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Afternoon Line- Pierre LeBrun On The Philadelphia Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Flyers? Oh, my.

This is a team that's playing like it's afraid to make a mistake. No confidence....

It's a team that doesn't seem to have a set identity. That's frightening more than 20 games into the season.

They've already been reamed out by their GM Ron Hextall, they've had players-only meetings. What's next?

Likely a trade or two I suspect. I don't think Hextall can afford to wait much longer.

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN after watching the Flyers lose to the Rangers 3-0 today.  More on the game...

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Video- Martin St. Louis Scores To Reach 1000 Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Martin St. Louis scored his 379th career goal to reach the 1000 points milestone.

 

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No Tanking In Arizona

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona,

The Coyotes will not tank the 2014-15 season. Not going to happen. Not a chance.

"I don't think that's something I would ever accept under any circumstance," Maloney, the Coyotes GM, said. "Tanking is not in Tip's DNA, it's not in my DNA, it's not in ownership's DNA and it's not in the players' DNA.

"Just that idea destroys the whole credibility of an organization. We would all love a franchise player -- or two or three -- but that's not how you go about it."

The idea of tanking overtakes fans wherever you find teams withering while franchise players are ripening on the amateur vines. But you'd be hard pressed to find an instance (cough, 2011 Indianapolis Colts, cough) where the team actually played along with this approach.

"Players are paid to win, coaches are paid to win and I'm paid to win," Maloney said. "If we tanked in order to rebuild, I wouldn't be around for the rebuild."

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Dreger: Alfredsson will retire as a Senator

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I don't plan on covering the lead-up to Daniel Alfredsson's retirement in Ottawa in significant detail. He was a Red Wing for a year (though he still lives in Metro Detroit, and I really hope that the Red Wings beat the Sens to the hire-the-guy punch), this will most certainly Sens fans' "moment," so I don't want to step on toes, and mostly, the Red Wings play four times between today and next Thursday's official announcement in Ottawa--with the Wings hosting Dallas on that date--so I've got a day job to worry about as well.

If you are interested in the circumstances of Alfredsson's "discovery" by the Senators, however, TSN's Darren Dreger reveals said details in his latest Dreger Report, which states that Alfredsson really is going to retire "as a Senator":

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Game-day post, Red Wings vs. Devils: Mrazek starts, Devils dealing with ‘game-time decisions’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 2:42 PM: This post actually takes 60-90 minutes of watching and waiting and at first (while looking all over the damn place for Wings stories), I was very relieved that there was a pretty solid assumption as to what the New Jersey Devils' lineup will look like against the Detroit Red Wings this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM), because the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti and the Newark Star-Ledger's Rich Chere reported the same thing:

Optional morning skate for Devils today.

Ditto for NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale:

Devils have an optional skate this morning at The Rock in preparation for the Red Wings at 7pm ET.

But was it really optional? Of course not! Was the lineup that shook out of said skate consistent? Of course not!

Per Gulitti...

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AHL Scoring Race

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In early November, i first looked at the AHL scoring race.  At that time, Kris Newbury of the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals affiliate) led the league.  His closest challenge came from Travis Morin of the Texas Stars (Dallas affiliate).  A few other players remained contenders for the scoring lead including Chris Wideman of the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa affiliate).  Wideman has since taken the scoring lead.  He has 22 points in 18 games.  This places him a point ahead of Newbury and Morin.  It remains a close race between these three.

Wideman is young enough to be considered an NHL prospect.  He is 24 years old.  The most impressive thing about him is he plays defence.  A defenceman leading any league in scoring is rare.  Wideman spent four years playing hocking in the NCAA with Miami University of Ohio.  There he was drafted by Ottawa.  After graduating, he spent most of his time in the AHL.  His offensive numbers have improved in every year he has spent there.  Last season he managed 51 points in 73 games played.  This season he is scoring at well above that rate.  It may be an unsustainable improvement, but it clearly makes Wideman a player that Ottawa should be interested in calling up this season.  I think Wideman will have a hard time holding the scoring lead all season in part because he is a defenceman who is making a big improvement, but more significantly because he will likely be an NHL callup.  A player like Chris Wideman looks too good to remain in the AHL all season.  He is currently leading the AHL in points.

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Red Wings, USMC reserve to collect Toys for Tots during December 2nd & 4th games

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Detroit Red Wings:

Red Wings team up with U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for annual Toys For Tots Collection

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings are hosting their annual Toys for Tots collection during two home games this week at Joe Louis Arena. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys (no stuffed animals) to home games on Tuesday, Dec. 2, against Florida at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 4, versus Dallas at 7:30 p.m.

Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be on hand at each entrance of Joe Louis Arena to collect toys, which will then be distributed to needy children throughout Metro Detroit during the holidays. All monetary donations will be used to purchase additional toys.

The first 20 fans to make a monetary donation or donate a new toy will receive a hockey puck autographed by a member of the Red Wings.

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In The Playoffs At Thanksgiving Means A Good Chance It Will Carry Over To April

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

It’s a fairly common belief in hockey circles that if you’re in the playoffs by American Thanksgiving, chances are you’re going to be in the post-season dance five months later.

So how does that notion hold up to scrutiny? Not badly, actually. But it would be very, very dangerous for the 16 teams that are in the playoffs to think they can basically put in on autopilot for the rest of the season. According to numbers crunched by thn.com over the past 10 years when they’ve actually been playing hockey on American Thanksgiving – something they didn’t do in 2004 and 2012 – teams that are currently in the playoffs have a 77 percent chance of keeping their spots in the top eight.

When you remove the two seasons from the past 10 that did not include the extra point for a shootout win, the probability of making the playoffs goes up to 78.9 percent.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FLYERS TO HOST RANGERS IN THANKSGIVING SHOWDOWN
The Flyers and Rangers will meet in the first half of a home-and-home series when they face-off in Philadelphia for the 2014 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown at 1:00 p.m. ET (NBC, SN). The Rangers have won 14 of their last 18 regular-season matchups versus the Flyers dating to March 6, 2011, though the home team has won each of the past six contests. In their only meeting this season on Nov. 19th, Cam Talbot posted 31 saves in a 2-0 Rangers win. Flyers forward Jakub Voracek sits second overall in the NHL with 30 points (8-22—30), just one behind League leader Sidney Crosby while Rangers forward Martin St. Louis remains two points shy of 1,000 in his NHL career. The two clubs will complete the back-to-back set on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
 
ICYMI: Hockey Hall of Famer and former Ranger Pat LaFontaine and recent Flyers Hall of Fame inductee John LeClair were aboard the Discover/NHL “Frozen Fall Fun” float in Thursday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

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The Washington Capitals Under Barry Trotz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,

“We were outshot and outchanced last year and that hasn’t been the case at all this year,” Trotz said. “But we’re not producing more goals at this point. We can have a little more of an interior presence.”

The real positive difference this season has been where many believe it matters most -- shots allowed and goals against.

Last season the Caps allowed an average of 33.5 shots per game, which ranked 27th in the NHL, and 2.79 goals against, which ranked 21st. This season they’re allowing 27.2 shots, which ranks fourth in the league, and 2.62 goals, which ranks 15th.

“If you look analytically, we’re much better,” Trotz said. “But we need more goals 5-on-5. That’s the process. You fix one thing and something else goes. You fix another thing and something else goes. You’re always chasing that, no matter what team you have.”

Perhaps the best judges of the progress made under Trotz are the players themselves. Jay Beagle, who has been with the Capitals through four coaching changes the past four years, says the change has been more significant than the standings may reflect.

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