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Erik Cole Close To Returning To The Lineup

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

“We’ve consulted with the doctors and all that stuff,” said Cole, who has three goals and six points in 11 games since his March 1 trade from Dallas.

“I went and got some therapy from a guy that I’m familiar with in Toronto that I’ve worked with in the past on the weekend,” Cole added. “So I’m feeling really good, especially getting worked on Saturday, Sunday and having a little skate here yesterday and again here today with the guys. Probably a few more practices and get all my ducks in a row and I’ll feel a little bit better about everything.”

Asked if he thought Thursday’s home game against the Bruins is possible, Cole said, “I wouldn’t rule it out, hopefully. It’s just tough because there aren’t enough practices to be had this time of year.

“I feel good, close to 100 percent. I was off the ice for almost all of last week, so I need to get back on the ice and be skating and make sure my legs are good.”

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

original post was 3/30/15 at 2:00pm, just moving this back into view so all can see and participate.

We play another BoltDraft/KK free fantasy game on Tuesday and the winner once again will be $50 richer.

Use passcode kukla26 if this is your first time playing, then select one forward, one defenseman and one goalie from the 14 NHL teams in action on Tuesday.

Remember to submit your roster by 7:00pm ET on March 31st, then sit back and watch how the games play out.

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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Video- Saves Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sportsnet style...


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The Worst +/-

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The player with the worst +/- rating in the NHL is Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He has a -36 +/- rating.  He is Toronto's leading scorer and is often a scapegoat for the problems in Toronto.

You would think that the top scorer in the biggest NHL market would be a popular player but that isn't the case.  Why doesn't Toronto love Kessel?  He is American in a Canadian city.  He is socially awkward in an interview.  He has a fat looking head and that has unfairly given him a reputation as somebody who doesn't work hard enough to stay in shape.  For a large part, he has a bad rap.

It is true that he hasn't scored as well since Toronto changed coaches and the season fell apart.  For the most part that statement is true of any player on the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He isn't the strongest defensive player and on a struggling team like Toronto everyone has a poor +/- rating.  It isn't too surprising that a player with a lot of ice time on the Leafs should have the worst +/- rating in the league.  The next two highest scorers on the team in James Van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozek are only one point worse than Kessel with a -35 +/- rating.

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Video- Jon Cooper On His Tampa Bay Lightning Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Not your usual coach-talk...

via Sportsnet,

Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper is on set with Hockey Central at Noon to talk about the battle for the lead in the Eastern Conference.


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Messing With The Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

No one gets under the skin of the Pittsburgh Penguins like the Philadelphia Flyers.

“I think honestly we take them out of their game,” Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds said several months ago. “I think they hate us so much that everyone’s blood is just boiling the whole game.”

Simmonds is injured and won’t play in Wednesday’s game, but the rest of the Flyers will try to continue to get in the Penguins’ heads. They’re artists at it the way captain Sidney Crosby is at piling up points, and to keep the latter from scoring at will, other opponents have begun following the Flyers’ lead.

“Obviously when you play against one of the best players in the world, you want to try and do something to stop him,” Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux said Tuesday. “Whatever it takes to get under his skin, I think we’re going to try to do.”


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The Western Conference Playoff Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Care to take an educated guess on what team does not make the playoffs in the Western Conference?

Your choices are LA Kings, Calgary Flames or Winnipeg Jets.


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Afternoon Line- Stephen Brunt On The Toronto Maple Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"They are the least likable group of professional athletes I think I’ve ever been around. Just the way they play, outside of the arena, the way they come across – they come across as the opposite of plucky underdogs that are trying really hard even if they’re not quite good enough. This is talented guys who are getting paid enormous amounts of money who stopped trying a long time ago and are kind of laughing at everybody. That’s a bad vibe if you’re a consumer."

-Stephen Brunt of Sportsnet.  Scott Lewis of Sportsnet has more.

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Ted Lindsay’s birthday wishes to Mr. Hockey

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:


“I would like to wish Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, the greatest hockey player to ever play the game, a very Happy 87th Birthday.  No one to this day can play the game with the same combination of toughness and skill that Gordie displayed for 25 years in a Red Wings uniform.  He was a great teammate and I’m thrilled at the progress he’s made in his recovery.  I wish him all the best as he continues his battle.  Happy Birthday, Gordie!”

                                                                                                -Ted Lindsay, Mar. 31, 2015

Update: Via RedWingsFeed, Wayne Gretzky discussed Mr. Hockey as well:

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Red Wings-Senators game-day articles: Mrazek vs. Hamburglar; Sheahan returns, etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 10x at 2:24 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Ottawa Senators this evening (7:30 on FSD/TSN 5/RDS/97.1 FM), and Petr Mrazek and Andrew "The Hamburglar" Hammond will square off in the net as Riley Sheahan returns to the Wings' lineup for this "four-point game."

The Free Press's Helene St. James was first out of the article chute, discussing Petr Mrazek's possible status as the interim starter...

Asked about his decision, [Red Wings coach] Babcock said, "I did the same thing last week. I thought Howie had a couple of good games, he had a tough one, and I went right back to him. I thought Pete's done a good job for us. Didn't do as good a job the other night against the Islanders, so I'm giving him the same opportunity.

"We're in the winning business. It's a huge game for us here tonight, and it's exciting to have the opportunity, and we're giving Pete the opportunity."

Mrazek tends to be either very good or very bad (Sunday was the fourth time he has been pulled this season, in 25 appearances). One of his assets is an unshakable confidence, summed up by Mrazek as: "You've got to stay positive, believe in yourself."

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