<span class="vcard">James O'Brien</span>

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‘Crippling and potentially historic’ blizzard threatens cancellations Tuesday

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A looming blizzard that the Associated Press describes as “crippling and potentially historic” could threaten game cancellations on Tuesday.

Specifically, the New York Post points to the New York Islanders hosting the New York Rangers as a game facing a particular threat from the massive proportions of snowfall:

The blizzard-level forecasts, however, have the NHL and both clubs monitoring whether a postponement might be necessary. The league waited until the afternoon of Nov. 20 before postponing the Rangers’ match the next day in snow-covered Buffalo to Feb. 20, jamming a sixth back-to-back set into a grueling second-half slate.

A potential makeup date has not been announced, but it would make the most sense simply to play the game on Wednesday. Both teams are idle with home games scheduled on Thursday night.

Perhaps the weather may also have an impact on the plans of the Philadelphia Flyers (hosting the Arizona Coyotes) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (facing the Winnipeg Jets at home)? The Penguins seem to be in good spirits about a contest taking place as of this morning:

Here’s more about the impact beyond New York and New Jersey, according to the AP:

Boston is expected to get 18 to 24 inches of snow, with up to 2 feet or more west of the city, and Philadelphia could see up to a foot, the weather service said.

The Washington area expected only a couple of inches, with steadily increasing amounts as the storm heads north.

Also, a sheer tragedy:

Either way, that Rangers – Islanders game certainly seems like it would be under the greatest threat of being canceled, even if the NHL’s been pretty resilient when it comes to avoiding weather-related schedule changes. When you hear quotes like these from the AP, you can’t help but feel like it might be the best idea in this case, though:

“This could be a storm the likes of which we have never seen before,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference in a Manhattan.

Under normal circumstances, one would not expect the NHL to make the call until tomorrow, but this does not sound like a normal storm, so we’ll see.

Hey, at least some are having fun with all of this though:

Not very nice.

PHT Morning Skate: Death of Corsi? (The stat, that is)

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Does the advent of tracking technology call for the decline of advanced stats such as Corsi? The Hockey News’ Ken Campbell argues as much. (The Hockey News)

Ryan Getzlaf is putting together an MVP-like season for the Anaheim Ducks. (OC Register)

The Chicago Blackhawks seem to be embracing life as one of the NHL’s model franchises. Believe it or not, there was a time when such a thought seemed almost unfathomable. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $20,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Tuesday’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Tuesday at 7pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

“The All-Star Game isn’t just about you, Canada,” – writes Sportsnet’s Mark Spector. (Sportsnet)

Roberto Luongo did some live-tweeting of the 2015 All-Star Game. Here are a few highlights:

Byfuglien’s neon skates, More GoPro fun, other All-Star bits

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Social media certainly was around the last time an NHL All-Star Game happened – remember Alex Ovechkin clowing Phil Kessel with his phone? – but 2015’s edition constitutes the latest ramp up.

Hockey fans got to delight as teams, players and the league pulled back the curtain that much more. Check out this assorted collection of doodads from the days leading up to today’s event.

First, Dustin Byfuglien’s wearing some none skates for the contest:

Brian Elliott better watch out:

Wait, is it Aleksander Ovechkin instead of Alex Ovechkin now? Whatever the case may be, here he is with Carey Price & Co.

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The rookies seem to be enjoying themselves, as well.

Finally, enjoy some wild camera angles thanks to GoPro at the skills competition:

WATCH LIVE: 2015 NHL All-Star Game

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Friday marked the day of the fantasy draft and Saturday provided plenty of entertainment in the fantasy draft, but now the 2015 All-Star Game itself is finally just about ready to kick off.

You can watch the game on NBCSN and also via the NBC Sports Livestream link below:

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Here are some links regarding Team Toews and Team Foligno:

Alex Ovechkin’s pursuit of a free car continues

Team Foligno wins Skills Competition

Shea Weber registers the hardest shot

Corey Crawford hopes he doesn’t get lit up too much today

PHT readers tab Lundqvist as biggest All-Star snub

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Injuries and other factors can make talk of the biggest snubs in the 2015 All-Star Game a little messy, yet a healthy chunk of PHT readers ultimately determined that Henrik Lundqvist was the biggest omission.

Here are the abbreviated results with the top five (a very … interesting “other” category came in sixth, in case you’re wondering).

(Note: the poll took place right after the initial full roster announcements on Jan. 10.)

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That’s a pretty healthy showing for Lundqvist, as the total number of votes is 8,903. Second-place “snub” Marc-Andre Fleury ended up getting the call as a replacement while Lundqvist, Pavel Datsyuk, Nickls Backstrom and P.K. Subban get some time to heal and/or go on vacation.

(Roman Josi and Zach Parise received the most “other” votes.)

Patrick Marleau received the fewest snub votes with eight. Here are the players who fell under the full one-percent range:

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