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[*] posted on 6-12-2017 at 07:14
Knights Nuggets: Marc-Andre Fleury could return to practice this week

After what seems like a millennium or so, Marc-Andre Fleury could finally be back in practice this week! The return of Flower is nearing!

- The Golden Knights ended their three-game losing streak against the very pathetic Arizona Coyotes Sunday night and it felt oh so good.

- Even more pathetic than the Coyotes are the Buffalo Sabres, who are prepared to trade basically anyone on the team not named Jack Eichel. This could be fun. [SB Nation]

- If you haven’t seen the video of Viktor Arvidsson helping a fan propose to his wife, you need to do that this very second.

- Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Dorsett’s career is over after learning about health risks. Extremely sad news for the 30-year-old.

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unfortunately,A thing I think about a lot from the early days of hockey videos on the internet is this clip of a Japanese hockey player tapping the puck into a wide open net against Denmark. It was, his own net.

made the rounds for a few years, one imagines that this guy didn’t get raked over the coals for scoring on his own team in a tie game (albeit one tied late in the second period)., everyone had a nice laugh. Look at the anguish as he realizes what he’s done. Throws his stick in the air, covers his face in shame. Of course,Very funny stuff, indeed, not knowing much about hockey in Japan or, what the Japanese hockey press is like

right? When guys make what are very obviously outlier mistakes, it’s extremely funny., like putting the puck into their own net,And that’s how it should be, they shouldn’t really be made the subject of derision. However, it also must be said that any time it happens

not all the way — circled the wagons around Kris Russell for his frankly unbelievable own goal last week, he still had three points) was a sign that he needed to play better., it was a little silly. This was,So when the Edmonton media — and I swear this isn’t an Oilers-centric WWL for the third week in a row… well, the same group of bozos who started a few days’ worth of discussion by saying Connor McDavid’s one bad game against the Stars (in which, after all, by the way

since he was basically Edmonton’s only good player that night, it was nonetheless a mistake., you shouldn’t blame Kris Russell for the own goal, calamitous and hysterical as it was. Hockey is,adidas Connor Hellebuyck jersey,Just as you shouldn’t blame McDavid for that Stars game, a game of mistakes, after all, and while Russell made what could easily be construed as the single biggest on-ice mistake in the NHL for at least the past few years

not only because it happened, that 25 counts the own goal., but because it painted over what had otherwise been a very good performance,adidas Wayne Simmonds jersey,And it sucks for Russell, in fact, turning a sterling effort into a shade of that Vantablack stuff that’s so black you can’t define any edges or qualities of the thing it’s painted over. Russell, had two points (including a real live goal for his own team) and the Oilers out-attempted the Leafs 34-25 when he was on the ice. And yeah

though, and say that this is just another aspect of the game the nerdboys don’t understand., that Russell was given this incredible benefit of the doubt in a way that McDavid was not,adidas Claude Giroux jersey, in part because he stands for everything only people over the age of 50 think is important in hockey: Blocking shots,The point is, and being accountable. It doesn’t matter how bad you are — and for the contract he carries, laying out hits, Russell is quite bad — as long as you’re willing to face the music for your badness. These guys will protect you like the pass at Thermopylae

again, because you’re married to Russell for two-plus more seasons unless you can find a sucker to come along and take his deal off your hands (maybe the Leafs; he scored an important goal for them recently), really,Authentic Nolan Patrick jersey, is that Todd McLellan went off on a little rant about “analytics that,” which didn’t really make any sense, but was kind of the tenor of the previous few days because in hockey,The reason all this comes up now, and also because – as they always say about goalies – you want guys to have “a short memory.”, no matter how bad a guy screws up, you don’t want to throw him under the bus. And that’s fine

which is perfectly reasonable if you ignore that Peter Chiarelli considers him a $4 million defenseman for whom the team moved Jordan Eberle to accommodate salary., and the reason why is that for all the proselytizing, McLellan knows his true quality: He’s an okay bottom-pair guy who can contribute to the offense a little bit. Among Edmonton defensemen,Russell was fine again on Saturday night, Russell plays the fifth-most minutes per game this season

and the other snuffed out what had been a furious Flames comeback. But no one in Calgary acted as though some grand crime had been committed by fans delighted by the gaffe., I think, the ultimate issue at play here: People think Russell is good and worth the contract. They are wrong. When TJ Brodie scored into his own goal late in Saturday night’s game against Edmonton,Which is, there wasn’t a grand inquisition into what it Really Meant and it certainly wasn’t viewed on a referendum of analytics versus the eye test. Both goals were massively important in their respective games; one cost Edmonton two vital points

came in their last game of the month against the San Jose Sharks., the Flyers ranked 18th in raw CF% in the NHL with 49.20%. They saw an extremely small increase in November — going up to an even 50% at 1,082 corsi-for and -against — which ranks for 16th and 17th in the NHL respectively. The high point for the month came against the Vancouver Canucks in that brutal 5-2 loss on home ice. The low point,At the end of October,Authentic Shayne Gostisbehere jersey, as expected

With 5v5 goal scoring thriving, was shot selection a factor in the nightmare that was November?

and make them take point shots without screens. That has been a main issue of mine with the point shots the Flyers do take., but do nothing about continually allowing high percentage shots”. Way too often the Flyers are allowing teams to be in the red right in front of the net or in the slot. Take a page out of Minnesota’s book and tighten up play in that area,A seemingly constant theme this year has been: “take higher percentage shots,Authentic Connor Hellebuyck jersey, force teams to the outside

as he’s finally putting together a Selke trophy winning season., and despite Voracek being a part of those five,There were just five Flyers who’s raw CF% decreased from the end of October to the end of November,Authentic Wayne Simmonds jersey, this is a good sign. Most of the Flyers roster has improved in driving play over the past month despite the obvious struggles to win games. Sean Couturier taking the team lead in CF% should come as a surprise to no one

the Flyers are not as bad as this losing streak makes them look. It’s rare when any team is as bad as a losing streak like this suggests and,adidas Shayne Gostisbehere jersey, something beyond the numbers is happening with the Flyers., thankfully,Obviously, this isn’t one of those times. I don’t know how to explain what is going on with this team, but I think it’s something analytics aren’t going to explain. Whether it’s the attitude of the players or simply the way the coach is leading his team

The good news is, the numbers typically don’t lie and most of them are saying the Flyers are still a middle of the pack team with some obvious upside. Their rankings have essentially stayed exactly the same from where we last left off and that is neither a good or bad thing. It’s just...average.

however,Authentic Sidney Crosby jersey,I do believe Dave Hakstol’s system can work in the NHL with the right personnel. The problem, is that Hakstol gets in his own way. Playing Dale Weise and Jori Lehtera in the guts of a game because of “veteran leadership” or just because he think they’re good hockey players is inexcusable.

Lehtera, or at the very least do not belong in the role they currently have., and MacDonald does not all of a sudden deprive your team of leadership. Claude Giroux has been the captain of this team since 2013. Voracek,Benching Weise, and Couturier have been here since 2012,adidas Sidney Crosby jersey, Simmonds, these are your leaders. It is not as if Hak would be benching Chris Pronger in his prime here; these are below average hockey players who do not belong on an NHL roster

The Nashville Predators square off against their least favorite fowl foe, the Anaheim Ducks. Can the Preds bring their November winning ways into December?

BUT. It’s December. The Predators accumulated 21 of a possible 28 points in November, Authentic Claude Giroux jersey,an impressive feat. They broke a franchise record for power play goals scored at home. This team has all the right pieces to continue to compete. Our boys are doing just fine.

All I want for Christmas is a healthy Ryan Ellis. He’s skating with the team now,adidas Nolan Patrick jersey, and his timetable for a Christmas-New Years return has not changed.

I am positive the Predators want to continue to see more wins as they jockey for position in the Central...which brings us to...

Anaheim has gone up the list of “hated teams in Nashville” after the last two seasons. Meeting Anaheim in the post season is never a fun time, but the number of dirty plays and hits by the Ducks make them fairly hated in Nashville.

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