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Friday night's scheduled contest between the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers has been postponed, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

The Canucks were set to resume their season after it was paused on March 26 due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Canucks forward J.T. Miller then voiced safety concerns on Wednesday, saying "this is about the health and safety of our players, their family, and their children."

Late last night, the Canucks held a video meeting with the National Hockey League Players' Association, according to Thomas Drance of The Athletic. Team doctors also evaluated Players this morning to deem if they were healthy enough to play Friday, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.


As many as 21 players on the Canucks' roster tested positive during the outbreak, with many displaying symptoms. As of Wednesday evening, seven players remained on the NHL's COVID-19 list.

While the Canucks will no longer resume play against the Oilers on Friday, they're still scheduled to play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. It remains unclear if that matchup will be postponed too.
 

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Friday night's scheduled contest between the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers has been postponed, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

The Canucks were set to resume their season after it was paused on March 26 due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Canucks forward J.T. Miller then voiced safety concerns on Wednesday, saying "this is about the health and safety of our players, their family, and their children."

Late last night, the Canucks held a video meeting with the National Hockey League Players' Association, according to Thomas Drance of The Athletic. Team doctors also evaluated Players this morning to deem if they were healthy enough to play Friday, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.


As many as 21 players on the Canucks' roster tested positive during the outbreak, with many displaying symptoms. As of Wednesday evening, seven players remained on the NHL's COVID-19 list.

While the Canucks will no longer resume play against the Oilers on Friday, they're still scheduled to play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. It remains unclear if that matchup will be postponed too.
Welp good job @Hollywood that about wraps it up for me lmao
 

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As expected...

The Buffalo Sabres were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming the first team to earn the dubious distinction in 2021.

The loss extends Buffalo's postseason drought to 10 seasons, matching the Florida Panthers (2001-2011), and Edmonton Oilers (2007-2016) for the longest playoff-free streak in NHL history, according to NHL.com's David Satriano.

The Sabres have 12 games remaining, and sit last in the NHL with 29 points. They've been playing better lately under interim head coach Don Granato, going 5-3-2 in their last 10, but the club dug itself a gigantic hole in the standings during an 18-game losing streak beginning in late February.


Hopes were high for Buffalo this season, as the club made a pair of significant splashes by landing Eric Staal and Taylor Hall. Neither player made much of an impact, and both were dealt away before the trade deadline. Injuries to captain Jack Eichel and starting goaltender Linus Ullmark were also key factors in the Sabres' demise in 2021.
 

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As expected...

The Buffalo Sabres were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming the first team to earn the dubious distinction in 2021.

The loss extends Buffalo's postseason drought to 10 seasons, matching the Florida Panthers (2001-2011), and Edmonton Oilers (2007-2016) for the longest playoff-free streak in NHL history, according to NHL.com's David Satriano.

The Sabres have 12 games remaining, and sit last in the NHL with 29 points. They've been playing better lately under interim head coach Don Granato, going 5-3-2 in their last 10, but the club dug itself a gigantic hole in the standings during an 18-game losing streak beginning in late February.


Hopes were high for Buffalo this season, as the club made a pair of significant splashes by landing Eric Staal and Taylor Hall. Neither player made much of an impact, and both were dealt away before the trade deadline. Injuries to captain Jack Eichel and starting goaltender Linus Ullmark were also key factors in the Sabres' demise in 2021.

They can have Staal back for free. Fuck he sucks.
 

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San Jose Sharks winger Patrick Marleau eclipsed Gordie Howe's all-time record for NHL games played Monday night versus the Vegas Golden Knights, lacing up the skates in his 1,768th career contest.

Here's a look at the leaderboard:

RANKPLAYERGAMES
1Patrick Marleau1768*
2Gordie Howe1767
3Mark Messier1756
4Jaromir Jagr1733
5Ron Francis1731
6Joe Thornton1669*
* - active player


Howe had held the record since 1980. Mr. Hockey played until he was 51, but he was a member of the World Hockey Association for six years.

Marleau, 41, is in his 23rd NHL season. He's played 21 of those with the Sharks, and he also had stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins.

He was drafted second overall in 1997 and sits 23rd all time with 566 goals. In 2021, Marleau's notched eight points in 44 games.
 

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San Jose Sharks winger Patrick Marleau eclipsed Gordie Howe's all-time record for NHL games played Monday night versus the Vegas Golden Knights, lacing up the skates in his 1,768th career contest.

Here's a look at the leaderboard:

RANKPLAYERGAMES
1Patrick Marleau1768*
2Gordie Howe1767
3Mark Messier1756
4Jaromir Jagr1733
5Ron Francis1731
6Joe Thornton1669*
* - active player


Howe had held the record since 1980. Mr. Hockey played until he was 51, but he was a member of the World Hockey Association for six years.

Marleau, 41, is in his 23rd NHL season. He's played 21 of those with the Sharks, and he also had stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins.

He was drafted second overall in 1997 and sits 23rd all time with 566 goals. In 2021, Marleau's notched eight points in 44 games.

Wow, so many of those guys just had at most 1/2 a season to play to reach Howe but never got the chance to. Messier was only 11 away!
 

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The NHL hopes to begin the 2021-22 campaign on Oct. 12, the league said Wednesday during virtual general manager meetings, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

That would be about a week later than the start of a normal season. The date is contingent on no further delays this campaign, LeBrun added.

Training camps would reportedly open on Sept. 22 if all goes according to plan.


The Seattle Kraken, the NHL's 32nd franchise, are set to play in 2021-22.
 

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Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner says the NHL isn't fulfilling promises made to players about loosening restrictions once they're vaccinated against COVID-19.

"At some point, we gotta start looking at the mental health of people around us. Not just (the) NHL, but everyone in society and see how can we start getting back to normalcy," Lehner told reporters Wednesday. "Because the problem is gonna be huge, but being lied to us about things changing, to kind of force us to take the vaccine. Unacceptable.

"And to now when we have taken the vaccine to have the excuse of saying, 'Nah, we're not changing because of competitive advantage.' It's outrageous."


Lehner says the NBA was used as an example of how the NHL would ease restrictions for players who get vaccinated. In March, the NBA and NBPA agreed that restrictions would loosen for players who get fully vaccinated, including not needing to quarantine after coming into direct contact with someone who tests positive and being allowed to leave their hotels on the road.

The netminder said the league is waiting for more teams to get vaccinated so that restrictions aren't unfairly lifted for some clubs and not others, leading to a competitive-balance issue.

"That made me go crazy, to be honest. ... We are humans as everyone else," Lehner said. "So, there's a two-fold problem for me here. The first one is we get promised something to take something that not necessarily everyone wanted, so that was a lie, a blatant lie."

"No one thinks about the mental impact, and there are people struggling," he added. "I know people will say, 'Oh, you're millionaires, this and that, you're crying, what about these guys.' We care about that too, man. No matter what people think, this is a society problem. But when government, corporations, NHL, whoever, are taking decisions in terms of these irrelevant things like a competitive edge over the human being, it's not OK, man."

Lehner took to Twitter shortly after speaking to the media to clarify his comments, saying his main point is about remembering the mental health of players.


NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly pushed back against Lehner's remarks shortly thereafter.

"I respect Robin's views and feelings. It's a tough situation. Having said that, I reject the assertion that any promises were ever made on protocol changes related to player vaccination," Daly wrote in an email to the Las Vegas Review-Journal's David Shoen.

Here are Lehner's full comments:

The 29-year-old has been vocal about his own battle with mental health in the past, including his diagnosis as bipolar.
 

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Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner says the NHL isn't fulfilling promises made to players about loosening restrictions once they're vaccinated against COVID-19.

"At some point, we gotta start looking at the mental health of people around us. Not just (the) NHL, but everyone in society and see how can we start getting back to normalcy," Lehner told reporters Wednesday. "Because the problem is gonna be huge, but being lied to us about things changing, to kind of force us to take the vaccine. Unacceptable.

"And to now when we have taken the vaccine to have the excuse of saying, 'Nah, we're not changing because of competitive advantage.' It's outrageous."


Lehner says the NBA was used as an example of how the NHL would ease restrictions for players who get vaccinated. In March, the NBA and NBPA agreed that restrictions would loosen for players who get fully vaccinated, including not needing to quarantine after coming into direct contact with someone who tests positive and being allowed to leave their hotels on the road.

The netminder said the league is waiting for more teams to get vaccinated so that restrictions aren't unfairly lifted for some clubs and not others, leading to a competitive-balance issue.

"That made me go crazy, to be honest. ... We are humans as everyone else," Lehner said. "So, there's a two-fold problem for me here. The first one is we get promised something to take something that not necessarily everyone wanted, so that was a lie, a blatant lie."

"No one thinks about the mental impact, and there are people struggling," he added. "I know people will say, 'Oh, you're millionaires, this and that, you're crying, what about these guys.' We care about that too, man. No matter what people think, this is a society problem. But when government, corporations, NHL, whoever, are taking decisions in terms of these irrelevant things like a competitive edge over the human being, it's not OK, man."

Lehner took to Twitter shortly after speaking to the media to clarify his comments, saying his main point is about remembering the mental health of players.


NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly pushed back against Lehner's remarks shortly thereafter.

"I respect Robin's views and feelings. It's a tough situation. Having said that, I reject the assertion that any promises were ever made on protocol changes related to player vaccination," Daly wrote in an email to the Las Vegas Review-Journal's David Shoen.

Here are Lehner's full comments:

The 29-year-old has been vocal about his own battle with mental health in the past, including his diagnosis as bipolar.

Lehner has always struck me as a bit of a selfish prick (then gain, it might be just how he comes off because of his health issues). The big difference vs the NBA is that you have an entire division that doesn't have access at this point, so it's not exactly a choice for everyone yet. So yeah, it would give competitive edge to some just because of where you play. Once all players have had an opportunity to make the choice, sure.
 

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The Vegas Golden Knights beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Wednesday night, becoming the first team this season to punch its postseason ticket.


Vegas is the fourth team in league history to make the playoffs in each of its first four seasons, according to NHL Public Relations. The other three are the Edmonton Oilers (13; 1980 to 1992), New York Rangers (nine; 1927 to 1935), and St. Louis Blues (six; 1968 to 1973).

The Golden Knights have won eight games in a row and lead the NHL with 68 points. Their West Division rivals, the Colorado Avalanche, are ahead by points percentage, though.
 

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The Vegas Golden Knights beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Wednesday night, becoming the first team this season to punch its postseason ticket.


Vegas is the fourth team in league history to make the playoffs in each of its first four seasons, according to NHL Public Relations. The other three are the Edmonton Oilers (13; 1980 to 1992), New York Rangers (nine; 1927 to 1935), and St. Louis Blues (six; 1968 to 1973).

The Golden Knights have won eight games in a row and lead the NHL with 68 points. Their West Division rivals, the Colorado Avalanche, are ahead by points percentage, though.

It's amazing how good they got it coming in, compared to pretty much every other expansion team the last 30 years. Will be interesting to compare with Seattle to see if the expansion rules are now that much favorable or whether LV were just really awesome at exploiting the opportunities they got.
 

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I get to see the Lightning take on your boys live tonight! @Crabbers !!! Should be a good one!
Yeah should be good for ya to see your team kill us😂

reports out of cbus and TSN say torts and cbj are parting ways after this season too

torts has done a great job here in cbus making us playoff worthy for many years, but his time has def come
 

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Yeah should be good for ya to see your team kill us😂

reports out of cbus and TSN say torts and cbj are parting ways after this season too

torts has done a great job here in cbus making us playoff worthy for many years, but his time has def come

Idk we are full of injuries and have been pretty meh lately! We shall see
 
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