season's original closing date of Friday, April 29.

The revised schedule includes:

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Afternoon Line- Ryan Reaves

“At some point, COVID just has to be a flu. We can’t just keep going through all the new variants and shutdowns. At some point, it’s just got to go away. We’ve got to live through it, deal with it and just understand if you’ve got symptoms, go test. If you’ve got it, stay home for a couple days. I think we’ve learned, especially this year, guys have been getting it, don’t even know they’ve had it most of the time. For me, I had it and it was two days and I felt completely fine. I had to test out, wait the five days, I missed two games when I felt I could have played. I hope we stop testing. I hope the world, in general, gets back. Because I’m sick of this, to be honest with you.”

-Ryan Reaves of the New York Rangers.  Sean Shapiro of The Athletic has more (paid) reaction from the players.

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Video- Goals Of The Week

Four minutes of your time.


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Video- Phillip Danault Slew Foot On Brayden Point?

The overhead view near the end of the video has the best view.


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A Tough Spot For The Media

from Scott Burnside of the Daily Faceoff,

There was a time when a veteran reporter like Jim Matheson in Edmonton, a member of the media arm of the Hockey Hall of Fame I might add, would have walked into the Edmonton Oilers locker room on an off day and maybe waited until the television cameras moved on, and sat down next to Leon Draisaitl and asked him about the many problems afflicting the slumping Edmonton Oilers.

Maybe Matheson, whom I have known and respected as a true pro since I got in this business almost 25 years ago, would have asked the same questions he asked Tuesday. Questions that were recorded in our new Zoom life and immediately digested, debated and digested and debated some more by folks on social media, the vast majority of whom have never had occasion to speak to a pro athlete, let alone ask one of the best players in the world why his team sucks.

That’s not an indictment of the commentary necessarily. Hey, it’s social media. Have at it, although it always infuriates me when other ‘journalists’ weigh in on these kinds of situations in what I can only assume is an effort to curry favor with their social media tribe. Don’t you have anything better to do? But I digress.

More than highlight the manner in which the Edmonton Oilers’ season has gone down the rabbit hole, Tuesday’s awkward interchange reinforces the great disconnect that has been created and exacerbated in these pandemic times between the player, coaches and executives of NHL teams and the reporters whose job it is to try and share the stories, good and bad, with the fans who are the lifeblood of the game.


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Video- A Hearing Today For Dmitry Orlov

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Overnight Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Elsewhere, I think Edmonton’s looking harder at acquiring a goalie. Remember: Jaroslav Halak has control in Vancouver and doesn’t seem inclined to move.

The Oilers are changing course on this issue because missing the playoffs is not an option and the frustration is boiling over. Scouting meetings are in California this week, so owner Daryl Katz can be heard first-hand.

I don’t get too riled up about the Jim Matheson-Leon Draisaitl skirmish. It happens, particularly when teams are losing. I’ve been on the receiving end; try to roll my eyes and move on.

The added challenge now is, with restricted access due to Covid, there’s no opportunity for a media member and a player to privately sort things out. Only adds to the disconnect.

What I would be concerned about from an Oilers point-of-view is the open frustration from Connor McDavid, Draisaitl, Zack Kassian and others. It’s multiple people over multiple days. That’s really bad; only wins stop an avalanche of negativity.

- Last week, mentioned that Carolina and Colorado will be in every trade rumour. I’d like to add Florida — for a defenceman. (There are teams who suspect they are in on Jakob Chychrun). It’s an all-in year for the Panthers. They’re really good and one more defender would be perfect for them.

- Purely my opinion, but I’m wondering about Patrik Laine. He needs a new contract next season before unrestricted free agency beckons. He’s shown he’s not afraid to play for his qualifying offer (did that this year). It comes down to Columbus. Do the Blue Jackets feel it is the best use of their resources — not only now, but down the road — to extend him at a big number and term?

- The lack of cap space will be the biggest impediment to making trades. So many teams are so tight, or in long-term injury. Arizona is using two of three retained-salary slots (Darcy Kuemper and Oliver Ekman-Larsson), so the Coyotes can only do one more. Other teams with space (Buffalo, Columbus, Detroit, Ottawa) could be kingmakers here.

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