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Video- A 4 Goal Night For Evander Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

San Jose beat Calgary 7-4.

Kane now has 25 goals for the season.


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Failure To Communicate

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Not the Wings, but could be.

Tonight it was between your two, long serving bloggers.

Comment away.

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31 Coaches Started The NHL Season And It Looks Like They Will All Finish It

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Job security has never been better for National Hockey League head coaches.

There hasn’t been one in-season NHL head coaching change this year for the first time since 1966-67 when there were just six jobs to go around, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

It’s a record likely to stick with just three weeks remaining in the regular season – though hockey’s version of Black Monday is looming on April 9 when teams that missed the playoffs clean out their lockers for summer....

In fact, there have never been fewer than two in-season coaching changes going back to 1967-68. There were seven alone in 2011-12. The in-season record for firings is 10 in 1981-82, but there were also nine changes in 2000-01 and eight in 2002-03....

“I’m encouraged that hopefully the league is taking a breath, trying to find other alternatives before pulling the trigger,” said former NHL head coach Dallas Eakins, who was a midseason casualty in 2015. “That’s great. It’s good to see no one is being let go. I think everyone is being given a real good, fair chance to do something great. Sometimes it takes time.”

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Audio/Video- Colin Campbell On Goalie Interference

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from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

Campbell joined Hockey Central at Noon on Friday to talk about goalie interference reviews, and was asked about the league’s stance to keep that level of disagreement out of the press.

The main point of contention is that the current rule and process is in place because teams pushed so hard for it in the first place.

“Coaches and managers were requesting that we extend video review in a number of places in the game and we settled on two goal situations,” Campbell said. “Not puck over the glass or other areas, but just situations where goals occurred.

“Having said that, I reminded the managers at our Montreal meeting in November that it was their request … I pointed out in the GM minutes over the course of five years when they kept requesting it and we would warn them, particularly Gary Bettman: ‘Be careful what you wish for guys.’ Now it’s our problem and our fault that these things are difficult.”

more includes audio/video of Campbell on Hockey Central.  You can also listen/watch below...

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Jared Coreau’s Audition And Wings’ Close To Elimination

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Coach Jeff Blashill said after Thursday’s game he was pleased with Coreau’s game against the Kings, saying Coreau kept the Red Wings in position to win with several key saves.

That will be one of the key assessments going forward for the Red Wings in relation to the goaltending position — can Coreau be an adequate NHL backup to Howard next season and give the team a chance to win when in the lineup?...

The Red Wings haven’t been totally mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but it’s getting there.

By virtue of Toronto winning Thursday and the Red Wings losing — the loss extended the Red Wings’ winless streak to eight games (0-7-1) — the Red Wings can’t catch the Maple Leafs and will not be able to claim one of the three automatic playoff spots in the Atlantic Division.

The only way the Red Wings could make the playoffs is by earning a wild card spot but, obviously, those chances are becoming increasingly slim.

The Red Wings entered Friday’s games trailing New Jersey by 17 points with only 12 games left. Any combination of eight points earned by New Jersey or lost by the Red Wings, will eliminate the Red Wings from the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

To their credit, the Red Wings continue to play with passion and commitment....

more on each of the above topics...

Below is Detroit's projected lineup for tonight...

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Hand Surgery For Kevin Bieksa, Out 2-5 Weeks

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via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks announced that defenseman Kevin Bieksa will undergo surgery on his left hand today to remove scar tissue. He is expected to be out of the lineup for 2-5 weeks.

Bieksa has appeared in 59 games this season, earning eight points (all assists). The 36-year-old defenseman appeared in his 800th NHL game on February 11 vs. San Jose and played his 200th career game as a Duck on February 5 at Toronto. He posted a season-high +3 rating on December 31 vs. Arizona and earned a career-high seven blocked shots on December 29 vs. Calgary.

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Transparency Matters To The Professional Hockey Writers Association

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the PHWA,

The Professional Hockey Writers Association has voted by an overwhelming margin to reveal each voter's individual ballot following the 2018 National Hockey League Awards ceremony.

After an internal debate that stretched over many months, PHWA Members voted 81.3% in favour of full transparency, in a run-off conducted over a two-week period this March. This decision will result in the publication of each of the approximately 170 ballots, within days of the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas in late June.

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Video- Saves Of The Week

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Sportsnet style....


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A Look At William Karlsson

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from John Matisz of the Toronto Sun,

Karlsson’s meteoric rise is the least anticipated development on the most surprising and successful expansion team in pro sports history. And it’s wildly complicated.

There is no denying the absurdity of the situation: Karlsson is on pace for 42 goals and 30 assists.

Traditionally, 40-goal seasons in the NHL are reserved for household names with a track record of sniping. Ordinary players like Karlsson — who averaged eight goals and 22 points per 82 games for the Ducks and the Columbus Blue Jackets in his previous two-plus NHL seasons — do not.

Karlsson, who last scored 20 goals in his final year of junior in Sweden, has essentially quintupled his NHL goal rate and almost quadrupled his point rate this season. His overnight success story checks out on a granular level, too: Karlsson has contributed an additional 1.3 points per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time this season.


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  Tags: vegas+golden+knights, william+karlsson

Morning Line- Mark Lazerus On The Chicago Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It’s going to be challenging enough for the Hawks to get back into contention next season. They need so many things to go right, from Corey Crawford’s health to Saad’s production to the continued development of their younger players to some free-agent help on the blue line. But even if all that does break in the Hawks’ favor, it’s not as if they’ll be able to waltz back up to the top of the Central Division. Too many teams are too good, too young, and too well-built for long-term, sustained success.

-Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times after Chicago's 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.  Lazerus has more on the game.

Highlights of the game can be watched below.

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