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Video- The Scoring Machine AKA Alex Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

3 goals last game, 3 goals tonight. 

28 on the season.


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Quick Recap- Detroit Red Wings/Ottawa Senators

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

First two periods looked evenly played although IMO Ottawa applied more offensive pressure even though Detroit lead in shots 21-19.

Ottawa scored twice (1 ENG) in the third period and they win 4-2.  Wings could not generate much offense in the period and Ottawa was the better team tonight.

Goals and stats are below and I will play catch up in the morning.

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Video- Another Bad Start For Cory Schneider

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scheider was pulled after giving up 3 goals in the first period tonight.




Below, watch the third goal he gave up tonight.

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It’s A Friday Night Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

You have me as your host tonight so if you are not at a holiday party, let's have one here.

I'll supply the appetizer, Wings on ice.

The rest is up to you.

Live blog time!

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Video- Plays Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

260 seconds to watch.


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It Could Be The Summer Of Offer Sheets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic,

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that the Arizona Coyotes believe the single most important move they can make as an organization is to bring Matthews home. Matthews is the only home-grown player in Arizona history and would be a marquee attraction like no other, not to mention a dominant scorer who still has an upside in his game. Strategically, how could a team manage it? Well, one possibility would be to begin by signing Marner to an offer sheet first and offer a max contract. The Leafs would almost certainly have to match.

If they did, then at that point, the Coyotes could turn around and sign Matthews to a max offer sheet as well. At that point, the Leafs could be boxed into a financial corner, after spending $11-million per season to sign John Tavares away from the New York Islanders and then recently, signing William Nylander to an extension for just under $7-million per season.

Similarly, a team could target Laine and Connor. Laine is showing signs of being a consistent 40-plus goal scorer in the NHL and he doesn’t turn 21 until this coming April.

much more ($$$) plus other hockey topics...

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Notes Before Tonight’s Game Against Ottawa

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Arthur J. Regner of the Wings' website,

"Mike Green is out, I'm going to use the timetable 3-5 weeks. I think all those are always flexible. But right now, we're looking at 3-5 weeks for Mike Green," Blashill said. "We'll call Filip Hronek up. We're going to end up sending Brian Lashoff down, so that Lash can play.

"The reason we're making that switch is Fil's skill set obviously, is much more similar to Mike Green in terms of a skater, puck mover, potential power-play guy, although (Niklas) Kronwall will spend some time on the power play in Green's spot as well. So, we're going to make that switch. Johnny (Jonathan Ericsson) looks like he's going to play. And then Wade Megan is still out."...

 Detroit and Ottawa were not expected to be in the playoff hunt this season since both clubs are in a rebuilding phase.

However, the Wings and Sens have exceeded expectations and each team is within reasonable striking distance of the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Detroit, 14-14-4, has 32 points, while Ottawa, 13-15-4, has 30 points.

The Wings trail Montreal by five points for the final wild-card playoff berth and the Senators are seven points behind the Canadiens. All three teams have played 32 games....

more on each of the above topics...

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Video- What’s Going On With The St. Louis Blues?

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via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman discuss the recent rumours surround Alex Pietrangelo and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Then, the guys try and figure out what's going on in St. Louis, why aren't they winning? Is Vladimir Tarasenko on the way out?


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Video- Before The Puck Drops Tonight At The LCA

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

As you probably know by now, Mike Green is out 3-5 weeks with a lower-body injury, Hronek has been recalled and will play tonight.

Ericsson is questionable and reports state Lashoff is headed back to Grand Rapids.

In the video, Bertuzzi, Ericcson, Frk and Blashill after today's skate.


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Evgeni Malkin’s Slump

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune,

Evgeni Malkin has one goal, three assists and a minus-9 rating in his past nine games. He has scored one even-strength goal in his last 20 games. He was a minus-4 in Wednesday’s 6-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“Geno tends to be a streaky guy, and sometimes all it takes is one goal and then he’s off to building momentum again,” coach Mike Sullivan said optimistically. “I think part of it is just simplifying his whole overall game. If he does that, he’s going to be fine.”

What does Sullivan mean when he says Malkin needs to simplify his game?

“Slowing his skating down and supporting the breakout. Stopping on pucks. When he has an opportunity to shoot the puck, shoot the puck. Don’t look for the next play,” Sullivan said. “We think he’ll come out of it.”

Malkin’s longtime teammates came to his defense after morning skate as well.

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