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KK- How To Help Kukla’s Korner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I usually do a semi-annual post on the ways to help out KK but this time it is a little different.

I have started a GoFundMe page which allows you to donate and improve KK.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Sharks wrap-up; prospect notes, etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' 6-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks wasn't more costly because the Wings "got help in the standings" for the first time in a long time: Ottawa, which is 5 points behind the Wings, lost 5-1 to the Rangers, and the Bruins, who are also 5 points back having played 1 more game than both Detroit and Ottawa, dropped a 3-2 OT decision to Anaheim.

After the game, Wings coach Mike Babcock, who's become a media-beleaguered gentleman during the Wings' 3-7-and-1 March schedule, chose to announce that Petr Mrazek would start Saturday's all-important showdown with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and you will have to take what he told the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness about Mrazek vs. Jimmy Howard as you will:

When Babcock was asked if he had a No. 1 goalie he responded with, “I’m starting Pete Mrazek next game.”

At the same time, Babcock told Pleiness and the assembled media that he didn't feel that his goaltenders--plural, because Petr Mrazek gave up two soft goals, too--were solely to blame for the Wings' issues...

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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Sharks: More like it or more like s***?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

With the Wings having just completed their 10th remaining game of the 2014-15 campaign, I've changed my mantra from, "Catch the Bolts" to "get a point!"

The Wings' disastrous March 3-7-and-1 record and game-to-game and period-to-period performances have deteriorated to the point that it's all but essential for the Wings to "go .500" to not drop into a Wild Card spot, and as such, the goal of earning one point every night might be a little more realistic than hoping for wins.

Thursday, the Wings placed fans on an emotional roller coaster that resulted in a 6-4 San Jose win and what was an exasperating, infuriating and incredibly frustrating effort in which BOTH Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek weren't good enough, NOR were the players in front of either--Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar had 4 giveaways apiece, at least on paper, and 3 of Nyquist's giveaways yielded Sharks goals on a -11 team.

As a result, I'm sure that more of you are going to insist that Howard's incompetent, but you will see him on either Saturday against Tampa or Sunday vs. the Islanders, the coach remains the coach, friends, and the Wings' games against Ottawa on Tuesday and Boston on Thursday, with both teams 5 points behind Detroit, become monumental ones.

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Audio/Video- Scotty Bowman On A Few Hot Topics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Chicago Blackhawks senior advisor Scotty Bowman joins Prime Time Sports to talk about coaches challenges, the lack of scoring and reducing the size of goaltending equipment.



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Get It Together

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

As the Wings pursue a playoff berth, the 19 are questioning everything that is going wrong with the Team as we see it. Starting behind the bench (Babcock), and working it's way around behind Howard.

As I see it, the Coach had better start to take care of business instead of offering up empty platitudes and self help books.

I think I can say that we are tired of excuses. Excuses are for losers.

This is a direct hit at Babcock. Get it together. It's your bench, your game plan, your orders.

Do your job.

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Don’t Expect Dubnyk Back

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

It came as a shock to everyone this year the extent of and sheer success of goaltender Devan Dubnyk. Having bounced around from team to team, most hockey fans would have expected Dubnyk’s on ice performance to have suffered, this would have been an extreme blow to his confidence. Instead, Dubnyk has taken the moves and changes and flourished into one of the hottest stories of the NHL this season. This must of course mean that the Oilers are looking at their roster and picking up the phone right? Well… not exactly.

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Players Divided When It Comes To Escrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

While the decision on whether or not to trigger the annual 5 percent growth factor on the salary cap has often been treated like a foregone conclusion, it should not be this season.

The issue on the growth factor, commonly referred to as the "inflator" or "escalator," has become a hot topic of conversation amongst players with growing concerns about increasing escrow rates and the potential implications on revenue with the falling Canadian dollar.

Several sources told ESPN.com that there is a divide between two camps of players: those who are already under contract for next season and those who are pending unrestricted free agents. Those already set on their current deals may be against the idea of increasing the salary cap, deterred by the thought of another season of high escrow (the players were hit with 18 percent this season). Those players up for new deals, however, would ideally like more money in the pot. The current salary cap is at $69 million. At last week's General Managers meetings, the rough projection provided by commissioner Gary Bettman was $71.5 million -- assuming the inflator was triggered.

For players, there is a growing sense of skepticism about areas of potential revenue growth, such as television deals, outdoor games, etc., compounded with concerns about the devaluation of the Canadian dollar.


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Two ‘over-ripened’ Red Wings weigh in on the team’s developmental philosophy

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The "one difference" that pundits insist separates the Red Wings from the San Jose Sharks involves the fact that the Sharks will more readily promote players to the NHL level, while the Wings tend to keep players in Grand Rapids until they're "over-ripe," much to the ire of some fans--and a good example is Sharks prospect Mirco Mueller, who's interning on the Sharks' 3rd pair, and Anthony Mantha, who's playing for the Griffins, because the Wings "traded down" from the 18th pick that the Sharks used to snag Mueller to take Mantha 20th overall and Tyler Bertuzzi 58th overall.

Mantha may not make his permanent Wings debut for another year or two, and the same is true of Bertuzzi; the Sharks, in another example, already have Barclay Goodrow, who eschewed an AHL deal from the Wings a year ago, playing in the NHL.

As such, the Mercury News's David Pollak asked two Red Wings players about the difference in organizational philosophy from a player's perspective:

"For the young guys, for sure it's tough to understand," [Tomas] Tatar said. "Your mind is not really strong maybe enough to keep you down there in Grand Rapids because you think you're doing good but the club won't call you because there are so many players here. It's kind of hard, but as soon as you go through it then you establish yourself here and you can appreciate your time there."

Did all that time in the minors make it an easier transition?

"You come here, you know the system, you're familiar more," Tatar said, "and it's up to you to take your chance here."

Nyquist had a similar response.

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The Declining Power Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Sharks coach Todd McLellan has the numbers on his board in his office in San Jose.

When he broke into the NHL as an assistant coach with the Red Wings, he ran the power play. In three years, the Wings had 461 power-play opportunities, then 398, then 391. That was right after the 2004-05 lockout, when the NHL tightened enforcement of infractions like hooking, holding and interference.

In 2005-06, teams ranged from 541 power-play opportunities to 411. The average team had 480. This season, no one is one pace for more than 297 power-play opportunities. One team is on pace for as few as 211.

Another way to look at it: The average NHL game had 11.7 power plays in 2005-06. The average NHL game has had about 6.2 this season.

But that doesn’t mean hooking, holding and interference have crept back into the game to a large degree and the referees have been swallowing their whistles. It means hooking, holding and interference have left the game to a large degree. The referees have less to call.

more plus other NHL topics...

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AHL Standings

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Earlier in March I reported that the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals affiliate) were in first place in the AHL.  Things have changed since then.  The Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings affiliate) have retaken the lead.  Manchester now has a three point lead with a game in hand over Hershey.  That is likely enough that they will win the regular season title.  Manchester has league top scorer Brian O'Neill and the third place scorer in Jordan Weal.  They have offensive star power.  More than likely this is the regular season champions.  Let's see if regular season success carries over into the playoffs.

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