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Derek Stepan Return to Arizona Coyotes’ Lineup Near

VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 21: Arizona Coyotes Center Derek Stepan (21) is pursued by Vancouver Canucks Defenseman Ashton Sautner (29) during their NHL game at Rogers Arena on February 21, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Arizona Coyotes first-line centreman Derek Stepan has practiced with the team on their current East coast road trip. That’s good and unexpected news for the Coyotes who had expected him to miss four-to-six weeks from a lower-body injury. Adding Stepan at This Time of the Season is Vital Per Craig Morgan who covers the Arizona...

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Sidney Crosby: Constant Competitor for Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 16: Pittsburgh Penguins Center Sidney Crosby (87) skates with the puck while St. Louis Blues Defenseman Vince Dunn (29) defends during the second period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the St. Louis Blues on March 16, 2019, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) It’s Sidney Crosby showing he is a constant competitor that keeps his Pittsburgh Penguins in playoff contention. Whether he is being considered for the Hart Trophy as his team’s most valuable player or the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward, he...

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Vegas Golden Knights Results: Season Comparisons

VANCOUVER, BC – SEPTEMBER 17: Head Coach Gerard Gallant of the Vegas Golden Knights during a game against the Vancouver Canucks in NHL pre-season action on September 17, 2017 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** The Vegas Golden Knights results may not be quite the same, but they are trying to determine what they need to do for an encore this season. This comes after going to the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals in their initial year of existence. The Vegas Golden Knights results of winning three playoff series in their first...

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Arizona Coyotes See Path to Playoffs

ST. LOUIS, MO – MARCH 12: Arizona Coyotes’ Richard Panik, left, skates back to the bench after scoring a goal with Clayton Keller during the second period of an NHL hockey game between the St. Louis Blues and the Arizona Coyotes on March 12, 2019, at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) In a season where the Arizona Coyotes have no real business being relevant due to excessive injuries; they have raised eyebrows everywhere by climbing into the final playoff spot, for now. It’s been a while since the words...

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Arizona Coyotes Darcy Kuemper Keeping His Team Competitive

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 09: Goaltender Darcy Kuemper #35 of the Arizona Coyotes makes a glove save on a shot from the Los Angeles Kings during the second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) When the Arizona Coyotes discovered that they would be without starting goalie Antti Raanta, they put all their faith in backup Darcy Kuemper. Thus far he has come through with flying colours lifting the Yotes to within a point of a wild-card spot several times of late. Since Jan. 1,...

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Boston Bruins David Backes: Fighting For His Team

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – MARCH 05: David Backes #42 of the Boston Bruins and Micheal Ferland #79 of the Carolina Hurricanes fight during the first period at TD Garden on March 05, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Boston Bruins David Backes had participated in 52 games this season for the Bruins and had only 15 minutes of penalties. Then, in three of his last five games, he has had five-minute fighting infractions. What’s gotten into him? Let’s See What’s Going on When David Backes first faced his former St. Louis Blues team after signing as a...

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Arizona Coyotes Michael Grabner Returns to the Lineup

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – NOVEMBER 08: Michael Grabner #40 of the Arizona Coyotes skate against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 08, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) Tonight will mark the first game action that Arizona Coyotes’ right-wing Michael Grabner will encounter after a nasty eye injury he suffered way back on Dec. 1, 2018. “Grabs is going in tonight.” – @RealRocket22 pic.twitter.com/O1NMhxJLYp — Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) March 7, 2019 Adding another forward to the Arizona Coyotes’ arsenal can only lead to good results. After seeing defenceman Jason Demers return last Tuesday night,...

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Calgary Flames Mike Smith: Eccentric Goaltending Style

UNIONDALE, NY – FEBRUARY 26: Mike Smith (41) of the Calgary Flames plays the puck during a game between the New York Islanders and the Calgary Flames on February 26, 2019 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. (Photo by John McCreary/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) During Calgary Flames‘ Mike Smith‘s 13-year NHL career he has been caught out of his net on innumerable occasions. There are times when many of his critics feel he thinks of himself as a defenceman rather than a netminder. Mike Smith Just Can’t Stay in His Net Calgary Flames’ Mike Smith...

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New Jersey Devils Nico Hischier Out With Upper-Body Injury

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – MARCH 01: Nico Hischier #13 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 01, 2019 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) The New Jersey Devils announced that center Nico Hischier is sidelined as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. #NJDevils Nico Hischier officially out with an upper-body injury.He’s considered day-to-day. — Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) March 4, 2019 Hischier played 11:04 and left at 7:21 of the third period with an undisclosed upper-body injury. So far this season, Hischier has scored 17 goals and 27 assists for 44...

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Why NHL Shootouts Should Be Eliminated

CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 22: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Cam Ward (30) saves a shot from New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) during the shoot-out in game action of a NHL game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Islanders on January 22, 2019 at the United Center, in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) NHL shootouts should be eliminated. There I said it. It has been around since the 2005-06 season and many feel it’s time to change the way the league handles overtime contests. At first, many thought the concept of sending...

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Edmonton Oilers Leon Draisaitl Scores 40th Goal

TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 27: Leon Draisaitl #29 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on February 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Oilers 6-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) In the last four full seasons, the Edmonton Oilers‘ Leon Draisaitl has tallied 279 points, or close to 70 points a season. This season is turning out to be a career high for the 2014 third overall NHL Entry draft selection for the Oilers. The Edmonton club has enjoyed many first-round choices, including none other...

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Arizona Coyotes Jason Demers Assigned to AHL Conditioning Stint

GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 22: Jason Demers #55 of the Arizona Coyotes skates with the puck during the NHL game against the New York Islanders at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and general manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have assigned defenseman Jason Demers to the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL) for conditioning purposes. Demers has missed 46 games due to a lower-body injury. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but...

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Montreal Canadiens Max Domi Resurgence Since Trade

TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 23: Max Domi #13 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates a Montreal goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on February 23, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) When forward Max Domi was traded to the Montreal Canadiens from the Arizona Coyotes it was a new beginning. He hadn’t played all that bad but yet he wasn’t really progressing as an NHL player. Domi was the 12th overall selection of the Arizona Coyotes in the 2013 NHL Entry draft. He scored 18 goals in his first...

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Arizona Coyotes Derek Stepan Out With Leg Injury

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 28: Derek Stepan #21 of the Arizona Coyotes is helped off the ice by Brad Richardson #15, Clayton Keller #9 and a trainer during the third period of the NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Gila River Arena on February 28, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Canucks 5-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) The Arizona Coyotes announced that center Derek Stepan is sidelined for 4-6 weeks with a knee injury. Derek Stepan is down. This team and center injuries… Stepan gets up slowly and he’s not putting any weight on that...

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Arizona Coyotes Playoff Push Helped by Injured Players Returning

GLENDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 15: Jason Demers #55 (second from left) of the Arizona Coyotes is helped off the ice by Vinnie Hinostroza #13, head athletic trainer Dave Zenobi and Kevin Connauton #44 after an injury during the third period of the NHL game against the Nashville Predators at Gila River Arena on November 15, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 2-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) If any team in the NHL this season shouldn’t be in a playoff push due to injuries, it would be the Arizona Coyotes. When you inspect the number of...

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New York Rangers Bench Rookie Filip Chytil

Filip Chytil is a dynamic offensive player. He is able to play the game at high speeds and excels when he has the puck in open space, according to eliteprospects.com. It was announced that New York Rangers‘ head coach David Quinn has decided to bench the 19-year-old forward for an indefinite time period. The notebook. On Chytil and Lemieux. https://t.co/AViFcOaEgf via @nypostsports — Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) February 28, 2019 “Yes,” Quinn said, per the New York Post. “[I need to see] the consistent effort I know he’s capable of giving. By no stretch of the imagination does he show up trying...

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Arizona Coyotes Alex Galchenyuk Becoming Team Scoring Leader

CALGARY, AB – FEBRUARY 18: Alex Galchenyuk #17 and Clayton Keller #9 of the Arizona Coyotes in action against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on February 18, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images) When the Arizona Coyotes traded for forward Alex Galchenyuk they were hoping to see him become a team scoring leader. And soon, at this current pace, he may very well overtake current team scoring leader Clayton Keller. Alex Galchenyuk is on a Hot Scoring Pace Since the beginning of the calendar year, Alex Galchenyuk has scored 16...

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Arizona Coyotes Shane Doan Jersey Retirement

GLENDALE, AZ – APRIL 08: Shane Doan #19 of the Arizona Coyotes warms up before the NHL game against the Minnesota Wild at Gila River Arena on April 8, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) On Sunday, Feb. 24th, the Arizona Coyotes will retire their long-time captain Shane Doan‘s #19 jersey. Gila River Arena doors will open at 4 p.m. on Sunday, and the ceremony is scheduled to begin promptly at 5. The game vs. the Winnipeg Jets will start at 7. Fitting that the Arizona Coyotes will play the team they used to be before relocating to...

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Tampa Bay Lightning Nikita Kucherov, Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane Lead NHL Scoring Race

CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 22: Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) reaches in for the puck against Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) during a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 22, 2018, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Two of the most prolific scorers in the NHL this season Nikita Kucherov and Patrick Kane are battling it out for the Art Ross Trophy awarded to the league’s top point scorer each season. Nikita Kucherov leading the scoring race [embedded content]...

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St. Louis Blues Winning with Jordan Binnington

ST. LOUIS, MO. – FEBRUARY 09: St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington (50) makes a glove save during an NHL game between the Nashville Predators and the St. Louis Blues on February 09, 2019, at Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The St. Louis Blues have won 10 straight games and are clearly back in the playoff hunt. This after a rather disappointing beginning of the season where they floundered near the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Since Jan. 3, the Blues have gone an amazing 15-4-1. They have won most...

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