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Auston Matthews Out With A Knee Sprain

01/27/2023 at 10:33am EST

The TSN Insiders Last Night

01/27/2023 at 6:58am EST
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.

That Net Looks Small

01/27/2023 at 6:47am EST

NHL Short Notes

01/27/2023 at 1:02am EST

* 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).

But Beer And Hockey Go Together

01/26/2023 at 3:57pm EST

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.


Video- Super Stats

01/26/2023 at 1:14pm EST

In the first half of the NHL regular season.

Boston Bruins' Upcoming Games and Predictions

01/26/2023 at 12:57pm EST

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.

Streaming Or Watching On Cable

01/26/2023 at 12:08pm EST

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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Stadium Series Sweaters Unveiled

01/26/2023 at 10:08am EST

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.

see the sweater below.

Attracting New Fans

01/26/2023 at 9:54am EST

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.


NHL Short Notes

01/26/2023 at 3:00am EST

* Mitchell Marner scored the game winner just 19 seconds into the extra frame while Sebastian Aho hit the 200-goal mark as the Maple Leafs and Hurricanes both rallied to overtime victories.

* Jared McCann became the first player to tally 50 career goals with Seattle as the Kraken eclipsed their 2021-22 point total in just 47 games.

* The Bruins and Lightning will each put lengthy win streaks on the line when the Atlantic Division foes face off during Thursday’s nine-game slate.

Ryan O'Reilly Wants To Stay In St. Louis

01/25/2023 at 9:20pm EST

from Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic,

But don’t rule out the possibility of a contract extension with the Blues, O’Reilly told The Athletic Wednesday.

“Yeah, we’re starting to get a little dialogue going,” he said. “I think there will be some talks kind of going forward here, but yeah, there’s no timeline or such. That’s kind of all I can really give you on that.

“This is where I want to be. I hope I don’t get moved, but I think things will probably progress, especially with the deadline coming up and the talks with that. We’ll see how it goes. We’re starting to get into that.”

In the meantime, NHL clubs will be in contact with Armstrong about what it will take to trade for O’Reilly, and the rumors will continue to roll in.

“I still get messages from buddies every time — you’re rumored to this team, you’re rumored to that team,” O’Reilly said. “It’s honestly in one ear and out the other at this point. If anything, it’s a distraction, and I don’t want it to be a distraction for the team. You hear stuff, but like I said, in one ear, out the other.

“The main focus for me right now is just getting healthy and getting us back into the playoffs, and I think things will flow from there. My focus is to be here and contribute to us getting into the playoffs.”

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Lou Lamoriello Points His Finger At Himself

01/25/2023 at 7:00pm EST

from Amalie Benjamin of the NHL website,

Lou Lamoriello said he accepts responsibility for the New York Islanders' recent struggles and will continue to try to improve the team ahead of the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline on March 3.

"There's no excuses. Because it's on me, totally on me," the Islanders general manager said Wednesday. "That's my responsibility to make us the best we possibly can, to make whatever changes we can. That's not on the coaching staff, that's not on the players, and I take that responsibility. It's making it happen. There's a lot of reasons why sometimes you can and you can't, and those are decisions you have to make. But I take full responsibility for whatever changes are or are not made."

The Islanders (23-21-5) are on a five-game skid (0-3-2) heading into their game at the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, TVAS, MSGSN, ESPN+). They've lost nine of their past 10 games (1-6-3) after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season coming off appearances in the 2020 Eastern Conference Final and 2021 Stanley Cup Semifinals. They are five points behind the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins for the two wild cards into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, but there are two teams (Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers) between them and the Capitals and Penguins.

"I think that if we can make ourselves better, whether it had been yesterday or the day before or today or tomorrow, we will definitely do that," Lamoriello said.


Afternoon Line -Derek Lalonde

01/25/2023 at 5:50pm EST

Lalonde got a kick out of meeting Moritz Seider‘s father.

“He comes right up to me and says, ‘Hey, I’m Seider.’ I’m like. ‘What are you a music star? No first name. Like Seal or Bono?,” Lalonde said. “Those are those neat, awesome experiences that you get to know people a little bit and someday we’ll laugh about it for a while.”

-Derek Lalonde, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings on meeting Mo Seider's dad. Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now has more.

Video- Juuso Valimaki Fined For Slashing

01/25/2023 at 5:21pm EST

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Juuso Valimaki has been fined $4,189.19, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Anaheim Ducks forward Max Jones during NHL Game No. 763 in Tempe on Tuesday, Jan. 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 3:20 of the second period. Valimaki was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for slashing.

Watch the slash below.

Concern About Gambling Ads On Kids

01/25/2023 at 10:05am EST

from Arwa Mahdawi of The Guardian,

Before the US legalized single-event sports betting in 2018, the NHL opposed the idea. However, the “the landscape in North America has changed,” the NHL’s chief business officer, Keith Wachtel, told Canadian parliamentarians in 2021 – specifically, “technological innovation, increased partner sophistication and … a true understanding of how a regulated legal sports market can better promote responsibility and integrity versus a non-regulated market.” As it happens, the NHL probably also figured out it can make a lot of money – as much as $216m in annual revenue, according to research from the American Gaming Association.

When it comes to guys like Matthews and McDavid, one obvious concern is that adult viewers and fans will act on these endorsements and, despite tools to set limits, become addicts. But a lot of kids watch hockey, too. Nobody, it seems – including those who pushed for the changes to Canada’s criminal code that have allowed for single-event betting, like MP Brian Masse – really thought about that. He told the CBC he was now worried about the potential impacts of the ads on kids.

What can be done?

In Canada, anyway, there might be a pathway to more stringent regulation. The CRTC, Canada’s federal telecommunications regulator, already has established rules around alcohol advertising that state it cannot contain an endorsement from “any person … who is or is likely to be a role model for minors,” including for a full 10 years after they’ve retired from that activity. This rule kicked-in in 2003, when former NHL commentator Don Cherry endorsed Molson beer. The ads were eventually pulled after complaints. I asked the CRTC whether it was considering extending its rules for alcohol endorsement to single-event sports betting. “It is the responsibility of the advertiser to ensure the legality of airing all its commercials,” a CRTC spokesperson replied. “I don’t have any further information on this issue, and am not in a position to speculate.”

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Video- TSN Insiders Last Night

01/25/2023 at 9:28am EST

via TSN's YouTube page,

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss how Ryan O'Reilly is officially in play ahead of the trade deadline, how Max Domi is a trade target for cap-crunched teams, why the Sens could be open to buying and selling, and much more.

NHL Short Notes

01/25/2023 at 6:10am EST

* Kris Letang returned to the Penguins’ lineup after an 11-game absence and made an immediate impact – recording 2-2—4, which also included scoring the overtime winner.

* The Bruins picked up another two points Tuesday and made NHL history by requiring the fewest games by any team to collect 80 standings points in a single season.

* Andrei Vasilevskiy earned his 250th career victory as the Lightning collected their 10th consecutive win at AMALIE Arena and moved within one of matching their franchise record for longest home win streak.

* The NHL announced details of the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills presented by DraftKings Sportsbook and the format of the seven events on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports).

Gary Bettman On Tanking, The Salary Cap And More

01/24/2023 at 9:11pm EST

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was at the Bell Centre to watch Tuesday night’s game between the Canadiens and Boston Bruins, sitting with team owner/president Geoff Molson and France Margaret Bélanger, the president of sports and entertainment for Groupe CH.

Here are some of the topics Bettman was asked about.

On the possibility of teams tanking to get the No. 1 pick at this year’s NHL draft and the chance to select generational player Connor Bedard:

“Nobody tanks because we have a weighted lottery. You’re not going to lose games to increase your odds by a couple of percentage points. That’s silly. And, frankly, suggesting tanking I believe is inconsistent with the professionalism that our players and our coaches have. Nobody tanks. Our players and our coaches do their best to win. And, again, just because you may finish with the worst record in the league you’ve got something like a 75 per cent chance that you’re not going to get the first pick.”

On the possibility of Quebec City one day getting an NHL team again after losing the Nordiques:

“I know there’s been constant speculation about that. We’re not in an expansion mode. If we decide to participate or have the possibility of expansion we’ll let the people of Quebec City know — those who might want to own a team. This is a conversation Geoff and I have had over the years. I know there’s rumour and speculation as to what the Canadiens’ position would be and I would tell you for a certainty Geoff has constantly over the years said to me if, in fact, we as a league wanted to expand he’d welcome a team in Quebec City.”

On the salary cap expected to go up by $1 million next season to $83.5 million:

“General managers, teams make their owns decisions as to how to manage the cap. Some have different philosophies about how much room and flexibility they need and others go right up to the cap and take their chances. I don’t second-guess any of them.

“What we have been saying as recently as the board meeting in December is that based on our current projections, most but not all the escrow (from players) should be paid this season....

more on the last question plus more Q & A...

Dealing With Mental Health Issues In The NHL

01/24/2023 at 7:23pm EST

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Ethan Bear missed a National Hockey League game on Saturday night because his dog died. The next day his wife delivered their first baby, an emotional weekend that was expected to see him miss a second game Tuesday night.

If he were a fan, and he simply chose to stay home and mourn the passing of his pup, most everyone would understand. If that fan took a day off of work, would anyone bat an eye?

That Bear is a defenceman on the Vancouver Canucks however, caused some — not all, but some — to question his commitment.

It’s to be expected, frankly. In a sport where players were once made to attend a team practice ahead of the birth of a child, taking a game off after the death of a pet is quite a change indeed.

Or is there another word for it?


“Some people would be completely fine. Sad and upset, but it wouldn’t affect their day-to-day life,” said Oilers winger Zach Hyman, whose family dog is a Husky named Lady. “And for some people, it would absolutely crush them. They wouldn't be able to get out of bed.

“You can't judge somebody on how they feel. It's an individual question.”


All About The All-Star Skills Competition

01/24/2023 at 4:40pm EST

NEW YORK (Jan. 24, 2023) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced the details of the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by DraftKings Sportsbook and the format of the seven events that will showcase hockey’s top talent on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports) at the home of the Florida Panthers, FLA Live Arena, in Sunrise, Fla.

Highlighting the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by DraftKings Sportsbook are three new events, two of which will feature NHL All-Stars displaying their skills in outdoor environments that typify the distinctive appeal and character of the State of Florida. The Enterprise NHL Splash Shot will situate All-Stars on the picturesque beach of Fort Lauderdale, and the Chipotle NHL Pitch ‘n Puck™ challenges All-Stars to combine their hockey and links skills on an iconic Sunshine State golf hole. Also new this year is an innovative netminding skills test, the Discover NHL Tendy Tandem™.

The State Of The Tampa Bay Lightning

01/24/2023 at 3:30pm EST

from Chris Krenn of TampaBayLightning.com,

With the Tampa Bay Lightning just past the halfway point of the 2022-23 regular season, Bolts general manager Julien BriseBois met with members of the media on Tuesday and offered his perspective on the first half of the year, the upcoming trade deadline and more.

Through 41 games this season, the Lightning's points percentage sat at .671. At the halfway point of last year, it was also .671. The year before that, it was .670, and the year prior, it was .656.

So, what does that tell BriseBois? It's obvious.

The team has been tremendously consistent. And in all three of those aforementioned seasons, the Bolts made it to the Stanley Cup Final.

"It tells me that we're just as much of a Stanley Cup contender this year as we were the last three years, and we shouldn't treat it any differently," BriseBois said. "We have an all-world goalie, some all-world 'D,' good depth at the 'D' position. Our center line is really strong. We've got scoring on the wings. Our elite players are having really good seasons. We have a really strong coaching staff.

"It's a veteran group that's done it before, so we know they can do it, because they've done it time and time again, both the players and the coaching staff."

BriseBois has been pleased with the first half of a season that has the Lightning sitting in third place in the Atlantic Division and tied for fifth in the NHL in points percentage.


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