Saturday, November 18, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
And William Nylander is officially off the schneid.
The team won its fourth straight without their star center in the lineup on Thursday, notching a hard-fought overtime win thanks to this late seeing-eye beauty by William Nylander at 4:57 of overtime. "I don't know," said Nylander of the goal. "Just got it to the net." The Leafs improve to 13-7-0 with the win, while New Jersey drops to 11-4-3.
William Nylander snaps 11-game drought with OT winner with 2.2 seconds left— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) November 17, 2017
Leafs have won five straight, four without Matthews
He had 4:06 of ice time before the injury. Orpik was not penalized for the hit.
Vlad Kamenev is out with a broken arm.— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) November 17, 2017
Gudas gets five and a game misconduct for slashing. pic.twitter.com/hjWuUNX5Hs— ThanksBlinning (@NHLBlinn) November 17, 2017
It was an interesting process that the refs took to make the call. Originally they had matching minors for both players, but after a few moments, some looks at the replays, and a brief conference, they tagged Gudas with a major for slashing and a game misconduct. Much is currently being made of the fact that the referees may or may not have been influenced by the reaction of the crowd to the video replay, but judging from the severity of Gudas' slash and how it all went down, the real injustice would have been if Gudas were allowed to continue to play in this game. Next we'll wait and see how the NHL's Department of Player Safety views this dangerous play by Gudas. He has been suspended twice already in his career, and on several other occasions narrowly avoided suspensions. Could this be No.3? Here's the full look at the play in real time, from another angle:
Another, much more damning angle on Radko Gudas' head slash on Matthieu Perreault. pic.twitter.com/QkF9zsxpKW— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) November 17, 2017
3. McDavid with Draisaitl, McDavid without Draisaitl Thanks to NaturalStatTrick, we can now know exactly what Connor McDavid has been doing on ice with and without Leon Draisaitl. The results seem to prove that the scoring chances come whether these two are together or not. So why not split them up most of the time and use them only for matchups and variety?
With the personnel they have, it completely defies logic that the Blue Jackets have the worst-ranked power play in the NHL.— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) November 15, 2017
Zajac will center Jesper Bratt and Drew Stafford.
New Jersey has activated C Travis Zajac off injured reserve. He will play tonight against Toronto. #NJDvsTOR— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) November 16, 2017
So Travis Zajac will center Jesper Bratt and Drew Stafford. Nico Hischier remains in between Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri to start when #NJDevils face Maple Leafs tonight at ACC.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) November 16, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
You know you want to know more about Vegas' seventh-round pick in last June's NHL Entry Draft (he hasn't even collected his first NHL paycheque), so click over to this CBC piece to read about the British Columbia native. Here's a snippet, if you haven't clicked yet:
Still no update on Max Lagace's health...and with no other VGK goalie ready to play...don't be surprised if Dylan Ferguson...from Lantzville, BC and the Kamloops Blazers...gets the start in Vancouver tomorrow vs Canucks.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) November 15, 2017
When the team isn't on the road, Ferguson is living at the Red Rock Casino, about 25 kilometres from the Golden Knights' home at T-Mobile Arena on the Vegas strip. "It's pretty nice, except I can't really do anything," the teen said with a smile. "I'm just all denned up in my room and hibernating up there all day and going to practice."But it appears that things are starting to turn in Vegas, and it's not clear if Ferguson is going to get his first NHL start in his home province on Thursday. Malcolm Subban was back in net, as was Lagace, and the two joined Ferguson for practice today.
When asked if Subban might be fit enough to play, the typically noncommital coach Gerard Gallant was as typically noncommital as ever. "I'm not in charge of that stuff," he said.
M— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) November 15, 2017
Anisimov with a wonderful quote on what he'll do with the puck that gave him his hat trick. "I don't know. I'll probably do some shit, like I'm going to put it on the wall."— Chris Hine (@ChristopherHine) November 16, 2017
Anisimov completes the hat trick and the hat cleanup begins pic.twitter.com/Gscd62xWxW— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) November 16, 2017
And some commentary from Twitterverse:
Brawl between Flames and Red Wings pic.twitter.com/pdtoCuXRYa— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) November 16, 2017
CAL was upset at Witkowski for Kulak fight...someone threw punch as he left ice...led to big battle. Hamonic appears ok after he fell through gate with Mantha on him— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 16, 2017
There will be suspensions from this brawl in Detroit.— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) November 16, 2017
Witkowski, Ferland, Tkachuk... Late night at @NHLPlayerSafety tonight.
Super cheap move by Mantha, when a guy is down like that you don't keep punching. Witkowski came back onto the ice as well. League will look at both incidents.— Glenn Campbell (@CTVGCampbell) November 16, 2017
Witkowski was headed down the tunnel, comes back to fight Tkachuk after already fighting Kulak and challenging Hamonic. Mantha then takes on Hamonic, driving him into the floor of the bench. Craziness here. Nearly a goalie fight.— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) November 16, 2017
#Flames LW Matthew Tkachuk on Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: "Going to the bench, turns back and chirps our whole bench and didn’t want to go anywhere. So just went over there just to give him a little poke just to get out of here. He was looking for an excuse to come back."— Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) November 16, 2017
Luke Witkowski on the Flames: "I'm sure the next time we play them, it'll be chippy." pic.twitter.com/SgtxMEJys2— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) November 16, 2017
“I like to call that OTH. ‘Old time hockey’” - Luke Witkowski pic.twitter.com/AKLhrkoXJn— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) November 16, 2017
Much penalties were handed out and Andreas Athanasiou and Luke Glendening connected on power play goals to salt away the victory for Detroit. Anthony Mantha and Athanasiou each scored a pair and the Wings went 4-6 on the power play to improve to 9-8-2. The Flames were without Mike Smith and suffered because of it. Eddie Lack only stopped 10 of 15 shots before being pulled for Jon Gilles at 24:27.
Luke Witkowski: “That’s what I like to call OTH - old time hockey. I think it’s good for the fans. Leave it on the ice. Guys were happy with the win, the amount of goals we had, and the emotions on the ice."— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) November 16, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
L.A. Kings Insider thinks that the Kings must be searching for a more typical bottom six forward that possesses better defensive awareness and some more physicality. Jokinen has been that player for most of his career, but it's fair to wonder if he can even be effective in that role given what he's produced in Edmonton thus far. Cammalleri could help the Oilers power play, but it has been a while since he has made a significant impact on his team's power play. If he doesn't the Oilers will be stuck with a forward who is a negative possession player that is more of a defensive liability than Jokinen.
Jussi Jokinen has a 0% shooting percentage, 2.2% on-ice SH%, and 924 PDO right now. Just keep this handy when the hot streak comes and Edmonton media where the goals were hiding. https://t.co/8VmRytTrcC— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) November 15, 2017
Price said he decided to take himself off the ice for a few days to give himself time to reassess. He has no timeline for a return (he did have one initially but things have not progressed as planned).
How it looks when Carey Price addresses the media in Montreal. pic.twitter.com/VowqW2ejah— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 14, 2017
"Just wasn't getting better," he said. "It was getting stagnant so I just decided to give it a rest for a couple of days." Price has struggled, even before the injury. He is 3-7-1 with a 3.77 GAA in 11 starts this season. He has allowed four or more goals in six of his last seven starts. It is noteworthy that Price played a full game before disclosing his injury, something that his General Manager talked about today. “I was not aware he got hurt in the warm up,” Marc Bergevin said on Tuesday. “I found out after the fact. I didn’t know until the next day.” Eric Engels of SportsNet was at the game in question and gave this critical take of the situation. Rookie Charlie Lindgren has been keeping the Canadiens in the mix by playing stellar in his elevated role. He has gone 3-1-1 in five starts and possesses a .957 save percentage.
So, to summarize, Carey Price said he initially thought his injury would keep him out 2 weeks. Marc Bergevin said the same thing, "I always give myself a date." But neither Price nor Bergevin now have any idea when he'll return.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) November 14, 2017
It's hard to try and read between the lines of Price's comments, but the fact that he's stopped skating for a few days can't be good for the short-term. The last time Price was seriously injured, he ended up never returning after leaving the lineup. He was injured in November 25th of 2015 and made repeated attempts to return but ended up shutting down his season as the Habs were floundering and out of the playoff hunt. Montreal plucked struggling goaltender Antti Niemi off of waivers from the Panthers to shore up their depth at the position. Niemi has been horrible this season, putting up a 7.50 GAA in three starts with the Penguins before being let go. He was picked up by Florida and played two games in relief before being waived. The 34-year-old is a former Cup winner that has 428 games of NHL experience and 227 wins.
The first rule of goaltending: do whatever it takes. Even a backward butterfly ass-save. Charlie Lindgren, legend. pic.twitter.com/bX4tGUK1bo— InGoal Magazine (@InGoalMedia) November 6, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
When pressed on the issue, Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer was quick to explain his process, and he was surprisingly open. "If I was to say he's 100 percent healthy it wouldn't be truthful," DeBoer said. "So, you know, he's not. But he's good enough to help us out there." DeBoer says Thornton's ice time was partly due to circumstance, due to the fact that the Sharks had a lot of penalties to kill, and he liked the jam of his fourth line, so he kept them on the ice for some extra shifts. "It wasn't anything alarming," DeBoer said. Thornton has 10 points in 16 games, including four on the power play, and DeBoer says that Thornton is still vital to his team's offense, no matter what percent health his surgically repaired left knee is at right now. "Let's be honest, he's a great player. At 80 percent he can still help us. And he knows that. If he gets to a point where he can't help us I'm comfortable that he's smart enough to say 'Hey I can't go tonight.'" He elaborated further, when asked if Thornton was 100 percent to start the season. "No, he wasn't 100 percent," he said. Then he was asked if Thornton would ever be 100 percent. "I don't know, that's a good question," DeBoer said, adding: "This guy, he is pushing the envelope, and we're dealing with a little bit of that, and that's the greatness of him." It sounds good in theory, Thornton being this wounded Yeti on skates that is somehow impervious to the pain. You could certainly romanticize it, especially when his production isn't suffering all that much at the moment. But the reality is that Thornton is 38 and playing at less than 100 percent could lead to future injuries or future diminished play. Thornton's ice time, and the level of his play, will need to be closely monitored as the season progresses. It'd be better for him to take a few weeks in December than to be forced out of the lineup in March when the team will need him to lead. Thornton's 5-on-5 Corsi Percentage is as low as it has been in years at 52.96, but it's not alarmingly low. What is slightly alarming is that when Thornton is on ice at 5-on-5 the Sharks are getting less than 50 percent of scoring chances (48.73)--the Sharks have generated at least 53.94 percent of scoring chances with Thornton on the ice in every season since 2010-11, so this is something new.
Joe Thornton played just 14:00 minutes tonight. After he missed two of the last three practices due to “maintenance,” that is a bit concerning.— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) November 12, 2017
Labanc was a part of a strange power play with the Barracuda on Saturday. Head coach Roy Sommer used five forwards on the top unit. They went 0 for 5, but it was something to see. Sharks Goaltending Duo Standing Tall How good have the Sharks been between the pipes? Very. Aaron Dell and Martin Jones rank No.1 and No.2 in the NHL among goalies that have played in at least six games. Dell is 2-2 with a 1.94 GAA and a .934 Save Percentage; Jones is 8-4-0 with a 2.12 and a .925 save percentage. Each has one shutout. The Sharks goalies have combined for a .927 save percentage while shorthanded--that's good for second in the NHL this season.
LaBanc's goal was a great moment in today's matchup, so we want to make sure you can watch it over, and over, and over again. 😎 pic.twitter.com/OnSQlfyMPq— San Jose Barracuda (@sjbarracuda) November 11, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Crosby has 13 points and is a minus-14 in 18 games for the Pens. 2. Holtby Second-Fastest to 200 wins How great of a goaltender is Washington's Braden Holtby? Well, he's winning at a near record clip. Holtby locked down his 200th career win on Friday, which makes him the second-fastest goalie in NHL history go get to 200 wins.
Sid Crosby's last ten games have been challenging. No goals since Oct. 20, just three assists and minus-9 in ten-game span. pic.twitter.com/YS540da9zE— Chris Oddo (@TheFanChild) November 11, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Gaudreau is tied for third in the NHL with 22 points at the moment. Monahan is 12th overall in points per 60 minutes at 3.25, per Natural Stat Trick, while Gadreau ranks 16th with 3.18 points per 60 (min TOI 99 mins). 2. Kailer Yamamoto Had a Knack for Good Chances Diminutive yet explosive forward Kailer Yamamoto was sent back to juniors recently, but advanced stats show that he had a nice knack at generating high quality scoring chances while he was up with the Oilers. He still leads all players in high danger shot attempts at 5-on-5, with 7.87 per 60. Micheal Ferland, of the aforementioned en fuego trio in Calgary is No.6 on that list. Here are the top 10, per Natural Stat Trick. For more on Game Score read this.
Flames on 🔥 pic.twitter.com/aZR0ZsrIxg— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) November 10, 2017
Thursday, November 9, 2017
The monkey is off Sam Bennett’s back. pic.twitter.com/Q1SDhaiN48— Sammy Hudes (@SammyHudes) November 10, 2017
CONNOR MCDAVID IS AN OILER FOR NINE MORE YEARS pic.twitter.com/8lnKbKxgfL— miranda (@_mirmc) November 10, 2017
Gostisbehere now has 25 goals and 75 points in his Flyers career. Not bad for the 78th overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft. Here's the play that did the trick. Gostisbehere picks up the primary on Jakub Voracek's 4th goal of the season:
#Flyers say Shayne Gostisbehere is fastest defenceman in franchise history to 100 points.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) November 10, 2017
Behn Wilson (163 games) is now the second-fasted Flyer defenseman to 100 points.
JAKUB VORACEK DOUBLES THE FLYERS LEAD ON GOSTISBEHERE'S 100TH NHL POINT! pic.twitter.com/r8EBnFLcMh— NHL Daily 365 (@NHLDaily365) November 10, 2017
Gostisbehere got to 100 points in 155 games, fastest Flyers defenseman to 100, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Previous mark was 163 games by Behn Wilson— Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) November 10, 2017
"As I meandered along the cobblestone streets I saw a quaint coffee shop that looked great. Because of the language barrier, I was having difficulty communicating with the waitress, which is especially troublesome for me because I have a severe nut allergy. I managed to order a sandwich after a fairly involved attempt to confirm that there were no nuts in it. Although she assured me there were not, I think she misinterpreted my question because the pesto sauce contained nuts. As I felt the reaction coming on, I quickly found the manager and asked him if he thought there were nuts in my sandwich and he confirmed there were cashew nuts in the pesto sauce. Fortunately, his English was pretty good and he was very helpful in tracking me down a cab and rushing me to the nearest medical facility. In a matter of minutes, I was at the hospital, having an allergic reaction to cashews, unable to speak the native language and without a phone."Kerfoot returned to the Apple store to find his phone could not be fixed. He bought a new one and headed back to his hotel. It could have been better, it could have been worse. Next time he'll make sure to use the most important Swedish saying (at least for him): "Finns det nötter i smörgåsen."
But when it comes to Expected Goals +/- we see that the line of Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Zach Hyman looks the best.
Top NHL lines (5-on-5, min 50 mins TOI) GF-GA. pic.twitter.com/JcPomLmTYF— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) November 9, 2017
Kucherov, if you are scoring at home, is on pace for 76.875 goals this season. That's a lot. 3 Cory Schneider has been exceptional in net for the Devils. He's ranked 20th in Save Percentage with a .919 (min 4 games) but advanced stats say that Cory Schneider has been one of the league's best goalies this season. A look at his actual save percentage minus his expected save percentage on Corsica reveals that the Devils puckstopper is outperforming his expected save percentage more than any other goalie in the NHL thus far this season. Here are the top 5: get started by reading more about expected goals here. 4. Point-Per-Game Rookies Is the Calder race about points? Because if it is Brock Boeser and Clayton Keller are in the lead. It's actually Boeser that is scoring more per game at 1.17, but he's had twice as many points on the power play. Keller has been a monster at evens, putting up 14 points. Here's the top 8 in terms of points per game thus far.
DYK? @86Kucherov is just the second player in the last 11 seasons to score 15 goals within his team’s first 16 games of a season. The only other player to do so in that span was his @TBLightning teammate @RealStamkos91 (2010-11: 15-12—27 in 16 GP). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/2O4TwxARpO— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 9, 2017
5. Wheeler's November to Remember: Blake Wheeler is kicking ass in November. He leads all NHLers with nine points in three games for the red-hot Jets, who improved to 8-3-3 with their win on Monday at Dallas. Here are November's Top 3.
These are the top 4 rookies in points per 60, min 99 min TOI. Also has their overall rank (4 are in NHL's top 10) pic.twitter.com/UcuT7VHsMc— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) November 9, 2017
Points November, top 3. Wow, Wheeler. pic.twitter.com/wEkKKbBvWy— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) November 9, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Full comments from Gerard Gallant after tonight's 3-2 loss in Montreal.— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) November 8, 2017
We are now 9-5-1 through 15 games, on pace for 104 points. pic.twitter.com/c3QKVD4dER
Kulemin, who has three points in 13 games, was injured when Oilers defenseman Eric Gryba rode him into the boards during Edmonton's 2-1 overtime win on Tuesday night in Brooklyn. Here's a look at the play:
Doug Weight: "Kulemin’s not coming on the trip, he’s on the IR. I would imagine we’ll probably know more in the next 48 hours." pic.twitter.com/9U8B5CgNrH— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) November 8, 2017
Goals allowed since Oct 20. Has not been pretty for Leafs. pic.twitter.com/ENBYILbb6M— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) November 8, 2017