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Report: Myers likely won't face further discipline for Armia hit

Report: Myers likely won't face further discipline for Armia hit

23/01/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30212301

It appears Vancouver Canucks defenseman Tyler Myers won't receive further discipline from the NHL Department of Player Safety for his dangerous hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Joel Armia on Thursday, Sportsnet's Eric Engels reports.

The hit occurred toward the end of the third period during the Canucks' 7-3 blowout loss. Myers was assessed a match penalty, and Armia was diagnosed with a concussion.

Canadiens head coach Claude Julien addressed the hit postgame, saying he didn't like it, but the referees handled it well.

"I didn't like the hit from Myers. He (Armia) didn't see him coming," Julien said, according to Engels. "It's an elbow sthat seemed high. I think the refs reacted well giving him a five-minute penalty."

"But I didn't like the hit - especially with 2:28 to go in a 6-3 game," he continued. ... Was it necessary? We're trying to clean these types of hits out of the NHL, so we'll wait and see how they'll deal with it."

The Canadiens and Canucks will play again for the third straight time on Satuday.

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Marchand: Capitals didn't show respect when they broke protocols

Marchand: Capitals didn't show respect when they broke protocols

23/01/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30212300

Brad Marchand isn't happy the Washington Capitals failed to follow the NHL's COVID-19 protocols earlier this week.

"I think the big thing is, it’s more a respect thing," the Boston Bruins star said Thursday, according to WEEI's Scott McLaughlin. "We all want to be able to play, and there's rules put in place for a reason. They’re not that hard to follow. We all know the consequences of breaking the rules, and we know what the rules are. So they brought that on themselves. We've all been told very heavily what we're allowed to do and what we're not allowed to do, so it is what it is on their side of things.

"You can easily hurt your team by breaking the rules and potentially getting it and having to quarantine. It's pretty simple to follow the rules. If you get it by chance, it is what it is. It's almost inevitable. But if you’re going to put yourself in a situation, that's on you.”

The NHL fined the Capitals $100,000 for "player violations" of the league's COVID-19 mandates Wednesday, citing social interactions between members of the team in close contact and not wearing masks. The league then added Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov, and Dmitry Orlov to its COVID protocol-related absences list.

Shortly thereafter, the Capitals revealed the players had gathered in a hotel room, and Ovechkin said he regretted doing so. Samsonov tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately went into isolation.

All four players entered quarantine and will miss at least the next four games, beginning with Friday night's matchup against the Buffalo Sabres. Coincidentally, Washington's first game after that stretch is a home date with the Bruins on Jan. 30.

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					Dallas Stars vs Nashville Predators - Tonight on FOX Sports Southwest Plus

Dallas Stars vs Nashville Predators - Tonight on FOX Sports Southwest Plus

23/01/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30212189
Oilers' Neal expected to make season debut vs. Leafs

Oilers' Neal expected to make season debut vs. Leafs

23/01/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30212183

Edmonton Oilers forward James Neal has been activated off the injured reserve and is expected to be in the lineup for the club's rematch with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, the team announced.

The 33-year-old was removed from the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list last Friday, and he returned to practice this week.

The veteran winger tallied 19 goals and 31 points over 55 games during his first campaign with the Oilers in 2019-20. The Calgary Flames traded him to Edmonton for winger Milan Lucic in July 2019.

A consistent goalscorer, Neal was on pace last season to crack the 20-goal mark over an 82-game slate for the 11th time in 12 NHL campaigns.

There are two years remaining on his current deal beyond this season at an annual cap hit of $5.75 million.

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Thornton to miss at least 1 month with rib fracture, Matthews out vs. Oilers

Thornton to miss at least 1 month with rib fracture, Matthews out vs. Oilers

23/01/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30212169

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joe Thornton will miss at least one month with a rib fracture, while star pivot Auston Matthews is day-to-day with upper-body soreness and won't play Friday against the Edmonton Oilers, head coach Sheldon Keefe confirmed, according to NHL.com's Mike Zeisberger.

Matthews' absence is said to be precautionary and likely short term.

Thornton, 41, exited Wednesday's contest after taking an awkward hit from Oilers forward Josh Archibald in the third period. The Maple Leafs placed him on long-term injured reserve Friday.

The veteran forward has tallied a goal and an assist through five games this season.

Matthews has recorded two goals and five points over five outings and leads the league with 27 shots on goal.

The 23-year-old has taken another step defensively this season and has been tasked with playing against opponents' top lines. He skated for 12:04 at five-on-five against the Oilers' top trio led by Connor McDavid on Wednesday, posting a Corsi For of 60% against that unit, according to Natural Stat Trick.

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Dubois takes ownership for benching: 'I've got to step up my game'

Dubois takes ownership for benching: 'I've got to step up my game'

23/01/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30212137

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois is taking full responsibility for his recent subpar play that earned him a benching for the final two periods of Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"Whenever the next game is, I've got to step up my game," Dubois said Friday, according to NHL.com's Dan Rosen. "I acknowledge that. I know it, and I'm ready."

The 22-year-old pivot, who requested a trade before the season began, logged just 3:55 of ice time over five shifts in the Blue Jackets' overtime loss.

Following the game, head coach John Tortorella didn't mince words when explaining his decision to sit Dubois. On Friday, the 62-year-old bench boss wouldn't commit to putting the young forward into Columbus' lineup for Saturday's rematch with the Lightning, Rosen reports.

Dubois is looking to make the most of his next opportunity and admits his game is nowhere near where it needs to be.

"I hold myself to a high standard," Dubois said, per Rosen. "I know what level I can play at. There's not a lot right now that I am satisfied with. I know I can take a step up in every aspect."

The Quebec native tallied 18 goals and a team-leading 49 points through 70 games in 2019-20 but has just one goal in five outings this season.

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Predators' Granlund to make season debut vs. Stars

Predators' Granlund to make season debut vs. Stars

23/01/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30212138

The Nashville Predators will receive an offensive boost against the Dallas Stars on Friday with forward Mikael Granlund set to make his season debut, head coach John Hynes confirmed, according to The Athletic's Adam Vingan.

Granlund, 28, joined the Predators at practice for the first time Thursday after arriving from Finland and completing his quarantine requirements this past week.

The Predators acquired him from the Minnesota Wild just prior to the 2019 trade deadline. He inked a one-year, $3.75-million deal with Nashville in December.

The 5-foot-10 Finn amassed 17 goals and 30 points over 63 games during his first full season with the Predators in 2019-20, adding one assist over four playoff contests.

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Dubois takes ownership for benching: 'I've got to step my game up'

Dubois takes ownership for benching: 'I've got to step my game up'

23/01/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30212128

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois is taking full responsibility for his recent subpar play that earned him a benching for the final two periods of Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"Whenever the next game is, I've got to step up my game," Dubois said Friday, according to NHL.com's Dan Rosen. "I acknowledge that. I know it, and I'm ready."

The 22-year-old pivot, who requested a trade before the season began, logged just 3:55 of ice time over five shifts in the Blue Jackets' overtime loss.

Following the game, head coach John Tortorella didn't mince words when explaining his decision to sit Dubois. On Friday, the 62-year-old bench boss wouldn't commit to putting the young forward into Columbus' lineup for Saturday's rematch with the Lightning, Rosen reports.

Dubois is looking to make the most of his next opportunity and admits his game is nowhere near where it needs to be.

"I hold myself to a high standard," Dubois said, per Rosen. "I know what level I can play at. There's not a lot right now that I am satisfied with. I know I can take a step up in every aspect."

The Quebec native tallied 18 goals and a team-leading 49 points through 70 games in 2019-20 but has just one goal in five outings this season.

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NHL weekend betting preview: 4 'dogs you should be backing

NHL weekend betting preview: 4 'dogs you should be backing

23/01/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30212122

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We had a really nice start to the week, and then things got even better as we swept our Wednesday and Thursday card. This is officially a heater.

Let's keep the momentum going this weekend.

Rangers (+120) @ Penguins (-140); Jan. 22, 7 p.m. ET

This price is something of a gift with Pittsburgh depleted on the back end and Tristan Jarry confirmed as tonight's starter. The Penguins are without three left-handed defensemen with Mike Matheson, Marcus Pettersson, and Juuso Riikola injured, leaving them in quite a bind early in the season. That's especially concerning given the level of goaltending they've received thus far. Jarry has posted a miserable minus-1.26 GSAA through two starts.

Meanwhile, the Rangers have been a force since their disastrous opening night against the Islanders. In the two games since, the Rangers have owned a 59.7% share of the expected goals at five-on-five and an absurd 66.5% share at all strengths. They only have one win to show from those two games, largely due to MacKenzie Blackwood's heroics.

Don't expect Jarry to steal the show here, as his confidence will be tested early and often behind a patchwork defense, against a Rangers team that's really hitting its stride early on.

Pick: Rangers (+120)

Predators (-120) @ Stars (+100); Jan. 22, 8:30 p.m.

The only sense I can make of this line is oddsmakers are adjusting for it being the Stars' first game of the season. If so, it's an overcorrection. Dallas shouldn't be 'dogs against the Predators on home ice ever, even accounting for the minimal advantage it brings this season. The Stars haven't played yet, but the extra rest will have been welcomed following a deep playoff run while also affording them the luxury of an extra week of training camp.

Maybe I'm a sucker for biting, but the price is too good to pass up. The Predators have been below average at five-on-five through three games, owning just a 46.1% share of expected goals, a bottom-10 mark in the league. The Stars are one of the league's better five-on-five units and a bargain at the current number.

Pick: Stars (+100)

Senators (+140) @ Jets (-160), Jan. 23, 7 p.m.

We're getting a welcome discount on the Senators on Saturday following their 4-1 loss to the Jets in Ottawa on Thursday night. Truthfully, it was just one bad period that killed the Senators in that game, but they were the better team in the first and third, despite trailing 1-0 after 20 minutes. That's five of six periods the Senators have completely outplayed the Jets at five-on-five, yet have just one point to show for it after blowing a late lead in Wednesday's overtime loss.

Still, if we learned anything over the back-to-back, Ottawa has no issue playing with the Jets. Winnipeg has struggled as a whole this season since a strong opening game against the Flames, suggesting this team is due for regression if its performance doesn't improve.

Add in the fact this is the first game of a back-to-back for the Jets, who are expected to start Laurent Brossoit on Saturday, saving Connor Hellebuyck for Sunday's game against the Oilers, and we're getting a gift of a price here. This is a Senators team due for one against a Jets team they've largely dominated over the last 120 minutes.

Pick: Senators (+140)

Golden Knights (TBD) @ Coyotes (TBD), Jan. 24, 7 p.m.

It's possible I'll be on the Coyotes on Friday and Sunday, but as of now, there's not enough value with Friday's price for me to bite, and I'd rather go against the Knights with Marc-Andre Fleury in net. Vegas has been good about alternating goalies, so the expectation is we see Fleury start Sunday.

The Coyotes have won just once through their first four games, ahead of their weekend doubleheader against the Knights, but the numbers show they've been a bit unlucky. They lost on opening night to the Sharks despite controlling 56.5% of the expected goal share and then managed an almost unheard of 69.1% split in their 5-2 loss to Vegas on Wednesday.

They're playing good hockey, and it's only a matter of time before results start to follow. Arizona is a bet for me on Sunday night, assuming Fleury and Darcy Kuemper get the respective starts in goal and the line sits at +160 or longer.

Pick: Coyotes (+160 or better)

(Odds source: theScore Bet)

Alex Moretto is theScore's supervising editor of sports betting. A journalism graduate from Guelph-Humber University, he has worked in sports media for over a decade. He will bet on anything from the Super Bowl to amateur soccer, loves a juicy puck line, and will never trust a kicker. Find him on Twitter @alexjmoretto.

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