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Published: 2017-10-19T15:05:44+00:00

 



Look out for Los Angeles

2017-10-19T17:52:51+00:00

From NHL.com's Lisa Dillman: Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe thought about it for second or two and did the time zone math in his head on Wednesday at Staples Center. "It is morning back in Sweden," Kempe said. And so, there's a good chance that hockey fans in his native country, as well as friends and family, did not sleep through his first NHL hat trick in the Kings' 5-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens. Kempe added an assist for a four-point performance and his linemate, Michael Cammalleri, also had four points (two goals, two assists) against his former team. If it were morning in Sweden, it is also a new day dawning for the Kings. Los Angeles is off to a 5-0-1 start, the best in its history. The Kings are the only NHL team without a loss in regulation, and moved past the idle Vegas Golden Knights to take possession of first place in the Pacific Division and Western Conference. Just like everyone envisioned, right? "I don't think there's one person that would have predicted that we've done what we've done," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "I'm pretty sure I know from hearing other people talk, that every single team counted us out of the playoffs, counted us out of even competing for a playoff spot. We knew about that a little bit and wanted to prove everyone wrong. We've got so much work to do and it's so early to talk about that. But I'm not surprised." Continued



Bruins Rask-less giong into game vs. Vancouver

2017-10-19T17:48:52+00:00

From NBC Sports Boston's Joe Haggerty: The string of injuries for the Bruins continues as Tuukka Rask (upper body) is out for tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden after getting trucked by Anders Bjork in practice Wednesday. Rask was wobbly-legged while being helped off the ice after the violent collision and the 21-year-old Bjork looked like he’d also needed a couple of stitches on his chin after bloodying his practice jersey. The big concern is Rask still being evaluated by Bruins medical personnel for a possible concussion. It will be Anton Khudobin stepping in place for him against the Canucks with Providence Bruins netminder Zane McIntyre serving as his backup. “Tuukka is out tonight. He’s going to get reevaluated today and we’ll have a better idea tomorrow,” said Bruce Cassidy. “Anton will start [against the Canucks].” Continued



Vladimir Sobotka fined for high-sticking

2017-10-19T14:51:24+00:00

From the NHL: St. Louis' Vladimir Sobotka fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for high-sticking Chicago’s Patrick Sharp. — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) October 19, 2017



Adrian Kempe scores a hat trick

2017-10-19T14:41:41+00:00

Los Angeles Kings rookie Adrian Kempe scored a hat trick against the Montreal Canadiens last night:



Eddie Olczyk returns to the booth

2017-10-19T05:41:52+00:00

Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk spoke about Olczyk's battle with colon cancer as Olczyk returned to the broadcast booth to cover the Blues-Blackhawks game on Wednesday night: Your browser does not support iframes.



Eddie O back in the booth

2017-10-18T22:51:26+00:00

From NHL.com's Louie Korac: Eddie Olczyk was sitting in a room talking with St. Louis Blues coach Mike Yeo on Wednesday, getting the nuances that normally aren't discussed with the media following a morning skate. It's what the 51-year-old color analyst has missed most while being gone from the booth working with partner and NBC lead play-by-play voice Mike "Doc" Emrick. But Olczyk will be part of the broadcast when the Chicago Blackhawks play the Blues at Scottrade Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV). After announcing that he was diagnosed with colon cancer on Aug. 8, he is six weeks into a 24-week chemotherapy regimen, and after recently taking the third of nine treatments, he called NBC to let them know he felt good enough to work. "I feel it's going to be great for the soul," Olczyk said. "It's going to be probably one of the medicines I'm going to enjoy taking. Over the course of the last several months, I've been taking a lot." Olczyk will be part of the WGN broadcast with partner Pat Foley for the Blackhawks game against the Edmonton Oilers at United Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; NHL.TV) and will work other games as his health allows. Continued



No news is no news regarding Tuukka Rask

2017-10-18T21:52:04+00:00

From NHL.com: Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask had to be helped off the ice after rookie forward Anders Bjork collided with him in front of the net during practice Wednesday. Rask did not return and there was no immediate word on his condition. The Bruins play the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, TVA Sports, NESN, NHL.TV). "He left early obviously," coach Bruce Cassidy told the Bruins website. "We had a line-rush drill where there was some contact around the net. He'll get evaluated. I've got nothing right now; hopefully he's fine. Until he gets checked out, I don't know. That's where it's at right now." Bjork appeared to be knocked off balance before the collision. Teammates immediately rushed to Rask's assistance and he was helped off the ice after a couple of minutes. "It was incidental contact on a hard drill," Cassidy said. "We're trying to build in more net action and net drive. I guess that's the spillover from it sometimes."



Fans to vote on NHL’s ‘Greatest Moment from Past 100 Years’

2017-10-18T21:41:16+00:00

From the NHL: Fans to Select Greatest NHL Moment from Past 100 Years Winning Moment to Be Revealed at 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic Outdoor Game NEW YORK / TORONTO (Oct. 18, 2017) – Adding another fan-driven element to its year-long Centennial celebration, the National Hockey League announced today the launch of the Greatest NHL® Moments Presented by Coors Light and Pepsi Zero. This bracket-style, interactive, digital and mobile program will give fans the opportunity to select the Greatest NHL Moment of all time. Choosing from 64 of the NHL’s most memorable events, milestones and achievements – spanning from the League’s inaugural season in 1917-18 to present day – fans will have a chance to define history and vote for their favorite moment during the six-week period from Oct. 18 – Nov. 28. Starting today, fans can visit http://NHL.com/GreatestMoments to begin Round 1 voting, and join the conversation using the hashtag #NHLGreatestMoments. The 64 moments, as determined by a Blue Ribbon panel consisting of broadcasters from NHL national rightsholders NBC Sports Group, NHL Network, Sportsnet and TVA Sports, have been placed into a bracket-style format, and are divided into four regions: Hart Region, Norris Region, Calder Region and Vezina Region (see below for voting schedule). From the Toronto Arenas becoming the first NHL team to win the Stanley Cup® Championship on March 30, 1918, to the Pittsburgh Penguins becoming the first team since 1998 to repeat as Stanley Cup® Champions on June 11, 2017, the site includes video vignettes for each moment, bringing each of the 64 stories to life. The selection process includes six rounds of voting, with the Greatest NHL® Moment announced during the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ on Saturday, Dec. 16, featuring the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa:     Oct. 18-24 – Round 1 voting     Oct. 25-31 – Round 2 voting     Nov. 1-7 – Round 3 voting     Nov. 8-14 – Round 4 voting     Nov. 15-21 – Semifinals voting     Nov. 22-28 – Final voting     Dec. 16 – Greatest NHL Moment announced at 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™