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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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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

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 7x at 1:44 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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The Columbus Blue Jackets And Their Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Jarmo Kekalainen sits in a suite high above Nationwide Arena and manages a smile when his Blue Jackets make it through a practice without adding another player to the walking wounded.

That’s just how it is right now in Columbus: You have to take your victories where you can get them.

The star-crossed team has been on an unparalleled run of bad luck. In the last week alone, it has seen forward Nick Foligno stretchered off the ice after a freak collision with a linesman, franchise goalie Sergei Bobrovsky suffer a fractured finger during practice and defenceman James Wisniewski suffer the exact same injury in a game.

If that was the extent of the issues, a team could cope.

But then you remember that there are serious questions about Nathan Horton even playing this season because of back issues and that Boone Jenner, Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Mark Letestu and Matt Calvert are also on the shelf.

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Ticket Demand for the 2015 Ice Hockey World Championships Predicted to Double

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Shackil,

Since 1930, the Ice Hockey World Championships have been held as an individual event to determine the top hockey team in the world. In that inaugural year, only 12 countries participated, but now the tournament features a minimum of 40 teams in at least three different groupings. With such massive global participation, Ice Hockey World Championship tickets are demanded all over the world on the secondary market.

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  Tags: tiqiq

Michigan Radio: Gordie Howe’s pull helped Red Berenson, 14 other Saskatchewan natives pick Michigan

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

According to Michigan Radio's John U. Bacon, Red Wings legend Gordie Howe's place of NHL employment heavily influenced the establishment of a college hockey dynasty:

With Howe leading the Red Wings, rinks and little leagues sprouted all over Detroit.  Howe’s wife Colleen started the junior Red Wings, which produced hundreds of world-class players, including their sons, Mark and Marty.  Mark starred for the Red Wings, too, and is a Hall of Famer himself.

But I never fully appreciated Gordie Howe’s power until I researched my first book, on Michigan hockey.  I learned just a few nudges from Howe helped Michigan’s hockey program rise to the top – and stay there.

Gordie Howe was one of nine kids born in a farmhouse in Floral, Sasketchewan – a town so tiny, it’s not even on the atlas index.  When he joined the Red Wings, the entire province pulled for him.

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Grand Forks, North Dakota Will Host The 2016 IIHF Under-18 World Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that Grand Forks, North Dakota, has been selected to host the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship. The 10-team event, which features the top players in the world under the age of 18, will be staged in April 2016, with final dates to be announced in the near future. Ralph Engelstad Arena, on the University of North Dakota campus, will be the main venue for the championship, with Purpur Arena, a municipal facility in the city, serving as the secondary venue.

“We're thrilled to be bringing another world championship to Grand Forks," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "Jody Hodgson and his group at Ralph Engelstad Arena put together an outstanding plan and with the support of the city and state and the great hockey fans of the Red River Valley, we look forward to an exceptional event."

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