Ken Hitchcock's ongoing quest to find the right lineup for Blues

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Josh Cooper) — SAN JOSE, Calif. – Lineup changes and goaltender shifts are a way of life for the St. Louis Blues. It’s not uncommon for players to come to work and find that coach Ken Hitchcock has done something personnel related for that upcoming game. The Blues have changed lines, strategies and goaltenders multiple times during the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks.  Sometimes...
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Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Wednesday-Thursday picks

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Yahoo Sports Staff) — By Neil Parker Game 6 between San Jose and St. Louis and the Game 7 showdown between Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay make up the Yahoo contests for Wednesday.  Look for the home teams to punch their tickets to the Stanley Cup Finals, leading to your picks, values and fades for the Wednesday-Thursday contests. GOALIE Matt Murray, PIT at TB ($34) : With a 5-1 record and a .927 save percentage...
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Sharks place faith in Peter DeBoer to punch Cup Final ticket

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Josh Cooper) — SAN JOSE, Calif.  – The San Jose Sharks have a high amount of faith that coach Peter DeBoer will put them in the right spots in Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues.  DeBoer is one of the better coaches in the NHL as far as preparing his team for situations where they can eliminate their opponent. In his career, DeBoer is 5-1 in closeout situations. If there’s a secret to why, DeBoer and the...
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Bishop out; why Sharks haven't choked; Marner to Marlies? (Puck Headlines)

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Jen Neale) — Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com . Tonight's towel for Sharks fans.... pic.twitter.com/3C73iauSsI — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) May 25, 2016 • WHAT DID WE SAY ABOUT...
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How a Nikita Kucherov goal helped Tampa couple name their child

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Sean Leahy) — Sports fans are known to name things after their favorite athletes. Whether it’s car, a pet or a child, the names stick and provide a backstory. ( Remember Malkin Crosby Long? ) So it’s no surprise that a Tampa area newborn, who entered the world early on Tuesday morning, shares a name with one of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s biggest stars. No, not Steven after captain Steven Stamkos. No, not...
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Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Penguins vs. Lightning with Chris Johnston

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Yahoo Sports Staff) — It's a new edition of MAREK VS. WYSHYNSKI, and we're talking about: - Wysh and Chris Johnston from Sportsnet drink beer and talk Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, live from Tampa.  - The redemption of Sidney Crosby. - The pressure on the Bolts. - The terrible offside and delay of game rules. - News and notes from around the NHL. The   Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast  is hosted by ...
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Marc-Edouard Vlasic's defense puts Blues' offense in a pickle

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Josh Cooper) — ST. LOUIS – On a team full of flashy stars San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic is as simple as they come. He doesn’t skate like Brent Burns. He can’t tip the puck like Joe Pavelski . He’s not an elite passer like Joe Thornton . The man’s nickname is "Pickles," which probably doesn’t strike fear into the opposition. But all Vlasic has done this postseason is play elite-level...
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NHL - 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs - Why the Pittsburgh Penguins will beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7

ESPN: NHL Momentum is a myth, but Sidney Crosby's clout is not. Pittsburgh has won the last 11 playoff games in which its captain has scored. Here's why he and the Pens are poised for a finals return.
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Jim Craig on selling "Miracle" gold medal, hockey inspirations (Puck Daddy Q&A)

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Sean Leahy) — Second thoughts? Jim Craig hasn’t had any. The goaltender for the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey team isn’t getting cold feet about deciding to part with some cherished memorabilia from the Team USA's gold medal winning run in Lake Placid, New York 36 years ago. After trying to sell a 19-piece lot that included his gold medal and iconic goalie mask last summer, Craig has decided to put 17...
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Hot takes, Panthers' changes and guarantees (Puck Daddy Countdown)

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Ryan Lambert) — (Ed. Note: The column formerly known as the Puck Daddy Power Rankings. Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.) 7. Writers of hot takes A few weeks ago Deadspin had an article about “ The Death of the Hot Sports Take ,” which as we know was a hot sports media take in and of itself because the hot sports take is going quite...
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NHL - 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs - Three reasons why the Tampa Bay Lightning will beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7

ESPN: NHL Tampa Bay was on the ropes in the 2015 Eastern Conference finals after losing Game 6 at home but rallied to beat the Rangers. Here's why the Lightning will strike again in this year's Game 7.
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Sidney Crosby and Matt Murray: The Kid and the kid quiet critics

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski) — TAMPA, Fla. – Sidney Crosby and Matt Murray sat together in front of microphones after the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Game 6 victory at the Tampa Bay Lightning. One is The Kid, despite being 28 years old, hat turned forward. The other is the kid, turning 22 on Wednesday, hat turned backward.  Both answered their doubters and critics in their own way, willing the Eastern Conference Final to a Game 7...
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Lightning lose goal, lose pucks and lose chance to end Penguins

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski) — TAMPA, Fla. – It happened again.  The Tampa Bay Lightning, with a chance to close out their opponent in the Eastern Conference Final, lose Game 6 on home ice. All the Lightning talked about leading up to Tuesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins were the lessons they learned from last season’s blowout loss to the New York Rangers in the same scenario. About not squandering...
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NHL Three Stars: Crosby, Murray lead Penguins in Game 6

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Sean Leahy) — No. 1 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins Crosby scored what would end up being his third game-winning goal of the postseason to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead with 26 seconds left in the second period. It was the 49th postseason goal of his career. He also added an assist on Kessel’s opening tally.  No. 2 Star: Brian Boyle, Tampa Bay Lightning  The third period was all Boyle as...
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Penguins, Crosby force Game 7 vs. Lightning with 5-2 win

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski) — TAMPA, Fla. – For the second straight season, the Tampa Bay Lightning failed to close out an opponent in an Eastern Conference Final Game 6 at home.  The good news is that they went on to defeat the New York Rangers in Game 7 last year, earning a trip to the Stanley Cup Final. The bad news is that the Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t the New York Rangers. The Penguins forced a Game 7 on Tuesday...
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