Morning Hockey Roundup: December 4, 2013 Featuring the Gretzkys

Your morning shot of hockey to go with your coffee.

Ah the Gretzkys. They’ll make another appearance below. So after I posted the First Roundup yesterday, I realized that I needed a mascot for this. So I present to you to “mascot” of the roundup: Dwayne Robinson, #7 for the Mighty Ducks:



Who better than this guy? After all, I can’t think of anyone else who has received two minutes for roping.


Nine games last night, the two I picked on will be at the bottom with the team I picked having an asterisk.

Penguins top Islanders 3-2 in OT. W: Marc Andre Fleury (21 Saves); L: Anders Nilsson (31 Saves); PIT Goals: Crosby 2 (14, 15), Neal (9); NYI Goals: Okposo 2 (7, 8) – The Islanders lead this game 2-0 and even had a penalty shot but the Penguins Power Play was too much. Malkin made a great play to set up Neal’s trickler and Crosby had an absolute snipe in the third and then a dangle to win it (see below).

Hurricanes blast Caps 4-1 in D.C. W: Justin Peters (26 Saves); L: Braden Holtby (19 Saves); CAR Goals: Sekera (6), Skinner 2 (5, 6), Tlusty (4); WASH Goal: Green (1) – Well out of all the results of last night, this was not the outcome I thought it would be. Braden Holtby has been playing well this season (earning a Weekly MVP Honors from me as well) but every team has an off night. Great to see Jeff Skinner net two goals as well as getting an assist.

Bob goes down, Blue Jackets hold on to shutout Lightning 1-0. W: Sergei Bobrovsky (18 Saves); L: Ben Bishop (20 Saves); CBJ Goal: Foligno (7) – You read that right, Sergei Bobrovsky left this game in the third period with a leg injury. There is no current timetable for his return, but if Bob is out for long, this Columbus team’s season is going to seem even longer.

Sens defeat Panthers 4-2, Florida leaves Tim Thomas out to dry. W: Craig Anderson (30 Saves); L: Tim Thomas (42 Saves); OTT Goals: Condra (2), Corvo (2), Greening (2), Ryan (14); FLA Goals: Campbell (4), Huberdeau (6) – 42 saves on 46 shots. That’s what they signed Timmy T for. Too bad there’s no offense on this Panther team.

Stars get WAY outshot, defeat Blackhawks 4-3 in Chicago. W: Kari Lehtonen (47 Saves); L: Corey Crawford (14 Saves); DAL Goals: Chiasson (8), Cole (3), Nichuskin (3), Rousell (5); CHI Goals: Leddy (3), Oduya (3), Sharp (11) – Yes, the Stars only took 18 SHOTS, and the Blackhawks took 50. How does that happen? In the United Center? Lindy Ruf, that’s how. The Stars’ bench boss ran this same system during his tenure in Buffalo and it seemed to (decently) work for Ryan Miller. Lehtonen easily taking home the First Star of the night.

Canucks down Preds 3-1 in Nashville. W: Roberto Luongo (30 Saves); L: Maerk Mazanek (30 Saves); VAN Goals: Kesler 2 (13, 14), Richardson (6); NASH Goal: Wilson (5) – Roberto Luongo is continuing to prove the Vancouver front office right about keeping him and dishing out Corey Schneider. Maybe Torts really was the key to getting Luongo back on track.

Coyotes blast Oilers 6-2 in Edmonton. W: Mike Smith (31 Saves); L: Devan Dubnyk (27 Saves); PHX Goals: Boedker (7), Doan (12), Moss (2), Riberio (8), Vrbata (9), Yandle (2); EDM Goals: Perron 2 (10, 11) – Shane Doan and Mike Riberio are scoring goals, that has been and will continue to be the key to success for this Coyotes team in stay competitive in the Pacific Division.

Sharks* defeat Maple Leafs 4-2 in Toronto. W: Antti Niemi (28 Saves); L: James Reimer (37 Saves); SJ Goals: Brown (2), Couture (10), Stuart (3), Thornton (5); TOR Goals: Kessel (15), Raymond (10) – Boom, called this one. Toronto’s losing streak is extended to five games. It’s tough to break a losing skid against the second highest scoring offense in the league.

Kings* edge out Ducks 3-2 (SO) in Anaheim. W: Martin Jones (26 Saves); L: Jonas Hiller (49 Saves); LA Goals: Brown (5), Carter (7); ANA Goals: Getzlaf (14), Perry (16) – A few more shots from Getzlaf and Perry and the Ducks could have won this game. Big props to Jonas Hiller on the 49 Saves. He would’ve taken the First Star of Night honors if Lehtonen hadn’t had 47 Saves, all in regulation. Even though it was through random luck a shootout, I still called this one.

A SWEEP! 2-0 ON THE DAY! 15-10 on the Season now.

Highlight of the Night:

This is tough for me to post it. Such a good goal, but I hate him so, so much.

Stat of the Day:

The NHL is finally paying Wayne Gretzky  for his final year as the coach of the Coyotes, which was over four years ago. The amount is reportedly for somewhere between Seven and Eight Million Dollars. Paulina Gretzky, Wayne’s daughter, is probably the most excited about this new, as she has a wedding coming up. Here is her with fiance, and PGA Tour star, Dustin Johnson.

Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson


Three games tonight, one of them being the Flyers traveling to Detroit. This will be the second matchup between these two teams, the first was also in Joe Louis Arena back on October 12th, which Detroit won 5-2. I mentioned yesterday that playing home hasn’t given the Red Wings the advantage it had as in the past, but this will no doubt be a tough game for the Flyers to win. Detroit has one of the best Penalty Killing units and the Flyers haven’t done very well capitalizing on their PP chances. No word on the starting goalie for the Flyers, but both Mason and Emery have plenty experience playing in Detroit. I’d go with Mason, as Emery already had his chance this season.

The other two games tonight are Montreal in New Jersey at 7 and Phoenix in Calgary at 10. These two games almost seem like sure things but I’m going with the Devils over the Habs and the Coyotes over the Flames. NJ wants to split this home-and-home, especially after the tough loss the other night. I almost picked the Flames, but they cannot score and Phoenix is on a hot streak.


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