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Canucks’ Luongo posts 65th career shutout in win over Edmonton

Roberto Luongo (courtesy Vancouver Canucks)

Roberto Luongo stopped 19 shots on Friday night and recorded his 65th career shutout as the Vancouver Canucks won their sixth game in a row, 4-0 over the Edmonton Oilers.

The 34-year-old Loongo, a native of Canada, has also played for Florida Panthers and the New York Islanders.

The 6’3, 217-pound goalie has a career record of 348-289-33.

NHL holds draft lottery tonight; Florida Panthers have the odds of gaining #1 pick

(courtesy Florida Panthers)

The National Hockey League holds its annual draft lottery tonight, and the Florida Panthers, who finished with a record of 15-27-6 and 36 points, have the best odds of winning. Florida’s chances are at 25 percent, followed by Colorado at 19 percent.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the NHL’s top non-playoff team and their chances of winning is at 1-in-200 of winning the lottery. If they don’t, the Jackets will pick 14th. Columbus also has two other first-round picks from the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings.

The draft lottery determines the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the NHL’s amateur draft on June 30.

All 14 teams that missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs have a shot at the #1 overall pick.



50,291 Kevin Dineen Florida coach Not pleased with any aspect of the loss to CBJ

50,292 Kevin Dineen Florida coach It’s natural to be tired this time of year. How do you get rid of it

50,293 Kevin Dineen Florida coach Any concerns with this team right now heading to Detroit

50,296 Kevin Dineen Florida coach Nice ovation for him from Columbus fans as a former CBJ player


50,304 Todd Richards CBJ coach Key moments York goaltending, shutting down 5 on 3 PP

50,309 Todd Richards CBJ coach On Nikita Nikitin’s production of 32 points was this expected when trade was made

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have been playing playoff contending teams very tough the past two months.

Friday night was no exeception as they defeated the Florida Panthers from the Eastern Conference, 4-1.


(courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets)

Again, it was the stellar play of goaltender Allen York with 30 saves and the defensive effort on the penalty-kill that sealed the game for Columbus.

The Jackets received goals from R.J. Umberger (16,17) and Nikita Nikitin (6,7) in the win.

The Blue Jackets saluted the 20th anniversary of the Columbus Chill, who were established in 1991. The fans still love the Chill as they were all sorts of caps, jerseys, jackets worn throughout the arena.

The game had a nice, enthusiastic crowd for a Friday night of 17, 944.


* The Panthers are fighting for a playoff spot with 90 points and a 37-25-16 record.

* They are coached by former original Blue Jackets star, Kevin Dineen, who many feel, fans and media, should’ve been hired as head coach here when the team hired Scott Arniel.

* Dineen received a nice ovation from the fans as he was being recognized during the game. The fans always liked his all-out, hard-nosed play.

* The Panthers are vying for their first playoff berth in 12 years (2000).

* The team has the 10th-best power play in the NHL.

* One negative stat on Florida, is they lead the NHL in bench minors with 16, which includes two Friday night of too many men on the ice. Dineen says that is his fault and they have to clean it up.

* One of the reasons why Florida is so good, is they’ve picked up players who were stars elsewhere: Scottie Upshall, Mikael Samuelsson, Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky and Ed Jovanovski.

(file photo)


* The Blue Jackets honored the Olentangy Orange hockey team who were winners of the annual CBJ hockey tournament.

* The hockey game was played inside while weather conditions around the Columbus area had several tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings. Like they say, “The game must go on!”

* The Blue Jackets have scored 18 goals the past five games or 3.6 per game during that period.

* Defenseman Dalton Prout became the 40th player to play for Columbus this year. Of the 40, he is the 20th to make his Jackets debut and seventh to make his NHL debut. All are franchise records.

* Columbus scored the first goal of the game for the 37th time this season. The team is 20-13-4 in those games, 15-3-1 leading after the first period and 20-6-2 leading after the 2nd period.

* The Blue Jackets lifetime are 8-4-0 all-time vs. Florida, including 4-2-0 at Nationwide Arena. Columbus has won five straight games in the series.

* Defenseman Nikita Nikitin, acquired in the Kris Russell trade earlier in the season, has set career highs in several categories: goals (7), assists (24), points (31) and games played (57). One of the best trades this organization has ever made.

* The Jackets now have a record of 26-45-7 for 59 points on the year.

Muller loses coaching debut at Carolina against Florida


Kirk Muller Nov 2008 at Legends Classic in Toronto (By Horge & Jeangagnon via wikipedia commons)

45-year-old Kirk Muller is the new coach of the struggling Carolina Panthers, succeeding Paul Maurice.

Muller, a native of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, was a left winger during his 19-year career from 1984-2003.

Muller was a 1984 NHL Draft choice of the New Jersey Devils, second pick overall.

Muller also played for Montreal, the New York Islanders, Toronto, Florida and Dallas.

He had hoped to get his team off to a good start, but the Florida Panthers showed why their leading the NHL’s Southeast Division, with a 3-1 win in Muller’s coaching debut.

The Hurricanes have a disappointing record of 8-14-4 for 20 points.


Info compiled from Carolina Panthers & Florida Panthers news

Washington Capitals off to 5-0 start; best in franchise history


Thomas Vokoun (file photo)

Goaltender Tomas Vokoun blanked his former team with a 20-save performance in helping the Washington Capitals to improve to 5-0, the best start in franchise history.

Vokoun was rarely tested by the Florida Panthers. He registered his 45th NHL shutout for the 35-year-old who played the previous four seasons with Florida.

Vokoun has also played for Montreal and Nashville.


Info compiled from NHL & Washington Capitals

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