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Evening Line - Thomas Vanek

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The Wild lost today to the Kings 2-1.  The Wild had 41 shots at Jonathan Quick while the Kings had only 16 on Niklas Backstrom.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Recall Jonathan Drouin And Luke Witkowski

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TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Luke Witkowski from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. 

Drouin, who was assigned to Syracuse for conditioning on Thursday, October 16, played in two games with the Crunch this past weekend, recording a goal and two assists with a plus-4 rating.  Drouin was assigned for conditioning after suffering a minor fracture on his right thumb, causing him to miss the Lightning’s training camp. Drouin, 5-foot-11, 178 pounds, was the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Witkowski, 6-foot-2, 213 pounds, has played in all four games this season for Syracuse, recording an assist and 15 penalty minutes.  In his first professional season in 2013-14, Witkowski appeared in 76 games with Syracuse, notching two goals and 12 points with 204 penalty minutes.

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Video- Jason Zucker Escapes Injury

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But did get calle for tripping on the play.

He has returned to the game...

 

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You Can’t Do That LA Kings

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NHL Short Notes

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INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A CLOSER LOOK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION
* Eight of 11 games were tied or within one goal in the final five minutes of regulation, including four that required extra time (TOR-DET, FLA-WSH, NSH-CHI and PHI-DAL).
 
* Three captains scored in overtime: Henrik Zetterberg (DET), Jonathan Toews (CHI) and Claude Giroux (PHI).
 
* Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (500 assists) and San Jose’s Joe Thornton (1,200 points) achieved career milestones in victories.
 
* Four teams -- San Jose (4-0-1), Chicago (3-0-1), Nashville (3-0-2) and Washington (3-0-2) -- extended their season-opening streaks without a regulation loss.

Continue Reading »

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Mike Yeo Wants More Penalties Called

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from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,

In explaining what his speedy, relatively small Wild team needs to beat large teams like the Anaheim Ducks (who beat Minnesota 2-1 Friday) and the Los Angeles Kings, Yeo said it's important referees don't let the bigger teams take liberties against the smaller Wild.

In the Wild's loss to Anaheim Friday, Yeo felt referees didn't call as many penalties against the Ducks as they deserved.

"We're a team that's built on speed and I think that style of hockey, that brand of hockey is very exciting for the fans," Yeo said. "I just felt in the game there were times where our speed was very frustrating for them and creating a lot of momentum for us, and there were times where they started to do things that should have warranted power plays for us.

"This is not to get into the whole debate of having tough guys and how many tough guys (do you need). I love toughness, too, but there's no question it's hard to build your team only around speed if that stuff isn't taken care of by giving us a chance to go on the power play when that happens."

read on

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Morning Line - Krys Barch

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Ryan Callahan Made The Right Decision

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

With a week to go before the July 1 free-agent frenzy, Callahan signed a six-year deal worth $5.8 million per with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team for which he’d played just 20 regular season and four playoff games.

On Saturday, he was asked about his decision....

“There’s a lot of things that weigh into every decision,” Callahan said before the Lightning met the Canucks in a marquee Saturday night matchup.

“But that was my main goal when the season ended. That’s why I didn’t test free agency.

“I wanted to sign back here so badly. I could see the direction this team was going and what they’re trying to build here. It’s not hard to see the talent in the room....

”The team that survived the Oren Koules-Len Barrie fiasco and missed the playoffs five out of six years before last season is now on the verge of greatness, and judging by the visuals from Saturday night, the next step is coming sooner rather than later.

read on

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No More Freebies In Florida

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Back in the good, old days of the Florida Panthers — when they were only six years removed from going to the Stanley Cup Finals and trying to kiss up to fans after trading superstar Pavel Bure — the Panthers tried mightily to put butts in the seats.

If you were a cop or fireman or any kind of first responder, freebie. If you had a military ID, freebie. If you showed up at the box office with a driver’s license from, say, Plantation or Boca Raton on a certain promo day … freebie.

Head to a car dealership, tickets would sit on the front counter. Have lunch near the Panthers’ palace of an arena, four free tickets might come with your meal. Go shopping at Sawgrass Mills, you’d surely run into a Panthers account rep with a stack of tickets.

This may be stunning to hear, but it didn’t take long for season-ticket holders to become a wee bit incensed with the Panthers’ practice of flooding the marketplace with freebies and deeply discounted tickets. Imagine spending $2,500 for lower-bowl seats right next to a family of four every night who didn’t pay a penny.

continued plus more NHL talk in Russo's NHL Insider column...

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Flaws In Vancouver’s Game

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

While the television folks pontificating from Toronto were all exercised over the selection of Eddie Lack over Ryan Miller as the starting goalie for coach Willie Desjardins, this first kick in the stones from the reality of life in the real NHL illustrated a number of real issues with which the Canucks must deal.

First and foremost is the depth on defence. When the top four are healthy the back end is pretty good. But with Dan Hamhuis seemingly not himself after taking that stick in the yob Friday night in Edmonton with no penalty called, this team definitely misses Jason Garrison.

Hamhuis struggled terribly, skating at times and trying to move the puck was an awful ordeal, most particularly on Steven Stamkos’ second goal when he couldn’t get it out of the zone while wearing a full cage. He was minus three on the night and always struggles the first few games of any season, but we know he’s not the problem....

Luca Sbisa has been nothing short of laughable as Garrison’s replacement. At one point, again in the third period, he actually centered the puck in front of his own goal, something he did in the preseason to the disbelief of all. Whether he’s going to settle down and play better is unclear, but they can’t keep him in the lineup much longer if this act persists.

Further, the collective foot speed of the group is not the best and can be exposed at times.

read on

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