Archive for April, 2016

Yahoo Sports’ NHL Playoff Picks, Round 2! (Puck Daddy)

By at 28 April, 2016, 4:41 pm

The NHL had some premature congratulations for the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders, as the second round started before the first round was finished.  So we locked in our picks for that series while waiting to see if the Anaheim Ducks or Nashville Predators would advance. (Spoiler: It was a Game 7, so you fill in the blank.) Now, here are the picks for the rest of the second round series, as the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Washington Capitals; the Dallas Stars face the St. Louis Blues; and the San Jose Sharks face the Nashville Predators. And here … we … go. Sean Leahy, Puck Daddy Editor Penguins in 7 You could basically flip a coin for these Round 2 series and come up with a prediction that wouldn’t be too crazy.  Pens-Caps? Alex Ovechkin and Barry Trotz are long overdue to get out of the first round. But with the way the Penguins have been playing in the second half and with the fact that Matt Murray has kept their goaltending situation stable as Marc-Andre Fleury recovers from a concussion, it’s tough not to see them continuing this run. Blues in 7 Blues-Stars? St. Louis just finished off an emotional series win and face a Dallas offense — while lacking Tyler Seguin for the near future — that is dangerous. The series will probably come down to goaltender where the Brian Elliott will get an edge over Kari Lehtonen first, and potentially Antti Niemi later in the series. Sharks in 6 Sharks-Preds? This one might be a tad easier to predict, but with the way Pekke Rinne is playing and the balanced scoring Nashville is supplying, it’s tough to make this an easy out for the Sharks. But much like the Blues and Islanders, San Jose exorcised a playoff demon and looked like a well-oiled machine in Round 1. How will the Preds find a way to slow down Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and crew? Josh Cooper, Puck Daddy Editor Capitals in 6 The Capitals are the most talented left in the NHL playoffs. They can beat you so many ways and I think this is enough to overcome the Penguins’ star players in what should be the best series of the second-round. So much publicity goes to Alex Ovechkin and Washington’s powerful offense, but  the Capitals are also one of the best defensive teams in the NHL. Their ability to marginalize Pittsburgh’s powerful attack will be the difference. Past Capitals teams didn’t have gritty two-way players on the blueline like John Carlson and Matt Niskanen. And they didn’t have playoff-tested all-around players at forward like Justin Williams. Stars in 6 Dallas captain Jamie Benn will be the driving force for the Stars in the second-round. He’s a matchup nightmare for teams and tough to stop both on the wall and in open ice. The Blues don’t have a player with the all-around talents of Benn, and he’ll be the biggest difference-maker in this series. The Blues climbed a major mountain in beating the Chicago Blackhawks in the first-round, but Chicago isn’t as deep as the Stars. Dallas developed a strong defensive identity near the end of the season, and I think their balance of speed and size will be too much for the Blues to handle.   Sharks in 6 The Sharks are arguably the deepest team left in the Western Conference. They can roll four lines and three defense pairs and when they get on the power play, it’s almost an automatic goal. The Predators did a nice job beating the Anaheim Ducks in seven games, but the Sharks are a motivated group that’s playing the right type of playoff hockey. The line of Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl will get a heavy dose of Shea Weber and Roman Josi, which will open up Logan Couture’s trio on the second-line to have a big series. Pekka Rinne will keep the Predators stable, but it just feels like a special year is brewing for the Sharks. Jen Neale, Puck Daddy Editor Capitals in 7 This series is going to come down to goaltending. Matt Murray may be able to steal a couple games for the Penguins; however, Braden Holtby continues to be a beast. All he needs is the run support in front of him, something surprisingly lacking in this first round. Blues in 6 I don’t trust Dallas’s goaltending tandem, and the series against Minnesota showed why. Said it the first round: it doesn’t matter if you can score a million goals when your goalie can’t stop a million and one. Plus the Blues have finally accepted Brian Elliott as their goaltender and savior. He’s coming up huge for them. San Jose in 6 Pekka Rinne is holding the Predators together. They have a couple dangerous forwards and two extremely talented defensemen. San Jose has the size and skill to exploit everything the Ducks couldn’t. Ryan Lambert, Puck Daddy Columnist Penguins in 7 These are the two best teams remaining in the East by a good distance, and it’s going to be a slugfest. The way Pittsburgh has played since Mike Sullivan took over is still only just enough to convince me they can dispatch the Capitals by the slimmest of margins. Both are teams that can go strength-against-strength with anyone in the league and expect to come out on top, so for all intents and purposes I think we may as well consider this the unofficial Eastern Conference Final. I’m pumped for every second of this series. Blues in 7 The amount I trust Dallas’s goaltending against anyone is very small, and while the Blues obviously don’t have the knockout punchers in a quality or quantity that can match Dallas, I also fear for what Vladimir Tarasenko is going to do to Antti Niemi or Kari Lehtonen in this series.  There’s a legitimate possibility things get very ugly, hockeywise. Meaning coaches probably won’t be happy with how their clubs play. This feels like a series with a lot of 4-3 games. In the end, because the Stars struggled with the Wild — as deeply mediocre a team as there was in the league this year — I have to give the edge to St. Louis. Sharks in 6 I love the Sharks and I want them to win. If they can crush the Kings in five games, the Predators, for as good as they have been and as well-coached as they will continue to be, don’t look like a particularly significant threat.

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Little Caesars Arena; Seguin out; ranking local TV announcers (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

By at 28 April, 2016, 12:00 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com . desert island checklist -sunscreen -game console – @EASPORTSNHL 17 with Jamie on the cover Vote #NHL17Benn pic.twitter.com/G2V1ZJv1Tx — John Klingberg (@johnklingberg) April 28, 2016 • John Klingberg gets his Ghost Recon on while campaigning for Jamie Benn to get on the  NHL 17  cover. [ @johnklingberg ] • After next season, the Detroit Red Wings will move from Joe Louis Arena to … wait for it … Little Caesars Arena. Beware the Ides of March and the pizza. Hockey hockey.  [ District Detroit ] • Rookie netminder Matt Murray remains humble with a 3-0 record for the Penguins in the Stanley Cup playoffs as he fills in for Marc-Andre Fleury. [ Trib Live ] • Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky switched lines in the Capitals practice in the hopes of increasing five-on-five scoring. [ Washington Post ] • Looking at the numbers behind the Capitals struggles at even strength. [ Japers’ Rink ] • Comparing the Pittsburgh Penguins power play versus the Washington Capitals penalty kill. [ Pensburgh ] • Tyler Seguin is definitely out for at least the first two games against the Blues. [ Dallas Morning News ] • Is home ice advantage for the St. Louis Blues still a positive against the Dallas Stars? [ St. Louis Game Time ] • Sorry Arizona Coyotes fans. It appears the NHL Draft Lottery odds are not in your favor. [ Arizona Sports ] • Joel Quenneville considers Andrew Shaw ‘irreplaceable.’ The money crunch of the Blackhawks could force the team and player to part ways. [ Chicago Sun Times ] • USA Hockey has named Bob Motzko the head coach of the 2017 national junior team. [ USA Hockey ] • Must read: “Should teenagers be fighting adults? They do in the OHL.” [ Globe & Mail ] • Minnesota Wild breakout day news: Zach Parise hopes to avoid back surgery while Thomas Vanek hopes to avoid a buyout, and more. [ Star Tribune ] • Down Goes Brown: With the Chicago Blackhawks loss in Round 1, could their dynasty be coming to an end? [ The Guardian ] • Find out where your favorite local NHL TV announcers rank as voted for and evidenced by the fans. [ Awful Announcing ] • The assumption is that the new Las Vegas team will be in the Pacific Division; however, the Central Division might be a more likely home. [ The Sin Bin ] • New York Islanders prospect Michael Dal Colle turned his early exit in the OHL playoffs into an opportunity to gain experience with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in their playoff run. [ Buzzing the Net ] • The NWHL and CWHL are embroiled in a trademark dispute in Canada. [ New Hamburg Independent ] • Isobel Cup champion Boston Pride player are taking pay cuts to return to their team. [ Today’s Slapshot ] • Kaleigh Fratkin is the first player to come out and say she is leaving her NWHL team from this past to explore the free agent market. [ Along the Boards ] • An Edmonton man is auctioning off a rare hockey card collection that includes Wayne Gretzky’s rookie card. A set similar to his sold for $100,000 last year, and his is expected to go for more. [ CBC ] • Finally, a retrospective on Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau’s time in San Jose, set to a cover of Adele’s “When We Were Young.” [ YouTube  via Emily Hall] – – – – – – – Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD . MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

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NHL play-offs results (Reuters)

By at 27 April, 2016, 11:00 pm

April 28 (Infostrada Sports) – Results from the NHL Play-offs games on Wednesday (home team in CAPS) 1 2 3 T Nashville 2 0 0 2 ANAHEIM 0 0 1 1 (Nashville win the best-of-seven series by 4-3) 1 2 3 T NY Islanders 3 1 1 5 TAMPA BAY 1 0 2 3 (NY Islanders …

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2016 Round 2 schedule, TV listings (Puck Daddy)

By at 27 April, 2016, 10:56 pm

Now that the Nashville Predators have eliminated the Anaheim Ducks, the Round 2 schedule for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs is officially set.  While the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning opened things up Wednesday night, the second round will continue with the second playoff meeting between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin on Thursday. EASTERN CONFERENCE Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders Wed 4/27, 7pm:  5 NYI @ TBL 3 Sat 4/30, 3pm:  NYI @ TBL |  NBC, TVA Sports Tue 5/3, 7pm: TBL @ NYI |  NBCSN, TVA Sports Fri 5/6, 7pm: TBL @ NYI |  NBCSN, TVA Sports *Sun 5/8, TBD:  NYI @ TBL |  TBD *Tue 5/10, TBD:  TBL @ NYI |  TBD *Thu 5/12, TBD:  NYI @ TBL |  TBD   Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Thu 4/28, 8pm:  PIT @ WSH |  NBCSN, TVA Sports Sat 4/30, 8pm:  PIT @ WSH |  NBC, TVA Sports Mon 5/2, 8pm: WSH @ PIT |  NBCSN, TVA Sports Wed 5/4, 8pm: WSH @ PIT |  NBCSN, TVA Sports *Sat 5/7, TBD:  PIT @ WSH |  TBD *Tue 5/10, TBD:  WSH @ PIT |  TBD *Thu 5/12, TBD:  PIT @ WSH |  TBD WESTERN CONFERENCE Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues Fri 4/29, 8pm:  STL @ DAL |  NBCSN, TVA Sports Sun 5/1, 3pm: STL @ DAL | NBC, TVA Sports Tue 5/3, 9:30pm: DAL @ STL |  USA, TVA Sports Thu 5/5, 8pm: DAL @ STL |  NBCSN, TVA Sports *Sat 5/7, TBD:  STL @ DAL |  TBD *Mon 5/9, TBD:  DAL @ STL |  TBD *Wed 5/11, TBD:  STL @ DAL |  TBD   San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators Fri 4/29, 10:30pm:  NSH @ SJS |  NBCSN, TVA Sports Sun 5/1, 8pm:  NSH @ SJS |  NBCSN, TVA Sports Tue 5/3, 9pm: SJS @ NSH |  USA, TVA Sports Thu 5/5, 9pm: SJS @ NSH |  CNBC, TVA Sports *Sat 5/7, TBD:  NSH @ SJS |  TBD *Mon 5/9, TBD:  SJS @ NSH |  TBD *Thu 5/12, TBD:  NSH @ SJS |  TBD   The Lightning and Islanders are going to learn about the fun regarding arena availability this time of year with a trio of two full off days between games. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY :

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Prince of Isles scores twice in win over Bolts (Reuters)

By at 27 April, 2016, 8:50 pm

(The Sports Xchange) – A rookie in Ottawa two months ago, Shane Prince scored twice for the New York Islanders on Wednesday as they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 in the opener of their second-round series on Wednesday at Amalie Arena. “I couldn’t b…

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Jack Capuano takes puck to nose, returns to see Isles win (Video) (Puck Daddy)

By at 27 April, 2016, 8:23 pm

The New York Islanders took Game 1 of their second-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 5-3 victory . They did so, however, without head coach Jack Capuano behind their bench for most of the final half of the third period.  Alex Killorn’s wrister into the Islanders’ zone deflected off of Ryan Strome’s shin pad and into the New York bench, striking Capuano in the face.  Assistant coach Doug Weight took over while Capuano got checked out by the team’s trainers. But it wasn’t long before Capuano returned to the Islanders bench sporting a small nick on the beak:

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