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The California Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie McLellan of TSN,

Right now, Quick is the best in the game at tracking pucks. A lot of times when we talk about a goalie who is 'seeing the puck well,' this is exactly what we mean. It's his ability to find pucks through bodies, arms and any other traffic jams that are going on in front of him. We all know of his flexibility, his lateral movement and his competitiveness. He's putting it to good use by finding pucks other goaltenders are unable to track consistently right now. 

Coming into the season, we knew Anaheim was deep in goal. But all the talk was of John Gibson and his ability to be a No. 1 keeper. Lost in the shuffle was Frederik Andersen's ability and skill set. Not only did he show people what he's capable of, but Andersen also joined former Boston goalie Ross Brooks as the only two goalies in NHL history to win 25 of their first 30 career starts.

Andersen has started the year 5-0 with a 1.38 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage, improving to 25-5 in his short career. And he already has a shutout to his credit, blanking the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 19....

Antti Niemi is always under fire as a weak link for the Sharks. He has a Stanley Cup from a season when people believed that Chicago outscored his issues in the playoffs. His stumbles in last year's playoffs - as well as in the 2011-12 postseason - didn't help his cause. But his regular season consistency is always there and it's hard to criticize someone who had 39 wins last year and has started the year 3-1 with a 2.70 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage and one shutout. He has put up regular season dominance behind a great regular season team.

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Five-Year Extension For Charlie Coyle In Minnesota

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with forward Charlie Coyle on a five-year contract extension.

 “We’re very excited to get Charlie Coyle signed through the 2019-20 season,” said Fletcher. “Charlie’s size, overall skill set, and character give him a chance to emerge as a top power forward in the game and we’re happy he will be doing that in the State of Hockey for years to come.”

 

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Early Season Rookie Of The Year

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In the early days of the season, I am actively trying to pick out leaders for the various NHL awards.  I want to see how often the early leader wins or remains a contender come season's end.  While I am yet to pick a Hart Trophy leader, I have picked a Vezina Trophy leader.  Today I am picking an early season Calder Trophy leader in Tanner Pearson of the Los Angeles Kings.

Pearson is the top scorer on the Stanley Cup champion Kings.  He has seven points and a +7 +/- rating in only six games played and he has done this in moderate ice time of a little over 12 minutes a game.

Pearson was passed over in the 2010 and 2011 entry drafts.  It wasn't until 2012 when he was selected in the draft.  He had been the top scorer on the Barrie Colts with 91 points.  This allowed him to be the final pick of the first round in 2012.  He spent his next season in the AHL but got to play one playoff game.  Last season was spent mostly in the AHL but he got a significant NHL play.  He played 25 games in the regular season last year and 24 more in their Stanley Cup run.  That makes Pearson a very experienced rookie.

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Bruins Prepare For Johnny Boychuk’s Return Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

“It’ll be awkward. I’ve played with him for a while, and some guys have played with him for five plus years,” said Seidenberg. “It’s definitely going to be a bit of a different feeling when guys have to fore-check him, and have to hit him. Or when I stand in front of the net and he shoots.

“It’ll be different, but in the end it’s about winning a hockey game. We’re focusing on that. It’s funny and it’s awkward. If you have to chip a puck behind him and them hit him, that’s when it feels a little bit weird or different.”

The Bruins have played against former teammates before: Phil Kessel, Tyler Seguin, Tim Thomas and Andrew Ference among others. Ference has probably the closest thing to the popularity and goodwill felt toward Boychuk in the B’s dressing room. He was a member of highly accomplished Bruins group for five seasons that won the Cup and friendly with everybody on the team.

So, it should be one of the more emotional returns for an ex-player to TD Garden, but Claude Julien didn’t expect to need to say anything different or special to his players in preparation.

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Kerry Fraser On Datsyuk’s No Goal

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

I have stated in previous columns that Carey Price is without question, the very best goalkeeper in the NHL at utilizing rule 69 to his advantage whenever an attacking player enters the blue paint. The snow from Abdelkader's stopping action was the first indicator for Price that his territory was about to become violated. Price immediately pushed forward with his left skate/pad toward the top of the right side crease where the Detroit forward was attacking. Abdelkader's forward momentum (stick and body) initiated contact with Price. The Habs' goalie reached and 'hugged' the leg of the crease violator that resulted in a positional 'turn' from the impending shot by Datsyuk.

Both of these actions and resulting contact between Abdelkader and Price violated the language of 69.3. When the puck slid past Price and into the net he was turned toward the referee with his hands raised; a clear indication to the referee that interference had been committed.

I would like to see the referees make this call on a consistent basis in the way that referee Kimmerly did. The onus is on the attacking player to stop short of the goal crease and not make contact with the goalkeeper; incidental or otherwise. In the case of Carey Price's crease, I would advise attacking players to stay well clear of his paint.

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NHL Postpones Leafs/Senators Game Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK/TORONTO (October 22, 2014) – The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, scheduled for tonight at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, has been postponed, the National Hockey League announced today.

The date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.

The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy and prayers to all affected by the tragic events in Ottawa.


added 1:54pm,

Statement from the Toronton Maple Leafs

“The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of all affected by the tragic events in downtown Ottawa today. The Club supports the National Hockey League’s decision to postpone tonight’s scheduled meeting with the Ottawa Senators.

We have been witness today to some terrible events but are thankful to those brave men and women for their tireless service in protecting everyone’s safety.”

added 1:58pm, Ottawa Senators statement is below...

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Trade Options For The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com who answers some questions from fans...

They've been targeting defensemen since the summer and I wouldn't count on general manager Ken Holland stopping until he gets one. They wanted Dan Boyle, but he went to the New York Rangers. Christian Ehrhoff was another one, but he went to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Now it's going to have to happen in a trade, and you've probably heard Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers come up in rumors with the Red Wings. TSN's Bob McKenzie and Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman recently reported the Red Wings interest in Myers....

Detroit has other prospects that should interest most teams, including forward Landon Ferraro, defenseman Ryan Sproul, Xavier Ouellet and Alexey Marchenko, and goalie Petr Mrazek. Myers could cost the Red Wings one, two or even three of those players, plus draft picks, but the Sabres might not go for that.

Either way, the Red Wings need a right-handed shooting defenseman, but they also need to be careful about what they pay to get one.

more on the trade talk plus Avs, Jets and other topics too....

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The Detroit Red Wings Are Talking Instead Of Practicing

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

added 12:53pm, Mike Babcock talks about reasoning for the meeting today instead of practice.

Watch below...

Babcock also says Howard in goal tomorrow per numerous reports.

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The New Look Nashville Predators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

I still think the Nashville Predators are bound to come back to earth following their hot start to the season -- one that has them with the surprising lead in the stacked Central Division -- but the Preds secured another win Tuesday night, downing the Arizona Coyotes 4-3. New coach Peter Laviolette might have revitalized this team with a needed change in message, but Tuesday's win also underscored some key offseason moves by general manager David Poile.

more on the Preds plus Burnside on the Canucks and Islanders, Custance on Chicago's goalies and LeBrun on the Lightning...

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The Star Player And Barry Trotz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

We’re still in the honeymoon of this relationship, with the Capitals unbeaten at 3-0-2 as they open their three-game Western Canadian swing against the Edmonton Oilers tonight. Yet it seemed fitting to ask Trotz, Washington’s fifth head coach since Ovechkin entered the league in 2005, how he plans to get the 51 goals out of his superstar winger, but shore up the minus-35 defensive rating.

“Dominik Hasek used to say, a star player starts each year at minus-10,” began the coach, referring to the desperate situations near the end of games, when a team goes all out to score and so often gives a goal up. Or the fact that the best players face the best competition, and thus, are bound to surrender more goals than someone playing against the other team’s fourth line.

“So star players start out at minus-10. How (Ovechkin) got the other minus-25, I’m not quite sure,” Trotz said with a laugh. “There are some things in his game that he is committed to change. Not all of (his deficiencies) were Alex’s fault. Some of the things he was asked to do, it probably took away from him defensively. The player that I know has been very good in all those areas.”

Normally in a column about Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals, it’s right around now where one points out that nothing this club does in the regular season matters anymore. 

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