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MessagePosté le: Mer 6 Déc - 09:15 (2017) Sujet du message: Knights Nuggets: Marc-Andre Fleury could return to practice Répondre en citant

 Marc-Andre Fleury could finally be back in practice this week! The return of Flower is nearing!,After what seems like a millennium or so

- The Golden Knights ended their three-game losing streak against the very pathetic Arizona Coyotes Sunday night and it felt oh so good. 

 who are prepared to trade basically anyone on the team not named Jack Eichel. This could be fun. [SB Nation],- Even more pathetic than the Coyotes are the Buffalo Sabres

 you need to do that this very second. ,- If you haven’t seen the video of Viktor Arvidsson helping a fan propose to his wife

- Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Dorsett’s career is over after learning about health risks. Extremely sad news for the 30-year-old.

 be sure to follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page for more news and notes on the Golden Knights.,If you’re not already

A thing I think about a lot from the early days of hockey videos on the internet is this clip of a Japanese hockey player tapping the puck into a wide open net against Denmark. It was, his own net., unfortunately

Very funny stuff, everyone had a nice laugh. Look at the anguish as he realizes what he’s done. Throws his stick in the air, made the rounds for a few years, not knowing much about hockey in Japan or, indeed, covers his face in shame. Of course, what the Japanese hockey press is like, one imagines that this guy didn’t get raked over the coals for scoring on his own team in a tie game (albeit one tied late in the second period).

 right? When guys make what are very obviously outlier mistakes,And that’s how it should be, they shouldn’t really be made the subject of derision. However, like putting the puck into their own net, it also must be said that any time it happens, it’s extremely funny.

So when the Edmonton media — and I swear this isn’t an Oilers-centric WWL for the third week in a row… well, not all the way — circled the wagons around Kris Russell for his frankly unbelievable own goal last week, it was a little silly. This was, by the way, after all, the same group of bozos who started a few days’ worth of discussion by saying Connor McDavid’s one bad game against the Stars (in which, he still had three points) was a sign that he needed to play better.

Just as you shouldn’t blame McDavid for that Stars game, you shouldn’t blame Kris Russell for the own goal, since he was basically Edmonton’s only good player that night, after all, a game of mistakes, calamitous and hysterical as it was. Hockey is, and while Russell made what could easily be construed as the single biggest on-ice mistake in the NHL for at least the past few years, it was nonetheless a mistake.

And it sucks for Russell, not only because it happened, but because it painted over what had otherwise been a very good performance, had two points (including a real live goal for his own team) and the Oilers out-attempted the Leafs 34-25 when he was on the ice. And yeah, turning a sterling effort into a shade of that Vantablack stuff that’s so black you can’t define any edges or qualities of the thing it’s painted over. Russell, in fact, that 25 counts the own goal.

The point is, that Russell was given this incredible benefit of the doubt in a way that McDavid was not, though, laying out hits, and being accountable. It doesn’t matter how bad you are — and for the contract he carries,Authentic Connor Hellebuyck jersey, in part because he stands for everything only people over the age of 50 think is important in hockey: Blocking shots, Russell is quite bad — as long as you’re willing to face the music for your badness. These guys will protect you like the pass at Thermopylae, and say that this is just another aspect of the game the nerdboys don’t understand.

The reason all this comes up now, is that Todd McLellan went off on a little rant about “analytics that, no matter how bad a guy screws up, again,Authentic Wayne Simmonds jersey,” which didn’t really make any sense, you don’t want to throw him under the bus. And that’s fine, really, but was kind of the tenor of the previous few days because in hockey, because you’re married to Russell for two-plus more seasons unless you can find a sucker to come along and take his deal off your hands (maybe the Leafs; he scored an important goal for them recently), and also because – as they always say about goalies – you want guys to have “a short memory.”

 and the reason why is that for all the proselytizing,Russell was fine again on Saturday night,Authentic Claude Giroux jersey, McLellan knows his true quality: He’s an okay bottom-pair guy who can contribute to the offense a little bit. Among Edmonton defensemen, Russell plays the fifth-most minutes per game this season, which is perfectly reasonable if you ignore that Peter Chiarelli considers him a $4 million defenseman for whom the team moved Jordan Eberle to accommodate salary.

 I think,Which is, the ultimate issue at play here: People think Russell is good and worth the contract. They are wrong. When TJ Brodie scored into his own goal late in Saturday night’s game against Edmonton, there wasn’t a grand inquisition into what it Really Meant and it certainly wasn’t viewed on a referendum of analytics versus the eye test. Both goals were massively important in their respective games; one cost Edmonton two vital points, and the other snuffed out what had been a furious Flames comeback. But no one in Calgary acted as though some grand crime had been committed by fans delighted by the gaffe.

This is mostly because the Calgary media,Authentic Nolan Patrick jersey, isn’t so deranged as the people a few hours up the road., while a little fanboyish and given to fits of believing in the wrong stuff (see also: that time they made the playoffs with a high PDO and low CF%)

But it’s also because Brodie, while he makes more than Russell, is correctly viewed as having turned sour after a few good years in his early 20s in which he showed a lot of promise. Maybe we chalk that up to “he got to play next to Mark Giordano when Mark Giordano should have won multiple Norrises” and also to “look who his partners have been since then” but nonetheless, actually, there’s no one out there saying, “Brodie, is good.”

They saw Russell in action for a few years and have likely come to understand what his value was and was not in a way many other observers (such as the GM of the Edmonton Oilers) likely haven’t.

 such as they are at this point,adidas Sidney Crosby jersey,The Corsi Wars, exist only in the minds of those whose side lost. They’re the Japanese soldiers discovered on remote islands in the 1960s who think they should still be on the ready to slaughter any GIs foolish enough to land on their beaches. If Bruce Boudreau is openly crediting Minnesota’s analytics department after a win with helping the coaching staff address a problem with their approach to the 3-on-3, then that’s the end of any real discussion here.

 because of who thinks the guy it happened to is actually a good player. That’s it. No great mystery.,No one is or was judging Kris Russell on the basis of the own goal. It was just funny. Especially because of who it happened to. Or rather

 everything else takes a nose dive. Last month,It just figures that as soon as the Flyers finally learn how to score - and at an efficient rate! - at 5v5, now they sit fourth in the NHL behind only St. Louis, Philadelphia ranked 10th in the league in 5v5 goals-for percentage, Columbus, and the scorching hot Tampa Bay Lightning. What’s been the main cause of this rise? They’ve allowed the fewest 5v5 goals in the NHL at a mark of 36.

 this is extremely encouraging for the Flyers regardless of what the record is. Having dependable 5v5 goal scoring is key for a good hockey team. The problem,Obviously, however, is where that goal scoring is coming from. Or in this case, where it is not coming from.

Lack of scoring depth is huge concern

 Sean Couturier,The top line of Claude Giroux, with Giroux and Couturier on the ice for 25, and Jakub Voracek has been the most impressive part of this rendition of the Philadelphia Flyers. The trio hold the top three spots in 5v5 goal scoring, and Voracek only one goal behind in 24. The next highest Flyers forward has been on the ice for twelve 5v5 goals, Travis Konecny.

 hell at this rate every line but the top line has been a problem. But that puts it into perspective just how ineffective the other three lines have been this season.,We know the middle six is a problem

 the Flyers ranked 18th in raw CF% in the NHL with 49.20%. They saw an extremely small increase in November — going up to an even 50% at 1,At the end of October,082 corsi-for and -against — which ranks for 16th and 17th in the NHL respectively. The high point for the month came against the Vancouver Canucks in that brutal 5-2 loss on home ice. The low point, as expected, came in their last game of the month against the San Jose Sharks.

 was shot selection a factor in the nightmare that was November?,With 5v5 goal scoring thriving

 but not great either,Shot selection not bad

 however,At the end of October I talked about how the Flyers were generating more chances from the home plate area and getting away from firing point shots mostly without a screen. This month, those old tendencies reared their ugly head a few times, primarily in the back-to-back shutout losses vs. Minnesota.

 but do nothing about continually allowing high percentage shots”. Way too often the Flyers are allowing teams to be in the red right in front of the net or in the slot. Take a page out of Minnesota’s book and tighten up play in that area,A seemingly constant theme this year has been: “take higher percentage shots, force teams to the outside, and make them take point shots without screens. That has been a main issue of mine with the point shots the Flyers do take.

 and despite Voracek being a part of those five,There were just five Flyers who’s raw CF% decreased from the end of October to the end of November, this is a good sign. Most of the Flyers roster has improved in driving play over the past month despite the obvious struggles to win games. Sean Couturier taking the team lead in CF% should come as a surprise to no one, as he’s finally putting together a Selke trophy winning season.

 the Flyers are not as bad as this losing streak makes them look. It’s rare when any team is as bad as a losing streak like this suggests and,Obviously, this isn’t one of those times. I don’t know how to explain what is going on with this team, thankfully, but I think it’s something analytics aren’t going to explain. Whether it’s the attitude of the players or simply the way the coach is leading his team, something beyond the numbers is happening with the Flyers.

 the Anaheim Ducks. Can the Preds bring their November winning ways into December?,adidas Connor Hellebuyck jersey,The Nashville Predators square off against their least favorite fowl foe

 a squandered lead,Authentic Shayne Gostisbehere jersey,Thursday’s outing against Vancouver didn’t end as well as many Predators fans thought it should. A boring first period, and a missed offsides call led to a 5-3 loss to the Canucks. There were some obvious defensive gaps, and another failure to close out the game left many folks bitter (specifically me).

I am positive the Predators want to continue to see more wins as they jockey for position in the Central...which brings us to...

Tonight,adidas Wayne Simmonds jersey, and they’ll be looking to exact some revenge on a relentless Nashville crowd.,adidas Shayne Gostisbehere jersey, the Preds face the Ducks for their second contest of the season. This is the first time the dirty Ducks return to Bridgestone since the Predators destroyed their Cup hopes in June

At least we don’t have to see Ryan Kesler on the ice. He’s still recovering from offseason hip surgery.

 so the Predators will see a tired Anaheim group tonight.,The Ducks faced off against Columbus last night. They’re on the second half of a back-to-back

 our friends at Anaheim Calling recently published an interesting article that calls Anaheim’s trade decision into question.,The most interesting Anaheim news in the last week is the trade that saw the Ducks send defenseman Sami Vatanen to New Jersey for forwards Adam Henrique and Joseph Blandisi. It’s no secret that Anaheim needs some forwards because of their injury issues this season. However

 and one can only imagine what the asking price may have been. Looking at what both Nashville and Ottawa both had to give up, Murray set his sights on Henrique..., it’d be reasonable to believe that one of Jacob Larsson or Marcus Pettersson were on the table. Murray was presumably ready to pay that price,Matt Duchene’s influence looms large over this deal. The Ducks were reportedly after the newly-minted Ottawa Senator,adidas Claude Giroux jersey,adidas Nolan Patrick jersey, given Anaheim’s both present and future need for a young, dynamic forward. Once that fell through

 while opening up even more questions. Clearly, they trust Brandon Montour to step onto the second defense pairing. We’ll see how he and Fowler fare together. Also just as clearly,Vatanen’s departure naturally reveals quite a bit about where the front office stands on a number of issues, they don’t see one of Wagner or Grant in this lineup full-time. Vermette’s job feels safe, purely based on his elite faceoff ability.

 an injury that required surgery. Jakob Silfverberg was injured last week, as was Rickard Rakell. Both Getlzaf and Kesler are skating regularly,Authentic Sidney Crosby jersey,Captain Ryan Getzlaf is out after taking a puck to the face in late October, but don’t expect to see them on this trip.

These Western Conference foes present a challenge each outing, but the Predators need to bounce back after a lackluster contest against Vancouver.

The Preds secured a 5-3 victory over the Ducks in Anaheim early in November. Pekka Rinne made 35 saves on his 35th birthday for the win.

Anaheim has gone up the list of “hated teams in Nashville” after the last two seasons. Meeting Anaheim in the post season is never a fun time, but the number of dirty plays and hits by the Ducks make them fairly hated in Nashville.

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