2017-04-27T22:45:41+00:00This post is all yours, feel free to comment on the games tonight. Last night I was 1-1, tonight my winners are the Rangers and Capitals. NY Rangers @ Ottawa, Game 1, 7 p.m., CNBC, CBC, TVAS Pittsburgh @ Washington, Game 1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN, TVAS2
2017-04-27T21:51:38+00:00via the NHL's YouTube page, On April 27th, 1994, Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek turned away 70 shots by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the 1994 playoffs.
2017-04-27T20:56:16+00:00from Bob McKenzie of TSN, Folks, we have ourselves a horse race for No. 1 in the 2017 NHL draft. And it looks like it's shaping up as a photo finish. It's Nico versus Nolan, the most legitimate draft battle for No. 1 we've seen since Taylor (Hall) versus Tyler (Seguin) in 2010. It is, of course, also a massive victory for alliteration. Brandon Wheat King centre Nolan Patrick is No. 1 on TSN's Top 15 rankings, Draft Lottery edition, but only by the slimmest of margins over Swiss centre Nico Hischier of the Halifax Moosehead. TSN surveys 10 NHL scouts from 10 different teams to get its consensus rankings. There's a preseason ranking in mid-September; a midseason ranking in late January; this ranking ahead of Saturday's NHL draft lottery; and the final ranking in mid-June, just prior to the NHL draft, which is June 23-24 in Chicago. Patrick was a unanimous 10-out-of-10 No. 1 in the TSN preseason rankings and a decisive eight-out-of-10 No. 1 in TSN's midseason rankings. continued
2017-04-27T19:39:35+00:00Randy Carlyle is nothing if not blunt: Carlyle on some of the #Ducks penalties in Game 1: "There's no defending many of them. Dumb." — Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) April 27, 2017
2017-04-27T19:32:17+00:00From the Associated Press: General manager George McPhee says the Vegas Golden Knights are open for business to any teams seeking to protect their players in the upcoming NHL expansion draft. McPhee told The Associated Press he's already had preliminary discussions with most teams over what trades could be made before the draft is held in Las Vegas on June 21, two days before the traditional draft. Without going into much detail, McPhee said talks have focused on which players teams would prefer the Golden Knights either select or don't. In exchange, McPhee is open to acquiring draft picks to begin stockpiling for depth. The team opens its first season in October. "If they want to give us draft picks to encourage us to take a certain player or leave another player alone, we're open-minded and we're going to listen to everyone," McPhee said. "You usually build your team, historically, through the entry draft, so we'd certainly be interested in acquiring picks."
2017-04-27T16:45:40+00:00I have an appointment this afternoon which will leave me without internet access for 4-5 hours. So no posting from me. George may be around to update but either way, I will update when I get back.
2017-04-27T13:24:00+00:00ESPN isn’t everything, and the league isn’t exactly folding, but hockey got less relevant in America on Wednesday, bookending an era that probably began when the NHL left ESPN after the 2004-05 lockout for NBC and Comcast, leading to that time where hockey was on the Outdoor Life Network. Then-union head Paul Kelly once said, “It doesn’t have a lot of properties people want to tune in to, unless you are a hunter or a fisherman or you like turtle wrestling.” Well, there’s a little more hockey wilderness out there now. It was an American, Badger Bob Johnson, who coined the phrase, it’s a great day for hockey. Wednesday, for American hockey, was something less than that. -Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star where you can read more on this topic.
2017-04-27T12:49:29+00:00from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, On March 12, I wrote on these pages the Penguins can’t win the Stanley Cup without Kris Letang. Not much room for misinterpretation there. Well, I’d like to amend that declaration just a bit this morning. Only a fool would write off a team coached by Mike Sullivan and led by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, a team with the collective heart of a champion. Of course, the Penguins can win if puck-luck is on their side and everything goes their way. But I still don’t see it happening. I don’t see a second consecutive Cup. I don’t see the Penguins beating the Washington Capitals. That’s no disrespect toward the Penguins or their group of defensemen. That’s tremendous respect for Letang, a one-of-a-kind player on his team. I know the Capitals’ history works against them. The Penguins have won eight of nine playoff series against them, including last spring when they took the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals out in six incredible games. I also know the pressure on Alexander Ovechkin and his Washington team. Crosby’s teams have won everything, including multiple Cups and multiple Olympic gold medals. Ovechkin’s teams have won nothing. The Capitals haven’t even made it past the second round of the playoffs in the Ovechkin era. But it’s awfully difficult for a team to win the Cup without a star defenseman. continued
2017-04-27T12:09:33+00:00from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun, The last two draft lotteries were game-changers. Connor McDavid won the scoring title and led the Oilers to the second round of the playoffs just two years after being selected first overall, while Matthews finished second in the Rocket Richard Trophy race with 40 goals and led the Leafs to a playoff spot as a rookie. This year, there is no McDavid, no Matthews. There might not even be a Jack Eichel or a Patrik Laine or even a Matthew Tkachuk at the top of the order. Instead, there are question marks surrounding top prospects Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier. “We’re excited about the top five, but I don’t know that there’s that generational player that we’ve seen the last couple of years with McDavid and Matthews and Eichel and Laine,” said Canucks GM Jim Benning. “But we think those top two players (Patrick and Hischier) are both real good players in their own right and conceivably could come to training camp and compete for a job on the team next year. But I feel comfortable that we’re going to get a real good player.” In some ways, this year’s draft resembles the 2012 draft, where Nail Yakupov went first overall and many players were coming off a season where they had missed time with significant injury. There was plenty of talent available — including Morgan Rielly (5th overall), Hampus Lindholm (6th) and Filip Forsberg (11th) — but no slam dunks. You had to do your homework, while also crossing your fingers. This year is more of the same. more