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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I usually do a semi-annual post on the ways to help out KK but this time it is a little different.

I have started a GoFundMe page which allows you to donate and improve KK.

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Power Play Issues For The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post, 

It seems like the Rangers have been trying to solve this problem forever, and they can never quite find the right solution.

The power play has been close to a decade-long bugaboo for the Blueshirts, seemingly never a strength and always a source of frustration. If it has had its moments this season — which it has — right now, at the most critical time with the playoffs approaching, it has gone absolutely dormant.

“It’s not nearly good enough, without a doubt,” coach Alain Vigneault said after Sunday’s 0-for-5 performance over 7:21 of man-advantage time during a 5-2 loss to the Capitals at the Garden. “We’re going to take a look at some tape and make the adjustments we need to make.”


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Bad Karma Boston?

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The race for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference is apparently over.

The Senators have lost.

At least, that's the message being delivered by the Boston Bruins, who late Monday afternoon gave notice on Twitter that tickets for the B's first round Stanley Cup playoff games go on sale Friday at 11 a.m.

With the Bruins holding a three-point edge on the Senators, and having played one more game, some of their fans were unimpressed.

"We haven't made it yet," tweeted one of them.

"I almost feel like this is tempting fate," added another.

"Thanks in advance for jinxing us," stated a third.


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On the eve of his 87th birthday, Mr. Hockey has ‘good days and bad days’—but he has them

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As Paul noted, the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa penned an article about Gordie Howe's 87th birthday, which is tomorrow, and Krupa reports that the Howe family continue to take things "day by day" with their dad...

The first 7,500 fans entering Joe Louis Arena for the game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday between the Red Wings and Senators will receive a bobble-head doll that commemorates Howe.

The family, friends and a caregiver went out for a birthday dinner last week, his son said. And, if his father is up to it, a barbecue or something similar might be on tap for today, down in Texas.

"We're just trying to treat every day as special," [Mark] Howe said, "not just because it's his birthday."

And that's what the Free Press's Helene St. James reports, too:

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St. James, Pleiness, Khan: Cole and Sheahan ‘possible’ for Wings-Sens game

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' beat writers received their injury update a little late in the afternoon/early evening, so:

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Video- ROW Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

John Shannon of Sportsnet with the report...

ROW, or regulation and overtime wins, is a statistic that doesn’t make much of an impact in the NHL standings except once, at the end of the NHL season, when it becomes the first tiebreaker for teams in the playoff hunt.


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#9 Turns 87 Tomorrow

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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Last week, he went out with some people close to him, including his son, who is in the Hockey Hall of Fame, for a pastime Howe carried with him from his childhood in Saskatchewan.

He went fishing.

"I was down there last week," said Mark Howe, the director of pro scouting for the Red Wings, whose career as a defenseman put him in the Hall of Fame in Toronto with his father.

"We took him out catfishing a couple of days on a couple of ponds and did some walks and everyday things. Overall, he did pretty well."...

"My brother Murray and I were there last week," Howe said. "I had four days with him. He did pretty well when I was there.

"This week, my brother Marty's down there, and he struggled a little bit more this week. But I guess he's doing a little bit better today."

read on

The story by Kruppa was probably meant for tomorrow, which is Gordie Howe's 87th birthday.

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The Latest On The Ticket Drive In Las Vegas

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The drive to bring an NHL franchise to Las Vegas is entering a second phase with the league's blessing, prospective owner Bill Foley said Monday.

Although Foley would not discuss numbers with ESPN.com, several sources said the trial season ticket drive that had been green-lighted by the NHL late last year and began in early February had exceeded its original target of 10,000.

"We've done really, really well," Foley said.

Down payments on those tickets reflect grassroots buyers, individuals and small businesses throughout the Las Vegas area. Now, Foley is reaching out to larger corporations in Las Vegas, including major casino operations. Large banking institutions, telecommunications companies, food services operations and logistics enterprises like UPS or Federal Express also are in Foley's sights.

The group will continue to take down payments on season tickets from individuals even as they move into discussions with these larger entities, many of whom have already reached out to Foley and his group, he said. It's possible that along with the sale of suites, which are at about 750 seats, the ownership group that includes Foley and the Maloof family, former owners of the Palms casino and resort in Las Vegas and the NBA's Sacramento Kings, could top the 13,000 mark for season ticket deposits.


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30 NHL Rinks In 30 Days

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from Shawn Roarke of NHL.com,

For years, Rob Suggitt dreamed about visiting every rink in the NHL.

Finally, he acted this year and finds himself in the midst of a whirlwind, month-long tour of hockey across North America.

Suggitt, a self-professed hockey fanatic from Edmonton, is on a quest to visit 30 different NHL rinks in 30 consecutive nights. It is part bucket-list adventure and part charity fundraiser. It has also been an unforgettable experience.

"For me, it's going to be the memories of this trip," Suggitt said as he sat at the Prudential Center before a game Sunday night between the New Jersey Devils and the Anaheim Ducks. "Right now, they are just incredible. As I finish it, I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life."


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Afternoon news: On Axel Holmstrom, the Red Wings’ goaltending and the impending Wings-Sens game

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Instead of starting our late afternoon/early evening survey of Red Wings-related news with goaltending talk--a topic that's becoming so overdone that soon it will be made of dead-horse glue--let's start with some prospect news:

1. In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin isn't going to be watching SKA St. Petersburg play much longer. The Russian center whose intentions are to come to North America watched SKA St. Petersburg drop a 3-1 decision to Sergei Fedorov's CSKA Moscow, and CSKA leads the "Army Derby" 3 games to 0;

2. And in the SHL, despite having lost seven key players to the NHL, KHL and other leagues, Axel Holmstrom's Skelleftea AIK are also 1 game from returning to the SHL final to defend their championship. Holmstrom had a goal and an assist in 15:56 of ice time (click for highlights) as Skelleftea defated Mattias Backman and Linkopings HC 7-2. Holmstrom is Skelleftea's 4th line center, but he's registered 4 goals, 5 assists and 9 points in 6 playoff games. Those numbers are astonishing by SHL rookie standards.

And now, back to your regularly-scheduled programming regarding the goaltending of the 4-8-and-1-for-March Red WIngs:

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