Who Is Winning the Tortorella-Vigneault Coaching Swap?

Nick Emptage
January 31 2014 12:12PM

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Not long after their teams were dispatched from the 2012-13 playoffs, two long-time NHL coaches were relieved of their jobs. Despite five straight Northwest Division titles, two President's Trophies, and a Stanley Cup Finals appearance, Vancouver Canucks boss Alain Vigneault was let go after seven seasons, with the team and fans calling for a change in direction after two first-round playoff exits. Similarly, over in the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers brought John Tortorella's four-season tenure to an end. Despite a record of 171-115-29 in Manhattan, Torts' brusque style alienated many on the team and in the local media, and his conservative, defensive approach was viewed as a poor fit for a young, talented roster.

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Scoring chances - Buffalo @ Phoenix

Cam Charron
January 31 2014 02:50AM

For those of you unawares, Dimitri Filipovic and I have a running bet each week during the slate of Saturday games. The loser must watch a game of the winner's choosing... and record scoring chances. This week, I had the pleasure of watching the Phoenix Coyotes and the Buffalo Sabres. It was the teams' first meeting since #BUTTGOAL, but, alas, there was to be no legendary moment during the rematch. The only somewhat interesting sequence was when rookie referee Trevor Hanson got hit in the face with a puck after the ricochet off the crossbar from an Oliver Ekman-Larsson shot.

The Sabres won 3-2, but obviously didn't deserve the victory, being out-shot 40-28. ExtraSkater page for the game is here, and the scoring chances are below.

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The Log Off Podcast: "That Sound You Hear is Me Kissing Kyle Okposo"

Dimitri Filipovic
January 27 2014 02:50PM

I can't blame Therrien. I wouldn't want to look either, right now..

Topics covered on today's edition of the show:

  •  We've got some nice intro music. Let's just say that it involves mups, and lighting stuff..
  • Just how good are the Anaheim Ducks? And just how bad are the Montreal Canadiens?
  • We recap last week's picks contest, and Cam receives his punishment for his loss.
  • Some fantasy tips on who to buy low on, and who to sell high on while you still can
  • I make out with Kyle Okposo. Well, sort of..

Click past the jump to stream the podcast!

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Meanwhile, in Montreal...

Cam Charron
January 25 2014 06:28PM

The Montreal Canadiens have had an awful Fenwick Close % for the last while, and, well, it doesn't look like that's going to get any better against Washington. It takes a certain kind of awful to have as many shots as your adversary has goals midway through the second period, but, hey, at least it isn't Randypuck*.

* - Does "Randypuck" refer to Randy Carlyle or Randy Cunneyworth, these days?

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Rookies and the 20 Goal Plateau

Byron Bader
January 25 2014 09:18AM

-via halfaxdrunk

Flames' rookie Sean Monahan has been the talk of Flames Town for much of the 2013-14 season. He was selected in the 2013 draft 6th overall by the Flames and made the team immediately out of camp. He did not disappoint in his first few months in the league, putting up 15 points in roughly 20 games. His game has trailed off since then but he's still contributing on a Flames team that doesn't score very much. In fact, he's leading this Flames team in goals with his 14 on the season.

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