Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Cooke Fined For Hit On Lecavalier

from Lightning Strikes,

Washington’s Matt Cooke, who’s hit on Vinny Lecavalier caused the Lightning star’s shoulder injury, was fined Friday $2,500 by the league. There was no suspension. The league decided Cooke’s open-ice hit on Lecavalier, who was not carrying the puck, should have been an interference call.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: matt+cooke

Edmonton’s Great Expectations

From Robin Brownlee at the Canadian Press (via Yahoo),

“I’ve never been afraid of expectations,” coach Craig MacTavish said. “If you don’t have expectations, you very seldom have success. Knowing expectations are warranted, and in this case they’re very warranted, the expectation is we’re going to pick up where we left off at the end of this year.”

Despite losing captain Ethan Moreau, Shawn Horcoff, Sheldon Souray and Raffi Torres to season-ending injuries, the Oilers fashioned a record of 14-5-1 in their final 20 games.

“There’s a ton of optimism,” Horcoff said. “At the same time, nothing is guaranteed. There’s a lot of good teams.  “We just want to get to the point that we’re one of them year-in and year-out. We want to build some consistency. If you’re going to be a team that’s going to win the division, especially our division, you need the depth. There is lots to look forward to.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Adjusting To The Playoffs

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Now a consultant with the Detroit Red Wings, Bowman was asked in an interview how coaching in the playoffs differed from coaching in the regular season.

Bowman’s answer: In the playoffs, coaches need to be far more adaptable.

“You can’t be set in your ways,” began Bowman. “During the season, it’s all about repetition and you push guys to play a certain way. Once you get in the playoffs, there may come a time when you have to make a right turn. If you’re going good, you want it to continue, but if you’re not, all of a sudden, you may have to try something different and play a different style of game.”

read on plus more NHL talk…

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Rangers Gathering Momentum

from Ryan Dixon at the Hockey News,

But this year’s version of the New York Rangers isn’t your typical brash, big-city bunch. A team that in recent years came to be known for its heavy Czech presence is really more about checking hard at both ends of the rink and thriving on a north-south game. That and fantastic goaltending.

With the Eastern Conference as wide open as Saskatchewan, the Rangers are starting to gather a sizeable following of people who believe this could be the year Madison Square Garden plays host to another Stanley Cup final.

read on.

Update 5:56pm ET— From Bill Clement at NBC Sports, more Rangers optimism:

Having made the playoffs for the third straight year under coach Tom Renney, the Rangers shouldn’t be sold short of capping their season with a ticker-tape parade down New York’s Canyon of Heroes.

The only other time such a celebration took place for this franchise was in 1994, when captain Mark Messier helped end over a half-century of futility on ice in the Big Apple.

Looking at the competitive balance in the Eastern Conference, one would be crazy not to think the Rangers could make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. And if they do, with the strengths they possess and with the possibility their opponent will have paid a heavy price to come out of the rough-and-tumble West, the Rangers will have a better-than-average chance to sometime in June skate around the ice with Lord Stanley’s Cup held high.

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Kopecky Done For The Year

from Mlive,

Wings forward Tomas Kopecky out for 4-6 months after suffering a partially torn left anterior cruciate ligament and a sprained MCL when he flipped over Columbus forward Manny Malhota in Thursday’s game, general manager Ken Holland said on Friday. After a two-week period to let the swelling go down, Kopecky will have surgery.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: tomas+kopecky

Predators Would Be Better Off Avoiding Sharks

from Chilling Out at the Tennessean,

I’m not going to suggest the Predators tank it tonight in Chicago.

  But let’s face it. The last place they want to end up is the Shark Tank, which would be the case if the Predators beat the Blackhawks tonight and Vancouver beats Calgary on Saturday.

  As matters stand now, the eighth-seeded Predators will open the postseason against top-seeded Detroit, which is hardly a walk in the park. The Red Wings are the Presidents’ Trophy winners and are loaded with talent.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Nashville Predators, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Sens Lose Alfredsson and Fisher for “Weeks”

From TSN,

The Ottawa Senators will not have forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher in their lineup for the forseeable future, as head coach and general manager Bryan Murray told reporters Friday that both players have knee injuries and will be out for “weeks.”

Making things worse for Ottawa’s captain is a head injury suffered after a hit by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mark Bell on Thursday night, identified by the team as an upper body injury.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Ottawa Senators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: daniel+alfreddson, injuries, mike+fisher

Washington Columnists Talk Hockey

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon talking hockey?

Watch for yourself…

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Canucks Couldn’t Win One

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

What, Vancouver has to win to get in? That is so unfair. And, by the look of it, impossible.

With their season on the line, the Canucks went 1-6 in the seven games that mattered most. In the final of these, Thursday, the Canucks eliminated themselves from the playoffs by losing 2-1 to the Edmonton Oilers.

The Oilers were freshly eliminated from the playoffs and missing their No. 1 goalie, top defenceman and five forwards, including the two top scorers.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink

What Can Happen Tonight

via the NHL…

#3 Carolina Hurricanes can clinch the Southeast Division tonight:
* If they beat Florida.

#3 Carolina Hurricanes can clinch an Eastern Conference playoff berth tonight:
* If they get one point against Florida and Philadelphia gets no points against New Jersey.

#4 New Jersey Devils can clinch the Eastern Conference’s #4 seed tonight:
* If they beat Philadelphia.
* If they get one point against Philadelphia and NY Rangers get one or no points against NY Islanders.
* If NY Rangers get no points against NY Islanders.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink

« Previous       ‹ First  < 5586 5587 5588 5589 5590 >  Last ›      Next »

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


Recommended Sportsbook


Most Recent Blog Posts