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News and Notes: Worst Linemates / Defensive Partners, Hertl, Slepyshev and Own-Goals

A familiar face has had some bad teammates.

Maybe if their teammates would stop tipping pucks in...
Maybe if their teammates would stop tipping pucks in...
Ben Nelms

We asked our Twitter followers the following question:

Off of the top of your head - which NHL player has had the worst linemates/partners over the last three years?

The answers were surprising:

Phil Kessel x 3, Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny, Rick Nash, Jonathan Huberdeau, Linus Omark, Thomas Plekanec, Mikko Koivu, John Tavares, Ryan Smyth, Evander Kane and Radim Vrbata.

While Smyth was a decent nomination, I'm not sure those respondents get what bad linemates are. Two guys got the idea:

I'll nominate this guy, forced to spend time with both Ryan Whitney and Cam Barker, but also Theo Peckham, Steve Kampfer, Jason Strudwick, Jim Vandermeer, and a whole other cast:

Partner TOI
Partner TOI
Partner TOI
Ladislav Smid 921.2
Kurtis Foster 62.4
Jared Spurgeon 27.0
Theo Peckham 560.1
Marco Scandella 59.3
Taylor Chorney 10.1
Clayton Stoner 506.8
Jim Vandermeer 58.9
Shawn Belle 4.8
Ryan Whitney 229.6
Ryan Suter 54.1
Colten Teubert 4.4
Justin Falk 185.9
Cam Barker 40.0
Tyler Cuma 2.1
Andy Sutton 88.5
Nate Prosser 38.4
Chay Genoway 1.1
Steve Kampfer 79.7
Brett Clark 35.7
Kris Fredheim 1.0
Jason Strudwick 72.4
Corey Potter 30.6
Alex Plante 1.0
Jeff Petry 66.3
Jonas Brodin 30.3
Richard Petiot 0.6

Anton Slepyshev Sighting

In other news, Anton Slepyshev finally broke through with his first goal in the KHL. (Autoplay warning)

(h/t) ChunkletsHockey

Hertl's Punishment?

Tomas Hertl is all of the rage right now for this:

I'm more interested in this, via


That's the Sharks' shift chart from last night - the green highlight shows Hertl's last 11 minutes.  He didn't play after the goal above.  I hope that wasn't a form of punishment for "showing off", and if so, I hope Hertl does the same thing the next time out.

Edmonton leads the league!

Informally, Edmonton has the early league lead in own-goals at 4 in 3 games.  The data comes from another Twitter survey and it obviously not a complete data set:

Edmonton 4
Vancouver 3
Minnesota 2
Los Angeles 1
Long Island 1
New Jersey 1
Washington 1
Philadelphia 1
New York 1
Ottawa 0
Detroit 0
San Jose 0