Kukla's Korner Hockey
note- original post was 10-31-14 at 12:31pm, Just moving to top of KK to make sure everyone gets a chance to play.
Your chance to win $100 comes again on Saturday, Nov. 1st (roster needs to be set by 7:00pm ET) with the 3rd BoltDraft/KK contest.
It is simple, pick a forward, defenseman and a goalie, then sit back and watch how the games play out.
This from a KK member who participated in the last game.
Had fun in your game last night - had Kucherov as my forward when I noticed he had been put on the 2nd line with Palat and Johnson at practice - chickened out and swapped him for Stamkos - shouldn't have second guessed myself
If I would kept Kucherov I still wouldn't have won, only finished 2nd - Subban was the lame link but it was fun.
I did use Kucherov in the other free game they had but again Subban killed it, Senators' Karlesson? smoked everybody on D
Told you he was the sleeper this year.
Now go play, easy to register and/or play, no strings attached and a great chance to win some cash! (If you need a pass code, use "kukla3" at the top of the page.)
Patrick Burke with the explanation...
A little late today...
COMEBACKS, OVERTIMES DOMINATE THURSDAY’S GAMES
Of the 10 games contested Thursday:
* Eight were tied or within one goal entering the third period (BOS-BUF, WPG-NJD, CHI-OTT, PHI-TBL, ARI-FLA, ANA-STL, SJS-MIN, MTL-VAN).
* Seven resulted in one-goal margins, including five that required extra time (BOS-BUF, WPG-NJD, CHI-OTT, SJS-MIN, MTL-VAN).
* Seven featured a tying or winning goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation (BOS-BUF, WPG-NJD, CHI-OTT, PHI-TBL, ARI-FLA, SJS-MIN, MTL-VAN).
* Of the five teams that tied the game in final 10 minutes of the third period (BOS, NJD, OTT, MIN, MTL), three – the Bruins, Devils and Wild – went on to win in extra time.
* Five teams overcame deficits – at any point in the game – to record victories, including four that rallied in the third period (BOS, NJD, CHI, MIN). The Canadiens also overcame a two-goal deficit in the final 7:49 of regulation, but ultimately lost in overtime.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
- Buffalo, with some good, young defencemen coming, will be holding on to the right-handed shooter for awhile yet to see if Detroit gets more interested in the defenceman.
Dallas would seem a fit, too, because coach Lindy Ruff and his assistant, James Patrick, used to be with the Sabres, but neither the Wings nor the Stars are in dire need of a D-man right now.
The Sabres want six-foot-five winger Anthony Mantha or 2014 first-round forward Dylan Larkin in any package from Detroit for the six-foot-seven Myers.
Mantha, who broke his leg in camp and might have made the team as a teenager (a rarity there) is likely a non-starter. Dallas doesn’t have a high-end kid offensive forward other than Valeri Nichushkin, who’s been hurt. Would they deal him?
- Has anybody noticed that Patrice Bergeron, one of the game’s best two-way players, is being outscored by fellow forward Chris Kelly in Boston through their first 11 games and he’s a minus player? Of course, their defence is decimated — Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, and Kevan Miller are all hurt, and Johnny Boychuk was traded — which doesn’t help anybody in the plus/minus ratio.
- Is there a less-involved, seldom-get-it-out-of-first-gear NHLer these days than Alex Semin in Carolina? “Can’t think of one,” said a veteran NHL pro scout. Semin gives you the smallest bang for the buck ($7 million per, with three years left after this season) in hockey, and his coach Peters finally saw enough in Vancouver and strapped him to the bench.
Two and a half minutes of video...
from Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post,
Before the Washington Capitals hired Barry Trotz as coach this May, the outside noise surrounding Mike Green had reached him in Nashville. A disappointing 2013-14 season created questions that blared like sirens across the league:
Should Washington trade its highest-paid defenseman, with one year left on his contract? How about exercising a compliance buyout? Would he even be around long enough — or play well enough — to negotiate an extension?
“You shouldn’t assume things,” Trotz said after practice Friday morning. “What you hear and what you think are you hear are two different things.”
During Washington’s recent trip to western Canada, Green quietly ignited a scorching start. His seven even-strength points lead all NHL defensemen, despite missing the season-opener. His even-strength shot differential — Corsi-for percentage, it’s called — ranks sixth. He regained the confidence and form some worried had been lost.
via the NHL...
Arley Londono with the call of Scottie Upshall's game winning goal as part of Hispanic Heritage Night at the Florida Panthers vs. Arizona Coyotes game...
St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock tells Hockey Central at Noon how his club is dealing so well with the bacterial infection that's been working through the team.
from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report at TSN,
- As our video shows (click here to watch the video), L.A. Kings forward Jarret Stoll was tagged for tripping as Pittsburgh's Brandon Sutter went down inside the blue line. Stoll argued the call, but was swiftly directed to the penalty box by Greg Kimmerley who eventually waived Stoll out of the box after consulting with fellow referee Steve Kozari.
It's clear a mistake was made and this isn't the first time on-ice officials have rescinded a penalty. However, a similar scenario almost always includes a high-sticking infraction when a teammate has caused the foul, as recognized by one of the game's four officials.
This wasn't that case. This was a tripping call the Penguins might argue shouldn't have been called back.
As it turns out, Pittsburgh won the game and this isolated play had no impact on the outcome. However, while NHL officials shouldn't be beaten down for getting it right, some around the league worry about the precedent of this overturned call from now on. ...
- We're just over four months until the NHL trade deadline, so there's plenty of time for the Washington Capitals and veteran defenceman Mike Green to work on a contract extension. However, with the offseason signings of blueliners Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, many believe Green may be viewed as the odd man out given the $6.08 million cap space he takes up.
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