Roberto Luongo left no doubt. He’s coming back next season.“Oh yeah, for sure,” he said Tuesday morning after the Florida Panthers cleaned out their lockers. “I’m not going anywhere.”The 39-year-old goaltender will play his 19th NHL season when October rolls around, after a season in which he missed significant time due to injuries. Luongo missed time because of injuries to his hand (six games), groin (27 games) and ribs (one game).Last week, Luongo became just the third goaltender ever to play in 1,000 NHL games and could move into third place on the all-time wins list next season. He has four more years on a contract that ends after the 2021-22 season.When he was healthy this season, Luongo was incredible. He posted a .929 save percentage (his best since 2003-04) to go with a 2.47 goals against average. When the team needed wins during a busy stretch run, coach Bob Boughner turned to Luongo to lead them.“With the run we had and falling short, … [Read more...] about Roberto Luongo, 39, to return for 19th NHL season: ‘I’m not going anywhere’
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Six story lines as NHL season concludes: How many points will Connor McDavid have? Connor McDavid's production (and potential MVP candidacy) is among the story lines to watch as the NHL season winds down. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Kevin Allen, USA TODAY Sports Published 12:48 p.m. ET March 28, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE The NHL season ends in 11 days with a single game between the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins on April 8. Given the tightness of wild-card races, no one would be shocked if that decides the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. As of today, the … [Read more...] about Six story lines as NHL season concludes: How many points will Connor McDavid have?
By Michael Shapiro Published 9:58 am, Thursday, October 2, 2014 It may seem hard to believe, but the NHL season starts next week, with San Jose opening Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Stanley Cup champion Kings. For the past few seasons, the Sharks have been a popular choice among those betting on teams to win the Stanley Cup, but this year San Jose has “virtually no support,” says Kevin Bradley, sports book manager for Bovada. After playoff implosions during the past few years, bettors are “fed up with the Sharks,” Bradley said. At press time, the favorite to win this year’s NHL title was Chicago at 13:2; next were the Ducks, Kings and Bruins, all at 10:1. The Sharks were 14:1. Here are some tips for betting on hockey from Bradley and from Wynn’s sportsbook director, Johnny Avello. Sports betting is illegal in California, but many people wager online at sites like Bovada or travel to Nevada casinos to place their bets. Do your … [Read more...] about Tips to make betting on the NHL worthwhile
The place to take the scene all in Thursday night was the highest point of KeyBank Center. This corner is a big fan of the view from the press box, from where it's very easy to watch plays develop on the ice and equally cool to scan the stands. What we saw during this game was stunning. I've been going to Sabres-Leafs games since the 1970s in the Aud and there is no question in my mind there has never been a Buffalo crowd as dominated by Toronto followers as the one we saw here Thursday night. You had to scan with binoculars to find someone in an odd Sabres jersey here and there because they were swallowed up by a sea of Leafs blue and white. The number of Leafs sweaters in the stands was astounding. The Sabres were booed when they took the ice. So was the announcement of their starters. The noise after Toronto goals was clearly louder than when Buffalo scored. The "Go Leafs Go" chants are generally booed and then drowned out by a response of "Let's Go Buffalo". There weren't enough … [Read more...] about Inside the NHL: KeyBank takeover by Leafs fans a low moment in Sabres’ lost season
An 82-game schedule in the National Hockey League can wreck havoc on your body. Even the lucky ones who don't miss time with an injury are battling some physical ailments -- bumps, bruises, exhausted muscles that need time to recover. But the season also takes a toll mentally. It's a grind, even if you're on a winning team. And just like learning how to take care of themselves physically to recover from games and practices, players have to learn their own best practices to take care of themselves mentally. "Some years are more trying than others and trying in a different sense, too," said Sabres forward Kyle Okposo. "It's different when you're winning. When you're winning a lot you have to stay sharp all the time and that's a different kind of grind. When things aren't going well, you're trying to get sharp. You're trying to find a different type of motivation every game and that's a different kind of grind. The long and the short of it is any time you play an 82-game season it's a … [Read more...] about Finding best mental health practices can be challenging for NHL players