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Pavel Datsyuk And Riley Sheahan Out For Tonight

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

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Taking Care Of Business

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

Forget everything that has gone wrong in the past few weeks, take a deep breath, and start over. Tonight, we will be taking care of business. I don't care who the opponent is.

All I want to see this week, is an "x", meaning clinched a playoff spot next to the Detroit Red Wings name, breathe a sigh of relief, and continue into the Second Season.

The only way that happens is by taking care of business from here on out.

Get it done! Whatever it takes!

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The TSN Insiders with a few topics today...

Pat LaFontaine, who works for the NHL these days, thinking about having a hockey summit in NYC.

Next up the NHL trophies will not undergo a name change according to Gary Bettman.

The Nashville Predators are trying to get college player Jimmy Vesey to sign with them.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are trying to sign college player Mike Reilly before he gains UFA status.

Next up was compensation talk if an NHL executive leaves for another team.

watch here, not blocked for those outside of Canada...

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They Wouldn’t Do That, Or Would They?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

There’s no other way to put it.

It would be insane for this to happen, but it could.

As first pointed out by the guys over at Jewels From the Crown, there’s a scenario where we find ourselves on the last day of the season and the Jets and Flames find themselves locked in battle, tied…only to stop trying with minutes to play and letting the game get to OT, because both teams earning loser points would mean the Kings get eliminated.

That’s quite the scene. Just imagine, in a season where negative play has become a much-discussed talking point, this would put a whole new twist on the concept of tanking.

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The New York Rangers May Have Martin St. Louis Back On Thursday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Barring an unforeseen development over the next 48 hours, Martin St. Louis should return to the Rangers lineup Thursday night in Minnesota.

St. Louis will have missed eight games after he sits out Tuesday’s match here against the Jets because of the MCL sprain he suffered late in the March 15 Garden match against the Panthers.

“This is the first day I’ve skated with my teammates, and I think for me it’s a nice progression where it’s not the same intensity as a real practice and I can really control my pace a little bit better,” St. Louis said following the morning skate. “I’ve skated four or five times by myself. With a full practice [Wednesday], I think it will allow me to be ready to go on Thursday.”

St. Louis, who resumed skating last Thursday in Ottawa, appeared to skate freely and in full stride as he worked for nearly a half-hour after his teammates had left the ice. He had skated Thursday through Sunday before staying off the ice on Monday’s travel day.

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Erik Cole Close To Returning To The Lineup

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

“We’ve consulted with the doctors and all that stuff,” said Cole, who has three goals and six points in 11 games since his March 1 trade from Dallas.

“I went and got some therapy from a guy that I’m familiar with in Toronto that I’ve worked with in the past on the weekend,” Cole added. “So I’m feeling really good, especially getting worked on Saturday, Sunday and having a little skate here yesterday and again here today with the guys. Probably a few more practices and get all my ducks in a row and I’ll feel a little bit better about everything.”

Asked if he thought Thursday’s home game against the Bruins is possible, Cole said, “I wouldn’t rule it out, hopefully. It’s just tough because there aren’t enough practices to be had this time of year.

“I feel good, close to 100 percent. I was off the ice for almost all of last week, so I need to get back on the ice and be skating and make sure my legs are good.”

more on the Wings...

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$50 To The Winner Of The BoltDraft/KK Free Fantasy Game On Tuesday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

original post was 3/30/15 at 2:00pm, just moving this back into view so all can see and participate.


We play another BoltDraft/KK free fantasy game on Tuesday and the winner once again will be $50 richer.

Use passcode kukla26 if this is your first time playing, then select one forward, one defenseman and one goalie from the 14 NHL teams in action on Tuesday.

Remember to submit your roster by 7:00pm ET on March 31st, then sit back and watch how the games play out.

Scoring rules are below and if you have any questions regarding the game, the Rules/FAQ page at BoltDraft should be of help.

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Video- Saves Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sportsnet style...

 

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The Worst +/-

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The player with the worst +/- rating in the NHL is Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He has a -36 +/- rating.  He is Toronto's leading scorer and is often a scapegoat for the problems in Toronto.

You would think that the top scorer in the biggest NHL market would be a popular player but that isn't the case.  Why doesn't Toronto love Kessel?  He is American in a Canadian city.  He is socially awkward in an interview.  He has a fat looking head and that has unfairly given him a reputation as somebody who doesn't work hard enough to stay in shape.  For a large part, he has a bad rap.

It is true that he hasn't scored as well since Toronto changed coaches and the season fell apart.  For the most part that statement is true of any player on the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He isn't the strongest defensive player and on a struggling team like Toronto everyone has a poor +/- rating.  It isn't too surprising that a player with a lot of ice time on the Leafs should have the worst +/- rating in the league.  The next two highest scorers on the team in James Van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozek are only one point worse than Kessel with a -35 +/- rating.

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Video- Jon Cooper On His Tampa Bay Lightning Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Not your usual coach-talk...

via Sportsnet,

Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper is on set with Hockey Central at Noon to talk about the battle for the lead in the Eastern Conference.

 

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