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Filip Forsberg Better Than Expected

from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

With every goal and assist, Filip Forsberg is helping the Nashville Predators continue their hot start, and making a 2013 deadline trade look more lopsided by the day.

The 20-year-old Forsberg is 10th in the NHL in scoring with 20 points on eight goals and 12 assists. He’s a big reason why Nashville is pushing Chicago for first place in the Central Division more than a month into the season.

“We knew he was going to be good; I don’t think we expected him to be this good this early,” defenceman Ryan Ellis said. “He’s got some unbelievable hands and his confidence is high right now, which goes a long way on the ice.”

Confident but not cocky, Forsberg has grown physically and mentally from the player the Washington Capitals somewhat reluctantly drafted 11th overall in 2012. Projected to go in the top three, the Swedish forward with the slick skill slipped down the board.

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Now What Toronto?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The first crisis of the Brendan Shanahan era has arrived with the futures of general manager Dave Nonis and coach Randy Carlyle clearly in doubt.

Exactly how Shanahan will respond — or if he will respond in any meaningful way — will say much about the managerial style going forward of the first-year Maple Leafs president.

Carlyle could be fired. Nonis could be fired. Both could be fired. Or nothing can happen. Or Shanahan may prove himself to be unemotional after horrendous back-to-back drubbings against two of the lowest-scoring teams in the National Hockey League.

The next day or three will be more tense than usual around the Leafs — with no one certain as to what direction the team is heading in.

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After Losing At Home To The Carolina Hurricanes, The Dallas Stars Home Record is 1-5-4

Head coach Lindy Ruff post-game from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

“This is the biggest test I’ve ever been through.  I don’t think I’ve ever gone through anything like this in the home building.  We drew up a little bit of a different game plan.  I thought if I got Eakin, Seguin and Benn out against some certain individuals that we could get them on the board and get them going.  You get one thing going and another goes sideways.  We’ve had great games here where we just couldn’t get that big save to win the game.  You also need one less big mistake at certain times.”

more reaction from Ruff and players too...

Daryl Reaugh's comments after the game...

 

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Video- The San Jose Sharks Were This Close To Getting Back Into The Game

This overturned goal would have cut the San Jose deficit to 3-2, instead the score remained 3-1 and Buffalo scored an empty net goal to make the final score 4-1.

 

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

Sharks coach Todd McLellan said the first period was probably his team's best, but "we come out in the second and third period and play dumb hockey. Just flat-out dumb. Pinching, giving up two on ones, three on twos. We had only given up 10 shots after two periods and we're down (3-1). Just dumb hockey.

"You don't win at any level playing like that. You don't beat any type of team playing like that."

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Video- Quick Review Of The 11 NHL Games Last Night

Three minutes of viewing will get you through the NHL action last night.

 

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Ouch Toronto

It's not going to be a good night in Toronto, the Leafs are down 8-0 to Nashville at home with about 12 minutes to play in the 3rd at the time of this post.

 

 

The Wings play in Winnipeg on Thursday night then head to Toronto for a Saturday night game.

Babcok may want to lay low until the puck drops.

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Tuesday BoltDraftKK Free Fantasy Hockey Game With $100 Going To The Winner

original post was on 11/17/14 at 4:44pm, bringing this up to the top of KK so everyone has a chance to win the big prize tonight.  Roster must be set by 7:00pm ET tonight.


We have a $100 on the line for Tuesday's BoltDraft/KK Fantasy hockey game.  Did I mention the game is free?

I won the last game and declined the winning prize so it has been rolled over to this game.

It is easy to play, pick a one forward, one defenseman and one goalie and watch how the game plays out.

Also, if need be, use pass code "kukla6" at the top of the BoltDraft page.

Scoring rules are below and for those of you who had a few questions regarding the last game, your answer is here.

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The NHL GMs Discussed Video Review Today

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There are three ideas that were once again brought up Tuesday:

-- A coach’s challenge, like in football where a coach can ask for a video review
-- Simply giving the Toronto war room an expanded list of plays it can review
-- Putting a TV monitor in the penalty box for referees to review plays they want a second look

The monitor in the penalty box has sizeable support among many GMs, but not as much with the league head office. It’s Poile’s idea.

"Specifically, I brought up the monitor and whether that would be a situation that could be helpful," said Poile. "It was just me bringing that up. I think a lot of people had their points and nothing was decided today. We are all happy with where we are but we're not satisfied until we get all of the goals right. We're striving for perfection you could say."

Said another GM who didn’t want his name used: "I like David’s idea of the monitor in the box because it takes away some of the embarrassment factor for the refs; they get to correct their own calls and control the process. Makes sense."

Regardless, look for more of this video review talk in March. 

more plus the other topics discussed at the meeting today in Toronto...

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Best Guess Is Claude Giroux Will Miss At Least Two Games

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

After general manager Ron Hextall declared Giroux to be "fine" on Monday, Giroux will likely miss at least the next two games with what the team is calling a "lower-body" injury. It will be Giroux's first game missed due to injury since Dec. 19, 2011 (concussion), breaking a streak of 197 straight games healthy.

Hextall said, via a conference call in Toronto, that Giroux suffered the injury in practice.

If so, Giroux's injury must have flared up long after he left the practice rink. The Flyers practiced at 10:30 a.m. on Monday and Giroux participated from start-to-finish. He handled his media responsibilities, light for the day, and left the locker room like normal. There was no apparent ill-effect from skating.

In between 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Giroux's "lower-body" injury became serious enough that he needed to ask out of a long-planned meet-and-greet session with season-ticket holders at Wells Fargo Center.

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In Case You Hear The Game Horn Sound While The Game Is Ongoing

One of the other topics discussed at the GMs meeting today.  It starts tonight.

 

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