For those sent home, the final cuts to Team Canada’s world junior roster are brutal. But it’s a very tough team to crack and the brain trust behind the squad made sure the best players were available for competition and the result is a roster forged in fire.
Ilya Bryzgalov made his first start for the Anaheim Ducks in 2,599 days on Friday.
He probably won’t be keeping the game puck.
‘Cool Bryz’ struggled in his first start with the Ducks this season, surrendering six goals on 31 shots to a less-than-dynamite Ottawa Senators squad in a 6-2 loss. It was Bryzgalov’s second appearance with Anaheim this season after relieving Frederik Andersen in a 6-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier in the week.
And it was the second game in a row he’d rather forget.
The New Jersey Devils’ Patrik Elias may be 38, but he looked like a hot-dogging 20-year-old Friday when he used a banned shootout move to score on a one-on-one.
Elias resurrected the spin-o-rama to score a beauty of a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Devils’ 3-2 overtime win at home Friday.
Year in and year out, one of the most heavily debated awards is the Norris Trophy.
The award given to the NHL’s most outstanding defenseman has, in recent years, had a tendency not to go simply to the best defenseman, but rather the one with the most points. At times, it feels as though the trophy should be split in two, with one award going to the defenseman with the most points and another to the best overall defenseman.
However, in our ranking of the top 10 Norris candidates, we did our best to take into account all facets of defense in hopes it gave us a true picture of the Norris race. By using the standard statistics like points, average ice time and shorthanded time on ice – a key defensive situation – mixed with advanced statistics like Corsi for, quality of competition, and defensive zone starts, the things that can help tell us which players are driving play and not just benefitting from sheltered minutes.
There are a few surprises, but for the most part, it’s the usual suspects. Read more
Fans of the Red Wings, or fans who simply want the chance to take home either mask, can start bidding on them now as they’re live on the NHL Auctions website. All proceeds will go to benefit Volunteers of America Michigan’s Adopt-A-Family program, and will go towards purchasing big-ticket items for the families, such as a washer and dryer for one family who lost their appliances due to flooding in August.
Both goaltenders donned the masks for the Red Wings’ Dec. 16 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and will continue to wear them throughout Detroit’s current homestand. The final appearance for the masks will be on Dec. 23 when the Red Wings host the Sabres. You can see both below. Read more
Losers of six straight games, the numbers game has finally caught up to the Calgary Flames.
Let’s not mistake this for grave dancing. It’s anything but. What it is, however, is yet another example of a team playing over their collective heads simply coming back to earth. And though the Flames may still be able to right the ship and fight for a playoff spot, it’s far more likely that the slide will continue and the team will simply start playing sub-.500 hockey. After all, it’s what has been coming all along. Read more
The son of Hall of Famer Gordie Howe confirms that his father’s recent recovery is going so well that there are plans for him make a public appearance with Wayne Gretzky in February.
Marty Howe confirmed his father is due to appear at the Kinsmen Celebrity Sports Dinner Saskatoon alongside Gretzky Feb. 6. Howe, who had strokes in October and November and has severe dementia, has been at his daughter’s home in Lubbock, Texas, but could be ready to leave soon.
“As long as he keeps improving and doesn’t have another setback, we feel he should be well enough to travel,” Marty said in an email to thn.com. “We will never give up on Gordie and giving up is something Gordie has never done.” Read more
Zach Fucale’s season just got a little more pressure-packed. The 19-year-old netminder will play a key role in Canada’s quest for world junior gold, but once that has wrapped up, he’ll be joining a new team back in the Quebec League.