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Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL.  The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice. An excellent, if long, fan post looking at the traditional sp...
Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL.  The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice. An excellent, if long, fan post looking at the traditional speed breakout used by Patrick Roy. (Mile High Hockey) Oct 8, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) shoots the puck between his legs past New York Rangers goalie Martin Biron (43) during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. The San Jose Sharks defeated the New York Rangers 9-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports Nate Guenin has been a surprise this season but can he stick with Ryan Wilson coming back? (Eurolanche) A look at the young EGG line that’s lighting it up for the Habs in the early going. (The Farm Club) This…was surprising when I saw it. Seriously? Never 3-0 with all that talent in the ‘90s? (Imgur) A new culture in Philly? Can’t we keep this one? It’s so much better for the rest of us. (Philly) If you’ve got $150k to spare, come bid on the “Holy Grail” of hockey cards. At least it won’t cost you several million like the Holy Grail of baseball cards! (Montreal Gazette) Tomas Hertl explodes for four goals; is just as shocked as everyone else. (Puck Daddy) And finally, I Reddit) Follow me on Twitter: @RWTFC The NHL schedule was recently released. Check out our partners at TiqIQ for the best deals on Colorado Avalanche tickets NHL Roundup: Your Morning Links - Mile High Sticking - Mile High Sticking - A Colorado Avalanche Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
about 8 hours ago
NHL.com has a recap of the Colorado Avalanche over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots, allowing only Joffrey Lupul's second-period goal. Varlamov has been in goal for all three of Colorado's games this season,...
NHL.com has a recap of the Colorado Avalanche over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots, allowing only Joffrey Lupul's second-period goal. Varlamov has been in goal for all three of Colorado's games this season, allowing three goals on 91 shots. That's a big change from last season, when Varlamov was 11-21-3 with a 3.02 goals-against average and a save percentage of .903 for a team that finished last in the Western Conference. "He made a big commitment this year to come in ready, right from training camp," Roy said of Varlamov. "Right now what I like about his play is that it's simple. Every time you look at him, it looks easy. He's always square to the shooter. He's at the right place and he plays a simple game. I think that's the reason he's having so much success." Nathan MacKinnon, the first player chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft, had the second assist on Parenteau's goal, giving the rookie four points in three games. The Avalanche did a solid job killing a third-period penalty to preserve the lead. The Toronto Star sought out advice for Patrick Roy on how he can manage his anger. The advice for out-of-control hockey parents can apply to NHL coaches too. If you don’t do something to control yourself, Patrick, the ACC staff might be wise to reinforce the glass partition that separates the players’ benches for tonight’s game between your Colorado Avalanche and the Maple Leafs. Anger management experts consulted by the Star suggest you didn’t have to wreck the furniture to make your point that you were angry with Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau last week. Patrick Roy, however, says that controlling his emotions will be very easy for him. And now he is running the Avalanche shop on a non-guaranteed contract, aiming to be the rare great player who becomes a great coach. He has, in fairness, paid his dues, or had his dues pay him. But the same furnace is in there, boiling away. He just turned 48. “Has he changed? Older, maybe,” says Tanguay. “But as far as the rest, he’s got a passion for the game that never left him. I remember playing with him, and seeing before the game, how he was. And before the first game [this season] I saw him walking around, pacing, and it was very similar to what it was as a player. I think he’s been really good for our team, bringing a lot of intensity. “I don’t know how you’d describe it — he’s got that aura around him, that swagger, that presence. And he demands, he wants intensity. He wants to win.”
about 10 hours ago
There were a total of 8 games played last night and there was no shortage of goalie headlines that came out of it. From a couple of key injuries to a battle between Thing #1 and Thing #2 and then another great game from my Breakout Playe...
There were a total of 8 games played last night and there was no shortage of goalie headlines that came out of it. From a couple of key injuries to a battle between Thing #1 and Thing #2 and then another great game from my Breakout Player of the Year candidate I noted to in the FHS Roundtable Predictions. The goalies didn't steal the complete show however as we also had a couple of firsts and a memorable game from Tomas Hertl!! Patrick Roy and the Colorado Avalanche remained undefeated after 3 games with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It should be no secret that back in the day, Roy was my favorite player growing up. He was always a furious competitor who had, and still does have a short temper that is matched by few. The passion he brings to the game seems to be rubbing off on the Avs so far and we might be witnessing one of the quicker turnarounds for a franchise in recent years. They look good. Semyon Varlamov is one of the benefactors of the new Roy regime, specifically new goalie coach Francois Allaire, as he is off to an amazing start with 3 wins, 1.00 GAA and .967 SV%. I picked him as my Breakout Player of the Year in the FHS Roundtable Predictions. This after I traded him in a keeper for Jonas Hiller...why? Well, um...yeah I have nothing.... Gabriel Landeskog was back after missing a game with a leg injury. He didn't hit the scoresheet but was robbed by Bernier on one play and still managed to finish with 4 SOG, 3 Hits and 2 Blocks. He is going to be a multi-cat stud for many years to come. Stating the obvious there. Joffrey Lupul scored a goal and collected 5 SOG and 2 Hits. He did however look uncomfortable after colliding skating backwards and seemed to be nursing the dreaded LBI. He stayed in the game but something worth monitoring for an injury prone player. Mike Smith got lit up for 5 goals on 20 shots against the New York Islanders. He is a notorious slow starter so I wouldn't be too concerned at this point. Thomas Greiss came in and stopped 5 of 6 shots in a relief effort. John Tavares scored his first 2 goals of the season while adding 2 PIM, 5 SOG and 1 Hit. Tavares owners have to be happy with this outing and for what's to come from #91. The second line of Josh Bailey, Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner combined for 1 Goal, 8 Assists, and a +4 rating while averaging around 15 minutes of ice time. A huge night for that line. Evgeni Nabokov claimed his 2nd win of the young season which gives him a 1.89 GAA and .935 SV% after 3 games. The Flyers did what they were supposed to do. Go out and get a win for their new coach Craig Berube with a 2-1 victory over the Panthers. Claude Giroux finished with no points on 1 SOG and a -1 rating. But he also had over 20 minutes of ice time and nearly 7 minutes of powerplay time! Hey Claude, that's 4 games now without a point to start the season. You wanna try a different stick, maybe? Please? Drew Shore finished with just one hit on his stat line. He also only played 9:44 of ice time and was a healthy scratch last game. He should only be on your farm team if you are in a deep league but this is disappointing to see nonetheless. Tim Thomas left the game early with a groin injury after letting in 2 Goals on 5 Shots. Jacob Markstrom came in and stopped all 25 shots he faced. A great sign for Markstrom owners. Back to Tim Thomas though for a bit of a rant and a wildly speculative hunch which by no means reflect the thoughts of the rest of the team here on FHS. In his first game, Thomas stopped 25 of 27 shots and looked pretty good. This I believe is due to his first game back after "retirement" and having the adrenaline to make for a good show. Since then however, he has let in 9 Goals on 33 Shots and has now suffered a groin injury. Thomas could very well be done before it even started. Does Thomas still have the competitive instinct in him? For sure he does because all goalies do. That
about 14 hours ago
For games scheduled on October 8, 2013. OHLOttawa skates past Mississauga 6-3. The 67's had a 51-40 shot advantage in the game. Joseph Blandisi struck twice on the power play for Ottawa. He has five markers on the season. Spencer Marti...
For games scheduled on October 8, 2013. OHLOttawa skates past Mississauga 6-3. The 67's had a 51-40 shot advantage in the game. Joseph Blandisi struck twice on the power play for Ottawa. He has five markers on the season. Spencer Martin allowed five goals in the Mississauga net on a busy evening. His record drops to 4-3. Blandisi was named the second star of the game.WHLVancouver falls to Prince Albert in a shoot-out 4-3. Mason Geertsen was plus two for the Giants. He was called for checking from behind and cross-checking minors in the second period. Geertsen also had an interference infraction late in regulation. The Raiders won the shoot-out 2-0.
about 18 hours ago
This one started with back and forth, entertaining hockey for the first several minutes as neither team could put any pressure on the puck in the neutral zone. Gabe Landeskog had two near misses, one of which was grabbed with flair by Jo...
This one started with back and forth, entertaining hockey for the first several minutes as neither team could put any pressure on the puck in the neutral zone. Gabe Landeskog had two near misses, one of which was grabbed with flair by Jonathan Bernier, which was the first whistle of the game nearly six minutes in. TSN was starting to wonder if the game would ever pause. Ads to sell, I guess. Paul Stastny got beat by Sexy Phil Kessel and took a hooking penalty at the 7:30 mark. The Avs killed the penalty with ease, ending up with more offensive zone possession than the Leafs and giving up 0 shots. Shortly after, a Leafs defenseman fell in his own zone, resulting in several good Avs chances and then a Leafs rush the other way, but ultimately nothing came of it. Landeskog would draw a penalty on Jake Gardiner at 11:20, and while the Avs did at least manage a single shot neither unit looked dangerous. Shortly after, some really nice defense from Leafs super rookie Morgan Rielly on Duchene drew a Toronto rush that ended with Joffrey Lupul just missing an open net. Toronto dominated the next several minutes of play, which featured a Benny Hill routine, Varly flashing the leather in Gardiner's general direction, Matt Duchene getting away with a little trip on Nazem Kadri, and again, no goals. Matt Duchene drew a holding penalty on Carl Gunnarsson as a fun first period came to a close the way it started: nil apiece. The second period began with an Avalanche power play that did a decent enough job of maintaining possession but ultimately couldn't produce much. A once-open game became bogged down and slow, as neither side could get much going, even when a Toronto icing resulted in the Leafs bottom line out against the Avs best. Nearly halfway through John Mitchell crashed the net hard but only succeeded in putting himself behind Bernier. Just over halfway through the Avs missed four chances on an open net in a single shift. It was so close to exciting, I swear. Then the Leafs took over. Several shifts saw the Avs backed into their own end, unable to get out of the zone with possession, until finally a weak pass from Nathan MacKinnon was picked off and Joffrey Lupul hammered in a rebound. 1-0 Toronto. After the goal Colorado took the game back into the Leafs zone and went to work generating shots--16 total in the period to Toronto's 7. Cody McLeod dropped the gloves in a fight with Troy Bodie. It was exactly as disjointed and forced as the inclusion of that sentence. A few shifts later, the Duchene line did good work keeping the puck in the zone with Duchene himself doing work behind the net, and the puck made its way to Cory Sarich, who walked in and beat a cheating Bernier short side. 1-1. That was how the period would end. It only took 2:30 into the third for the Avs to take the lead. Nathan MacKinnon lifted Colton Orr's stick, stole the puck, and fed it to McGinn, who entered 2 on 1 with Parenteau. McGinn delivered the sauce over the stick of a sprawling Jake Gardiner and PA does. not. miss. from there. 2-1 Avs. The situation room ruled the puck Not Kicked In. The Avs of the past would have settled back and tried to not give up a goal--but not these Avs. They kept up a solid forecheck and prevented Toronto from getting anything going--barely a shot until ten minutes into the period. Not that the Avs generated anything dangerous either. Midway through the period momentum shifted back in the Leafs' direction, then Morgan Rielly drew a weak penalty on Cory Sarich with 9:52 to go. The impending Leafs power play was terrifying but ultimately came up fruitless. Almost immediately after, Carl Gunnarsson got called for his second penalty of the night, this time for knocking Duchene's skates out from under him. The Avs didn't get the memo and promptly pissed the entire penalty away. Roy's Avs hunkered down and clinched their sphincters to hang on to their one-goal lead. Tyler Bozak had multiple chances. James van Reimsdyk had multipl
about 18 hours ago
How's THE Tyler Bozak doing?
How's THE Tyler Bozak doing?
about 20 hours ago
Sorry I missed the firs Game Thread. Thanks to SteveHouse for picking up my slack.
Sorry I missed the firs Game Thread. Thanks to SteveHouse for picking up my slack.
about 21 hours ago
Who: Toronto Maple Leafs (3-0-0) When: Tonight, 7:00PM EST The Dangermen: I don’t know the last time I or anyone has said this but it needs to be said: the Leafs are kind of good. Offensively, they are deep. They have 11 guys with multip...
Who: Toronto Maple Leafs (3-0-0) When: Tonight, 7:00PM EST The Dangermen: I don’t know the last time I or anyone has said this but it needs to be said: the Leafs are kind of good. Offensively, they are deep. They have 11 guys with multiple points through the first three games so far, with Joffrey Lupul and Mason Raymond tied for the team-lead with four points. Oct 5, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk (21) celebrates his goal with right wing Phil Kessel (81) and center Tyler Bozak (42) against the Ottawa Senators at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Senators 5-4 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports The guys to be really scared of up front start with the talented, the enigmatic, the awkward Phil Kessel. He’s the star of the Leafs and he was recently paid like one, getting a new eight-year, $64M extension. He’s an elite skater, possessing explosive speed and his hands are just as good. He’s one of the league’s most consistent and dynamic goal scorers and he’s a threat from just about anywhere on the ice. What’s really elevated him the last year or so is the fact that he’s developed into a strong passer, creating offense for others when space dries up for him. Lupul is another to watch, as he and Kessel were the scoring leaders two years ago. He had a shortened season last year, suffering from a broken forearm. Lupul kind of came out of nowhere when he lit up the scoring charts back then, a throw-in in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks. But he works well with Kessel, forming a bond and making things happen. There’s also Nazem Kadri, who should be eager to prove last year wasn’t a fluke considering he got saddled with a bridge contract while division rival Cody Hodgson got paaaaaid. He’s undersized but smart and a solid playmaker. Also considered the Second Coming to most of Leafland but take that with a grain of salt. The rest of the forwards are either dangerous offensively (James Van Riemsdyk), solid two-way types (Dave Bolland, Tyler Bozak), or a little of both (David Clarkson when he returns from suspension). They also have a few guys who will stand up for the team, starting with Colton Orr. The Leafs are deep and dangerous up front, which will surely make Leaf Nation more obnoxious than it already is. Prepare yourselves. The Defenders: This group is up for a bit of debate, mostly because Dion Phaneuf is such a polarizing figure in the league. Some (Leaf Nation) believe him to be an elite defenseman while others (everyone else) believes him to be one of the most overrated players in the league. Regardless, he’s their captain, one of their top-pairing defensemen, and someone who will chip in with his fair share of points. If he can keep himself in position, he’s actually pretty good. The rest of the unit is solid, if unspectacular. Carl Gunnarsson, Paul Ranger, and Cody Franson are good two-way defenders, with Franson being the most dangerous of the bunch when the puck is in the other end. Mark Fraser joins them as a solid sixth defenseman who will stand up for his teammates, as evidenced by his 16 PIMs already this season. There are two wild cards in the group and we’ll go with the younger of the two. Rookie defenseman Morgan Reilly is the uber-prospect many in Leaf Nation have been waiting to see and he’s going to get an opportunity to start this season. He’s only seen one game so far but he’ll likely get a chance to stick. Until then, Leaf fans will fawn over the next coming of Bobby Orr, Nick Lidstrom, and Jesus. The other wild card already has a top six spot. Jake Gardiner is either the messiah or just another decent defenseman depending on who you talk to. Some consider him to be the next top pair defender for the Leafs while others merely see a solid defenseman. Either way, it’s fun to read some of the proposed trades Leafs fans would turn down to keep Gardiner. Puck Stoppers Inc.: It’s early in the year and we only have a limited samp
1 day ago
Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL.  The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice. Oct 7, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers Forward ...
Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL.  The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice. Oct 7, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers Forward Jordan Eberle (14) scores a shoot out goal against New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports Is anyone surprised that the Devils look bad so far? They’ve undergone a huge amount of changes. (The Farm Club) A great look at the Bruins and their drafts from 2007-2009, or “the dark days” as it’s called. (The Hockey Writers) You should watch this fantastic mascot promo after a coach leaves for a rival team. (Puck Daddy) Bruins winger Jarome Iginla has an excellent take on the fighting issue that’s one of the hot topics of the league. (Boston Globe) Fear not: Ryan O’Reilly’s curve is legal. (Denver Post) John Tortorella is not impressed with Keith Acton. (Tumblr) Some see the firing of Peter Laviolette as a panic move but others wonder why it didn’t happen sooner. (Broad Street Hockey) Speaking of Lavi, what other coaches are on the hot seat? (Last Word on Sports) And lastly, you don’t need to be so mean to Jonathan Quick, Staples Center boards. (Reddit) Follow me on Twitter: @RWTFC The NHL schedule was recently released. Check out our partners at TiqIQ for the best deals on Colorado Avalanche tickets NHL Roundup: Your Morning Links - Mile High Sticking - Mile High Sticking - A Colorado Avalanche Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
1 day ago
Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will return to the lineup tonight when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 20-year-old captain injured his leg in a collision with Corey Perry in Anaheim, on Wednesday. As a result he mi...
Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will return to the lineup tonight when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 20-year-old captain injured his leg in a collision with Corey Perry in Anaheim, on Wednesday. As a result he missed the Avs’ contest with Nashville on Friday. He returns to the lineup tonight as Colorado looks to get off to a 3-0 start after finishing 29th in the shortened season. In Colorado’s season opener Landeskog played 16:07, recording zero points with three shots. Landeskog will return to his regular spot on the Avalanche top line with Paul Stastny and Alex Tanguay. Feel free to deploy Landy as you usually would.
1 day ago