Greg Wyshynski

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Greg Wyshynski is the editor of Puck Daddy. A former managing sports editor for The Connection Newspapers, he's written for Deadspin, AOL Sports and is the author of "Glow Pucks & 10-Cent Beer: The 101 Worst Ideas in Sports History." Born and bred in New Jersey, living in Northern Virginia. Did we mention he likes booze?

  • Cody Ceci of Ottawa bloodied by Shea Weber slap shot to the head

    Think about the day you’re having. Perhaps it’s a good day. Perhaps it’s a bad day.

    But no matter what kind of day it is, it’s undoubtedly better than the day Cody Ceci of the Ottawa Senators is having. Because Cody Ceci took a Shea Weber slap shot to the head.

    Mar 10, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Cody Ceci (5) goes down after taking a shot to the head from Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (not pictured) in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

    Here’s the aftermath, as the Sens defenseman crumpled to the ice after taking the NHL’s second-hardest shot to the noggin.

    Check out a GIF of the shot via SB Nation.

    From NHL.com:

    Ceci fell to the ice in front of Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson after he was hit on the side of the head by Weber's drive from inside the blue line at 10:21 of the first period. The 20-year-old rookie was bleeding from the right side of his head as he was helped off the ice to the dressing room.

    The Senators reported that “Ceci will not return to tonight's game after sustaining a laceration behind his right ear.”

    Well, yeah …

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  • Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Carlyle back to Anaheim; Kuznetsov begins

    Mar 6, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars goalie Tim Thomas (30) skates on the ice prior to the game against the Vancouver Canucks at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
    Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.

    Create-a-Caption: "Dallas Stars goalie Tim Thomas (30) skates on the ice prior to the game against the Vancouver Canucks at the American Airlines Center."

    • • • • •

    Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m.

    Preview: Nashville Predators at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m.

    Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m.

    Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m.

    Preview: Winnipeg Jets at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m.

    Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m.

    Preview: New York Islanders at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m.

    Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Anaheim Ducks, 10 p.m.

    • • • • •

    Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...

    1) Feelin’ Randy in Anaheim. Randy Carlyle returns to Anaheim for the first time since he was fired in 2011. What’s changed

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  • Ted Nolan working on new deal, good PR with Sabres

    Ted Nolan let it slip on Monday that the Buffalo Sabres and his agent are hammering out the details on a new deal that will keep him behind the bench through the team’s transition years.

    Said Nolan: "I put into my representative's hand and I guess him and [GM Tim Murray] will be talking soon if not have talked already. Just formality and getting a couple of things ironed out and doing all the legal stuff. We'll leave it in their hands for now."

    So “just a formality” would seem to indicate that this thing is getting done, which is at least a little surprising given how Nolan was knocked on his ass by the resignation of Pat LaFontaine from the Sabres.

    Luckily for himself and the Sabres, Ted Nolan’s not an idiot.

    His stock is rising. He coached Latvia to some impressive heights in Sochi, including the toughest game Canada played. Buffalo gave him a second chance, and he’s turned the Sabres from comedy to competence. Ron Rolston was fired with a .225 winning percentage this year in 20

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  • The Colorado Avalanche are practically locked into a Western Conference playoff seed, after many predicted they wouldn’t even make the postseason this year. This defying of expectations has prompted their playoff run battle cry: “WHY NOT US?”

    Well, little did we know the true meaning of the phrase until the team released a playoff pump-up video on Monday: “No NHL team has made an embarrassingly awful cover of Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’ featuring sweaty players, terrible acting and shirtless dudes making awkward faces in the bathroom mirror … so WHY NOT US?”

    Here are Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, Paul Stastny and the Avalanche covering “Imagine Dragons.” Thus begins your frantic search for a “Men In Black” neurolizer to rid your mind of these images:

    A few reactions:

    1. The only way we could be more uncomfortably close to Matt Duchene’s face is if someone hit us with a shrink ray and we held a picnic on his lip divot.

    2. Please note that the video is, in fact,

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  • MVSW

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    It's a Monday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: Daryl "Razor" Reaugh on the Dallas Stars; Nick Cotsonika on the GM meetings.

    • Jeff Marek is now a superstar of superstars for Rogers Sportsnet.

    • The great overtime debate.

    • The Playoff Races in the East and West.

    Question of the Day: What's your preferred OT format? Email at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

    Click here to download podcasts from the show each day. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or Feedburner.

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  • NHL GMs ready to take anti-shootout baby step?

    The NHL’s general managers are on vacation playing golf attempting not to giggle when passing Garth Snow in the hallway having their meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. through Wednesday, with one major topic on the agenda: overtime and minimizing the shootout.

    Of the 967 games played in the 2013-14 regular season through Sunday, 122 have been decided in a shootout. That’s 12.6 percent of the regular season ending in a skills competition, which is actually down from the average since the shootout began in 2005-06: 13.3 percent of all regular-season games.

    The momentum has been building to do something to reduce the number of shootout games.

    Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland’s 4-on-4 then 3-on-3 OT format may be the most radical, which is why it probably won’t be ratified without a season or two of lab-ratting in the AHL. (The Southern Professional Hockey League, by the way, has both 3-on-3 OT and a female goalie. Your move, NHL.)

    Another option is to bump up the overtime to something north of

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  • How to celebrate playoff hockey? Fist-bump all of Munich (Video)

    EHC Red Bull München is a hockey team in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga and home to such former NHL luminaries as Danny Richmond (owner of a 2010 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup ring) and Matt Smaby, who was a semi-regular defenseman for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2007-11.

    ECH Red Bull has made the 2014 DEL playoffs, and decided to rally its community to support the team as it contends for … well, we have no idea what the German equivalent of the Stanley Cup is. If it’s not DAS BOOT, they’re doing it wrong.

    To do so, they used one of the time-honored traditions in hockey: The fist-bump and/or glove tap. With a camera attached to mitt and fan passion on their minds, the team took to the streets of Munich for one of the most random playoff pump-up videos we’ve ever seen:

    Well, they’ve got Pinocchio, a fruit vendor and an Imperial Stormtrooper on board.

    Good luck, rest of the DEL …

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  • NHL Three Stars: The King crowns Wings; Oshie leads Blues

    No. 1 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    The King made 30 saves to lead the Rangers over the Detroit Red Wings, 3-0. That included 18 saves in the first two periods to hold a 1-0 lead, until Chris Kreider scored a pair in the third.

    No. 2 Star: Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings

    Carter opened the scoring with a goal before scoring another on the power play in the third and then assisting on Trevor Lewis’s game-breaking tally, in the Kings’ 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Alas, he also took a misconduct in the third.

    No. 3 Star: T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues

    Oshie opened the scoring and tallied the first goal of the shootout in the Blues’ 3-2 win at the Minnesota Wild.

    Honorable mention: Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists in the Boston Bruins’ 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Jimmy Hayes had two goals for the Panthers. … Jonathan Toews scored a third-period goal in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. … Brian Elliott made a heck of a paddle save for the

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  • Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers traded their skates for sneakers on Sunday at Wells Fargo Center, taking on the Harlem Globetrotters.

    But they still brought a stick.

    Check out these two ballers … OK, check out a baller as well as Claude Giroux … as they pull off the hockey stick alley-oop against the Globetrotters.

    Hey, if Manute Bol could play hockey

    The players admitted to some nerves before the exhibition game that we'll just go ahead and assume the Globetrotters won.

    “I can play hockey in front of 20,000 people but I can’t even try to dunk a ball in front of … I don’t even know how many people were out there,” said Simmonds, who dunked in the game and during that little hockey stick exhibition.

    Scott Hartnell also attended the game but did not play because, in the words of Giroux, he’s terrible at basketball.

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  • With Lehtonen down, Tim Thomas time in Texas

    The Dallas Stars currently own the final wild card spot in the Western Conference, up three points on the Phoenix Coyotes.

    It’s not going to be an easy stretch run for them, with 11 games on the road to seven at home, where the Stars have been excellent (18-10-6) this season. And it may have gotten tougher on Saturday night, when starting goalie Kari Lehtonen went down on this play against the Minnesota Wild, when Erik Haula was given a 5-minute major for running him in the third period:

    (Please do enjoy your suspension, Mr. Haula.)

    “He hit the crossbar hard and all likelihood is, it’s a concussion on just a dirty play. He should be suspended. A fourth-liner kicks out our goaltender,” said Coach Lindy Ruff after the Stars’ 4-3 win.

    If it is a concussion … well, who knows what that means for Lehtonen this season.

    [Related: Lehtonen 'not doing that well,' says coach Lindy Ruff]

    Luckily, the one deadline acquisition that GM Jim Nill made was in goal. It’s entirely possible that Dallas

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