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Corsi Out The Window This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The rise of analytics — in particular the statistic known as Corsi, which measures five-on-five shot attempts — owes a great deal to the fact that the best teams by that measure typically make the playoffs.

The NHL even says so in the introduction to what it calls Enhanced Stats and Shot Attempts Percentage Close, another term for Corsi.

But not this year.

Some of the best Corsi teams are not making the playoffs, starting with the leader: the Los Angeles Kings, who sit at 54.24 per cent. That is to say the Kings, for every 100 shot attempts (including blocks and misses), typically outshoot opponents 54-46. In other words, they carry the play.


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Negotiations Continue Between USA Hockey And U.S. Women’s National Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

An agreement between USA Hockey and the members of the U.S. women's national hockey team wasn't ratified on Monday, although there remains some hope a deal could be worked out before the IIHF Women's World Championships begin later this week.

Monday's emergency board meeting didn't yield a deal that would mark the end of the threatened boycott by the 23 players, and negotiations are expected to continue on Tuesday, two people with knowledge of the content of the meetings who are not authorized to speak publicly told USA TODAY Sports.

About 70 of the 90 members of USA Hockey's board of directors took part in the meeting held via teleconference, which lasted more than three hours.


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Quite The Comeback For The Tampa Bay Lightning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

As much resilience as the Lightning has shown recently, this looked pretty darn bleak.

Like season-over bad.

With any loss potentially crippling Tampa Bay's perilous playoff hopes, it fell behind 4-1 midway through Monday's showdown with the Blackhawks. The Lightning's No. 1 goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, had already been pulled and re-inserted into the game. The large portion of red-clad Chicago fans drowned out the sellout crowd of 19,092 at Amalie Arena.

Cooper summed up the feeling perfectly: "This (stinks).'"

But the Lightning didn't sink. It surprised — again —roaring back for a thrilling 5-4 overtime win over Chicago. Tampa Bay's third consecutive come-from-behind victory was a significant swing in the standings. It pulled the Lightning one point ahead of the Islanders and within one point of Boston for the final wild-card spot with seven games to go.

"We didn't quit," Cooper said. "We just kept hanging around, hanging around, hanging around."

Said wing Yanni Gourde: "We knew we could come back. We've got the firepower."

Gourde, a rookie who was in the ECHL just a few years ago, was the unlikely hero, scoring the overtime winner on a breakaway with just under a minute to go.


Watch the game highlights below...

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Wings Win And Show Concern For Eddie Lack

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

 It was an exhilarating finish, followed by a frightening scene.

The Detroit Red Wings' enthusiasm for their 4-3 overtime victory Monday over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena - on Andreas Athanasiou's second OT goal in as many games - was dampened when they saw goaltender Eddie Lack flat on his back on the ice, being attended to by medical personnel.

Athanasiou, cross-checked in the back by Victor Rask, collided with Lack, who appeared to injure his head and neck.

The Red Wings remained on the ice for several minutes while Rask was being secured to a stretcher. There was relief when he gave a thumbs-up sign as he was being wheeled off the ice. Players from both sides tapped their sticks on the ice....

The final sequence started when Petr Mrazek (39 saves) stopped a shot and Gustav Nyquist backhanded the rebound down the ice. The speedy Athanasiou chased it down and cut in front of Lack, tucking the puck in at 1:59 just before being pushed into the goalie.

Athanasiou said didn't know immediately that Lack was injured.

"I had no idea I hit him," Athanasiou said. "I tried driving the net and I felt the D's stick on my back, hit me pretty hard. I was just trying to put the puck in the net and even after that, I had no idea I came in contact with him. I didn't know if it was me or the D. I spoke to the ref after and he said I think after the contact from the D, I must have ran into him."

read on

Below are two videos, extended game highlights and Jeff Blashill post-game.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
Detroit 4, CAROLINA 3 (OT)
BUFFALO 4, Florida 2
Nashville 3, NY ISLANDERS 1
TAMPA BAY 5, Chicago 4 (OT)
ST. LOUIS 4, Arizona 1
CALGARY 4, Colorado 2

Jonathan Drouin (2-0—2) and Anton Stralman (1-1—2) combined for three goals in a span of 4:39 in the second period and Yanni Gourde scored the first overtime goal of his career (15 GP) to help the Lightning overcome a 4-1 deficit and earn their third straight victory.


* Tampa Bay (37-29-9, 83 points) moved within a point of Boston (39-30-6, 84 points) and two points of Toronto (35-24-15, 85 points) – whom they will visit on April 4 and 6, respectively – for third place in the Atlantic Division.
Nikita Kucherov (0-2—2) registered multiple points for the fifth straight game (7-4—11). Kucherov (38-42—80) has recorded career-highs in goals, assists and points, and moved into a share of fourth in League scoring with Brad Marchand (37-43—80). Elias notes that Kucherov is the first Lightning player with five straight multi-point games since Steven Stamkos accomplished the feat from Feb. 9 - March 2, 2010 (5-6—11 in 5 GP).
* Per Elias, Tampa Bay overcame a three-goal deficit to win for the first time since Nov. 6, 2011 (4-3 W vs. FLA).
Victor Hedman (0-3—3) recorded three assists for the fourth time this season to reach the 50-assist plateau for the first time in his career (15-50—65).

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Video- Eddie Lack Taken Off The Ice On A Stretcher

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


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Quick Wings/Hurricanes Wrap

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Wings defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in OT on a Andreas Athanasiou goal, his 2nd in two days.

Detroit made their shots count tonight and Petr Mrazek was outstanding.

Discuss if you wish and the goals are below.

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Almost Home, But Two In Carolina First…Thanks Gary

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And when I say "home", I mean done. 

That feels like home, sounds like home, beckons me like home. 

Meanwhile, you guys talked goaltending today. 

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Afternoon Line- Donald Fehr On The 2018 Winter Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’ve been in this business too long to make predictions either on timing or anything else, I think at this point, we have to wait and see how it plays out. I think, however, if we end up not going, the reaction from the players’ side — across the board — is not going to be a good one. And my guess is it’s going to last for a very long time.”

-Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHLPA.  Michael Traikos of the National Post has more on this topic.

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Video- Michael Haley Suspended One Game For Roughing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The NHL explanation.


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