“It’s a long way away. … There’s a lot of stuff that has to happen for me to come back. You can’t just skate (once) and then say you’re fine,” Couture said. “I’m not playing if I don’t feel good. It could be one game, it could be 10 games, it could be a whole season. With head injuries you don’t know. There’s no timeline. Everyone is different, everyone handles it different, everyone’s brain handles it different. These are the injuries that it’s tough to judge timelines.”And here's the whole article, as it was tweeted last Friday: Sharks With and Without Pavelski and Thornton One area where the Sharks need to be better is the top line. The Sharks have scored 13 and allowed 20 with the two joes on at even strength. A lot of it has to do with the revolving door on this line, but San Jose can and will be even better with some more dominance from the top line. Last year San Jose scored 42 and allowed 34 with Pavelski and Thornton on the ice together at 5-on-5. All stats provided by @NatStatTrick.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Thursday, December 21, 2017
John Tavares and Josh Bailey are the first @NYIslanders players to record multiple points in 5+ consecutive games since Pierre Turgeon from March 7-17, 1994 (6 GP). #NHLStats #ANAvsNYI pic.twitter.com/X8Tn7BD1wn— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 22, 2017
Snipe of the Night
Attendance tonight: 10,092— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) December 22, 2017
Six of the eight Metro teams played tonight and all six earned at least one point. Updated standings. pic.twitter.com/HX3CRBff7o— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) December 22, 2017
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has made the first two of what could be many trades. On Tuesday the Pens dealt Josh Archibald, goalie prospect Sean Maguire and a sixth-round pick in 2019 to the Coyotes for veteran AHL goalie Michael Leighton and a fourth-round pick in 2019. Pittsburgh then turned that pick around to acquire 25-year-old Oleksiak for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2019 draft.
TRADE ALERT!— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 19, 2017
Joining Pittsburgh: Goaltender Michael Leighton and a 2019 fourth-round draft pick.
Joining Arizona: Forward Josh Archibald, goaltender Sean Maguire, and a 2019 sixth-round draft pick.
Read more: https://t.co/DJGbXt3xLs pic.twitter.com/8EeCLNKlY2
“This is a guy who can really skate," Rutherford said of Oleksiak, who has three points and is a minus-6 in 21 games for Dallas this season. "He's an excellent skater for a guy that big. Plus, he sees the ice well and will make things easier for our left-handed defensemen because they won't have to play on the right side as much.” Pittsburgh is struggling at 17-15-3, two points outside of the final wild card in the Eastern Conference and in sixth in the Metropolitan Division.
The Dallas Stars have acquired a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft from Pittsburgh in exchange for defenseman Jamie Oleksiak. https://t.co/qjmUiZ3GaM— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 19, 2017
If de Haan is out for a long period the Islanders will at least get a glimpse of what the team's blue line looks like without him (we'll call this a bleak silver lining). His one-year, $3.3 million deal means he's a free agent at the end of the season. The Islanders can move on from de Haan this summer if they wish, or they can try to sign him at a decent price due to his injury-plagued walk year. What it will take to sign de Haan long-term is another story for another day, but most believe he will be due $4 million or more. In the meantime the team desperately needs Pulock, Pelech and Mayfield to continue to be better. Each player has shown signs that they are ready to be quality full-time NHL defensemen, but each has shown their weaknesses as well. Mayfield looks like an AHL defenseman sometimes, but he's managed to make up for a lack of footspeed and offensive creativity with a really diligent defensive game and good physicality. Pelech looks like a keeper and a potential top four defenseman but he'll need to keep working on his skating and decision-making. Pulock has been far too timid for his skillset, but has started to come out of his shell of late. He's been more physical and has shown some puck poise in the offensive zone. Five points and a minus-6 in 20 games isn't much to write home about, but Pulock has been better of late as he has developed comfort. Bottom line? It's going to be a bumpy ride for the Islanders defense this winter without de Haan. New York has allowed 67 5-on-5 goals against already this season, which ranks them 25th in the NHL. As things get tighter down the stretch the Islanders will need to win a few 2-1 and 3-2 games and it's not clear if they have the personnel to get that done (the fact that neither Jaroslav Halak nor Thomas Greiss is playing great will put extra pressure on the D). Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuck are a premier top pair, but the bottom four will be tested. Will we see a Pulock-Pelech pairing emerge? They pair have developed some chemistry and have a 56.31 5-on-5 Corsi Percentage in just under 54 minutes. If so the Isles will roll two of Thomas Hickey, Dennis Seidenberg and Mayfield to form the other pair. It doesn't inspire a lot of confidence but both Hickey and Seidenberg have a lot of experience and can mentor Mayfield along. If all else fails Devon Toews and Sebastian Aho are ranked No.4 and No.5 in scoring by defenseman in the AHL. Is either of them ready for the step up? Might be a good time to find out.
Weight: Maybe better news than we thought on de Haan, “doctors evaluating pictures and making decisions on how to proceed. But he’s out.”— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) December 19, 2017
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Speaking of Burns, this fan had a milestone night in Vancouver:
Slumping no more. Brent Burns leads all NHL D in poins since Nov. 22. 13 points in his last 12 G. pic.twitter.com/VaMfF3zz4f— Chris Oddo (@TheFanChild) December 16, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Bailey's hat-trick is the 31st in the NHL this season. There were 59 across the NHL all of last season. 3. Anaheim Leads the NHL in man-games lost with 189
Tonight is the first time in #CBJ history that they won a game when an opposing player scored a hat trick (Josh Bailey). They were 0-32-1.— Mark Scheig (@markscheig) December 15, 2017
Corey Perry is week-to-week after suffering a knee injury on Monday night when he collided with Carolina's Jeff Skinner, which helps bring Anaheim's NHL-leading # of man games lost due to injury to No.1 in the league.
Here are the top five teams in terms of man-games lost: Anaheim 189 Buffalo 160 St. Louis 127 Boston 126 Montreal 121 All things considered, the Ducks haven't done too poorly in the standings. They defeated the Blues tonight to improve to 14-11-7, just two points out of a wild card in the Western Conference. Even better is the news that Ryan Getzlaf is back after missing two months due to a facial injury. 4. Vegas is Still Cruising The Vegas Golden Knights became the fastest expansion team to reach the 20-win mark in NHL history by defeating the Penguins 2-1 at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday. Marc-Andre Fleury outdueled Matt Murray, making 20 of 21 saves to defeat his old team. Vegas (20-9-2) has needed just 31 games to get to 20 wins. They climb to within one point of the Pacific lead and improve to 12-2-1 at home with the win.
INJURY UPDATE: Randy Carlyle said Corey Perry’s evaluation of his lower-body injury puts him at “week-to-week.” He says the team will have a better timeline next week.— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) December 12, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
#CBJ C Brandon Dubinsky has been placed on IR. Expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to an orbital bone fracture suffered vs.Edmonton last night.— CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) December 13, 2017
It's a tough loss for the Blue Jackets who have struggled with depth at center all season long. Dubinsky has three goals and nine assists with a plus-5 in 31 games for the Jackets.
#CBJ Brandon Dubinsky has a fractured cheek/orbital bone around left eye, which is badly swollen. Stitches above and below the eye. Not sure if surgery is required. Club has made no comment.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) December 13, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
"It's very underrated. He's probably one of the best passers in the game right now. He sees things that I don't even see and now it's getting to instinct where I know if I pop out in a certain area it's on my stick, even if there is only room for a puck to get through, it's getting through and I'm like, I don't know how he sees it. I try to watch tape I try to practice things in practice to be the same passer to him but I don't know how he sees it. He's a special player and I really enjoy playing with him. He is a special player and not just in a passing aspect. He does everything so well. He gets in on the forecheck, he blocks shots, he can kill penalties, he's awesome on the power play--he does everything for our team and I think that's what you want from a leader and he does a great job with that."
Schiefele also had high praise for the Jets line of Brandon Tanev, Adam Lowry and Andrew Copp, saying that the trio does a lot to help the Jets in matching up with top teams. "That Lowry/Copp/Tanev line has been awesome for us, same with the Hendricks line," Scheifele said. "Some nights it's maybe not on the scoreboard but they have been scoring a lot as well. They get on the forecheck, they get possession. The Lowry line can play against top lines so you know that gives my line and Little's line maybe some easier matchups at home. For us it's huge when you have depth. We need all lines firing and if one line's not scoring we have the other three to try and put a few in the net. It's been huge, having that depth." Wheeler leads the Jets with 38 points, while Scheifele is second with 35. Copp, Lowry and Tanev have chipped in for 22 points combined to help the Jets scoring output. Winnipeg is tied for second in the NHL in goals with 106 through Tuesday night. There are many reasons that the Jets have finally turned their fortunes around and look to be headed for what would be just their second playoff appearance since moving to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011. The goaltending of Connor Hellebuyck is certainly high on the list. But the Jets unsung hero is undoubtedly Blake Wheeler. There may not be another player who does as much for his team while getting so little recognition for it.
*sees Blake Wheeler is trending* pic.twitter.com/OJSZi3uqE6— Harrison Lee (@HLLivingLoco) December 5, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017
Aho w/ 6 SOGs, 9 attempts, two goals through 40 mins. Too much to handle for #SJSharks— Paul Gackle (@GackleReport) December 8, 2017
Maybe we’ve figured out the cure to the Sharks offensive woes - get down by three goals and then attack— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) December 8, 2017
First time since Oct. 17 that Sharks have multiple PPGs in one game— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) December 8, 2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Boychuk has played all 27 Islander games, going 3-5-8 with a plus-8. He is second on the Isles in ice time per game, logging 20:47 a night. Thomas Hickey will draw in on defense for the Islanders, while fourth-line center Casey Cizikas will make his return to the lineup. He has missed the last four games after suffering a lower body injury against Ottawa on November 25. Cizikas has gone 4-4-8 and a plus-5 in 23 games for the Isles.
Weight: Halak in goal, Boychuk and Quine out, injury-related for both. Cizikas in, Hickey in.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) December 7, 2017
"We're not talking about who is out, we're talking about who is in and how we're going to win," Canucks head coach Travis Green said on Thursday. "It's unfortunate, but it gives guys an opportunity to step up." The surprising Canucks are currently 14-10-4, good for third place in the Pacific Division. They host the Flyers on Thursday night.
Bo Horvat’s injury is a fracture (ankle). No precise timeline yet until a specialist reviews the imaging. Obviously, week to week.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 7, 2017
Looks like Paul Martin is good to go for tomorrow. Mentioned that the original plan was to come off IR to start the homestand— Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) December 6, 2017
The Sharks have been doing just fine defensively, but with rookie Tim Heed out with injury and Brenden Dillon serving his one-game suspension, the timing couldn't be more perfect for Martin's return. That's because the aforementioned Burns is still seeking his Norris Trophy winning mojo this season. He has just one goal and 11 assists to go with a minus-8 in 26 games this season--now you see why these old jeans might be just what San Jose needs at this stage of the season. The Sharks offensive woes certainly don't start at the blue line, but getting some of Burns production back would be a very welcome development in Teal Town for a team that is struggling to score goals in a big way. Head coach Peter DeBoer has thrown a whole bunch of kids into the blender this season and none of them have proven to be prolific offensively. Don't get us wrong, there's some promise, particularly when it comes to Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Danny O'Regan, but when it comes to kids, DeBoer has always been hesitant about throwing them into critical roles, especially when they aren't making significant contributions on the score sheet. So far the Sharks have overcome their poor offense (2.5 goals per game, third-worst in the NHL) with excellent defense and sturdy goaltending (2.3 goals allowed per game, second-best in the NHL). But any little thing that tweaks the offense in a positive fashion will be more than welcome. Could Martin be that guy? If the 36-year-old Minnesota native can help Burns rekindle his offensive prowess, the Sharks will certainly be better off. It's been a difficult season for many Sharks' veterans, but nobody is struggling more than Burns. Playing primarily with Martin last season Burns put up 1.79 points per 60 minutes. This season he is down to 0.64 and can't buy a goal (he has just one). Burns has been paired primarily with rookie Joakim Ryan this season, and the pair have been excellent from a possession standpoint, putting up a 5-on-5 Corsi of 55.27. But that Corsi number has not translated into goals as the Sharks have scored just 1.14 per 60 mins while allowing 2.27 per 60 mins with the pair on the ice together. It's not that Ryan and Burns have been bad, but maybe Burns will benefit from not having to worry about a rookie partner while he's on the ice. Sometimes we tend to under appreciate what comfort means to players on the ice. Burns may feel a little more responsible for other partners, and San Jose's coaching staff surely wants him to be a little more defensively responsible when he's out there with a rookie that is getting his first taste of the NHL game. So maybe what Martin's return means for Burns is a return to freewheeling hockey. It certainly worked last season. In 2017-18 the Sharks were strong with Martin and Burns on the ice. In the 1179 minutes that the pair was on the ice at 5-on-5, San Jose averaged 2.65 goals per 60 minutes while allowing 2.09. Different season, different vibe in San Jose offensively. This team has been largely snakebitten this season and the absence of Patrick Marleau up front combined with the slow start of Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski is no doubt dragging those numbers in the Sharks first 26 games, but it sure isn't bad news that Burns is getting his longtime partner back. Anything, at this point in time, helps.
Paul Martin paired up with Brent Burns for some rushes here. Others are 44-61, 47-74 and 4-72 #SJSharks— Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) December 6, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Devils coach John Hynes flew to Toronto to meet with Hall on his home soil this summer, and their meeting of the minds has paid dividends. Hall needed a year to adjust to the shock of being shipped out of Edmonton just as Connor McDavid and Cup hopes returned, but he's rejuvenated and playing with passion again. It probably doesn't hurt that a day after the Devils took over the top spot in the Metropolitan win with a big win at Columbus, the fumbling Oilers dropped to 11-15-2 with a loss to the Flyers at home. What a difference a year makes. in a trade for Adam Henrique in early December. The Vatanan trade, once the Finn is fully assimilated into the lineup, should pay huge dividends for the Devils. It's another great move by General Manager Ray Shero, who has acquired Vatanen, Hall and Marcus Johansson over the last 15 months in savvy trades. It's going to be really tough for the Devils to stay in the top three of the Metropolitan Divison, but the team is extremely well coached, with both special teams units currently in the top third of the NHL, and one of the best goaltenders in the NHL in Cory Schneider. Schneider ranks 8th in the NHL in save percentage at .923, and he could make the difference for this team as it battles for a postseason berth come springtime. It may happen, it may not, but at the very least their is hope brimming in New Jersey for the first time in a long time.
The Kids & the Hall combined for six points (2g-4a) in Columbus! pic.twitter.com/LRbDfyq63r— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) December 6, 2017
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
The Kings are already more than half way to matching their total of third period goals from last season. They scored 78 in the third last season, while allowing 62. A lot is going right in L.A. thus far this season. Anze Kopitar already has three more goals than he did all of last season, Dustin Brown is three goals from matching his 80-game total from last season, and Jonathan Quick isn't hurt. Watch out for this team, especially when Jeff Carter makes his return. 4. Shenn's Hattie is the NHL's 30th of the Season Brayden Schenn is having a career year in St. Louis and he had a big night on Tuesday, netting his third career hat-trick to bring his season's total to 13 goals and 20 assists for the Blues. Pairing with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz has been a dream for Schenn, who was traded from the Flyers to the Blues this summer.
Look at that third period.— All The Kings Men (@KingsMenPodcast) December 6, 2017
LOOK AT IIIIIIIIT!!! pic.twitter.com/DAEMKFPbVD