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• Up top, check out the highlights from yesterday afternoon’s game between the Flyers and Capitals.
• Paul Coffey has joined the Edmonton Oilers organization as a skills coach. (Edmonton Journal)
• Should the Blues make a trade to bolster their roster or should they just stick with what they have? (St. Louis Game Time)
• Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang still has a lot to prove if he wants to become a regular in the NHL. (Newsday)
• Jim Benning’s contract expires after this season. If the Canucks decide not to bring him back, there are a number of quality candidates that could step in. (Daily Hive)
• Chris Chelios discusses his favorite Olympic moments, NHLers not going to the Olympics and much more in this Q&A with The Detroit Free Press.
• Short stints in the minors have helped young goalies stay sharp for their NHL teams this season. (NHL.com)
• The Rangers need Tony DeAngelo to develop into an impact player. (Blue Seat Blogs)
• South Koreans have no issue with North Korea being in the Olympics, but they aren’t thrilled about sharing a hockey team. (ABC News)
• John McCarthy isn’t a household name, but the minor-leaguer is going to be representing Team USA at the Winter Olympics. (Sporting News)
• Here’s a list of young players that could join the U.S. Women’s National Team in the near future. (The Ice Garden)
• Team Canada GM Sean Burke went to some strange places to find the right players for his squad. (Fan Rag Sports)
• Air Force had to postpone hockey games because of the government shutdown. (College Hockey News)
• College hockey players are now allowed to be represented by an agent, but there are some strict conditions. (USCHO.com)
Players of the Night:
• Brian Elliott looked solid in Philadelphia’s overtime win over the Capitals, as he turned aside 27 of 28 shots. This was the first time in eight games that the Flyers netminder allowed fewer than three goals in a game, but he’s still been victorious in three of his last four outings.
• Sticking with the goalie theme, Aaron Dell was fantastic between the pipes for in San Jose’s win against Anaheim. Even when starter Martin Jones comes back from a lower-body injury, Dell should continue to be a factor for the Sharks.
• Sharks forward Mikkel Boedker had a solid night at the office, as he racked up two goals and an assist against the Ducks. That’s impressive considering he only had 12 points on the season coming into tonight’s action.
• The Kings’ power play isn’t a player, but it came to play tonight against the Rangers. Los Angeles got three goals on the man-advantage from Jake Muzzin, Michael Amadio and Tanner Pearson. Those three power play markers helped them snap their six-game losing skid.
Poor Markus Granlund never saw Hellebuyck coming:
That’s a pretty sweet shot from Kevin Labanc:
Here are two pretty sweet backhand passes leading up to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare‘s goal:
Alex Ovechkin scored a power play from his favorite spot on the ice:
Non-called Penalty of the Night:
That’s a lot of power play goals for Ovechkin:
Joe Thornton keeps movin’ on up:
The Rangers have received some balanced scoring this season:
The Golden Knights simply can’t be stopped. What a season they’re having:
Flyers 2, Capitals 1 (OT)
Golden Knights 5, Hurricanes 1
Jets 1, Canucks 0
Sharks 6, Ducks 2
Kings 4, Rangers 2
It’s not every day that you see Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe drop the gloves, but he did so against the Rangers tonight.
Things got chippy at the end of the first period between the Rangers and Kings. As both teams were mixing it up, New York’s Brendan Smith shoved Trevor Lewis from behind. Kempe wasn’t impressed with Smith’s move, so he decided to take matters into his own hands.
Here’s Smith’s shove on Lewis:
And this is the fight between Smith and Kempe:
As you can tell from the above video, Smith is the more experienced fighter. Also, Kempe has great hair, but it’s clearly not practical when dropping the gloves.
Thanks to Smith, the Kings got a power play to start the second period. Defenseman Jake Muzzin cashed in on the man-advantage to cut Los Angeles’ deficit to 2-1.
Just like we all predicted in September, the Vegas Golden Knights are sitting in first place in the NHL.
The Golden Knights’ 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes allowed them to collect their 65th and 66th points of the season, which moved them one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning for top spot in the league (both teams have played 46 games).
PHT’s Adam Gretz wrote a terrific piece about Golden Knights’ amazing first season to date.
As you’d expect, the Golden Knights’ Twitter account is having fun marking this occasion.
“Maybe a little unexpected, right?,” Marc-Andre Fleury said of his team’s success, per NHL.com. “It’s been a lot of fun. We started this team from scratch and chemistry was built very quick between us. Every night, all the guys bring their best effort. I’m proud of our team to be where we’re at right now.”
We’ve had over three months to come to grips with everything the Golden Knights have done, but it’s still amazing to see how some of the players on their roster have produced during Vegas’ inaugural season.
43 points in 43 games for Marchessault? 25 goals at the midway point of the season for William Karlsson? Nobody saw those things coming. What makes this even more impressive is that they’ve had to roll four goalies (Fleury, Oscar Dansk, Malcolm Subban and Maxime Lagace).
“Early on in the year, I think we surprised some teams. Now I think every team will get up to play us. It’s just something that will be another test for this group,” Miller told NHL.com.
Now the question is, how far can this pesky expansion team go?