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The Brett Hull Auction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

When you play over 1200 games in the NHL spanning over nearly 20 seasons, win two Stanley Cups, and make a living scoring goals, you’re bound to pick up a few souvenirs along the way. Thanks to one of the most iconic goal-scorers in hockey history, now you can own a little piece of hockey history.

Brett Hull, he of over 700 NHL tallies and nearly 1400 points, has teamed up with Classic Auctions to put up for bidding a selection of incredible hockey memorabilia ranging from game-worn jerseys to trophies presented to Hull during his illustrious career. And for the next six days, hockey fans, collectors, and all interested parties can place bids on pieces from the incredible assortment of hockey mementos.

Of the 88 pieces up for auction, some of the most astounding include Hull’s trophies for reaching the 400- and 500-goal plateaus, including the silver stick he was given upon reaching the half-millennium mark.

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Red Wings release statement from Gordie Howe’s family

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

STATEMENT FROM THE HOWE FAMILY

The Howe family would like to thank friends, family and fans for your overwhelming well-wishes, prayers and support for Gordie. He suffered a significant stroke on Sunday morning while at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas. His condition remains guarded, although he is showing some signs of improvement. We acknowledge that there is a long road to recovery ahead, but Dad's spirits are good and his competitive attitude remains strong.

For those wishing to send cards or letters of support to Gordie, please send to:

Gordie Howe
c/o Texas Trailer Corral
12207 HWY 87
Lubbock, TX 79423

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A Look At Jack Eichel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Jack Eichel is that classic -- often reported as extinct -- middle-class American kid. Oh, and as his BU head coach David Quinn said, "He's a physical freak with strength, vision and an NHL shot." That helps, too.

But, as we have seen many times in sports, those skills are not enough. No one does it alone.

A lava lamp's function is not to create light, but to create a mood. As your eyes fixate, the unpredictable, syrupy movements put you in a state of calmed focus. It's hard to take your eyes off it.

Boston University marked its lava lamp with a firetruck-red No. 9. There's a new kid in town.

I drove up to Boston last weekend to see and meet the kid in person. Jack Eichel is a 6-foot-1, 18-year-old buoyant blob of wax still cooling and congealing as he makes his purposeful strides toward the 2015 NHL draft in Sunrise, Florida.

Eichel's name will be the first or second called next June 26. He will hold up an NHL jersey (Buffalo's? Carolina's? Winnipeg's? Arizona's? Florida's? Toronto's?), smile and begin his NHL career soon after.

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Red Wings’ players weigh in on Gordie Howe’s stroke, presence at the Joe

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I tried to jam this stuff into the game-day entry, but it really deserves its own blog post.

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff asked several Wings to weigh in on Gordie Howe's status and his influence upon the team:

“It’s sad news of the stroke and the family is all in there and we’re praying and hoping for a speedy recovery,” Babcock said. “He’s part of the Red Wings’ family. He’s a special, special man.”

Babcock fondly recollected his first meeting with Howe, though he’s certain Gordie wouldn’t.

“The first time I met him was in Saskatoon, but he wouldn’t remember that,” Babcock said. “I was just a little kid and he came over to Bruce’s mom’s place – that’s his sister – and you were just one of those kids who came by to get a look at Gordie Howe. So that was a special thing. But once I got here and got to know him, you feel real privileged to build a relationship with him.”

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“Just like Ted Lindsay, they’re part of the locker room almost,” Detroit defenceman Niklas Kronwall said. “You can’t say enough good things about him. Just an amazing person, the way he handles himself, carries himself. I think that’s something that trickles down for us younger guys, that’s something we look up to and we want to be like that as well, how he handles himself in all situations. He’s definitely a role model for many, many people.”

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The 50% Win Rate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce McCurdy of the Cult of Hockey,

Long gone are the days that a .500 record meant a competitive team. That benchmark went the way of the dodo bird when the NHL in its infinite wisdom introduced the concept of a third point for some — but not all — games, back in 1999. After the lockout scrubbed the entire 2004-05 season, the further step was taken of initiating a shootout to ensure that a third point was awarded in every tied game. “No more ties!” promised Gary Bettman, while introducing a subversive system that rewarded 60-minute ties disproportionately more than wins. Critics of the league — and I am one of them — derisively refer to the league’s new accounting system as “Bettman math”, where 2 + 0 = 2, but 1 + 1 = 3.

NHL coaches are no dummies — well, most of them aren’t — so not surprisingly, the number of regulation ties proceeded to skyrocket. In the 9 full seasons (well, eight & 48/82 full seasons) from 2005-14, no fewer than 23.5% of all games wound up deadlocked through 60, in effect creating a third point that was not awarded in the 76.5% of games that were cleanly won. “Let;s make sure of the one point, and go after the second one in overtime” became a coaching maxim that all too often one could see being employed by both teams when the score was tied in regulation. 

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The Growing Trend Of Bigger Goaltenders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie McLennan of TSN,

It's no secret that the league's been trending upwards in the size and strength of players - not to mention an all-time high with skill as well.

That said, goaltenders have gone from that short fat kid who couldn't skate (so they throw him in net) to the athletic monster who is not only lean and agile, but covers a ton of square footage even before he puts the gear on. 
 
The evolution of goaltending has been spectacular. Speaking from experience, there's no doubt the position has evolved skill-wise - to the point where it's the most improved position in the game over the last 20 years. But with that, the size of the goaltenders has also dramatically increased.
 
Back in 1994, I was just starting out in the league and always considered myself a taller goalie. I was six feet tall and playing a stand-up style like most goaltenders of that generation, so we tended to look taller in the net. 

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So the Griffins strapped a GoPro camera to Mitch Callahan’s head…

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via RedWingsFeed, the Grand Rapids Griffins' Griffvision channel chose to...Strap a GoPro camera to Mitch Callahan during the team's two-game jaunt to Charlotte:

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Game-day post, Red Wings vs. Capitals previews and news; on Howe, Q and A with ‘Howie’ etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 10x at 2:57 PM: The Red Wings face a stiff test in Barry Trotz's Washington Capitals this evening (7:30 PM, NBCSN/TVA Sports/Sportsnet One/97.1 FM), and Tomas Tatar pretty much summarized the Wings' goals going into this game while speaking with MLive's Brendan Savage:

Washington ranks third in the NHL on the power play with seven goals in 27 chances (25.9 percent) while the Red Wings are No.1 on the penalty kill with a 96.2-percent success rate after allowing just one goal in 26 power plays.

"All the years that I've seen Washington, their power play has been very good," said forward Tomas Tatar. "Their first line is very good with lots of shooters, who are very good playmakers too. So it will be a very big challenge for our PK guys to try to stop it. On the other side we've been working on our power play, shooting more pucks, trying to get more pucks to the net. So we have to challenge ourselves more. We want to score more goals on the power play and help ourselves out a little bit during the game."

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Torey Krug Out 2-3 Weeks With Broken Finger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Wednesday, October 29, that the club has recalled defensemen Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky from Providence (American Hockey League).  Morrow and Warsofsky will join the team in Wilmington, MA on Wednesday for their 11:30 a.m. practice at Ristuccia Arena and will travel with the team to Buffalo.

Chiarelli also announced that defenseman Torey Krug will miss 2-3 weeks with a broken finger. The injury occurred during the Bruins/Wild game on Tuesday, October 28.

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A Fast Start To The Season Is Important

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Gretz of CBS Sports,

I went back over the last three full 82-game seasons (I excluded the 48-game lockout shortened season of 2012-13) and looked at how every team did in their first 10 games of the season and whether or not they ended up making the playoffs.

Surprisingly, the first 10 games is a pretty solid barometer as to whether or not a team is going to succeed or not in that season. Let's break it down.

Over the past three full seasons...

- Teams that posted a points percentage of at least .700 over the first 10 games of the season made the playoffs 73 percent of the time and won two of the three Stanley Cups (the 2010-11 Boston Bruins and 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings).

- Teams that were between .600 and .699 over their first 10 games made the playoffs 60 percent and won the other Stanley Cup (the 2013-14 Los Angeles Kings).

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