Day: March 20, 2015

What Happens When NHL Referees Are Injured?

After last week’s incident with injuries to both Florida Panthers goaltenders, the league has decided to revisit the policy around emergency backup goaltenders.   They might want to do the same for on-ice officials.  In the playoffs, the league assigns standby officials for each game.  Not so during the regular season. Referees and linesmen face injury on a nightly basis, trying to watch the players while dodging sticks, pucks, and other skaters.  From time to time, they get caught up in a hit, clipped with a stick, or hit by the puck. When the injuries are severe enough, the remaining three...

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Habs’ Subban Fined For Diving… Again

Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban is the first player to reach Level 3 under the NHL’s new diving policy. He has been fined $3,000 for diving after embellishing a play on March 12 against the Ottawa Senators. Subban’s next dive will cost him $4,000.  Two more, and Subban will be on the hook for $5,000; that one will also cost Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien $2,000. His first fine, for $2,000, came after diving against the New York Rangers on January 29. He received an embellishment penalty on the play from the on-ice officials. Previously, Subban had been issued...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 3/20/15

New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres – 7:00 EST Referees Ian Walsh (#29) Games 2014-15: 62 Career Games: 832 First NHL Game: Oct 14 2000 Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA Walsh NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5.7 9 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.2 16 3.1 Penalties/Gm 4.1 24 4.1 PIM/Gm 9.8 25 10 % of Penl on Home Team 50% 7 49% More Penl on Road Team -2% 36 6% Home Win % 45% 22 47% Home Rec. 28-34 Games to OT/SO 23% 26 25% Calls by Period Per 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 26% 42% 32% Rank 41 4 6 Team Records...

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Penguins Need to Address Their Admitted Whining

The Pittsburgh Penguins know they have an issue with the officials.  It’s one they need to fix. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi and CineSport’s Noah Coslov talk about Bill Guerin’s admission of the Penguins whining and talk about how to fix the ongoing problem:...

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