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The Los Angeles Kings Will Head To The White House On February 2nd

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, February 2, President Obama will welcome the 2014 NHL Champion Los Angeles Kings and the 2014 MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy to honor the teams on winning their Championship titles.  This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities. 

WHEN:   Monday, February 2, 2:00 PM EST

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They Are Good, No They Are Good

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

The Lightning enter tonight's showdown with the Red Wings trailing by just one point atop the Atlantic Division.

But coach Jon Cooper made the pecking order pretty clear.

"People can say what they want, we're playing the best team in the league, the Eastern Conference right here," Cooper said. "I think everything goes through them. They're the real deal. This is a game to see where your'e at. That's how good I think these guys are."

But Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was pretty complimentary on Tampa Bay, too.

"Elite, elite skill," Babcock said. "They've built up a ton of young kids. They have a real special group. They have a real opportunity for a long run here it looks like."

While the Red Wings have a much richer history, having made the playoffs 23 straight seasons, Cooper said the organizations "mirror" each other more recently in terms of how they've been built, as well as their styles. Their minor league teams each won the Calder Cup in back-to-back years, with several of the players in the game tonight.


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It’s A Gray Day At The Wings’ Skate In Tampa

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Sheahan wearing gray non-contact jersey as Wings file onto ice for skate. Not sure why. We'll see after the skate.

Helm also wearing gray jersey.

More news as it becomes available.

added 11:40am,


added 11:41am, via Khan tweet,

Cleary rotating in.

added 11:44am, Khan tweet,

Defense is the same:
Lashoff/Kindl healthy scratches.

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Martin Brodeur Named Senior Advisor To GM In St. Louis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(Jan. 29, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that in conjunction with his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL), Martin Brodeur will remain with the Blues as a Senior Advisor to the General Manager.  

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Live Stream- Martin Brodeur Retirement Press Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Martin Brodeur will announce his retirement today at a press conference in St. Louis.

The conference is scheduled to begin at 11:30am ET and you can watch it below...

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  Tags: martin+brodeur

NHL Power Rankings- Sportsnet Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

The Islanders are the best team in the East, and how refreshing is that?

So in honour of teams, like Tavares’, trending upward, we find a suitable hashtag for all 30 clubs in this week’s NHL Power Rankings: #HashtagEdition.

1. Anaheim Ducks- The first team to hit 70 points, the Ducks shut out Vancouver Tuesday and recorded their third six-game winning streak of the season. #Getzlaf4MVP
Previous: 1

2. Nashville Predators- Through 46 contests, the real-deal Predators have already matched the number of home wins (19) they had all last season. #Laviolettethedogsout *ducks, hides*
Previous: 2

3. New York Islanders- Beasts of the East, the Islanders are winning games at a pace not seen since the late 1970s -- even without injured top-20 scorer Kyle Okposo. #KingsOfNewYork
Previous: 4

read on

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Trailing 3-2 with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation, Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin scored 2:34 apart to help the Kings snap a four-game skid (0-2-2) and pick up their first regular-season victory over the Blackhawks since March 25, 2013 (0-4-0).
* At 21-15-12 (54 points), the Kings moved within one point of the idle Flames (26-19-3, 55 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
* The Kings also rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits. Per Elias, the last time they overcame three or more one-goal deficits to earn a win was on Oct. 30, 2013, when they accomplished the same feat in a 4-3 overtime victory vs. SJS.
* Jeff Carter notched 2-1—3, marking his second multi-goal and third three-point performance of the season. The Kings improved to 10-0-0 when he records at least two points.

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Leafs Lose Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

Maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs are playing better under Peter Horachek and perhaps there will eventually be a payoff for their improved defensive play, but right now it's painful to watch.

The Maple Leafs lost their seventh consecutive game, this time 2-1 in the shootout to the New Jersey Devils. That's how bad it's has gotten: the Devils team that couldn't buy a shootout win last season beating the Leafs in shootouts.

Toronto team president Brendan Shanahan was in attendance and, if nothing else, he's learning a lot about his team during this stretch with the only reasonable conclusion that they are much worse than we originally thought.

read on for Burnside on Hawks/Kings, LeBrun on Spezza returning to Ottawa, Strang on the Capitals and Powers on the Blackhawks...

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$50 To The Winner Of The BoltDraft/KK Free Fantasy Game On Thursday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

moving this to the top of page so everyone has a chance to see and participate. original post was 1/28/15 at 10:48am.

Two days late with this week's game.  Due to the weather warnings in the northeast, we decided to postpone this week's game until Thursday, so here we go.

Here is your chance to win $50 in this free fantasy game presented by BoltDraft.  Just register and/or play, use passcode kukla17 if needed, then pick one forward, one defenseman and one goalie from the 22 NHL teams in action on Thursday.

Then sit back and watch how the games play out.

Easy to play and fun to compete against other KK members and readers.

Scoring rules are below and if you have any questions regarding the game, the Rules/FAQ page at BoltDraft should be of help.

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  Tags: boltdraft

The Availability Of Keith Yandle And Other Arizona Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

What about Keith Yandle? He still has another season left on his deal next season and, at 28, could still be part of the reshaping of this roster.

But then again, there are contenders who view him as a great pickup, especially if they can get him for two playoffs, not just one.

"He's always a name that comes up," Maloney said. "Keith Yandle is a very important part on our team, and he's a good player. He's been a top offensive defenseman for the last five years in the league. I'm not actually out there shopping his name around at all, but people have talked to me about it. I'd like to build that base, not subtract from it. We don't have enough Keith Yandles. That's not to say if a deal comes along in the next week or the next month or at the draft ... but he's still a relatively young player that does something better than most players in the league."

Yandle just shrugged his shoulders Wednesday. He's been down this path before.

"It's one of those things where it seems like every year I hear my name," he said. "I'm immune to it now. I don't take any of it personally. I tell myself that it's a good thing other teams want you. It's been talked about for the last six years, and you just have to play it by year."

more on the Arizona Coyotes "reset"...

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