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  2. If true, not sure if I agree with Hextall on this. Mrazek has been able to carry the mail for long stretches and has playoff experience. Your thoughts @yave1964
  3. Got it. Instead of of being known as a supporting member of hockey forums, now just refer to me as “Some Guy from Upstate NY that loves Hockey”.
  4. @yave1964 Having said all that, there IS good news: After Mike Green gets traded, Luke Witkowski will step in as our offensive-minded D-man! LOL!
  5. Well I got to watch tonight's game in Punjabi...... since it wasn't on CBC again. Toronto loses 5-3 to Pittsburgh.
  6. We'll see he is small the reason he has went quiet he lit it up to start with and then teams change their attack plan in order to neutralize him and it has worked he has struggled lately. It will only get harder in the NHL. Some rise above like Tampa's Johnson and some fade away. We'll see which he is soon.
  7. Yesterday
  8. Perhaps. It would be hard to part with any of the forwards. I'd rather give up one of our current defencemen and mix in a few draft picks. Ottawa could have Rielly or Gardiner but I wouldn't part with Marner or Nylander, especially if the team is going to trade JVR. If JVR goes in a trade, no other forwards would go. No way.
  9. Nice return from Ron's first draft. 2014 Entry Draft Num. Round Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM 2014 Entry 17 1 Travis Sanheim D Calgary Hitmen [WHL] 35 1 4 5 12 2014 Entry 48 2 Nicolas Aube-Kubel R Val d'Or Foreurs [QMJHL] 2014 Entry 86 3 Mark Friedman D Waterloo Black Hawks [USHL] 2014 Entry 138 5 Oskar Lindblom L Brynas (Sweden Jrs.) 2014 Entry 168 6 Radel Fazleev C Calgary Hitmen [WHL] 2014 Entry 198 7 Jesper Pettersson D Linkopings HC [SweHL]
  10. Of course the Pens could win the division, but in the end it does not really matter. They simply need to focus on their game at this point, and keep honing it for the second season. Look how those division and President's Trophies have helped out the Caps over the last few years. The division title is a nice thing, but its not what the end goal is.
  11. It's a rare opportunity for the Golden Knights. In a stretch where Vegas plays seven straight games at home and nine out of 10, tonight is its third straight game against a team that probably won't make the playoffs. Of the six remaining home games on this stretch, five of them are against teams currently outside the playoffs. With the Golden Knights riding high at 21-4-2 at home, this is a chance to put some distance between themselves and the pack in the Western Conference. So far, the 38-15-4 Golden Knights are 2-1-0 in this stretch, and will next meet the 22-28-7 Montreal Canadiens. Today's game starts at 4:00 PM (PT). Here are three keys to the game. NHL Now: First Vegas bobblehead 00:52 • February 16th, 2018 1. The Old Equalizer The Golden Knights have 30 more points than the Canadiens. So it's clear that there's a bit of a gap between these teams this season. Although with Carey Price in goal for the Canadiens, it's always the potential equalizer. While Price isn't having a season up to his usual standards and is coming off three straight losses and five goals against in Arizona, he's still Carey Price. He's still a former Vezina Trophy winner as league's best player and former NHL MVP. Price is still recognized as probably the best goalie in hockey. No matter what sort of season he or his team is having, Price is capable to stealing a game on any given night. And while it's never a good idea to take any opponent lightly in the NHL, Price's presence makes this even more apparent today. VGK Practice: Gallant 04:48 • February 16th, 2018 2. Keep Them Slumping Of all the areas that Montreal has had trouble lately, its offensive production is probably the most concerning. The Canadiens have only scored two goals over their past two games, and have been shut out twice in February. Marc-Andre Fleury, meanwhile, has been riding high, having won two straight starts and continuing to sit near the top of the league in all major goaltending categories. He's second with a 2.03 goals-against average and third with a .933 save percentage. Brendan Gallagher has 21 goals for Montreal, and is a real threat to score 30. But outside of him, no Canadien may even reach 25, where in the past many of them have. You'd have to expect that players suffering through rare off years may have fragile confidence. In Fleury's case, his duty is to keep their confidence low. If Fleury can make a few great saves early, he may get in Montreal's head. VGK Practice: Marchessault 01:45 • February 16th, 2018 3. Smith, Vegas' Under-The-Radar Star? Reilly Smith has often been overshadowed this season. Which playing on a line with 30-goal scorer William Karlsson and team scoring leader Jonathan Marchessault, is easily understandable. Although entering today with points in six straight games (3G, 6A), Smith is on absolute fire. In fact, other than a rare cold streak in January where he went six games without a point, Smith hasn't gone consecutive games without a point since early January. He was 17 goals and 31 assists and is on pace for 68 points this season. Yet he hardly gets any headlines. What sort of damage can Smith do against the Canadiens today? And his line? Watch out for this player who is quietly on his best stretch of the season right now.
  12. The Lightning and Devils are set to meet for just the second time so far this season. Both teams have been inconsistent as of late. The Devils are currently riding a two-game winning streak after dropping four straight. The Lightning, meanwhile, played well in a 4-1 win over Detroit on Thursday but lost both halves of a back-to-back at the beginning of the week. Lines from Thursday's game. Subject to change. Forwards Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov Yanni Gourde - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson Alex Killorn - Matthew Peca - Adam Erne Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan Defensemen Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman Dan Girardi - Mikhail Sergachev Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr Goaltenders Andrei Vasilevskiy or Louis Domingue Saturday's Matchup The Lightning and the Devils are playing their second of three meetings this season...The last time these teams met was Oct. 17 in New Jersey, where the Devils bested the Bolts in a 5-4 shootout loss. Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists, and Vladislav Namestnikov and Ondrej Palat each scored for the Lightning, who had their four-game winning streak end. Peter Budaj made 30 saves. Kyle Palmieri scored the only goal in the shootout and had a goal in the first period for the Devils. Drew Stafford scored twice, Brian Gibbons had a goal and Cory Schneider made 33 saves...The Lightning have won each of their last four home games versus New Jersey, last losing to the Devils at home in October 2014... Steven Stamkos has recorded 17 goals and 29 points in 29 career games vs. New Jersey and has scored a goal in five straight games against the Devils... Nikita Kucherov is averaging over a point a game against New Jersey, tallying 4-9--13 in 10 career games. Saturday's Storylines This will be the only time this season the Lightning face the Devils at AMALIE Arena...The Lightning at off to their best start in franchise history with 81 points through 58 games, seven points better than the 74 points put up by the 2010-11 team (34-17-6) and the 2014-15 team (34-17-6) through 58 games...Tampa Bay's record at home is 20-5-1...The Bolts continue to lead the NHL for wins (39), points (81), ROW (37), points percentage (.698), goals (206) and goals per game (3.55). Injuries 2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 86 Current injuries Peter Budaj - Lower body (out indefinitely, injured Dec. 29) 21 games Ondrej Palat - Lower body (out 6 to 8 weeks; injured Jan. 20) 10 Games Transactions Feb. 8 - Recalled F Adam Erne from AHL Syracuse Feb. 6 - Re-assigned F Michael Bournival to AHL Syracuse In the Nik of Time Tampa Bay right winger Nikita Kucherov recorded a goal and three assists Feb. 15 vs. DET, bringing him to 31 goals and 45 assists on the season...Kucherov has recorded points in five-consecutive games (4-6-10) and five of his last six games (4-8-12)...Thursday night was Kucherov's 25th multi-point game of the season, which is most in the NHL and the most by a Lightning player in a single season since Steven Stamkos had 27 such games in 2011-12...He leads the NHL for points (76) and ranks third in the NHL for goals...This is the third-straight season he's scored 30 or more goals...Kucherov is one of five Lightning players all-time to record multiple 30-goal seasons. Killing It Lightning forward Alex Killorn netted his 11th goal Feb. 15 vs. DET, the third game in the last four he's scored a goal...Killorn has more points through seven games in February (11) than he did in all of November (5), December (6) or January (3)...He ranks tied for third in the NHL for point since February 1. Stammer Time Bolts captain Steven Stamkos tallied two goals Feb. 15 vs. DET bringing him to 23 on the season...Thursday was his fourth-straight game with a point (3-3--6) and sixth game in his last seven with a point (4-4--8)...Stamkos' 44 assists are tied for the second most he's recorded in a season (46 in 2010-11 and 44 in 2009-10)...Stamkos ranks third in the NHL for scoring and 10th for assists. Squashing Rookie Records Tampa Bay rookie Yanni Gourde's 22 goals are the fourth-most in Lightning history for a rookie. Gourde now ranks third on the Lightning for goals and his 43 points are the fourth most by a rookie in Lightning history, behind only Brad Richards (62 in 2000-01), Ondrej Palat (59 in 2013-14), Tyler Johnson (50 in 2013-14), Steven Stamkos (46 in 2008-09), Rob Zamuner (43 in 1992-93)...Since Jan. 22, Gourde ranks tied for fourth in the NHL for scoring (8-5--13)...Gourde ranks second in the NHL for goals among rookies. Andrei the Giant Bolts goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 38-of-39 shots faced in a win Feb. 15 vs. DET and continues to pace the NHL for wins. Vasilevskiy's 34 wins are the most through 58 team games in franchise history (second: Ben Bishop, 27 in 2014-15 and 2013-14)...Vasilevskiy leads the NHL for shutouts with seven and tied the Tampa Bay franchise record for shutouts in a season set previously by Nikolai Khabibulin in 2001-02...Six of Vasilevskiy's seven shutouts have come on the road, a Bolts franchise record for road shutouts in a season.
  13. Don't tell anyone I said this, I'll deny it! But maybe it was smart of hextall to not make a move to get him.....yet anyway!
  14. Saturday Morning Links Links: Free Press: [Cougars scratch out opening-game win] CW: [Playoff Preview Video] The Winnipeg Free Press ran a story from Mike Sawatzky, complete with this picture of Zach Franko battling Bluegar defenceman Grant Baker along the boards. Links: Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] The late start, combined with the Pacific time zone start time, meant that the stories were posted late. Bedrock U is still waiting for a slate to arrive from the coast. The UBC link includes video highlights.
  15. I screwed up here, TO's on the road.
  16. As somebody who watched the Devils once lose 18 straight shootouts, I feel your pain.
  17. New shows pop up every month, it's no longer just a Sept and Jan thing.....just wanted to see who is watching what, and see if I'm not watching something really good. For my money, Star Trek Discovery is the BEST show on tv right now. The battle of the binary stars was wicked, one of the single best episodes I've ever seen, it should go down in Star Trek lore....not as good as the Borg stuff, but close. I must say, was not fond of a male member of the Discovery being raped and tortured by a female Klingon...and yeah, I just knew they would have gay stuff, no big deal, but why every show? Other stuff I'm watching...zombie off season is tough on me....LOL! Homeland just started back up, season 7 I believe....it's getting old, but I'm a sucker for Carrie. The Flash is the best CW show, but the plot lines are corny at times. Arrow is redundant, and I refuse to watch Black Lighntining, superhero overload. Supergirl is the best super hero show, glad I stuck with it....and it follows the comics pretty close, they brought in Braniac, the Legion of Superhero's etc this year, pretty cool. Has anyone watched the new Stargate SG-1? Looks decent. Quit Blacklist, totally lost interest, don't even care who her real dad is at this point. 2nd best show on tv, Marvel's Agents of Shield...I save up two or three in a row and it's like watching a friggin awesome movie!!
  18. Flyers we welcome you to the win column in Columbus again!!! 12 years in the making!!! Jinx snapped!!! Huge win!
  19. The first Cup year, Flyers 12 Detroit 2....no really, that happened. I was 6 at the time, all I remember clearly is the scoreboard saying 7 to 1 in the second period, and some poor bastard for the Wings being flat on his back out cold at center ice. [Hidden Content]
  20. I agree, no way in holy hell do the Caps get rid of their 2nd or 3rd best player (Kuznetzov may have passed him)....plus, the Wings are sellers, not buyers.
  21. Last week
  22. Well i think he isn't getting fair market value....he should be getting Wade Redden money to ride those buses!!!!!! #travesty
  23. The Red Wings top farm team won the Calder Cup as the best team in the AHL last season with a mix of mostly AHL veterans and a few good solid prospects. This season they got off to a god awful start and as of December 23rd when they lost to Rockford they were battling Cleveland for dead last in the division. Since then however, they have went on a tear, going 16-4-1 and are right in the thick of things and looking like they are ready to defend their crown. Back to back cup wins is as rare in the AHL as in the NHL as rosters recalibrate quite a bit as organizations want to look at youngsters often at the expense of capable veterans. The Griffins are led again by quite a few AHL veterans starting with All Stars Matt Lorito and Matt Peumpel who are not really prospects but both can score, Greybeard center Ben Street dishes nicely on the top line. Tangradi and Matthew Ford provide excellent second line scoring on the wing, both are old farts even by AHL standards. Lashoff and Mclrath were huge in the playoff run last year and anchor the blueline. Turner Elson, Cody Eakins and Thomas McCollum are all vets with no future but who play big roles on the team. I hope it isn't making it sound as if the team is devoid of prospects, we have a few: Evgeny Svechnikov is a top power forward prospect who began the year hurt and who has been borderline awful most of the year, showing occasional flashes of his enormous upside but really has been pretty bad. It reminds me of when Mantha broke his collarbone in the preseason a few years ago and it set his progress back. I think Svechnikov has a nice future and frankly is the Wings best forward prospect. Massive Jared Coreau is having a fine year including a solid shutout last night, he almost certainly will be in Detroit by the deadline as Mrazek almost certainly will be dealt. In action with the big club last year he was a mixed bag, a couple of shutouts and a lot of stinker games. Dominik turgeon didn't embarrass himself as a 4th line center earlier in the season when Glendening was out and with rumors that Glendening is going to either reunite with Jim Nill in Dallas or Babs in Toronto in the next few days Turgeon will likely get a chance to take his role as a 4th line faceoff and P/K guy. Filip Hronek is undersized but has taken over as the Griffs best blueliner by far,he is aggressive with great vision just needs to put on a bit of weight. If/when Green moves out Hronek is a lock to play middle pair defense likely QBing the top power play for the balance of the season to see what he has. Joe Hicketts is a fire hydrant who hits everything and can move the puck, Villi Saarijarvi is struggling adjusting to the pro game but is talented. Axel Holmstrom is a solid winger adjusting to North America and looks like a potential bottom six winger. So no real studs but Svechnikov is a likely late bloomer who will be at the least a second line winger, Hronek is playing like a vet anda team leader running the power play andstepping up in all situations. Turgeon and Coreau are ready now in lesser roles, Hicketts cant be any worse than Oullett or Jensen. A few others who are cutting their teeth. The last two firt rounders, defenseman and flashy puck mover Cholowski and net front pure goal scorer Rasmussen are on their at as well. Not a loaded system but the cupboards aren't bare. I would love to see the Griffins repeat, I could see guys like Coreau, Turgeon, Hronek and maybe Svechnikov get called up when players get moved at or around the deadline but then when the season is over returned for the playoff push with the Griffins knowing that a strong showing locks them into a job next year. Cholowski and Rasmussen may even sign and join the Griffs for the push as well. Overall I like their chances quite a lot of going back to back.
  24. I see no reason why not. He has made some plays that are really high up on the “wow” factor. His skill level is not in question. From my eye ball test, Patrick is getting stronger and quicker. Kid has been through a lot and is finally being able to make a consistent contribution. that goal he scored a few weeks ago when he came in on a rush and went forehand / backhand at full speed... not too many people can do that. Just scratching the surface imo
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