Kukla's Korner

Blackhawks Need Improved Power Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Something the young Blackhawks have learned during their run to the postseason is that the more important the game, the more defense-minded the style of play.

Open ice and scoring opportunities are at a premium in late March and early April. Any time an opening arises, teams need to take advantage.

Which brings us to the Hawks’ power play.

The once-powerful unit has been struggling mightily, and if the Hawks plan on making a deep run in the playoffs, they need to flip the switch on the power supply.

It has been five games and 22 opportunities since the Hawks cashed in with a man advantage, their longest skid of the season. In fact, the Hawks have just two power-play goals in the last 42 chances over nine contests. That has dropped them to 14th in the league with a 19.3 percent success rate.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Just What Guerin Needed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley at NHL.com,

(Bill) Guerin says he could not have landed in a better place, saying the fresh start he’s been given in Pittsburgh has been the perfect elixir for an otherwise painful season.

“Without a doubt I feel young again,” Guerin said of his transfer from the Eastern Conference’s last-place team to one battling to return to the playoffs one year after reaching the Stanley Cup Final. “It’s a great feeling to be here and I feel rejuvenated. To be in a playoff race like this is just what I needed.”...

Suddenly, the aches don’t hurt as bad. Guerin, always the optimist, is experiencing the joy of winning meaningful games.

“I love it,” he said. “We’re winning and the line is doing all right, so it can’t be all bad.”

Having played on some of the best lines in hockey, Guerin said the unit of Crosby, Kunitz and himself reminds him of the success he enjoyed in Edmonton while playing on a line with Doug Weight and Ryan Smyth in the late 1990s.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bill+guerin

Defensive?  Cool

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Mainly to move things away from the riveting grammar discussion in the post below, I’d like to direct your attention to this quote from Craig Rivet.

Buffalo News

“You give them a small opportunity, and it seems to be in your net so quickly. Once you get down to a team like this that arguably is the best defensive team in the league, it’s tough to come back.”

Now that may be the first time we’ve seen anything like that since around mid-October.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
 

Ryan Miller Shows-Off His New Mask

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo Sabres,

Buffalo Sabres netminder Ryan Miller debuted a new look against the Red Wings on Monday night, sporting a mask inspired by traditional Japanese tattoos.

Featuring a tiger, dragon and a tribute to his cousin Matt, the helmet is Miller’s first modification in two years.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Buffalo Sabres, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ryan+miller

Former Canadien Savard Interested In Purchasing The Habs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

RDS is reporting that former Montreal player and general manager Serge Savard is spearheading a local group of investors that are interested in purchasing the Canadiens franchise, should current owner George Gillett be interested in selling it.

The group, Thibeault-Messier-Savard, has reportedly raised the funds to finance such a purchase.

At this time, Gillett has yet to indicate if the Canadiens are indeed for sale.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Predators Qualify For Revenue Sharing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

The Predators head into tonight’s home finale against Chicago knowing they’ve achieved one critical off-ice goal — reaching the 14,000 paid attendance average necessary to receive the NHL’s full revenue-sharing package.

That’s big news for management, because it likely will mean more than $10 million dollars to help the franchise remain financially competitive with larger-market teams.

The Predators must satisfy one other requirement for full revenue-sharing: making sure their hockey-related revenues this season have increased by a percentage equal to or greater than the NHL’s overall hockey-related revenue.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Nashville Predators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Sabres Need To Run The Table & Get Some Help Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres’ rough road to the postseason is now a rock-strewn, virtually impassable trail. The Sabres handed over the game in hand they held over the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers. They remain four points back of the tie for eighth place, but now only three games remain.

“A lot of strange things have happened,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We’ll pick up the hope tank, try to fill it up and hope a lot of things go right for us.”

Things are so dire, the hope tank needs to be large enough to house all the crumbling debris from Memorial Auditorium. In basic terms, if the Rangers or Panthers win just one of their three games and go to overtime in another, the Sabres are officially eliminated.

“Tough situation to be in,” Sabres captain Craig Rivet said. “We’re going to have to win the next three games, and obviously with the way the standings are now, we’re going to need some help from some teams.”

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Buffalo Sabres, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Rangers Must Win To Control Their Destiny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the Ny Post,

The only way for the Rangers to ensure that they maintain control over their destiny is to defeat the Canadiens tonight at the Garden in the franchise’s most critical regular-season game since the lockout.

Leading Florida by only the victory tiebreaker (40-39) in the contest for the East’s final playoff spot with three games remaining for each team, the Blueshirts’ magic number for clinching a fourth straight playoff berth stands at six points.

If the Rangers run the table with victories tonight, on Thursday in the home finale against the Flyers and then on Sunday in the season finale in Philadelphia, they’re in, regardless of how the Panthers fare tonight in Philadelphia, Thursday in Atlanta and at home on Saturday in their finale against the Caps.

But one slip, one defeat in either regulation or extra time, and control would be ceded to Florida.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

April Storms

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Never been a big spell-check fan.  You know that already though.  I’m betting Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!) is feeling the same way today.  See this?

MLive

Brad Stuart snapped a scoreless tie by scoring on the power play at 18:41 of the second period. He beat goalie Ryan Miller with a blast from just inside the blue line, as Tomas Hailstorm (two assists) provided a good screen.

Woops.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
 

Bruins Ready For A Playoff Run

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of the surprises this season has been the success of the Boston Bruins.  Last season they finished eighth in the East Conference taking the last playoff spot.  Most predictions had them finishing in the same territory this season.

Very early in the season in became clear that they would exceed expectation.  Tim Thomas is having a Vezina quality season in goal.  That was unexpected.  While Zdeno Chara was expected to have a good season on defence, the development of Dennis Wideman was not expected.  At forward, Marc Savard has continued to become a well-rounded player (his defence is much improved) and young players like David Krejci, Phil Kessel,, Blake Wheeler and Milan Lucic all took big steps forward.  Boston has a talented (mostly) young core that took a huge step forward this season.  It places them first overall in the East Conference and the favorite to win the East Conference in the playoffs.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | The Puck Stops Here | Permalink
 

« Previous       ‹ First  < 5110 5111 5112 5113 5114 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla’s Korner

Kukla’s Korner is updated around the clock with the work of our own talented bloggers, plus links to the best hockey writing around the internet.  We strive to bring you all the breaking hockey news as it happens.

The home page allows you to see the latest postings from every blog on the site. Subscribe here.  For general inquiries and more, please contact us anytime.

image

 

Most Recent Posts

Feed

KK Hockey

Feed

The Malik Report

Feed

Abel to Yzerman

Feed

The Puck Stops Here

Feed

The Sabres Observer

Feed

The Upper Canadien

Feed

F Street Faithful

Feed

Above the Glass

Feed

Oil Patch

Feed

Hockey News Wire

Feed

KK Members Blog

Most Recent Comments