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The Up And Down Toronto Maple Leafs

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Sure, teams endure ebbs and flows during an NHL season. That is the nature of life during an 82-game journey. But does any team subject its fans to wilder mood swings than the Toronto Maple Leafs?

A week ago we were lauding the Leafs as one of the league's hottest teams, a team that had looked into the abyss after a 9-2 loss to Nashville and emerged stronger for it. With Sunday's 4-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, however, the Leafs are trending toward that abyss once again.

The loss was their third straight, and they have been outscored 15-5 during that stretch, again looking like a team without much of a clue. The Leafs travel to Dallas for their final game before the Christmas break, but it's hard to imagine much merriment for them as they again struggle to determine just who they are.

read on for more from the ESPN crew, including Strang on the Wings, Custance on the Stars and LeBrun on the Rangers...

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KK- Holiday Plans

With Christmas quickly approaching, I thought I would lay out my plans for the week.

I am now in relaxed mode through Christmas night but will be posting on a regular basis through the morning of December 24th, then get back at it on December 26th.

We are going to bypass the weekly BoltDraft/KK fantasy game this week but will have two games you can participate in next week.  Of course, you can still participate in the numerous games BoltDraft offers.

If you are still doing your holiday shopping, do remember to use the KK affiliate link to Amazon (gift cards too) and I appreciate all of you who have used the link during the holidays and for using it all year long too.  I have also added some Amazon banner ads to the far right sidebar on every KK page.

If you are getting a head start on the Holiday, please be safe and enjoy your time with family and friends.

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Morning Line- David Ebner On The Vancouver Canucks And Calgary Flames

The natural order of the Western Conference begins to reassert itself, after the unlikeliness of Vancouver and Calgary in the early going. The likes of Chicago and San Jose surge, and Vancouver and Calgary regress to what consensus figured them for in the early autumn: the Canucks a fringe playoff team, and the Flames a Connor McDavid contender.

There remains, of course, a lot of hockey to play. But it does not look good for Western Canada’s hockey teams, the Oilers obviously, the Canucks on the edge and the Flames cratering. Like an errant pass, bouncing all the way back into your own empty net. Wideman was frank Saturday night: “It’s kind of the way things are going right now.”

-David Ebner of the Globe and Mail where you can read more on the Canucks and Flames.

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The Losing Continues In Edmonton

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Welcome to Edmonton, Todd Nelson.

Losing has become an art form here.

It’s creative. It’s inventive. It’s ingenious. It’s inspired.

And Sunday night’s latest was a game to be framed in terms of the way it is in the late great City of Champions.

How long will Nelson have to wait to get his first NHL win as a head coach?

Well, he only has 48 games left to coach in his interim job replacing Dallas Eakins for the rest of the season.

The way this is going, it might not be long enough.

The Oilers have now lost 18 of their last 19. And while they have two coming up after Christmas against the Calgary Flames, losers of their last eight in a row, nobody is holding their breath on Edmonton winning either game.


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Goaltender Rob Zepp’s A Winner In His First NHL Game

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Galvanized by Zepp’s long and winding road, the Flyers put together an equally improbable two-goal rally and stunned the Jets, 4-3, in overtime to deliver him a win.

Zepp, 33, became the oldest goaltender to win his NHL debut since 1926. He compared the experience to climbing Mount Everest.

"I think that’s the beauty of sports," Streit said. "Everywhere you look, there’s always exceptions to the rule. Some guys make it to the NHL at 18 or 19 years old and some guys have to stick with it and work a lot harder. I think it’s important. Guys like him never lose sight of their goal. They always believe in themselves."

Most players in Zepp’s skates, even with the comfortable pay in Europe, would have quit long ago. There were 98 players taken ahead of him in the 1999 NHL Draft. Only five of them are still in the NHL this season: Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Martin Havlat, Jordan Leopold and Chris Kelly.

His story resonated with every player in the Flyers’ locker room - from young to old, from entitled to hungry, from role player to star.

Hollywood-type storylines don’t usually go over very well in NHL dressing rooms. Players today are usually immune to the narrative in their sterile bubble.

more and watch the game highlights below...

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The Chicago Blackhawks Played With Heavy Hearts Last Night

from Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune,

The Blackhawks played Sunday night for a man Jonathan Toews said was so integral to the team, "he might as well have been wearing one of these sweaters."

Toews said the team dedicated its 4-0 victory over the Maple Leafs to Clint Reif, the club's assistant equipment manager since 2005. Reif, 34, died Sunday morning shortly after returning to Chicago from Columbus with the team.

"I commend the guys," coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was an emotional, draining day. They channeled their emotions properly, which was good to see."

Those emotions were plain to see after the game. Asked what made Reif so special, Patrick Sharp began to answer but then apologized and walked out of the dressing room.

Duncan Keith, who was perhaps the player closest to Reif, said: "It was tough. To lose a close friend and have to try to play a hockey game on that same day, it wasn't easy."...

Reif, the father of four children, was found unresponsive in his home at 8:32 a.m. Sunday, according to the DuPage County coroner's office. Lombard police and DuPage County officials are investigating the death.

"It's something that has not sunk in for a lot of us yet," said Toews, who scored a third-period goal, his 13th of the season. "We played with heavy hearts out there."

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Tracking Stats

from Andrea Bellemare of CBC,

One Canadian company is doing more to change organized hockey than any one player, scout or general manager, but you've probably never heard of them.

HockeyTech, headquartered in Guelph, Ont., is a hockey analytics company that tracks massive amounts of player information and data, which it integrates that with scouting reports and player testing. HockeyTech is used by 29 of 30 NHL teams, excluding the New Jersey Devils, as well as Hockey Canada and many junior leagues like the OHL. Even the Boston Red Sox are a client.

The 50-person company has several arms that together make it possible to track individual player progress and quickly and easily sort through piles of data. HockeyTech uses a web-based login for clients to access its database, and clients can customize what they see and how they use it. 


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Video- Don Cherry On His Kingston Days

Rogers' Hometown Hockey was in Kingston, ONT. last night, the home town of Don Cherry.

In a four-minute segment, Don Cherry basically took us down memory lane....


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New York Rangers beat Calgary Flames 5-2 with two Rick Nash goals

By Michael Ray,

Rick Nash had a two-goal night on Tuesday, extending the New York Rangers' winning streak to four games in a row.

Nash's goals were his 19th and 20th in the season; they helped the Rangers beat the Calgary Flames 5-2. He's also tied with Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh) for the longest current-season point streak in the NHL, with his eight goals and six assists giving him an 11-game point streak. It's the best in his career.


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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.

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