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Jay Beagle’s workload is not okay

Jay Beagle has been on for 250 of the Capitals’ 637 defensive-zone faceoffs during 5-on-5 this season. It’s easy to understand why: Beagle wins 57.6 percent of puck drops, fifth best in the league, and he’s long enjoyed a well-earned reputation as a sound defensive player. But 2017-18 has been unkind to Beagle, who has dealt with a rotating cast of linemates and increased defensive...
Via RMNB
7 hours ago

Morning Flurries: Avalanche and Bernier still rolling

The Colorado Avalanche are now on a nine-game win streak, but they aren’t the only hot team in the league Nine straight wins for the Colorado Avalanche. With the team’s 3-1 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday, that’s exactly where they stand as the league hits its stride down the back half of the season. The last time the Avalanche lost a game was December 27th, when they...
Via Mile High Hockey
7 hours ago

4 takeaways from the Bruins' 4-1 win over the Canadiens

The Bruins extended their point streak to 16 (12-0-4).
Via Boston.com
6 hours ago

Canadiens vs. Bruins game recap: Montreal loses to Boston for a third time in a week

The Habs hung in on the scoreboard, but were outplayed in all aspects on Saturday night. The Montreal Canadiens played their third game in eight days against the Boston Bruins, taking a 4-1 loss in what was a much more heated game than the meeting on Wednesday. Brendan Gallagher was full of energy right from the drop of the puck, getting the Canadiens first shot on Tuukka Rask...
Via Eyes On The Prize
6 hours ago

Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane scores his 800th career NHL point

The 29-year-old is only the fifth player in franchise history to reach the milestone. Chicago Blackhawks star winger Patrick Kane tallied his 800th career NHL point Saturday night against the New York Islanders at United Center in Chicago. The 29-year-old Kane tallied two goals and an assist to reach the milestone. He scored the game’s first goal in the opening period, then added...
Via Second City Hockey
6 hours ago

Shorthanded Rangers dominated by Avs

Don’t let that 3-1 score fool you. The Rangers and the Avs were nowhere near that close on the ice yesterday. It was only Henrik Lundqvist’s brilliance that kept the game close and kept the Rangers relevant in the loss. This was yet another game where the Rangers only played about 20 minutes of hockey, […] The post Shorthanded Rangers dominated by Avs appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
Via Blue Seat Blogs
6 hours ago

The Lightning Will Miss J.T. Brown

J.T. Brown’s departure to the Anaheim Ducks represents the end of an era for the Tampa Bay Lightning. After winning a national championship with the University of Minnesota-Duluth hockey team in 2012, Brown was a sought-after free agent by Boston, Tampa Bay, and Philadelphia. Normally the Lightning would have been considered an afterthought in the Brown sweepstakes, as the franchise...
Via The Hockey Writers
6 hours ago

Duchene Finding His Way With Senators

When the Matt Duchene trade saga finally ended two months ago, the star centre finally got a chance to put the drama and speculation behind him and return to focusing on just playing hockey. Unfortunately for Duchene, the Senators’ season took a disastrous turn shortly after his arrival in Ottawa. Duchene wanted out of Colorado because he didn’t want to go through another long rebuild...
Via The Hockey Writers
6 hours ago

Kinkaid Clutch When Called Upon

Backup goalies have one of the toughest jobs in professional sports, it’s right up there with a backup quarterback. If you have a successful team with a star goaltender or quarterback, your backup may play very sparingly, if at all. Fans of the New Jersey Devils who lived through Martin Brodeur’s legendary career are well aware of this, as his backups sometimes played less than ten...
Via The Hockey Writers
5 hours ago

Wild Thinking: Revisiting the Charlie Coyle Trade

The Minnesota Wild acquired Charlie Coyle along with Devin Setoguchi and a 2011 first-round pick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2012 second-round pick and Brent Burns prior to the 2011-12 season. This was days before the Wild also moved Martin Havlat for Dany Heatley. Trading for Burns helped the Sharks solidify another playoff berth, though they failed to move past the...
Via The Hockey Writers
6 hours ago

Sedins looking to re-sign in Vancouver for another year

Daniel and Henrik Sedin are no different than any other hockey player who has played all or most of his career with the same team. Despite their age and decreased production, they would like to stay with their club – the Vancouver Canucks – for as long as they’ll have them. That’s why the report from Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston yesterday that the duo would like to return to Vancouver...
Via Pro Hockey Rumors
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

For Chicago Blackhawks, No Playoffs Could Equal Coaching Change

After one of the best runs in NHL history, should the Chicago Blackhawks consider a coaching change next year?  After all, over the past 30 years how, many coaches have won a Stanley Cup after nine years with the same team?   Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is in his ninth season with the Blackhawks. […] For Chicago Blackhawks, No Playoffs Could Equal Coaching Change -...
Via Blackhawk Up
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

How the Sharks Can Afford Tavares

I’ve been reading and listening to various concerns about the San Jose Sharks and one keeps popping up. It’s a concern about current and future salary cap space. I’m not buying it. I’ve looked over the Sharks’ salary cap situation previously and wasn’t concerned. But since concerns are out there, I thought it’s time to take a deeper dive into it. And to share the conclusion right...
Via The Hockey Writers
5 hours ago

Columbus Blue Jackets Las Vegas Travel Strategy

The Columbus Blue Jackets are taking an interesting strategy as they try to tackle their first trip to Las Vegas. Clearly the biggest story of the NHL season has been the Columbus Blue Jackets losing their beautiful third jerseys due to the Adidas takeover. Huge news. The second biggest story is the Vegas Golden Knights. […] Columbus Blue Jackets Las Vegas Travel Strategy - Union...
Via Union and Blue
5 hours ago

Rocket vs. Senators recap & highlights: Charlie Lindgren bounces back to shut out Belleville

A hot start to the game propelled the Rocket in a 4-0 win. After a disappointing effort on Friday night against the Belleville Senators, the Laval Rocket would square off against the same side on Saturday as well and it was a reversal of the situation as they pulled out a 4-0 win in Belleville. Between the pipes would be Charlie Lindgren for the Rocket, Lindgren was looking to...
Via Eyes On The Prize
4 hours ago

Flyers-Capitals: Game 47 Preview

(Kate Frese/SB Nation) By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor  Fresh off a second straight win on Saturday, the Flyers hit the road for a quick turnaround. The back end of a back-to-back takes the Flyers to Washington to face the Capitals, the team residing at the top of the Metropolitan Division standings. Game time is set for 12:30 p.m. Team Leaders Philadelphia Flyers...
Via Flyerdelphia
4 hours ago

The Blackhawks aren’t very good, and there’s not much they can do to fix it

Upset about the direction of this team? Don’t expect big changes to the roster anytime soon. The Blackhawks’ bye week started after an embarrassing loss to a middling team, and it ended with one, too. The goaltending isn’t good enough without Corey Crawford, the defense seems to be regressing, and other than Patrick Kane, the star forwards aren’t producing at a high enough level...
Via Second City Hockey
4 hours ago

Nathan MacKinnon has turned the Colorado Avalanche into an offensive giant

MacKinnon has transformed into the favorite to win the Hart Trophy When the Colorado Avalanche traded away Matt Duchene, they were moving one of their most explosive offensive players. Not only were they trading away an elite offensive talent, they were doing in in exchange for a 19-year old defenseman and a group of futures. It looked like a step backwards offensively to build for...
Via Mile High Hockey
4 hours ago

USA Hockey GM Johannson dies at age 53

Jim Johannson, the general manager of USA Hockey, has died at the age of 53.
Via ESPN
4 hours ago

Griffins Outlast IceHogs 4-3

Russo’s game winner and 5 shots lead the team over division rival... Griffins Outlast IceHogs 4-3 Russo’s game winner and 5 shots lead the team over division rival... By Jason Kasiorek www.griffinscentral.com January 20th, 2018 The surging Grand Rapids Griffins found a way to win, beating the visiting Rockford IceHogs 4-3 at Van Andel Arena Saturday night. The Griffins trailed...
Via Winging It In Motown
3 hours ago

Penguins a fitting trade partner for struggling Atlantic squads

The Pittsburgh Penguins already acquired an Atlantic player when they acquired center Riley Sheahan from the Detroit Red Wings earlier this year. Could GM Jim Rutherford double-dip into the division for yet another center? There are plenty of options available.As everyone knew they would, the Penguins have rebounded from some serious early season struggles and are back in the playoff...
Via Pro Hockey Rumors
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Joe Hicketts Recalled from Grand Rapids

2017 Calder Cup Champion Has 42 Points in 116 Career AHL Games DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Joe Hicketts from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Hicketts, 21, is in his second professional season, appearing in 43 games with the Griffins and registering eight points (2-6-8) and 26 penalty minutes. In his rookie season with Grand Rapids...
Via Winging It In Motown
3 hours ago

Keith Kinkaid, Brian Gibbons placed on IR; Taylor Hall misses Devils practice | What it means

The Devils placed G Keith Kinkaid and F Brian Gibbons on injured reserve. Watch video Devils forward Brian Gibbons and goalie Keith Kinkaid were placed on injured reserve following injuries suffered in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Flyers in Philadelphia, while forward Taylor Hall missed Sunday's practice in Newark for maintenance...
Via NJ.com
3 hours ago

Oilers make Hall of Famer Coffey skills coach

Hall of Famer Paul Coffey has been hired as skills coach for the Oilers.
Via ESPN
3 hours ago

Dallas Stars Daily Links: Saturday Funday

The Stars gave the Sabres the business during yesterday’s matinee. Plus, Central teams don’t lose I guess. Great performance by the Stars today, as they completely dismantled the Sabres with a 7-1 victory, upping the points earned on the East Coast swing to 5 out of 6. Highlights below: Remi Elie found a nice present in front of the net (a loose puck and goalie facing the wrong...
Via Defending Big D
2 hours ago
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