Thursday, May 25, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Dubas' name came up in rumors last year, when his services were reportedly being sought by the Coyotes, and some thought he might be in the running for the Sabres General Manager job, which was recently awarded to former Penguins Assistant GM Jason Botteril. Could this be a plan hatched by the Leafs to have Dubas go to Colorado, trade them Nathan MacKinnon for a bag of pucks, then return to Toronto in a few year's time?
On COL/Dubas, as mentioned on-air, not sure where it stands. But there were conversations. Question is: still a possibility or closed-off?— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 24, 2017
Per a source, Simek's deal is $925k at NHL level next season. Sandberg $742.5k in 17-18, $792.5k in 18-19 #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNBCS) May 23, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
In other news, Arvidsson was bloodied after the hit, in the shape of an "R." Not really sure why it's news, but it seems to be.
#Preds Pekka Rinne is 10-1 with a 1.46 GAA and .944 SV% in his last 11 postseason starts at home— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) May 23, 2017
So there you have it.
thank goodness arvidsson is okay because holy hell nick ritchie zorro-marked him pic.twitter.com/lYmR1L589z— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) May 23, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
So, what should you do when your team trails by a touchdown late in the third period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final? How about try to take Scott Wilson's head off? That's what Ottawa's Tommy Wingels went with--and he nearly succeeded. Will the NHL's Department of Player Safety make its presence felt? Stay tuned...
We almost made it through a whole game without an elbow to the head, but alas I present you Wingels on Wilson.— Jim (@PandaPSU) May 21, 2017
Yay, NHL. pic.twitter.com/GoNCEzVzfz
Karlsson says he'll be fine for Game 6 #Sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) May 21, 2017
He'll need to be. The Senators aren't the same team without Karlsson, and they have zero momentum after suffering a humiliating 7-0 defeat to the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday. Only one of those goals came with Karlsson on the ice. Pittsburgh went 3-for-3 on the power play and outshot the Senators 36-25. Game 6 is Tuesday night in Ottawa.
Karlsson, Brassard and Ceci were rested. All will were good enough to come back. #Sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) May 21, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Rakell was tied for second on the Ducks with 13 points, and he leads the team in plus-minus (+13) and is tied for the team lead in power play points with four. From the looks of things, Nicolas Kerdiles will draw in at forward for the Ducks, and the top line will be comprised of Ryan Getzlaf, Nick Ritchie and Corey Perry.
Ducks just announced that Rakell (lower-body injury) is out tonight.— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) May 20, 2017
From a cursory glance, Ducks lines/pairs looked like: 37-15-10, 7-17-33, 21-44-86, 58-50-40, 4-42 47-71, 2-45.— Curtis Zupke (@curtiszupke) May 20, 2017
Here's the NHL's full statement about the incident. No suspension is forthcoming.
Getzlaf drops the "f**king c***sucker". This is ok right? pic.twitter.com/85tOgFsdYK— Adam (@JohnnyNuck) May 19, 2017
From the inbox: pic.twitter.com/5tXZHNDbOk— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) May 20, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
At this point it's not really clear who will draw in for the Predators at pivot if Fisher can't go. Vernon Fiddler has been the club's fifth center in these playoffs and he has played five games and scored one goal. But the Predators will have to go lower in the depth chart for their next option.
Here's what happened to Mike Fisher https://t.co/4AZqFuDxbg— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) May 19, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
TSN Insider Darren Dreger reports that the 26-year-old Czech is garnering big interest from the Edmonton Oilers and perhaps the Calgary Flames.
Defenseman Jan Rutta named Player of the Game for Czech Republic today. Will make decision on NHL offers soon. https://t.co/NdvwAxzXEd— Allan Walsh (@walsha) May 18, 2017
Multiple NHL offers on Czech dman Jan Rutta. Edmonton is among the CDN teams with interest, but i don't believe they've tabled offer yet.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 18, 2017
The 6'0" 210-lb defenseman scored 32 points in 46 games for Chomutov Pirati of the Czech League last season.
Flames are tight lipped, but I'm hearing Calgary is also in on offensive dman Jan Rutta.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 18, 2017
Rutta just finished up playing for the Czechs in the IIHF World Hockey Championships, and was named the Czech player of the game in the Czech Republic's quarterfinal loss to Russia on Thursday.
Jan Rutta's stats: pic.twitter.com/ByLA18G2dV— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) May 18, 2017
#Isles also confirm that Bob Corkum will not be back as assistant coach.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) May 18, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
5. Craig Anderson has a .964 Save Percentage in the Conference Final Craig Anderson has quietly been the Senators best player in the first three games of this series. Yes, the Sens have done a fantastic job of shutting down Pittsburgh's banged-up lineup with their swarming nuetral zone 1-3-1 cauldron, but Anderson has been there whenever Pittsburgh has found its way past the D. He has stopped 80 of 83 shots and has a 0.98 GAA.
Points by D, these playoffs: pic.twitter.com/1IrdowslX2— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) May 18, 2017
Seems like every round a goaltender steps up and plays hero. So far Anderson is the hero of the Conference Finals. pic.twitter.com/hu9n5lJ18D— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) May 18, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Nashville outshot the Ducks 40 to 20 and did not allow a shot on goal in the final 11 minutes and 23 seconds of the game. According to Natural Stat Trick, the Predators finished with 28 scoring chances to 11 for the Ducks. Anaheim opened the scoring on a power play goal from Corey Perry, his first of the series and third of the playoffs, at 15:35 of the second. The veteran sent a wrister from the goal line that somehow got past Rinne, who had trouble getting his positioning against the post on the play. Nashville leveled at 3:54 of the third on Filip Forsberg's 6th goal of the playoffs. Forsberg won a loose puck from Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen, dished it out front to Ryan Ellis for a chance and then banged home the rebound as Anaheim goalie John Gibson was falling beneath the weight of Viktor Arvidsson, who was sent into the goalie on a check from behind by Vatanen. "We never stopped believing," said Filip Forsberg after the game. "We were taking over after that goal." The Predators kept coming late and finally broke through after Chris Wagner was sent to the box for high-sticking at 16:05. Mattias Ekholm's point shot was stopped by Gibson but the rebound caromed off of Arvidsson right to Josi who deposited into the open net for the eventual game winner. With the roof virtually coming off the Bridgestone Arena, the Ducks could not manage a single shot on goal down the stretch, even with Gibson pulled for an extra skater for the final minute and 22 seconds. Game 4 is Thursday night in Nashville.
The Predators are the first NHL team in 20 years to win 10 consecutive home playoff games.— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) May 17, 2017
Not your parent's NHL. Days of crashing net, making "incidental" contact with the goalie no longer part of the game. #ANAvsNSH— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) May 17, 2017
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman will be up all night, staring at the ceiling, talking goaltender interference #SmallTalk— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) May 17, 2017
Gibson has made 35 saves and been run over twice. Still has almost half a period to go, at least.— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) May 17, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Here are some other topics discussed in today's podcast: 1. Some Game 7 NHL History 2. Clever roster decisions by Barry Trotz and Todd McLellan gives their teams an edge 3. Should Sid the Kid even be playing? 4. A look at the goalie matchups 5. A funny quote from Randy Carlyle 6. Predictions 7. See you next time!
Pittsburgh's 5-0 road record in Game 7 is best among all major pro sports franchises. Two of those wins were in Washington (92, 09). https://t.co/nSwuKtAjJ8— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) May 10, 2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
He is eligible to sign a new deal on July 1 and the Islanders, from owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky on down, have spent the better part of a year keeping the lines of communication open with his agent, Pat Brisson, about the organization’s plans. The Islanders are likely to offer Tavares an eight-year contract worth upward of $10 million per season. If Tavares tells the club he’s not interested in signing this summer, Snow likely will be forced to entertain trade offers for his superstar before July 1 arrives. Even with a year left on his deal, the Islanders can’t wait to see what happens in the 2018 offseason and risk seeing their franchise player walk away with no compensation.Staple also reported that Tavares had surgery on his right hand last month and is expected to make a full recovery by the beginning of next season. Tavares is still in a cast, but is proceeding as scheduled in his recovery and should have the cast removed next week.
It's been a rough one for Crosby and the Penguins thus far. The Capitals have just taken a 2-0 lead on a goal by Andre Burakovsky at 6:36 of the second period. The Penguins hold a 13-5 edge in shots as we approach the mid-way mark of period two.
The blow to Crosby's head was an inadvertent high stick by Niskanen. Crosby still hasn't left the bench.— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) May 8, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017
"Maybe the guys didn't know the goaltender was coming," Vigneault said. "But there was less than two minutes and we were down by a goal--we should expect it." The Rangers can take solace in the fact that they have won four in a row at home and dominated Ottawa in Game 3 and Game 4, outscoring them 8-2. "We're down, and can't lose another game," said Vigneault. "We're going to go back to New York, regroup." The Rangers were outshot 6-0 in the overtime and only had one shot attempt while the Senators had 13. Michael Grabner had a goal waved off at 4:12 of overtime when it was ruled that he played the shot with a high stick. On Turris' winner his shot was initially blocked by Dan Girardi, but Turris alertly scooped up the loose puck and charged past Girardi before depositing the puck past Henrik Lundqvist. "I know it's Kentucky Derby day. I guess that was our horse tonight," Senators coach Guy Boucher said. "Definitely somebody who came out with the max character and the pushback we can expect from him. It was very inspiring." The Rangers lead early by a 2-0 margin, but later had to rally from 3-2 down. Ryan McDonagh scored t 17:49 of the second to tie it and rookie Jimmy Vesey scored his first playoff goal to put the Rangers up 4-3 at 12:48 of the third. But the Senators dominated play down the stretch before breaking through with Brassard's tying goal.
Brady Skjei did not play the last 5:04 of the third period.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) May 6, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
Darling spent three years as Corey Crawford's backup in Chicago. In 75 appearances he went 39-17-9 with a 2.37 GAA and a .924 save percentage. Since the beginning of 2014, Darling has the second-lowest save percentage of all NHL goalies that have appeared in 70 games or more. The Hurricanes have had problems between the pipes for years, and they decided to go for Darling despite the fact that Cam Ward and Eddie Lack are still signed by the club. Both are eligible to become free agents at the end of next season. Ward is owed $3.3 million; Lack is owed $2.75 million. It is not clear which goalie the club plans to leave unprotected at the expansion draft. Carolina had the second-lowest 5-on-5 save percentage in the NHL during the regular season at .9126. Darling should be able to lend a hand with that.
Scott Darling signs a $16.6M, four-year deal with #hurricanes. They acquired his rights from CHI last week.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 6, 2017
Karlsson, playing with two hairline fractures in his left foot, was seen favoring that leg as he skated off the ice after the second period of Game 4 at Madison Square Garden. Senators head coach Guy Boucher says that he kept the Swede out of the third period for precautionary reasons, and that he plans to use him for Game 5. Karlsson had a good start against the Rangers. In each of the first two games the Rangers did not score against Ottawa when the teams were at 5-on-5. Karlsson was on ice for two even strength goals, including the Game 1 winner that he himself scored. However, Karlsson has gone minus-4 in the last two games as he saw his ice time limited to 23:42 in Game 3 and 14:54 in Game 4. It all spells big trouble for the Senators, who have seen a two-game lead disappear against the surging Rangers. The Senators are a negative possession team without Karlsson on the ice. So far in the playoffs the Senators own a 47.6 CF% at 5-on-5 when Karlsson is on the bench, and they own a 56 CF% with him on the ice. Their team shooting percentage is higher (8 percent vs. 4.64 percent) with him on the ice and their team save percentage (.930 vs. .926) is higher with him on the ice. But if he is laboring so much that he's ineffective, things will go from bad to worse for the Senators. They've been outscored 8-2 in the last two games and are desperately in need of some energy from someone, or this series could be over fast. The Rangers have ramped up their intensity and dominated the two games at Madison Square Garden from start to finish. The Rangers have now won four games in a row at home this post-season after snapping a six-game home playoff losing streak in Game 4 of their first-round series against Montreal. Oscar Lindberg and Tanner Glass were two of the Rangers best players on fourth line along with J.T. Miller. Glass and Lindberg (three goals) had three points each over the last two games; Miller had two.
Guy Boucher says Erik Karlsson has a lower body injury but he could've come back to play and the team chose not to. Expects him for Game 5.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) May 5, 2017
Amazingly, he's the only Washington defenseman with a positive plus/minus, and he's all the way up at plus-6. 3. Adam Larsson had a really bad game on Thursday Adam Larsson has been the Oilers' steadiest defenseman in the playoffs, and he's been a physical presence as well. But the burly Swede struggled mightily in Game 4 against the Oilers--he was on ice for all four goals against and he turned the puck over to Ryan Getzlaf moments before the game-winner was scored by Jacob Silfverberg. In total, Larsson has been on ice for four Edmonton goals four and 11 against at even strength. No defenseman has been on ice for more goals against in these playoffs. On the flipside, Matt Irwin has played 92 minutes at 5-on-5 in eight games for the Predators and he has not yet been on ice for a goal against (Nashville has scored twice with him on). 4. Red-hot Ryan Ellis is Nashville's Pace-Setter Speaking of Nashville defenseman, no Predator blue-liner has been more effective offensively than Ryan Ellis. He's averaging 1.13 points per game.
Nate Schmidt has really taken charge on the Caps blue line in the playoffs. Topping all categories. pic.twitter.com/fdsUib9pFt— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) May 5, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Shipachyov not only was third in the KHL in scoring this season. He also took out a few water bottles. 🚨🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/vDcxptI9DM— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) May 5, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
RC said Ondrej Kase has a lower-body injury from the Milan Lucic cross check and will have an MRI back in Anaheim tomorrow.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) May 4, 2017
Mike Milbury has a moral problem with Bonino selling a call but no issue with head trauma and casual stick violence 🆒🆒🆒— ja5 (@j_a155) May 4, 2017
I would flinch too if a stick was coming right at my face. Not Bonino's fault the ref blew the call. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Corey Sznajder (@ShutdownLine) May 4, 2017
Man, that Bonino act was awful. One thing to get fouled and give it an extra sell. But to not even be touched... yeesh. Worth it, I guess.— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) May 4, 2017
No way the Caps don't rip the officiating after this. They took some dumb penalties, but that Bonino embellishment was brutal.— Jason Brough (@JasonPHT) May 4, 2017
Not sure if Oshie 's stick even grazed Bonino's beard?— Kerry Fraser (@kfraserthecall) May 4, 2017
I hope Bonino enjoys that penalty he just drew. He might not get another call the rest of the playoffs after that disgrace.— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) May 4, 2017
That's called drawing a penalty by Nick Bonino. But Oshie can't put himself in that position by getting his stick up high on him like that.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) May 4, 2017
nick bonino sold that call— evgeni malkin's ego (@EvgeniMaIkinEgo) May 4, 2017
no, that's karma, my friends
sidney crosby's spirit is with us
Niskanen decapitates a guy with his stick.— Doctor of Happiness (@AngrierFish) May 4, 2017
TV Guys: "Totally fine, hockey play."
Bonino embellishes high stick:
TV guys: "Ban him for life!"