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Leafs players under criticism for avoiding stick salute following Thursday's win over Tampa Bay

The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 yesterday, but players are still taking some scrutiny from the media for what happened following the regulation horn. In the past, the club has always had a regular tradition of saluting the fans following home wins. Last night though, there was no salute. Watch here.  Some players raised their sticks half-way in the air,...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Ovechkin scores game-winner as Capitals hold on at Colorado, 3-2

If there is one thing every hockey fan knows: It is that Alex Ovechkin Is notorious for scoring highlight reel goals. Last night,  Ovechkin did it again, in one shift he sealed the fate of the Colorado Avalanche and secured a road victory for his Washington Capitals. The fact that Alex Ovechkin does not give up on the play illustrates his extremely high hockey IQ. These are the...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Hextall launched profanity-laced tirade against Flyers last night

A fiery competitor on the ice, Ron Hextall has mostly been a model of restraint during his time as a front office executive. We said mostly. Last night, the Philadelphia GM tore a strip into his charges following a 2-0 loss to the Rangers at MSG. Here’s more, from the Philadelphia Daily News: “Are you [bleeping] kidding me?” Hextall screamed, loud enough for the media waiting...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN panel ranks Edmonton Oilers bench boss Dallas Eakins dead last among NHL coaches

File this under “FWIW”, but American sports media giant ESPN has released its annual rankings of NHL coaches. Not surprisingly, the top of the list is dominated with proven vets like #1 Darryl Sutter, #2 Joel Quenneville and #3 Mike Babcock, all of whom have won the Stanley Cup or Olympic gold as a head coach in the past 18 months. The top 5 is filled out by previous Cup winners...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Filip Forsberg front runner in Calder Trophy race

I have to admit, I am not at all surprised to see Filip Forsberg as the front-runner in the Calder Trophy race. Forsberg, was ranked as the top European skater of the 2012 NHL Draft; the surprising thing to me was the fact that he landed in the Washington Capitals lap at  11th overall. I had the kid as a top-3 talent in my rankings that year. Perhaps, the most surprising thing...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL strikes partnership with daily fantasy sports company DraftKings

Daily fantasy sports are all the rage across the Internet these days, it could even be the fastest-growing industry.... I guess that is why according to reports the NHL as partnered with daily fantasy sports company DraftKings. I have been a daily fantasy hockey or four seasons now on various platforms including, DraftKings.   "On Tuesday, the National Hockey League announced...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Hockey Picks Tonight

There are 11 action-packed games on the NHL schedule tonight.  Here are my winners and losers complete with a daily fantasy hockey pick from each match. Enjoy the night of hockey!  WILD (7-6-0) at DEVILS (6-7-2)Daily Fantasy Pick: Jason PominvilleAVALANCHE (4-7-5) at ISLANDERS (9-5-0)Daily Fantasy Pick: Kyle OkposoPENGUINS (10-2-1) at RANGERS (6-6-2)Daily Fantasy Pick: Patric...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Giordano, Anderson, and Tarasenko are NHL's three stars of the week

Flames defenseman Mark Giordano, Senators goalie Craig Anderson and Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko have been named the NHL’s three stars for the past week.  From NHL.com: Giordano led the NHL with seven points (2-5-7) to power the Flames (9-5-2, 20 points) to two wins in three contests. Anderson went 2-0-1 with a 0.65 goals-against average, .981 save percentage and one shutout...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

A Hockey Helping Hand

Hockey brings people together and to illustrate that we have this video of one little puck slapper helping his special needs comrade score a goal. The goalie helps sell it as well.   Hockey truly is universal.    Click the link below to go to Facebook and watch this.  Really, I tear up when I watch it!  https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1392759020959042&pnref=story
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Edmonton Oilers ready to make 'big changes'?

The Edmonton Oilers started off the season in Rocky fashion, losing five straight games, then righting the ship with four straight wins. Now this team is once again on a downward trajectory. Holding a record of: 4-8-1. Last night, against a very tough Boston Bruins opponent, the Edmonton Oilers held a 2-1 lead early in the third... Predictably, the team collapsed and went on to lose...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Vladimir Tarasenko scores incredible goal

St. Louis Blues forward, Vladimir Tarasenko made the whole sports world stop and take notice when he scored a highlight reel goal against the New York Rangers Monday night. James Lindsay, has more on the impact Tarasenko has had on the St. Louis Blues
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Taylor Hall injury update

Edmonton Oilers superstar, Taylor Hall will miss 2 to 4 weeks with an MCL sprain as a result of the high-impact collision with the post during the second stanza of Saturday night’s hockey game with rival Vancouver. That means that Edmonton could be without their most valuable player for up to 13 games.At the very least, Hall will be sidelined for six contests, that is a lot of...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tarasenko Leads Blues to Victory Over Avs

The St. Louis Blues have almost intentionally never had many snipers on the team.  Think back a bit and try to see what Blues players from the past twenty years could be confused with Phil Kessel.  Its not much of a list, because that is not Blues hockey.  Referring to the Blues as 'Bruins West' is probably only correct in the general sense, however it does help emphasis...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Sabres send first-round pick Sam Reinhart back to juniors

The Buffalo Sabres did the best thing they could possibly do for the development of their first-round draft pick, Sam Reinhart. They sent him out of Buffalo. The team announced on Friday morning that it has sent Reinhart, after giving him a nine-game look in the NHL, back to his junior team, the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League. Had they kept him in the NHL it would have...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning finds spark with creative line combo

The line blender turns on for many reasons during the course of an NHL season. Impatience by the coach, bad chemistry among linemates, stagnant offense or defensive responsibility are among the many of the reasons line combinations get mixed.But sometimes, necessity is the mother of invention to whip up some chemistry. That happened for the trio of Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Edmonton Oilers bring their winning ways West

After a dismal 0-4-1 start to the 2014 campaign the Edmonton Oilers have collected the maximum two points in each of their last four contests. Hockey fans in Edmonton are ecstatic as they should be. This is the longest winning streak the team has been on in about two seasons. Perhaps, these are even the most significant games the franchise has won since the launch of HockeyFanLand...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Who's powering the Senators and Islanders?

Life after Jason Spezza is supposed to put the Senators in line for another struggle-filled season. So far that’s not been the case this season, however. The Senators are off to a great start. They opened the season with a 3-2 loss to Nashville, but then beat Tampa Bay 3-2, Florida 1-0, and Colorado 5-3 before capping it off with a 3-2 win over Columbus.  All told, the Senators...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Oilers' have won three straight games

For the first time since January the Edmonton Oilers have strung together a three-game winning streak, after beating the winless Carolina Hurricanes 6 - 3 Friday night. With the victory the Edmonton Oilers improved to 3-4-1 on the season.  Head coach Dallas Eakins, Has begun to show more trust in his youthful first line and it has paid off. Last night, Jordan Eberle Scored his...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Las Vegas could be the new home of an NHL team

Billionaire William Foley is betting hockey will sell in Sin City . Foley is in advanced talks with the NHL about bringing the first major league sports franchise to Las Vegas, The Post has learned. “He’s the real deal,” a source said. “He has deep pockets. His goal is to bring an NHL team to Vegas starting with the 2017-18 season, which would mark the league’s 100th...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Zdeno Chara to Miss 4-6 Weeks With Knee Injury

The Bruins are about to get a taste of what it's like to live without their most indispensable player. Zdeno Chara, who left Thursday night's loss to the Islanders in the first period after a huge, open ice hit of Islanders' captain John Tavares, is out 4-6 weeks. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said Chara's injury is a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament in his left...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Corey Perry nets second hat-trick

Corey Perry picked up his second hat-trick of the season in a 4-1 Ducks win over Buffalo on Wednesday.It's the second hat-trick already for Perry who now has eight goals and two assists for 10 points through seven games. The sniper absolutely owns the Sabres with 10 goals in 11 career games. Ryan Getzlaf set up two of the goals as the Ducks were in cruise control against the...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Charlie Coyle signs 5-year/$16 milion extension

Charlie Coyle has agreed to a five-year, $16 million extension with the Minnesota Wild.Coyle is in the last season of his entry-level contract and will come with a $3.2 million annual cap hit starting in 2015-16. This could end up being a great deal for Minnesota. Coyle had 30 points in 70 games last season, but he's capable of doing significantly better than that. We're...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Taylor Hall has 2 points in Oilers' first win

Taylor Hall scored on a penalty shot, added an assist and recorded a plus-two rating in helping the Edmonton Oilers edge the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 Monday night.It was the Oilers' first victory of the season after the worst start in franchise history at 0-4-1. Hall's goal was his fourth of the season. The left winger was awarded his penalty shot at 14:57 of the...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Victor Hedman breaks finger vs. Canucks, will miss 4-6 weeks

Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning has been the most productive defenseman in the national hockey league since January. So obviously with the news that he will be missing 4 to 6 weeks the Tampa Bay Lightning will have a huge gap to fill on the defense. As a fantasy owner it's always tough dealing with injuries, however, defensemen are always overlooked. For example: you...
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October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey picks tonight

HockeyFanLand helps predict NHL winners and provides daily picks for fantasy hockey junkies!BRUINS (2-4-0) at SABRES (1-4-0)Daily Fantasy Pick: Niklas Svedberg AVALANCHE (1-3-1) at CANADIENS (4-1-0)Daily Fantasy Pick: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau BLUE JACKETS (3-1-0) at SENATORS (3-1-0)Daily Fantasy Pick: Clarke MacArthur MAPLE LEAFS (2-3-0) at RED WINGS (2-1-1)Daily Fantasy Pick...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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