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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

2017-18 SEASON ECLIPSES 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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What A Difference A Year Makes For The Montreal Canadiens

The Habs suffered their third loss in a row, losing to the Dallas Stars 3-1

from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

• After 21 games last season the Canadiens had 32 points. (15-4-2) This season: 18 points.

• After 21 games last season the Canadiens had 15 wins. This season: 8

• After 21 games last season they had scored 65 goals. This season: 50.

• After 21 games last season the Canadiens had allowed 46 goals. This season: 74

more on the loss to Dallas...

Watch the game highlights below...

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Ugly Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

They quit.

Walked over in Dallas, now crushed in St. Louis, the good ship Oiler rolls into Detroit on Wednesday at its nadir, one day before American Thanksgiving and as far away from the playoffs as it is from an identity forged last season.

The Edmonton Oilers were not remotely competitive in an 8-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues Tuesday, and the saddest part? They quit.

That’s right. Quit.

We watched, took some notes, and offer you these wholly negative takeaways on a pre-season favourite whose season is circling the bowl:

continued, includes video of Todd McLellan post-game...

from Bruce McGurdy of the Edmonton Journal,

“Let’s face it: the goaltender has to be better, the defencemen have to be better, the forwards have to be better, the coaches have to be better…”

Famous last words before Tuesday’s game from Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan, who along with his charges went on to put up a great big oh-fer-four with four strikeouts in the great baseball city of St. Louis, Missouri. The “Show Me” State, they call it; well, all the Oilers showed me was a flat-out terrible performance. This fish stank from the head down as the Oilers were out-coached, out-played and out-competed in every aspect of the game by a vastly superior opponent. The Blues owned this one from the outset, and only a sloppy third period where the hosts (correctly) recognized it was “point night” did the Oilers strike with some late, meaningless tallies. Nowhere near enough of them though in an 8-3 beatdown which was even worse than that ugly score indicates. 

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Highlights of the game can be watched below...

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NHL Short Notes


TUESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Vancouver 5, PHILADELPHIA 2
ST. LOUIS 8, Edmonton 3
DALLAS 3, Montreal 1

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Video- Vladimir Tarasenko Had An Assist, Goal And…

this for the Gordie Howe hat trick tonight.

 

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Video- Travis Green On Derek Dorsett’s Neck/Back Issues

 

See the tweet below regarding the issues Dorsett is experiencing.

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Phil Housley On His Start As The Head Coach Of The Buffalo Sabres

from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,

“Obviously, when you’re not winning, the pressure builds and you have to try to handle all those things and the stressful parts of the job,” Housley said. “But I love the challenge. I love coming to the rink, I love getting better, whether as a coach or demanding more from players and trying to turn the organization around.”...

But injuries and a lack of depth have left Housley limited with the Sabres as the Hall of Fame defenseman tries to work with his Buffalo blue liners.

“We continue to work with those guys, but we’ve been banged up back there, which is too bad,” Housley said. “We haven’t had our top six since Day 1. That’s been a big problem for us trying to create chemistry with partners. But we just try to bring the compete level. That’s the measuring stick day in and day out.”

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Afternoon Line- Ken Hitchcock

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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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