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Autumn’s Closin’ In

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, the angst in Ottawa.  Their young stud has a microfracture of his wrist, or on his wrist, in his wrist. His wrist is broken.   And the wailing, the absolute sobs from the high and mighty Canadian media, the same media that has largely ignored their newfound playtoys for years, the sobs are just bellowing.

It's maddening when a star goes down during a playoff run, isn't it?  I mean, it's not like they'd really know.

It's not like anyone would know, not  like we know.

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Video- Feel The NHL Playoff Action From Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the YouTube channel of the NHL,

Sights and sounds from the first night of Stanley Cup Playoff action.


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David Backes Is One Of The Nicest Guys Around

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,

He's one of the nicest guys you'll ever come across -- smiling, polite and with choir-boy good looks. He's also a very talented and hard-working hockey player out of Spring Lake Park High School and Minnesota State Mankato.

Yup, he's a local boy and a proud former Olympian. Oh, and one other thing about him: Minnesota hockey fans hate his guts. Just the sight of him gets their blood-pressure rising and their pulses racing to dangerously high levels.

He's David Backes, captain of the St. Louis Blues. And he is Public Enemy No. 1 during this first-round series.

"I take that as a vote of confidence that I'm doing my job," Backes said. "That's part of the business, and I'm hopefully going to be Public Enemy No. 1 this summer. That's my goal."


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Coaching And GM Odds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bovada,

Who will be the next Full Time Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs             

Mike Babcock                           9/5

Todd McLellan                          9/4

Jeff Blashill                               9/2

Dan Bylsma                              11/2

Doug Gilmour                           6/1

Peter DeBoer                            6/1

Dallas Easkins                          13/2

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Pressure Is On Bruce Boudreau And The Anaheim Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

He has coached the Ducks in a seven-game loss to Detroit in 2013, and a sluggish six-game victory over Dallas and a seven-game loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Kings last spring. Another inexplicably early playoff exit by the No. 1-seeded Ducks, who will face the No. 8 Winnipeg Jets starting Thursday at Honda Center, could trigger changes in Boudreau's job status and beyond.

"This is our third year with this group making the playoffs where there's some sort of expectations. I am going to watch very carefully not only the coaching staff, but how certain players play in the playoffs this year," General Manager Bob Murray told The Times Wednesday. "This is the third year and it's time.

"It's not just Bruce. The guys that have been here, it's time for some of them to step to the plate. I'm watching everybody. There's guys that haven't had good playoffs. It's time. They've got experience now. They've been there. It's time to step up."


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Home Ice? Ha!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Hodge of TSN,

Thumbs down to home-ice advantage, which is mentioned far too often as a meaningful factor in predicting the outcome of a seven-game series. The Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks joined the Islanders as road winners, and not to put words in the mouths of losing coaches Willie Desjardins, Peter Laviolette and Barry Trotz, but I can hear them thinking, if not saying, "If I had my choice, I'd really prefer starting on the road". Home-ice advantage brings with it immediate pressure to win the first game, or it's gone, and most coaches I've known, if they aren't downright bothered by that, are at least a bit uncomfortable with it. So I've made it a habit of asking NHL coaches, "What if you could play the first two games away from home and have home-ice advantage for four of the next five, including game seven?"


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The Free BoltDraft/KK Fantasy Game Will Be Played On Thursday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

original post was 4/15/15 at 12:15pm ET, moving this back into focus so all can participate, rosters must be set by 7:00pm ET tomorrow.

Only 8 teams to chose your roster for the BoltDraft/KK Fantasy game on Thursday and the winner receives $50.

If new to the weekly game, pick one forward, one defenseman and one goalie to play.  Use passcode kukla28 to register for this game if need be.

Good luck!

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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The New Winnipeg Jets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

Forget Atlanta. Winnipeg is different but the same since the Jets lost in six to Detroit and then left town, and that’s the primary narrative that’s in play here. That they play a Ducks team that would tell you the Anaheim market is also very different from the time Michael Eisner (with Bruce McNall’s assistance) convinced the NHL to put a team there further underscores the theme of how the game evolves to fit the places it calls home.

Tonight, the Jets return to the playoffs for the first time in 19 years, and that in itself is a story worth telling.

But it will be Monday when the full expression of the tale is heard, spoken by Winnipeg hockey fans wearing white within and without the MTS Centre, folks justifiably filled with pride that the game came back to them because it had to.


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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Please welcome PUCK HCKY as a direct advertiser on Kukla's Korner.

Matt Marini, the CEO of PUCK HCKY and a life-long hockey fan, has always wanted to bring about a hockey brand that not only made apparel more suited to his tastes (imagine a wardrobe made up solely of black concert/band tees), but one that took hockey to new places where there were undoubtedly hidden fan bases hungry for a brand that was willing to go beyond the typical corporate licensed products and beer-league tees (not to say that there’s anything wrong with any of that—it’s just not what PUCK HCKY was meant to be).

The initial apparel line is mainly tees, hoodies, hats, fun accessories, stickers, etc. but Matt has visions to channel in very fashion forward pieces/lines that feature custom-made designs and high-end apparel. 



How the Tomas Tatar Signature Series came about:

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Red Wings-Lightning Game 1 game-day articles: Abdelkader out, Lightning nearly full-strength

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 15x at 2:39 PM: The Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning face off in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/FS Florida/Sportsnet/RDS/97.1 FM), and the morning skate provided two main avenues of information:

1. The Tampa Bay Lightning are healthy enough that everyone but Jason Garrison will play, and Jonathan Drouin will be scratched;

2. And Justin Abdelkader (broken middle or ring finger) won't be able to play this evening.

On the Lightning's side, as ESPN's Joe McDonald noted, Braydon Coburn will be bringing his 6'5" frame back into the lineup...

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