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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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Tim Murray On Jack Eichel

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Tim Murray wants to make one thing clear -- he's thrilled that he's likely getting Jack Eichel with the second overall pick in the June NHL draft.

"We love him," the Buffalo Sabres GM told ESPN.com Sunday, one day after seeing the Edmonton Oilers win the draft lottery in a bit of an upset.

Sure, Murray was disappointed Saturday night after losing the lottery, that's the competitor in him, he doesn't want to lose at anything.

But he's thrilled, as was the likeliest scenario all season, that the Sabres will get a great player in Eichel.

"People took my comments last night as an insult to Jack Eichel, that's the furthest thing from the truth, I love Jack Eichel," said Murray, referring to him saying he was disappointed for the Sabres fans.


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Early Playoff MVP

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Now that teams are beginning to play their third game in the playoffs, I think it is a good time to make my first pick as a playoff MVP.  I select Vladimir Tarasenko of the St Louis Blues.  He has three goals and four points in two games played.  Both of those numbers place him in ties for the league lead.

Tarasenko is an interesting player.  He has appeared to develop into a Hall of fame track player this year.  His offensive totals have been continually improving in his three year NHL career.  He scored 19 points as a rookie, 43 points in his second year and 73 points this year.  That is a remarkable annual improvement.  Is it possible that he can continue that improvement next season and beyond?  Is it more likely that a player who takes such big steps forward is due for a regression?

As a rough guess, Tarasenko has scored .75 points per game in his NHL career.  There are 82 games played in a season.  As a rule of thumb, a player's best season is about 25% better than his peak.  If we assume 80 games played a season (with a couple missed games) a player's best offensive season will be approximately 100 times his career points per game.  That would suggest that Tarasenko is playing near his peak - assuming he doesn't continue to improve.  When we look back on his career, Tarasenko will probably have a career best offensive total that is around 100 times his career points per game, however I think it is likely that his points per game improves in his career.  Thus I would argue that Tarasenko does not have the ability to make another big jump in his offensive totals in the future but he will likely show some improvement into the near future. 

At any rate, Vladimir Tarasenko is the best player in the playoffs so far.  He is a developing young star.  It will be interesting to see if he can keep up this level of play into the playoffs and how long he will continue to improve his regular season numbers.

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The Latest On An NHL Team In Las Vegas

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The trial season-ticket drive by prospective owners of a new NHL franchise in Las Vegas is expected to top the 11,000 mark by the end of Monday, a source told ESPN.com.

While there remains widespread belief within the hockey community that the NHL will become the first major professional sports league to put down stakes in the gambling mecca, it is now believed that the earliest a team would begin play is the 2017-18 season.

Bill Foley, the main investor in the group, had initially expressed optimism that an expansion team could take the ice in the fall of 2016, about four months after the Las Vegas Arena is expected to open on the strip.


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Maybe Jimmy Howard Should Start Game 3

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from Keith Gave of FoxSports Detroit,

If your coach has lost faith in your very expensive No. 1 goalie, it makes it that much more difficult to deal him to another team. And at least trying to find a new home for Howard in the offseason is looking increasingly inevitable if he can't find a way to wrest his job back from Mrazek and then start winning again.

As much as I admire Babcock's snap call to start Mrazek, this might have been the time to take a moment and have a discussion with his GM. All things considered, the Wings' chance with either goaltender is a bit of a coin flip. Why not give Howard a shot when the series returns home, where he's more comfortable? Why the rush to make a call that clearly devalues an asset?

Here's why: Babcock wants to win, and maybe he needs to win because some are beginning to question his resume a bit with a postseason slump entering its fifth straight spring. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, he could be gone in 10 days or six weeks, depending on how his team does. And if that's the case, he could care less about Howard's future in or out of Detroit.

It's Holland who will be left holding onto a damaged talent. There's not much of a marked for a $5 million backup goaltender these days. That's a significant downside to the coach's call in these playoffs.


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Open Post- Today’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

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The first puck drops just after 12:00pm ET with the Washington Capitals taking on the New York Islanders.

The full schedule is below and feel free to discuss the games or anything else which may be on your mind.

In case you need a refresher, the Capitals/Islanders series is tied at one along with the Predators/Blackhawks and Canucks/Flames series.

The Canadiens are up 2-0 on the Senators.

added 3:17pm, John Tavares OT goal added below....

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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps
TAMPA BAY 5, Detroit 1 – series tied 1-1
ST. LOUIS 4, Minnesota 1 – series tied 1-1
Pittsburgh 4, NY RANGERS 3 – series tied 1-1
ANAHEIM 2, Winnipeg 1 – ANA leads 2-0
Down 1-0 after 40 minutes, the Ducks scored two unanswered goals in the third period – including the tiebreaker by Jakob Silfverberg with 21 seconds remaining in regulation – to take a 2-0 series lead against the Jets.

* The Ducks also faced a one-goal deficit after 40 minutes in Game 1, but scored three unanswered goals in the third period to pull ahead in the series. Elias says they becamethe first team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to take a 2-0 series lead when trailing at the start of the third period in each of the first two games.

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Would You Like To See Mike Milbury Coaching The Boston Bruins?

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Joe Haggerty of CSNNE answers some questions from the fans...

Elliotte Friedman is saying Mike Milbury is being discussed as the next coach of the Bruins. We need you on this and putting this rumour to rest. It may cause a panic on the causeway and also the ozone layer after millions of Bruins jerseys are burnt inprotest.

JH: I very much respect Elliotte and his sources, and will also admit I have heard in hockey circles that Milbury is seriously being discussed/considered as a possible coaching candidate for the Bruins should they make a move with Claude Julien. But I’m still viewing my sources with skepticism when they tell me that Milbury is in the mix.

The only way I can see that as a possibility is if Cam Neely really wants to give this Bruins team a kick in the ass after getting very comfortable under Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien. It would also certainly be good for the TV ratings if Milbury was sitting behind the bench on a nightly basis, and left to wonder what he’d have to say after each and every game.

Personally I like and respect Milbury very much, and have gotten to know him a little bit doing TV stuff with him at CSNNE. I’m just not ready to say I think this is a serious possibility quite yet seeing as Milbury hasn’t coached in the NHL since 1999, and the league has changed significantly since then in just about every way possible.

more Boston Q & A...

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Pro On Pro- Dan Petry Keeping An Eye On Son Jeff Petry

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

A year ago, Dan Petry was sitting at home in Farmington Hills, Michigan, watching TV when he caught the pregame festivities from a Montreal Canadiens playoff game.

"I was just blown away by it," the former Detroit Tigers pitcher told ESPN.com Saturday. "They dimmed the lights, they would click on every banner of the retired numbers, and then they had the little young boys come out with the torch and touch the ice and it would turn to flames.

"I just remember calling Jeff and saying, 'You got to see this. This is unbelievable.'"

Little did he know that his son Jeff Petry just a year later would be playing for the Habs, and dad would get to watch the first two postseason games in the electric Bell Centre.

"And Ginette [Reno] singing the national anthem, I just couldn’t believe the atmosphere," said Dan Petry. "To witness it live now, there are no words. I teared up a little bit. It was just beautiful."

It meant a lot to Jeff Petry to have his parents take in the opening two games, as you might imagine.


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Those Rotating Goalies In Detroit And Chicago

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via Dave Hodge of TSN,

It's pretty hard to say Detroit has a goaltending problem when the Red Wings are tied 1-1 with Tampa Bay because rookie Petr Mrazek stole the first game with a 44-save performance, but Detroit has a goaltending problem, to which thumbs must be turned down.

It was said here previously that Mrazek runs hot and cold like water taps and Jimmy Howard wouldn't be too long on the bench if the Red Wings didn't play a lot better in Game 2. They didn't, he wasn't, and Detroit goes home without much confidence in either goalie, or in themselves. Mike Babcock says he's sticking with Mrazek and he would probably deny the use of a coin in reaching that decision.

Chicago's situation is somewhat similar. The Blackhawks stole their first game in Nashville because of Scott Darling's superb netminding in relief of Corey Crawford. Coach Joel Quenneville showed faith in his Stanley Cup-winning goalie and started Crawford again in Game 2, but the 6-2 loss to the desperate Predators has forced Quenneville to send Darling out for his first playoff start back in Chicago for Sunday's Game 3.

Crawford shouldn't relax. It's a tough way to win a playoff series when goalies have to be pulled and starters are never certain. 

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