Giroux thinks Flyers should be in playoffs
Claude Giroux | PHI
(January 25, 2015 8:45 AM EST)
Claude Giroux thinks the Philadelphia Flyers should be in the playoffs.
Giroux thinks there is plenty of talent on this year's edition of the team and can't believe the Flyers are 12 points out of a playoff spot. "I'm not the only one frustrated. I think everyone in the room is frustrated," Giroux said. "Instead of me going in and yelling at everybody, I think it's important we stick together and we do this together. We can't be blaming and pointing fingers. I think it's important we stick together, and if we do this, we're going to get out of this hole." Jakob Voracek and Giroux are first and tied for third respectively in the race for the Art Ross Trophy, so it is a bit surprising the Flyers are so far back with that scoring duo.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Steve Mason close to returning to action
Steve Mason | PHI
(January 25, 2015 8:41 AM EST)
Steve Mason (knee) is close to returning to action according to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.
Mason was injured on January 10 and was expected to miss a couple of weeks, so he is right on schedule. It's unknown if he will be in the lineup on Tuesday but if not, he should play against either the Jets on Thursday or Maple Leafs Saturday. Mason is 8-12-6 with a 2.46 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Stay tuned.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Flyers expected to recall Ryan White
Ryan White | PHI
(January 25, 2015 8:35 AM EST)
Look for the Philadelphia Flyers to recall Ryan White before Tuesday's game against Arizona.
The Flyers will need to recall a forward with Zac Rinaldo being suspended for six games before the All-Star break and it looks like it will be the former Hab. White has not played in the NHL this season as he underwent surgery to repair a torn pectoralis muscle injury suffered in the off-season. He has a goal and three points in 11 AHL games thus far but his limited fantasy value will be in penalty minutes in traditional pools.
CSN Philadelphia
Kyle Okposo hot of late for the Islanders
Kyle Okposo | NYI
(January 25, 2015 8:30 AM EST)
Kyle Okposo has six goals and 12 points in his last nine games.
Of course a four goal game won't hurt that stat as Okposo managed to do on January 16. Okposo has been hot, along with linemate John Tavares, who has six goals and 13 points in the same nine games. Okposo has 14 goals and 44 points in 46 games which ranks him tied for 13th in NHL scoring, along with Phil Kessel and Henrik Zetterberg.
New York Newsday
Tavares: Isles improved due to acquisitions
John Tavares | NYI
(January 25, 2015 8:25 AM EST)
John Tavares says the vast improvement of the Islanders who were the 26th best team last season but are currently fourth best in the NHL, have to do with the acquisitions of Jaroslav Halak, Johnny Boychuck, Nick Leddy and others.
Garth Snow was certainly busy in the off-season and the lead up to the start of the regular season. "You look at the depth of our team and the contributions everyone has made in all places -- up front, the back end and goaltending,'' Tavares said. "You really see everyone has kind of identified with the way they need to play, within the team concept. "It's a great mix." Of course, it never hurts to have a great talent like Tavares on your team.
New York Newsday
Oliver Ekman-Larsson a star after slow start
Oliver Ekman-Larsson | PHO
(January 25, 2015 6:56 AM EST)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson has really turned his game around of late after a slow start to the season.
Ekman-Larsson is tied for the NHL lead in goals by a defenseman with 12 and has 21 points with a minus-15 rating in 46 games on a poor Arizona team but was minus-13 in his first 11 games, so he has played well since. He has eight power play goals to lead all defensemen. "Some of the adversity that he's faced early on in the year — he didn't play very well — those are all learning experiences that he'll go through that will make him a much better player," coach Dave Tippett said. "He wants to be that consistent, top player. You go through some adversity like that, you learn how to deal with those and make sure you're prepared every night." The 23-year-old is a stud defenseman who gets little recognition because he plays in the desert.
Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
Ryan Getzlaf has shot at the Hart Trophy
Ryan Getzlaf | ANA
(January 25, 2015 6:49 AM EST)
The play of Ryan Getzlaf thus far has him in consideration for the Hart Trophy.
The Hart is awarded to the most valuable player in the NHL and it's hard not to put Getzlaf in the equation as he has 50 points in 46 games and has been a major reason why the Ducks are at the top of the standings with 68 points, despite a multitude of injuries to players like Corey Perry etc. "In here, we don’t want to lose back-to-back games," Perry said. "When we lost a game, that next game we had to be at our best. And most of the time, he was at his best and he really carried the team. That’s what leaders do. That’s why he’s the captain."
Orange County Register
Devils have made no decision on future coach
Adam Oates | NJ
(January 24, 2015 11:20 PM EST)
The Devils have not made any decisions as to whether Adam Oates or Scott Stevens could be the team’s head coach of the future.
General manager Lou Lamoriello would not tip his hand as to whether they are even candidates. "I'm not going to get into discussions about any of that," Lamoriello said. "Right now, all of us are just focused on what we're doing right now and how we can get going in the right direction. Everybody's thinking that way. Nobody's thinking any other way. If anybody is, I'm not aware of it and have seen no indications of it in the work ethic and the time that's being put into it – not that it wasn't the case before." Lamoriello, along with Stevens and Oates, have all been behind the bench after Peter DeBoer was fired.
The Bergen Record
Lou Lamoriello's trade approach won't differ
Lou Lamoriello | NJ
(January 24, 2015 11:17 PM EST)
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello says that his approach come the March 2 trade deadline has not changed amidst a disappointing 17-22-8 record.
The Devils are 15 points out of a playoff spot, and the oldest team in the league could stand to part ways with veterans on expiring deals. Jaromir Jagr, Scott Gomez, Marek Zidlicky, Michael Ryder and Martin Havlat should all be on the table to move. "But, that's no different than any other season," Lamoriello said. "There's nothing different here than any other season. So, when the appropriate time comes to think A, B and C, that end of my role has never changed and should never change. So, it's no different today than it was any other year." What could hurt the Devils’ future is if the typically stubborn Lamoriello thinks he can contend for the rest of the season.
The Bergen Record
Report: Tyler Johnson (LBI) won't play in ASG
Tyler Johnson | TB
(January 24, 2015 10:43 PM EST)
Tyler Johnson (lower body) will not play in Sunday’s All-Star Game, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.
Unlike players who dropped out last-minute because of injuries and never came to the event, Johnson will be eligible to play in the Lightning’s first game after the break because he is in Columbus. Tampa Bay visits the Hurricanes on Jan. 27. Johnson has 17 goals and 48 points this season. It’s unclear if the NHL will allow rookie Mike Hoffman to participate in the game so that Team Toews fields a complete lineup.
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