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The Kings’ Net Now Belongs To Ben Scrivens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Kings considered goaltender Ben Scrivens almost a throw-in when they acquired him from Toronto last June, with winger Matt Frattin and a second-round draft pick, for goalie Jonathan Bernier. Kings executives liked Frattin but were so unsure about Scrivens' ability to capably back u pJonathan Quick that they invited veteran Mathieu Garon to compete for the job in training camp.

Frattin, supposedly the Kings' prize, has been a disappointment. Scrivens, the afterthought, has been thrust into the starting role with the monumental task of keeping the Kings' playoff hopes alive while Quick recovers from a groin injury.

Scrivens got off to a promising beginning Thursday, making 23 saves as the Kings rallied for a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders at Uniondale, N.Y. But they face a perilous road without Quick, the most valuable player in their 2012 Stanley Cup run and still their foundation.

The muscle strain Quick sustained Tuesday was diagnosed as Grade 2 in severity, meaning he won't need surgery but will be out an estimated four to six weeks. That's a tough blow to a team trying to crack the top eight in the West without scorer Jeff Carter (foot), defenseman Matt Greene (upper-body injury), winger Kyle Clifford (head) and third-line center Jarret Stoll (upper body).

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night

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Hmm, an Avalanche goalie having a problem with catching the puck...

 

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Video- Shane Doan Targets Johnny Oduya

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Oduya down, Oduya up and Oduya down again.

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  Tags: johnny+oduya, shane+doan

Video- A Four Goal Night For Tyler Seguin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here are the Seguin goals and Jamie Benn had a great night too, 1 goal, 5 helpers.

 

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Avs/Blues- Bad Blood Brewing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

But this idiot also makes the following observations about the game tonight:

- Chris Stewart made a classless gesture after dropping the gloves with a 35-year-old defenseman and winning the fight, throwing his arms in the air. The Avs thought so too.

- Patrick Bordeleau was sent out on the ice by Patrick Roy later to see if Stewart wanted to drop the gloves with someone more his own size (and no, Sarich is not a small man, but not a heavyweight guy like Stewart), but the referees wouldn’t allow it. They gave Bordy a 10-minute misconduct. Now, I can see why this happened. The league is hyper-sensitive right now about staged fights and fighting in general, so they nipped this in the bud before something could happen. And I can respect that.

So, why did Bordy get another 10 minutes at the end of the game when Blues goon Ryan Reaves came on the ice to line up against him, to do the same thing? The referees weren’t good on that instance.

- Nov. 27 can’t come soon enough for me. The rematch with the Blues is going to be nasty at the Pepsi Center, count on it. A Patrick Roy-coached team is going to get even in the fight department, take it to the bank.

more and you can watch the "classless gesture" below...

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Tough Loss For The Canucks

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The Vancouver Canucks were 01:05 from shutting-out the San Jose Sharks, but with the Sharks goaltender pulled, Hertl scored to tie the game at 1.

In OT, Henrik Sedin was called for a hook, if you want to call it that, and the Sharks scored to win the game.

John Tortorella post-game and highlights (nice standing O too for Gordie Howe) below....

 

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Red Wings-Capitals set-up and overnight report: Wings finally get back to work amidst sticky wickets

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The good part of the Red Wings' relatively "light" schedule of late involves the fact that the Wings have enjoyed three two-day breaks between what one can generously describe as a three-game slate of hiccups after the team's successful Western Canadian swing.

The Wings have had time to rest, to practice, and in the case of the Wings' most recent personnel moves--demoting Jordin Tootoo and waiving Patrick Eaves included--affording Johan Franzen (???), Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder, will return tonight) and Brendan Smith (who will return from his shoulder injury sooner than later) time to recover from their injuries.

Given the team's six-game home losing streak and status as winless in four, however, all that "free time" has yielded a downright poisonous atmosphere amongst a fan base that feels the team's summertime moves and previous signings are coming back to strangle the progress of its younger players, as well as a fan base whose recollections of last year's 48-games-in-99-nights demolition derby have yielded far less patience and much more intense concern when things go wrong during the course of an 82-game, six-and-a-half month marathon.

So the fact that the Red Wings are getting back to work with a home game against the Washington Capitals tonight (7:30 PM, FSD/CSN Washington/NHL Network/1270 AM) and a road tilt against the Islanders tomorrow (7 PM, FSD/MSG Plus) is...A huge *#$%@& relief for those of us who are tired of the warring and arguing among Wings fans, and want to see what the team can do to back their comments up on the ice.

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Red Wings prospect news: on Tootoo’s Griffins-Walleye roster ramifications and Mantha

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Thursday night was a bit of a "slow" evening for the Red Wings' prospects, but I've decided to separate prospect news from "big club" news, so you'll have to bear with me.

The Red Wings did assign Jordin Tootoo to Grand Rapids, and he'll be wearing #22 when the Griffins attempt to rebound from their 2-1 loss to Milwaukee when they host the Rockford IceHogs tonight (and the Griffins also play in Chicago on Saturday).

As I stated regarding MLive's Peter J. Wallner's conversation with Griffins coach Jeff Blashill, the AHL is a very different league than the NHL--a league where teams more or less have to carry a dedicated enforcer of some kind, and where fighting is not on the decline--so Tootoo is incredibly likely to drop his gloves more games than not.

While Tootoo thanked fans for their well-wishes...

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Panthers send Kris Versteeg to Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Per the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus, the Florida Panthers made a move that makes no sense cap-wise given that Capgeek estimates that the Chicago Blackhawks are now $282,628 over the cap...Wait, wait, here we go...

Versteeg's signed through 2015-2016 at a cap hit of $4.4 million per season, but Capgeek pegs his real-world salary for the this and the next two seasons at a total of $14 million real-world dollars, so the Panthers are paying $7 million to make Versteeg go away.

The Panthers and Blackhawks confirm:

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Roose: Red Wings’ players taking part in Movember movement

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is a wee bit...Let's say into the proceedings, but DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reports that the Red Wings are taking part in "Movember," and they've joined a website to help raise awareness of and funds for men's health by growing moustaches:

Mustaches are sprouting throughout the Red Wings’ locker room in honor of Movember, an effort to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

“I think it’s always important to bring awareness to anything of this magnitude,” forward Darren Helm said. “I mean we do the breast cancer thing, the cancer thing and it’s all very important for people to remember. It’s just a small thing we do to help and it’s just a fun thing to do.”

The players are having plenty of fun with the effort. The mustaches are growing at different speeds and angles, but two weeks into Movember there is already a clear frontrunner.

Roose continues, and concludes with the following:

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