• Senators’ Mark Stone takes skate to the face, somehow escapes serious injury

    Jared Clinton
    Mark Stone (via Streamable)

    Senators winger Mark Stone doesn’t head to the penalty box often, and he might be even more wary of committing stick infractions after a trip on Joffrey Lupul nearly resulted in Stone’s face being sliced open by Lupul’s skate.

    With three minutes remaining in the first period, Lupul was battling with Stone for the puck in the neutral zone when Stone got his stick into Lupul’s skate and hauled the Maple Leafs winger to the ice. The trip of Lupul resulted in his upper body falling forward and feet kicking up into the air, with his left skate coming up and catching Stone in the face.

    Stone immediately clutched his face and headed for the dressing room as referees on ice whistled the play dead because Stone had been tagged for tripping: Read more

  • Report: Blues could get first outdoor game, possibly Winter Classic against Blackhawks

    Jared Clinton
    Vladimir Tarasenko (Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)

    The St. Louis Blues have never played in an outdoor game, but they could be making their outdoor debut at the Winter Classic, the NHL’s showcase outdoor contest, in 2017.

    According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford, the NHL is “finalizing discussions” to put an outdoor game in St. Louis next season at Busch Stadium, which is the home building of the MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals. Rutherford reported that details still have to be worked out, but the Cardinals are reportedly expecting to host an outdoor game at their home field on Jan. 2, which would be the first Monday of 2017.

    Rutherford reported the potential opponent for the Winter Classic contest would be the Chicago Blackhawks, who are appearing in their fourth outdoor game this season against the Minnesota Wild. Read more

  • Struggling Wild lose Brodin for 3-6 weeks, GM Fletcher ‘confident’ team can get back on track

    Jared Clinton
    Jonas Brodin (Ronald C. Modra/NHL/Getty Images)

    As bad as the Montreal Canadiens have been since the holiday break, the Minnesota Wild haven’t been far behind. Over their past 18 games, Minnesota is 5-10-3, have had one of the league’s worst offenses and things aren’t getting any better.

    Saturday afternoon, the Wild announced defenseman Jonas Brodin will be out three-to-six weeks with a broken foot. Brodin’s injury occurred Thursday in a contest against the New York Rangers when he blocked a shot, and, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo, was seen limping post-game. Brodin was placed on injured reserve.

    Losing Brodin doesn’t just hurt the Wild on-ice, though, as his name has been at the center of several trade rumors over the past few weeks. Minnesota has a plethora of talented defensemen, but have been lacking scoring punch for most of the season leading many to believe a young blueliner could be dealt to acquire some offensive talent. Read more

  • Taylor vs. Tyler: Almost six years later no clear winner in Hall, Seguin debate

    Mike Brophy
    Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall. (Getty Images)

    Admission of truth: This column started out as the definitive I’ll-tell-you-who-is-the-best-now.

    Bottom line: It is not.

    It was a coin toss in 2010 and it remains a coin toss in 2016.

    Taylor or Tyler?

    Who would you rather have playing for your team, Taylor Hall, who was chosen first in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, or Tyler Seguin, chosen No. 2 by the Boston Bruins?

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  • Flyers’ Simmonds booted from game after skirmish, punch to head of Rangers’ McDonagh

    Jared Clinton
    Wayne Simmonds and Ryan McDonagh (via Streamable)

    A matinee game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers was going to mean an early day for all involved, but Wayne Simmonds was hitting the showers earlier than anyone after being ejected from Saturday’s game midway through the first period.

    Simmonds was handed a game misconduct and match penalty for a punch to the head of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh shortly after the 10-minute mark of the first frame. The battle between Simmonds and McDonagh was sparked when the Flyers winger attempted to deliver a hit to the Rangers captain after he had moved the puck up ice. McDonagh, who saw Simmonds coming, caught him in the head with a crosscheck which set Simmonds off.

    Simmonds delivered a slash, McDonagh retaliated with a crosscheck and the two players separated for a brief moment before Simmonds threw a gloved left punch to McDonagh’s head that saw the defenseman hit the ice. Here’s the entire sequence: Read more

  • Flames’ Dennis Wideman to appeal 20-game suspension Wednesday

    Jared Clinton
    Dennis Wideman (Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Dennis Wideman has already missed two games due to suspension, but the Calgary Flames defenseman may have a shot at coming back before his 20-game ban is up if he can win an appeal.

    Wideman, 32, was handed his lengthy suspension on Feb. 3 for a hit he delivered to linesman Don Henderson. The check on Henderson was deemed abuse of an official by the league. The hit occurred on Jan. 26 and Wideman was initially suspended indefinitely pending a hearing, but the suspension wasn’t handed down until following the all-star break when Wideman met with Hockey Operations to discuss his actions.

    ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported that Bettman’s decision will impact where Wideman’s appeal goes. Should Bettman not reduce the suspension to less than six games, Wideman will have the right to having his appeal heard by a neutral party. According to Lebrun, the neutral party would be James Oldham, who has operated in the role of neutral arbitrator since 2004. Read more

  • Rumor Roundup: Canadiens GM Bergevin looking for offensive help

    Lyle Richardson
    (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/GEtty Images Sport)

    As the Montreal Canadiens continue to plummet in the standings, calls are rising for GM Marc Bergevin to do something to save their dwindling playoff hopes. As Bergevin has publicly stated he won’t change the coaching staff, his only option is the trade market.

    The more the losses pile up, the more the trade rumor mill buzzes in anticipation over Bergevin’s plans. There’s been talk of pursuing Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal. Sportsnet’s Eric Engels recently reported right winger Dale Weise and defenseman Tom Gilbert could be shopped if the losing continues.

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  • Watch Penguins’ Zatkoff reach back to make awesome stick save on Lightning’s Condra

    Jared Clinton
    Jeff Zatkoff (via NHL)

    Pittsburgh backup Jeff Zatkoff doesn’t get to play often, so when he does, he wants to make his minutes count. And while he couldn’t help the Penguins overcome a 4-1 deficit Friday, he did make an incredible stick save during Pittsburgh’s attempted comeback.

    With the Penguins back within one goal late in the third period, the Lightning dumped the puck into the Penguins’ zone and Tampa Bay center Tyler Johnson gave chase. Johnson created some havoc below the goal line in his attempt to get the puck, which resulted in Penguins center Kevin Porter making an ill-advised pass into the middle of the ice, right onto the tape of Lightning winger Erik Condra.

    Condra had no one between he and Zatkoff and used great patience to pull the puck around the Penguins goaltender. But Zatkoff, who committed to Condra’s deke early, reached back with his goal stick and sealed the ice with his paddle to make a great save: Read more