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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?

  • What fans lose as the NHL loses hockey fighting

    Anaheim Ducks' Chris Stewart, left, and San Jose Sharks' Michael Haley fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Anaheim Ducks' Chris Stewart, left, and San Jose Sharks' Michael Haley fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Fighting isn’t down in the NHL. It’s damn near extinct. 

    There have been 116 fights in the League thus far in 2015-16; the HockeyFights.com projection for the full season is 334 fights, which would mean fewer fights this season than we had when the lockout devoured 510 games in 2012-13 (347 fights in 720 games).

    There have been 98 games with a fight this season, which means we’ve had more games go to overtime (102) than have brawls in them. (As if you needed a better example of where the NHL is in 2015 …)

    The decline of fighting likely brings varying degrees of celebration to different people.

    There are those who have always found the act Neanderthalic and a pox on the sport. There are those who lamented the sideshow fights that derailed games, and the fourth-line goons that participated in them, and feel the NHL is a better place now that enforcers can’t find a dance partner.

    There are those who feel it’s impossible to have quasi-endorsement of fighting by the NHL at the same time it

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  • What would you put inside the Martin Brodeur statue in Jersey?

    Josh Harris, left, co-owner of the New Jersey Devils NHL hockey team, poses for photographs with former Devils goalie Martin Brodeur after it was announced that Brodeur's number will be retired, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Newark, N.J. The retirement celebration will be held on Feb. 9, 2016, when the team faces the Edmonton Oilers. A statue will be unveiled during the celebration. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Josh Harris, left, co-owner of the New Jersey Devils NHL hockey team, poses for photographs with former Devils goalie Martin Brodeur after it was announced that Brodeur's number will be retired, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Newark, N.J. The retirement celebration will be held on Feb. 9, 2016, when the team faces the Edmonton Oilers. A statue will be unveiled during the celebration. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    As you know, the New Jersey Devils have made amends with Martin Brodeur and will honor the best player in franchise history (non-defenseman division) with a statue outside of Prudential Center that in no way will become a urinal for Newark locals. 

    The statue is going to be designed around Brodeur’s stick salute “at his last game,” which we assume means “as a Devil” and not wearing the Blue Note.

    But the big news is that the statue isn’t just a statue – it’s a time capsule, and the Devils are offering five fans the chance to place their swag inside Brodeur.

    From the Devils:

    Fans can enter the contest at NewJerseyDevils.com/martymoments by describing their favorite Marty Moment and what piece of memorabilia they would like to enclose in the statue forever. Five winners will be selected and invited to be a part of the special ceremony on February 8 at Prudential Center. The statue is currently being built by renowned sculptor Jon Krawczyk, who designed the hockey figure that currently

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  • Goalie gushes blood after taking puck off mask (Video)

    WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO THAT INVOLVES BLOOD.

     

    Oskari Setänen, 21, is a goalie for TPS in Finland’s Liiga. In a game this week against HIFK, he made one of those Henrik Lundqvist-esque saves with the top of his mask. Play continued until the refs blew the whistle after a hand pass around Setänen’s crease.

    After play was stopped, Setänen took off his mask to reveal some battle damage: a gushing wound atop his head, sending blood trickling down his face onto his jersey. He looked a bit like Ashton Kutcher if a shelf of Heinz ketchup fell on him. 

    He skated to the bench and was treated by trainers – including former Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Aki Berg! – before going to the back. He didn’t return to the game.

    Setänen felt OK after the game. Well, not completely OK – truth be told, he was a little disappointed. As Setänen told Iltasanomat:

    “It would have been cooler if it would have been the face.”

    We believe it was the great Shane Falco in “The Replacements”

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  • Molly Engstrom sucker punch earns 1st suspension in NWHL history (Video)

    What do you do when you have an illegal play in a pro hockey league but don’t have a dozen television cameras at the rink to film it?

    As this National Women’s Hockey League Dept. of Player Safety video shows, you go to the security cam tape.

    The NWHL suspended defender Molly Engstrom of the Connecticut Whale on Thursday for one game after a cross-check and a punch to the head of Meghan Duggan of the Buffalo Beauts. Engstrom was given a major penalty for a check to the head and a game misconduct during the Dec. 6 game; Duggan watched the rest of the contest in street clothes.

    The NWHL used a camera located at rink level and security footage from Chelsea Piers’ rink in Stamford to piece together the suspension video.

    It’s a little surprising that Engstrom only earned one game for what was essentially an assault on Duggan – who, it should be said, has had a history of concussion problems – but NWHL writer Hannah Bevis makes a good point about this suspension in the context of the NWHL

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  • Wayne Gretzky thinks Patrick Kane might break his record points streak

    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 08:  Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates his franchise record 23 game points streak and his 600 career point against the Nashville Predators at the United Center on December 8, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Predators 4-1.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 08: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates his franchise record 23 game points streak and his 600 career point against the Nashville Predators at the United Center on December 8, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Predators 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks are in Nashville on Thursday night, where he’ll have a chance to extend his point scoring streak to 23 games. 

    He owns the franchise record and the record for American-born NHL players. He remains rather far from breaking the all-time League record set by Wayne Gretzky (who else?) in 1983-84 at 51 games with the Edmonton Oilers. 

    Given the rigors of the season and the vast improvements in defense and goaltending in the last 30 years, no one really thinks he’s going to break that record.

    Well, almost no one. There’s one guy that does: Wayne Gretzky.

    "He can get there, absolutely," Gretzky told Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune. "What does it take to get there? It's a combination of things. First of all, you have to be good and you have to get a little bit lucky. I was a little bit lucky during the streak, whether it was a (secondary) assist late in the game or an empty-net point. You have to stay healthy and you have to be surrounded by really

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  • Nazem Kadri on Donald Trump Muslim ban: ‘He’s pretty delusional’

    SIMI VALLEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, California. Fifteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the second set of Republican presidential debates. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)SIMI VALLEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, California. Fifteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the second set of Republican presidential debates. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump this week sparked outrage – OK, more outrage than usual – when he suggested that the U.S. ban all Muslims from entering the country, including Muslim Americans that are, like, vacationing overseas. 

    “What I’m doing is I’m calling very simply for a shutdown of Muslims entering the United States — and here’s a key — until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” he reiterated this week.

    Nazem Kadri, the Toronto Maple Leafs center and a practicing Muslim, has figured out what’s going on with Trump ... and he thinks the real estate magnate is delusional.

    Sean FitzGerald of the Toronto Star caught up with Kadri about Trump’s comments, and Kadri said:

    “I think he’s hurting his own campaign, to be honest,” Kadri said. “I mean, I think he’s pretty delusional. But his opinion’s his opinion.”

    “It’s unfortunate that this is what it’s come to,” Kadri said. “But I mean, that being said, I’m lucky to live in a country like

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  • Alex Semin takes his (squandered) talents to KHL

    COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 4: Alexander Semin #28 of the Carolina Hurricanes warms up before a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 4, 2014 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 4: Alexander Semin #28 of the Carolina Hurricanes warms up before a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 4, 2014 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

    We’ve got some history with Alex Semin.

    In Oct. 2008, this blog was roughly six months old. Dmitry Chesnokov sat down with Semin at a sushi joint in Washington, D.C., covering a wide range of topics. One of them was the Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby rivalry, which was still on everyone’s lips but had yet to be shoved down our throats.

    As Dmitry does, he got Semin talking candidly, and the Washington Capitals winger said of his Pittsburgh Penguins rival:

    “What's so special about [Crosby]? I don't see anything special there.”

    In the years since, that quote’s taken on a “play it again Sam” misrepresentation, with many people remembering Semin calling Crosby “a piece of dead wood” but he didn’t directly say that. But he said enough, and that firestorm was a breakthrough moment for this blog. It was also the moment when, having covered Semin with the Capitals for a few years, I realized there was so much more there than what we’d seen from him.

    But then, that’s basically the epitaph on

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  • NHL Power Rankings: Stars or Capitals for hockey's best? (Video)

    The Dallas Stars have the NHL’s most high octane offense. The Washington Capitals are no slouches in that department, and have a goalie with designs on the Vezina Trophy.

    Those two teams are near the top of our NHL Power Rankings this week, as the season rolls into December. Meanwhile, at the bottom … well, at least John Tortorella is entertaining in Columbus.

    Every other week, Yahoo Sports will be bringing you NHL Power Rankings as voted on by the Y! Sports staff and Puck Daddy editors. Please keep in mind these rankings were created prior to Monday night’s games.

    Feel free to provide your own rankings in the comments section. See you in two weeks!

    Questions? Comments? Hit us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

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    Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

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  • Calgary Flames’ ugly Christmas sweater ad is ho-ho-horrible (Video)

    The holiday season has become a time for NHL teams to force their players into awkward-squirmy holiday videos that are equal parts kitsch and abomination.

    Admittedly, some teams have pulled off a couple of classics, like this Boston Bruins Christmas spoof and basically everything the San Jose Sharks have ever committed to film.

    Then we have the 2015-16 Calgary Flames, creating a retro sitcom informercial for their line of ugly Christmas sweaters.

    And here we thought Scorch would be the biggest disaster for the Flames this year …

    Look, Sam Bennett, Dougie Hamilton, Markus Granlund and Brandon Bollig were game. It looks like they had fun. And there’s a dog. Dogs are the best.

    But holy smokes that was some sub-porno shoot acting right there.

    However, the Flames TOTALLY REDEEMED THEMSELVES by following in the tradition of dozens of bad movies and publishing bloopers and outtakes!

    We are total suckers for bloopers and outtakes. Thank you for this very merry Christmas present, Calgary!

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  • NHL shootouts rising from dead; is 3-on-3 OT still working?

    Toronto Maple Leafs' center Nazem Kadri (43) scores the game winning goal in a shootout past New Jersey Devils' goalie Cory Schneider (35) during NHL hockey action, in Toronto on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto Maple Leafs' center Nazem Kadri (43) scores the game winning goal in a shootout past New Jersey Devils' goalie Cory Schneider (35) during NHL hockey action, in Toronto on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

    On Tuesday night in the NHL, four of the nine games played were tied at the end of regulation.

    That’s a greater percentage of overtime games than the average this season and since the shootout was hoisted upon an unsuspecting public in 2005 – about 25 percent of all games go to overtime. 

    But of those four overtime games, three ended in a shootout. And if you feel like you’ve seen more than a few end that way recently, you’re not paranoid: In the last three weeks (since Nov. 17), there have been 18 shootouts, accounting for more than half the season’s total (35) of skills competitions to end games.

    Here’s the picture for this season so far, and how it looked last season in the NHL:

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    So shootouts are down, but not as dramatically as we saw in the AHL last season, which was the catalyst for the NHL to attempt to change its overtime format. 

    Through 394 games last season in the AHL, 75.3 percent of its overtime games had ended before the shootout, compared to 65.3 percent in the NHL this

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