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What we learned in NHL over the last week of play: Kings must be more consistent
sandwiching shutouts of Dallas and Arizona around a weak effort in a shutout loss at Nashville. Rob Blake’s best move since becoming general manager was signing goaltender Darcy Kuemper,The Kings can’t let their romp over league-worst Arizona on Saturday fool them into thinking all is well. They’ll probably have to finish among the top three teams in the Pacific division in order to make the playoffs because teams in the stacked Central division are likely to grab the two West wild-card spots. The Kings seem to carom from one extreme to the other, who has provided excellent backup to an off-his-game Jonathan Quick. Blake has until the Feb. 26 trade deadline to make an impact move that will get the Kings back into postseason play.

the Predators,Forward Filip Forsberg made an impact in his return from an injury last Thursday when he scored a goal in Nashville’s 5-0 thrashing of the Kings. A day earlier, who were riding an 8-1-1 surge before they faced the New York Islanders on Monday, Mike Fisher ended his retirement and signed a professional tryout contract; his plan is to sign a contract for the rest of this season before the trade deadline. In regaining Fisher, get a proven leader who was crucial to their run to the Stanley Cup Final last spring. There could be more June hockey in Smashville.

Major injuries have taken key players out of the Winnipeg Jets’ lineup for long chunks of time, but they’ve managed to stay atop the formidable Central division. They’ve withstood losing No. 1 center Mark Scheifele, 23, had become a mainstay. But the Jets kept rolling last Saturday, third-line center Adam Lowry and defensemen Toby Enstrom and Dustin Byfuglien, but they took another hit last week when defenseman Jacob Trouba suffered a lower-body injury that’s expected to keep him out for six to eight weeks. Trouba,adidas Martin Jones jersey, with Connor Hellebuyck making 25 saves to earn his fifth shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over Colorado. “The team is playing really well in front of me,” he told “They're bringing it every night and you can tell.”

collecting good young talent — Sebastian Aho, and Noah Hanifin — but never putting together complete teams. Since their 2006 Stanley Cup title,The Carolina Hurricanes are less than the sum of their parts,Authentic Alex Pietrangelo jersey, Teuvo Teravainen, they’ve made the playoffs once and have missed out the last eight seasons. This will be the ninth, giving new owner Thomas Dundon time to develop a case of buyer’s remorse or to change the club’s operations. Coach Bill Peters’ frustration boiled over on Sunday after a 3-1 home loss to San Jose. “We can't put that group out again after that. It's unacceptable,adidas Alex Pietrangelo jersey, Jaccob Slavin, in the room. There were some guys who were very light on the puck. Very light.” That’s the ultimate insult a coach can deliver.,” he told the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer. “They let each other down,Authentic Jake Allen jersey, too

We know that NHL players aren’t happy that they’ll be playing regular season games this month and not participating in the PyeongChang Olympics, of course, which begin next week. (Those who wouldn’t have been going, would have liked the extra vacation time.)

Since the NHL announced in April that it wouldn’t be sending players for the first time since 1994,adidas Carter Hutton jersey, it’s a missed opportunity to expand our game, players have been outspoken in their disagreement with the decision. “As cool as it for players to be a part of the Olympic experience,” said Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler during last weekend’s NHL All-Star festivities.

who won gold with Canada in 2014,San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, has been the most vocal.

“That’s not the way you negotiate things. But,?adidas Vladimir Tarasenko jersey, When a report came out in Nov. 2016 that the NHL had offered the NHLPA Olympic participation in exchange for extending the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, if that is true, Vlasic responded, all of a sudden they don’t mind having a two-week break in the NHL for a three-year collective bargaining agreement.”

? “It happens once every four years,,Authentic Vladimir Tarasenko jersey” he said via the Mercury News right after the NHL’s decision. “But for the World Cup it’s OK. Guys get injured in the World Cup, so a condensed schedule happens every two years, but now we put in the World Cup, but that’s OK.”, but that’s OK. Shorter summers, longer seasons

? “What I’d like is for the NHL to openly give the real reasons for its refusal to go to Pyeongchang,” he wrote last June.

So, Vlasic is really pissed about not being able to represent Canada again. In a chat with Ross McKeon of, yeah, the 30-year-old defenseman detailed the lengths at which he went to get another opportunity.

“I would love to in 2022, but for every other player who gets a chance to do it in 2026, ’30,” he said. “I’m fighting not only for myself in ’22, ’34 and down the road. I’m not just thinking of myself, I’m thinking about all the players who deserve to go.”

That determination is what moved Vlasic to hold a conference call with lawyers and the NHL Players’ Association. Termination of his extension (which was signed July 1) was a possibility. The Sharks could be targeted for a suit,Authentic Martin Jones jersey, too, and ultimately Vlasic could be, if it could be proved that the product San Jose was putting on the ice during his absence wasn’t as good as if he had been playing.

According to Vlasic,Authentic Brent Burns jersey, ultimately, he was told that a court order could be issued if a player still insisted on going. And, a player could be arrested for violating the order if he played.

“I don’t think it would have gone that far,adidas Brent Burns jersey,” said Vlasic, but it’s a possibility, who noted his initial thought when the league made its decision was to go no matter what.

Vlasic added that players should have Olympic participation guaranteed by putting it,Authentic Carter Hutton jersey, and while he won’t completely ignore the 2018 tournament in PyeongChang, which several players told me they expect to be a topic when negotations begins. He sees the benefits that putting the game on that stage can have, don’t expect him to carve out time in his busy schedule for a game.

Six-time Olympic gold medalist Viktor Ahn and three former NHL players are among 32 Russian athletes who filed appeals Tuesday seeking spots at the PyeongChang Olympics.

The 32 athletes all failed to pass the mandatory International Olympic Committee vetting – imposed as a result of Russian doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics – and weren’t invited to the games.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it would likely hear the case Wednesday in PyeongChang. If the Russian athletes force the IOC to invite them,adidas Jake Allen jersey, it would mean the medal contenders in some sports change dramatically only days before the games open on Friday.

carrying +800 odds on Bet365 to win the Stanley Cup in its first season of existence. And this next stretch of games could improve those odds,The Vegas Golden Knights finally head back to Sin City to end the week as they kick off a seven-game homestand Sunday night against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Golden Knights entered Thursday night's encounter in San Jose having gone 3-2-0 through the first five games of a six-game trek that included wins against contenders Winnipeg and Washington. Vegas remains the most shocking story in the NHL so far this season, with the Golden Knights rocking a 19-3-2 home record.

but they're starting to lose some steam. After going above the total eight times in a nine-game stretch,The Florida Panthers have been a sensational over play in 2018, they have converted the under in three of their last four.

You won't find a stronger under play than the Detroit Red Wings, who have gone below the total in seven of their previous eight games entering Friday's encounter with the Islanders. Detroit is now 22-30 O/U for the season.

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