Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Odds Favor Detroit

via the LA Times,

According to theSpread.com’s betting chart, Detroit had received 75% of the bets to win Game 1 and at Wagerline.com, the Red Wings had received 71.10% (844-343) of the picks as of Wednesday afternoon.

At Bodoglife.com, Detroit is listed at 6-1 to win the series in four games; at 3-1 to win in five games; at 7-2 to win in six games, and at 7-2 to win in seven games.

The Stars are listed at 30-1 to sweep the series in four games; at 15-1 to win in five games; at 7-1 to win in six games; and at 8-1 to win in seven games.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Rafalski Enjoys Playing In Detroit

from the Star-Ledger,

There haven’t been many missteps this season for Rafalski or the Red Wings. The 34-year-old Dearborn, Mich., native has a chance to win his third Stanley Cup (he won in 2000 and ‘03 with the Devils).

“It would be crazy around here,” he said. “Personally, it would be special winning it in front of family and friends after growing up watching the Red Wings and then being part of the organization.

“Not many people were picking us to win. Everyone picked Anaheim, San Jose or the Rangers. The critics said we weren’t built for the playoffs and we didn’t have the goaltending. There was some added pressure because of the history of this team going out early in the playoffs.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brian+rafalski

Talking with the Dallas Stars

From some short Q&A time with the media on Wednesday, below are transcripts from interviews with these Dallas Stars players and management:

  • Marty Turco
  • Brad Richards
  • Mike Modano
  • Brett Hull


Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brad+richards, brett+hull, interviews, marty+turco, media, mike+modano

Evening Line

via Larry Lage of the AP,

“Bring it on,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “If we’re going to go up the food chain, might as well eat the best.”

more on the Wings/Stars series…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Different Look Wings

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

They are in the same place as they were a year ago, the only one of the four remaining teams in the chase for the Stanley Cup that is back in the semi-finals for the second year in a row.

But the differences between then and now are night and day, for the Detroit Red Wings. Last year, they were missing two of their three top defencemen – Nicklas Kronwall and Mathieu Schneider – at this stage of the playoffs, meaning Methuselah (a.k.a. Chris Chelios) was playing upward of 20 minutes a night. Kyle Quincey, a minor-leaguer, got into 13 playoff games. Andreas Lilja was a top-four rearguard.

You get the picture.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Getting To Know The Dallas ‘D’

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

Who the heck are these guys, you ask?

Fistric was the Stars’ first pick, 28th overall, in the 2004 entry draft. In 37 games with the Stars in the regular season - his first taste of big league play - Fistric had two assists. So you know he wasn’t brought to town to add offense.

Grossman was chosen the same year – 56th overall – and has a similar offensive upside to Fistric, which is to say hardly any at all. In 70 NHL games prior to this year’s playoffs, he had seven assists.

Daley, meanwhile, is a scoring defenseman, but like the other two, it was his stellar defensive play in Game 6 that was most notable.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Leafs Talk

from TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired coach Paul Maurice and sources tell TSN that the team has approached the Vancouver Canucks asking for permission to speak with recently fired GM Dave Nonis.

Nonis would be brought in to handle the Leafs’ managing duties through next season, with speculation suggesting the Maple Leafs would then approach Brian Burke at the conclusion of the season, with designs on Burke overseeing the entire hockey operation with Nonis continuing to occupy a management role as well.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dave+nonis

SCF Plans

NEW YORK (May 7, 2008)—To venerate its past, to celebrate its present and to anticipate its future, the National Hockey League has scheduled four major events in conjunction with the 2008 Stanley Cup Final:

* The League will honor members of the Detroit Red Wings dynasty that won four Stanley Cups in a six-year stretch from 1950 to 1955.  Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Red Kelly, Alex Delvecchio, Marty Pavelich, Johnny Wilson and Marcel Pronovost have been invited to attend a dinner on an off-day during the first week of the Stanley Cup Final.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink


Just heard from Versus and the opening game of the ECF between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh is still not in HD.

I will keep you updated as it becomes available.

Update May 8th, 12:35pm: More information available here.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, d, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Conference Calls with the Philadelphia Flyers

Today, the NHL set up a series of conference calls with the media, in part featuring:

  • R.J. Umberger—Philadelphia Flyers, Center
  • John Stevens—Philadelphia Flyers, Coach

The transcripts of their individual Q&A sessions are available below.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: interviews, john+stevens, media, nhl+conference+call, rj+umberger

« Previous       ‹ First  < 5225 5226 5227 5228 5229 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com


Recommended Sportsbook


Most Recent Blog Posts