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Video- Goooooooooal Scottie Upshall

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the NHL...

Arley Londono with the call of Scottie Upshall's game winning goal as part of Hispanic Heritage Night at the Florida Panthers vs. Arizona Coyotes game...

 

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Audio/Video- Ken Hitchcock On The Bacterial/Virus Bug Hitting The St. Louis Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet YouTube channel,

St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock tells Hockey Central at Noon how his club is dealing so well with the bacterial infection that's been working through the team.

 

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You Can Come Out Of The Penalty Box Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report at TSN,

- As our video shows (click here to watch the video), L.A. Kings forward Jarret Stoll was tagged for tripping as Pittsburgh's Brandon Sutter went down inside the blue line. Stoll argued the call, but was swiftly directed to the penalty box by Greg Kimmerley who eventually waived Stoll out of the box after consulting with fellow referee Steve Kozari.

It's clear a mistake was made and this isn't the first time on-ice officials have rescinded a penalty. However, a similar scenario almost always includes a high-sticking infraction when a teammate has caused the foul, as recognized by one of the game's four officials.

This wasn't that case. This was a tripping call the Penguins might argue shouldn't have been called back.

As it turns out, Pittsburgh won the game and this isolated play had no impact on the outcome. However, while NHL officials shouldn't be beaten down for getting it right, some around the league worry about the precedent of this overturned call from now on. ...

- We're just over four months until the NHL trade deadline, so there's plenty of time for the Washington Capitals and veteran defenceman Mike Green to work on a contract extension. However, with the offseason signings of blueliners Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, many believe Green may be viewed as the odd man out given the $6.08 million cap space he takes up.  

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All Don Van Massenhoven

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,

Be honest: Who really got under your skin?

DVM: Claude Lemieux. [laughs] We just couldn’t get along on the ice. I gave him two 10-minute misconducts in one game, which I had never done to any player.

Did the emergence of video replay ever make you second-guess yourself?

DVM: No. Most our guys, I think, would tell you it’s been an asset to get the call right. We just knew it was there to be used to help us. You just have to react to what happens, and if the review shows it was different later, it’s not because you intended to be wrong. Mistakes happen.

18 more questions and answers...

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The Nashville Predators Are An Exciting Team To Watch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

The goal totals aren’t yet pushing Nashville into the upper echelon of the NHL’s offensive clubs, but for the first time in a long time, at least the Predators seem to be eagerly trying to score rather than simply preventing goals. Their defence pinches harder now than they ever did under Barry Trotz, and they’ll be a little more aggressive now on the forecheck....

So the Preds, after missing the playoffs the past two springs following that massive post-season disappointment in the 2012 Stanley Cup tournament, are trying to change their image, trying to put their most offensive skate forward. Poile says shoring up the team’s appeal in the Nashville market by making the style more entertaining wasn’t really part of the motivation.

The club averaged 16,600 in attendance last season, 20th in the NHL while operating out of a building that doesn’t have the capacity of many of the league’s larger rinks. Hosting the NHL All-Star Game in 2016 will bring some glitz to Music City.

“The people have been very loyal in Nashville. They understand what has happened,” he said. “But our goal is still to sell out the building, and we have a ways to go. That said, business has never been better.”

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Yahoo Sports’ Cotsonika provides update on Gordie Howe’s condition

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sometimes three tweets are more than worth their own blog post:

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Video- Hockey Central At Noon Talks Dion Phaneuf

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

The Hockey Central at Noon guys wonder why Leaf fans are quick to jump all over his mistakes, but not credit him for his positives and for still being the club’s best defenceman.

 

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The Latest On The Thomas Vanek Gambling Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

While the National Hockey League said Friday it will continue to keep an eye on a federal illegal gambling and money laundering case in Rochester, N.Y., that Thomas Vanek has testified in as the government’s prime witness, the Wild forward likely won’t face league discipline unless he faces criminal charges or bet on hockey.

Vanek’s agent, Steve Bartlett, told the Star Tribune Friday that “Thomas is not in any way, shape or form involved in any illegal activities or in trouble here.”

Vanek bet on football and was paying off a gambling debt, according to Bartlett.

Vanek’s in the news again because a defense attorney for a man who pleaded guilty to illegal gambling and conspiracy to launder money Thursday alluded to the fact that the check his client helped launder came from Vanek while he played for the New York Islanders.

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$100 Up For Grabs With A BoltDraft/KK Game On Saturday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Your chance to win $100 comes again on Saturday, Nov. 1st (roster needs to be set by 7:00pm ET) with the 3rd BoltDraft/KK contest.

It is simple, pick a forward, defenseman and a goalie, then sit back and watch how the games play out.

This from a KK member who participated in the last game.

Had fun in your game last night - had Kucherov as my forward when I noticed he had been put on the 2nd line with Palat and Johnson at practice - chickened out and swapped him for Stamkos - shouldn't have second guessed myself

If I would kept Kucherov I still wouldn't have won, only finished 2nd - Subban was the lame link but it was fun.

I did use Kucherov in the other free game they had but again Subban killed it, Senators' Karlesson?  smoked everybody on D

Told you he was the sleeper this year.

Now go play, easy to register and/or play, no strings attached and a great chance to win some cash! (If you need a pass code, use "kukla3" at the top of the page.)

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  Tags: boltdraft

Game-day post, Red Wings vs. Kings: No changes for Wings, no skate for LA; Weiss on IR

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 11x at 2:56 PM: The Red Wings hope to keep their momentum going against the Los Angeles Kings this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/Prime Ticket/TVA Sports/Sportsnet/97.1 FM), and to some extent, no news is good news on the Wings' front, as MLive's Ansar Khan reports:

Everyone skating today for Wings except Weiss (groin). Looks like same lines and power play units.

LA Kings Insider's Jon Rosen stated that the Kings won't skate today as they didn't get into town until 12:30 AM, havingr dropping a 3-0 decision to Pittsburgh yesterday evening:

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