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NHL Short Notes

11/26/2022 at 5:45am EST

* The Bruins watched an NHL record fall following their matinee clash with the Hurricanes and became the first team in League history to win each of their first 12 home games of a season.

* Josh Morrissey and Jason Robertson each continued their strings of success to start 2022-23 as the Jets and Stars required overtime to decide a winner between the Central Division’s top two clubs.

* The Kraken find themselves within the NHL’s top four in points percentage following a fourth straight win and improving to 8-1-1 in their past 10 contests.

* Another full day of NHL action is ahead as the League celebrates the 105th anniversary of its founding in 1917.

10 Ways to Unwind After an Ice Hockey Game

11/26/2022 at 12:00am EST

Ice hockey is a sport that’s enjoyed by millions across the world. While the game is far more popular in the United States, there are thousands of registered ice hockey players in the United Kingdom. If you’re one of them, you’ll understand the importance of teamwork, cooperation, and respect to thrive both on and off the ice. There are an array of health benefits attached to playing ice hockey too, such as improving brain function and alleviating anxiety.

Afternoon Line -Eric Duhatschek

11/25/2022 at 5:04pm EST

And if there’s an honorable mention amidst all the ‘didn’t-see-that-coming’ storylines to develop in the first quarter, it probably needs to involve the Coyotes because they are not falling off the face of the earth the way so many expected. Instead, they have 18 points in 16 games, despite a massive early concentration of road games, where they are a remarkably respectable 6-7-1. The news got even better this week because both Nick Schmaltz and Jakob Chychrun finally returned to the lineup Monday. Schmaltz had been absent since the opening game of the season. On a team with limited talent, getting back last year’s No. 2 scorer was critical.

=Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic where you can read ($) his view many more topics.

Friday Hockey Thoughts

11/25/2022 at 9:25am EST

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Toronto’s 2-1 win over New Jersey — ending the Devils’ 13-game win streak — was one of the best games of the regular season for pure entertainment, energy and drama. Last year, I was talking to one player about the Stanley Cup Final between Colorado and Tampa Bay. He referred to both defence corps as “long,” saying that when you have big, you have mobile and you have discipline in a system, “Every time you get through one body, arm or stick, there’s another body, arm, or stick right away. It’s a battle to get through.”

According to official heights and weights, Cale Makar was listed as the smallest regular (five-foot-11, 187 pounds) in the final. The Devils are dangerous offensively and occupy the puck, which helps the defence. But they are also much better at gap control and similarly are being described as “long.” Their smallest defender — John Marino, having a great start to the year — is six-foot-one, 181 pounds. It’s waaay too premature to compare them to Colorado or Tampa Bay, but I think it’s interesting to hear them described in that way.

- When Patric Hornqvist accepted his trade to Florida, there was discussion that he wouldn’t get moved again. So, the Panthers may have to explore other options to clear cap space for Anthony Duclair's return.

- At last week’s GM Meetings, there was a conversation about calling more penalty shots instead of power-plays — something I totally support. That led to another debate among a few of us: should the team that draws the penalty have the option of going on the power-play or taking a penalty shot? Shooters are 5-for- 11 on penalty shots in 2022-23 after goalies stopped 76 per cent of last year’s attempts. There are good variables to weigh. Who’s shooting? How good is your power-play? Philadelphia GM Chuck Fletcher had a good line, though, saying: “It will be tough to explain to a player if you have a horrible power-play and go that route instead of letting him shoot.”

more Thoughts

Time For A Rebuild In Vancouver

11/25/2022 at 9:18am EST

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

The Vancouver Canucks have been a slightly more competitive team in recent games, going 5-4-1 in their past 10 contests. But that’s not nearly enough to justify Canucks management choosing to go to battle with the same group of talent for the rest of the season. This can’t be the second year of them fighting uphill through the final three-quarters of the year, only to fall short of a playoff berth.

Even then, even if they did beat the odds and clawed their way back through the Pacific Division’s bottom half, and did wind up earning a low post-season spot, does anyone not employed by the organization really believe the Canucks can do any sort of damage once they get to the end of the year?

It’s clear now, after nearly one-quarter of the season, that Vancouver simply does not have the depth of talent, particularly on defense, to be a serious Stanley Cup contender. And that means GM Patrik Allvin and president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford must take an axe to the roster, keeping a handful of young players and shearing off the rest for whatever they can get on the trade market.

That means veteran forwards Bo Horvat, Brock Boeser and Connor Garland should be on the trade block. That means veteran defenseman Tyler Myers should join them there. Only Myers has a no-movement clause in his contract, but as per Cap Friendly, that’s only a modified NTC, with Myers able to submit a list of 10 teams he can’t be dealt to.


NHL Short Notes

11/25/2022 at 12:04am EST

* The NHL will reach the Quarter Mark during Friday’s 14-game slate. A full day of hockey starts at 1 p.m. ET and will end about 12 hours later.

* The 2022 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown returns today with a doubleheader on TNT, Sportsnet and TVA Sports that opens with an intrastate rivalry between the Penguins and Flyers and concludes with the Blues visiting the Lightning.

* Legendary NHL defenseman Borje Salming, who revealed in August that he was battling ALS, passed away Thursday at the age of 71. Salming, the NHL’s first star player from Sweden and a Maple Leafs icon, was a Hall of Fame defenseman and pioneer who changed the perception of European players when he joined the Maple Leafs for the 1973-74 season.

Börje Salming Has Passed Away

11/24/2022 at 12:59pm EST

via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

On behalf of the Salming family, it's with great sadness that the Toronto Maple Leafs announce the passing of franchise icon Börje Salming. He was 71.

Statement from Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan:

The NHL Has Reached The Quarter Mark

11/24/2022 at 12:03pm EST

via the NHL PR department,

By the Numbers: The first quarter of the 2022-23 regular season, with comparative stats through 317 games. The 2022-23 regular season will reach the quarter mark with the 11th of 14 games scheduled for Friday, Nov. 25 (328 of 1,312 games).

Happy Thanksgiving 2022

11/24/2022 at 6:00am EST

Happy Thanksgiving.

Be well and be ready to feast.

The NHL is dark today, enjoy the day with family and friends.

I am thankful for all of the KK/A2Y members and guests. The numerous notes from many of you during my health issues will never be forgotten.

Hockey Thanksgiving | Hockey, Hockey holiday, Hockey kids

Early Morning Line -Cale Makar

11/24/2022 at 4:58am EST
He said I stuck my ass out,” I had nowhere to go with (teammate J.T. Compher) there. It’s happened now two or three times this year. It’s tough. Whose ice is that? That’s the real question. … You have a guy skating backwards in the neutral zone at you, and if I go forward, I go in the o-zone for an offside. … I guess I can go back, but I’ll probably just run right into (Compher).”

-Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche on an interference call against him. Watch the call below and the game highlights.

Peter Baugh of The Athletic has more ($).

NHL Short Notes

11/24/2022 at 4:09am EST

* A busy 15-game night ahead of Thanksgiving in the U.S. was highlighted by an eight-goal outburst by the Kraken, who sailed into second place in the Pacific Division.

* The Sabres, Panthers and Maple Leafs all acted as streak stoppers Wednesday, halting the Devils’ 13-game run and handing both the Bruins and Blues their first loss in seven contests.

* Jason Robertson’s buzzworthy start to 2022-23 continued as he extended his point streak to 13 games, tied Connor McDavid and Bo Horvat for the NHL lead in goals and helped his club become the first team to earn a third-goal, third-period comeback win this season.

* There are no games scheduled for Thursday while the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving. The NHL returns with a 14-game slate on Black Friday highlighted by a 2022 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown doubleheader on TNT, Sportsnet and TVA Sports that opens with the Penguins visiting the Flyers at 5:30 p.m. ET and concludes with the Lightning hosting the Blues at 8 p.m. ET.

New York Rangers Trade Ryan Reaves To The Minnesota Wild

11/23/2022 at 2:03pm EST

NEW YORK, November 23, 2022 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has acquired a fifth-round pick in the 2025 NHL Entry Draft from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Ryan Reaves.

Following the trade, the Rangers now have eight picks in the 2025 NHL Entry Draft.

Reaves skated in 81 games with the Rangers over parts of two seasons (2021-22 and 2022-23), recording five goals and eight assists for 13 points, along with 55 penalty minutes.

Recent Hockey Thoughts

11/23/2022 at 9:28am EST

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- It was the summer of 2002, right after Steve Yzerman’s greatest season. He led Team Canada to Olympic gold and the Detroit Red Wings to the Stanley Cup on a severely damaged right knee. Twenty years later, teammates still marvel at what he endured.

The questions became: Can his knee be fixed? Could he continue? During a visit to the industry-leading Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Birmingham, Ala., it was recommended Yzerman visit Dr. Peter Fowler at the University of Western Ontario. So, he did.

"The doctors in the United States saw him as an innovator," Yzerman said Tuesday. "He grabbed a piece of paper and a pencil, (illustrating) what he was going to do. He left a tremendous impression. He sat and talked to you as 'Pete,' not necessarily Dr. Fowler."...

- Some situations to watch: First, Florida. Anthony Duclair is on the road to recovery and the Panthers — twice forced to play with 17 skaters due to their cap crunch — must find room. Duclair’s salary is $3M, so that’s the figure that must be cleared, assuming (hopefully) the Panthers remain otherwise healthy.

- Ottawa: It’s not for a lack of effort that the Senators haven’t added a defenceman. Name someone who might be available, they’ve considered it. It’s one of my old lines — if you’re drowning, the other GMs throw anvils, not life preservers. I do think they’ve considered what kind of sweetener would be necessary to move Nikita Zaitsev, but there’s a limit.

more on the first topic and other Thoughts too...

NHL Short Notes

11/23/2022 at 2:19am EST

* Buffalo became the eighth team in NHL history to score three times in the opening 2:13 of play – part of a hot start in Montreal that quickly became the fourth game in League history with at least four goals in the opening three minutes of action.

* Despite a highlight-reel save by Kings goaltender Cal Petersen, the Rangers completed their first multi-goal comeback win of the season courtesy of another game-winner by Chris Kreider.

* For the second time in five days, 30 teams will be in action as another 15-game day is upon us highlighted by a doubleheader on TNT that will begin in Washington and conclude in Vegas.

15 Games Tonight

11/23/2022 at 2:02am EST

via the NHL PR department,

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, will mark the second of five 15-game days this season and 21st in NHL history – with a turnaround of only five days since the last on Nov. 19.

15-GAME DAYS IN 2022-23

  • Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 (idle: Coyotes and Canucks)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022 (idle: Kings and Lightning)
  • Saturday, March 11, 2023 (idle: Ducks and Flames)
  • Saturday, March 25, 2023 (idle: Coyotes and Avalanche)
  • Thursday, April 13, 2023 (idle: Flames and Islanders; final day of regular season)

TSN Insiders Tonight

11/22/2022 at 7:29pm EST

With Morgan Rielly out long-term, will the Maple Leafs explore the trade market? Will the struggling Senators or Canucks make a coaching change? What's the latest on the Jakob Chychrun trade talks? The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss these topics and more in the latest edition of Insider Trading.

Watch at TSN

Not The Best Of Starts For The Washington Capitals

11/22/2022 at 4:06pm EST

from Barry Svrluga of Capitals Insider,

Here are the Washington Capitals, welcoming the comfort and familiarity of a pair of home games bracketed around Thanksgiving, in a completely uncomfortable and unfamiliar position. They have lost four in a row. They are in second-to-last place in the Metropolitan Division. They have the second-worst goal differential in the Eastern Conference. Twenty games in, they’re chasing the season.

“It’s very frustrating,” veteran defenseman John Carlson said. “It weighs on a lot of guys. And that’s kind of the vicious cycle when you are going through these things. It’s not in February or something where you were doing real good and you need to kind of reset and get back into it. This whole beginning of the season has been rocky.”

And early-season rockiness is not something with which these Caps — with such a stable, reliable core — has had to deal. In the relentlessness of an NHL season, lulls are inevitable. The Capitals, almost invariably, have pushed them off. In the previous 14 seasons, only once have they finished the first 20 games with a losing record. The last time they posted fewer points in 20 games than the 17 they have now — a 7-10-3 record — they fired their coach.


Video- Morgan Rielly Place On LTIR

11/22/2022 at 2:29pm EST

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

In the third period, Rielly collided with Islanders forward Nick Palmieri and fell to the ice, clutching his left knee. Rielly tried to take another shift but then departed the game.

In going on LTIR, Rielly will miss at least 10 games and 24 days.

The Leafs recalled defencemen Victor Mete and Mac Hollowell from the Toronto Marlies.

Already without veterans TJ Brodie (oblique) and Jake Muzzin (neck), the Leafs couldn’t afford to lose another defenceman, and certainly not Rielly. He annually leads the Leafs’ defence corps in ice time and is at the top of the pack again this season, playing an average of 23 minutes a game.

Next among defencemen is Brodie at 21 minutes 23 seconds, and then Justin Holl at 20:45.

“It’s tough,” Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said after the game on Monday, before the club knew the extent of Rielly’s injury.

“We’re already missing guys and Morgan is so important to our team and our back end in particular. But we lose Muzzin, we made a big deal of it, it was not a big deal. Brodie, we made a big deal of it, it was not a big deal. Just have to keep playing. That’s the way it goes.”


Video of the injury is below.

Problems In Ottawa

11/22/2022 at 10:44am EST

from Ian Mendes of The Athletic,

Almost one year later, on Monday night, the Senators experienced an awful case of been there, done that in San Jose.

Smith was forced to pull starting goaltender Cam Talbot after he allowed three goals on only seven shots. By that point, however, it felt like Ottawa’s fate was sealed. The Senators lost 5-1, but instead of pinning the blame on goaltending after the game in San Jose, Smith had some pointed remarks for his team’s play in its own zone.

“They score easy on a couple. We just weren’t tight enough on our guys. We didn’t check hard enough in our zone,” Smith said. “You got to be better.”

Smith’s postgame session with reporters in San Jose lasted just under two minutes....

In reality, there are no magic words Smith can utter that can satiate a seething Ottawa fan base. Many of them in the Eastern and Atlantic time zones likely turned off their televisions after an atrocious second period during which San Jose fired 21 shots and scored three goals.

When those fans wake up on Tuesday morning, they will find the Senators sitting in 31st place in the NHL standings — ahead only of the Anaheim Ducks. Ottawa sports a paltry .361 points percentage after 18 games, a pace that would put the Senators around the 60-point mark by the end of the season.

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Highlights are below.

MSU Hockey Player Says Racial Slurs Hurled At Him

11/22/2022 at 10:37am EST

from Tony Paul of the Detroit News,

A Michigan State hockey player said he was the target of a racial slur multiple times during a game against Ohio State at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing earlier this month.

Jagger Joshua, a Black forward and senior from Dearborn, took to social media Monday night, detailing the incident and expressing frustration that Ohio State and the Big Ten have failed to levy any punishment.

"Acts of racism do not belong in hockey, as they can discourage African Americans and minorities like myself from playing and loving the game," Joshua wrote on Twitter. "Inaction in the face of racist comments and actions allow these behaviors to continue.

"The inaction has left me feeling confused and pessimistic about the movement of diversity within hockey culture," Joshua continued. "The ignorance of racism does not belong in our game. And I feel that I need to make people aware that this incident occurred, because without acknowledgement, the problem gets worse."...

The Big Ten, in response to an inquiry from The News, said in a statement Monday night that it "collected and evaluated" information from the Big Ten officiating crew, Ohio State and Michigan State, as well as available video footage. The Big Ten said it supported the Big Ten crew's decision to issue the penalty.

"Due to the absence of indisputable evidence presented to the conference, the conference has not imposed further disciplinary action," the Big Ten said in a statement.

"The Big Ten Conference is committed to providing our student-athletes inclusive environments free from acts of harassment or discrimination in any form.

"The safety and well-being of our campus communities remains our top priority.

Ohio State also issued a statement, in response to a request for comment from The News.

"The Ohio State department of athletics and the men’s hockey program worked collaboratively with the Big Ten Conference to come to a resolution in response to the allegation of misconduct toward the Big Ten sportsmanship policy," Ohio State's athletic department said in a statement.

"Ohio State is focused on providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all. The department is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all. Our Buckeye Inclusion committee has done an outstanding job with providing education and awareness across our department, both for students and staff. We are committed to recognizing our remarkable diversity and utilizing our core values to ensure everyone attending or participating in an athletic event feels safe and welcome."


Tampa Suffers A Disappointing Home Loss To Boston

11/22/2022 at 9:25am EST

from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,

Well, that was entertaining. And maybe a little scary.

The Lightning played what might have been their best 20 minutes of hockey all season in the first period against Boston on Monday night. They also outscored the Bruins in the third period.

And, yet, they still managed to lose 5-3.

That’s how hot the Bruins are. And that’s how much ground the Lightning need to make up if they plan on extending their three-year hold on the Eastern Conference....

The good news is it’s still ridiculously early. And regular-season results in November are not necessarily a precursor to what you’ll see once spring arrives.

In the previous five years, the Bruins and Lightning had gone 8-8 against each other in the regular season. But all that really matters is the Lightning went 8-2 against Boston in two postseason showdowns. In other words, there’s plenty of time and hope for better results to come.

“Guess we just have to remember this feeling because, you know, we felt like was could have walked out of here with two points,” said forward Pat Maroon, who had two assists and a plus-one rating.


Game highlights are below

Vanishing Hopes In Buffalo

11/22/2022 at 9:17am EST

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

This can't be happening again.

The way last season ended, you wanted to believe General Manager Kevyn Adams and coach Don Granato were different. You wanted to believe that, finally, someone had an actual plan to lift the Buffalo Sabres out of their decade-long stay in the abyss of the NHL. The way this season started, your faith was reaffirmed.

Remember on Nov. 2 how old Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin & Co. looked trying to chase the Sabres around the ice in the third period at KeyBank Center?

But is that all we're going to get this year? One month of hope?

In a season that has badly boomeranged the wrong way, the Sabres are 7-11 and have dropped eight consecutive games – seven by multiple goals. They would have the longest losing streak in the NHL this season if they don't beat Montreal on Tuesday night in Bell Centre.


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