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2 POINTS

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

After a disappointing loss in Montreal we absolutely have to bounce back with a bona fide 2 point win. The idea here is to take total advantage of playing against a team that played last night. That is something we haven't been able to do.

Tonight we face the Penguins. Malkin is back and the Pens are playing a back to back, after a loss to the Flyers at Home. They will be looking for 2 points just like we are.

We have to stifle them.
 

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Insiders have the latest on the possible discipline facing Sudbury Wolves coach Paul Fixter after he cursed at a reporter, Leon Draisaitl's nine-game mark and more.

watch it at TSN and in regards to Paul Fixter, watch what happened below...

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The Top 10 Lines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This list, like all others TSN.ca produces, is a living and breathing one. Just as sure as lines change, you can be sure this list will change and, as such, it will be revisited in the weeks to come. Leading a group effort in the weekly rankings is TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button. Ultimately, he's the face of the list. Direct all your feedback - good and BAD - to his twitter account @craigjbutton and use the hashtag #tsnhockeylist.

GLOSSARY

Corsi% = Corsi Percentage (shots, missed shots & blocked shots for vs. shots, missed shots & blocked shots against)

Corsi Rel% = Relative Corsi (player's Corsi % relative to team Corsi when player not on ice)

1. The Getzlaf Line

A line that dominates with skill and power. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry can set it up or finish it and Devante Smith-Pelly is smart in reading off both of them and is the perfect 'wing man' for Getzlaf and Perry. They have played together just two games this season, but previously played together during the 2014 playoffs.

LW Devante Smith-Pelly 7 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 PTS, 16:08 TOI, 45.3 Corsi%, -4.8 Corsi Rel%

C Ryan Getzlaf 7 GP, 2 G, 8 A, 10 PTS, 19:53 TOI, 48.9 Corsi%, +0.1 Corsi Rel%

RW Corey Perry 7 GP, 8 G, 2 A, 10 PTS, 19:16 TOI, 50.3 Corsi%, +2.1 Corsi Rel%

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Check Out BoltDraft- Pick A Forward, Defenseman And Goalie For A Chance To Win Cash

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

update, original post was 10/21/14 at 11:13am, Don't forget to register for the free fantasy nightly game tonight!


BoltDraft.com is the place to put your fantasy hockey knowledge to the test. KK members and readers are invited to try out this nightly game.  Here is the link to an exclusive free contest with a $100 prize over at BoltDraft. The contest goes live Thursday at 7:00pm ET, so get your picks in now. (It takes 10 seconds to register and less than a minute to pick your players.)

BoltDraft is built for those that don’t have a ton of time to spend on their lineups but want to be in the action. No salary caps and no headaches. It’s all pretty simply from there.  You pick three players (F, D, G) that you think will dominate. If your players crush it more than anyone else’s, you win the top prize. It’s a 100% free game and the top scorer gets the whole $100 bill.

To access the Kukla's Korner free contest, simply sign up and then enter the contest in the lobby. If for some reason you don’t see the exclusive contest, go to the top of the lobby and enter pass code “kukla". Good luck!

Scoring points are below....

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Who Is More Valuable To Their Team, Pavel Datsyuk Or Evgeni Malkin?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

EJ Hradek and Steve Mears of the NHL Network debate the topic.

 

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The Toronto Maple Leafs On Being In Ottawa Yesterday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

“Obviously it was a tragic day and being that close to it made it seem even that much more real,” Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul said following his team’s practice Thursday at the MasterCard Centre. “It’s certainly not something you expect or even are aware of as a Canadian that there is a possibility something like that could happen here.

“People like that at Parliament Hill and the prime minister being there and seeing it all unfold was surreal - especially seeing it all unfold from your room like that.”

The Leafs team hotel was essentially across the road from the National War Memorial where soldier Nathan Cirillo was shot to death late Thursday morning. Players on higher floors saw the drama unfold and were captivated by the tragic events.

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Jordan Nolan Up Against Father Ted Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

If there's one thing Jordan Nolan learned through the years, it's that he can't slack off when his dad is around. Working hard means the world to Ted Nolan. The Sabres' coach believes an honest effort can lead to great things.

Jordan Nolan is living proof.

The 25-year-old forward has two champion rings with the Los Angeles Kings. Though not the most talented player on the Stanley Cup-winning roster, Nolan gets by with size and a determined work ethic -- two things he got from his dad.

"He’s pretty honest," Jordan Nolan said today. "He’s pretty black and white, but he’s also always pushing me to get better and always there to support me if I have something to talk about. If I’m not working hard, that’s his main thing. He’ll let me know."

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Kypreos vs. Healy On Ovechkin And A Few More Topics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

Sportsnet has a debate segment on its NHL coverage called “To The Point” in which Nick Kypreos and Glenn Healy argue different perspectives on hockey’s most pressing issues. Or if they run out of them, “Is Alex Ovechkin coachable?”

That was the topic on Wednesday night* during the Washington Capitals’ game at the Edmonton Oilers, one of the few games this season in which Ovechkin went scoreless.

Kypreos took the “I believe in Ovie” side, although he said Ovechkin is “not the sharpest knife in the drawer” and said it’s “his last chance to prove he’s not a coach killer.” Which sounds really ominous, until you consider that it doesn’t really mean anything except that he’ll get another coach or two or 10 before his contract runs out.

Healy attempted to make that point, although it was like giving a filet mignon to a hot dog vendor to cook. Here’s Healy on Ovechkin’s coachability:

continued and/or watch the segment below which also includes more topics...

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Watching Mike Babcock

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

NHL coaches being hired are rarely in a position of power. They’re available because they’ve been fired and are looking for work. Or they’re available because they’re coaching outside the NHL. So when it comes time to attach a dollar amount to the job, it’s typically lopsided in favor of the person offering the job.

Mike Babcock is the exception.

His Detroit Red Wings have just one regulation loss in six games, and he’s again maximizing the talent he has on the roster. They return home tonight after a swing through Canada where fans in Toronto openly pined for Babcock. He was the focus of the media. His situation is being watched intensely by fans in Toronto, by fans in Detroit and even by fans in Pittsburgh who still wonder if he’ll be reunited with Team Canada star Sidney Crosby if things go sideways this season with the Penguins under new coach Mike Johnston.

About the only people watching the situation closer than fans that want him behind the bench of their teams are those already behind the bench of NHL teams. Babcock’s fellow coaches know this is a big negotiation as the Red Wings coach plays out the final year of his contract. His next deal could be a game-changer, and they’re following it every step of the way. 

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Thinking Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Boston and Buffalo did talk quite seriously about Chris Stewart, but it doesn’t appear at this time to be a match. According to other teams, the Sabres want two young players (or a young player and a draft pick) for the winger and couldn’t reach an agreement with the Bruins. Buffalo won’t make the move early unless it gets what it wants.

- Those same teams believe Buffalo’s asking price for Tyler Myers is so high because of a worry he’ll go to a better team and make them look silly for trading him.

- Not yet public is tracking indicating how much a player skates at a pace above 20 kilometres per hour. I saw a little bit of that information. Only three men stayed at that speed more than 40 percent of the time with at least 10 minutes of five-on-five play. They were Hagelin (44.2 per cent of 13:36), Sidney Crosby (42.4 of 19:19) and Joe Colborne (41.7 of 12:29).

- The big surprise? Ovechkin was at 20 km/h just 25.4 per cent of the time. And, maybe it shouldn’t be so unexpected, but most defencemen stay in the teens.

more plus the value of good, young defensemen...

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