NHL News: Patrik Laine accepts blame “I deserved to get benched”, AWS to change the game, and Flyers hit with COVID

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Feb 4, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Patrik Laine (29) skates with the puck against the Dallas Stars in the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time to move on. That’s what both John Tortorella and Patrik Laine said yesterday in the wake of his benching. “We’ve moved on, we’ve talked about it and it’s going to stay in the room,” Laine said.

NHL News: Patrik Laine accepts blame

The Jackets brand new star acquired in the Pierre-Luc Dubois trade was benched for verbally disrespecting one of his coaches. In yesterday’s press conference he did a good job of acknowledging that and wants to put it behind him.

“I always play with passion and sometimes you say things you don’t want to say and that’s gonna happen sometimes,” Laine explained. “You just got to talk about it and move on.”

The discussion basically ended with Laine admitting, “when stuff like that happens, you deserve to get benched.”

NHL News: League teams up with AWS to head into the future

The NHL and Amazon Web Services are teaming up to bring the fan experience to a whole new level. Per the league’s own Press Release:

By tapping into the breadth and depth of AWS services, the NHL will be able to automate video processing and content delivery in the cloud and leverage its Puck and Player Tracking (PPT) System, which runs on AWS cloud infrastructure, to better capture the details of game play for its fans, teams, and media partners. The NHL will also build an enterprise video platform on AWS to aggregate video, data, and related applications into one central repository that will enable easier search and retrieval of archival video footage, give broadcasters instant access to NHL content for syndication and licensing, and facilitate the creation and delivery of new in-game analyses, predictions, and video highlights to enhance mobile, online, and broadcast experiences.  

Gary Bettman believes the application of this technology is going to further advance the game. The data can also be used by teams to incorporate into their own analytics to find team and player improvements.

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

NHL postpones Flyers games

The Flyers are the latest team dealing with COVID delays. Their games have been postponed with hopes they can open their training facility on Monday.