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Tuukka Rask Ready To Play

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from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

-“We have not hidden from that fact that if he indeed is healthy and wants to play,” Sweeney said, “he’s likely to be part of our group.”

The sides aren’t talking contracts yet, and Rask isn’t talking publicly. As he works out at Warrior Ice Arena — participating in goalie drills with Bruins assistant Bob Essensa, Swayman and Linus Ullmark — Rask has politely declined to chat.

“Tuukka is feeling better day by day,” his agent, Markus Lehto, wrote in an e-mail. “He will give more interviews once he is back in action.”

If he returns as the Rask of old, he would help. As of Wednesday, the Bruins had the fourth-worst save percentage (.908) at five on five, according to Natural Stat Trick. They rose six spots in the rankings (.915) after Swayman posted a 42-save shutout in Nashville....

Handing out a few quarter-mark superlatives:

Best rookie crop: Lucas Raymond, Moritz Seider, and Alex Nedeljkovic make the Red Wings a bit more watchable. Raymond had a freshman-best 10-12—22 in 24 games entering the weekend, ahead of Anaheim’s Trevor Zegras and Toronto’s Michael Bunting (each 6-11—17). Seider looks like Brandon Carlo with high-level offensive skills. Nedeljkovic, ditched by Carolina, has been a great fit in Motown.

more on Rask and the Bruins, plus many additional hockey topics...

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Video- All Types Of Goals From The Month Of November

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via the YouTube page of the NHL,

Power moves, toe-drags, between-the-legs and splitting-the-defense ... we had it all in a busy month of November!

25 1/2 minutes long, watch below.

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A Saturday Morning Skate

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

I will add to this post if needed and also post any videos after the skate right here.

added 11:23am,


added 11:24am, Blashill after the skate is below.  added 11:30am, Nick Leddy is below too.

added 11:58am, The video of Blashill is from yesterday even though it is dated today.  Not sure if there is a video today, I will post if it appears.

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Video- Moritz Seider On Defending Some Of The NHL Players

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A brief appearance by Seider on the NHL Network.


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Video- Recap Of The NHL Games Played On Friday

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1 1/2 minutes to watch.


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It’s All About The Salary Cap

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from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

Hockey, or at least the National Hockey League, remains in a period of labour peace that began in 2013 and will last until at least 2026. The salary-cap system first instituted in 2005 has essentially survived intact, and the question of whether it’s working probably lies in the eye of the beholder.

Teams such as the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers undoubtedly yearn for the days when they could spend as much as they liked on players. Both would have a $120-million payroll today if they could. Or more.

Has it created a level playing field for one and all? Five seasons ago, the worst teams included Arizona, Colorado, Vancouver, Detroit, New Jersey and Buffalo. As of Thursday, only the Avalanche had managed to climb into the top half of the NHL in winning percentage, not exactly convincing evidence of an economic system that is truly helping the weak.

What we do know is that managing the cap has become arguably the most important task for any team, rivalling player acquisition, drafting and player development. It’s not the stuff of hockey poetry, but if you can’t play the cap game you can’t win in today’s NHL. Tampa Bay got away with salary-cap murder last season and it paid off in a Stanley Cup.

read on, which looks at the Minnesota Wild and the Toronto Maple Leafs...

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NHL Short Notes

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 Mark Scheifele recorded a hat trick as the Jets earned a first-of-its-kind win, while the Golden Knights also skated to a high-scoring victory.

Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev combined for a tandem shutout as the Rangers extended their lengthy home win streak.

* Saturday’s 10-game slate opens at 1 p.m. ET when the League-leading Panthers host the Blues at FLA Live Arena.

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Video- Igor Shesterkin Injury

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Lower-body is all we know right now.


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Videos- Post Practice Talk

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Joe Veleno first, Jeff Blashill below.  added 2:09pm, below, find Sam Gagner who was mic'd up for the Blues game on Thanksgiving Eve.


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Practice Today

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweet,

RedWings practicing before tomorrow’s game vs. Islanders at ⁦@LCArena_Detroit⁩
DeKeyser skating after being out 10 days and missing four games (COVID protocol). Veleno also back after missing three games (upper body injury).

added 11:22am, Khan,

practice lines:

added 12:25pm, Khan...

power play units:
1. Fabbri (net front), Suter (bumper), Larkin-Raymond (flanks), Seider (point).
2. Rasmussen (net front), Erne (bumper), Hronek-Zadina (flanks), Leddy (point).

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