It’s sometimes easy to forget how skilled Jonathan Toews is offensively because his two-way play often overshadows what he’s able to do with the puck on his stick. Well, if anyone had forgotten about Toews’ ability to rip a pinpoint accurate wrist shot, the Chicago Blackhawks captain gave everyone a friendly reminder Wednesday.
In the first period of the Blackhawks tilt against the Sharks, Toews scooped up a loose puck that had been tipped by Ryan Garbutt. Toews burst away and defenseman Brent Seabrook hopped up into the play to create somewhat of a 2-on-1. With Dainius Zubrus closing off the passing lane, Toews looked off Seabrook and rifled a shot past Martin Jones that couldn’t have been any more perfectly placed: Read more
Cory Schneider has been one of the best goaltenders in the league since landing the full-time starting job in New Jersey, and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. After an absolutely star-making performance with the Devils in 2014-15, Schneider is putting up strong numbers again thanks to incredible saves like his stop Wednesday night.
In the first period of Wednesday’s game, the Blue Jackets were on the power play and worked the puck around the zone before Jack Johnson fired a shot from the blueline. The puck took a crazy hop off the glass and landed right on the stick of Boone Jenner, who made an awesome no-look, between the legs pass to defenseman David Savard.
Savard had almost the whole net to shoot at with only Devils blueliner Adam Larsson appearing to be an obstacle. Savard fired the puck past Larsson, but was robbed by Schneider’s miraculous save: Read more
When it rains, it pours in Edmonton. Or, more accurately, when it snows it comes down in heaps. The Oilers were already the worst team in the NHL again and playing without the services of hot rookie Connor McDavid. Now, thanks to a gruesome accident, Edmonton has lost Nail Yakupov.
Montreal Canadiens backup goalie Mike Condon will get the start Friday night when the Canadiens visit the New Jersey Devils, which apparently would have been the case had reigning MVP and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price not left Wednesday night’s win over the New York Rangers with a right leg injury.
Condon proved that in the short term that he could be almost as good as the No. 1 man, going 4-0-2 with a 1.81 goals-against average and registering a .932 save percentage in the first six games he played after taking over the net when Price went down with an upper body injury in October.
One of the winningest coaches and biggest personalities in Bruins history is set to step back behind the bench for Boston at the Winter Classic. Sportsnet’s Don Cherry, the host of Saturday night staple Coach’s Corner, has been named as one of the coaches for the outdoor event’s Dec. 31 alumni game.
Cherry, 81, will be joined by a number of former Bruins players and coaches, some of whom he coached during his days in Beantown. The roster will also include another media member, as NBC’s Mike Milbury, who spent two seasons as a bench boss in Boston, will join Cherry behind the bench as a coach. Derek Sanderson, Stan Jonathan, Don Marcotte, Tom McVie and Lyndon Byers will also step behind the bench, with John Bucyk and Eddie Sandford serving as honorary coaches.
As for the players on the club, Bruins president Cam Neely and GM Don Sweeney will be stepping out onto the ice as members of the alumni team. Another legendary Bruin will also be skating with the club, as Ray Bourque will don his No. 77 for the alumni contest. Read more
Most NHL teams have played roughly 20 games, give or take, in 2015-16, meaning we’re a quarter of the way done the season. The sample size is just big enough to start assessing your fantasy hockey rosters. The teams flying out to great starts should stop the chicken counting and start pondering which of their many great players will sustain elite production all year long. Knowing which guys to sell high separates the league winners from the second-half flameouts.
With that, let’s look at five hot starters to consider selling high, ranked in order of how big of a return they could net you on the trade market. Remember, putting someone on this list is not necessarily an indictment of his skills. It might simply mean he’s producing far above a long-established career norm.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have had a bizarre start to their season. Thought to be one of the most stacked teams in the East, Pittsburgh finds itself 10 points back of the Metropolitan Division lead and dealing with bizarre off-ice issues. First, it was Evgeni Malkin telling reporters the team was “mad at each other,” and now a report has surfaced that there’s a “big falling out” between Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby.
According to SiriusXM’s Matthew Barnaby, who played with Lemieux in Pittsburgh during the 2001-02 season, there is a potential rift growing between Crosby and Lemieux.
“The more I looked into it, the more I found out people with the same sentiments: that there’s a big falling out between Mario and Crosby,” Barnaby said. “Whether that pushes that to move (Crosby) at some point, whether he wants to move, that I don’t know.” Read more
Marc Bergevin took over as the Montreal Canadiens’ GM in May 2012, and has since built a team that has made the post-season for three consecutive seasons and has been a strong contender for the Stanley Cup in each of the past two campaigns. Bergevin’s hard work hasn’t been lost on the Canadiens, as the club announced Wednesday they have signed him to a multi-year contract extension.
Per the Canadiens, Bergevin’s new extension will keep him with the organization through to the end of the 2021-22 season. This season marks the fourth year of Bergevin’s five-year deal as Montreal’s GM, and the extension adds another four seasons to his post at the helm of one of the league’s most storied franchises. Read more