Tag: Michael Ryder


PHT Morning Skate: James Reimer’s agent stirs the pot by defending his client


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.

Every now and then, it’s wise to get a screen capture of a Twitter comment instead of going with a direct link. Take, for instance, when James Reimer’s agent blasts the Toronto Maple Leafs’ defense instead of his client after a difficult defeat:


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Jonathan Drouin is progressing as the Tampa Bay Lightning were likely hoping when they selected him third overall in 2013, as he’s one of the finalists for the QMJHL’s MVP. (The Canadian Press)

San Jose Sharks injury updates: Brad Stuart is nearing a return, while it appears as if Raffi Torres is still struggling. (CSNBayArea.com)

Ryane Clowe gave Michael Ryder some odd advice regarding his goal slump. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Newly re-signed Colorado Avalanche forward John Mitchell underwent an X-ray on his back following a failed check last night. The team is expected to provide more information regarding his status later today. (Denver Post)

The “heartbeat” of the Edmonton Oilers (Matt Hendricks) suffered a leg injury last night. Both Hendricks and Nail Yakupov (ankle) are considered day-to-day. (Oilers’ Twitter feed)

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tim Gleason delivered a questionable hit on Detroit Red Wings blueliner Brendan Smith. (The Score has the GIF)

Finally, a random cool photo, via Getty Images at the Ducks – Capitals game last night:

source: Getty Images
Credit: Getty Images

Video: Merrill’s first NHL goal the winner as Devils beat Oilers in OT


Jon Merrill won’t forget his first.

The Devils rookie, playing in his 31st career contest, scored his first-ever NHL goal in overtime on Friday as the Devils beat the Oilers 2-1 at Prudential.

Merrill, the former University of Michigan standout taken 38th overall in 2010, took a Michael Ryder pass in the extra frame and rifled home a shot past Ilya Bryzgalov to snap New Jersey’s two-game losing streak:

Merrill, 22, had his freshman campaign derailed early as he suffered a concussion in his NHL debut back in November. The big-bodied defenseman missed six games and had to spend some time with AHL Albany before returning to New Jersey but has been good over the last while, earning the confidence of head coach Peter DeBoer and getting the minutes that come along with it.

Merrill played 20:49 against Edmonton on Friday, earning first-star honors.


Get your game notes: Avalanche at Devils

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This evening on NBCSN, it’s the New Jersey Devils hosting the Colorado Avalanche starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Tonight, New Jersey tries for its first regulation victory over Colorado since Feb. 26, 2009. The Devils – 25th in the NHL with 2.36 goals per game this season – have scored 5 times in their last 5 meetings with the Avalanche (1-3-1).

• Nineteen of New Jersey’s 56 games this season have reached overtime, tied for the 2nd-most in the league (WSH 21; CHI 19). The Devils have lost 12 of them, including all 8 that have reached a shootout, leaving them the league’s only winless team in shootouts. The Avs are one of seven teams that have defeated New Jersey in the skills contest, on Jan. 16 in Denver.

• Five Avalanche players had multiple points in Saturday’s 7-1 rout of Buffalo, Colorado’s highest goal output in nearly two years (7-1 over Minnesota on March 6, 2012). The Avs – who have scored 16 goals during their 3-game win streak – won’t play at home again until after the NHL’s Olympic break, on Feb. 26 vs. L.A.

• The Devils have killed 33 of their last 36 shorthanded situations with a penalty-kill that stands 2nd in the NHL (87.1% – Penguins, 87.6%). New Jersey hasn’t allowed a power-play goal on home ice since Jan. 7 vs. Philadelphia (15-for-15 since), and along with Carolina is the least-penalized team (8.0 PIM/gm.).

• Colorado, which kicks off a 4-game Metropolitan Division road trip tonight, has a 14-5-1 record vs. the Eastern Conference, including 7-1-1 against Metro Division teams. Tonight is New Jersey’s fourth of five consecutive games against Western Conference opponents (1-1-1 so far). This season, the Devils have 6 wins in 22 games vs. the West (6-10-6).

• Colorado rookie Nathan MacKinnon is riding a 4-game point streak and a 3-game goal streak – both career firsts – following a career-high 3-point night Saturday vs. Buffalo. MacKinnon, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft, leads all NHL rookies with 20 goals and 40 points this season. MacKinnon could become the third Avalanche player in the last five seasons to lead the league’s rookies in scoring. In 33 NHL seasons prior to 2013-14, the Quebec/Colorado franchise has had the league’s leading rookie scorer five times:

Player | Season | Team | Pts.

MacKinnon 2013-14 COL 40

Gabriel Landeskog 2011-12 COL 52

Matt Duchene 2009-10 COL 55

Milan Hejduk 1998-99 COL 48

Peter Forsberg 1994-95 QUE 50* (48-game season)

Peter Stastny 1980-81 QUE 109

Tonight’s game features three players, who once finished a season as the league’s top rookie scorer: Landeskog, Duchene, and New Jersey’s Michael Ryder (63 points for Montreal in 2003-04).

• Matt Duchene, one of four Avs selected for the Sochi Olympics (Team Canada), has 26 points in his last 25 games and needs 1 goal for 100 in his NHL career. He would become the 2nd player from his 2009 draft class to reach the century mark (John Tavares, 135 goals).

• Cory Schneider (6-1-2, 1.54 GAA, .952 save% career vs. COL) is expected to start in New Jersey’s nets for the 10th time in 13 games. He is 5-1-3 in his previous 9 starts and has allowed 2 goals or fewer in 8 of them, including his 37-save effort in a 2-1 SO loss Jan. 16 in Denver. Entering tonight, Schneider and Martin Brodeur each have started 28 of the Devils’ 56 games.

Video: Tim Thomas makes another amazing save


However you feel about Tim Thomas, most would agree that there are few – if any – goalies who bring the same kind of impressionistic flair to the position that Thomas does. He showed that on Saturday, as he made an astounding stop against the New Jersey Devils:

Sometimes he’s even exciting when he’s not making a save, as you can see from his little spin after giving up this goal by Michael Ryder:

So, either way, the unorthodox goalie entertains.

Update: He didn’t win, however, as Jaromir Jagr’s history-making assist powered the Devils’ 2-1 OT win against Florida. Thomas did make another big save or two, though.

Devils goalie Cory Schneider ‘just has to pitch a shutout’

Dallas Stars v New Jersey Devils

Cory Schneider had to be perfect. There was no other choice Thursday.

The New Jersey Devils goaltender made 26 saves in a 1-0 shutout victory over the Dallas Stars. As you can tell by the score, there was no room for error from Schneider, whose record isn’t great (6-9-5) but is sporting a 2.02 goals-against average, good enough for fifth amongst NHL goalies.

But a game like this one against the Stars wasn’t just an anomaly for Schneider. Take his last start on Jan. 4: He gave up only two goals to the Buffalo Sabres, but the Devils managed only one and lost in regulation.

Or on Nov. 15 against the L.A. Kings. Again, he allowed only the one goal. The Devils lost 2-0.

“He was great. Again, we don’t give him a lot of run support and he’s starting to get used to that … and he’s figured it out. He just has to pitch a shutout,” said Devils head coach Pete DeBoer, as per Tom Gulitti of The Record.

Michael Ryder scored the lone goal for the Devils on Thursday.