Day: April 7, 2015

Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 4/7/15

New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils – 7:00 EST Referees Kevin Pollock (#33) Games 2014-15: 66 Career Games: 1002 First NHL Game: Mar 28 2000 Birthplace: Kincardine, ON Pollock NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5.2 28 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.2 17 3.1 Penalties/Gm 4.3 14 4 PIM/Gm 11 8 9.8 % of Penl on Home Team 48% 19 48% More Penl on Road Team 9% 13 6% Home Win % 53% 8 47% Home Rec. 35-31 Games to OT/SO 27% 16 25% Calls by Period Per 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 31% 39% 30% Rank 29 17 21 Team...

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Wild’s Coyle Elbows Jets’ Scheifele; Suspension Coming?

Referee Justin St. Pierre didn’t like Charlie Coyle’s elbow on Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele. Neither should the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Though nothing’s been announced, the Minnesota Wild forward should expect a call after his intentional elbow on Scheifele. The hit came in the final minute of the second period of Monday night’s game, with the Wild trailing 0-2. St. Pierre’s arm went up immediately, and Coyle was sent off with a minor for elbowing. Scheifele was not injured on the play and remained in the game. With an intentional elbow coming to an unsuspecting opponent, this doesn’t appear...

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Sens’ Ryan Penalized for Playing Puck from Bench

When you’re going off on a line change, it’s important to stay out of the play.  Instead, Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan opted to try to make one more play as he left the ice. Ryan was called for interference on the play.  Not surprising, since he was in plain view of the officials.  Rule 56.2 makes it clear: A minor penalty shall be imposed on any identifiable player on the players’ bench or penalty bench who, by means of his stick or his body, interferes with the movements of the puck or any opponent on the ice during the progress of...

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Sabres, Canes Play Penalty-Free Game

The Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes managed a penalty-free game on Monday night. It’s not necessarily that none were committed, but none were called.  Referees Dave Jackson and Garrett Rank had a quiet night, with the only whistles coming for offside plays, icing, pucks out of play, and stoppages by the goaltenders. It’s the tenth penalty-free game in the past 25 years, according to Hockey Reference, and at least the twentieth overall. Previous games with no infractions called: 4/9/14 – Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames  (CGY W 4-3 SO) Refs: Ian Walsh & Ghislain Hebert 3/6/14 – Washington Capitals at...

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