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A Wild Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Mayhem in Denver as the Wild defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 to gain a three-point cushion on eighth and move a point from Winnipeg.

In a nasty, physical, action-packed, playoff-like affair, the Avalanche tried to run the Wild out of the building.

“I’d probably be frustrated too if we played a team and hadn’t scored on them in four games except on a dump-in,” Zach Parise said, grinning (you’ll understand what he’s referring to in a few paragraphs). “They’re taking their frustration out on us. We played a good game in spite of what they were trying to do.”

Twelve periods and 240 minutes of hockey now this season, and the only goal the Avalanche has scored against the Wild in four losses (outscored 12-1) arguably should have been wiped out by referees Chris Rooney and Dean Morton tonight.

Just 1:32 into the second period, a Maxime Talbot dump-in ricocheted awkwardly off the glass, into the crease and pinned under Devan Dubnyk’s right pad. Cody McLeod came charging in trying to jam at the puck and pushed Dubnyk over the goal line.

The ref blew the play down signaling no goal. But they went to review, and the NHL Situation Room correctly determined the puck lodged under Dubnyk’s pad when it went over the line. Tying goal.

However, Dubnyk’s pad only went over the line because McLeod pushed him over the line. Before it got to video review, Rooney and Morton probably should have disallowed the goal. That part of this was not reviewable.

continued inlcuding Cocy McLeod being Cody McLeod...

Watch the disputed goal below...

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Congratulations, You Are Ken Holland

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

The trade deadline closes on Monday at 3:00pm ET on Monday.

You've called around the NHL to find out what players are available, you are watching the Western Conference teams in the playoff race get stronger.

Teams have called you about Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and I am sure many other prospects along with Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.

What will you do?

Also, before the six game road trip I asked you of your expectations.  One of the 19, aerodude nailed it with 9 points.

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Wayne Gretzky Should Be The Next Coach Of The Buffalo Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

There’s no reason to waste time getting to a point this big, so here goes: The Sabres should hire Wayne Gretzky to be their next coach.

The philosophical differences between Tim Murray and Ted Nolan have raised questions about the coach’s future. Using football injury terms, Nolan ranges from questionable to doubtful. Some have already downgraded him to out.

If the coach is axed, Murray remains fond of Luke Richardson, hired by the general manager in 2012 to coach Ottawa’s minor-league team.

Gretzky is a better idea.

The Great One’s friends say he would coach again in the right situation. Buffalo is the right situation.

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Michael Del Zotto Playing With Confidence In Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MArc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Del Zotto now has seven points (3 goals, four assists) in his last eight games.

“I thought he played a really good game,” coach Craig Berube said. “He’s doing an all-around great job.”

Then Berube expanded on the subject.

“He is playing against top lines, defending well and that’s the biggest thing for me,” Berube said. “You know, he’s defending well and then he’s jumping in the play when he can and making good plays with the puck.”

Del Zotto, who turns 25 in June, says this is possibly the most confidence he has had as an NHL player.. He was with the Rangers beginning in the 2009-10 season until being traded to Nashville on Jan. 22, 2014.

In the offseason he signed with the Flyers.

“In the past couple of days the coaching staff has showed a lot of trust in me, throwing me in all situations, the first penalty kill, power play, 5-on-5,” he said. “Anytime that happens it helps with your confidence and it’s going well right now”.

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An Interesting Advanced Stat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

According to research conducted by Harvard PhD student Stephen Pettigrew, the average NHL goal increases a team’s chance of winning by 17 percent. To that end, Pettigrew, who presented his research at MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, concluded that some players have a greater impact on their teams’ likelihood of winning than others.

Loui Eriksson, Pavel Datsyuk, Kyle Okposo, and Daniel Briere are examples of players whose goals — maybe they took place in the third period or overtime — had more than a 17 percent impact on their teams’ wins. In contrast, Antoine Vermette was below the 17 percent threshold. In conclusion, Pettigrew presented Matt Duchene (16-23—39) and Nazem Kadri (15-19—34) as comparable players based on standard statistics.

But based on Pettigrew’s statistic of added goal value, Duchene (plus-40.2 percent) had a bigger impact on win probability than Kadri (minus-42.2 percent), meaning the Colorado center is a better clutch player.

more hockey topics...

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Video- Recap Of The 10 NHL On Saturday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In just under five minutes...

 

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LeBrun: Avs won’t be trading O’Reilly

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Via Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun managed to posit a late-night trade deadline scoop, and it comes from the mouth of Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic, discussing a player who won't be in play this year:

[Joe] Sakic and the Avs rarely tip their hand, but it's clear regarding O'Reilly because he has just one more year on his contract after this season and a big decision has to be made this offseason. He either gets signed long-term or he gets traded. O'Reilly's name has been out there in trade rumors all season, but the reality is that it's an offseason decision, not a Monday decision.

"Ryan is part of our core," Sakic said. "My intention is that at the end of the year I want to try and re-sign him. That will be the goal with Ryan. That being said, we're not going to want that same distraction going on all year next season, either. But he's a guy I want to have here. And hopefully we can work something out this summer."

Continued, and there were some...shenanigans...at the end of the Wild's 3-1 win over Colorado on Saturday, with Cody McLeod in the spotlight again...

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Khan discusses the deadline with Ken Holland, who’s..fidgety

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Mickey Redmond had suggested that the Red Wings would look to add some size and/or scoring to their bottom six forwards at the end of Saturday's Wings-Predators broadcast, and according to MLive's Ansar Khan (via RedWingsFeed), that may be the case:

"One minute I think I shouldn't do anything, the next minute I think these guys have played their (rears) off for 60 games, maybe I should help them a little bit," Holland said. "But help can't just be a body."

The Red Wings would like to add a player who provides a different dimension, like a skilled right-handed shooting defenseman or a big, gritty winger. But they're not prepared to part with valued assets (high-end prospects, their first-round pick or good, young roster players).

The Wings' 4-1-and-1 record on their 6-game road trip and Saturday's 4-3 win = Detroit owns a 35-15-and-11 record over the course of 61 games played (with 32 regulation-or-OT wins), and Detroit's 81 points place them 1 point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning (with 2 games in hand) and 6 behind the Atlantic-leading Montreal Canadiens--and 10 points clear of the Boston Bruins as well.

Holland said he's been in touch with several teams and will continue to talk to general managers over the next couple of days leading up to the 3 p.m. Monday deadline. Cap space is not an issue since the Red Wings can acquire as much as $9 million in contracts.

That's not including placing Johan Franzen on the LTIR.

"We're exploring if there's players out there that would make our team better; not looking for a lateral move," Holland said. "If there's only lateral moves or the price is higher than we're prepared to pay, we won't do anything."

Khan mentions Erik Cole, Zbynek Michalek, Marek Zidlicky and Jeff Petry, but he suggests that the Wings aren't interested in Dion Phaneuf, and he reports that Holland's willing to move the team's 2nd round pick if necessary...

"We appear to be playing pretty good hockey, growing as a team," Holland said. "If we can find a player to upgrade us, give us another dimension, we'll do it."

...

"Our team has played at a high level," Holland said. "We've tried to test our depth, played Ouellet, Marchenko, (Petr) Mrazek for periods of time. We feel pretty good about our depth, the development of young players."

But Khan also notes that the Red Wings' coach admittedly harbors a very different perspective from his general manager for a simple reason--he's not a general manager (and Khan delivers quite the philosophical quote from Babcock in that regard)-but when Khan asked Babcock about the team's needs today, he got a roadblock answer:

"As the league goes on and the pace picks up and there's less space, some guys have really taken off and other guys haven't traveled at the same pace as the team," Babcock said. "So suddenly your needs might not be the same as they were a month ago."

Again, Khan continues, and I believe that the Wings will stand pat, but that's just my gut feeling, and my gut said that the Wings were going to get Jagr, so who knows.

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Garrioch talks Yandle, Sharp and the Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's second-to-last trade column of the pre-deadline season dovetails nicely with Sportsnet's Cox and Friedman's Headlines and the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline's most recent Tweets about the Bruins having interest in Cam Atkinson. So:

Talks have heated up for Arizona defenceman Keith Yandle because teams see the possibility they can have him for two playoff runs before he becomes a UFA. There’s a belief the Detroit Red Wings, who have been looking for a blueliner all year, are making a hard push on Yandle because he fits the bill to what they’re looking at ... Don’t scoff at those rumours about Chicago centre Patrick Sharp being available. Sure, they’ve been denied in the past, but teams are certainly talking about him and there’s a belief the Capitals are the ones pushing the buttons of Hawks’ GM Stan Bowman to see if they can entice him to make a deal. Sharp’s name is out there. A Sharp deal might make sense in the summer, especially with Patrick Kane gone for three months, but if the Hawks are listening they’re going to have plenty of interest. Sharp would be the kind of guy Ottawa GM Bryan Murray would show interest because he fits the bill of what the Senators want in a top-six forward.

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St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong is in the category where he’d like to do something before the deadline. It might not be anything major, but the Blues wouldn’t mind adding some forward depth. He made a tour through the New York area last week which had people buzzing. While there are still those who wonder about the club’s goaltending, it appears St. Louis will go into the playoffs with Brian Elliott and give him the chance to prove himself last year after the experiment to get Ryan Miller didn’t work last year. Make no mistake, there’s a lot of pressure and expectations on Armstrong to get past the first round this spring and that’s why the name of centre Patrik Berglund is out there. The issue is he has two years left at $3.7 million and teams aren’t big on term.

Garrioch continues, discussing Curtis Glencross, Atkinson, Erik Cole and the Senators' blueliners...

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Video- You Make The Call, Toronto/Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

 

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