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    • New Jersey Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood unveils his newest David Puddy inspired mask. GOTTA SUPPORT THE TEAM! [@wedgewall]

    • Heart wrenching, must read story from Bob McKenzie on Craig Cunningham, his family and his friends around hockey that are praying for his condition to improve after collapsing on the ice this past weekend. [TSN]

    • The Tucson Roadrunners next two games against the San Diego Gulls will be rescheduled as the team continues to grapple with what happened to Cunningham. [AHL]

    • The Carolina Hurricanes recalled Michael Leighton and placed Eddie Lack on IR with a concussion. [Canes Country]

    • Tomas Hertl will have a ‘minor procedure’ on his knee Tuesday and is out indefinitely. It’s Hertl’s third knee

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    SECAUCUS, N.J. – Kevin Weekes was quite the vision.

    His impeccable gray striped suit was augmented by large white goaltending gear, looking very much like an action figure mash-up created by a bored child. Next to him at the makeshift goalie crease inside NHL Network’s studio stood John MacLean, who scored 413 goals in 1,194 NHL games and was trying to put a couple more pucks behind Weekes for demonstration purposes.

    “It’s tough to score in this league, but the one way you do score is that you shoot the puck. And I agree with you: Short side shelf is the way to go,” said MacLean, to the goalie, “because ya’ll cheat.”

    Said Weekes, who played 348 games with seven different franchises, defiantly: “Well, they all cheat.”

    They demonstrate how Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames scored on a bad angle shot against Mike Smith earlier in the week, with Weekes explaining a goalie’s motivation for keeping the short side of the net open and then explaining how a goalie’s technique can determine

    Read More »from Inside NHL Network, hockey nerd heaven
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    The NHL announced on Monday that it had changed the rules for All-Star Game fan voting, in light of the John Scott situation in last season’s game.

    If a player gets demoted to the American Hockey League, as Scott was after the Arizona Coyotes (curiously) traded him to the Montreal Canadiens during his now-legendary All-Star campaign, that player is no longer eligible to play in the All-Star Game. (Conditioning stints are exempt.)

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    The NHL also established new rules regarding players that are injured or not on the active roster during the fan balloting, which runs through Jan. 2.

    These rules were established in the aftermath of the fan voting campaign that resulted in enforcer John Scott not only getting into the 2016 All-Star Game but winning MVP in a fairytale moment.

    So one wonders: What did the man himself think of these new rules?

    Jeff Marek, our podcasting buddy, asked Scott that very thing on Sportsnet on Monday:


    “I expected

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    No. 1 Star: Cam Talbot, Edmonton Oilers

    The Oilers netminder shutout the always dangerous Chicago Blackhawks, 5-0. Talbot made 31 saves with 28 of those coming in the first and second periods.

    No. 2 Star: P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators

    Against a pretty good Tampa Bay Lightning team, Subban hit a milestone as he scored his first two goal game with the Predators. His first goal was a one-timer on the power play. His second was another blistering shot that Ben Bishop had no chance on.

    No. 3 Star: Kyle Okposo, Buffalo Sabres

    In a matter of 1:41 in the second period, the Buffalo Sabres scored three straight power play goals. Okposo started the flood of scoring with a power play goal of his own. He later fed Matt Moulson with a perfect pass for the third PPG of the set.

    Honorable Mention: Leon Draisaitl led the Oilers with three points followed by Connor McDavid and Oscar Klefbom with two points each. Kris Russell wins for hit of the night with a brutal, yet legal, body check on Tyler

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    Nearly halfway through the third period between the Nashville Predators had the game well in hand with a 3-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    That’s when things started to get ugly.

    First Viktor Arvidsson crosschecks Vladislav Namestnikov. Luckily Namestnikov is able to brace himself to protect his face as he collides with the boards. Arvidsson, to his credit, tries to protect Namestnikov’s head before it hits the ice.

    Arvidsson knew right away he made a mistake. He was very attentive to Namestnikov and apologized for making the hit.

    The Preds’ player was sent off for two minutes for cross checking. This likely won’t earn Arvidsson any supplemental discipline because of the position Namestnikov was in. Yes, he saw the numbers, but it wasn’t a malicious crosscheck with intent to injure. Namestnikov stayed in and finished the game.

    The teams

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    Jake Guentzel made his NHL debut for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday against the New York Rangers. His family was in attendance for the big moment.

    It didn’t take long for them to get their celebration on. Guentzel scored a goal on his first shot of the game.

    While that’s a great moment for Guentzel, it’s his family’s reaction that makes it incredible.

    His mom, dad and brother look as if they’ve just won both showcases on The Price is Right. 

    Dad is in stunned disbelief; fighting back tears or vomit. Brother is JACKED and accidentally lands an elbow on cheering mom. They cannot believe what they just saw.

    What could be better?

    A second goal. Twelve minutes later, Guentzel potted number two.

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    • There’s Jake Muzzin hanging out in the background of this postgame interview. [Steve Soeffner]

    • Could New York Islanders captain John Tavares walk in 2018 unrestricted free agency? The team has struggled this season and could be falling backwards rather than moving forwards. [New York Post]

    • How Steve Yzerman turned into one of the NHL’s best general managers. [Sportsnet]

    • It has been a strange few days for the NWHL. Midway through the second season, the league officially announced that the players’ salaries will not be paid in full. How did we get here? [The Ice Garden]

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    • Goaltender Shannon Szabados has signed with the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs in the Chinook

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  • CALGARY, AB - NOVEMBER 10: John Klingberg #3 of the Dallas Stars in action against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on November 10, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
    CALGARY, AB – NOVEMBER 10: John Klingberg #3 of the Dallas Stars in action against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on November 10, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

    It hasn’t been a great past few days for young star defensemen in the NHL. Days after the Philadelphia Flyers sat Shayne Gostisbehere, John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars learned he’ll be watching Monday’s game against the Minnesots Wild from the press box.

    While Gostisbehere’s benching was performance-related, Klingberg’s was due to a few extra zzz’s, causing him to either be late or miss a team meeting. Stars head coach Lindy Ruff wouldn’t specify.

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    “Yesterday was a day off for the team, but he’s going to be treated no differently than anybody else who’s missed meetings,” Ruff said via the Star Tribune’s Mike Russo. “Not going to play. His play’s been up and down. Today was really what has frustrated me with our

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    Detroit Red Wings Centennial Classic jersey.

    The Detroit Red Wings opted for a silver look in their Centennial Classic jerseys in order to celebrate the NHL’s 100th season.

    This is Detroit’s fourth outdoor game since the league started pushing these types of contests starting with the 2003 Heritage Classic. The Centennial Classic will be played at BMO Field in Toronto on January 1. The Maple Leafs also released their uniform Monday.

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    “The color silver is used throughout the uniform as a nod to the League’s milestone season, most notably in a special version of the Winged Wheel front crest that incorporates silver tones into the normally white areas,” the Red Wings said in a release. “Additionally, silver is found in the top stripe on both sleeves of the jersey, along with the trim in the uniform numbers.”

    Detroit Red Wings Centennial Classic jersey.
    Detroit Red Wings Centennial Classic jersey.

    The silver stripe on the jersey arm also carry extra meaning according to the Red Wings, as

    Read More »from Pass or Fail: Detroit Red Wings 2017 Centennial Classic jersey
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    After weeks of conjecture and speculation, the NHL on Monday formally revealed the All-Star Game voting guidelines for the event in Los Angeles, the weekend of Jan. 28, 2017.

    Can there be another John Scott fan-driven campaign?

    Sorta.

    The NHL is keeping the divisional 3-on-3 tournament from last season, which is nice, because it was super fun in comparison to that trainwreck in Columbus in 2015. The top vote-getters in each division are captains; the remaining All-Stars are named by NHL hockey operations. Each team will be made up of 11 players from each Division: six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.

    OK, so how does the fan vote work this time? From the NHL:

    The 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote will allow fans to vote for one All-Star player from each Division, without regard to position. The top vote-getter from each Division will be named an NHL All-Star, as well as Captain of his respective team. 

    John Scott was, of course, the captain of the Pacific Division. Despite no

    Read More »from NHL reveals All-Star voting guidelines, post-John Scott
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    Photo provided by Toronto Maple Leafs.

    The Toronto Maple Leafs released their Centennial Classic uniform saying it “celebrates the history of the team while giving a symbolic nod to the next century of Maple Leafs hockey.”

    This is Toronto’s first outdoor game jersey since the team played the Detroit Red Wings at the 2014 Winter Classic in Ann Arbor. The Centennial Classic will be played at BMO Field in Toronto on January 1 between Toronto and Detroit. The Red Wings also released their jersey Monday.

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    “Several elements of the uniform pay homage to the team’s past. The words ‘Honour, Pride and Courage’ stitched into the back of the neck of the sweater, similar to the team’s new sweaters, are taken from a famous Conn Smythe quote and represents the values the franchise strives to represent,” the team said in a release about the uniform. “The horizontal singular band of white across the body of the sweater is reminiscent of the Toronto St. Pats

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    Scott Burnside of ESPN.com asks, “Isn’t it time we started to give the Columbus Blue Jackets and head coach John Tortorella some well-deserved love?”

    Well, of course. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is watching Blue Jackets fans celebrate an unexpected fast start (10-4-2) from what many felt was a moribund franchise. Love is watching Blue Jackets players thrive under a coach many felt couldn’t guide his team to the locker room urinals, let alone the wild card. Love is seeing Jarmo Kekalainen get a stay of execution in the general manager’s office, because we love Jarmo Kekalainen and want the best for him.

    But love for the Columbus Blue Jackets isn’t unconditional.

    Let us count the ways this has been an, ahem, awfully good start for the CBJs.

    That Power Play

    The Blue Jackets defeated the Washington Capitals on Sunday, 3-2, scoring twice on the power play. That snapped a 1-for-16 cold spell, with “cold spell” being a relative term for a team that is absolutely devouring its

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    The Kontinental Hockey League All-Star Weekend as been nothing if not inventive over the years. There was that time they held the game in Red Square, and gave Jaromir Jagr his own team. The radar gun on their fastest shot competition is, um, generous to say the least. And they let Linus Omark light his stick on fire.

    But for the 2017 KHL All-Star Game, they’ve clearly gone too far. Too extreme. Too far beyond the expectations of white male hockey fans. They’ve … gulp … given women players their own game as part of the official all-star weekend.

    From the KHL, on what is now called The Week of Hockey Stars in Ufa, capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan:

    On Thursday, the 19th of January, the Ufa public will be treated to the first ever Women’s Hockey League All-Star Game, which will be an East versus West contest with each side assembling a 17-woman roster (2 goalies, 15 skaters) and guided by a duo of specialists selected from the League’s top coaches.

    Saturday, the 21st of January,

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    One of the things that seemed like a foregone conclusion coming into the season was that the Boston Bruins would miss the playoffs again, potentially prompting wholesale changes for an organization that seems to badly need them.

    On paper, the blue line is terrible. On paper, there’s a Grand Canyon-sized drop between Patrice Bergeron’s line and the next-best one. On paper, it seemed like their offseason signings weren’t going to make much of a difference. On paper, you had to think their crop of AHLers who got promoted wouldn’t move the needle.

    And yet, 18 games and more than 20 percent of the way into the season, they’re sitting third in their division and have a positive goal differential. More to the point, the shot attempt and scoring chance and expected goals numbers are very much there for them as well. Everything seems to be going well enough.

    Dig a little deeper, though, and the cracks show up almost immediately. When the top line of Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak —

    Read More »from What We Learned: Tuukka Rask is back, but are the Bruins?
  • ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his second-period goal with Alec Martinez #27, Tyler Toffoli #73 and Tanner Pearson #70 during the game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on November 20, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
    Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his second-period goal with Alec Martinez, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson during the game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on November 20, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, Calif. – After Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter hit the career 600-point mark in his team’s 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, he didn’t wax poetic on the achievement.

    Instead, he was thinking about another milestone.

    “I mean, shoot for 700 now,” Carter said through a toothless grin when asked what it meant to him to hit 600 points.

    The play of Carter’s line with Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson got the Kings out to an early advantage on the Ducks, and the team held on in the third period to pick up a crucial two points on the second part of a back-to-back.

    “I think we’ve started to get in a little bit of a groove, the three of us the last few games,” Carter said. “I think for us to have success we have to be skating, moving, keeping the

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    No. 1 Star: Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings 

    The Kings defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2, and Carter had a hand in all three goals. He assisted on Drew Doughty’s goal to open the scoring. He then tallied two goals in 1:14, giving him nine on the season. All that scoring came in the second period.

    No. 2 Star: Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets

    The Blue Jackets forward scored his seventh goal of the season and assisted on Alexander Wennberg’s game-winning power-play goal with 54 seconds left in regulation, as the Jackets won their fourth straight, 3-2, over the Washington Capitals. But it was his head-snap that drew a high-sticking call on Nicklas Backstrom and earned the late-game power play, and the ire of Barry Trotz. 

    No. 3 Star: Dougie Hamilton, Calgary Flames

    The Flames defenseman had three assists in their 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. That included a helper on Mikael Backlund’s game-winner with 7:46 left in the game. He was also a plus-3.

    Honorable Mention: Victor Rask and

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    For the New York Rangers, the Mika Zibanejad trade has been an immediate success. The 23-year-old forward had 14 points in his first 18 games, and added a goal to that total against the Florida Panthers on Sunday night.

    But in overtime of that game, Zibanejad appeared to suffer a brutal injury to his ankle:

    Just 41 seconds into the extra session, Zibanejad was chasing Reilly Smith of the Panthers around the back of the net. Their feet were tangled briefly, and Zibanejad crashed into the end boards. His left foot bent awkwardly and painfully.

    Zibanejad was in considerable pain, and was helped off the ice by his teammates:

    The Rangers lost in the shootout, 3-2. But might have lost much more in Zibanejad.

    UPDATE: The Rangers announce Zibanejad has a broken fibula. He’s expected to be out 6-8 weeks.

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-2, for their fourth straight win. They pulled two points in back of the Capitals for third in the division, and their power play – in a 1-for-16 funk, despite being first in the NHL – scored two goals, including the game-winner with 54 seconds left in regulation.

    That should have been the takeaway from Sunday afternoon’s contest, but it ended with a bit of controversy over how the Blue Jackets earned that decisive power play in the third period.

    Nick Foligno earned the call on Nicklas Backstrom after Backstrom’s stick went high and Foligno’s head snapped back. But upon further review … well, let’s just say Foligno earned his team a call:

     

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  • LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Dylan Strome #20 of the Arizona Coyotes waits for a faceoff during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on September 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
    LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: Dylan Strome #20 of the Arizona Coyotes waits for a faceoff during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on September 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    Dylan Strome wasn’t able to get regular ice time with the Arizona Coyotes this season, so the team has decided to send the No. 3 overall pick from the 2015 NHL Draft back to Erie of the OHL.

    From the Coyotes:

    “Dylan has made exceptional progress and continues to make strides to being an elite center in this league,” said GM John Chayka. “At this point in time we felt it was best for his development to get him back playing in junior, but his future in the NHL is very bright.”

    Strome has only cracked the lineup for seven games this season, recording just one assist and averaging 13:41 of ice time per game. Because of that, his contract will likely end up sliding one year.

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    Due to the agreement

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    Evander Kane and the Vancouver Canucks have been linked for years. He’s a local product, and starred for the Vancouver Giants during his junior years.

    So it was no surprise that the Canucks were rumored to have interest in Kane after his latest legal entanglement was dropped in Buffalo and the Sabres hoped to ship him out. Those rumors grew stronger when John Weisbrod, the assistant general manager of the Canucks, was scheduled to see the Sabres on Thursday night.

    But he didn’t show up, which is related to the Canucks’ current interest in Kane, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

    “The word is that Vancouver was not willing to pay the price that Buffalo was asking. Buffalo was asking a high price. Vancouver said no, and walked away from the trade,” said Friedman on Hockey Night In Canada.

    Yes, the Sabres were asking too much for a guy who is averaging a police investigation per season and can’t stay healthy. But that’s because it’s the NHL, he ‘s 25 and once scored 30 goals,

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