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It’s Official In Vancouver - Travis Green Is The New Head Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

VANCOUVER, B.C., - Vancouver Canucks General Manger Jim Benning announced today that the team has named Travis Green as Head Coach. Green becomes the 19th Head Coach in Canucks history after being promoted from his role as Head Coach of the club's AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets.

"Travis is a talented Head Coach who's played a key role in the development of our young players through four seasons with the Comets," said Benning. "He has an intense desire to win and build a team identity that is hardworking, responsible on both ends of the ice and competitive. He has an excellent understanding of where we are as an organization and we're confident in his ability to help build our team and develop a winning culture. We're pleased to welcome Travis and his family and truly excited about the future." 

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Tyler Seguin Had Successful Shoulder Surgery Yesterday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin had successful surgery to repair labral damage in his right shoulder yesterday. The surgery went as planned and he is expected to make a full recovery in four months.

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The Huge Purge At ESPN

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Key Matchup In The Edmonton/Anaheim Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

Anyone who thinks Edmonton is trying to turn every game into a drag race is adding oil, or something, to the same pile. The Oilers can accelerate with anyone, but they scored only 12 goals in six games against San Jose and still won the series.

And, if you’re looking to spread more fertilizer, the Oilers aren’t co-dependent on their two youngest offensive stars, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. McDavid, the only NHL player to score 100 points in the regular season, had four points against the Sharks. Draisaitl had three. The Oilers are here anyway, as you’ll notice Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

But they will find it much easier to beat Anaheim if McDavid, Draisaitl and former Duck Patrick Maroon can get some traction against Ryan Kesler, Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg, the Ducks’ most consistent line the past two seasons.

“You don’t get that many points without being top-notch,” said Kevin Bieksa, the Ducks’ defenseman. “This will be a better offensive team than Calgary (the first-round victim) was.”

Edmonton’s problem is that the Kesler line gives up almost nothing in 5-on-5 situations, particularly at Honda Center, where Carlyle has the matchup option.

In the first 23 home games of the year, the heretofore un-nicknamed Kesler line allowed two goals in 5-on-5 situations. And opposing centers were reminded why Kesler has the 2011 Selke Trophy and is a finalist for this one.

Of the top nine opposing goal-scoring centers in the Western Conference, only McDavid had an even-strength goal with Kesler on Anaheim ice this season, and that was when Kesler was playing with Patrick Eaves and Rickard Rakell. McDavid did have a goal in Edmonton against Kesler’s normal line.

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Video- Hits Of The Week

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A bit over two minutes in length...

 

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Bruce Cassidy Named Head Coach Of The Boston Bruins, Interim Tag Is Removed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, April 26, that Bruce Cassidy has been named the 28th head coach of the Boston Bruins.

Cassidy served as Interim Head Coach for the Bruins' final 33 regular and postseason games, compiling a 18-8-1 regular season record and propelling the team to a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2013-14 season. Since Cassidy assumed head coaching responsibilities on February 9, the Bruins ranked first in the NHL in goals per game (3.37), first in the NHL in fewest shots allowed (741), tied for second in the NHL in wins (18), tied for second in the NHL in power play percentage (27.8%), tied for third in the NHL in goals allowed per game (2.30), tied for fifth in the NHL in faceoff percentage (53.6%) and tied for sixth in the NHL in takeaways (229).

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A Possible First Round Pick For The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

The Red Wings had the sixth-worst record in the NHL last season - how strange does that sound after 25 straight playoff appearances? - and the No. 6 prospect among North American skaters according to NHL Central Scouting is center Michael Rasmussen of the WHL's Tri-City Americans....

Rasmussen, a British Columbia native who turned 18 two weeks ago, stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 215 pounds, according to Central Scouting. In 50 games last season, he had 32 goals, 23 assists and 50 penalty minutes.

He led the Americans with 15 power-play goals and had four goals in Tri-City's season opener....

Rasmussen is the type of high-scoring power forward the Red Wings have been lacking for several years. His No. 1 objective when he has the puck, according to a February story by NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale, is getting to the front of the net.

"Protecting the puck in the corners is important and I think it's tough to move me when I protect the puck well and move my feet in front," Rasmussen told Morreale. "I think I'm a hard-working power forward. I like to use my teammates, get to the dirty areas of the ice."

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Video- Sights And Sounds From The First Round Of The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

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via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Take a listen to some raw sounds of hockey straight from the mouths of players, refs and coaches...

 

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NHL Short Notes

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SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Nashville @ St. Louis, Game 1, 8 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
Edmonton @ Anaheim, Game 1, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN, TVAS
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS OPENING NIGHT OF SECOND ROUND
The Second Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight with Game 1 of both Western Conference series: Predators at Blues and Oilers at Ducks. Per Elias, teams that win the first game in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series hold an all-time series record of 453-207 (68.6%).
 
* The Predators and Blues upset higher seeds to advance to the Second Round, where they will meet in the postseason for the first time. Nashville held a slight edge in the regular-season series, compiling a 3-2-0 record against St. Louis (2-3-0). Both teams were buoyed by strong goaltending performances in the opening round: Nashville’s Pekka Rinne went 4-0 with a 0.70 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and two shutouts vs. CHI, while St. Louis’ Jake Allen went 4-1 with a 1.47 goals-against average and .956 save percentage vs. MIN.
 
* The Oilers visit the Pacific Division-champion Ducks in the second all-time playoff meeting between these clubs. Edmonton earned a 4-1 series win over Anaheim in the 2006 Conference Finals – the Oilers’ last postseason appearance and series win prior to the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Edmonton held a slight advantage in the regular-season series, with a 3-2-0 record against Anaheim (2-1-2). Both teams were led offensively in the First Round by their captains: Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (2-2—4 in 6 GP) and Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf (3-2—5 in 4 GP).

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Wings’ Alums to hold charity game to raise funds for high school player paralyzed by hockey accident

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings Alumni Association is holding a game to help benefit a young man paralyzed by a hockey injury in Fraser this upcoming Sunday. WJBK Fox 2 Detroit has a report about the game and the family of Dave Mastronardi:

 

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