Puck Wire: Top Hockey News Of The Day: December 31st

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Happy New Year Everyone!! On the final day of 2018, there was some wild and wacky happenings on and off the ice. Here is the top hockey news for Monday, December 31st from the weekend that was. Today’s stories include Notre Dame ready for the Winter Classic, the saga happening in Dallas, Edmonton making moves, a wild play at the World Juniors, Islanders get revenge on Tavares, Sweden remains undefeated, Blackwood continues to shine for New Jersey, Vancouver back in the playoff hunt, Mark Scheifele making a case for MVP, Winnipeg loses a key player, and Erik Karlsson back to form in San Jose.

Top hockey news for Monday, December 31st

With Notre Dame hosting the Blackhawks and Bruins tomorrow, the Winter Classic promises to be a spectacle.

Major news broke out of Dallas on Friday, as CEO Jim Lite ripped into Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. The aftermath nobody expected.

First, prior to the game against Detroit, Dallas forward Jamie Benn told reporters he does not play for Jim Lite, he plays for his teammates. Next, the NHLPA released a statement condemning Jim Lite’s comments.

Then yesterday, Stars GM Jim Nill agreed with Jim Lite’s assessment that everyone needs to be better, but disagrees with the tone used.

After continuous struggles, the Edmonton Oilers made two trades making many fans scratching their heads.

What a wild play at the World Juniors as Switzerland was awarded two penalty shots on the same play.

Revenge games are always nice, especially in this case, as Mathew Barzal records a hat trick in an Islanders win over the Maple Leafs.

Sweden extends their winning streak to 47 games in pool play at the World Juniors with a dramatic OT win over Team USA.

As the Devils continue to build momentum, one of the reasons is the play of Mackenzie Blackwood.

Led by Elias Pettersson, the Vancouver Canucks find themselves back in the playoff picture.

With his play of late, Mark Scheifele is making a case for MVP.

Not only did Winnipeg lose to Minnesota, but in the process lost Dustin Byfuglien up to four weeks.

It took some time, but Erik Karlsson and the San Jose Sharks are finally clicking.

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