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What’s The Problem With Jack Eichel?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

As we, um, sharpen our swords in the wake of Saturday's 3-1 loss to Carolina, an utter snoozefest until the final eight minutes, there's one gnawing issue that keeps growing: What's going on with Jack Eichel?

Forget about an elephant in the room. This is an entire herd. Eichel is not the guy we've seen the last two years. He was invisible again for long stretches Saturday -- not getting a single shot on goal for more than 48 minutes.

Eichel has five goals in 20 games, tallying just once in his last 11. He's got a minus-9 rating for the season. Those are the numbers. Now let's move to things you can't measure.

Eichel's body language has been terrible much of season. It's a dirty little secret fans are finally figuring out that he floats off the ice far too much on the end of his shifts.

Just don't tell Housley that. The coach simply isn't dissing any of his players in public, let alone the face of the franchise. Fair enough. You can respect that. And Housley certainly knows what happened to Byslma seven months ago too.

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Danny DeKeyser’s Return Should Strengthen Detroit’s Defense

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

He skates and passes well, can be sound positionally and occasionally wields his stick like a rapier to pluck pucks from opponents.

But DeKeyser regressed last season.

The Red Wings handed him a task most difficult. Amid their self-proclaimed rebuild on the fly, and with Niklas Kronwall’s knees reducing his effectiveness, the Wings essentially relied on DeKeyser to be their top defenseman.

He may never be a No. 1 in the NHL, and DeKeyser did not play as well as he had in his previous three seasons.

Now, with Trevor Daley logging long minutes and defending so well he is little noticed, Kronwall more effective than last season as he adapts to his more limited mobility, and Mike Green generating significant offense from the back end, DeKeyser’s circumstances have improved.

He should no longer feel the need to do quite so much, let alone just about everything.

“I think we have even more depth this year than we did last year, and the guys have been playing really well, back there,” said DeKeyser, 27, who is signed at $5 million per season through 2022.


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The Bad Habs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

How bad are your Montreal Canadiens?

Frederik Andersen’s 32-save shutout was the fourth time a goose egg has been hung on them this season.

Home cooking?

More like home yakking: Three of the shutouts have occurred at the Bell Centre.

On four other occasions, the Canadiens have been held to one goal.

And there are 61 games to go.

This, folks, is the most impotent scoring team in the NHL.

They are punchless. They are boring.

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Game highlights of the 6-0 Toronto win can be watched below...

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Morning Line- Mark Spector On Connor McDavid

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...the numbers don’t lie: minus-2 against St. Louis Thursday, and minus-2 again Saturday, despite a goal and two assists. Your best player simply has to be better than that, and McDavid’s line — with Pat Maroon and Drake Caggiula — was on the ice for three even strength goals by Dallas, with McDavid also on for a fourth.

Somehow, too many turnovers have mixed into McDavid’s game, resulting in odd-man rushes the other way after high-risk zone entry attempts go bad. In his own zone, the puck is getting behind his goalie too often, even if the reasons are ever-changing.

Part of being a superstar is playing as well without the puck, and being smarter with it than McDavid has been this season. Your best player has to be just that — at both ends of the rink — to have success.

-Mark Spector of Sportsnet on Connor McDavid.  Read more on the Oilers and their 6-3 loss to the Dallas Stars.

Game highlights are below...

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Video- Yesterday’s NHL Action

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Almost five minutes of NHL action from Saturday.


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NHL Short Notes

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NHL Morning Skate

Hall of Famers Dave KeonRay BourqueDenis SavardYvan CournoyerFrank Mahovlich and Rod Gilbert participated in a pre-game ceremony in Montreal to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the League’s founding.

* MUST SEE: Savard and Mahovlich, who each won at least one Stanley Cup with the Canadiens, changed into Montreal jerseys mid-ceremony, at the urging of Cournoyer, who won 10 championships with the club. 

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Video- Saturday Headlines

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The guys at Sportsnet talked about penalties and changes to them as discussed by the GMs at the recent meeting, GMs without contracts for next season, topic became all Lou Lamoriello, the Montreal Canadiens and a few more items.


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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

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Topics Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed:

The play of Frederik Andersen, a couple of hat tricks today, the brawl in Detroit (what was Tkachuk thinking), player benches next to each other and a few more topics...

via Sportsnet,


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Trade Talk Picking Up

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Let’s face it, this season has not gone according to plan in several locales, so those GMs are trying to decide whether they should add, subtract, sit still or make a change for the sake of doing something to try to improve.

“There’s a lot of teams talking,” a league executive said Saturday.

- The Coyotes, who went into Saturday’s visit to Ottawa, with only one regulation victory. are willing to talk about pretty much every player on their roster. There’s no way the plan was to go in the tank this season after acquiring centre Derek Stepan from the New York Rangers and defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson from the Chicago Blackhawks. GM John Chayka is receiving plenty of calls because the best bet for the Coyotes now is to get the best odds in the draft lottery....

- It’s believed several teams have contacted Habs’ GM Marc Bergevin. There can’t be a hotter seat in the NHL right now than Bergevin’s because coach Claude Julien isn’t going anywhere. The word is that Bergevin is the NHL’s most active GM and he’d like to do something to shake up his team.

more on the Yotes and other hockey notes...

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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The city of Houston and the Olympics both serve the same purpose for the NHL. Both exist as points of leverage for commissioner Gary Bettman, who is never hesitant to accumulate chips to play when it comes to advising tax-paying citizens what they must do in order that their respective cities keep their teams and negotiating against the players.

In the wake of the estimable Katie Strang’s reporting for The Athletic, we know that Houston is the current city of prominence the NHL has to leverage against cities such as Ottawa and Calgary, whose club owners are seeking new arenas....

Houston makes sense as a U.S. port if accompanied by a viable hockey infrastructure. The Hurricanes are in trouble. The Panthers have been a sinkhole since their move out of Miami to Sunrise. The Islanders are going to become fair game if the bid for Belmont is rejected.

Culturally, of course, Quebec has always made more sense, just as has a second franchise in Toronto.

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