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Another Road Win For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

The Ducks kept asking John Gibson to come to the rescue. He did it again Wednesday night, doing so for a long while but no goalie can withstand the amount of pressure and shots that teams are bringing at them on a nightly basis.

And the expansion Vegas Golden Knights continue to show they’re no ordinary first-year NHL team. They’re a first-place Pacific Division team now as three third-period goals turned around a second-period deficit and created a 4-2 win before a sellout crowd at Honda Center, stopping the Ducks’ three-game win streak....

“You can’t rely on the guy in the net to stand on his head and he did that tonight,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “The score was 4-2 and it could have been 10-2. That’s how good he played. What we were doing out there was not anywhere near what we’re capable of doing as far as a hockey club.

“So we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us right now.”

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Another Day, Another Buffalo Sabres Loss

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Buffalo Sabres fans.

Enjoy your Black Friday shopping.

Enjoy your long weekend if you're not working.

Enjoy whatever you can because there's certainly no enjoying a victory.

You probably won't be enjoying playoff hockey, either, but that's nothing new.

The Sabres' demoralizing start continued Wednesday with a 5-4 loss to Minnesota. Buffalo fell to 5-13-4 this season, including 0-5-2 in the last seven games. The dwindling crowds in KeyBank Center have seen the team put up a 2-7-1 record at home.

"Every one just gets worse and worse and worse," center Ryan O'Reilly said. "It's tough looking at the standings right now. It doesn't feel good. It's discouraging."


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Happy Thanksgiving

Plans for the day

12lb. deep fried cajun turkey

home made stuffing

garlic mashed potatoes


pumpkin and dutch apple pie

a few beverages

a nice couch

To all of you, have an enjoyable Thanskgiving and hopefully a long weekend.

I will be around for a few hours this morning, then just like the NHL, I am goind dark for the day.

Tomrrow, 14 NHL starting at 1:00pm ET and ending around 10 1/2 hours later.

Just be thankful we are not the penalty box attendant guy... watch below...

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NHL Short Notes


Home Team in Caps
Minnesota 5, BUFFALO 4
Edmonton 6, DETROIT 2
FLORIDA 2, Toronto 1 (SO)
Boston 3, NEW JERSEY 2 (SO)
NY ISLANDERS 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT)
Vancouver 5, PITTSBURGH 2
WASHINGTON 5, Ottawa 2
NY Rangers 6, CAROLINA 1
COLUMBUS 1, Calgary 0 (OT)
TAMPA BAY 3, Chicago 2 (OT)
NASHVILLE 3, Montreal 2 (SO)
COLORADO 3, Dallas 0
San Jose 3, ARIZONA 1
Vegas 4, ANAHEIM 2
Winnipeg 2, LOS ANGELES 1

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Thanksgiving Eve Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Ekman-Larsson was expected to be the Coyotes’ captain this season, but that didn’t happen. It’s clear there’s a harder-than-expected feeling-out process between him and coach Rick Tocchet. Tocchet came from an intense, driven team led by players who pushed themselves and each other to be better. He didn’t like what he saw in Arizona and made that very clear in the pre-season.

I’ve believed for awhile now that Don Maloney, Dave Tippett, Jim Playfair — even Shane Doan — needed a change. They gave it a run in the desert and beat the odds for awhile, but it was time to be re-invigorated with new challenges. It happens to all of us. Tocchet is trying to re-light that fire under Ekman-Larsson. It’s like John Tortorella/Vincent Lecavalier. As an old exec friend says, “You can solve your problems or you can trade your problems. Always better to solve them.” We are in that phase now, trying to see if it works. I’m a big Tocchet fan....

-  I could see Pittsburgh, which wanted Matt Duchene, keeping an eye on Max Pacioretty — if he becomes available.

- Not a lot of rules talk at the GM meetings as 100th-anniversary celebrations dominated discussions. But some of the things that could come up at the deeper meeting in March include: one-minute penalties, including anything called in overtime. (Some GMs also want that for puck-over-glass and face-off violations in regulation.) There will be talk about an automatic instigator for starting a fight after a legal hit. The other one I heard was the possibility of no line change by a defensive team if it is responsible for knocking the net off its moorings.


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Video- Dominik Hasek And Marty Biron Get Together

via the Buffalo Sabres,

Dominik Hasek sits down with Martin Biron on The Instigators.


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Take Your Pick, Edmonton Or Montreal

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Two of the biggest, and possibly saddest, stories in the NHL right now involve the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens, two teams that entered the season with expectations for at least relative success and right now they are two teams that sit 27th and 28th in the standings.

Starting with Edmonton, because they were a team that came into the year with Stanley Cup aspirations, the Oilers have not only had a hard time getting enough goals from the supporting cast, but they are apparently still looking for help on the blueline.

That problem will be addressed, to some degree, when Andrej Sekera is finally ready to play, but he's coming off a serious injury and if the Oilers are really going to improve defensively, the first area of concern is goaltending. Last season, Cam Talbot was a workhorse who had a .919 save percentage, a season worthy of Vezina consideration. This year he’s played a lot, starting 19 games, but only has a .900 save percentage and that’s a big difference. It would be one thing if the Oilers were giving up a bunch of high-quality shots against, but that’s not really the case....

While the Montreal Canadiens may not have looked like a Cup contender coming into the season, they are a team that had made the playoffs in four of the previous five seasons and certainly had to expect that the playoffs were a reasonable target this season.

The issues plaguing the Canadiens are not entirely different than those in Edmonton.

Start with goaltending, because that’s a huge one for Montreal, given how much the franchise is invested in Carey Price. The one season in the past five years that they didn’t make the playoffs was 2015-2016, when Price was limited to a dozen games and the Habs couldn’t survive his absence from the lineup.

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The Issues With The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

When Ron Hextall tabbed Dave Hakstol to replace Craig Berube as his head coach three Junes ago, he lauded the “culture” that Hakstol had instilled at North Dakota, and spoke optimistically of it translating at the pro level.

Amid the Flyers’ roster upheaval and youth infusion, that has proved much more difficult for him to establish at the pro level so far. Holding the puck too long, hurrying shots unnecessarily, bad line changes: these are many of the things that led Hextall to replace Berube.

Which leads to the obvious debate. Is this the offshoot of a bad coaching choice the general manager is reluctant to own up to? Is it the offshoot of too much youth infused in too little time?

Or is it — and given the Flyers’ rich recent history in this department, this is the most unnerving doubt — evidence that the young, lauded talent has been overvalued?

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At The Quarter Mark


Highlights from the opening 49 days of the 2017-18 NHL season, which surpassed the quarter mark on Tuesday with 318 of 1,271 games played.

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The Two NHL Greatest Moments

NEW YORK / TORONTO (November 22, 2017) – Following five rounds of voting, fans have selected the two moments that will go head-to-head in the final of the Greatest NHL® Moments Presented by Coors Light and Pepsi Zero Sugar. The bracket-style, interactive, digital and mobile program started with 64 of the NHL’s most memorable events, milestones and achievements -- spanning from the League’s inaugural season in 1917-18 to present day.

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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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