TIOPS INSIDE BUZZ — Rumblings, Musings, Opinions– 1. The Washington Capitals were ousted in Round 1 Wednesday night on a Brock McGinn double overtime goal as an unpredictable 2019 postseason continued. The NHL has always wanted parity with this playoff alignment and they got it this season with all no division winners advancing past Round 1. Washington’s rein comes to an end and as good as a story the Hurricanes are, the NHL loses a great Round 2 storyline of Trotz vs the Capitals. This was just a strange series for the Capitals. To go up 2-0 in the series followed by laying an egg in Games 3 and 4, to then deliver what looked like a knockout punch in Game 5 where it appeared after fives games they were finally taking the Hurricanes seriously, only to drop games 6 and 7 as Carolina roared back to win four ofRead More »
Jordan Staal tied the game in the 3rd period and Brock McGinn scored in double overtime to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-3 win in Game 7, advancing to Round 2. The resilient Canes just never went away in winning four of the final five games in the series. Most stunning with tonight’s result was Washington blowing leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in the game 7 as this marks the first time since 1967 that no division winner advanced past Round 1
Latest NHL BUZZ TIOPS HEADLINES SERIES STOLEN FROM VGK BUYER BEWARE FOR ERIK KARLSSON CRITISCISM WARRANTED TOWARDS MIKE BABCOCK A CAPITALS REPEAT? PREDATORS TO EYE TOP-FLIGHT CENTER FOR SUBBAN 1. A series stolen from the Vegas Golden Knights in the craziest finish you’ll see. Vegas is up 3-0 with 10:47 remaining in the third period and cruising to a Game 7 win until the San Jose Sharks scored four power play goals on a five-minute major that should have never been assessed. The NHL embarrassed itself after Joe Pavelski had to unfortunately be helped off the SAP Center ice after hitting his head on the ice. Similar to how the league suspends players, the refs reacted to an injury not the actual play. Things in real-time can always be difficult, but the NHL just looks awful here in that since Pavelski was injured on what was just a freak accident,Read More »
The Vegas Golden Knights outshot the San Jose Sharks 59-29, including a 119-69 edge in shot attempts, but a Tomas Hertl shorthanded goal in double overtime has forced a Game 7 in a riveting series between the Sharks and Golden Knights. San Jose’s 2-1 win saw Martin Jones stand on his head with a 58 save performance. It’s a missed opportunity for the Golden Knights on home ice who are the superior team as the shifts back to San Jose for Game 7 Tuesday night.
The Philadelphia Flyers on Monday named Alain Vigneault as the 21st head coach in franchise history. After Joel Quenneville turned down an opportunity to go to Philadelphia, the Flyers coaching search under GM Chuck Fletcher centered on Vigneault and pretty much no one else over the last week. Dan Bylsma was never a consideration from Fletcher, league sources say, and the financial commitment to Vigneault is significant, 5 years – $25 million. The hiring of Vigneault is a clear signal from Fletcher and the Flyers brass that the Ron Hextall days of being in the player development business are over. Vigneault, a Jack Adams Award winner who has won the Presidents Trophy twice in stints with VAN and NYR, has had great success in coaching veteran teams with Stanley Cup potential, but one of the major knocks of Vigneault in New York is he had little interest in developing youngerRead More »
The Florida Panthers announced this morning the team has fired head coach Bob Boughner after just two seasons behind the bench. “We didn’t meet expectations this season and share responsibility for that fact,” Panthers GM Dale Tallon said in a released statement. Florida’s next coaching search is expected to lean more towards an established high profile veteran coach. Allain Vigneault is expected to be near the top of the Panthers wishlist, same with Joel Quenneville. Former Penguins and Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was the runner-up for the job two years ago and is also expected to get a look again for the job. There are now six coaching vacancies: Florida, Anaheim, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Ottawa.
Penguins’ fans will have a close eye on Caps-Isles tonight. An Islanders regulation loss and a Pittsburgh win will result in the Penguins clinching second place in the Metropolitan Division. Washington, though, won’t be doing Pittsburgh any favors. Alex Ovechkin will play but with nothing at skate, the Capitals will rest Braden Holtby, Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie and John Carlson tonight.
The Columbus Blue Jackets clinched the 16th and final berth in the 2019 playoffs with a 3-2 shootout win over the New York Rangers on Friday night. The all-in Blue Jackets will enter the final day of the regular season as the second wild card seed and will need a regulation win vs the Ottawa Senators combined with a Hurricanes loss against the Flyers to move into the top wildcard spot and avoid the Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 1. EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF RACE 1. Y-WSH 104 PTS | 44 ROW 2. X-NYI 101 Pts |42 ROW 3. X-PIT 99 Pts | 42 ROW ___________________________ 1. P-TBL 126 Pts | 55 ROW 2. X-BOS 107 Pts | 47 ROW 3. X-TOR 99 Pts | 46 ROW __________________________ Wild Card 1. X-CAR 97 Pts | 43 ROW 2. X-CLB 96 Pts | 44 ROW _________________________ Saturday’s Playoff Seeding Implications CBJ @Read More »
Derick Brassard is on the move again. The Colorado Avalanche have acquired Brassard from the Florida Panthers in-exchange for a 2020 3rd round pick. This is the type of deal the Penguins felt they were going to be forced to take for Brassard prior to the Nick Blugstad, Jared McCann deal surfacing. Brassard had 1 goal, 3 assists in 10 games with the Panthers. Wanting cap flexibility for the summer, the Panthers basically traded Nick Blugstad and Jared McCann for a 2019 second-round pick, 2019 4th-round pick and a 2020 3rd-round pick. Florida made the trade for Brassard with hope that by deadline day they could get a second-rounder for him but that type of market never developed for the struggling forward.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have landed the first big fish on the trade market in acquiring center Matt Duchene from the Ottawa Senators. This is a big move for the Blue Jackets in the short-term and long-term if they can get Duchene signed to an extension this summer. While an extension is not part of the deal yet, the Blue Jackets received intel from the Duchene camp in recent days that Duchene will strongly consider resigning in Columbus that saw them decide to push forward to complete the deal. Duchene is not a bona-fide No. 1 franchise type center by any means, but Columbus now has a formidable 1-2 punch down the middle and from a playing style, Duchene’s strengths of creating individual 1-on-1 offense off the cycle and has a dynamic ability to create offense down low in tight spots that will play right into the Blue Jackets offensiveRead More »