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EPIX And The NHL Partnership Established For Two-Part TV Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK, NY (September 23, 2014) – Premium TV network EPIX and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today that they have formed a partnership to produce and distribute a two-part original series, debuting on EPIX in December 2014, that will bring hockey fans onto the ice and behind-the-scenes with the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals as they prepare to compete in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks on their road to the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.

Produced by 52-time Emmy award winner Ross Greenburg, the series will offer viewers an exclusive look inside the world of the NHL, with strategically placed cameras and microphones providing an all-access pass to players’ homes, locker rooms, training rooms, and the arena.

 

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

The AirBlade Hockey Stick By Carbon Sports

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Does a better, stronger, and more aerodynamic hockey stick sound good?  Well you may have just found one.

 

 

The patented AirBlade has eliminated the foam core found in all carbon fiber hockey sticks on the market, and has a crisscross design that enables air to pass through the blade. It gives players faster shot speeds, more accurate shots, and less wind resistance.  It also gives them back the feel of the puck, which was lost when wood sticks were replaced by the carbon fiber sticks on the market today. Importantly, because the blade of the AirBlade is made of solid carbon fiber composite, it is resistant to wearing down and delaminating, which is a huge problem with current carbon fiber sticks; players are afraid to play at full strength for fear of breaking their stick (and having to purchase another one). 

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  Tags: carbon+sports

Pavel Datsyuk Injury Update

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via George Malik tweets,

Datsyuk says MRI today or tomorrow, feels ok, figures he will miss a week or hopes so.

I think Datsyuk's let it take a week to heal theory is wise. Don't push a tweak in September.

 

added 12:07pm,

 

added 12:11pm, Video of Datysuk talking about injury, via Helene St. James.

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Live Video- Winter Classic Press Event At Nationals Park

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Washington Capitals to Unveil NHL Winter Classic Uniforms

In attendance:

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman; NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins; NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr; Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent C. Gray; Washington Capitals Chairman & Owner Ted Leonsis; Washington Capitals President Dick Patrick; Washington Capitals Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian MacLellan; Chicago Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough; Chicago Blackhawks Executive Vice President Jay Blunk; Chicago Blackhawks Vice President & General Manager Stan Bowman; Chicago Blackhawks Vice President, Hockey Operations Al MacIsaac; Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, Center Nicklas Backstrom and Goaltender Braden Holtby; Washington Nationals Vice Chair & Principal Owner Mark Lerner; Bridgestone Vice President of Sports & Events Phil Pacsi; EPIX President & CEO Mark Greenberg

You can watch the special event below which is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm ET.

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Breakout NHL Fantasy Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pete Jensen of NHL.com,

Targeting breakout candidates in your fantasy draft can go a long way in building a championship-caliber roster. Here are five players I believe will take the jump from household name to superstar in 2014-15. Matt Cubeta's five breakout candidates can be found here.

1. Nathan MacKinnon, C/RW, Colorado Avalanche

Thanks to a monster second half (39 points over final 42 regular-season games) as a rookie, MacKinnon won the Calder Trophy in 2013-14 and took it a step further in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (10 points in seven games). He's on everyone's radar, but not high enough in Yahoo leagues. His average draft position is 35.4 (late third/early fourth round) -- way too low for a player who's moving to his natural position with a chance to exceed 80 points as a sophomore. The 19-year-old reportedly added 12-13 pounds of muscle to his blazing speed this offseason, so don't underestimate his fantasy value and room for improvement....

2. Cory Schneider, G, New Jersey Devils

Based on Schneider's stellar save percentage over the past four seasons (0.928), this 28-year-old is more than deserving of a starting role. He has weathered the storm in timeshare situations with Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur and will finally have the crease to himself for the Devils, who had the League's fewest shots on goal allowed per game and top penalty kill unit last season. There are questions surrounding his defense after the departure of Mark Fayne and Anton Volchenkov, but those vacancies mean the Devils can finally develop 'D' prospects Eric Gelinas and Adam Larsson at the NHL level. The team also added goal scorer Mike Cammalleri to fill a top-line need and is in position to contend....

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Sportsnet Previews The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Jordan Heath-Rawlings of Sportsnet,

Biggest story line to watch: Can the kids grow up quickly enough to keep Mike Babcock around? The best coach in the business is in the final year of his contract, and while he’s said all the right things about staying (and GM Ken Holland has echoed him), if the team can’t improve on last season’s just-scraping-into-the-playoffs effort, he might go somewhere that offers him a better chance at a Cup. That said, there’s a lot of talent here, and if there’s a man to get the most of it, it’s Babcock.

2014-15 prediction: A slow start turns into a rolling finish as the Grand Rapids kids infiltrate the lineup even further and the Wings start simply outskating opponents with one of the league’s youngest lineups. They run through the first two rounds in six games each and find themselves tied 2-2 in the third period of Game 7 against the Penguins with a spot in the Stanley Cup Final on the line.

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Numerous Ifs For The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

If Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg can have some semblance of health.

If Jimmy Howard inserts himself into the Vezina conversation.

If Gustav Nyquist (28 goals in 57 games) truly is an elite NHL scorer and Tomas Tatar can take the next step.

If Mike Babcock, who carries 415 wins and two Stanley Cups into this season, re-signs either before the season or, if he doesn’t, doesn’t become as a sideshow during the campaign.

If Anthony Mantha really is a beast and can bounce back from a fractured right tibia suffered in rookie camp.

If 2013 free agent addition Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) can make some kind of contribution.

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5Hole Yahoo Fantasy Hockey League

Blog: KK Members Blog By Hootinani

We're back!  After a successful return to fantasy hockey last season, we are up and running again for 14-15.  There are only 3 spots currently open in a 10 team league, and I would love to fill those spots with KK members instead of the random Yahoo yahoos.

Some of the league setting:

  • 10 team Head to Head league 
  • Live Draft on October 5, 2014 @ 7:45
  • 5 Max Aquisitions per week
  • 3 Minimum weekly Goalie Appearances
  • All Trades Reviewed by League
  • Roster Add/Drop Deadline is Daily, and Changes Take Effect the Next Day 
  • Positions: C, C, C, LW, LW, LW, RW, RW, RW, D, D, D, Util, Util, G, G, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, IR+,     IR+, IR+
  • Scoring: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, Wins, SV%, SHO

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Jonathan Drouin Has A Fractured Thumb

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jonathan+drouin

Detroit’s Lineup For Tonight’s Preseason Game In Chicago

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are the Red Wings' line combinations and defense pairings:

Johan Franzen-Henrik Zetterberg-Gustav Nyquist

Justin Abdelkader-Stephen Weiss-Kevin Porter

Teemu Pulkkinen-Luke Glendening-Mitch Callahan

Andrej Nestrasil-Tomas Nosek-Landon Ferraro

Danny DeKeyser-Jakub Kindl

Kyle Quincey-Brendan Smith

Brian Lashoff-Aaron Rome

Jonas Gustavsson (first two periods)

Petr Mrazek (third period)

Game is at 8:30pm ET and no local TV.  Game is on CSN+ in Chicago.

A minor injury update below...

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