Day: April 1, 2015

Jets’ Byfuglien Should Sit For the Season For Cross-Check

Cross-checks don’t get much more brutal – or blatant – than the one Dustin Byfuglien delivered to New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller on Tuesday night.  The Winnipeg Jets defenseman cross-checked the winger, who was down on the ice, with a downward thrust to his exposed neck. Somehow, Miller avoided serious injury on the play.  That does not mean Byfuglien should avoid serious discipline as a result. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has reviewed the play.  Byfuglien has been scheduled for a phone hearing on Thursday, which means he could be suspended for up to five games – precisely...

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No Suspension for Canucks’ Burrows

Vancouver’s Alex Burrows won’t be suspended for his hit on Nashville Predators forward Paul Gaustad, per TVA’s Renaud Lavoie. The hit happened at 16:06 of the third period during Tuesday night’s game in Nashville. Referees Marc Joannette and Francois St. Laurent initially made no call on the play. With Gaustad motionless on the ice, the officials blew the play dead. After huddling with linesmen Scott Cherrey and Steve Miller, Burrows was given a major for interference and a game misconduct. Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa was also hit with a 10-minute misconduct by referee Francois St. Laurent for chirpring Gaustad while he...

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NHL To Add Goal Post Cameras For Playoffs

Goal post cameras are coming for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. After testing them in the spring, the league is looking to roll them out in time for the postseason. A league spokesperson confirmed that NHL Hockey Operations hopes to have the in-post cameras fully operational for the postseason in all playoff arenas. The new cameras – one in each goal post – would provide additional angles for reviewing potential goals.  The height, which was determined after testing multiple spots on the post, should provide a better view without obstructions from the crossbar or any players or sticks above it.  Unlike the rear-mounted...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 4/1/15

Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres – 7:30 EST Referees Greg Kimmerly (#18) Games 2014-15: 67 Career Games: 1074 First NHL Game: Nov 30 1996 Birthplace: Toronto, ON Kimmerly NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5.5 10 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.1 25 3.1 Penalties/Gm 4 24 4 PIM/Gm 9.4 26 9.8 % of Penl on Home Team 48% 19 48% More Penl on Road Team 9% 13 6% Home Win % 55% 6 47% Home Rec. 37-30 Games to OT/SO 19% 36 25% Calls by Period Per 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 34% 36% 30% Rank 16 31 20 Team Records...

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Ref Reading: NHL’s Situation Room Sees All

  The Minnesota Star Tribune’s Michael Russo was given access to the NHL’s Situation Room in Toronto, where he had a chance to observe the in-game reviews and talk with the team about their role. From the Star Tribune: The NHL had 243 official reviews (meaning they have gotten referees on headsets) this season and have overturned approximately 20 percent, league officials said, noting they have taken a second or third look at roughly 600 goals to confirm they’re good. In addition to goal reviews, the Situation Room also keeps tabs on other events in the game – including...

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