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Not The Start The New York Rangers Wanted

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This was a performance that wasn’t worth even a 24-hour wait, let alone the 313 days between appearances at the Garden by the Rangers.

But then, this wouldn’t even count as an appearance by the Blueshirts — who pulled a no-show in the season opener, losing 4-0 to an Islanders team that essentially had a 60-minute stroll through the park on Thursday.

If you’re looking for an excuse for this debacle — in which Igor Shesterkin allowed goals on the third, fifth and seventh shots he faced while his teammates lollygagged — don’t bother.

There are no excuses for the Rangers, spared the indignity of being booed out of the building only because customers are not permitted at the Garden. This was an amateurish performance by a team that was not prepared to compete against the conference finalists.


Watch the highlights below.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


* The opening night of the 2020-21 NHL season drew record-breaking viewership both stateside and north of the 49th parallel.

Connor McDavid scored the first hat trick of 2020-21 while reigning Art Ross Trophy winner Leon Draisaitl had four assists on another high-scoring night in the NHL.

Tim Stützle, who turns 19 today, is expected to make his NHL debut in this season’s first ‘Battle of Ontario’ game as Ottawa becomes the final Canadian team to hit the ice in 2020-21.

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Videos- Post Game Reaction

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

First up is Mickey Redmond with his recap, below is Dylan Larkin.

More coming.

added 10:44pm, Mathias Brome below. added 11:11pm, game highlights below.  added 11:32pm, Jeff Blashill below.  added 11:39pm, Thomas Greiss below.


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Quick Recap- Wings/Canes

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

I used two words a lot last season- offensively challenged.

This season after the first game- still offensively challenged after a 3-0 loss to Carolina.

The effort was there so maybe it's the talent level?

We will find out more on Saturday.

Detroit fight highlight below.  The Wings had 1 shot on goal in the first 18 1/2 minutes of the 3rd period.

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TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Why are teams calling the Panthers about forward Aleksander Barkov? What options do prospects have to showcase their talents? How will John Tortorella's recent comments affect Columbus' approach to Pierre-Luc Dubois? TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun, Darren Dreger and Frank Seravalli discuss this and more.

Watch at TSN

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A New Season, A New Captain, A Useful Distraction

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit

Good evening. It’s a brand new season for the 19! Welcome back to one and all, from the long absence of Detroit Red Wings Hockey. It’s been far to long since we’ve all hung out together to have what I hope will be a good time, and, a good season for all of us. I hope that everyone, and, your families are faring well, staying healthy, and, sane. I’d prefer if possible, keeping thing’s upbeat, and, not dwell on the past year, at least for now since this is our first game back.

The big news. Finally, finally, finally, Dylan Larkin has been named Captain of the Detroit Red Wings, and deservedly so. Steve Yzerman has made some additional moves in the off season that we all hope will pan out, and, make watching the Wings, let‘s just say, “more fun,” than watching the way the Wings have played the past few seasons. There are a few new faces on the roster as well as our familiar favorites. Tonight, and most nights, I hope this place that we all have come to call home, will also serve as a much needed useful distraction.

With the Yzerplan starting to take shape, one can only hope it will give us something to look forward to. To keep us out of the doldrums, to cheer on, and, as always, the possibility to cringe. It should be interesting if nothing else.

Maybe, we’ll all be able to witness some pleasant surprises along the way. Okay, that’s probably raising the bar a bit, but, what the heck? Why not?

Welcome back 19! Drop the puck!

It’s a Live Blog!

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Let Them Play, Call The Rule Book Or Somewhere In The Middle?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Which side of the thin line your sympathies lie depends on a list of factors as long as Zdeno Chara’s stick.

The score on the board.

The importance of the game.

The amount of time left on the clock.

Whether you view the NHL rulebook as gospel or guideline.

The star power and grudge history of the specific players involved.

The number and types of penalties previously called against each side up until that point.

And, more often than not, the laundry you cheer for.

Take another look at the stiff cross-checks NHL superstar Auston Matthews absorbed from Montreal Canadiens defenders Shea Weber and Ben Chiarot in the final moments of regulation during Wednesday’s season opener while trying to gain a scoring stance at the net-front during a tied-up tilt:...

“Great to see NHL hockey back last night. Such amazing athletes & so much speed & skill in the game now,” tweeted Jeff Jackson, an Orr Hockey Group agent who help negotiate monster contracts for Canadian franchise faces Connor McDavid and Matthews.

“But watching the abuse that star players take is hard to watch. Felt like the 80’s with the cross checks in the back & the hacking & slashing. NFL protects QB’s? Why don’t we?”

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Right Decision Made To Play This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Thompson of GlobalNews,

Jets owner Mark Chipman told 680 CJOB that resuming play despite the uncertainty of the pandemic was the right decision to make, although he agrees with Bettman that it’ll be a costly one for the league’s 31 teams.

“It’s pretty simple arithmetic. You know, as a league, more than 50 per cent of our revenues come from the game itself — from the attendance at games and the ancillary revenues that are produced at a game. And we’re going to be without those this year,” Chipman said.

“So the commissioner, I think, (was) just trying to be honest and direct that we would have been far better off not playing from a financial perspective. Having said that, I think it was the consensus of the league that we were better off forging ahead.

“It would have been very, very difficult to not play in many respects. So I feel like we’ve made the right decision, but it’s going to be a costly one.”


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Video- Our First Player Safety Hearing Of The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch it below.

added 8:22pm, Two games for illegal check, video explanation is below.

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Videos- After The Morning Skate

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

The Wings have a new streaming morning show called the Morning Skate and one of the nice features consist of interviews after the skate.

Today they had on Jeff Blashill and Patrik Nemeth.

Here are the archived interviews if you missed it live.


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