3 Things We Learned in the NHL: Niemi, finally, gets first win of season – Sportsnet.ca

Only three games on the schedule in the NHL on Friday night as the Habs got a much needed win by a goalie not named Carey Price, a couple of Golden Knights flex their scoring muscles and Iron Man goes back to square one.

Here are three things we learned in the NHL.

Niemi picks up first win of season, Patches stays hot

He did it.

Antti Niemi finally picked up his first win of the 2017-18 season after an impressive 24-save effort in the Montreal Canadiens‘ 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals.

It wasn’t easy, or traditional, but finally, in his 10th game and sixth start of the season while with his third team, Niemi picked up his first win since April 4. He had three kicks at the can with the Pittsburgh Penguins, two more with the Florida Panthers and finally notched career win No. 227 in his third start with the Canadiens.

Prior to this season’s three-team journey, the 34-year-old had only played on three different teams in his 10-year career (Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars).

Helping the veteran get in the win column was his captain, Max Pacioretty, who stayed red hot when he opened the scoring at the 7:08 mark of the second period and then added an empty-netter in the dying minutes of the game.

The goals were Pacioretty’s fifth and sixth in his last six games and came on the heels of a 13-game goalless drought. That moves the 29-year-old to 14 goals and 14 assists on the season while making $4.5 million with one year remaining on his contract (ahem Feb. 26 trade deadline).

Golden Knights golden boys stay golden

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Lightning vs. Wild: Projected lines, injuries and storylines – Official site of the Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lighning’s road-heavy schedule continues, as they begin a stretch of eight games away from home. The trip begins Saturday against the Wild and then continues with a back-to-back in Chicago and Nashville early next week. Tampa Bay has struggled recently, scoring only twice in their last two games. 

Saturday’s meeting closes out the regular season series between the Bolts and Wild. In the first game, played in Tampa last month, the Bolts scored three late goals to pull away and win 3-0. 

Lines from Thursday’s game. Subject to change. 

Forwards 
Chris Kunitz – Steven Stamkos – Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat – Brayden Point – Tyler Johnson

Alex Killorn – Vladislav Namestnikov – Yanni Gourde

Cory Conacher – Cedric Paquette – Ryan Callahan

Defensemen 
Mikhail Sergachev – Dan Girardi

Slater Koekkoek – Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn – Jake Dotchin

Goaltedners 
Andrei Vasilevskiy or Louis Domingue

Saturday’s Matchup
The Lightning and the Wild are completing their two-game regular season series tonight and playing their only meeting at Xcel Energy Center…Tampa Bay has just two wins all-time in Minnesota, the least amount of road wins for the Bolts against a single team, and hasn’t won in Minnesota since a 3-1 victory April 2, 2011…The Lightning are 0-4-1 in their last five games at Minnesota and have scored one goal or less in four of those five meetings…The Bolts are 2-8-1 all-time in Minnesota…Tampa Bay blanked Minnesota 3-0 in the teams’ previous meeting this season on Dec. 23 at AMALIE Arena behind goals from Dan Girardi (goal, assist), Tyler Johnson and an empty-netter from Nikita Kucherov…Andrei Vasilevskiy made all 22 saves to record his fourth shutout of the season in that win and has never lost in regulation to Minnesota, posting a career 3-0-1 record with a .968 save percentage and 0.97 GAA vs. MIN…The

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Behind the NHL's Kid Rock debacle, Gregg Popovich on NBA fights … – ESPN

Detroit Red Wings fan Kid Rock has been announced as a musical performer at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game. 

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I want to write about Kid Rock about as much as I want to listen to Kid Rock. I think he lost me about 10 years ago when, in a true moment of musical indolence, he took “Werewolves of London” and added lyrics about drinking by a lake and called it a new song. It was like if I put my byline on a Wright Thompson column because I changed every third word to “hockey.”

A week out from the National Hockey League’s All-Star Game in Tampa, I’m writing about Kid Rock because he’s performing at said All-Star Game, in a decision that managed to create a perfect storm of criticism from the politically offended, the musically offended and those of us who cringe whenever a famous-for-the-NHL celebrity drops by an event.

As we reported on Thursday night, the NHL is aware of this outrage. The question is, what will it do about it?

Before we answer that, here’s another question: How, in 2018, did we end up with Kid Rock at the NHL All-Star Game?

With a few exceptions — The Killers, Drake — most musical acts tapped for NHL events fall into two categories: relatively new acts that few people of have heard of, and nostalgia acts that you haven’t thought of in years. That second category has produced some legitimate, surprisingly entertaining sets at all-star games and outdoor games, like KISS and Billy Idol. It’s also produced The Guy From Train.

Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan

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Moon Taxi Joins 2018 Enterprise NHL All-Star Friday Night Lineup – NHL.com

NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2018) – American alt-rock band Moon Taxi has joined the bill for the 2018 Enterprise NHL® All-Star Friday Night concert at Curtis Hixon Park on Friday, Jan. 26, the National Hockey League and Tampa Bay Sports Commission announced today. Headlined by Fitz and The Tantrums, the two-hour free concert will begin at 8 p.m. and will be hosted by Nashville Predators defenseman and 2018 NHL All-Star captain P.K. Subban and 93.3 FLZ’s Scotty Davis. The event will be open to the public, rain or shine. A ticket will not be required for entry.

The five-piece band is reaching new heights with the success of its new single, “Two High,” topping more than 60 million streams on Spotify and making heavy rotation on SiriusXM. The song is the first single from its highly anticipated fifth studio album, Let The Record Play, which was released today via RCA Records. Moon Taxi’s Let The Record Play tour is set to open in February.

Let The Record Play is a triumphant moment of rock-pop exploration. Produced and mixed by the band’s guitarist, Spencer Thomson, Let The Record Play is a document of one of the most creative bands to emerge from Nashville’s immensely fertile landscape – and one that has been thriving on the festival scene for years, bringing its electric performances to Coachella, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and beyond. Beloved enough in its hometown to sell out two nights at the famed Ryman Auditorium this past October, this LP, its RCA Records debut, is certain to catapult the band even higher.

Doors to the 2018 Enterprise NHL® All-Star Friday Night will open at 6 p.m. Before heading to Curtis Hixon Park on Friday, Jan. 26, fans should visit NHL.com/AllStar to review the security reminders and list of

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Seattle NHL franchise names: Kraken, Seals among best leaked … – SB Nation

The city of Seattle and the NHL keep flirting over the possibility of adding a team in the area, and we got our latest drip feed of information with a series of domain names registered by someone at Oak View Group, the company that’s behind the expansion bid process.

According to a report from DetroitHockey.net’s Clark Rasmussen, passed on by Sportlogo.net’s Chris Creamer, Oak View Group has registered 38 different domains covering 13 different potential nicknames for an NHL franchise. Those ideas include the Seattle Whales, Seattle Eagles, and Seattle Kraken. One name that’s noticeably absent is Metropolitans, the name used from 1915-24 by the Pacific Coast Hockey Association team that won the 1917 Stanley Cup.

It’s important to note that none of this is official — the NHL hasn’t even awarded a franchise to OVG or the city of Seattle yet, and it’s possible that the team could choose a different name from those in the registered domains.

But with this latest inkling as to what a potential NHL franchise in Seattle will look like, let’s take a moment to rank the possibilities presented by Rasmussen’s digging, because we know everyone has opinions.

13. Seattle Renegades

I’m sorry but calling yourself “The Renegades” would be super corny. Let’s just not do this one.

12. Seattle Totems

Totems are monumental carvings with a long history among the Native American population in the Pacific Northwest. There was a WHL team in the 20th century named the Totems that almost joined the NHL. With that said, a lot of people outside the region probably don’t know that off the top of their heads. (I admittedly didn’t and needed to update this post because I’m a moron). A Totes vs. Yotes game would be a fun, at least.

11. Seattle Evergreens

Is this,

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