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Video- Mike Babcock Gives The Linesman An Earful

Babcock did not like the puck drop leading directly to a Flyers goal.


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The TSN Insiders Tonight

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the likelihood of the Senators trading Erik Karlsson, Ottawa's need of recouping draft picks, the latest on Evander Kane potentially being moved, and injuries to a pair of Team Canada WJC returnees.

Watch at TSN.

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Evening Line- Pierre LeBrun

No question the priority remains for the Sens to try and sign Karlsson to a long-term deal as soon as possible this July, a year before his contract expires.

One way or another, his situation has to be ironed out by then, you cannot in a Canadian market allow a player of Karlsson’s superstar level enter next season in a walk year and expect that the ensuing mayhem surrounding that uncertainty won’t sink your team’s season.

-Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. Read more (paid subscription) on Karlsson plus the Blues looking for help up front.

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The Problems With The Ottawa Senators And Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Less than a year ago they were Canada’s darlings.

A 98-point team in Ottawa that would push the Pittsburgh Penguins to double-overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, and a 103-point Oilers team whose journey ended just a period away from the Western Final. They were this country’s top National Hockey League entries back then, and destined in 2017-18 to break the 24-year run of American Stanley Cup winners.

Today, if you were to combine their percentage chances of making the playoffs in 2018, that number equals 10.8 per cent (according to the Sports Club Stats web site). The Oilers are at 3.9 per cent, the Sens at 6.9 per cent — both just this side of irrelevant, well before the kids are off for Christmas break.

Ottawa is on pace for 73 points, Edmonton just 71. Off of last season’s standings, that would place Ottawa 15th in the East, and Edmonton 12th out West.

Injuries, under-performing leaders, bad goaltending, and as a result, heavy questioning of the front office have afflicted both organizations.


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Afternoon Line- John Shannon

Houston has become the perfect city and arena for Bettman to move his most troubled team — the oasis in the desert for a troubled NHL franchise that won’t ever be viable in its present market. Your guess is as good as mine as to who that will be, though. Is it a team that begins with an “A” or a “C” or an “F”? We won’t know until the commissioner wants us to know.

Because you see Bettman, who I worked almost five years for and someone who is revered by billionaires, has a plan.

-John Shannon of Sportsnet where you can read more on this plus Seattle, Carolina and Quebec City too.

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Video- The Weird Side Of The NHL

Not your normal NHL clips.


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Alex Pietrangelo Placed On Injured Reserve

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has placed defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

In addition, the club recalled defenseman Jordan Schmaltz from the American Hockey League's (AHL) San Antonio Rampage.

Pietrangelo, 27, shares second among all defenseman with seven goals and ranks fifth with 23 points overall through 30 games this season. The King City, Ontario native is currently in his 10th season with the Blues after being drafted by the club with the fourth overall pick of the 2008 NHL Draft. Overall, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenseman has accumulated 326 points (72 goals, 254 assists) in 569 career regular season games.

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Video- Corey Perry Suffers A Leg Injury


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NHL Short Notes



Home Team in Caps

NY ISLANDERS 3, Washington 1
Dallas 2, NY RANGERS 1 (SO)
Colorado 2, PITTSBURGH 1
Florida 2, DETROIT 1 (OT)
WINNIPEG 5, Vancouver 1
ANAHEIM 3, Carolina 2

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Russian doping scandal could endanger the Winter Games

By Stacy,

Who would want to be on the International Olympic Committee? When the NHL announced that it would not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics, it dealt a cruel body blow, but now, the absence of one of the most significant nations in winter sports has to cast the viability of the event itself into doubt.

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About Kukla's Korner Hockey

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.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com


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