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Joe Pavelski says the harder the Sharks try, the worse things get

The San Jose Sharks have been perfectly mediocre this season. Through 24 games, the Sharks are 10-10-4 and hold 24 points in the Pacific. Unfortunately for the Sharks, that record isn’t going to cut it and head coach Todd McLellan is on the hot seat. Are the Sharks struggling because of their tactics? Is it a lack of effort? What’s going on here? Joe Pavelski told the San Jose...
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Steve Mason says “things are slipping away” for Flyers

After the Philadelphia Flyers fell to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, the team’s record fell to 8-10-3 on the year. The Flyers have been particularly bad on the road, earning just five points in 13 games. Struggling to find their footing in the Metropolitan Division, the Flyers are aware that they’re starting to let the year slip away. Steve Mason summed things up, as seen...
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GIF: Ben Bishop headbutts Rick Nash below the belt

The Tampa Bay Lightning weren’t too pleased with Rick Nash after his cross check nearly took off Ondrej Palat’s head. That anger was felt around the rink and was seen when goaltender Ben Bishop froze a puck and then gave Nash a headbutt below the belt. That’s a new one. Can’t say we’ve ever seen a goalie headbutt a guy in the groin, but alas, that’s what makes hockey...
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Is Martin Brodeur a worthwhile addition for the Blues?

The St. Louis Blues announced that Martin Brodeur would be joining the club for practice on Friday on a tryout basis. The news comes on the heels that goaltender Brian Elliott has a lower-body injury and will miss an undisclosed amount of time. The team immediately called up Jordan Binnington from the AHL, but they quickly made it known that the are looking for external help. Several...
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Video: Rick Nash cross checks Ondrej Palat in the head

Rick Nash nearly decapitated Ondrej Palat with a nasty cross check to the head. Nash received a double minor penalty on the play. Here’s a look at the point of contact:
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GIF: Fan throws popcorn during Dorsett-Helgeson fight

When a fight breaks out, either on the ice or on social media, the natural reaction is to grab your popcorn. One fan at the Canucks-Devils game on Tuesday may have been a bit too excited and sent their popcorn flying when Derek Dorsett and Seth Helgeson dropped the mitts. The popcorn doesn’t quite make it out on the ice, which makes it look like the individual was trying to share...
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Kings hint at a return of the Burger King jersey

The Los Angeles Kings Tweeted out a sneak peak of a video they’re creating about their Stadium Series jersey. It appears the infamous King (the Burger King) is making a return! Setting up to shoot a teaser video of the @LAKings Stadium Series jersey… pic.twitter.com/qDrUDRsAVv — Kings Vision (@KingsVision) November 24, 2014
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Six teams provided 76 percent of NHL's 2013-14 operating income

The NHL is a story of the haves and the have nots. A handful of teams are thriving and posting big revenues while others are struggling to draw 10,000+ fans on a consistent basis. A new study from Forbes has revealed that just six teams were responsible for 76% of the NHL’s total operating income from 2013-14. Via Forbes, here are the teams responsible for bringing in the most...
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Video: Roberto Luongo stopping a puck with his face in slow motion

What’s better than hockey replays? Hockey replays in slow motion! Watch as Roberto Luongo stop a puck with his face in super slow motion.
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Yzerman and Cooper creating the “Lightning way” in Tampa Bay

Quietly head coach Jon Cooper has turned the Tampa Bay Lightning into one of the best defensive teams in the National Hockey League. Remember the old saying the best offense is a good defense, well not in Tampa Bay. For the Lightning the best defense is a good offense and they have been excelling at this style of play through the first 20 games of the NHL season. There has been a...
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Toronto Maple Leafs: Are they really bad or just really mediocre?

To say that the 2014-15 season has provided something of a mixed bag for the Toronto Maple Leafs would be an incredibly heinous understatement. Their losses have led to an induction of mass panic throughout the hockey world, while their wins would appear to serve no other purpose than to instill some sort of flawed belief within the fanbase about a potential playoff run of some...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Analytics Power Rankings: 11/24

What goes into this ranking? Shot attempts for percentage, offensive/defensive zone starts, goals for percentage and puck luck are the elements of this analytic power ranking. Last week’s NHL Analytics Power Rankings on Puck Drunk Love can be found here. Keep in mind that based on the 2013-14 NHL season, 13 out of 16 playoff teams ranked in the top 16 of these same analytics power...
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Video: The Simpsons referenced the history of the Colorado Avalanche

The Simpsons briefly referenced the history of the Colorado Avalanche in their episode on Sunday night. It is a terrifying tale, isn’t it? Credit to Ryan Boulding for the clip: A video posted by Ryan Boulding (@rboulding) on Nov 11, 2014 at 9:52am PST
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Video: Mike Smith falls down behind the net, Ducks score

The Arizona Coyotes have stumbled out of the gate in 2014-15. As the team struggles to crawl out of the basement in the Pacific, Mike Smith perfectly summed up the club’s performance this year with a stumble of his own. Smith ventures behind the net, falls down and the Ducks capitalize.
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Hockey Fights of the Week

Our last installment of Hockey Fights of the Week was arguably the best of the 2014-15 season. How did the league’s warriors follow up on that outstanding collection of fights? There were fewer fights around the league, but the ones we did see were gems.  5. Dale Weise (MON) vs Gregory Campbell (BOS) – Nov. 22nd This fight could have been ranked considerably higher due...
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Report: Edmonton Oilers open to trading David Perron

The Edmonton Oilers are once again in the basement of the NHL. With just over 20 games complete on the Edmonton schedule, it’s already clear that the team is not a contender and will once be open to trading their assets. Usually you won’t see any major deals until the league draws closer to its trade deadline in March, but reports suggest Edmonton may be willing to part with...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

AHL game sets new record for largest U.S. crowd at an indoor hockey game

The Syracuse Crunch and Utica Comets are in the record books after playing in front of the largest indoor crowd in U.S. professional hockey history. The AHL Frozen Dome Classic hosted by the Crunch drew a crowd of 30,715, breaking the mark set by the Tampa Bay Lightning of 28,138 back in 1996 when they played at Tropicana Field. The huge crowd is also the second-largest in AHL history...
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GIF: Andrew Ference scores on his own net

The Edmonton Oilers and Andrew Ference had a Saturday night they’re going to want to forget. Though the league has been focused on Toronto and the issues there, the Oilers have once again proved they can’t compete on a nightly basis in the NHL. It looks like another embarrassing year. The team’s troubles may be best summed up by this Ference blunder. As Ference tried to clear...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Devils should give Cory Schneider a break

For all 20 games this season for the Devils, Cory Schneider has been in net.  Devils Head Coach Peter DeBoer has opted not to give his franchise goalie a rest.  Why?  The main reason may be DeBoer feels he has the best chance to win with Schneider in net.  Since the Devils missed making the playoffs last year by 5 points, DeBoer doesn’t want a game in October or November being...
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The dry scrape has officially been scrapped

You may recall that the NHL was toying around with the idea of ditching the dry scrape between the third period and overtime. The belief has been that the dry scrape takes too long and fans have grown impatient over a delay which results in a negligible benefit. The league has had some time to discuss the dry scrape and the verdict is in – the scrape has been scrapped beginning...
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GIF: Sergei Bobrovsky is beaten from center ice

Sergei Bobrovsky is going to want this one back. Dennis Seidenberg started his slapper from the red line and released his shot while he was still in the neutral zone. The puck stayed along the ice and managed to slip past Bobrovsky.
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GIF: Kyle Okposo makes Marc-Andre Fleury look silly in the shootout

The New York Islanders secured a big victory on the road in Pittsburgh thanks to an awesome shootout goal from Kyle Okposo. Dekes on dekes. Okposo sends Marc-Andre Fleury the wrong way and slides the puck past the flailing goaltender. (H/T Reddit Hockey)
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dollars and sense: The Jason Spezza contract extension

Formerly with the Ottawa Senators and now a fixture for the Dallas Stars, Jason Spezza is now taking a four year extension to the bank. The contract extension will see Spezza have a $7.5 million salary cap hit until the age of 35. Did the Dallas Stars overpay for his services, or is the money good value? Over his 12 year NHL career spent mostly with the Ottawa Senators Jason Spezza...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Daniel Alfredsson won’t play this season

The Daniel Alfredsson comeback may be over before it ever really started. A report from TSN states that word is leaking out that Alfredsson will not be able to play this year. The report states that while the Detroit Red Wings haven’t officially heard about Alfredsson’s status or decision, they have heard that his comeback attempt is over. Via TSN: Sources tell The Dreger Report...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

CSN displayed a weird stat after Daniel Briere scored a goal

This is an odd one. After Daniel Briere scored to make it a 1-1 game against the Washington Capitals, the CSN broadcast displayed an interesting graphic. Usually these tend to mention how many goals the player has scored so far that season or something along those lines. Instead, CSN chose to display when Briere last scored four goals in a game. Spoiler alert: He hasn’t scored...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss
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