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Why The San Jose Sharks Put Adam Burish On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The Sharks practiced what they've been preaching Saturday, putting veteran forward Adam Burish on waivers in their effort to become a younger team.

Burish, 31, has one goal and two assists in 20 games. More significantly, he is a minus-6 playing an average of 11:08 per game in a limited fourth line role.

"It's where we are as an organization," Coach Todd McLellan said after his team's Saturday morning skate. "We made a commitment to brining some younger players in, and at this point with Adam's position and where he is in the lineup, we are exploring some younger possibilities there."...

"Somebody could use that type of player in the league," the coach said. "He'll get an opportunity to move on and play somewhere else."

a bit more

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Babcock Wants A Fast Start Tonight

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

... coach Mike Babcock once again stressed the need to for him team to play well from the opening faceoff tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

"Catch-up hockey is losing hockey; you got to start on time," Babcock said after the morning skate. "Eighty percent of the time the team that scores first wins. You got to get started.

"We didn't do that in Winnipeg (Thursday in a 4-3 win). We didn't like our game, in particular in the second period, but we dug in as a group and were mentally strong and found a way to stick with it and stay with our structure. The biggest thing is you can't shoot yourself in the foot in those games and get impatient and we found a way to stay patient."

The Maple Leafs have been outscored 24-14 in the first period, but Babcock pointed out that they're 7-3-1 in their past 11 games.

read on

Khan also has the Wings' plan for Stephen Weiss....

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Ottawa Senators Hope To Change Their Recent Record In Afternoon Games

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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citzen,

In 2013-14, Ottawa were to play 17 afternoon dates. They wound up playing 18 because a Jan. 24 game in Carolina was re-booked to noon on Jan. 25. Nearly every one was a disaster.

The overall record: 4-12-2. The Senators were equal opportunity daytime pushovers, losing in multiple U.S. states, in three different time zones, in Western Canada and on home ice.

Staff and players tried everything to change the mojo: Arrived at the rink sooner. Altered the warmup routine. Drank extra coffee.

“We changed everything down to the music,” said centre Kyle Turris at one point. To no avail.

It’s a new season and, the Senators hope, a new storyline on afternoon starts. To boost it along, they have delayed their home afternoon start times by an hour, hoping it’s a better match for players’ circadian rhythms.

read on

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Oilers Need A #2 Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

MacTavish needs a No. 2 centre (something he undoubtedly knows), and before you say he would be dealing from a position of weakness now, Montreal GM Marc Bergevin managed to trade winger Rene Bourque for a useful defenceman Bryan Allen this week.after sending the inconsistent Bourque to the minors, first.

Whether that means MacTavish has to trade a winger, even with Benoit Pouliot busting his foot after a Marek Zidlicky shot slammed into him Friday, so be it. While rookie Leon Draisaitl was markedly better against the Devils, driving the net, distributing the puck, playing 16 minutes, the Oilers need an older second-line centre who’s played 400, 500, 750 games.

Draisaitl, who was robbed by Cory Schneider in the dying seconds on his doorstep, could move back to the third hole and Mark Arcobello could be the 13th forward.

Does MacTavish have to dangle David Perron, a greasy guy with hands who had 28 goals last year but can’t get untracked (one goal in 48 shots)? Does he consider trading Jordan Eberle in a bigger package as some have suggested? Who knows, but the GM, before he starts looking at the coach, has to make a deal. And, no, Detroit’s oft-injured but former No. 1 centre in Florida, Stephen Weiss, is probably not the answer.


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Preview And Notes- Wings/Leafs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

A hectic day for me so this post is not as detailed as I would like, but it's better than a blank space...

via David Alter of TorontoMapleLeafs.com,

The Maple Leafs get set to take on the Detroit Red Wings for the third time this season. Here are the Leafs three keys to a win against a Wings team that has been tough for them to beat.

Tough Test For The Power-Play

After going three straight games without a power-play goal, the Leafs finally broke through in that department on Thursday night. Detroit sports the second best power-play in the NHL at 89.6% just  .1 back of first place Chicago. Winning the special teams department and scoring goals in high quantities is key.

Top Line Danger

Detroit’s number one offensive unit has been all kinds of trouble for the Maple Leafs. Henrik Zetterberg has an overtime winning goal and four assists against Toronto this season. He has 15 points in 11 career games against the Leafs. Gustav Nyquist and Johan Franzen both have six points in six career games against Toronto. If any of these three players is allowed room to work down low against the Leafs, it will be a long night.

Possession and Faceoffs

The Maple Leafs were able to limit the danger of Steven Stamkos limiting his opportunities to get the puck. Tyler Bozak led the way by winning 22 of 30 faceoffs on Thursday night. Detroit is third in the league in faceoffs. The Leafs aren’t too far away, sitting in 7th. Winning key faceoffs against the likes of Henrik Zetterberg could the difference between a win and a loss.

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Wings On The Ice In Toronto, Including Datsyuk

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul


I will add to this post as needed.

added 12:00pm,

Ken Holland tells the media in Toronto Stephen Weiss will play again for Grand Rapids tonight, return to Detroit on Sunday then up to Babcock to decide when he will play for the Wings.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kyle Okposo scored the decisive goal in the third round of the shootout to power the Islanders to a win in the first half of their home-and-home series with the Penguins.
* At 13-6-0 (26 points), the Islanders trail the Penguins (13-3-2, 28 points) by two points for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. These clubs face off again Saturday at Nassau Coliseum, the third of five meetings in 2014-15 (also Jan. 16 at NYI and April 10 at PIT).
* The Islanders improved to 7-1-0 in their last eight contests. They have won 13 of their first 19 games of the season for the first time since 1987-88 (13-5-1); they didn’t record their 13th victory until their 41st outing in 2013-14.
* Okposo improved to 4-for-4, with three game-deciding goals, in tiebreakers this season. He is 8-for-21 (38.1%), with six game-deciding goals, in his shootout career.
* Frans Nielsen also scored in the shootout; his 56.3% career efficiency (36-for-64) leads all active players with a minimum of 20 attempts.
* Ryan Strome posted 1-2—3 to set a career high for points in one game.
* The Islanders now have won six consecutive shootouts dating to April 11 at NJD, including a 4-0 mark in 2014-15.
* ICYMI: Trailing 1-0 just 73 seconds after the opening face-off, the Islanders scored three goals in 1:35 to take a 3-1 lead midway through the first period.

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Video- Three Games On Friday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Two minutes of highlights...


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Video- Stephen Weiss Goal Last Night For The Grand Rapids Griffins

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

The Grand Rapids Griffins went down to the Lake Erie Monsters 5-4 last night but Stephen Weiss did score a goal for the Griffins.


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Video- Don Cherry On The Toronto Maple Leafs Stopping The Stick Salute

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,


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