Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Roy vs. Gabby, Part 2; SJ circling Pac lead; Schneider against Lu, post-Canucks (Puck Daddy)

By at 14 March, 2014, 4:13 pm

Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight’s slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.

Create-a-caption: Bruce Boudreau and Patrick Roy meet for the second time this season. (Thanks to Indiana Matt from TheRoyalHalf.com for the picture)
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Preview: San Jose Sharks at New York Islanders, 7:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Edmonton Oilers at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. EST
Preview: New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. EST
Preview: Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:00 p.m. EST
Preview: New York Rangers at Winnipeg Jets, 8:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. EST
Preview: Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche, 9:00 p.m. EST
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Five things to know about tonight’s NHL games …
1) Bruce Boudreau vs. Patrick Roy, Round 2, FIGHT! Believe it or not, this is the first time the Ducks and Avalanche have met since their catfight in the first game of the season .
2) Bad to worse in Vancouver, if that’s even possible. Well, Ryan Kesler kind of got what we he wanted. He’s out of the Canucks lineup … ‘at least a couple weeks’ with a knee injury . Kesler is second on the Canucks in points, first in goals, and tied for first in power play points.
3) Power of Peverley. Rich Peverley is out of the hospital, and spent time with his teammates on Thursday as they practiced. Just seeing Peverley up and about is bound to give the Stars a boost. Dallas was already a sleeper team to watch; now they’re a sleeper team on a mission to win for their teammate.
4) Sharks and Ducks and the Pacific Division. Anaheim had been leading the Pacific Division for a good amount of time. Thanks to the Ducks four-game slide, and the Sharks four-game win streak, they’re tied in the standings at 93 points. Both are behind league leading St. Louis by four points.
5) Cory Schneider vs. Roberto Luongo. This time last season, who would have thought this matchup would involve the New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers, and NOT the Vancouver Canucks?

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Canucks-Jets Preview (The Associated Press)

By at 11 March, 2014, 1:01 pm

Though they were coming off a win in their previous game, the Vancouver Canucks’ season hit a new low their last time out. Reeling after a stunning third-period collapse, the Canucks try to bounce back Wednesday night against a Winnipeg Jets team that …

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Isles score 7 in 3rd period, rally to top Canucks (The Associated Press)

By at 11 March, 2014, 1:03 am

The New York Islanders’ big comeback over the Vancouver Canucks in a seven-goal third period even caught them by surprise. After all, in recent days it has been the Islanders who have let teams rally late to beat them. Matt Martin scored the winner in …

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NHL Three Stars: Kessel leads happy homecoming for Carlyle; Avs win in OT (Puck Daddy)

By at 11 March, 2014, 12:59 am

Let’s begin with an obvious nod to the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets medical staffs for their proactive and immediate reaction to Rich Peverley’s health scare that postponed the teams’ game on Monday night.
No. 1 Star: Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs star had a goal and two assists in their 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Randy Carlyle’s return to Anaheim. He had a secondary helper on Tyler Bozak’s goal and scored his 34th in the first; he then assisted on Paul Ranger’s second-period goal. Jonathan Bernier had 43 saves in the win.
No. 2 Star: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche
Duchene scored at 2:33 of overtime to give the Avs a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. He schooled Dustin Byfuglien with a spin move in the corner, fired the puck off Tobias Enstrom and then collected the rebound for his 21st of the season.

No. 3 Star: Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins
Kunitz opened and closed the scoring for the Penguins in their 3-2 win at the Washington Capitals. He caught Mike Green flat-footed just 46 seconds into the game, and then tallied his 31st goal of the year at 12:40 of the second. Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists in the win.
Honorable mention: The New York Islanders scored seven third-period goals, including four in 5:08, to rally and beat the Vancouver Canucks, 7-4. Kyle Okposo had three assists. … The Los Angeles Kings scored the first three goals of the game and then held off a Calgary Flames’ rally for a 3-2 victory. Anze Kopitar had the game-winner. … Seth Jones collected a rebound of a Ryan Ellis breakaway shot at 3:49 of overtime in the Nashville Predators’ 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky had three point games in the loss. … Radim Vrbata scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Phoenix Coyotes topped the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3. Ondrej Palat had two goals and an assist. …
Did You Know? The Islanders tied an NHL record for road goals in a period with 7.
Dishonorable mention: Shea Weber and Roman Josi were a minus-3. … Craig Anderson was pulled after stopping 26 of 29 shots, following a collision with Milan Michalek. … The Canucks took three minor penalties in the third and gave up three power-play goals on seven times shorthanded.

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Penguins, Bruins, Blackhawks and Kings odds-on favorites entering 2013-14 season (Puck Daddy)

By at 29 August, 2013, 10:28 am

There’s been so much attention paid to the rechristening of the four divisions – Detroit in the Atlantic, the very existence of the Metropolitan – that you might have forgotten that the NHL rejiggered its playoff format as well.
Please recall t…

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Heritage Classic added to ambitious outdoor schedule (Reuters)

By at 10 July, 2013, 12:18 pm

(Reuters) – The Vancouver Canucks will host the Ottawa Senators in a return of the Heritage Classic next season, the National Hockey League said on Wednesday, adding a sixth date to the league’s ambitious schedule of outdoor games. The Canucks will bec…

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NHL-Heritage Classic added to ambitious outdoor schedule (Reuters)

By at 10 July, 2013, 12:07 pm

July 10 (Reuters) – The Vancouver Canucks will host the Ottawa Senators in a return of the Heritage Classic next season, the National Hockey League said on Wednesday, adding a sixth date to the league’s ambitious schedule of outdoor games. The Canucks …

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Senators, Canucks go outdoors for game (The SportsXchange)

By at 10 July, 2013, 11:50 am

The Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks will play an outdoor game in the Heritage Classic on March 2 in Vancouver’s BC Place, the NHL announced Wednesday.

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The New Jersey Devils Begin a New Era with Cory Schneider (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

By at 30 June, 2013, 7:52 pm

COMMENTARY | The New Jersey Devils made a splash at the 2013 NHL draft but it was not a draft selection that excited the home crowd at the Prudential Center. Instead, general manager Lou Lamoriello surprised everyone and traded the team’s #9 overall pi…

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Pittsburgh Penguins favored to win 2014 Stanley Cup (Puck Daddy)

By at 25 June, 2013, 10:52 am

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in spectacular fashion in consecutive seasons. There are questions about their goaltending and about the construction of their team.
And yet, somewhat predictably, the Penguin…

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