Dallas’ Robidas to join HIFK Helsinki

Finland’s SM-liiga added another stalwart blueliner on Monday as HIFK Helsinki announced the signing of Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas.

The Finnish top flight has been busy adding defensemen of late, including Alec Martinez (TPS) and Philip Larsen (Lukko). In late September, powerhouse team Jokerit secured the services of Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson, the reigning Norris Trophy winner.

Robidas, 35, is no stranger to the European game — during the 2004-05 lockout, he played with the Frankfurt Lions of the German league and emerged as one of the circuit’s top offensive defensemen, scoring 47 points in 51 games.

In Helsinki, Robidas will join a team featuring a number of current- and ex-NHLers. Edmonton’s Lennart Petrell and Florida’s Sean Bergenheim signed with Helsinki during the lockout while Joel Perreault, Patrick O’Sullivan and Ville Peltonen make up the ex-NHLer contingent.

Robidas is in the penultimate season of a four-year, $13.2 million extension signed with Dallas in 2009. He’s one of the most vested veterans on the Stars roster, having been with the team since 2005-06 (playing nine seasons in Dallas all told.)

This own-goal captures the start of Dougie Hamilton’s Flames career

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Here’s an understatement: things haven’t gone very well for Dougie Hamilton early in his first season with the Calgary Flames.

(It must feel like the opposite of Tyler Seguin in Dallas for Boston Bruins fans, but feel free to disagree in the comments.)

You could look at Hamilton’s meager offensive stats and break down his disappointing work through a very of “fancy” and traditional metrics …

… Or you could just fire up a projector and show this own-goal on a loop.

Senators lose Michalek, Zibanejad to injuries vs. Flyers

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It remains to be seen if the Ottawa Senators can avoid losing against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, but either way, it’s been a costly night.

The Senators saw two forwards leave the game with injuries, as Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad were banged up on Tuesday.

Michalek may have gotten hurt blocking a shot while a Radko Gudas hit on Zibanejad left the Senators forward with an upper-body injury.

Gudas may get a call from the league for his infractions.

Patrick Kane gets so much time, extends streak to 20 games


In hockey terms, Patrick Kane was like a star basketball player left alone for an almost strange amount of time to score. Sometimes you miss that opportunity out of the sheer shock of getting that much time and space.

Devan Dubnyk wasn’t so lucky, however, as Kane beat him to score a 1-1 goal.

You can watch the whole sequence in the video above, including an absolutely fantastic play by Duncan Keith.

With that tally, Kane’s scoring streak is now at 20 games, leaving him one game behind Bobby Hull’s Chicago Blackhawks record.

PHT discusses Kane’s streak and his place among the all-time great runs in the clip below.

Video: Pekka Rinne’s zero-margin-of-error stick save

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Sometimes, the Nashville Predators were unlucky in November. Sometimes they were just bad.

Either way, they’re likely glad to step into December, and they’ve already gotten a big bounce. Watch how close this near-goal was into crossing the red line before Pekka Rinne barely stopped it with a well-placed goalie stick.

You can also see it up close via this GIF:

Here’s the NHL Situation Room Blog explanation for it remaining a no-goal:

At 13:06 of the first period in the Coyotes/Predators game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play from 11:57. Video review confirmed the call on the ice that the puck did not cross the Nashville goal line. No goal Coyotes.