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NHL Morning Skate for Saturday, December 23, 2017

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

BUFFALO 4, Philadelphia 2
FLORIDA 4, Minnesota 2

Montreal 3, CALGARY 2

ARIZONA 3, Washington 2 (OT)

ROOKIES FISCHER, KELLER RALLY COYOTES FOR OT WIN
Christian Fischer
tied the game with 1:01 left in regulation and Clayton Keller (1-1—2) notched his first career overtime goal to help the Coyotessnap a seven-game skid (0-6-1).

* Fischer’s goal marked the 49th time this season that a team scored a tying goal in the final five minutes of regulation, and the fourth such instance in the past two nights after the Ducks (Rickard Rakell at 18:45; 5-4 OT W), Oilers (Connor McDavid at 16:19, 3-2 W) and Blue Jackets (Artemi Panarin at 16:14; 3-2 SO L) each did so on Thursday.

 

* Keller scored his 13th goal of the season to move into sole possession of second place among rookies; he also ranks third among rookies with 28 points, behind Canucks forward Brock Boeser (19-14—33) and Islanders forward Mathew Barzal (9-23—32).

 

* This marks the fourth consecutive season that a Coyotes rookie has scored at least 13 goals, with a total of six players achieving the feat in that span – compared to the previous 20 seasons combined when only three Coyotes/Jets rookies hit the mark.
* ICYMI: Before the game, the Coyotes shared a photo of Keller at age 12, posing alongside Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin. Keller has scored in both meetings against Ovechkin (also Nov. 6).

 

 

ATLANTIC DIVISION CLUBS SECURE VICTORIES
The Canadiens (16-15-4, 36 points), Panthers (14-16-5, 33 points) and Sabres (9-19-7, 25 points) all survived tightly-contested matchups to collect victories:

Carey Price made 21 saves to help the Canadiens withstand a late Flames rally and improve to 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.
Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice in the third period as the Panthers overcame a pair of one-goal deficits to earn their second straight victory. Vincent Trocheck, who led the Panthers in scoring last season, netted Florida’s first goal of the contest and has collected 4-8—12 in his last 10 games.

Jack Eichel (2-0—2), Ryan O’Reilly (1-1—2) and Evander Kane (1-1—2) each collected two points during a six-goal third period to help the Sabres snap a three-game skid (0-2-1). Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek assisted on both Flyers goals to take over the League lead with 36 assists; he has collected 1-13—14 in his last nine contests to move into fifth place in NHL scoring (8-36—44).
CULLEN SKATES IN 1,400TH CAREER GAME
Wild forward Matt Cullen became the 38th player in NHL history to skate in 1,400 career regular-season games. Cullen has spent time with eight different NHL clubs – ANA (427 GP), CAR (266), MIN (227), PIT (154), NSH (139), FLA (86), NYR (80) and OTT (21) – en route to becoming the fourth active player to reach the milestone.

 


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NHL ENTERS HOLIDAY BREAK WITH 15-GAME SLATE

Saturday’s schedule features 30 of the NHL’s 31 teams in action on the final day of games before the League takes a three-day break for the holidays (no games scheduled from Dec. 24 – 26). This marks the 11th time in NHL history that 15 games will be contested on the same date (and third of five instances this season). The Flames (18-15-3, 39 points) are the only idle club. Some highlights include:

 

* The Golden Knights (22-9-2, 46 points) aim to extend their three-game win streak and eight-game point streak (7-0-1) when they host the Capitals (22-12-2, 46 points). Meanwhile, the Devils (20-9-5, 45 points), Bruins (18-10-5, 41 points) and Oilers (16-17-2, 34 points) also aim for a fourth straight win.

* Five games feature division rivalries: DET at BOS, OTT at FLA, PHI at CBJ, NSH at DAL and LAK at SJS.

* Eleven of the 12 players who have recorded at least 40 points this season are expected to be in action as well as each of the League’s 20-goal scorers: Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (23), Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (23) and Islanders teammates John Tavares (21) and Anders Lee (21).

 

* Tavares (21-24—45) and teammate Josh Bailey (10-35—45) have each recorded multiple points in five consecutive games to move into a share of second in League scoring with 45 points apiece (tied w/ Steven Stamkos: 13-32—45). Elias notes that Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilnywere the last set of teammates to simultaneously record multiple points in six or more consecutive games, achieving the feat with the Sabres from Dec. 31, 1992 – Jan. 10, 1993 (6 GP).

* Meanwhile, Predators forward Kevin Fiala is one of six players riding a point streak of at least six games. Fiala has recorded a point in nine consecutive contests (8-4—12), including a goal in five straight games. The others: Bailey (5-9—14 in 7 GP), Golden Knights forward Erik Haula (5-5—10 in 7 GP), Tavares (4-10—14 in 6 GP), Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (4-6—10 in 6 GP) and Canucks forward Henrik Sedin (0-9—9 in 6 GP).

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

Sonny Milano assigned to Cleveland Monsters by Blue Jackets

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned left wing Sonny Milano to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate.

 

Milano, 21, has recorded five goals and five assists for 10 points with four penalty minutes in 28 games with the Blue Jackets.  He has added 0-2-2 and an “even” plus/minus rating in four contests with the Monsters this season.

 

The Massapequa, New York native has notched 5-6-11 and four penalty minutes in 35 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets.  He has added 32-53-85 with 46 penalty minutes in 131 career AHL games with the Monsters and Springfield Falcons since making his pro debut at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.  He was the club’s first round pick, 16th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Blue Jackets loan three players to Cleveland Monsters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 23, 2017

 

LOAN D CAMERON GAUNCE, F TYLER MOTTE, F JORDAN SCHROEDER

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have loaned defenseman Cameron Gaunce and forwards Tyler Motte and Jordan Schroeder to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced tonight.

 

Gaunce, 27, has collected 0-5-5 with 27 penalty minutes and an “even” plus/minus rating in 20 contests with the Monsters this season.  He has posted 2-3-5 and 36 penalty minutes in 32 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche since making his NHL debut in 2010-11.  The Sudbury, Ontario native has added 21-131-152, 583 penalty minutes and a +66 plus/minus rating in 488 career AHL games with the Monsters, Portland Pirates and Texas Stars.

 

Motte, 22, has recorded 3-1-4 in 20 games with Columbus this season and has 7-4-11 and 14 penalty minutes in 53 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks.  The St. Clair, Michigan native also has picked up 5-2-7 and four penalty minutes with Cleveland in 2017-18 and has registered 17-11-28 and 26 penalty minutes in 56 career AHL games with the Monsters and Rockford IceHogs.

 

Schroeder, 27, has collected two penalty minutes in nine games with the Blue Jackets and has added 3-5-8 with six penalty minutes in 15 games with the Monsters this season.  He has posted 17-23-40 with 12 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 153 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks.  The Prior Lake, Minnesota native has added 80-123-203 and 84 penalty minutes in 307 career AHL games with Cleveland, Iowa, Utica, Chicago and Manitoba.

 

The Blue Jackets return to action on Wednesday when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Game time from PPG Paints Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m.  The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan and online at BlueJackets.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Blue Jackets grind out Metro Division win over Flyers in shootout, 2-1

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS POSTGAME DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCE

62,530 Travis Konecny Phila center He centered #1 line tonight allowing Giroux Couturier & Provorov to get several shots on goal and their only goal tonight 12 23 2017

62,531 Travis Konecny Phila center Flyers effort much better vs Columbus than at Buffalo on Friday night 12 23 2017

 

62,532 Ivan Provorov Phila defenseman Team played the Jackets tot to toe for the points tonight and had a chance to win 12 23 2017

62,533 Ivan Provorov Phila defenseman The Flyers after a slow start to the season is only 4 points away from a playoff spot in a tough division 12 23 2017

62,534 Ivan Provorov Phila defenseman He blames himself for the Blue Jackets first goal of the game 12 23 2017

 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POSTGAME DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCE

62,537 Pierre-Luc Dubois CBJ LW He has been practicing his shootout moves in practice to get ready when needed 12 23 2017

62,540 Pierre-Luc Dubois CBJ LW On how he beat the Brian Elliott Flyers goalie tonight 12 23 2017

62,542 Pierre-Luc Dubois CBJ LW Team will be tested with Dubinsky & Wennberg out due to injuries 12 23 2017

62,545 Nick Foligno CBJ captain & LW Team has to grind out games with Dubinsky and Wennberg out due to injuries 12 23 2017

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Post-Game Notes

Columbus Blue Jackets (2) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (1) (SO)

December 23, 2017 – Nationwide Arena (17,812)

 

Goal Scorers
Columbus: PP – S. Jones (7), SO – Dubois
Philadelphia: I. Provorov (5)

 

Goalies

Columbus: S. Bobrovsky (30 Saves, W)                        Philadelphia: B. Elliott (35 Saves, SOL)


Game Summary:
http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20172018/GS020551.HTM

Event Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20172018/ES020551.HTM

 

  • The Blue Jackets defeated the Flyers for the 11th-straight time at Nationwide Arena. Columbus improved 10-2-0 vs. Philadelphia overall since December 9, 2014.
  • Columbus won at home for the third-straight game and the ninth time in the past 11 contests. The club’s 14 wins in the first 20 home games are the second most in a season in franchise history (15-4-1, 2016-17).
  • The Blue Jackets scored the first goal of the game for the 15th time in the past 24 contests and improved to 16-3-2 when scoring first this season.
  • Columbus improved to 17-2-0 when allowing two goals or less and 11-2-2 in one-goal games this season, good for second-T in the NHL in win percentage (.733) and first-T in wins.
  • The Blue Jackets outshot their opponent for the 24th time in 37 games this season, including 11 of the last 16.
  • Columbus went one-for-three on the power play tonight, scoring a power play goal for the fourth-straight contest (4-of-14, 28.6 pct.) and have gone 6-for-26 (23.1 pct.) over the last nine contests.
  • The Blue Jackets were three-for-three on the penalty kill and have now killed 49-of-54 (90.7%) penalties at Nationwide Arena this season.

 

  • Seth Jones scored his seventh goal of the season and extended his season-long point streak to four-straight games (3-2-5) while leading all skaters in TOI with 27:58. He has 4-2-6 in his last six games, including power play points in four-straight games (2-2-4). The former fourth overall pick leads all CBJ defensemen in assists (15) and points (21) and has notched 5-6-11 in 20 games at Nationwide Arena this season.
  • Sergei Bobrovsky turned away 30-of-31 shots and improved to 6-0-0 at home with a 1.29 GAA and a .954 save percentage against Philadelphia. He is 9-2-0 with a 1.79 GAA and a .939 save percentage in 11 career games against his former club.
  • Pierre-Luc Dubois scored the game-deciding goal on his first career NHL shootout attempt and tied a career-high with five shots on goal.
  • LW Artemi Panarin recorded his third point in the past two games with an assist on Jones’ first period power play goal. He has collected 3-12-15 in his last 12 games and has 3-2-5 in five career games against Philadelphia.
  • RW Oliver Bjorkstrand notched his 17th assist of the season and has 1-6-7 in his last seven games.
  • RW Josh Anderson fired six shots on goal and registered three hits in 22:07 of ice time, the second most of his career (22:32, Dec. 16 at CAR).
  • Jordan Schroeder finished the game seven-for-eight in the faceoff circle (88%).

Blue Jackets:

Coach John Tortorella | Pierre-Luc Dubois | Nick Foligno | Seth Jones

Flyers:

Coach Dave Hakstol | Brian Elliott | Ivan Provorov

Wednesday, December 27 at Pittsburgh Penguins, PPG Paints Arena, 7:00 p.m. ET – FOX Sports Ohio / 97.1 The Fan

 

 

 

 

ALL GAME INFORMATION WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS


Crew SC exercises 2018 options on contracts of several players

COLUMBUS CREW SC EXERCISES OPTIONS ON CONTRACTS OF NINE PLAYERS FOR 2018 SEASON
Black & Gold exercise options on nine players from 2017 roster that reached the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Championship; with 10 players already under contract, Crew SC’s 2018 roster currently stands at 19
COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC has confirmed that the core of its 2017 side that reached the 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Championship is set to return in 2018 as the club announced that it has exercised the contract options on nine players from its 2017 roster, while 10 others were already under contract for the 2018 season, giving the Black & Gold a roster that currently features 19 players.

 

Crew SC exercised the options of defenders Lalas Abubakar, Harrison Afful, Connor Maloney and Josh Williams; midfielders Artur, Mohammed Abu, Niko Hansen and Cristian Martinez; and forward Ola Kamara. Crew SC will continue to remain in dialogue with Brazilian club Sao Paulo FC regarding midfielder Artur.

The Black & Gold simultaneously announced that they have declined the contract options of goalkeepers Logan Ketterer and Brad Stuver; defenders Waylon Francis and Gaston Sauro; and midfielders Marshall Hollingsworth, Abuchi Obinwa, Rodrigo Saravia and Ben Swanson. Crew SC will remain in discussions with defenders Gaston Sauro and Waylon Francis this offseason. Crew SC has also extended an offer to forward Kekuta Manneh, who is out of contract.

“Preparations for 2018 are underway and we are pleased to bring back the core of this year’s roster for next year,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. “We came just short of our goal of returning to MLS Cup, but will look to continue to shape our roster in an effort to improve for the 2018 campaign.”

A full Major League Soccer list of players eligible for Free Agency, the Waiver Draft and Re-Entry Draft will be announced by the League. The MLS Half-Day Trade window takes place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 10 and the Expansion Draft is set to be held on Tuesday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Later that same day, MLS Free Agency begins at 3:00 p.m. ET. The MLS Waiver Draft is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13 at 3:30 p.m. ET and the MLS Re-Entry Draft begins with Stage One on Friday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft takes place on Thursday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Crew SC’s current 2018 roster is listed below:

Goalkeepers (1): Zack Steffen

Defenders (7): Lalas Abubakar, Harrison Afful, Alex Crognale, Connor Maloney, Jonathan Mensah, Jukka Raitala, Josh Williams

Midfielders (9): Artur, Mohammed Abu, Niko Hansen, Federico Higuain, Hector Jimenez, Cristian Martinez, Justin Meram, Pedro Santos, Wil Trapp

Forwards (2): Adam Jahn, Ola Kamara

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

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