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Video- A 4 Goal Night For Evander Kane

San Jose beat Calgary 7-4.

Kane now has 25 goals for the season.


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31 Coaches Started The NHL Season And It Looks Like They Will All Finish It

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Job security has never been better for National Hockey League head coaches.

There hasn’t been one in-season NHL head coaching change this year for the first time since 1966-67 when there were just six jobs to go around, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

It’s a record likely to stick with just three weeks remaining in the regular season – though hockey’s version of Black Monday is looming on April 9 when teams that missed the playoffs clean out their lockers for summer....

In fact, there have never been fewer than two in-season coaching changes going back to 1967-68. There were seven alone in 2011-12. The in-season record for firings is 10 in 1981-82, but there were also nine changes in 2000-01 and eight in 2002-03....

“I’m encouraged that hopefully the league is taking a breath, trying to find other alternatives before pulling the trigger,” said former NHL head coach Dallas Eakins, who was a midseason casualty in 2015. “That’s great. It’s good to see no one is being let go. I think everyone is being given a real good, fair chance to do something great. Sometimes it takes time.”

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Audio/Video- Colin Campbell On Goalie Interference

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

Campbell joined Hockey Central at Noon on Friday to talk about goalie interference reviews, and was asked about the league’s stance to keep that level of disagreement out of the press.

The main point of contention is that the current rule and process is in place because teams pushed so hard for it in the first place.

“Coaches and managers were requesting that we extend video review in a number of places in the game and we settled on two goal situations,” Campbell said. “Not puck over the glass or other areas, but just situations where goals occurred.

“Having said that, I reminded the managers at our Montreal meeting in November that it was their request … I pointed out in the GM minutes over the course of five years when they kept requesting it and we would warn them, particularly Gary Bettman: ‘Be careful what you wish for guys.’ Now it’s our problem and our fault that these things are difficult.”

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Hand Surgery For Kevin Bieksa, Out 2-5 Weeks

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks announced that defenseman Kevin Bieksa will undergo surgery on his left hand today to remove scar tissue. He is expected to be out of the lineup for 2-5 weeks.

Bieksa has appeared in 59 games this season, earning eight points (all assists). The 36-year-old defenseman appeared in his 800th NHL game on February 11 vs. San Jose and played his 200th career game as a Duck on February 5 at Toronto. He posted a season-high +3 rating on December 31 vs. Arizona and earned a career-high seven blocked shots on December 29 vs. Calgary.

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Video- Saves Of The Week

Sportsnet style....


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A Look At William Karlsson

from John Matisz of the Toronto Sun,

Karlsson’s meteoric rise is the least anticipated development on the most surprising and successful expansion team in pro sports history. And it’s wildly complicated.

There is no denying the absurdity of the situation: Karlsson is on pace for 42 goals and 30 assists.

Traditionally, 40-goal seasons in the NHL are reserved for household names with a track record of sniping. Ordinary players like Karlsson — who averaged eight goals and 22 points per 82 games for the Ducks and the Columbus Blue Jackets in his previous two-plus NHL seasons — do not.

Karlsson, who last scored 20 goals in his final year of junior in Sweden, has essentially quintupled his NHL goal rate and almost quadrupled his point rate this season. His overnight success story checks out on a granular level, too: Karlsson has contributed an additional 1.3 points per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time this season.


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Morning Line- Mark Lazerus On The Chicago Blackhawks

It’s going to be challenging enough for the Hawks to get back into contention next season. They need so many things to go right, from Corey Crawford’s health to Saad’s production to the continued development of their younger players to some free-agent help on the blue line. But even if all that does break in the Hawks’ favor, it’s not as if they’ll be able to waltz back up to the top of the Central Division. Too many teams are too good, too young, and too well-built for long-term, sustained success.

-Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times after Chicago's 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.  Lazerus has more on the game.

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The Frustrating St. Louis Blues

from Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Just when their fans start believing in them again, the Blues find a way to let the boulder roll back down the hill against them.

Desperately in need of momentum, the Blues continue to sputter along on the road to an early vacation. They’re just good enough to frustrate you because there’s no doubt they can and should play better.

Playing the closest thing to a must-win at this time of the year, the Blues had more than enough chances to beat the Avalanche on Thursday night at Scottrade Center. They couldn’t capitalize, though.

And when you don’t capitalize you usually lose. The Avs beat the Blues 4-1 before a disappointed sellout crowd that saw the home team miss the net 22 times while outshooting Colorado 82-42.

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The New York Rangers Could Use Ilya Kovalchuk

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Of course and absolutely the Rangers should and will pursue Ilya Kovalchuk when the scoring machine hits the open market as a 35-year-old unrestricted free agent July 1.

He would have been the right guy this year for the intended retool had the Devils been more amenable to shipping his rights across the Hudson for less than a first-rounder, and he is the right guy for next year’s rebuild/rebound season in which the Blueshirts should be able to compete for a playoff spot with some fortification.

You’re delusional if you believe the Rangers are going to throw a bunch of young lambs onto the ice to be slaughtered in 2018-19. The Baby Blueshirts will need accomplished veterans to help show the way, and Kovalchuk — most certainly along with Rick Nash, no guarantee to return after experiencing life near the top of the league in Boston — is one of the guys management will attempt to enlist who can do that.


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The Slumping Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

They overcame a 10-game winless streak and the loss of their top two goalies to injuries.

Now they have to overcome a March skid that has knocked them out of first place and made fans uneasy about whether they will even make the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The misery continued Thursday night at the Wells Cargo Center.

Columbus 5, Flyers 3.

The Flyers lost for the seventh time in eight March games, and they fell into a tie for third place with Columbus in the Metro....

The Flyers swarmed Bobrovsky over the next few shifts, but Atkinson made it 4-2 by beating Petr Mrazek with a right-circle blast with 16 minutes, 37 seconds left in the second.

Goodbye, momentum.

Goodbye, Mrazek, who allowed four goals on 10 shots and continued to come up small. Since winning his first three games with the Flyers, Mrazek has just one victory in his last seven starts.


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