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Archive for February 19th, 2018

NHL Morning Skate for President’s Day, Monday, February 19, 2018: Hall, Hischier extend streaks in overtime win; Flyers explode for seven-goal outburst; McDavid (hat trick) helps Oilers snap Avalanche’s home win streak

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SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Philadelphia 7, NY Rangers 4

Edmonton 4, COLORADO 2

New Jersey 3, CAROLINA 2 (OT)

Pittsburgh 5, COLUMBUS 2

Toronto 3, DETROIT 2

SAN JOSE 5, Dallas 2

WINNIPEG 7, Florida 2

 

HALL, HISCHIER EXTEND STREAKS IN OVERTIME WIN

Taylor Hall scored with 22.7 seconds remaining in overtime to power the Devils (31-20-8, 70 points) to their fourth consecutive win on the heels of a four-game slide (0-4-0). New Jersey occupies the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

 

* Hall extended his point streak to 11 games (7-7—14) and has recorded at least one point in 18 consecutive appearances dating to Jan. 2 (12-14—26), the longest such run in Devils franchise history.

 

Nico Hischier, the first overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, scored for the fourth consecutive game (4-3—7). Hischier became the fifth rookie in Devils franchise history to score at least one goal in four or more consecutive team games.

 

GIROUX, KONECNY POWER FLYERS’ SEVEN-GOAL OUTBURST

Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny each posted 1-2—3 as the Flyers (30-19-10, 70 points) erupted for seven goals to extend their point streak to eight games (6-0-2). Philadelphia is third in the Metropolitan Division standings, three points back of Washington (33-18-7, 73 points) for second place.

 

* Giroux scored his 200th career goal and is tied for third in the NHL with 20-49—69 this season (59 GP). Konecny, meanwhile, has 15-19—34 in 2017-18 (59 GP) and eclipsed the goal, assist and point totals from his 2016-17 rookie campaign (11-17—28 in 70 GP).

 

Alex Lyon made 25 saves in relief of Michal Neuvirth to earn the first victory of his NHL career (4 GP). Lyon became the third goaltender in Flyers history to earn his first career win in a relief effort.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

* Sunday’s contest between the Flyers and Rangers marked the 53rd time this season that a game has featured at least 10 combined goals (910 GP). The last season to feature as many such instances through the first 910 games was 2008-09 (58).

 

* The average goals per game this season is 5.91 (including shootout-deciding goals). The last season to conclude with a higher goals per game average was 2005-06 (6.17).

 

McDAVID (HAT TRICK) HELPS OILERS SNAP AVALANCHE’S HOME WIN STREAK

Connor McDavid (3-0—3) scored his third hat trick of the season (fourth career) to help the Oilers snap the Avalanche’s home win streak at 10 games. Colorado’s 10-game run was tied for the longest home win streak in franchise history, a mark set by the Quebec Nordiques in 1983-84 and matched in 1994-95.

 

* McDavid is tied for third in the NHL with 26-43—69 this season (58 GP) and joined Washington’s Alex Ovechkin as the only players to record three hat tricks in 2017-18. McDavid became the first Oilers player to score three hat tricks in a season since Petr Klima in 1990-91.

 

LATE GOAL HELPS MAPLE LEAFS CONTINUE RECENT SUCCESS

Auston Matthews scored the go-ahead goal with 30.2 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Maple Leafs (36-20-5, 77 points) to a 10-2-0 record in their last 12 games. Toronto is third in the Atlantic Division standings, one point back of Boston (35-13-8, 78 points) for second place.

 

* Matthews was the first Maple Leafs player to score a go-ahead goal at 19:29 of the third period or later since Matt Hunwick (19:52) on Jan. 19, 2016 at PHI (3-2 W). Overall, Matthews scored the ninth go-ahead goal in the final minute of regulation this season.

 

JETS, PENGUINS TAKE OVER FIRST PLACE IN RESPECTIVE DIVISIONS

The Jets (35-15-9, 79 points) and Penguins (35-22-4, 74 points) each earned wins to move into first place in the Central and Metropolitan Division standings, respectively:

 

* The Jets scored seven goals in a game for the fifth time this season to improve to 6-2-1 on their franchise-long 10-game homestand. Winnipeg improved to 23-5-2 (48 points) at Bell MTS Place in 2017-18 and moved within one home win of matching its franchise record for most in a season, a mark set by Atlanta in 2005-06 (24-13-4, 52 points).

 

Jake Guentzel (1-2—3) and Riley Sheahan (2-0—2) combined for 3-2—5 to help the Penguins extend their point streak to seven games (6-0-1), including five straight wins. Pittsburgh’s five consecutive victories is the longest active win streak in the NHL.

 

SHARKS BUILD 5-0 LEAD TO DEFEAT STARS

The Sharks (32-19-8, 72 points) raced to a 5-0 lead en route to victory over the Stars and improved to 4-1-0 in their last five games. San Jose is second in the Pacific Division standings, 10 points behind League-leading Vegas (39-15-4, 82 points) for first place.

 

QUICK CLICKS

 

· NHL statement on Saturday’s incident in Chicago

· Miles Wood suspended two games for actions in Devils game against Lightning

· Chris Wideman joins kids for impromptu pick-up pond hockey game in Ottawa

· Paul Postma‘s best friend, two-year-old dog Copper, attends Bruins practice

· Once a lifesaving donor to brother, Tim Schaller backs charitable Timmyheads

 

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

As expected, MLB announces pace of play rules for 2018

2018 season will include mound visit limitations, measures designed to reduce the time of inning breaks and pitching changes

Major League Baseball today announced rule changes for the 2018 championship season designed to improve the pace of play. After receiving substantial input from the Major League Baseball Players Association and Club personnel, MLB’s Competition and Playing Rules Committees recommended that Commissioner Rob Manfred proceed with a rule change limiting the number of mound visits in a game and a rule designed to reduce the time required for inning breaks and pitching changes. The Commissioner has decided to defer the implementation of a pitch timer and a between-batter timer in 2018 in order to provide players with an opportunity to speed up the game without the use of those timers.

Commissioner Manfred said: “I am pleased that we were able to reach an understanding with the Players Association to take concrete steps to address pace of play with the cooperation of players. My strong preference is to continue to have ongoing dialogue with players on this topic to find mutually acceptable solutions.”

The Commissioner’s Office also is taking steps to expedite the replay review process and to deter sign-stealing through the use of electronic equipment. MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to meet during the 2018 championship season to continue to discuss pace of play. A full description of the 2018 changes is attached hereto.

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NHL Morning Skate for Sunday, February 18, 2018: Vegas matches another NHL record with home win; Penguins extend home streak to 11 contests; Blackhawks’ Kane notches 500th NHL assist

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SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Los Angeles 4, BUFFALO 2

Anaheim 3, MINNESOTA 2 (SO)

OTTAWA 6, NY Rangers 3

ARIZONA 1, Edmonton 0

VEGAS 6, Montreal 3

New Jersey 4, TAMPA BAY 3

PITTSBURGH 5, Toronto 3

Detroit 3, NASHVILLE 1

CHICAGO 7, Washington 1

VANCOUVER 6, Boston 1

Florida 6, CALGARY 3

VEGAS MATCHES ANOTHER NHL RECORD WITH HOME WIN
Reilly Smith
(2-1—3) and Jonathan Marchessault (0-3—3) each collected three points to guide the Golden Knights (39-15-4, 82 points) to their third straight win and leapfrog the Lightning (39-17-3, 81 points) for first place in the NHL standings.

* Elias notes that the Golden Knights, who sit atop the League standings through 58 GP, are the first expansion team in their inaugural season to hold the outright lead in the standings this late into an NHL campaign. Previously, the expansion franchise to lead the League the latest in a season was the 1967-68 Kings, who sat atop the NHL standings following their 19th game on Nov. 24, 1967.

* Vegas, who already owns the NHL record for most wins by a team in its inaugural season, improved to 22-4-2 at T-Mobile Arena and matched the 1979-80 Whalers (22-12-6) for the most home wins by a team in its inaugural season.

* Smith (19-32—51), who collected his third three-point game of the season, extended his point streak to seven contests (5-7—12) and reached the 50-point mark for the third time in his career (also 20-31—51 in 2013-14 w/ BOS and 25-25—50 in 2015-16 w/ FLA).

* Smith accompanied Marchessault (58), David Perron (53) and William Karlsson (51) as the fourth Golden Knights player to register at least 50 points this season. Vegas joined the Stars (Jamie Benn: 53; Alexander Radulov: 53; John Klingberg: 53; and Tyler Seguin: 51) as the only clubs to feature four 50-point players this season.

PENGUINS EXTEND HOME STREAK TO 11 CONTESTS
The Penguins (34-22-4, 72 points) rode strong performances from Evgeni Malkin (1-2—3) and Bryan Rust (1-2—3) en route to their 11th consecutive win at PPG Paints Arena. Pittsburgh, who moved within one point of the Capitals (33-18-7, 73 points) for first place in the Metropolitan Division, holds the longest active home streak in the NHL and has strung together at least 11 straight home wins for the fourth time in franchise history.

* Malkin, who boosted his career totals to 361-540—901 in 762 GP, became the fourth player in Penguins franchise history to reach the 900-point mark, joining Mario Lemieux (1,723), Sidney Crosby (1,093) and Jaromir Jagr (1,079).

* In search of his third Art Ross Trophy (also 2009 and 2012), Malkin currently sits second (33-36—69) in NHL scoring and trails Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (31-46—77 in 59 GP) by eight points. In fact, since entering the NHL in 2006-07, only Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (994) and Crosby (991) have produced more points than Malkin.

* According to Elias, Saturday marked the 61st time in Malkin’s career in which he recorded exactly three points in a game. Through his 12 NHL seasons, the second-overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft has collected 161 two-point games, 16 four-point games and seven five-point games.

KANE RECORDS 500TH NHL ASSIST, BLACKHAWKS ERUPT FOR SEVEN GOALS
Patrick Kane (1-1—2) collected two points, including his 500th career NHL assist, en route to helping the Blackhawks (25-26-8, 58 points) snap an eight-game skid (0-7-1).

* Kane, who scored his 300th career goal on Dec. 23 at NJD, joined Stan Mikita (541-926—1,467), Bobby Hull (604-549—1,153), Denis Savard(377-719—1,096) and Steve Larmer (406-517—923) as the only players to register 300 goals and 500 assists with the franchise.

* Kane (307-500—807 in 799 GP), who leads the Blackhawks in scoring with 22-33—55 and has paced the club in goals, assists and points in the each of the last two seasons, became the 29th player in NHL history to register 300 goals and 500 assists prior to his 800th career game. In fact, Kane and Pat LaFontaine are the only U.S.-born players to accomplish the feat before skating in their 800th career contest.

 

HALL FINDS THE SCORESHEET (AGAIN) IN DEVILS VICTORY
Four different players scored and Eddie Lack made a career-high 48 saves to help the Devils (30-20-8, 68 points) earn their third straight win and maintain their position in the Eastern Conference’s first Wild Card spot.

Taylor Hall collected an assist to extend the NHL’s longest active point streak to 10 contests (6-7—13), two games shy of the longest by a Devilsplayer since 2010-11 (Ilya Kovalchuk: 7-7—14 in 12 GP). Hall, who’s posted a stretch of 17 consecutive appearances with at least one point, is the eighth different player to string together a point streak of at least 10 contests and sits two away from matching David Pastrnak (5-9—14 in 12 GP from Nov. 22 – Dec. 18) for the longest such streak in 2017-18.
PANTHERS CONTINUE TO CLIMB EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS. . .

Aleksander Barkov tallied 1-2—3 and Roberto Luongo made 30 saves in his first start since Dec. 4 to lead the Panthers (26-23-6, 58 points) to their third consecutive win and their seventh victory in their last eight contests. Florida scored at least six goals in a game for the second time in three games and moved within six points of the Islanders (29-25-6, 64 points), with five games in hand, for the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

 

. . . HAMILTON NETS HAT TRICK IN 400TH NHL GAME
Despite a loss, Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton scored his first career hat trick while skating in the 400th game of his NHL career. Hamilton, who netted the 50th hat trick of 2017-18, is the second Flames player to accomplish the feat (also Sean Monahan: Nov. 18 at PHI).

* Hamilton, who established career highs in goals, assists and points during 2016-17 (13-37—50 in 81 GP), joined Carolina’s Justin Faulk (Feb. 13 vs. LAK) and Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm (Dec. 21 at NYI) as the only defenseman to record a hat trick this season. In fact, Hamilton is just the fifth blueliner in Flames franchise history to post a three-goal performance and first since Al MacInnis on Mar. 16, 1992 vs. HFD.

HIGH SCORING RATE CONTINUES

As the 2017-18 season passed the 900-game mark on Saturday, 25 players are scoring at a point-per-game pace or better (min 40 GP), led by Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov (31-46—77 in 59 GP, 1.30 P/GP). Elias notes that 2017-18 features the most players to produce at a point-per-game clip at this point in a season since 2006-07, when 31 players maintained the pace through 900 contests.

QUICK CLICKS

 

· Panthers wear special patches, decals to honor Parkland tragedy victims

· Nathan MacKinnon will return for Avalanche against Oilers

· Hurricanes first-ever moms trip a time for bonding, pizza, Broadway

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for outfield, bench depth Indians bring back popular veteran Rajai Davis

Rajai Davis warming up with Cleveland in 2016 By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians recently announced the club has signed free agent outfielder Rajai Davis (#26) to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League Spring Training camp.

Davis, 37, was a member of the 2016 American League Champion squad, leading the American League in stolen bases (43 in 49 attempts) and authoring one of the most dramatic home runs in the history of the franchise. The East Lyme, CT native spent the 2017 season between Oakland and Boston, hitting a combined .235 (56-for-336) with 19 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, 20 RBI and 29 steals in 36 attempts. He began the year with the Athletics after signing with Oakland in January 2017 and was traded to the Red Sox prior to the August trading deadline and was a member of Boston’s Division Series roster.

Rajai owns a ten-year Major League career batting average of .264 (1062-4023) with 218 doubles, 42 triples, 60 home runs and 373 RBI in 1318 games since debuting with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006, spending the last ten seasons in the American League. His 394 career stolen bases are third among active Major League players, placing in the top ten in the American League in steals eight times during his career. His lone career Postseason home run came in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series vs. the Chicago Cubs, an 8th-inning, 2-run shot that erased a 6-4 Cubs lead.

 

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Indians sign veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan

 

Ryan Hanigan with Boston in action 2016 photo By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

The Cleveland Indians recently announced the club has signed free agent C RYAN HANIGAN to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League Spring Training camp, bringing the total number of non-roster invitees to 22.

Hanigan, 37, split the 2017 season in the Colorado Rockies organization between Triple-A Albuquerque and the Major League club, hitting .267 (27-101) with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 12 RBI in 33 games for the Rockies and was a member of their 2017 N.L. Wild Card Game 25-man roster. The Andover, MA native has appeared in 680 games over an 11-year Major League career with the Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox and Rockies since debuting in 2007. He was an amateur free agent signing of the Cincinnati Reds in 2002 out of Rollins College (FL).

Read more: Cleveland Indians
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