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The KK upgrade is running a bit behind schedule but should be ready to go within two weeks.

It has not been a very healthy summer for me but with a recent change of medication, I feel much better and have much more energy.

Many of you who have followed KK over the years know I have always concentrated on the game played on the ice and will continue to do so.

Many new KK members and followers on Twitter seem to appreciate the hockey talk and I have always assumed most people interested in KK are a little bit older, knowledgeable and don't want/care about some of the outlandish, off-ice stories which happen to appear every so often.

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Mike Babcock Becomes A Twitter Target For Mike Commodore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian Shantz of the Toronto Sun,

Mike Babcock hit the proverbial Twitter mute button.

The Maple Leafs head coach was the subject of an apparent Twitter rant for the ages on Friday night. The childish, profanity-laced tweets were unleashed by a former player of his during Friday night's 4-0 Leafs loss against Babcock's former Red Wings in Detroit.

"Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep). Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you" was tweeted from ex-NHLer Mike Commodore's official Twitter account as the Leafs went down 3-0....

Asked if he would respond to his former player's tirade, Babcock offered precisely four words: "I wouldn't. Come on."

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Red Wings-Hurricanes game-day articles: Canes gear up for home opener; Wings bet on Mrazek

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 1:55 PM: The Red Wings take on the Carolina Hurricanes tonight (7 PM on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM), and there were no surprises from the morning skate. Cam Ward will oppose Petr Mrazek, and CarolinaHurricanes.com's Michael Smith reports that the Canes will employ the following lineup...

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19 And Life To Go

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Dylan Larkin was still 43 days from being born the night Claude Lemieux shattered Kris Draper's face in Denver.  Advanced math skills tell me that means he was 9 months old when Darren McCarty dragged the same Lemieux across the Joe Louis Arena ice, landed a knee to his head then pounded him to a pleasant bloody pulp along the boards, just a few feet beneath Draper who was watching from the bench. 

Larkin said last night it's the first memory he has as a Red Wing fan.

That's not true. He didn't say that and very few people remember their time spent as drooling, swaddled, adorable little babies.  

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Red Wings-Hurricanes morning skate Tweets: Canes start Ward vs. Mrazek; ‘no changes’ for Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings hope to build upon Friday's 4-0 win over Toronto when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7 PM EDT on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM).

The Hurricanes took to the ice first, as CarolinaHurricanes.com's Michael Smith noted:

Morning skate time for the #Canes on #Canes101015. Home opener vs. Detroit coming up tonight.


#Canes forward lines:
E. Staal-Rask-Lindholm
Gerbe-J. Staal-Versteeg

Malone extra


#Canes defensive pairs:

Biega extra

The Raleigh News & Observer's Chip Alexander also reported from the Canes' skate:

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The Most Important Player In The NHL Is Connor McDavid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

It’s one thing to rank players by skill, scoring, Stanley Cups or individual awards, it’s quite another to determine their importance to the NHL—and the game—as a whole. Here we’ve done exactly that.

It’s not a precise science, but a decade after “Sid the Kid” and Ovie became shining lights for a league coming out of its darkest hour, we set ourselves the task of determining who will carry that torch this season and beyond. We’ve taken into account their abilities and achievements, but also the markets they play in and franchises they play for, on- and off-ice earnings, celebrity status, legacies carved out or those still being created and more.

Through this week, we’ll release the top 50 most important players, ranked by Sportsnet Magazine. Today, we reveal players 10-1.


He’s expected to be the next Crosby-Lemieux-Gretzky and also pull a franchise out of a decade-long funk…oh, and he’s just 18 years old. Being “The Next One” carries a lot of expectations. McDavid, the 2015 first overall pick, leads an Edmonton Oilers team stocked with young talent into an era of hope, after years of disappointment. All eyes are on Edmonton, and we’ll know soon enough if he’s ready.

read on for the top 10 most important NHL players....

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Penalty Shots In Overtime

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Hodge of TSN,

...here's a note of caution for 3-on-3 fans; the Tampa Bay-Philly overtime included a penalty shot, and the first-ever game in Brooklyn should have featured one, too. Scott Laughton failed to score on his penalty shot against Tampa goalie Ben Bishop and Nick Leddy of the Islanders slashed Marian Hossa from behind, receiving a minor penalty when the puck should have been placed at centre ice for Hossa.

What's my point?

My point is this; if players are going to stop overtime breakaways by committing infractions that produce or deserve penalty shots, the overtime format that is supposed to prevent shootouts could become its own version of the shootout. I have a solution. If an overtime ends with a penalty shot goal, the losing team forfeits its single point.

continue for Hodge's look at the recent match penalty on Milan Lucic...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Patrick Kane (2-0—2) scored his second goal at 1:49 of overtime to lift the Blackhawks past the Islanders in the first regular-season game at Barclays Center.
* Kane recorded his second career overtime goal in the regular season (578 GP; also March 23, 2008 vs. STL). He has four such goals in the playoffs (116 GP).
Corey Crawford made 34 saves to improve to 4-0-1 in five career appearances against the Islanders (1.95 GAA, .944 SV%, 1 SO).
Artem Anisimov scored the first regular-season goal in the history of Barclays Center, beating Thomas Greiss while shorthanded at 13:28 of the first period.
* The Blackhawks improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight meetings with the Islanders dating to Jan. 9, 2011 (NYI: 2-3-3). The teams complete a home-and-home series – their lone two matchups of 2015-16 – tonight at United Center.

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A little more about Dylan Larkin’s big night

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

MLive's Brendan Savage offers this regarding Dylan Larkin:

He played for the United States in last season's World Junior Championship, was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as a second-team All-American for Michigan, made his pro debut in the AHL playoffs and helped Team USA win a bronze medal at the World Championship.

In six AHL playoff games, he had three goals and two assists for the Grand Rapid Griffins, whose coach at the time was none other than Blashill.

Blashill wasn't surprised by Larkin's coming-out party.

"I thought Dylan played very well," Blashill said. "I talked to him before the game. He's pretty unflappable. He seems to be extremely mature as a young guy. He seemed ready to go. I didn't think he pressed, didn't think he tried to do too much,

"I thought he played hockey and he does it very, very well. It was a good line. I didn't know how he was going to do on the wing. That was the one unknown for me, not that he's never played it. He played it a little bit for us in the Calder Cup playoffs but I thought that line was real effective. It's a good first step for him."

Savage continues...

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Videos- Game Highlights From Detroit’s 4-0 Win Over Toronto

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Two options today, first is from awood40...



Below, the game in six minutes with the Sportsnet feed...

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