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Brendan Smith On Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser And the Seven-Second Rule

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

“Abby is a different threat,” defenseman Brendan Smith said. “He can be a strong guy, power forward, hit and get pucks and get them to Pavel. That’s what you’ve seen in the past. He’s actually meshed with the top scorers like Pavel and Z very well because of his role. You need guys to complement each other. Look at video games, who complements each other, you need to have a power forward with a goal-scorer, a playmaker with a goal-scorer. That’s what Abby does with those goes.”

Meanwhile, on the other end of the ice, DeKeyser’s smooth passing touch gives Detroit a seamless transition on break outs of their own zone.

“DK moves the puck very well on the back end,” Smith said. “Coach talks about that seven-second rule, where you want to get out of your own end in seven seconds. If you don’t you end up playing the shift in your end. He’s very good. That’s maybe his best aspect. His first pass is one of the best. For him to do that, it’s good to have him back."

more on the Wings and Blue Jackets...

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Rick Jeanneret’s Road To Recovery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Law of QMI AGENCY at the Toronto Sun,

When the cancer diagnosis came, Jeanneret was defiant. He wasn’t going to let this be how his career ended. It would be on his terms.

The first couple radiation treatments felt fine. Then the pain hit. And the pain medication followed, which Jeanneret was told was “20 times stronger than heroin.”

In all, there were 33 radiation treatments over seven weeks. He stopped eating solid foods Aug. 15 and just recently resumed. He lost 43 pounds.

“Even though they tell you what’s going to happen, it’s the unknown,” he says.

“I can tell you, there were some dark times. Anybody who’s been through it knows what I’m talking about. You’re sitting there wondering, ‘Is this working? Am I going through all this pain and everything only to be told at the end it didn’t work and you’re dying anyway?’ Whether you try to bar those thoughts from your mind, they’re there.”

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Afternoon Line- Anze Kopitar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’ve been through this in the past, everybody has. In the beginning, we were winning games and I wasn’t worried as much. Now we’re not winning as many games.

“I think everybody will tell you on the team that it’s really not about the personal production. As long as we’re winning games, it doesn’t really matter who gets it done. Yes, in order for us to win games, I realize that I’ve got to be the guy.”

-Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings.  More on Kopitar, who has 1 goal in his last 13 games, from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times.

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The Spotlight Will Soon Be On William Nylander

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Expectations are bound to be a challenge when William Nylander makes the transition to the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Just how much of a challenge could depend largely on how the next couple weeks unfold at the World Junior Championship. When Nylander stepped onto Canadian soil with the rest of his Swedish teammates Tuesday, he found himself in possession of a unique opportunity.

He is both the Leafs top prospect and Sweden’s top centre for a high-profile tournament being played at Air Canada Centre.

That means the spotlight from two continents will be pointed in his direction.

It will be the first time most hockey fans in Toronto see him compete against kids his own age. Having the opportunity to compare him to his peers should underscore why the 18-year-old was selected with the eighth overall pick in June.

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Play The BoltDraft/KK Free Fantasy Game On Tuesday With A Chance To Win $50

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

original post was on 12/15/14 at 11:10am, bringing this to the top of page so all can see and perhaps play.


Another $50 to the winner of the BoltDraft/KK free fantasy game on Tuesday.

Rosters need to be set by 7:00pm ET Tuesday and you just pick one goalie, one defenseman and one forward and watch the games play out.

Quick to register and play and did I mention it is free?  Use pass code "kukla10" if need be at the top of registration page.

Participation is growing which does make it a bit harder to win but the feel of victory should feel better plus recent feedback from those playing has been very positive.

Scoring rules are below and if you have any questions regarding the game, the Rules/FAQ page at BoltDraft should be of help.

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Edmonton Fires Coach Dallas Eakins

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday the Edmonton Oilers fired their coach.  Dallas Eakins is fired.  What is surprising is that he lasted this long before his firing.  The Oilers have had exactly one win since November 9th.  In that time they have lost 15 games.  The Oilers are stuck at the bottom of the NHL.  Something is horribly wrong with this franchise.  The problem is firing the coach will not solve it.  Dallas Eakins wasn't a great coach, but his isn't a significant portion of the problem.  Edmonton has struggled for years.  The only time this millennium they actually won a playoff series was in 2006.  A constant throughout that period was Kevin Lowe.  Lowe coached the team, managed the team and then became president.  Somehow as he failed he has failed upwards into a higher position in the franchise.  Lowe needs to be fired.  Knowing the Oilers they will somehow find a way to promote him instead.

They have Craig MacTavish as a general manager and now an interim coach.  He was the last moderately successful NHL coach.  He coached the team for their trip to the Stanley Cup finals in 2006.  He also missed the playoffs in five of the eight years he coached the team.  Somehow he failed upwards too and became general manager.

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Just Going To Leave This Here

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More in the recent timeline of Damien Cox.

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Bad New For The Winnipeg Jets, Jacob Trouba Out Until February

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Another Look At Aaron Ekblad

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

It’s good to be Aaron Ekblad. It’s good to be around Aaron Ekblad and his combination of maturity and youth, poise and skill. He has five goals and 18 points in his first 28 games in the NHL – third among rookies, first among rookie defensemen – while averaging 21:56 of ice time and playing a top-four role. He’s a reason the Panthers are competing for a playoff spot.

“He doesn’t play like an 18-year-old,” said goaltender Roberto Luongo. “He plays like he’s been in the league 18 years.”

Nothing fazes him. His welcome-to-the-NHL moment came Dec. 2 when the Panthers played for the first time in Detroit. He grew up across the river in Windsor, Ont., going to games at Joe Louis Arena, rooting for the Red Wings, idolizing Nicklas Lidstrom. He had family and friends in the stands. When he lined up for the opening faceoff, he found himself across from Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen and Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg – the guys he used to watch. But listen to how he described it. No awe. No sense of accomplishment.

“Just a really special, surreal feeling,” Ekblad said. “Not an ‘I made it’ feeling or anything like that, but just more of a cool challenge. Just the realization that this is where I am and this is the kind of challenge that I’m going to face and I want to rise to the challenge.”

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Red Wings-Blue Jackets game day post: DeKeyser, Abdelkader in, Franzen/Weiss out & fa la la masks

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 1:38 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face a stiff task in ending their 0-1-and-2 streak against a Columbus Blue Jackets team that's a) won 6 straight games and b) has a 7-2-and-1 record against Detroit of late when the teams tangle this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/FS Ohio/97.1 FM), and the Wings' morning skate brought news from the beat writers that:

1. Xavier Ouellet would remain in the Wings' lineup at Jakub Kindl's expense;

2. Stephen Weiss would be placed on short-term IR (until Saturday) to make room for Ouellet;

3. Daniel Cleary would draw back into the lineup to replace Johan Franzen, who is ill;

4. Justin Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser would return from their respective injuries.

In article form: MLive's Ansar Khan penned a 6 AM-posted article in which the Wings discussed playing the Blue Jackets...

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