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Questions For Ansar Khan

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Several players who finished 2015-16 with the Grand Rapids Griffins or started 2016-17 with the AHL club made an impact with the Detroit Red Wings or got an opportunity.

Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul were no longer waiver exempt and spent the whole season in Detroit. Anthony Mantha was called up early and Nick Jensen brought up mid-season and both played well.

Jared Coreau, Robbie Russo and Tomas Nosek were up for an extended period. Evgeny Svechnikov, Mitch Callahan, Ben Street, Dan Renouf, Brian Lashoff and Matt Lorito got brief looks.

The Griffins are making another playoff run with their third trip to the conference finals in five seasons.

How many will be with the Detroit Red Wings in 2017-18? Who has the best chance? Those were among the questions MLive readers asked this week.

QWith (Drew) Miller and (Steve) Ott not coming back, does this clear a roster spot for Tyler Bertuzzi next season? He’s come up big in the playoffs and deserves a better look.

A: Bertuzzi has a knack for stepping up in the playoffs. He has 19 goals and 31 points in 34 career AHL playoff games; 25 goals and 68 points in 121 career regular season games.

He’s averaged 0.91 points per game in the playoffs and 0.56 points per game in the regular season. Here’s an interesting stat: Bertuzzi’s career shooting percentage in the regular season is 9.3 percent; in the playoffs, it’s 27.5 percent.

Bertuzzi had no points in seven games with the Red Wings last season, a stint that ended after he suffered a high-ankle sprain Nov. 26. He is waiver-exempt for one more season but he’ll have an opportunity to make the Red Wings roster in training camp and the preseason. Several factors come into play: Will they lose a forward in the expansion draft? Will they sign a veteran fourth-line forward? Will an injury or two create a roster spot?

Like all waiver-exempt players, Bertuzzi will only be on the roster if he’s in the lineup. Otherwise he’ll be playing regularly in Grand Rapids.

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Video- Top Plays From The Conference Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

4 1/2 minutes in length.


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KK- Taking It Easy Today And Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I plan to take it easy the rest of the day and probably Saturday too.

Ramp up for the Stanley Cup Final starts on Sunday.

I am around though and will post if anything interesting pops up but I do need some down time to recharge.

Also, those traveling for the long Memorial Day Weekend, please be safe and for those just hanging around, the same goes for you.

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Video- Ring The Bell Mr. Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Nasdaq this morning.


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NHL Network Coverage Of The Stanley Cup Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

May 26, 2017 – After a thrilling Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, NHL Network today announced its comprehensive coverage plans for the 2017 Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators, with up to 68 hours of live programming on-site in Pittsburgh and Nashville starting with Media Day this Sunday, May 28. 

Every day throughout the Stanley Cup Final, NHL Network will provide in-depth previews, interviews, highlights and analysis across studio programming, featuring analysts Mike Johnson, Brian Lawton, Mike Rupp and Kevin Weekes, and hosts and reporters Jamison Coyle, Jamie Hersch, E.J. Hradek, Tony Luftman, Michelle McMahon and Steve Mears. The daily programming schedule is as follows:

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Morning Line- Mike Lange

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Pens vs. Preds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

At points in their history, the Penguins haven't been much different than the Nashville Predators have been in theirs. Now they're trying to become the seventh team to win the Cup five times and the first to win it back to back since the Detroit Red Wings did it in 1998, before the NHL salary cap, while the Predators are trying to win it for the first time.

The best-of-7 series starts in Pittsburgh on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports). When it is over, the Penguins will have joined an exclusive group, or the Predators will have broken through with the first big-league sports championship in Nashville history. Either way, in the big picture, it will be a heck of a comeback story.

The Penguins joined the NHL in 1967, went bankrupt in 1975 and were saved from relocation. They took 24 seasons to make the Eastern Conference Final. When they made it in 1991, they won the Cup. They won it again in 1992. They went bankrupt again in 1998 and were saved from relocation again in 2007 when they closed a deal for a new arena. They won the Cup in 2009, moved into their new arena in 2010 and won the Cup again last season. Now they are a model franchise.

The Predators joined the League in 1998 and were saved from relocation in 2007. They took 18 seasons to make the Western Conference Final. When they made it this year, they defeated the Anaheim Ducks in six games, setting up this matchup.

Sure, it's Steel City vs. Music City, western Pennsylvania vs. middle Tennessee, sandwiches stuffed with French fries vs. barbecue and hot chicken. It's the defending champions vs. the upstarts, the No. 2 team in the regular season vs. the No. 16 team. It's a team strong at center with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin vs. a team strong on defense with Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm, Roman Josi and P.K. Subban.

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Quest To Repeat Continues For The Pittsburgh Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

It took a couple of overtimes against a relentlessly resilient Ottawa Senators team, but the reigning champs will get their shot at a repeat.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz scored his second goal of the game to beat the Senators 3-2 in double overtime during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

It sets up a Stanley Cup finals in which we'll either see the first back-to-back Stanley Cup winner in the salary-cap era or the first Stanley Cup in the history of the Nashville Predators franchise.

How it happened: The Penguins pressured consistently in the third period and both overtimes, but Senators goalie Craig Anderson was outstanding again until the Kunitz goal. Anderson finished with 39 saves.

A big moment came when the Penguins got a third-period power play on a soft call on Dion Phaneuf, who was called for interference on Phil Kessel. The two former teammates had been going at it all series, and Kessel ended up getting the better of his good friend in this case.

Just 25 seconds into the power play, Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz beat Anderson in large part because of a nice screen from Kunitz, who played his best game of the series. Game 7 was the first game for Schultz since he was injured early on in Game 2.


Below, Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, plua game highlights and Mike Sullivan post-game too...

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From The Side Of The Ottawa Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Ottawa Senators played with heart, but lost a heartbreaker.

The pain was evident by the looks on their faces in a quiet dressing room.

The Senators were unable to claim what would have been the first Game 7 in franchise history as Chris Kunitz scored his second of the game, a double-OT winner, to give the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win to capture the Prince of Wales Trophy and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Instead of hosting Game 1 of the Cup final Monday night at home, the Senators will head to the the Canadian Tire Centre on the weekend to pack their bags after the most successful season in recent history that included playoff wins over the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers.

“It’s heartbreaking because you know the nature of the business side of things and you know the group will never be the same,” said winger Bobby Ryan. “It’s heartbreaking. You realize we’ve got two days together here and then we’re gone for the summer.

“We didn’t want it to end but they came up one shot better.”

This was a great game in every way, shape and form. You really had to wonder if it was ever going to end as both goalies came up big. Kunitz beat Craig Anderson high to send the crowd into hysterics at 5:09 of the second overtime


Below, video of a few of the Ottawa players post-game...

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Videos- Coach’s Corner Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Most of the segment was focused on all things Penguins and Senators.



Two more segments below...

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