I could be wrong, but I would guess that the majority of NHL fans don’t like the shootout. Most would prefer continued overtime until someone scores like in the playoffs, though maybe still at 3-on-3 for the regular season.
But what about the players themselves? Some Dallas Stars players, like Tyler Seguin, side with the fans on this one, preferring the fast paced 3-on-3 to the “coin flip” at the end of the game:
“I’d be down with 3-on-3 until someone scores. It’s fun, it’s exciting. Sometimes shootouts kind of ruin games. I’d like 3-on-3 because it’s more entertaining.”
Others like the shootout because it sets a limit on how late a game can go, which helps prevent players from getting exhausted. Plus as Roman Polak points out, it’s nice to get home at a reasonable time:
“I have a wife and kids. If we have 3-on-3 until a score, we could play forever … I can sit on the bench for five minutes or 10 minutes, I don’t care. Maybe ask my wife who is pissed when I come home late.”
You can hear what other Stars players think in Saad Yousuf’s piece here.
The Stars gave out free hats at last night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes, so naturally Jamie Benn scored a hat trick:
Here’s what Benn had to say about his big night:
Remember when Rick Bowness said that all eight defensemen would get playing time? About that...
It was a busy Wednesday night for every Central team except the Nashville Predators, who apparently missed the memo:
- The Minnesota Wild improved their Wild Card chances with a 4-0 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Jets fell out of a spot by losing 4-1 to the New York Rangers. [Blueshirt Banter]
- Like the Wild, the Colorado Avalanche got a shutout of their own, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-0. [Mile High Hockey]
- The Chicago Blackhawks weren’t so lucky, falling 5-3 to the Edmonton Oilers. [Copper and Blue]
Tonight's game between the @StLouisBlues and @AnaheimDucks has been postponed by the NHL due to a medical emergency that occurred at 12:10 of the first period involving defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. A decision on when the game will be played will be made in the near future.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 12, 2020
Thankfully, paramedics were quick to reach Bouwmeester, who was alert and responsive as he was safely transported to a hospital for further treatment and testing:
Tonight, the hockey world applauds the heroic, skilled and immediate response of trainers, doctors and paramedics on scene at every pro game.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 12, 2020
Because of them, Jiri Fischer, Rich Peverley, Craig Cunningham and now Jay Bouwmeester get to go home and see their families again. ❤️
Everyone at Defending Big D sends their love to the Bouwmeester family and the St. Louis Blues community.
Are the Minnesota Wild finally starting to rebuild? The Jason Zucker trade might be the first of many:
This piece is Blackhawks-centric, but it’s very relevant to Dallas fans given Tyler Seguin’s current scoring slump:
Unlike Tim Thomas, Jack Campbell actually got a new set of pads and a mask fairly quickly after being traded:
Bad news for the Oilers, who will be without Connor McDavid for a couple weeks as they fight for a playoff spot:
"He's two to three weeks. That's a normal timeline for this injury. We're hoping less... It's not long-term. We'll double-back a week from now." #Oilers GM & President of Hockey Operations Ken Holland on Connor McDavid's quad injury sustained Saturday vs. Nashville— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 11, 2020
Then again, Leon Draisaitl scored four points in last night’s win, so maybe they’ll be fine?
Either way, at least McDavid should be back within a month. Seth Jones will be out for likely the rest of the regular season:
Finally, which players should you keep an eye on this deadline? Greg Wyshynski breaks it down: