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The Habs thus far

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

16-6-1. Not a bad start for Les Canadiens, as they sit atop the NHL the last week of November. However, while the record looks good, Carey Price has been solid, and various players have performed extremely well, most of those losses have been blowouts. While a loss is a loss, one has to wonder why a team can win a string of games handily, only to blow-up randomly on other nights. Is it coaching? is it the schedule? My theory is that it is likely a scheduling issue - for example, the Habs dropped Sunday's game 5-0 after a string of 5 games over 8 nights. That said, it's an odd development for a team that last season was so consistent. It will be interesting to see whether it continues as the season progresses.

As for individual players, Price, Andrei Markov, Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and Dale Weise have performed extremely well, while Lars Eller, Alex Galchenyuk, Jiri Sekac, and Manny Malholtra have looked good as well. PK Subban has looked mediorcre on many nights, as has PA Parenteau, while David Desharnais has been invisible at times. Michel Therrien's propensity to continue trotting Desharnais out with Pacioretty, rather than giving another centre, such as Eller, a chance on the top line is perplexing. GM Marc Bergevin's pattern has been to get rid of players Therrien won't stop using in favour of others (see Bourque, Rene), so it wouldn't surprise me to see Desharnais shipped out unless he shapes up.

Montreal has a few days off to rest up prior to Friday's game against Buffalo. It should be a good rest for their aged defence, who, with the acquisition of Bryan Allen, boasted an average age of 33 last week. Look for Price to be back in net after Dustin Tokarski faced the Rangers on Sunday. 

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Report: Daniel Alfredsson to announce retirement on December 4th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Because TSN's geo-blocked its "Insider Trading" segment and all its other videos from outside-of-Canada viewing, I guess we've got to go with Bruce:

The Red Wings host the Dallas Stars that day, the Senators host the Islanders on December 4th, and of course Henrik Zetterberg told DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose the following:

Last week, Internet reports claimed Daniel Alfredsson has chosen to retire instead of trying to overcome lower-back pain that has plagued him for months.

But Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg says everyone should tap the brakes over those unconfirmed reports.

“So far it’s just rumors,” he said. “I know he’s trying to get his back better, doing his rehab part, skating a little bit. I won’t say that its over until it’s over.”

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The Latest On The World Cup Of Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The National Hockey League and the Players' Association hope to generate between $75 million and $100 million from the rekindled World Cup of Hockey, according to their preliminary estimates.

A person familiar with the matter told TSN that the eight-team tournament, which is scheduled to be held in September 2016, will raise about half its revenue from the sale of broadcast and internet streaming rights. The NHL and NHLPA have predicted those rights may garner close to $50 million.

NHL senior vice president John Collins said it's too early to say how much cash the league and NHLPA will generate.

"We are not at the finish line yet on the WC," Collins wrote in an email. "More meetings still needed with PA and federations. Premature to comment on any specifics."

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Hockey Thoughts On A Tuesday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- During a Saturday morning chat, Mike Babcock was asked about the top teams in the league. He grabbed the daily stat sheet and circled the five with the best goal differential — Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis. “There you go,” he said. Note to NHL: Babcock thinks that statistic should be on the front of the package. It’s on Page Two.

- Mark Giordano leads all defencemen in scoring and stands 11th overall. You expect he’ll cool down at some point, but he’s averaging 1.05 points per game. No blueliner has accomplished that in 70 games since 1993-94. He’s also shooting 10.9 per cent. In the 21st century, only four defenders have played 82 games and done it: Tom Gilbert (13.3 in 2008), Drew Doughty (11.3 in 2010), Andrei Markov (11 in 2008) and Mattias Ohlund (10.9 in 2004).

- Brenden Morrow was in the Dallas organization when it won the Stanley Cup in 1999, an NHL rookie as the Stars came within two wins of a repeat in 2000. That was a team of veterans. Are the young Lightning ready to win? He was honest: “I can’t answer that right now. I don’t know,” Morrow said, then added: “You need to understand adversity.” He pointed at Steven Stamkos’s stall. “He’s been through it, with the injury.” He pointed at Victor Hedman’s stall. “Him too. So they have some experience understanding it.”

more including Todd McLellan may be on the hot seat...

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Afternoon Line- David Backes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It kind of gave me a sick feeling in my stomach to think that it’s my hometown. I’ve been here for nine years. It’s not just the local news. It’s national news, it’s probably international news. To know what a great place St.Louis is, and to raise a family here and to now have these scars and stereotypes, or whatever it may be, about it being a city of unrest and not safe. We’ve got a lot of healing to do, locally in Ferguson, with all the relationships, and patching them back together to (enhance) our reputation of what a great city this can be, and is, at its heart.”

-David Backes of the St. Louis Blues on the ongoing situation in Feguson, MO.  More on this topic from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen.

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Pekka Rinne Is On His Game Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

He was supposed to be back a year ago, back from hip surgery, back to his old self. But then came an infection, another surgery, another rehab and the worst season of his NHL career. And then came something else, something you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a two-time Vezina Trophy finalist with a seven-year, $49 million contract.

Doubt.

“You come back, and in your own head, you think you’re going to be the same player that you’ve always been and you’re going to start where you left,” Pekka Rinne said. “When it doesn’t happen, it’s mentally pretty demanding.”

Rinne is finally back now, for real. Among the reasons the Nashville Predators are off to one of the best starts in their history – new coach, new players, new up-tempo style, hot rookie, better 5-on-5 play – it’s important that they have a healthy, happy, elite goalie again. He entered Tuesday night tied for the lead in wins (13), second in goals-against average (1.92) and third in save percentage (.930).

“He’s invaluable,” said Predators captain Shea Weber. “You see when he’s in the lineup how good we are.”

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Checking in on ‘Nesty’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

After one game playing for the Carolina Hurricanes, a team that's likely to give the Buffalo Sabres a run in the Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel Race to the Bottom, it's not exactly fair to suggest that scoring a goal in his first game with Carolina = the Hurricanes "fleeced" Detroit by snagging 6'3," 200-pound Andrej Nestrasil on waivers.

As much as I absolutely adore Nestrasil as a player and person, the reality of his "skill set" is that he projects to be what Tomas Kopecky played like in his first season with the Chicago Blackhawks, i.e. a big, dependable 3rd-line forward who can score on occasion, and as much as it sucked that the Canes snagged him off waivers, the Wings will survive without him.

All of that being said, it's good to read the News & Observer's Chip Alexander report that Nestrasil's happy in Carolina (thus far):

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The Nashville Predators Continue To Develop Their Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean.

Shots. Goals. Wins. Losses.

Those are just byproducts of what is simply known as 'the process' for Peter Laviolette's Nashville Predators.

"I think when you're in the regular season, you want to continually develop your game and work at it so you're game is good," he said. "Ultimately, I think that leads to wins."

It's hard to argue with the results with the Predators 13-5-2 record heading into Tuesday's game against Los Angeles - good for second in the Western Conference standings. The record through 20 games tied the 2006-07 team for the second-best start in team history.

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Practice post II: real estate talk; on Weiss, Datsyuk, Smith and Mrazek’s new lid

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 3:31 PM: As Paul very kindly noted, the Red Wings practiced subsequent to their 4-3 win over Ottawa today, and Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea reported that the team was a "winner" in the Forbes list of NHL team valuations.

The Wings were also in the news for real estate-related reasons, as the Free Press's Joe Guillen reported...

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USA Hockey to purchase Compuware Arena; will the Whalers remain there?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This story was an, "If you missed it" of possibly Plymouth Whalers-moving proportions, as noted by Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples:

USA Hockey announced today that they have an agreement in place that could result in the USA Hockey Foundation acquiring Compuware Arena in the first half of 2015.

The Plymouth, Mich., ice facility, currently home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers, was built and owned by Peter Karmanos. It has been in operation since 1996.

The opening statement of the press release, a joint statement from the USA Hockey Foundation and Compuware Arena, reads as follows:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo./PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The USA Hockey Foundation and Compuware Arena have an agreement in place, that subject to due diligence, could result in the Foundation acquiring the Plymouth, Michigan, facility by the first half of 2015.
 

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