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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

Don Cherry sounded off on the decision and how Gallant was dismissed by the team.

"I've been involved a long time in hockey," Cherry started. "I’ve seen bad firings, I’ve been fired myself. I thought in Colorado it was rather bad. I have never seen anything like this. This is the worst firing in the history of (the NHL).

"They fired the guy after the game, the players are sitting on the bus. It was a great headline I saw ‘dumped at the curb.’

Images of Gallant catching a cab himself after the game went viral on social media and led to attacks against the Panthers for how they prepared for the firing. Gallant wanted to clear up any wrongdoing by the Panthers on that front to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman on Thursday, telling Friedman that he just wanted to get out of there and not wait for the car service the organization had called for.

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The Montreal Canadiens Could Use John Tavares

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brenda Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

How about the notion of John Tavares in a Canadiens jersey? There is all kinds of media chatter that the New York Islanders star is potentially on the trading block given the Isles’ mediocre start and for some reason — most likely the invention of the Loafs-obsessed Toronto hockey media mob — the Maple Leafs are most frequently mentioned as a potential destination for Tavares.

But why not Montreal? Bergevin would have to give up something big to land a guy who scored over 30 goals in each of his last two seasons. So how about giving New York a guy who’s scored over 30 goals in four of his last five seasons?

Exactly. Max Pacioretty for Tavares, with presumably Montreal throwing in someone else to sweeten the deal. Patch is having a sad-sack season, but maybe what he needs is a change of scenery to kick him out of his funk. The one thing for sure is that it’s not clicking for him here and hasn’t for a while.


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I NOW Consider Brian Lashoff An Elite Player Via Corsi and Pharmacy Statistics

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Jared Comeau makes his NHL debut tonight. That's something I predicted earlier this year, but that it would come as a result of James Tiberius Howard's ascension to the number 1 spot and a Mrazek trade out of Detroit. 

Now Jimmy's dong is hurting and those plans will have to wait.

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Evening news: Game-Day Preview videos; on Coreau, Jurco and Jim Paek

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video, which includes comments from coach Blashill, Jared Coreau and Luke Glendening:

Here's the Griffins' Game-Day Preview ahead of the Griffins' battle with the Rockford IceHogs as well:

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Afternoon Line- Steve Yzerman On The 2018 Winter Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"I think it's fantastic for our sport.  think it's great for our league that we go, and we're there. I think for all the players it's an honor to be part of the Olympics. I'm hopeful they can work it out. It's great for our league and great for the game."

-Steve Yzerman, GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning on the NHL players participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.  Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times has more on this topic.

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Worst Corsi Player

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

We are past the quarter pole in the season and it is interesting to look at the best and worst players at this point by some measures.  One interesting measure of players is Corsi or attempted shots while a given player is on the ice in 5 on 5 situations.  The worst Corsi so far this season is a -128 that belongs to Alex Goligoski of the Arizona Coyotes.  Arizona is the worst team by team Corsi at -201.  Since Corsi is a tam dependent statistic it isn't surprising that the worst player is on the worst team. 

Goligoski is second in ice time on the Coyotes.  The only player with more ice time is Oliver Ekman-Larsson.  While Ekman-Larsson has the ability to drive puck possession in the other direction despite weak teammates, Goligoski doesn't.

Goligoski is not the weakest puck possession player in the league.  On a strong team he would post okay puck possession numbers.  In this case his worst Corsi shows the tough situation that he plays in.  Goligoski isn't a good enough player to succeed with a lot of ice time on a team as weak as Arizona.  Few players are.  If Arizona had a few such players they wouldn't be as weak a team.  His Corsi numbers show that Arizona is failing and Alex Goligoski is not a good enough player to turn the tide.

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Hockey Notes On A Saturday Afternoon In December

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

- The Blue Jackets have the best power play in the league (25.9 percent) through 22 games, even though they’ve only gone on the man-advantage a league-low 58 times. In comparison, the Predators had 82 opportunities in the same amount of games.

- Dallas coach Lindy Ruff made John Klingberg a healthy scratch against Detroit on Tuesday. Klingberg’s coaches and teammates have compared him to Erik Karlsson. But Klingberg was given a seat in the press box because there’s been too much risk in his game.

- Ben Bishop has always known his time is coming to an end in Tampa Bay. Bishop will cede the net to Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is younger and cheaper. But Bishop may not finish the season with the Lightning given his performance. Through 16 games, Bishop is 7-9-0 with a 2.99 GAA and .902 save percentage. The plan was for the Lightning to carry both goalies through the season. But Bishop’s not playing well enough for Tampa to keep feeding him starts when Vasilevskiy (6-2-1, 2.24 GAA, .930 save percentage) has been the better goalie.

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Frans Nielsen prepares for a ‘special game’ against his former team

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Yesterday, Newsday's Arthur Staple spoke with Frans Nielsen about his imminent return to Brooklyn as a member of the Red Wings, and today, the New York Times' Alan Kreda speaks with Nielsen about his decision to leave the Islanders for the Red Wings:

“I didn’t think I was going to leave, to be honest,” said Nielsen, who was drafted by the Islanders in 2002. “I always thought we would get a deal done. But I don’t have one bad thing to say about the Islanders organization.”

Nielsen said he pushed hard to agree on a new contract, but when negotiations dragged on, he had an opportunity to talk to other teams.

“That was the first time I ever thought about trying something else,” he said. “Before that, I did not want to leave. I never even thought about it.”

Nielsen's former teammates and coach weigh in on #51's return before NIelsen disusses the importance of Sunday's game:

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Corey Crawford Undergoing An Appendectomy Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry: "Corey presented this morning with acute appendicitis. He is undergoing an appendectomy today at a Philadelphia hospital. We are anticipating a full recovery and return to play. We will provide details regarding the timeline of his return after we have more information about the surgery.

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Who Said It?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’ll f----n’ kill you,” right? I played hockey for 20 years as a professional, and I never thought when someone said that to me or to someone else that they meant “I’m going to kill you.” It’s like when you’re a kid: “I’m going to kill you.” You don’t mean you’re going to kill him.

Who said it?

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