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KK- How To Help Kukla’s Korner

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I usually do a semi-annual post on the ways to help out KK but this time it is a little different.

I have started a GoFundMe page which allows you to donate and improve KK.

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Video- Topics Of The Day With Darren Dreger

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Topics discuused include the Dustin Byfuglien cross-check, the proposed Pat Lafontaine summit and the latest on Patrick Kane.

 

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Evening Line- Bruce Arthur On Dustin Byfuglien

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The NHL is full of acts of brutality, big and small, and some of them are actually pretty useful. But this was just dumb. Byfuglien is getting a phone hearing with the league Thursday, which means the only real decision for the department of player safety should be whether he gets suspended for four games or five games, since five is the maximum over the phone. It should be five. Really, it should be more.

-Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star where you can read more on this topic.

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An Important Game For The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Boston, which trailed Detroit by 12 points on March 4, suddenly is two points behind. And while the Red Wings need only stay ahead of the Ottawa Senators, who are five points back, to secure a playoff berth, finishing the season on an upswing and beating a nemesis team would provide a confidence boost.

"It doesn't matter how much we look back we have to look forward," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "Try to get energized and get back to playing the way we want to be playing. March has been a bit of a struggle for us. We have to find our legs again. Focus on the things we need to do and do them right."

The Bruins have won three in a row against the Red Wings after Detroit won the season open at home. Including last year's playoff series, Boston has won seven of its past eight against the Red Wings.

"They're a team that plays hard," Detroit's Justin Abdelkader said. "We know the positions in the standings. We know how important a game it is for us. It'll be fun, a good test."

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The LA Kings Drive To The Playoffs

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from Alex Kinkopf of LAKings.com,

Like we've come accustomed to in recent years, the Los Angeles Kings are taking their postseason push into the final stages of the NHL's regular season. Not all hope is lost, however, especially with a roster that has continually proved to come up big in high-pressure situations.

With six games left on the regular season slate, the Kings find themselves on the outside looking in at the Western Conference’s playoff picture. As of Wednesday, as the Kings prepare to start a two-game home stand at STAPLES Center, they’re slated as having a 61.1 % chance of qualifying for the playoffs.

HOME COOKIN’: The Kings return to STAPLES Center Thursday night, where they’ve posted a 22-9-7 record this season, for two match ups (EDM Thursday, COL Saturday) where extremely earnable points are up for the taking. Edmonton is already eliminated, and Colorado is on the cusp of being such. These are four points the Kings are in dire need of.

PACIFIC PUSH: It’s very much in the Kings’ favor that they will see both of the teams they’re chasing in the Pacific Division, Calgary and Vancouver, one more time each respectively. These will be huge opportunities for the Kings to gain ground in four-point game scenarios. What’s also helpful to the Kings, is the fact that they have one game in hand on each of these division foes.

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Compensating A Team For Losing An Executive

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from Ken Cambell of The Hockey News,

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland has lost a lot of good people over the years – Steve Yzerman, Jim Nill, Todd McLellan and Paul MacLean to name just a few – so he’s obviously pleased the NHL reversed its stance on providing compensation for teams who lose executives to their rivals. Even if it means that if he loses his head coach this summer, nothing will be coming back the Red Wings way.

As first reported by Pierre LeBrun of espn.com, about eight months ago the league quietly reversed itself on the issue of compensation. Any team hiring someone from another organization who is under contract to be a GM, coach or president, must now compensate the team losing the staffer with a draft pick. If the hiring is done in the off-season, the team hiring the new man must surrender a third-round pick. If it’s done mid-season, the pick becomes a second-rounder.

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Stars Of The Month

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NEW YORK (April 1, 2015) – Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond, Calgary Flames center Jiri Hudler and Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of March.

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The Ottawa Senators Remain In The Playoff Race

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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Now after a dominant performance in Detroit – despite the tight result, the Senators outshot the Wings 34-17 – here is the situation: The Sens are three points behind the Bruins. They have a game in hand, but the Bruins have the tiebreaker with more wins in regulation and overtime.

Ottawa’s schedule down the stretch: Tampa Bay, Washington, at Toronto, Pittsburgh, at New York Rangers, at Philadelphia.

Boston’s schedule down the stretch: at Detroit, Toronto, at Washington, at Florida, at Tampa Bay.

“I think we can do it,” MacArthur said. “I have a good feeling about our team. We’re going to lay it on the line and see what happens. We made a great push. We shouldn’t even be in this position, and the guys stepped up. Obviously Hammy’s a big part of that.”

Obviously he is. Hammond, a.k.a. ‘The Hamburglar,’ has fans throwing McDonald’s onto the ice because he has come out of nowhere to go 15-1-1 with a 1.85 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and two shutouts. Two seasons ago, he was wrapping up a four-year career at Bowling Green State University. Last season, he played for the AHL’s Binghamton Senators – except for one 11-minute relief appearance with the big club. Now this.

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The Winnipeg Jets Still Control Their Playoff Destiny

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from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

Winnipeg’s hold on its playoff destiny is shakier than ever after Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the previously-stumbling New York Rangers.

Losses to Chicago and New York, both on home ice and both on late, third-period goals, have left the Jets at the mercy of the trailing L.A. Kings, just two points back with a game in hand.

Thanks to a matchup with Calgary in the final game of the regular season, the Jets are still guaranteed a spot if they win out.

That might not be necessary.

But ending this before it turns into a three-game skid is.

That’s five times this season now the Jets have failed to rebound from tough, late-goal losses to win the following game.

The good news: each time the losing “streak” ended at two.

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Post-Practice Notes On The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

FYI, George's ISP is having issues again so you have me until he returns.

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Zetterberg and Helm took maintenance days. They're good to go tomorrow.

Wings will know tomorrow the status of Datsyuk, Sheahan, Cole and Miller.

 

added 2:02pm, St. James has more from Miller...

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