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Cult of Hockey game grades: Maroon and rowdy Oilers pancake LA Kings

Pat Maroon

On Thursday night, it was Dought getting rammed, as big Patrick Maroon — as fitting a symbol of the new and brawny Oilers as anyone — hammered him a few times with good hits.

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Paul Stastny savors Winter Classic in St. Louis

Paul Stastny

As St. Louis Blues forward Paul Stastny made his way into Busch Stadium, through the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse, out through the dugout and onto the baseball field where he saw a brand-new ice sheet, it hit him.

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Pucks in Depth: Matthew Tkachuk Making an Impact … Minnesota Wild Overachieving

Matthew Tkachuk

While each of the three has been fantastic, they aren’t the only freshmen making positive impacts on their teams.

One of the guys flying under the radar as a result of The Big Three, among others, is Matthew Tkachuk.

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Stastny, Allen both ready for Philadelphia

Paul Stastny

After four days off for the holidays, the Blues were back together at the IceZone Tuesday, and the news was good on the injury front.

Every player was accounted for, including center Paul Stastny, who missed Thursday’s game in Tampa Bay, and goalie Jake Allen, who left late in the 5-2 loss to the Lightning.

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What Ben Bishop Injury Really Means for Lightning

Ben Bishop

The newest name added to the injury report is goaltender Ben Bishop who will be out 3-4 weeks due to a lower-body injury. Of course, this weakens the Bolts depth and talent at the goalie position. However, Bishop’s injury means so much more than just that.

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Ben Kuzma: Tkachuk’s rapid rise rekindles Canucks draft debate

Matthew Tkachuk

“I had a meeting with them (Canucks) at the (draft) combine and it never seemed like they were that interested,” said the 19-year-old Tkachuk. “I knew once (Pierre-Luc) Dubois went third, that I was going to Calgary. I’m happy and grateful to be drafted by Calgary.

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Blues place Paul Stastny on injured reserve

Paul Stastny

It’s unclear how much time Stastny will miss. He has seven goals and 17 points in 34 games this season, including an assist in a 3-2 overtime win against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. He took a couple of shifts in the third period against Dallas before sitting out the rest of the game.

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On Tkachuk’s strong play, Hamilton’s minutes and a soft schedule

Matthew Tkachuk

As impressive as those numbers are, analytically he comes out looking even better. At 5v5, the Flames control a larger percentage of the shot attempts and scoring chances with Tkachuk on the ice than any other player.

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Luongo out tonight, so Panthers make emergency recall

Mike McKenna

Roberto Luongo, who was on the ice this morning, won’t dress this evening, meaning James Reimer will get the start — and third-stringer Mike McKenna, brought up on an emergency recall earlier this morning, will serve as Reimer’s backup.

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Sentimental Maroon Serves Simple Reminder

Pat Maroon

With respect to the game, Maroon’s line, along with Leon Draisaitl and Nugent-Hopkins was dominating. It was a combination of speed, skill and size and on almost every shift they controlled the play. That line created, developed and hopefully found repeatable chemistry.

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