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Video- Scouting For On-Ice Officials

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Boston Bruins,

Officiating Director Al Kimmel explains how the NHL scouts future referees and linesmen throughout the minor leagues.

 

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Questions For The Governors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

In order to offer some clarity and opinion from those who have their fingerprints on the pulse of the league, Postmedia approached four governors for some insight.

The panel includes:

Kevin Lowe, Vice Chairman, Oilers Entertainment Group, Jim Nill, General Manager, Dallas Stars, John Davidson, President of Hockey Operations, Columbus Blue Jackets, Doug Armtrong, General Manager, St. Louis Blues.

ZEISBERGER: Coming out of the World Cup, goal scoring was up by a significant amount. But that trend has quickly reversed and now offence has dried up again, with the average being about five goals per game between the two teams. Is this reason for concern? Are changes required, whether it be expediting measures to shrink goalie equipment, make nets bigger, penalize zone defences, etc.?

NILL: A 2-1 game can be better than a 5-4 game. I think the game has never been better, never been faster. And almost every game is exciting. I think that’s because every team has a chance to win. I think everyone knows whoever makes the playoffs has a chance to win. Every night’s a playoff game. There was one coach at the start of the season who was asked: 'When do you think you have to start getting ready for the playoffs?' Well, the playoffs start on Day 1 of the regular season now. I think that’s great for the fans, great for the league.

ARMSTRONG: One of my thoughts on why the scoring was up early was that a lot of the top coaches in our game were away for training camp. By the time they got back and got things the way they wanted defensively, it took a bit of time. But I’m not surprised it came down. It’s the coaching, and because of the players who weren’t in the World Cup have now caught up competitively with the players who were.

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The Detroit Red Wings Look Like A Very Average Team

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

They have a 2-7-2 record against teams in the Atlantic Division, a 4-7-2 mark vs. teams ahead of them in them in the Eastern Conference and a 9-9-2 record against teams with records above .500....

They've failed to score more than two goals in regulation 14 times - that's exactly half of the 28 games they've played to date - and the loss to Columbus marked the eighth time they've scored one or fewer.

Is it any wonder they're 24th in the NHL with an average of 2.36 goals per game, well under the league average of 2.64?

Defense was supposed to be the Red Wings' main concern entering the season but they're 17th in that department with a 2.71 team GAA, just below the league average of 2.64.

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Video- It’s Not Often You See A Big Hit On Patrick Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Then a frustrated Kane delivered a high-stick...

 

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Washington 4, BUFFALO 1
Columbus 4, DETROIT 1
St. Louis 4, NEW JERSEY 1
MINNESOTA 3, Edmonton 2 (SO)
NY Rangers 1, CHICAGO 0 (OT)
ANAHEIM 3, San Jose 2
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE CLUBS CLIMB DIVISION STANDINGS
The Blues (16-8-4, 36 points) and Ducks (14-9-5, 33 points) earned wins to gain ground in the battle for first place in their respective divisions:
 
* Vladimir Tarasenko (0-3—3) collected three assists and Robby Fabbri (2-0—2) scored twice as the Blues handed the Devils their first regulation home loss of the season and improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven games. With the win, St. Louis moved within two points of Chicago (17-8-4, 38 points) for top spot in the Central Division. Tarasenko ranks second in the NHL with 13-18—31 (28 GP), trailing only Connor McDavid (12-26—38).
 
* The Ducks surrendered a 2-0 lead, but Hampus Lindholm scored his first goal of the season with 5:38 remaining in regulation to power Anaheim to a 5-1-1 record in their last seven games. The Ducks leapfrogged the Sharks (15-11-1, 31 points) and Flames (15-13-2, 32 points) to move into a tie with the Oilers (14-11-5, 33 points) for first place in the Pacific Division.

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Prospect news: Walleye win in 10-round shootout

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note: In the ECHL, in Anchorage, Alaska, the Toledo Walleye prevailed in a 10-round shootout, defeating the Alaska Aces 4-3.

Tyson Spink had a goal and an assist, Tylor Spink scored a goal and Jake Paterson stopped 31 regulation and OT shots and 9 shootout shooters to deliver a 9th straight win for the Walleye.

The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Blue Jackets wrap-up—Wings didn’t roll with the punches

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings lost an incredibly frustrating 3-1 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night, and the Red Wings would suggest that the game hinged upon this play, and Petr Mrazek and/or the officiating staff's indecision:

The Blue Jackets would disagree, suggesting that this play turned the game around instead:

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Prospect news: Griffins take out Admirals in Coreau’s return; Pearson scores a hat trick

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, Dylan Sadowy scored his first professional goal, Mitch Callahan and Eric Tangradi scored goals and Jared Coreau stopped 16 shots in the Grand Rapids Griffins' 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals on "Fauxback night."

The Griffins' website posted a recap, a photo gallery, a highlight clip, an interview clip and a slick 1st period intro:

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Red Wings-Blue Jackets quick take: frustration, thou art Mrazek’s glove

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, hoping to earn a rare home-ice win as the team opened a 5-game home stand.

The Wings played without the services of Jonathan Ericsson, who had back spasms, and Columbus played without Nick Foligno, who got sick...

And the Red Wings lost a 4-1 decision because Petr Mrazek lost his nerve and lost the puck twice--and they lost because Detroit had no answer for the Blue Jackets once they were un-nerved.

Detroit out-shot Columbus 32-25, Detroit out-attempted Columbus SIXTY-FIVE to 43, Detroit won 62% of its faceoffs, seven players had 3 or more shots, and yet the Wings made Sergei Bobrovsky's night easy. It was an incredibly, incredibly frustrating loss for a Red Wings team that now needs to win 3 or 4 of their next 4 games to salvage this home stand.

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Mickey Redmond pays tribute to Jamie Daniels

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This might cause you to tear up. It's okay:

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