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Filip Chytil and Brett Howden goals help Henrik Lundqvist makes history for 437th win

The Rangers have been off to one of the many surprising starts among some NHL clubs this year. With that said the Rangers are 9-7-2 through their first 18 games. They have won 6 of their last seven games. Many are puzzled by the Rangers success, while it is early it is still a positive sign for the rebuilding, young team.

The Rangers won 2-1 in regulation vs Vancouver, I say regulation because of the Rangers nine wins this season five of them have come past regulation, four in a shootout and one in overtime. Which is also puzzling because for a young team, being able to pull games out in a shootout or overtime is huge, keeping the game that close all the way until the third and into overtime is a great sign.

Canucks vs Rangers short recap

The Rangers won off a Filip Chytil power play goal and Brett Howden late third-period goal. The Canucks struck first, early in the second period, as Nikolay Goldobin came out of the box to a puck on his stick, 2 v 1 vs Neal Poink, Poink laid out to block the pass and Goldobin absolutely roofed a wrister past Lundqvist high blocker side to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead. After that Henrik shut the door and the Rangers scored 10 minutes later on a power play, Poink took a shot from the point as it bounced out in front to Chytil in the high slot and he just banged it home for his first of the year. Later in the third with 8 minutes and change remaining. Jesper Fast won the draw back to Vesey who fumbled the puck off the draw, Howden was right there puck on his stick, and just rifled it past Jacob Markstrom low glove side, for his fourth goal of the year and the game-winning goal.

Henrik earns 437th win, tied seventh all-time

The big story for tonight was the fact the Rangers had Neal Poink, Filip Chytil, Brett Howden and Jimmy Vesey all chip in on the score sheet and help the Rangers earn their ninth win of the year. Seeing these young guns chip in and be a big part of the Rangers success is something every Ranger wants to see right now. Also Henrik Lundqvist earned his 437th win to tied Jacques Plante on the NHL all-time win’s list. Henrik is now seventh in the NHL among goalies for wins in his career. He is 254 wins away from Martin Brodeur, realistically speaking he will not reach that, but Lundqvist can come close to Ed Belfour’s 484 career wins.

Rangers win vs Vancouver shows a common theme in teams success

This win is just a testament of what has made the Rangers successful this season, they are getting production form an array of guys, the young guys are chipping in and doing their part this year, Lundqvist is off to a great start posting a 2.54 goals against, .923 save percentage and six wins. It has been an adventure for the Rangers this season, the reason they are playing so well is probably because no one is expecting anything from them, they are just going out, enjoying the game, having fun and worrying about one game at a time and not looking too far ahead. The Rangers get ready for their first of four meetings with the local rivalry between the Islanders. The Rangers have not been all that successful vs the Islanders in the last few years but let’s see how these two rosters match up Thursday night in Brooklyn.


Los Angeles Kings goalies Jonathan Quick, Jack Campbell out. Do they make a move for a goalie?

The new NHL season has not lasted very long, but it has been mainly frustrating so far for the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings made the playoffs last year, although they were swept by the Vegas Golden Knights in a first-round series. That alone was frustrating for them, but the stuff going on right now has to make the Kings organization distraught. Just 11 points gained in 16 games, that is not ideal at all.
Head coach John Stevens was fired last week and the interim coach Willie Desjardins was appointed. After Joel Quenneville was axed these past days in Chicago, the rumblings started to flow around. Should the Kings appoint Coach Q? During the offseason, the Kings went all in. Making the best offer for 35-years old Ilya Kovalchuk and signing him for three years was a clear sign for LA. As a reigning playoff team, they are aiming even higher.
It is not Kovalchuk’s fault, but the Kings have not impressed anybody so far. Jonathan Quick played just four games this season, lost all of them and is out indefinitely since the start of November after knee surgery. Backup goaltender Jack Campbell started to deliver in absence of Quick, but today the Kings have announced that young goalie will miss at least four weeks of play after having meniscus in his knee repaired. With Quick still not close to a return, Kings turn to Peter Budaj, who does not posses great numbers
from his starts in the AHL (6.16 GAA in three starts this campaign).

Are the Kings going to trade for a rental goaltender?

Darren Dreger on TSN radio yesterday mentioned LA as possible sellers. They may look to move their veteran forwards (well, just not Ilya Kovalchuk, that would be mega awkward) like Jeff Carter or Tanner Pearson, who is still 26, but with one point all season long… It is logical they are looking to move him as well that they are looking at other possibilities. Kings were linked with many possible trade partners, Jeff Carter was mentioned by Dreger in connection with the Bruins.
Dreger himself had no idea about Jack Campbell’s injury. With Los Angeles practically not having goalies for few weeks, and since they are already so down in the standings, that may speed up moves in coming weeks. On the other side, Kings were linked to William Nylander after his well-known stalemate situation with the Maple Leafs. So, acquire Nylander plus Joel Quenneville as a head coach and you are good to go as potential contenders, or just sell now and go to rebuild mode?
The Kings are still quite unsure about what they are going to do next. Many teams, will wait upon the Kings decision. Injuries to both of their top goaltenders might trigger some trades. Being already 10 points out of the playoff spot, that can accelerate moves too.

Fantasy Hockey Players of the week (Nov. 5- Nov. 11)

David Pastrnak: Pasta and the Bruins won 3 of their 4 games this week and Pasta was a big contributor to the Bruins success. He added 5 goals and 2 assists during this week span, scoring a hattrick in the 5-1 win over Toronto, 1 goal Sunday night vs Vegas and one vs Dallas earlier in the week. On the year he now has 16 goals and 7 assists, 4th in the league in points and first in goals.

Tomas Tartar: What a year so far for Tartar after being sent to Vegas and being scratched or irrelevant half the time Tartar has seen a surge in production to start the 2018-19 season. During this week Tartar tallied four goals, one game winning goal. Tartar scored in three of the Canadiens four games this week, the game-winning goal came vs Vegas Saturday night. Tartar now has 7 goals and 8 assists on the year. He is playing line one minutes and power play one, a must add while he is hot right now.

Mikael Granlund: The Wild have been an offensive powerhouse this season as they have 54 goals for this season (8 away from the league lead), Granlund contributed to the Wild’s success this week in their 3 of 4 wins, winning their last three games in a row. Granlund scored in every Wild game this week except one. He scored four goals with one assist one the week, he now has 10 goals and 8 assists this season.

Torey Krug: Since coming back from his injury Krug has a big offensive component to the Bruins power play and five on five play. Krug registered 5 assists, 4 power play points and 17 shots on goal this week. On the year in the six games Krug has played he has registered an assist in five of them. Krug is a power play weapon and a big part of the Bruins offense when they are clicking. On the year Krug has 6 assists and five power play points.

Mike Hoffman: Hoffman has registered a point in the Panthers first 12 games, he has 7 goals and 7 assists on the year. During this week in the Panthers three wins Hoffman tallied 4 assists and one goal. The Panthers surely robbed the Senators adding this offensive powerhouse to their roster. Hoffman has been playing both sides of the puck real well this season and the baffling thing is he is still 77% owned in yahoo fantasy leagues. I don’t know what the 23 percent of leagues are doing but if this guy is available, add him.

Loui Eriksson: That’s probably a name no one expected to hear on this list. But Eriksson had himself a week, probably one of his best in three years. The Canucks lost 2 of 3 games this week but Eriksson was apart of their big 8-5 win with 2 goals and 1 assist, he also tallied a goal and an assist vs Buffalo and an assist vs Detroit November 6th. Eriksson is playing first line minutes with Brock Boeser out, he may be a must add player at the moment until Boeser returns. He has 4 goals and 7 assists on the year and plays four times this week.



NHL NEWS; Toronto Maple Leafs looking to shop RFA William Nylander

This is the LeVeon Bell of hockey scenario, just kidding not as selfish and greedy but Nylander is likely to not sign with the Maple Leafs and it seems the Leafs are actively shopping the young forward.

Nylander and his agent when this all began over the summer and the Leafs were trying to workout a deal with him, were said to ask for something around 8+ million dollars a year. The Leafs certainly were not offering or granting that with players like David Pastrnak, Nikolaj Ehlers on the market for $6 million. The disputes continued all the way on until now and it seems both parties are in agreement that they will not be reaching a deal.

Nyland is a former 2014 first round eight overall pick. He emerged in the NHL in 2015-16 playing the tail end of the Leafs 15-16 season. He made his mark the following year, totaling 61 points in 81 games, as well as 2017-18 season where he again tallied 61 points in 82 games. Nylander has 185 career games played, 135 points (48G, 87A) through his two and a half years in the NHL.

Kyle Dubas and the Leafs management now have to move the RFA (restricted free agent) winger for something before the December 1st deadline comes around (when all RFA have to report). Dubas said he does not want to move Nylander but with December 1st approaching rapidly the general manager has to receive something for the 60+ point potential forward.

Where may Nylander land?

The Minnesota Wild could be a component for Nylander they have prospects and picks and could use a winger to play with Eric Staal and Jason Zucker. The Islanders are always never out of trades like this where it will involve a young prospect and pick, the Flames could be a potential landing spot, the Rangers as well, the Oilers would be idiotic not at least go after Nylander they could use some consistency on their offense at least. The Penguins always seem to sneak their way into trades like this plus who would not want to play for that orgizantion. The Bruins could definitely use a little more depth scoring and second ling winger consistency with the way they are struggling on the offensive side of things right now. There are a few landing spots off the top of my head, there is also a chance Nylander signs back with Toronto but as of now Nylander has to report what teams he would be interested in going to and we’ll know more from there.


NHL: Where will Joel Quenneville land next?

It still comes as a major shock to me that Joel Quenneville was released a few days ago, the second winningest coach in NHL history just released of his duties cause the team is struggling.

As the days go on and the story unfolds a little more it seems obvious as to why Quenneville was released though. It was for one reason and one reason only. Stan Bowman knew he has been doing a terrible job in Chicago recently, Quenneville and Bowman were already on uneasy terms and if the destruction continued in Chicago Bowman was probably on his way out. Yet there is a few people higher than Quenneville in Chicago and one of them is Bowman. Bowman did to Quenneville what he knew was soon to be happening to him so before Quenneville even had a chance to talk to higher ups about this, Bowman cut the ties to save his job.

Where did it all go wrong for Chicago, lets take you down a chronological sequence of events dating back to 2013 to now. The 5-year reign of terror in Chicago caused by Stan Bowman and company.

2012-2013: Chicago Blackhawks go onto win their 2nd Stanley Cup in three years. 

2013-14: 46-21-15; eliminated in Conference finals to Kings in 7 games. 

Blackhawks acquire Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard for a 4th round pick. 

Blackhawks trade Brandon Pirri for two draft picks. 

Blackhawks trade Brandon Bollig to Calgary for a 3rd round pick. 

Blackhawks trade Nick Leddy to Islanders for Kent Simpson, T.J. Brennan, Ville Pokka and Anders Nilsson 

The Blackhawks shipped Michael Frolik to Winnipeg for 3rd and 5th round pick (John Hayden and Luke Johnson) 

Dave Bolland shipped out to Toronto for three draft picks. (2nd round and two 4th rounds).

Daniel Carcillo traded to Los Angeles Kings

Blackhawks acquire Kris Versteeg and Phillippe Lefebvre from Florida. 

2014-15: Blackhawks win third Stanley Cup in four years.

Blackhawks trade Adam Clendening for Gustav Froslig.

Blackhawks trade a 2nd (2015) and 4th (2016) round picks for Kimmo Timonen

Blackhawks acquire Antoine Vermette for Klas Dahlbeck and a 2015 1st round pick. 

 Blackhawks acquire Ben Smith and a 7th round pick for Andrew Desjardins. 

Blackhawks trade Antti Raanta for Ryan Haggerty.*** (the downfall begins)

Blackhawks trade Brandon Saad, Alex Broadhurst and Michael Paliotta for Mark Dano, Artem Anisimov, Corey Tropp, Jeremy Morin and a 2016 4th round pick to Columbus.

Blackhawks acquire Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt for Patrick Sharp and Stephen Johns

Blackhawks acquire Dennis Robertson and Jake Massie, 5th round pick for Kris Versteeg, Joakim Nordstrom, 2017 3rd round pick. 

Blackhawks acquire Rob Scuderi for Trevor Daley 

2015-16: 47-26-9; eliminated first round in 7 games by St. Louis Blues 

Blackhawks acquire Richard Panik for Jermey Morin from Toronto. 

Blackhawks acquire Jiri Sekac from Anaheim for Ryan Garbutt. 

Blackhawks acquire Andrew Ladd, Jay Harrison, Matt Fraser for Mark Dano, 2016 1st round pick, 2018 Conditional 3rd round pick. 

Blackhawks acquire Christian Ehrhoff for Rob Scuderi. 

Blackhawks acquire Dale Weise, Tomas Fleischmann for Philip Danault, 2018 2nd round pick. 

Blackhawks acquire Tim Jackman, 7th round pick for Corey Tropp. 

Blackhawks acquire 2017 2nd and 3rd round pick for Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen. (strike one)

Blackhawks acquire two 2016 2nd round picks for Andrew Shaw. 

2016-17: 50-23-9; lost in 1st round to Nashville Predators. 

Blackhawks acquire Johnny Oduya for Mark McNeill and 4th round pick. 

Blackhawks acquire 2017 3rd round pick for Scott Darling. 

Blackhawks acquire Laurent Dauphin and Connor Murphy for Niklas Hjalmarsson (strike two)

Blackhawks acquire Brandon Saad, Anton Forsberg, 2018 5th round pick for Artem Panarin, Tyler Motte, 2017 6th round pick (strike three). 

Blackhawks acquire future considerations for Marcus Kruger. 

Blackhawks acquire Anthony Duclair, Adam Clendening for Laurent Dauphin and Richard Panik. 

Blackhawks acquire 2018 3rd round pick for Michael Kempny. 

Blackhawks acquire Victor Ejdsell, 2018 1st round, 4th round for Ryan Hartman and 2018 5th round. 

Blackhawks trade Vinnie Hinnostroza, Jordan Osterle, Marian Hossa and 2019 3rd round pick for Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jordan Maletta, Andrew Campbell and a 2019 5th round pick. 

This all makes sense now right? Quenneville does not decide these deals, he may play a minor role in them but there is ultimately no say for the head coach in trades. This was all Bowman and his team just completely ruining the Blackhawks core, making the Blackhawks a non-playoff team and turning them into a struggling club. The players were not happy with the firing and now Bowman has all the eyes on him. Everyone knows why this went down. Bowman traded, Panarin, Raanta, Hjalmarsson, Hartman, Hinnostroza, Kempny, Teravainen for basically nothing!

Where will Quenneville end up? 

Well, I don’t think he jumps into a role just yet. He takes this season off the Blackhawks still owe him two-years left of his contract. But I think we see Quenneville in a coaching position for the 2019-2020 year. He can end up literally anywhere, any NHL team can use his services. Who may benefit most from him, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, just to name a few off the top of my head. Where I see him going is Philadelphia, the Flyers make it pretty clear they do not like Hextall’s judgement calls, coaching style or systems, this seems like a great fit for Quenneville. Already established core, veteran players, top scorer in the league, youth on the rise. This could be a perfect match for Quenneville for Philly plus Flyers fans and the city of Philadelphia would welcome Quenneville with open arms.








NHL NEWS; NHL Players Attorney Concussion Lawsuit To Be Settled For $18.9 Million

If you follow Elliotte Friedman on Twitter, this morning he was sending out tweets about some formers players lawsuit that could be settled today. This is the first that many are hearing of what. What is this case? and where did it come from?

The case was filed by former NHL players who suffered concussions while playing for the NHL and are asking for settlement money claiming that some NHL teams did not do their best to help those injured and battling a concussion. The players are claiming that the league and the team did not ensure the players safety and believe they should be held responsible for these players today. The case is looking to be for around 18.9 million dollars, the players would receive $6.9 million around 22,000 per player (according to Forbes.com).

The deal is not finalized the NHL has to look it over but it seems they are going to move forward and accept the settlement. The NHL received the claim sometime recent it appears and the accompanying party involved dealing with the players here believe that the deal is to be accepted soon. In the claim as reported by Forbes.com it states

“any claims you had, have or might in the future have against NHL or any NHL related person or entity, having to do with health or injury, are forever waived.” As discussed, most if not all such claims for individuals in your position would be argued by NHL to be already precluded by statuses of limitation- that is, the claims are too old or that they were barred by some other legal rule.”

As reported by Forbes.com

Nothing is finalized yet but it seems the NHL is going to be paying for concussion like related injuries sustained to players who played in the NHL and believe that the league and the NHL teams did not do their best to properly access the safety and the well being of the injured players. This could be a milestone for NHL players, for so long the game and former players have lamented their frustrations about how the NHL treats them when they are out of the league and we have seen time and time again many NHL fighters and enforcers go onto deal with mental illnesses and battling drug/medication addiction due to their playing careers.


NHL News: Evgeni Malkin accessed game misconduct after “hit” on TJ Oshie

Well, here we are again. Another suspend him or not article. This may be a weekly edition to be honest. Every hit in the NHL may be a suspension at this point. Right when I saw the Malkin “hit” on Oshie, I knew it was going to be a huge deal and probably a suspension just looking at the track record of the NHL this season. For those that did not see the play here you go.

The header photo makes it look bad right? Well watch the play and then judge. Also if you have never played a sport(especially hockey) in your life please get the f*ck out of here, leave your opinion to yourself because you do not know anything about the game or sports.

Malkin was coming into the zone, clearly saw Oshie was coming to hit him, moved the puck to his supporting winger and as Oshie was going to hit Malkin, Malkin braced for the hit and hit Oshie before Oshie could do anything to Malkin. Now, does he make contact with his head, yes. But Oshie was the one going after Malkin in Malkin’s eyes. Malkin did not hit with his elbow, it was clear bracing for the hit, tensed his shoulder up and made contact with Oshie. Also if you look at Oshie’s eyes he is not even going after Malkin it looks like, ok now what? You think Malkin is thinking that when he sees a guy skating towards him? No, he is thinking “this guy going to blow me up. Protect self.” (Malkin’s Russian btw) therefore he did what his NORMAL HUMAN instinct told him to do, protect myself. I do see the validation for a five-minute major, maybe not a suspension. The only reason this is major worthy is because Oshie did get hit in the head and the point of contact was the head, but Malkin was protecting himself, he had no idea Oshie was trying to get the puck and not hit him. If anything leave it as it is, game misconduct and ejection. Please let’s not modernize this game any more.

The reason this should be left as is because the referees stepped up and made the call they did what they were suppose to do and stopped it from escalating any further. We saw Michael Matheson hit Elias Pettersson and get no call and then suspended later on, say they called it and ejected him right there and then it may have gone a different way. I think this is a dangerous play but he was protecting himself, don’t have your head down no matter what and the referees did a good job calling it in the moment, not three days later.