NHL.com begins streaming international exhibition games today

The NHL is responding to the hypothetical philosophical question of: “If an exhibition game/tree falls in Manheim, Germany/the middle of a forest, but no one sees/hears it … does it really happen?” by offering up a slate of those overseas exhibition games on NHL.com.

The league provided a full schedule of those games, which will stream during the times designated in the press release. Here is that full schedule, with times marked in eastern time (ET).

Saturday, October 2

1:30 p.m. (EST) – San Jose vs. Mannheim from SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany

Monday, October 4

11:30 a.m. (EST) – Carolina vs. SKA from Ice Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

Tuesday, October 5

1:00 p.m. (EST) – Columbus vs. Malmo from Malmo Arena, Malmo, Sweden

Wednesday, October 6

12:30 p.m. (EST) – Phoenix vs. Riga from Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia

These games lead up to the season openers on Thursday, October 7 (pauses to throw confetti). There will be quite a few actual regular season games that happen in foreign countries, too, which surely will generate some hand-wringing from certain fan bases looking for an edgy new thing to complain about this season.

Want a rundown of those opening games? Thankfully, the league provided that in this paragraph from that release.

Following exhibition play begins the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere where the Hurricanes and Wild will play two regular-season games against each other at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8 (VERSUS, TSN, ESPN America, 4 Sport, WCMC – Carolina Radio, WCCO – Minnesota Radio). The Blue Jackets and Sharks will square off for two games at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, Oct. 8 (VERSUS, TSN, ESPN America, Viasat Sports HD, KFOX – San Jose Radio, WBNS – Columbus Radio) and Saturday, Oct. 9 (NHL Network – except San Jose, CSN California, CBC, ESPN America, Viasat Sports HD, KFOX – San Jose Radio, WBNS – Columbus Radio). Meanwhile, the Bruins and Coyotes will play each other at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday, Oct. 9 (Versus, NESN, TSN, ESPN America, Nova Sports, XTRA Sports 910-Phoenix Radio, Sports Hub 98.5-Boston Radio) and Sunday, Oct. 10 (NHL Network – except Boston, NESN, ESPN America, Nova TV, XTRA Sports 910-Phoenix Radio, Sports Hub 98.5-Boston Radio)

You see that wild man skating in your rear view mirror*, people? That’s the rapidly approaching hockey season. It’s OK to get excited.

* – Note: this is a strange metaphor. If a wild man is skating toward your car: 1) stop driving on ice and 2) begin the worrying process.

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    Report: Likely no suspension for Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan

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    Alain Vigneault went there in comparing Matt Beleskey‘s hit on Derek Stepan to the notorious check Aaron Rome delivered on Nathan Horton many moons ago, but the league seems to disagree.

    While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

    In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.

    The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?

    Hellebuyck debuts with victory as Jets best Wild

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and assist, Connor Hellebuyck made 14 saves to win his NHL debut and the Winnipeg Jets spoiled left winger Zach Parise‘s return from a knee injury by beating the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Friday.

    Mathieu Perreault added his second goal in two games and Nikolaj Ehlers‘ goal late in the third put the game away.

    The Jets won on the road for the first time in their last seven tries and for just the third time in their last 11 games.

    Ryan Carter scored for Minnesota, finally getting a shot past Hellebuyck that made it 2-1 midway through the third period.

    Hellebuyck was college hockey’s top goalie in 2013-14 and the goaltender on the U.S. team that won a bronze medal in the 2015 world championships.

    Minnesota finished with a season-low 15 shots, which was also a season low in shots allowed for the Jets.

    Wild fans at the Xcel Energy Center let out a roar when it was announced before the game that Parise would start, but not even his return could spark Minnesota.

    After Jason Zucker was whistled for an elbowing penalty behind the net, Perreault took a pass from Byfuglien and zipped it past Devan Dubnyk to give Winnipeg a 1-0 lead with 3:34 left in the second period.

    Byfuglien made it 2-0 early in the third when his odd-angle shot hit Dubnyk in the back of the skate and went in for his seventh goal.

    Carter’s goal bounced off of Winnipeg defenseman Mark Stuart and past Hellebuyck to give Minnesota some momentum.

    The rookie didn’t get rattled, however, stopping a big shot from Jason Pominville with 3:11 to play.

    Just 11 seconds later, Ehlers got loose on a breakaway and put the game away.

    Winnipeg’s defense came into the game ranked 29th in goals allowed, but had little problem preventing Minnesota from generating quality scoring chances.

    The Wild have just one win in their last six games. Parise was Minnesota’s leading scorer when he sprained a knee ligament on Nov. 5.

    NOTES: Wild F Justin Fontaine missed his 11th game with a sprained MCL, but has a chance to return for Saturday’s game against Dallas according to coach Mike Yeo. … The Wild went 4-3-1 without Parise. … Jets RW Blake Wheeler had an assist and now has points in 18 of 24 games.

    Blackhawks baffle Ducks with late magic; Kane’s streak at 18 games


    The Chicago Blackhawks may not be at peak-level right now, but they’re still a tough team to finish off.

    For most of Friday’s game, it seemed like the story would be about John Gibson possibly elbowing into the Anaheim Ducks’ No. 1 role, continuing that franchise carousel.

    Instead, it was about yet another tremendous comeback for Chicago, as the Blackhawks scored two goals in the final two minutes of the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit. Artem Anisimov than scored the OT GWG.

    Stunning stuff … though definitely not unprecedented.

    With less than 30 seconds remaining, Patrick Kane grabbed an assist on Duncan Keith‘s 2-2 goal. Kane extended his point streak to 18 games, tying a record for America-born players.

    For the Ducks, it’s yet another gut punch, one that makes you wonder how they’d fare in another playoff series against Chicago (if they can even get there … a big if).

    Bruce Boudreau is bummed:

    Tyler Johnson’s injury: One of several ominous signs for Tampa Bay

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    The gloom only seems to lift from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s cloudy season in small drizzles.

    Sure, they’re on a three-game winning streak, but the Washington Capitals seem to be on the verge of ending that with a thud (they’re currently up 3-0 going into the third period).

    Update: Washington managed a 4-2 win, giving the Capitals a four-game winning streak.

    That’s the least of the Bolts’ concerns right now, really, as Tyler Johnson left Friday’s game seemingly injured.

    The word seemingly comes into play because details are scarce, as reporters note.

    /ominous music plays

    If you look at Tampa Bay’s upcoming schedule, things could get downright stormy.

    They face the Islanders at home, but they do so tomorrow so they won’t be well-rested. It gets worse from there.

    Dec. 2 – 6: Three-game road trip against the California teams

    Dec. 10 – 12: Two home games (one vs. Ottawa, one vs. Washington)

    Dec. 14-18: Another three-game road trip

    Long story short, they close up a back-to-back set at home tomorrow and then play six of eight on the road.

    /even more ominous music

    The end of 2015 looks friendlier, but for a team that seems to be cratering here and there … things look a bit morbid.

    We’ll see if they can keep fighting, perhaps with a comeback tonight?