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The Playoff Hopes For The Philadelphia Flyers Now Belong To Petr Mrazek

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

If Mrazek lights it up in the NHL’s goalie graveyard, the Flyers will have the opportunity to qualify and keep him. Or, they could work out a deal for less, much in the same way they did with  in 2013.

Most importantly, Mrazek has playoff experience. Elliott has a lot of work to do to recover from core muscle surgery. The oft-injured Neuvirth will be out “weeks,” according to Hextall. And Mrazek’s playoff numbers (.931 save percentage in 10 starts) are significantly better than Elliott's postseason numbers.

The Flyers made a small bet. It’s up to Mrazek to deliver the payoff – for his future, the Flyers, and even the Red Wings.

“He was the available guy that really intrigued us,” Hextall said. “We know how capable he is … He’s played extremely well over the last month. I think he’s had some really good times in his career where he’s been a very good goalie and he can be a difference maker.”


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Ken Holland To Vancouver?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks might be headed for a five-day break but the Monday morning musings and meditations on the world of sports never rests.

• The media, like nature, abhors a vacuum and the longer Jim Benning’s contractual situation goes unresolved, the louder the conjecture will grow about his future.

As of this writing, the most popular scenario is Detroit GM Ken Holland, who’s also on the last year of his deal, moving to Vancouver as the hockey overlord in a restructured organization. That would leave a role for Benning in player personnel. It would also add that thing which has been missing from the Canucks’ front office since Trevor Linden and Benning were hired: the experienced voice of an executive with championship experience.

Now, we can argue the relative merits of this move from now until doomsday but if the Canucks continue to hover around 28th-place in the NHL change would appear to be inevitable. This has become less about the plan and more about consumer confidence in the brand. Bringing in Holland would go a long way toward calming the masses.

The problem — and this wouldn’t be a Canucks’ story if there wasn’t  a problem — is the native of Vernon might be at the top of the wish list for the new Seattle franchise. But barring a dramatic turnaround in the next couple of months, it appears the status quo is no longer an option for the Canucks.

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Video- Ottawa’s Penalty Kill

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

The Ottawa Senators showed some heads-up play after taking a too many men infraction, drawing a call of their own and using this advantage to kill off their initial penalty.


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Afternoon Line- Joe Haggerty On Detroit’s Hockey Fans

I didn’t think people from Detroit were afraid of anything.

Apparently, I’ve given them way too much credit. Apparently, they’re afraid of a little snow.

The downtown Detroit area got six inches of snow on Wednesday and that was enough to keep Red Wings fans away from the new Little Caesars Arena. When you’re from New England, six inches of snow is considered a dusting and isn’t something that would keep any self-respecting hardcore hockey fan away.

But anybody who watched the "Wednesday Night Rivalry Game" on NBCSN got an eyeful of empty red seats in the lower bowl at LCA that made Detroit look like anything but HockeyTown. Skipping the game would be understandable if the Motor City was truly in the thrall of a nasty blizzard, but instead Wings fans looked like a player turtling in a hockey fight with the sad attendance. Weak sauce, in my opinion.

Next time just shut down the entire city and cancel everything when an inch or two is in the forecast. 

-Joe Haggert of NBCSports Boston

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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.”


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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