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The Losing Continues For The Sabres, Flyers And Red Wings

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The offense is leaving no hope. Pretty simple scenario for what's now the NHL's worst team.

The Buffalo Sabres were less than nine minutes away from enduring a fourth straight shutout Saturday night before Jason Pominville scored off a Jack Eichel feed with 8:42 left in the third period of a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins....

At 6-17-4, the Sabres are playing at a 49-point pace. They totaled 52 and 54 points, respectively, in 2013-14 and 2014-15, the two years ownership green-lighted management to build them to lose to secure high draft picks.

This season is hardly by design. But an historic goal drought has killed the Sabres' hopes of doing anything....

"Hopefully mentally it feels good for the team to get one and not have to talk about this for a little while," Pominville said. "But we still have work to do. We've got to be better. That was a step but there's still a few more steps we need to take."

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from Marc Narducci of Philly.com,

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Now What Detroit?

Most of you know I don't comment on the Wings, I leave that to others but it is time

After a 10-1 loss to the Canadiens, the Wings have lost seven in a row.

Now what?

Do nothing?  Probably.

New coach?  With GM Ken Hollad in a lame duck position, signed for only this season, no name coach is going to come in, knowing he could be gone at the end of the year.  Plus the Ilitch family is not going to handout a multi-year contract to a coach while they ar unsure of who their GM will be.

Shake up the roster, make a trade?  Teams will want Larkin, Mantha or Athanasiou and will not give up market value for them.

How about moving a veteran or two?  Have you seen some of those contracts?

The Wings are stuck with what they have until a decision is made on the GM position.

As I said on Sirius/XM before the season started, the only reasons to visit the LCA this year is to see the new arena or watch the other team.

Some of you may say, how about an interim coach?  Will that change anything besides a new voice?  Maybe, but the Wings need much more than a new voice at this time.

Yes, the Detroit Red Wings need a change, I just don't see it happening at this point unless Mrs. Ilitch and son Chris have had enough.

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Video- Glen Gulutzan After An 8-2 Loss To Detroit

from Ari Yanover of CalgaryFlames.com,

"I don't think we were prepared to play," coach Glen Gulutzan said following the game. "We were light on our sticks and that was evident in the goals. I thought that we didn't get any big saves early, but I don't know which one (Lack) was supposed to get."

more on the game....

Watch Glen Gulutzan post-game comments below...

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A Stinker For The Edmonton Oilers

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

It’s too bad the late great Pat Quinn wasn’t behind the bench and in the media room to make the declaration that the Edmonton Oilers, “sucked the hind banana.”

Usually it’s after the bulls leave the building that the place reeks, but Sunday was before the Oilers cleared the building to make way for the inaugural million dollar PBR Global Cup this weekend.

They were rancid. They stunk the joint out.

It was a game in which fans came to Rogers Place with great expectations.

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You Call This A Hockey Game?

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Don’t complain. Consider yourself lucky.

Especially if you bought a ticket and can frame it and store it somewhere safe. Because pretty much every other year, Game 2 of the NHL preseason doesn’t bring with it a memory that could last a lifetime.

Whatever the heck it was that transpired Wednesday at PPG Paints Arena – the 16 combined power-play chances, all minor penalties called totaling 22:24 – will likely be remembered for a long time.

“Anybody who watched this game, that was not an NHL hockey game,” former Penguin Trevor Daley fumed after his new team, the Detroit Red Wings, dropped a 6-5 decision in overtime. “That was a special teams practice.”

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added 8:40am, from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

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Gordie, Boom Boom And Le Gros Bill

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Sad News Today, Bryan Murray Has Passed Away

 

 

added 1:46pm, Ottawa release is below...

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Evening Line- Ted Lindsay

"As long as I can keep in good health, I'll do whatever I can and stay involved however I can. Hockey is the greatest game in the world, bar none. You don't hide when you get on the ice. You can't hide. You either show that you've got something, or you don't have anything."

- NHL great Ted Lindsay.  Dave Stubbs of NHL.com has much more on Lindsay from Las Vegas.

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One Last Party At The Joe

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The Red Wings skated to center ice and raised their sticks to salute the fans, and the fans raised the ministicks the team had given away as souvenirs in return, underscoring the connection the team and the city made in this place.

It was a playoff atmosphere, a party atmosphere.

"I've never had goose bumps this many times during a game in my career," said Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, and this was his 1,000th NHL game.

If there was any consolation for the Red Wings missing the playoffs, it was this: Everyone knew this would be the last game at the Joe. The Red Wings could plan festivities and invite alumni to come back. The fans could come ready to say their goodbyes and raid the local fish markets.

Thirty-five octopuses hit the ice. Thirty-five. The Detroit tradition started in 1952, the eight legs of an octopus representing the eight playoff victories it took to win the Stanley Cup then. Well, on this night, it was almost as if each octopus represented a year at the Joe. Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader said there were so many that the players could smell them toward the end of the game.

"In a tough season, like it's been for us, I think this was a nice way to go out," Abdelkader said. "This building deserves it."

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added 8:34am, from Craig Custance of ESPN,

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It’s Not A Dump To Me

Shay is a very good friend of mine and although there is a big age difference, she is a great fan of the Wings.

I asked her to give me her thoughts on the Joe.

 


When Paul asked me to write an article on a “millennial viewpoint” of the Joe Louis Arena being decommissioned, I was honored. I spent 25 out of 27 years of my life going to this arena and it feels like I am losing a piece of my childhood. There’s something romantic about Joe Louis Arena. Whether you’ve ran up the entrance stairs singing the Rocky theme song or gone through the space age tunnel from Cobo parking, it’s like coming to a second home.

I wasn’t old enough to get the significance of Tigers Stadium being shut down and eventually torn down. To be honest, baseball isn’t really my sport. Hockey has always been my sport. It is in my blood and it is a staple in my city. Hockeytown didn’t get where it is today because people like Mike Milbury said so. It was made that way by the 20k fans that pack the stands each game, fans who were there in the 80’s during the dark ages. By fans like me, who have sat in almost every section, endured all the struggles and embraced all the triumphs. If you’ve ever watched a stadium you grew up with be closed down, you understand how every Red Wings fan feels as we happily shell out good money for nosebleeds seats just to say we were there that last year.

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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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