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Don Cherry pays tribute to Nathan Cirillo, Patrice Vincent and Canadian armed forces members

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Paul and I have a little discussion if Don Cherry gets to "Canadiana-ish" in his Coach's Corner segments, because sometimes it's a bit much.

Tonight, it wasn't too much. It was just right:

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Video- Canada Sings “O Canada”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Video- Hockey Night In Canada Opening

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No words needed tonight.

 

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THE LAST TIME

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

January 25, 1997. Some of you were wee children, some of us were adults, some of you were 17. 17 years is exactly how long it has been since the Wings have won in Philly during the regular season. 17 years and counting. Since the last Century, we haven't been able to beat the Flyers on their Home ice. Yes, there was the glorious Stanley Cup on June 7, 1997, but that was the Playoffs. And still, 17 years ago.

 This is the regular season, and, although many will say it doesn't matter, I think it does.

We need to pile up some more points and show the Flyers that they can't win em' all at home against the Red Wings. Anymore.

 The Flyers are hungry, and are looking for their first win at Home so this is bound to be ugly.

  On a personal note, Philly is not the most friendly place for fans from opposing teams. Heck, they get stabby within their own ranks, even after a win.

 That is why I'll be watching from the safety and comfort of my living room tonight. So, bring it on! 

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Video- An Emotional Mike Babcock On His Father

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

"I'm from Saskatoon."- Mike Babock in a small preview of Sportsnet's Hometown Hockey which is in Saskatoon tomorrow.

You will be able to watch the Hometown Hockey preview show starting at 6:30pm ET Sunday on the NHL Network US.

Then Ottawa at Chicago starts at 7:00pm ET Sunday on the NHL Network US with many features coming from Saskatoon during intermissions.

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Afternoon Line - Darryl Sutter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“When you’re home for an extended period of time, our building has a problem with giving the home team shots and the other team more shots. It’s a fact. We had a game three or four games ago where [Anze] Kopitar had two quality scoring chances in one shift but he didn’t have a shot on goal [officially] in the game."

“I wish somebody up there .… There’s lots of people that sit up in the press box that don’t have nothing to do. Somebody should actually do that stat because it’s amazing when you do it yourself what the discrepancy is.”

“I can tell you how many scoring chances and how many shots almost right dead on when I walk off the ice. And all I have to do is confirm it when I watch it later."

“I may not know much but I can count.”

-Darryl Sutter, head coach of the Los Angeles Kings.  More from Sutter by Helene Elliott of the LA Times.

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Same Lineup For The Wings In Philadelphia Except The Monster In Goal

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

The only change for the game in Philadelphia tonight is Gustavsson in goal.

Remember game starts just after 7:00pm ET on FSD.

via the beat writers in Philly...

Lines at morning skate were: Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Nyquist

Datsyuk, Helm and Tatar

Sheahan, Jurco and Nestrasil

Glendening, Miller and Andersson

Defensive pairings remain the same as Thursday and PP #1 is  Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Jurco, Helm, Kronwall and PP #2 is Sheahan, Nyquist, Tatar, Nestrasil, DeKeyser.

added 1:08pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

PERRY, DUCKS MAKE IT SEVEN STRAIGHT
Corey Perry posted 1-1—2, including his League-leading ninth goal of the season just 1:28 after the opening face-off, to power the Ducks to their seventh consecutive victory.
 
* At 7-1-0, the Ducks continue to match their best start to a season both in terms of wins (7; 2013-14) and points (14; 2006-07 and 2013-14).
 
* The Ducks now have posted four winning streaks of seven or more games since the start of the 2013-14 season. That includes a franchise-record 10-game winning streak Dec. 6-28.
 
* Perry also now is tied for the League lead with 12 points this season. He is joined by teammate Ryan Getzlaf (3-9—12), who also recorded 1-1—2 Friday.
 

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Not Good News For The NHL, The Canadian Dollar Is Dropping

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadian dollar has been steadily losing value vis-à-vis its U.S. counterpart. It dropped below 90 cents this week and economists see a further decline in the future. A CIBC report said the loonie could fall to 82 cents early next year.

What does this mean for the NHL?

The league has enjoyed a dramatic rise in revenues over the past decade despite two potentially devastating lockouts. We would like to give NHL commissioner Gary Bettman credit for growing the business, but the driving force behind the increase has been a healthy Canadian dollar. Canada bounced back from the recession faster than the U.S. and that was the result of a booming resource sector.

But oil prices have reached the stage where it is too expensive to extract the sludge from the Alberta oilsands. The dollar is dropping and every decline in the loonie’s value will have a largely adverse effect on the NHL.

We start by looking at those overall revenues. Upwards of one-third of the money that is used to measure hockey-related revenue in the NHL is generated by the seven Canadian franchises. If the dollar drops in value, so does the overall revenue.

Teams are expecting to have a little more cap money next season because the full value of the Rogers Canadian TV deal kicks in, but that deal will be worth a little less next year and the value could continue to decline.

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The Winnipeg Jets Are Digging Themselves Into A Hole

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

They lacked focus and finish. None of their players had good nights. Winnipeg gave too many open looks to Tampa’s big guns and the visitors didn’t miss when given the chance.

Jets coach Paul Maurice is quickly finding out he’s got even more of a challenge on his hands than he might have expected.

His group is mentally soft and doesn’t have a compass.

Inconsistency has been the hallmark of this club since it moved to Winnipeg and Maurice is the man now tasked with determining how to stamp out that insidious trait.

The Jets are drifting towards dangerous territory in a hurry and now own a 2-5 record for a share of last place in the Western Conference. They’ll face their cellar mates Sunday when the Colorado Avalanche come to town. Thumb wrestling for the most honest golfer award.

Yes, it’s still early in the schedule, but in the near future the NHL standings will begin to take shape and making a big move up the charts will become increasingly difficult.

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