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  • LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his power play goal with Alexander Radulov #47, Andrew Shaw #65, David Desharnais #51 and Jeff Petry #26 to tie the game 2-2 with the Los Angeles Kings during the second period at Staples Center on December 4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
    Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his power play goal with Alexander Radulov #47, Andrew Shaw, David Desharnais #51 and Jeff Petry #26 to tie the game 2-2 with the Los Angeles Kings during the second period at Staples Center on December 4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

    LOS ANGLES – Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty felt his confidence start to surge early in his team’s 5-4 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

    The sniper, who had scored just one goal in his previous seven games, took a feed from Andrei Markov and fired a shot past Kings goaltender Peter Budaj at the 2:20 mark of the first period to put his team up 1-0. After the puck went in Pacioretty started to feel more able to pump in another.

    “I think any time in a game when you score an early one you’re going to be floating the rest of the game and just feel confident and you feel like the game comes easy,” Pacioretty said. “It’s just the way it goes for offensive guys. It

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  • CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 11: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks warms up in a camo jersey commemorating Veterans Day prior to the game against the Washington Capitals at the United Center on November 11, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
    CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 11: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks warms up in a camo jersey commemorating Veterans Day prior to the game against the Washington Capitals at the United Center on November 11, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

    On Friday, Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times posted video of Jonathan Toews skating and puck-handling on his own prior to practice by the team. It appeared as if the Chicago Blackhawks captain was on his way back to game shape.

    Coach Joel Quenneville slowed everyone’s roll on Sunday stating Toews’ injury is “not getting better.”

    From Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago:

    Toews, suffering from a reported back injury, skated on Sunday morning. But coach Joel Quenneville said later in the afternoon that the Blackhawks will keep Toews off the ice for about three days and then, “get a better assessment in the middle of the week.” Once listed as day-to-day, Toews, who was injured on Nov. 23, will now miss his sixth

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    Earlier in the week, Calgary Flames President Brian Burke aired his grievances over Dougie Hamilton trade speculation. On Sunday, the team received a Festivus miracle – Johnny Gaudreau will return to the lineup three weeks ahead of schedule.

    If there isn’t a Festivus pole in the Flames locker room, someone needs to rectify that immediately.

    Gaudreau took to the ice for Sunday’s morning skate without a non-contact jersey. Afterwards he told reporters he was good to go for the game against the Anaheim Ducks this evening.

    From NHL.com:

    “I’m ready to play,” Gaudreau said. “I think the finger’s healed up pretty well there. I’m just excited to get things going here.

    “I think they did a great job with my finger and we did a great job rehabbing it. They keep tell me it’s going to be harder to break the nine other fingers than to re-hurt this one. It feels good. It feels good when I shoot. I’m excited to finally get out there.”

    The Flames forward required surgery on a fractured

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  • New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri celebrates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators in overtime of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Devils won 5-4. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
    New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri celebrates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators in overtime of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Devils won 5-4. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    No. 1 Star: Mike Cammalleri, New Jersey Devils

    Cammalleri started and finished the Devils’ big comeback against the Nashville Predators Saturday afternoon. Down 4-1 in the third period, Cammalleri scored the first of three New Jersey goals in the final 20 minutes and then put home the winner with 18 seconds left in overtime.

    No. 2 Star: Chris Kreider, New York Rangers

    Kreider scored a pair of goals 4:46 apart late in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and power the Rangers to a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Derek Stepan picked up three points, including assists on both of Kreider’s goals and Mats Zuccarello chipped in a pair of helpers himself. New York is now 8-0-1 after losses this season.

    No. 3 Stars: Mike Condon, Ottawa Senators / Kari

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  • Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith picks up his stick after giving up the game-winning goal to Columbus Blue Jackets center Sam Gagner during the shootout of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
    Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith picks up his stick after giving up the game-winning goal to Columbus Blue Jackets center Sam Gagner during the shootout of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Saturday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was one to remember but also one to forget for Arizona Coyotes netminder Mike Smith.

    The Coyotes dropped their third straight with a 3-2 shootout loss, but Smith was outstanding as he made a franchise record 58 saves on the night, including 22 in the third period.

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    Columbus scored on both of their shootout attempts while the Coyotes failed on their two chances, which led to Smith nearly sending his twig to goalie stick heaven in frustration.

    Saturday’s game was the fourth time this season Smith faced at least 40 shots and the third time in his last four starts. The Coyotes allow 35.5 shots per night, most in

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  • DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 01: Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche fires a shot against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Pepsi Center on December 1, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
    DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 01: Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche fires a shot against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Pepsi Center on December 1, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

    On top of holding the NHL’s worst recording and getting shut out by the Dallas Stars, the Colorado Avalanche got some more bad news after the loss.

    Defenseman Erik Johnson will miss the next 6-8 weeks after fracturing his fibula during Saturday night’s game, according to head coach Jared Bednar. The injury occurred when he was hit by a Tyler Seguin shot.

    Despite their rough start, Johnson has been a bright spot through 23 games with 11 points while averaging 22 minutes a night. He’s also been a positive possession player.

    Johnson joins captain Gabriel Landeskog (day-to-day) on the sidelines as the headache during Bednar’s rookie season behind the bench continue.

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  • Meagan Mangene, (right) and Kelly Cooke, (center), head to the ice with team mates during the Connecticut Whale vs Boston Pride. National Women's Hockey League game at Chelsea Piers, Stamford, Connecticut, USA. 27th December 2015. Photo Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
    Meagan Mangene, (right) and Kelly Cooke, (center), head to the ice with team mates during the Connecticut Whale vs Boston Pride. National Women’s Hockey League game at Chelsea Piers, Stamford, Connecticut, USA. 27th December 2015. Photo Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

    Picking up where we started with the notebook last season, we look at the number one topic surrounding women’s professional hockey this season – money.

    1. NWHL

    This weekend’s games:

    Saturday
    Buffalo Beauts (2-4-1) at New York Riveters (2-3-1) – 4:30pm ET
    Connecticut Whale (2-3-0) at Boston Pride (6-0-0) – 7:30pm ET

    Sunday
    Boston Pride at New York Riveters – 4:00pm ET

    1A. Salary cut fallout

    Needless to day, it’s been a complicated two weeks for the NWHL after announcing salary cuts for players.

    Morgan Fritz-Ward became the first player to announce that she will be leaving the league following the announcement of the salary cuts. She’ll play her final two games with the New York Riveters this

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  • CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 01: Goalie Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks watches the puck in the first period against the New Jersey Devils at the United Center on December 1, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
    Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks watches the puck in the first period against the New Jersey Devils at the United Center on December 1, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images)

    Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has acute appendicitis and is undergoing an appendectomy, the team announced Saturday.

    “We are anticipating a full recovery and return to play,” the Blackhawks team doctor Michael Terry said through the team’s Twitter account, though he added he couldn’t give a timeline for Crawford until after the surgery. The operation is taking place in Philadelphia where the Blackhawks are playing Saturday at the Philadelphia Flyers.

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    Last season, Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf missed four games (from Oct. 27 until his return on Nov. 6) after undergoing an appendectomy. Teammate Rickard Rakell missed the last six games of the 2015-16 regular season after an appendectomy. He returned for the playoffs, but missed five games

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  • NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 30: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Florida Panthers and John Scott #28 of the Arizona Coyotes look on in the Discover NHL Shootout during the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skill Competition at Bridgestone Arena on January 30, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
    Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers and John Scott of the Arizona Coyotes look on in the NHL Shootout during the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skill Competition at Bridgestone Arena on January 30, 2016, in Nashville. (Getty Images)

     

    The NHL opened voting for the 2017 All-Star Game in Los Angeles this week. There won’t be another John Scott moment, however, because that was a perfect confluence of events and the league has changed voting guidelines for this year.

    Voting closes on Jan. 2; so as we wait to find out who the four divisional captains will be for the 3-on-3 tournament, as well as their teammates, your friends at Puck Daddy have picked our own rosters for the midseason event.

    We did our best to have all 30 NHL teams represented on our rosters, so there will be snubs.

    Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy Editor

    HONOLULU - FEBRUARY 27: A man is silhouetted as he walks along Waikiki Beach February 27, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Residents are stocking up on food and emergency supplies in preparation for a potentially damaging tsunami, after a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Chile which sent waves across the Pacific Ocean. Warning sirens have been reported to be going off near the coast and the state is under a tsunami warning but there is no evacuation planned at this time. So far over 100 deaths in Chile have been reported and that number is expected to rise. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
    (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

    OK, guess he’s still on his Hawaiian honeymoon. 

    Sean Leahy, Puck Daddy Editor

    Metropolitan Division
    F Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (CAPTAIN)

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  • TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 5: Frederik Andersen #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs leaves his crease to join in a fight against Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on November 5, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Canucks 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
    TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 5: Frederik Andersen #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs leaves his crease to join in a fight against Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on November 5, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Canucks 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

     

    The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night and there’s a lot of anticipation for this game after the last time these two sides met.

    Remember that third period? A lot happened.

    • Morgan Rielly’s hit on Jannik Hansen
    • Nazem Kadri’s hit on Daniel Sedin
    • Alex Burrows’ spear on Morgan Rielly
    • Derek Dorsett losing it
    • Ryan Miller, Troy Stecher and Matt Martin mixing it up, and Frederik Andersen teasing us with a goalie fight.

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    The penalty sheet was a long one that evening, and the fireworks didn’t end there. As the teams went to their dressing rooms following the game, Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson had

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  • SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 2: Brent Burns #88 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates his first period goal with teammates during a NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at SAP Center at San Jose on December 2, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
    SAN JOSE, CA – DECEMBER 2: Brent Burns #88 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates his first period goal with teammates during a NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at SAP Center at San Jose on December 2, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

    No. 1 Star: Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks

    The San Jose netminder stopped 31 of 32 shots on goal in a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Jones has won five of his last six starts and currently holds a 1.99 goal-against average and .924 save percentage. The Sharks have won 10 straight home games against the Canadiens dating back to March 12, 2001.

    No. 2 Star: Chad Johnson, Calgary Flames

    Johnson stopped 21 of 23 Minnesota Wild shots on goal in a 3-2 shootout win. He has won six of his last eight starts, going 6-2-0 with a 1.50 goal-against average and .951 save percentage with three shutouts in that span. In 14 games played Johnson has a 9-4-1 record with a 2.05 goal-against average and .930 save percentage. The

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    Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Radulov was bloodied after he took a high stick from San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture late in their Friday game.

    During an offensive zone opportunity for the Habs, Couture got his stick up under Radulov’s visor. The Canadiens forward went down and clutched his face as blood streamed out. Couture received a double-minor for high sticking and Radulov went to the Canadiens locker room.

    The play occurred with 4:06 remaining in the third period and the Sharks up 2-0. Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen scored with 1:17 left to put the game at 2-1, but the Habs couldn’t tie the game and fell to 1-2-0 on their current road trip and 0-2-0 during the California portion of the voyage. Radulov did not return to the game.

    UPDATE: After the game it was reported Radulov took stitches on his right eyebrow

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  • SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 2: Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks makes a save during a NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at SAP Center at San Jose on December 2, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
    San Jose Sharks makes a save during a NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at SAP Center at San Jose on December 2, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Getty Images)

    San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones made a gorgeous glove save on Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk in their Friday game.

    Midway through the first period with the Canadiens pressing in front of Jones’ net, Paul Byron whipped a feed to Galchenyuk. Jones moved to his left and put himself in position to make the save on the former 30-goal scorer.

    Jones has been one of the best recent acquisitions for the Sharks. San Jose traded for Jones from the Boston Bruins – who earlier in the offseason picked up Jones from the Los Angeles Kings – in the summer of 2015 and last season he led the Sharks to their first Stanley Cup Final.

    So far this year, Jones holds a 13-8-1 record with a 1.99 goal-against average and .924 save percentage.s Jones is 8-2-1 in his last 11 starts,

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  • UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 22: (l-r) New York Islanders partners Scott Malkin, Charles Wang and Jon Ledecky, along with general manager Garth Snow pose for a photo opportunity during a press conference at Nassau Coliseum on October 22, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
    New York Islanders partners Scott Malkin, Charles Wang and Jon Ledecky, along with general manager Garth Snow pose for a photo opportunity during a press conference at Nassau Coliseum on October 22, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Getty Images)

    The New York Islanders could be in the market for someone new to step into their front office.

    According to Newsday citing a league source, new Islanders owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky have been looking for someone to take over the the team president role, which general manager Garth Snow has held since 2006.

    … pretty much since July 1, when Malkin and Ledecky took over the majority ownership role from Charles Wang, the new owners have been on the hunt for someone to step into the executive suite to either work with Snow or make front-office changes.

     

    “They’re looking for a big name,” the source said. “They’ve talked to a lot of people already.”

    The story said a hire is not imminent but the Islanders have talked with former team icon Pat

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  • TORONTO,ON - AUGUST 17: NHLPA president Donald Fehr addresses the media during the World Cup of Hockey Press announcement at the Fermenting Cellar on August 17, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario,Canada. ( Photo by Claus Andersen/NHLI via Getty Images)
    NHLPA president Donald Fehr addresses the media during the World Cup of Hockey Press announcement at the Fermenting Cellar on August 17, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario,Canada. ( Getty Images)

    The NHLPA has rejected the NHL’s offer of allowing players to go to the 2018 Olympics in return for an extension of the current collective bargaining agreement.

    The Canadian Press reported that NHLPA executive director Don Fehr “says that the players, primarily the executive board, showed no interest in the idea.”

    In the piece, Fehr also said he hopes “we’ll still be able to conclude an agreement to go to the Olympics.”

    The league’s offer was made public in mid-November after The International Ice Hockey Federation met with the NHL, NHLPA, USA Hockey and Hockey Canada to go over Olympic participation.

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    The current CBA, which was negotiated during a lockout that wiped out almost half the 2012-13 season, expires on Sept. 15, 2022. Both the NHL and NHLPA have

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  • PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 25: Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith talks baseball with Fox Sports Arizona's Todd Walsh prior to a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cleveland Indians at Chase Field on June 25, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
    Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith talks baseball with Fox Sports Arizona’s Todd Walsh prior to a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cleveland Indians at Chase Field on June 25, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Getty Images)

    Fox Sports Arizona is looking into an incident that allegedly involved Arizona Coyotes broadcaster Todd Walsh, according to Deadspin.

    A Facebook account associated with the name Krys Poleon explained an encounter with a man after Poleon’s car allegedly clipped his side mirror. The interaction became vulgar and racially charged, according to the Facebook post.

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    (Note: Some of the language from the post has been edited.)

    Got into a car “accident”… if you want to call it that. [Face with tears of joy emoji]

    My passenger side mirror barely clipped another guy’s mirror. I parked right behind him and got out to ask if i damaged his window. He first looked at me for a few minutes, then got out of his car. He asked me

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  • Jersey Foul
    Jersey Foul

    Sometimes fans like to put their favorite cheers on the back of a jersey.

    For example, in Anaheim when forward Jakob Silfverberg does something well, the faithful at Honda Center, mostly in unison, say what’s on the above jersey. This apparently started in Brynas, where Silfverberg played before coming to the NHL.

    One of the great aspects of jersey fouls is fans just put whatever they want on them and seem to not care about the consequences. Nicknames, cross-sport references, cheers – they do it all. This week we had an incredibly varied group of fouls.

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    If you want to submit, make sure to email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or tweet to the hashtag #jerseyfoul. We’ll pick them up, and try to make sure to give credit where credit is due. Look for more fouls on Instagram and Tumblr!

     5. Martin Jones to Peter Budaj

    Seen at the San Jose Sharks/Los Angeles Kings game where Budaj and Jones, a former Kings backup, faced off against

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    • Off goes the ‘A’ from Matt Gilroy’s jersey. [KHL]

    • First-year Buffalo Sabres players have quickly seen that Jack Eichel can be quite a difference maker. [Buffalo News]

    • Gale Force Sports & Entertainment, the Carolina Hurricanes’ parent company, will no longer report two annual hockey-related revenue figures to the Centennial Authority, the PNC Arena landlord – the amount received by the team from the NHL and from its local television contract. [Raleigh News and Observer]

    • Some current and former NHL coaches explain what it’s like to be fired. [Sportsnet]

    • History was made Wednesday on Hockey Night In Canada during the game between the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flames shut out the Leafs 3-0, but making his

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  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Friday picks

    NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 22: Charlie Coyle #3 of the Minnesota Wild passes the puck as Travis Zajac #19 of the New Jersey Devils defends on October 22, 2016 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
    NEWARK, NJ – OCTOBER 22: Charlie Coyle #3 of the Minnesota Wild passes the puck as Travis Zajac #19 of the New Jersey Devils defends on October 22, 2016 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    By Chris Morgan

    Friday does not intend to make things easy for you. There are only two NHL games, but at least all four teams will be fresh, since none of them played Thursday. You don’t have a ton of options, but I’m here to help you find some good values and avoid questionable choices.

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    GOALIE

    Devan Dubnyk, MIN at CGY ($39): Dubnyk and Carey Price are both slated to start Friday, and they also happen to be the top two goalies in save percentage. Price is one percentage point up on Dubnyk (.947 to .946), but Dubnyk has an easier matchup. It’s never a bad idea to go with Price, but Dubnyk seems like a slightly better choice against the struggling Calgary offense, and he’s one dollar cheaper, too.

    GOALIE TO AVOID:

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    A quarter of the way through the NHL season we’re starting to see the league goalscoring race take shape. And right now things are a little weird.

    Sidney Crosby sits atop the leaderboard, which should be a bit of a surprise because while he scored 51 a few years ago, he’s far more often in the mid-30s range. Right now he’s on pace for close to 60. Quite unexpected.

    And here’s how weird it’s been so far this year: two guys from the Jets — the WINNIPEG Jets! — are tied for second. With a guy from the Bruins. And they’re all ahead of Alex Ovechkin, who’s tied with… Michael Grabner? And Marian Hossa is one back of that?

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    With so many unexpected people in the top 10, and very little overlap between last year’s 10 top, it’s not hard to wonder why this is happening. Sure Crosby is a guy who can just do anything in the sport he sets his mind to, but are the rest of these new leaders just coming into their own or getting a little bit lucky?

    Thanks to

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