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Dallas Stars a disappointment, Tyler Seguin is not

Coming into this 2014-15 NHL season, the Dallas Stars were the sexy pick by many to make some serious noise out of the Western Conference. Not that those types of predictions weren’t justified. Coming off of a season in which they improved a great deal off of their brief rebuild, they made some very notable additions, including the likes of Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky, among...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: P.K. Subban surprises some kids while dressed as a security guard

P.K. Subban had a special holiday surprise for a group of youngsters. Dressed as a security guard named Karl, Subban joined the children on a trip to the Canadiens’ practice facility. There he revealed his real identity and joined the kids for a fun skate in which Subban shows off his crazy skills with a puck. No stick required. Awesome video from Subban.
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Michael Raffl and Jakub Voracek are awful at wrapping presents

The Philadelphia Flyers were asked which player on the roster would be the worst at wrapping a present. Michael Raffl and Jakub Voracek were the overwhelming favorites and the Flyers put the two to the test. The “wrapped” gifts were … ugly.
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Has the NHL Winter Classic lost its luster?

The NHL Winter Classic used to be an event you couldn’t miss. The game was brought back outside where it was born, forcing current NHL players to deal with the elements and offering fans a unique look at the game of hockey. HBO’s 24/7 accompanied the event, shedding new light on players and organizations in a brand new way. As the league prepares for its seventh Winter Classic...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

How much money do these NHL stars make each second?

The site BlueFireBroadBrand broke down how much top earning athletes make per second. As you might expect, the totals are enough to make your head pop. First, they broke it down based on how much each league earns each second. The NHL checks in last, earning a littler over $100 every second. Keep that figure in mind the next time there’s a threat of a lockout. It is interesting...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Sean Bergenheim crushes Bobby Farnham

Sean Bergenheim delivered one of the biggest hits of the season on Bobby Farnham. The Pittsburgh Penguins skater was a bit too focused on the puck and didn’t see Bergenheim lining him up. The result was a thunderous check.  
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey Fights of the Week: 12/15 – 12/21

Welcome to the 10th installment of Hockey Fights of the Week from the 2014-15 season. As we head into the Holidays, what better way to prepare to spend time with relatives than by watching a bunch of hockey players beat each other up? This week is all about lopsided fights where it’s easy to see who was the victor. 5. Mark Borowiecki (OTT) vs Tyson Strachan (BUF) – Dec. 15th...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

GIF: Anton Khudobin struggles to climb into the bench

It’s been an ugly year for the Carolina Hurricanes. If it could be summed up with one GIF, it’d be the hilarious attempt by goaltender Anton Khudobin to climb over the boards. After one failed attempt, Khudobin requires the assistance from his teammates to hoist him into the bench.
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Which NHL players are due for a change in luck?

Will a player continue his current production level or will he fall off at some point? There’s a number that can help with this assessment and it is generally thought of as one of the most reliable analytic numbers current available. A  statistic that is commonly referred to by those indicating luck is PDO. PDO is the sum of on ice shooting percentage and save percentage. It...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Analytics Power Rankings: 12/22

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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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL has warned 22 players about diving

Fresh off of handing out their first public fine for diving to James Neal, the NHL has reportedly warned a total of 22 other players about their recent embellishments out on the ice. This report comes from Sportsnet and states that the warning comes with a $1,000 fine. Should the diving continue, the player will then be publicly announced (read: shamed) and will be assessed a $2...
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December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Penguins defenseman ridicules decision to fire Dan Bylsma

Defenseman Matt Niskanen had some harsh words about the Pittsburgh Penguins and their decision to fire head coach Dan Bylsma back in June. Now with the Washington Capitals, Niskanen was open with his remarks and revealed that he thinks that – to be blunt – that the decision was a poor one. Niskanen’s comments, as seen on Trib Live, were pretty candid regarding Bylsma’s firing...
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December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Calgary Flames score on themselves during a delayed penalty

Here’s another classic case of a team scoring on itself during a delayed penalty. It almost always happens the same way. A forward passes it back to the point and the puck usually bounces off the boards, down the ice and into the open net. The Flames ended up losing to the Canucks 3-2, making this goal that much more painful.
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December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch Willie Mitchell hit Kris Letang with his own helmet

Willie Mitchell wasn’t content to let things end once officials stepped in between him and Kris Letang so he decided to take things one step further. Mitchell was able to rip off Letang’s helmet and then tried to hit him in the head with it.
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Pittsburgh Penguins did an amazing Christmas Vacation parody

The other 29 teams around the NHL can give up now. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Holiday season with their incredible Christmas Vacation parody. Just wait for Evgeni Malkin’s contribution. Pittsburgh Penguins holiday video. It’s the gift that keeps on giving throughout the entire year. https://t.co/0wJrfyg0tu — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 19, 2014
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Martin Brodeur loses the puck in his equipment

Shortly before he was beaten from center ice, Martin Brodeur enjoyed a good laugh after the puck went missing in his equipment. This seems to happen from time to time with goalies around the NHL, but in Brodeur’s case the mystery only grew more perplexing and more humorous as he examined all of his pads and the puck still couldn’t be found.
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Kings score from center ice on a crazy bounce

It usually takes something pretty special to beat a goaltender from center ice. For Dwight King, it was an insane second bounce which kicked the puck up and over Martin Brodeur.
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Horrible own-goal from the KHL

Imagine you’ve made an amazing save on an extremely tough shot and the puck is now resting on the goal line. As the puck rests in its precarious position, your defenseman swoops in and pushes the puck across and into the net. If the above scenario would send you into a fit of rage, you have a lot in common with goaltender Riku Helenius of the KHL. Watch as his defender comes in...
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The NHL has finally fined a player for diving

If you hate diving and embellishment in the NHL, you’ll be pleased to know that the league has handed out their first fine for diving. James Neal of the Nashville Predators was the lucky recipient of the $2,000 fine for embellishment after he dove against the San Jose Sharks back on December 13th. Neal was slapped in the pants with a stick and received a minor penalty for embellishment...
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

GIF: Dougie Hamilton tries to deke, falls down, is embarrassed

Dougie Hamilton tried to make a nifty spin move to create an offensive chance but things didn’t go too well. As he spun, Hamilton wiped out and looked pretty silly. Later, the arena replayed his “move” and Hamilton could sum things up with one choice word. (H/T Pete Blackburn)
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Should NHL expand to Las Vegas?

The NHL is currently testing the waters in Las Vegas to see if the city would be a proper fit for a future professional hockey team. All signs are currently pointing to the league expanding to the Sin City, barring some sort of major surprise. Expansion always comes with a large amount of risk, but the speculated destination of a new team – Las Vegas – carries a bit of extra...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Did Claude Giroux wipe his boogers on a linesman?

Claude Giroux is all the hockey world is talking about after he appeared to wipe his nose and then wipe his hand on an NHL official prior to a faceoff. It’s not clear what Giroux is actually doing, but it definitely looks like he’s ditching his boogers on the linesman.  
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Panthers-Capitals shootout lasts 20 rounds

The Washington Capitals and the Florida Panthers are in the NHL record books after participating in the longest shootout in league history. The skills competition lasted 20 rounds (not a typo) and featured some truly laughable efforts from several defensemen. If you have 18 minutes to spare, watch this in its entirety. Roberto Luongo’s reaction says it all: I blacked out...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Sharks react to their own horrible Holiday video

The San Jose Sharks put out an intentionally horrible video for the holidays titled Holiday Sweater. The result was probably worse than any of the players and coaches could have imagined. Here’s a look at the Sharks watching their awful video for the very first time.
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

This Oilers trade proposal from Damien Cox is ridiculous

Taylor Hall is (inexplicably) on the trade block right now as the Edmonton Oilers prepare to blow their franchise up everywhere but where they should, which is the front office. Of course, when hockey fans hear that one of the game’s best forwards might be trade bait, they salivate and throw around proposals that they hope their teams will pull off for a little more scoring punch...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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