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Edmonton Oilers For those who follow the Edmonton Oilers with any kind of regularity, arguably the most frustrating part in every game is watching Connor McDavid being hooked, held and interfered with nearly every time he hits the ice. In a league that has repeatedly stated they instruct their referees to consistently call penalties against guys trying to illegally slow down the high end skilled player, this shouldn’t be a thing. https://twitter.com/Woodguy55/status/1056670719403126785 Apparently, those rules do not apply to the Oilers captain, as there could be no other reasonable explanation for what has transpired over the past four seasons. We are 224 games, two scoring titles, a Hart Trophy and a pair of Art Ross and Ted Lindsey Awards into McDavid’s career and the kid rarely gets calls from the vast majority of officials in this league. Curious to be sure but the real question is why is this happening? Slowing Down Connor McDavid The most popular and likely correct take revolves...
Vegas Golden Knights In today's News & Notes, the NHL has fined Milan Lucic, Erik Haula is expected to miss a few games and Jussi Jokinen has signed in Switzerland. Related: Quenneville Fired, Coyotes Ownership & More Lucic Fined $10,000 The NHL has fined Lucic $10,000 for his interaction with Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Mathieu Joseph. While Lucic may have felt justified in his retaliatory hit on Joseph, the 30-year-old winger ultimately crossed the line with his actions and was offered a phone hearing as a result. The NHL offering the hearing allowed them to fine Lucic the maximum $10,000 allowed under the CBA. The situation arose after Joseph delivered a questionable hit to defender Kris Russell, Lucic' teammate on the Oilers. While it's normal to expect a player to respond and come to the defense of their teammate, it was simply the way that Lucic handled it that led to the fine. Still, Lucic has been in the league since 2007 and has always played a physical brand of hockey...
Edmonton Oilers After Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, all anyone in Edmonton seems to want to talk about is the series where forward Milan Lucic hunted down Mathieu Joseph and knocked him to the ice, got in the mount position and did everything but swing away in an attempt to send a message that he didn't like the hit Joseph laid on Kris Russell earlier in the game. The play nearly resulted in a line brawl. https://twitter.com/TSN_Sports/status/1060196106737459201 As Oilers' insider Bob Stauffer wrote and as seems to be the consensus among Oilers fans, "Mathieu Joseph and Cedric Paquette have been running around all game. In the new-NHL zero accountability for it. Joseph stung Kris Russell with a hit earlier in the 3rd. Lucic went old-school on Joseph. 5-2 game. Have no problem with it." The NHL doesn't seem to agree and has called a phone hearing for Lucic, with a fine or suspension likely to follow. Oilers fans are crying foul considering many believe that the punishment...
Vancouver Canucks We're a month into the season and NHL’s Pacific Division is full of surprises. Bottom of the Pacific Division We’ll start at the bottom. Three teams are averaging under a point per game; those three teams were all in the playoffs last season. The Los Angeles Kings, the league’s lowest scoring team, dwell in the division basement. One step above the Kings are last season’s division champs and Stanley Cup finalists, the Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas is the league’s second-lowest scoring team. Next are the Anaheim Ducks, sitting in sixth in the division. Last season, they were the Pacific Division’s second place team. Each team has an excuse. Vegas is missing Nate Schmidt, plus injuries to newcomers Paul Stastny and Max Pacioretty have hurt. The Ducks have had plenty of their own health issues: Ryan Kesler is playing but not healthy while Corey Perry is out for several months and Ryan Getzlaf has missed a few games. The good news is the return of Patrick Eaves (he’s...