The NHL General Managers are meeting this week, Monday through
to discuss and debate a number of issues related to the league. Some of
the topics include a possible playoff qualification round, a ‘coach’s
challenge for video review” and the tie-breaking formula. But it seems
— as it should be — that the issue getting the most attention this
week has to do head shots, and Matt Cooke’s from yesterday is up front
Monday’s meetings consist of a variety of presentations relating to
the issue of head checking, concussions and the NHL’s ongoing concussion
The NHL has invited a medical team that specializes in concussions to
speak and there will also be extensive video presentations isolating
both legal and illegal contact with the head.
Here’s the issue: currently, hits to the head by a shoulder are
considered legal, while elbow hits are not. But what about upper-forearm
hits? Are those shoulder or elbow hits? Matt Cooke certainly got his
arm up on Marc Savard, but he didn’t blatantly put the point of his
elbow into this temple.
That’s the issue that will debated and it’s expected that there will
be a new rule proposal to come out of these meetings that clarifies
exactly what is illegal about these checks.
While they’re at it, how about coming up with a standardized system
of punishment for illegal hits, so it’s not just left up to the whim of
Colin Campbell and his wheel of justice. That’s a concept.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.
That said, it the very specific present, they’ll be watching Tuesday’s game from the press box.
After an unsatisfactory practice amid flailing playoff hopes, Flames head coach Bob Hartley made a big statement tonight, taking Monahan, Gaudreau and Lance Bouma out of the lineup as healthy scratches against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
#TORvsCGY Roster Update: Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Lance Bouma will be healthy scratches for tonight’s game vs. the #Leafs.