Archive for December, 2014

Lightning roll to beat Sabres 5-1 (The Associated Press)

By at 31 December, 2014, 9:22 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Steven Stamkos doesn’t have to carry Tampa Bay’s offensive load given how the Lightning’s second line is producing.

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Nielsen scores 2 goals as Islanders top Jets 5-2 (The Associated Press)

By at 31 December, 2014, 8:29 pm

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Ryan Strome has done just fine in avoiding a sophomore slump.

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Capitals’ Orpik still uncertain for Winter Classic (The Associated Press)

By at 31 December, 2014, 2:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik will skate during warmups Thursday to determine if he will play in the Winter Classic

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How to revitalize NHL’s Winter Classic? Go where it’s never gone before (Puck Daddy)

By at 31 December, 2014, 11:40 am

The Winter Classic as we knew it no longer exists. Regardless of what happens in Washington D.C. on New Year’s Day for the most recent installment of the NHL’s marquee event, this game should be changed. Sure, there are reported negotiations for Boston next year , but in all honesty, the NHL has run out of ideas to sell the actual event of the Winter Classic. This isn’t another diss on this year’s game, which we have constantly said features two teams with no rivalry at a nondescript baseball stadium. Our views on that are well known. This more has to do with the Winter Classic franchise itself. Let’s say, next year the Bruins play the Canadiens? If the NHL wants to make a variation from the 2010 Classic between Boston and Philly at Fenway Park, what’s it going to do? Put the game at Gillette Stadium, an NFL facility based in Foxboro, Mass., with little-to-no nostalgia or charm. While people lauded and praised last year’s Winter Classic at the University of Michigan as the greatest one yet , (and it has the TV ratings to sort of prove it) the star of that contest was the “Big House” (Michigan Stadium), not the NHL or the Maple Leafs and Red Wings.   Both teams had zilch in terms of personality or transcendent star power. And HBO’s 24/7 series last year proved its most boring – and final – of its run. Also, only ONE current Western Conference team has ever played in the game. They should just rename it the “East Coast Classic” if anything.   But just because the Winter Classic franchise has problems, doesn’t mean there isn’t a solution for the NHL. In fact the league has an opportunity. The NHL should take the best of the Winter Classic idea along with the Stadium Series and … boom. You have the NHL’s Stadium Classics group of three games per-year with no limits or bounds. This idea was born out of the NHL’s Dodger Stadium game last year between the Kings and Ducks. What moves the needle more? A snowy game in Michigan, or combining hockey with KISS, Vin Scully and palm trees? Purists, we laugh at you.  It was winter in Los Angeles. And the game turned into a classic … so it could have fit the marketing slogan. Seriously, just stop putting all your eggs in one event as the “marquee” game and promote three equally.   Put them in different hockey playing countries. Maybe even get creative with venues. If Dan Craig can make ice anywhere, let Mozart make his finest masterpiece yet. Granted, there are some spots that won’t work like South Florida. But we have a few thoughts on some neat areas. It’s time to go rogue, go unpredictable, go crazy! We’ve put the games within time zone reason. For example, we can’t have a game in Japan just because it wouldn’t be great for live television viewing purposes in North America. We have ranked 15 matchups and locations we would love to see. Behold, the Puck Daddy Stadium Classic Series: 15. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania How in the world has a game here never occurred ? These two teams had a pretty good go at it in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Plus, it would definitely net over 100,000 fans.

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Islanders-Jets Preview (The Associated Press)

By at 30 December, 2014, 8:20 pm

An optimist could say the New York Islanders are challenging for the best record in the Eastern Conference, while a pessimist can point toward a disturbing trend of blown big leads in recent weeks.

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Caps’ Orpik (knee) questionable for Winter Classic (The Associated Press)

By at 30 December, 2014, 3:15 pm

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals could be without defenseman Brooks Orpik for the Winter Classic on Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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DeBoer takes the high road; is a Jagr Boston reunion ‘Bruin?’ (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

By at 30 December, 2014, 1:48 pm

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

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Islanders blow lead again, but beat Caps in OT (The Associated Press)

By at 29 December, 2014, 9:56 pm

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Finding ways to win at home has been an Islanders specialty this season. Squandering three-goal leads is a pattern New York would like to avoid.

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Slava Voynov about to hit NHL modern-day suspension record (Puck Daddy)

By at 29 December, 2014, 1:19 pm

When Slava Voynov entered the NHL in 2011-12, it was probably not his goal to set the record he is about to break.  According to the Orange County Register, Voynov is about to bust through the NHL’s suspension mark. Voynov has been banned (with pay) by the NHL since Oct. 20 for domestic violence charges against his wife. Monday’s Kings game at Calgary will be Voynov’s 31st contest missed, Says the author of the story, Rich Hammond, who has been all over this from the get-go: Voynov, suspended by the league since his Oct.20 arrest, will miss his 31st consecutive game. That’s the longest suspension for any player, for any reason, in the NHL’s modern era. Only Boston’s Billy Coutu, who received a lifetime ban because of an on-ice brawl in 1927, has served a longer punishment. The NHL’s second-longest suspension previously belonged to Chris Simon of the New York Islanders, who got a 30-game ban in 2007 for deliberately stomping his skate blade onto the foot on Pittsburgh’s Jarkko Ruutu. Voynov also pleaded ‘not guilty’ Monday on his charges. According to The Los Angeles Times, a pre-trial hearing is set for Jan. 28 and a jury trial will be set for March 2.  So what does this all mean? This is a ‘record’ that likely will keep growing, and won’t stop any time in the near future. But it’s also a mark the NHL probably doesn’t keep handy. Essentially with this case, history keeps being made … in the worst way possible  – – – – – – – Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY  

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