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Another Bad Loss For The Buffalo Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

There have been some horrible, downright despicable performances by the Sabres since they were founded in 1970. Pity anyone who watched one worse than Tuesday’s outing.

Buffalo’s 10th game of 2014-15 had folks looking to the calendar to see when this season will be over. Only 24 weeks and 72 games left!

Pity anyone who stays with this train wreck the whole way.

Goaltender Michal Neuvirth was the only player to show up for the Sabres, who slept from the opening faceoff to the merciful horn in a 4-0 loss to Toronto. Buffalo had just 10 shots, the fewest in franchise history, and looked worse than the peewee team it was compared to earlier in the season.

“It’s embarrassing,” right wing Drew Stafford said. “There’s no other way to describe it. I don’t know how we expect to win games let alone be competitive with that going on. We need to just wake up.”

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More Injuries For The Columbus Blue Jackets

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from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will miss 1-2 weeks because of a broken finger suffered on Monday. Defenseman James Wisniewski will likely miss 1-2 weeks because of a broken finger suffered tonight. Center Artem Anisimov will miss an undetermined amount of time after he suffered a blow to the head and left the game for good in the second period. Add them to a list of injured Jackets that already includes Boone Jenner (broken hand), Brandon Dubinsky (abdominal surgery), Matt Calvert (upper body), Nathan Horton (back) and Nick Foligno (neck). Ouch.

“Whether I’ve done something or somebody’s done something to the hockey gods…I’ve never seen anything like this. It seems like every time we play a game somebody is getting hurt.” – Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards, who said he has never before seen a rash of injuries at any point in his career.

more on the Columbus loss to the Senators last night...

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Video- Highlights From The Twelve Games Last Night

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Five minutes of action...

 

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Video- Nikolai Kulemin Dangerous Hit On Mark Stuart

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Nikolai Kulemin received five for boarding and a game misconduct.

Mark Stuart did return to the game.

 

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Video- Matt Stajan Injured On Knee-On-Knee Hit From Jarred Tinordi

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Tinordi did receive two for kneeing and no report from the Flames on Stajan.

 

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Video- David Backes Injured In Blues Win Over The Stars

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Ken Hitchcock only said Backes would be re-evaluated today.

The acual hit did not look bad but notice Backes's head did hit the ice.

 

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Video- LA Kings React To Brayden Schenn’s OT Goal

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via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Jonathan Quick, on whether he felt he was pushed into the net:
No, I know I was. I didn’t ‘feel.’ I know. So that should be no goal. I don’t know how that goes upstairs and still they get it wrong. I don’t know the excat ruling on that because they seem to change it every year, but usually you’re not allowed to push a goalie into the net, so I don’t know. Maybe they changed it again on us.

Darryl Sutter, on whether the call on the ice was correct:
They have the right to review it, so whether it was or not, it doesn’t matter whether I think if it’s correct or not correct. It really has no bearing on anything. He was safe at third and he was out at home.

 

 

Quick received a 10 minute game misconduct penalty after the goal was ruled good, watch below...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Capitals set-up; assorted notes, prospect stuff and Quincey blingin’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Washington Capitals have been a bundle of contradictions for a while now, at least from the outside looking in. It appears that Ted Leonsis is finally letting new GM Brian McLellan make his own personnel decisions and Barry Trotz coach after a complicated relationship with previous GM George McPhee and a set of coaches that most recently included Adam Oates...

But just as the Red Wings are starting to feel a little too "old-school" in terms of the ownership and management's stubbornness in the player personnel department, perhaps the Caps are the best American NHL example of a team whose coaching and personnel machinations always seemed to involve an owner overly concerned with public perception.

Tonight's "Rivalry Night" opponent (the Wings and Caps play at 7:30 PM on NBCSN/TVA Sports/Sportsnet One/97.1 FM) possesses the same record as the 4-2-and-2 Red Wings, but after dropping a 4-2 decision to Vancouver on Sunday, Barry Trotz told NHL.com's Dan Rosen that he plans on ensuring that the team plays a more traditional game this evening (see also: dump, chase):

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Cotsonika profiles Jim Nill and his decision to leave Detroit for Dallas; so GM’s aren’t infallible?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika penned a fine profile of Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill and Nill's decision-making process in terms of turning down previous opportunities to leave the Red Wings before finding his "fit" in Dallas a year-and-a-half ago, and Cotsonika's article includes an absolutely wonderful exchange in which Nill's former employer and Nill himself admit that--gasp!--general managers are not infallible:

“I think Jimmy Nill was ready a long time ago,” Holland said. “Jimmy probably could have left a lot sooner. We benefited from that, but I also think he benefitted from more experiences, more experiences, more experiences. Not everything you do works, and when it doesn’t work, it’s also an opportunity to evaluate yourself and your decision – why something didn’t work the way you thought it should work.”

Nill led the Wings’ drafting and developing, helping unearth players like Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Jimmy Howard, Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg. The Wings’ general philosophy with prospects was to over-ripen them – to keep them in Europe or the minors not until they could play in the NHL, but until they were ready to help the Wings win. That kind of philosophy can work for executives, too.

“You think you’re ready, and you’re not,” Nill said. “You think you know all the players, and you think you’ve got it figured out. The more you’re in the business, the more you realize the less you know. When you’re in it real early, you see players, and you’re like, ‘Yeah, that guy’s going to play – bang, bang, bang.’ Well, the more you’re in it, the more of those bang-bang-bangs you see that don’t make it. Now that gets you thinking. When you go to make a decision, you’re like, ‘OK, I think that’s the guy, but I’ve also seen in my 15 years five guys that didn’t make it.’ It gives you a bigger scope.”

Cotsonika continues at extended length, and Nill is the nicest person I've met in the hockey business. I wish him all the best--except when the Wings play the Stars, of course...

And Nill's quote is very, very true for everyone in the hockey business, regardless of whether you're an exec or an amateur assessor of player talent.

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Updating Gordie Howe’s situation and the hockey world’s reaction to the Red Wings legend’s stroke

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From as clincial a perspective as I can muster, this is...Expected. Gordie Howe's battle with dementia is partially due to a set of "mini strokes" suffered while caring for an ailing Colleen, and at some point, "mini strokes" are going to yield a larger cardiopulmonary event. So the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa and Chris McCosky's news that Gordie Howe has suffered a serious stroke is not surprising.

He's also Gordie Howe, an absolute living Clydesdale of a man who's made it through so much, and Red Wings fans will tell you that he, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Steve Yzerman are the best hockey players to ever have played the game--but Gordie could do it all. He's someone that, until recently, we were not suprised to see in the stands at hockey games, patiently signing pictures he'd brought to the game to sign until the demand became too great, and he'd have to scoot to a suite so that the people in his section could watch the game (if he wasn't on the concourse signing books).

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