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Jared Bednar Has Been Where Jeff Blashill Is

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from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Jared Bednar is sympathetic toward coach Jeff Blashill and the Detroit Red Wings — by far the NHL’s worst team.

It wasn’t that long ago when Bednar coached “that” team.

In 2016-17, Bednar’s first season behind the Avalanche’s bench, Colorado finished with league/franchise lows in victories (22) and points (48). It was the league’s worst season since the Atlanta Thrashers won just 14 games in 1999-2000. The Red Wings take a league-low 12 wins and 28 points in Monday’s matinee against Colorado at the Pepsi Center and are on pace for just 47 points.

“It’s horrible. Pure misery,” Bednar of coaching the NHL’s worst team. “The morale in your room, you’re trying to get guys back in the right mental state to go win your next game, and there’s a lot of nights where you play hard, do everything you can, (but) you maybe just don’t have the horses to win the games.”


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Video- Jeff Blashill After Today’s Practice In Detroit

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A little over 6 minutes to watch.


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Wings Are Practicing Before Flying To Denver

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweet,

RedWings rare practice after back-to-back nights, due to early game Mon. at @Avalanche (3 ET). Lines:
Filppula, injured, and Nielsen not skating.
No Daley

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The First Place Vancouver Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

It has been a jaw-dropping news week in British Columbia.

Harry (the Royal formerly known as Prince) could move to the West Coast with his wife, rare snowfall ended rain’s winning streak, the Vancouver Canucks moved atop the Pacific Division, and the Supreme Court ruled the provincial government can’t restrict what flows here by pipeline from Alberta.

Shocking but true: the Canucks lead the Pacific Division heading into their National Hockey League bye week. The Canucks! And it’s not fake news.

The Canucks, who have lost more games over the last four years than anyone other than the Buffalo Sabres, beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 Saturday to move alone atop the tightest division in hockey.

Actually, they didn’t just beat the Sharks but dominated them.

Shots were 27-7 after 40 minutes.


Catch the game highlights below.

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Gerard Gallant On His Firing And His Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Simmons of the Journal Pioneer,

Gerard (Turk) Gallant admits he never saw the Vegas Golden Knights’ coaching change coming...

“I was quite surprised actually when it happened,” Gallant told the Journal Pioneer on Saturday night. “You don’t see something coming like that when you have 2 ½ years in.

“I was disappointed and surprised, but I understand the hockey business and things have to change sometimes. They made a tough decision and I’m sure it was tough on them, but that’s the way hockey is.”...

“I’m far from done,” said Gallant, 56. “I enjoy coaching.

“If an opportunity comes up I will definitely look at it – myself and Mike. Mike is a big part of what I do too and sometimes people forget about the assistant coaches. 

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The Defensemen Society

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

Dan Hamhuis is seated on the baseline of a slightly busted semi-circle. The 16-year NHLer is one of seven Nashville Predators defencemen participating in a group chat about all aspects of the position they play. It’s early December, post-practice, and backwards hats, hoodies and athleisure rule the day. The sweaty jerseys and socks have been whisked away, equipment staff are busy toiling in other areas of the team facility and the dressing room has pretty much cleared out apart from the blue-liners when Hamhuis, speaking to the idea that defencemen belong to their own little tribe, suggests that if he walked into a room full of hockey players he didn’t know, he’d eventually be able to sort out who else is part of the brotherhood without having to ask. “I think there’s a personality thing,” Hamhuis says. “I don’t want to blanket it, but I think you kind of can.” He opens it up to the room: “What do you guys think?”

Ryan Ellis, plunked on a chair facing Hamhuis, senses his opportunity. “It’s like we’re more win-oriented,” he says, igniting a round of chuckles.

That’s not exactly how Hamhuis was framing things, but you can see why the joke plays well. Whether it’s a bunch of blueliners skating in today’s green-light game or retired guys from more staid eras past, you don’t have to probe very hard to discover a common pride. “You’re not out to get goals and points as much as forwards,” says Hamhuis. “We’re more under-the-radar kind of guys, doing things that maybe don’t get the glory.”


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The Columbus Blue Jackets Remain Hot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Svoboda of BlueJackets.com,

The Blue Jackets ran their hot streak to 14-2-4 in the last 20 games with a 5-0 win against New Jersey on Saturday night in Nationwide Arena....

Quote of the Game

Head coach John Tortorella: "That score at the end of the second period could have been lopsided the other way. We had one guy play. As a team, we played the first six minutes and then we watched Elvis play for the rest of the first period and the rest of the second period. We played better in the third ... but don't kid ourselves on how this team played. We were not good, and Elvis deserves a tremendous amount of credit as far as finding our way tonight."

CBJ Notables

- Merzlikins was superb yet again, finishing with a career-high 41 saves -- including 21 in the first period -- on the way to his fourth straight win and eighth in 10 games.

- Atkinson continued to be on fire, notching his second and third goals in two games since returning from injury while adding an assist. He has eight goals in his last 10 games, 40 career game-winning goals and 16 games of at least three points in his CBJ tenure.

- Wennberg had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to four games (3-2-5). He has a 3-6-9 line in his last 10 contests. 


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Video- Hockey Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Paul Stastny picking at his chicklets.


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Compete Level Up, Power Play Remains Cold

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

If you’re going to lose, don’t go down without a battle.

That has been the message from Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill. His team lost again Saturday, 4-1 to the Florida Panthers at Little Caesars Arena, but Blashill was glad players competed and scrapped in a chippy, physical, penalty-filled game.

“It was physical and lots of jawing and lots of stuff behind the play and a lot of emotion,” Blashill said. “I’m 100 percent good with that. We could have had ourselves a line brawl and it would have been even better.

“I’m just kidding.”

The problem, nothing new, was the Red Wings’ failure to capitalize on the power play, going 0 for 7, wasting more than 12 minutes on the man-advantage.

They squandered Jimmy Howard’s second solid outing in as many nights, a 34-save performance.


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

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Video- Corey Perry Being Corey Perry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


Watch the play below in two versions, one edited for langiage, the other one raw.

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