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Archive for March 18th, 2017

NHL NEWS: Senators-Canadiens to play in NHL 100 Classic; Loose Pucks; Hockey Night in Canada

SENATORS TO HOST CANADIENS IN 2017 SCOTIABANK NHL100 CLASSIC
The 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic, featuring the Senators and Canadiens, will take place Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.

* The outdoor game will pay tribute to a century of NHL contests, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the League’s first games played on Dec. 19, 1917.

* The announcement of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic was made in Ottawa, continuing the year-long NHL Centennial festivities while Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation, and the Stanley Cup – the most revered trophy in all sports – celebrates its 125th anniversary.

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LOOSE PUCKS
Rasmus Ristolainen scored a highlight-reel goal in the shootout and Zemgus Girgensons tallied the decisive marker to power the Sabres to victory . . . Penguins forward Carter Rowney (1-1—2) scored the first goal of his NHL career (15 GP) . . . Rangers forward Chris Kreider (0-1—1) extended his point streak to five games (2-4—6) . . . Ducks forward Rickard Rakell scored for the fourth straight game (4-1—5) . . . The NHL Centennial Fan Arena is visiting Ottawa . . . The donation of the Stanley Cup was designated as a National Historic Event by the government of Canada.

SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Colorado @ Detroit, 1 p.m., FS-D, ALT
Columbus @ NY Islanders, 1 p.m., NHLN-US, MSG+, FS-O
NY Rangers @ Minnesota, 7 p.m., NHLN-US, FS-N, FS-WI, MSG
Chicago @ Toronto, 7 p.m., CBC, CITY, CSN-CH
Montreal @ Ottawa, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS
Washington @ Tampa Bay, 7 p.m., SUN, CSN-DC
Nashville @ Carolina, 7 p.m., FS-CR, FS-TN
St. Louis @ Arizona, 9 p.m., FS-A, FS-MW
Vancouver @ Edmonton, 10 p.m., CBC, SN
Anaheim @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA, PRIME
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THREE GAMES FEATURED ON HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
Three of today’s 10 games are featured on Hockey Night in Canada:

* The Western Conference-leading Blackhawks (45-20-5, 95 points) take on the Maple Leafs (32-23-14, 78 points) – who will honor one of the earliest eras in the franchise’s history by wearing Toronto St. Pats uniforms – in an Original Six matchup at Air Canada Centre. Chicago has won four consecutive games versus Toronto dating to Dec. 21, 2014 (TOR: 0-3-1).

* The Canadiens (39-23-8, 86 points) and Senators (39-23-7, 85 points), who will play in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic, square off in a home-and-home set between the top two teams in the Atlantic Division. Ottawa holds a 2-0-0 edge over Montreal in their five-game season series (MTL: 0-1-1).

* The Oilers (37-24-9, 83 points) host the Canucks (28-33-9, 65 points) at Rogers Place. Edmonton has scored seven goals in each of their last two games, earning a 7-1 win on Tuesday and a 7-4 win on Thursday. Elias notes the Oilers last scored seven or more goals in consecutive games Dec. 4-7, 1988.

METROPOLITAN PLAYOFF RACE HIGHLIGHTS NHL NETWORK DOUBLEHEADER
Three clubs in the Metropolitan Division are featured on an NHL Network doubleheader Saturday:

* In the afternoon, the Blue Jackets (45-18-6, 96 points) visit the Islanders (33-26-11, 77 points) at Barclays Center. Columbus aims to gain ground in the Metropolitan Division where they trail the League-leading Capitals (45-17-8, 98 points) by two points and the second place Penguins (44-17-9, 97 points) by one. Meanwhile, the Islanders look to reclaim the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

* In the evening, the Wild (43-20-6, 92 points) host the Rangers (44-24-3, 91 points) at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota looks to inch closer to the Western Conference-leading Blackhawks (45-20-5, 95 points), while New York aims to strengthen their hold on the first Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference.

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NHL scores, recaps from Friday, March 17, 2017: Brian Elliott hot goaltender; 45-year-old Jagr showing no signs of age

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Florida 4, NY RANGERS 3 (SO)
PITTSBURGH 6, New Jersey 4
CALGARY 3, Dallas 1
Buffalo 2, ANAHEIM 1 (SO)

ELLIOTT EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO 10 GAMES
Brian Elliott made 24 saves to extend his personal win streak to 10 games (1.67 GAA, .944 SV%, 2 SO) and backstop the Flames to victory.

* The Flames (40-27-4, 84 points) moved to 12-1-1 in their last 14 contests and reached the 40-win mark for the first time since 2014-15 (45-30-7, 97 points). Calgary leapfrogged Edmonton (37-24-9, 83 points) for sole possession of third place in the Pacific Division.

* Elias notes that Elliott moved within one victory of the longest win streak by a goaltender in franchise history, set by Mike Vernon in 1988-89 (11-0-0):

Longest win streaks by a goaltender, Flames history
11 – Mike Vernon from Jan. 17 – Feb. 27, 1989
10 – Dan Bouchard from Oct. 14 – Nov. 3, 1978
10 – Mike Vernon from Nov. 3 – Dec. 8, 1988
10 – Brian Elliott from Feb. 21 – March 17, 2017

AGELESS JAGR CONTINUES TO MARVEL IN PANTHERS WIN
Jaromir Jagr registered two assists to help the Panthers earn a 4-3 shootout win over the Rangers.

* Elias notes that Jagr – who earlier this season became just the second player in NHL history to record 1,900 career points (763-1,144—1,907) – has collected 269 points (104-165—269) since celebrating his 40th birthday, passing Gordie Howe (113-155—268) for the most by an NHL player after turning 40 years of age.

CROSBY PROPELS PENGUINS BACK INTO SECOND IN METROPOLITAN DIVISION
Sidney Crosby collected 2-1—3 to help the Penguins (44-17-9, 97 points) leapfrog the Blue Jackets (45-18-6, 96 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division, one point back of the League-leading Capitals (45-17-8, 98 points).

* Crosby scored his 36th and 37th goals of 2016-17 to move into a tie with Brad Marchand for the most in the NHL this season. Crosby (37-40—77) ranks tied for third in League scoring, trailing only Marchand (37-42—79) and Connor McDavid (24-55—79).

* Crosby registered the 640th assist of his NHL career (all w/ PIT) to tie Jaromir Jagr for second on the franchise’s all-time list.

 

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Crew SC’s Jukka Raitala called up to Finland National Team

Jukka Raitala Crew SC By Mārtiņš Bruņenieks - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Raitala earns a call-up from Finland ahead of FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Turkey on March 24 and friendly against Austria on March 28

For Immediate Release: March 17, 2017

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that defender Jukka Raitala has received an international call-up from the Finland National Team. Raitala is set to join Finland ahead of its FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Turkey on March 24 and a friendly against Austria on March 28. To date, the defender has earned 36 caps for Finland.

 

Finland is in Group I of UEFA’s First Round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification, along with Ukraine, Iceland, Turkey, and Kosovo. The Finnish take on Turkey in an away match at Ataturk Olympic Stadium on March 24, 2017 before playing Austria in a friendly on March 28 at Tivoli Stadion Tirol in Austria. Finland are currently in fifth place of Group I with a record of 0-1-3.  The teams that finish in first place of each group automatically qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while the eight best runners-up across all groups advance to a two-leg playoff series, with the winners of each series qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

 

Raitala’s senior National Team debut came on February 4, 2009 in a friendly match for Finland against Japan. In June of 2011, he played in his first UEFA European Championship qualification against San Marino. The defender earned his 35th cap for Finland starting in an away FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Ukraine on November 12, 2016. Prior to his senior experience, Raitala had also been part of the Finland youth system, representing his country at the Under-17, U-19, and U-21 levels. In 2009, he was named the Finland Under-21 Player of the Year.

 

Raitala joined Crew SC as a Discovery Signing on December 23, 2016. The defender has made two starts during the regular season for the Black & Gold in 2017, playing every minute of the matches against the Chicago Fire (March 4) and the Houston Dynamo (March 11).
Crew SC’s 2017 roster features 13 players that have received a senior National Team call-up throughout their careers (Mohammed Abu, Harrison Afful, Ethan Finlay, Waylon Francis, Ola Kamara, Cristian Martinez, Jonathan Mensah, Justin Meram, Raitala, Rodrigo Saravia, Zack Steffen, Tony Tchani, Wil Trapp).

 

 

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Crew SC visits historic RFK Stadium to take on DC United tonight at 7 pm

 

For Immediate Release: March 17, 2017

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (0-1-1, 1 point) travels to RFK Stadium to take on D.C. United (0-1-1, 1 point), Saturday, March 18. The match kicks-off at 7:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika and Dwight Burgess on the call. Coverage on The CW Columbus begins at 7:00 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 6:30 p.m. ET, with “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately following the action. Saturday’s match will air on Spectrum Sports channels 314/1314. While former Insight customers will not have access to those channels, they may watch it on WWHO (Channel 27). Saturday’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. La Mega 103.1 FM has the match airing in Spanish, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The Spanish radio calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online.

 

Crew SC and D.C. United met twice last season, with the Black & Gold drawing 1-1 at MAPFRE Stadium on July 16, 2016 and then falling 3-0 at RFK Stadium on September 28, 2016. Saturday’s marks the 65th all-time regular-season meeting between the two Eastern Conference Clubs. The Black & Gold currently hold an all-time record of 26-27-11 against D.C. and a record of 1-1-1 in their last three contests against the team from the Nation’s Capital.

 

Last Saturday, Crew SC took on the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium, in its second match of the season. Brazilian midfielder Artur made his first start for Crew SC, while defender Connor Maloney made his first appearance for the club. Houston took an early lead in the second minute, when Romell Quioto opened up the score. Alberth Ellis scored in the 34th minute to give the hosts a 2-0 lead heading into halftime. Erick Torres added a third goal for Houston 64th minute before forward Ola Kamara pulled a goal back for the Black & Gold near the end of the match in the third minute of added time.

 

Kamara’s goal was his first of the season and he was assisted by midfielder Justin Meram, who now has two assists in as many matches this season. Meram has now provided six assists in his last six MLS matches, dating back to the Black & Gold’s 3-0 win at home against Chicago on October 1, 2016. Meram’s run of six consecutive games with assists is tied with Carlos Valderrama, Brad Davis, and former Crew SC player Jeff Cunningham for third longest in MLS history. He is behind Martin Machon (8 consecutive matches: 7/19/00-9/9/00) and Andy Williams (7 consecutive matches: 7/29/98-9/6/08).

 

Columbus Crew SC at D.C. United

Saturday, March 18 – 7:00 p.m. ET – RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)

 

Regional Television: The CW Columbus (coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 6:30 p.m. ET) ** Saturday’s match will air on Spectrum Sports channels 314/1314. While former Insight customers will not have access to those channels, they may watch it on WWHO (Channel 27)

Regional Television Channel Guide: http://bit.ly/2017CrewSCBroadcast

Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English); La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish), Spanish radio broadcast also simulcast on LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM, English radio broadcast also simulcast on ColumbusCrewSC.com

 

RFK Stadium on the outskirts of Washington D.C. By MSGT KEN HAMMOND, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Jackets visit NY Islanders for Saturday afternoon game

MEDIA INFORMATION

Blue Jackets Broadcast Information
Television: FOX Sports Ohio (Jeff Rimer/Jody Shelley)
Radio: 97.1 The Fan (Bob McElligott)

 

GAME INFORMATION

The Matchup
Columbus: 45-18-6  (96 pts.)  || 19-9-5  (43 pts.) on Road  || 2nd Metropolitan  || 3.17 GF / 2.32 GA
New York: 33-26-11 (77 pts)  || 20-10-6 (46 pts.) at Home  || 5th Metropolitan  || 2.96 GF / 3.01 GA
All-Time Series
Columbus: 16-8-6 (5-6-2 on Road)
2016-17: Dec. 10 – at CBJ 6, NYI 2… Jan. 24 – at NYI 4, CBJ 2… Feb. 25 – at CBJ 7, NYI 0
2015-16: Oct. 20 – NYI 4, at CBJ 0… Dec. 12 – NYI 3, at CBJ 2 (OT)… Jan. 12 – at NYI 5, CBJ 2… Feb. 9 – NYI 3, at CBJ 2 (SO)… Mar. 31 – at NYI 4, CBJ 3

*  Winning team has scored at least three goals in 12 of the past 13 games of the series
*  The Jackets’ 7-0 win in the most recent meeting was the second shutout victory in the all-time series for the club (Bobrovsky 31 saves on Apr. 6, 2014 in 4-0 W at Columbus)

NOTEWORTHY
* Columbus plays in its 16th of 19 back-to-backs on Saturday/Sunday and first of two-straight back-to-backs (currently 19-7-4 in back-to-backs including 11-3-1 in the first game)
*  The Jackets are in a stretch of five-of-seven games vs. Metropolitan Division opponents (15-6-1)
*  The Blue Jackets’ .652 road point percentage is the third-best in the NHL, trailing the NY Rangers (.735) and Chicago (.662)
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Blue Jackets:

* 8  Zach Werenski - Notched his 11th goal of the season on Thursday, one short of the Jackets franchise record for defensemen (Bryan Berard; 2005-06) and his 44 points are sixth-T all-time among NHL teenage defensemen in their rookie seasons (Dave Babych; 1980-81)
* 72  Sergei Bobrovsky - Leads the NHL in wins (38), ranks 1st-T in SV% (.930) and is 2nd in GAA (2.06; played at least 30 games) and is riding a six-game win streak (1.17 GAA, .962 SV% and 3 SOs)
Islanders:
* 12  Josh Bailey - Leads the Islanders in assists and ranks second in points with 12-37-49 and has 6-7-13 in 20 career contests vs. the Blue Jackets
* 91  John Tavares - Leads New York in goals (tied) and points with 26-34-60 (20th-T in NHL in scoring) and has 9-12-21 in 18 career games vs. Columbus
GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

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