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BoltDraft/KK Free Fantasy Game Is Ready To Go - $50 To The Winner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

original post was 4/22/15 at 1:09pm, moving this into focus so all can play.  Rosters need to be set by 7:00pm ET on Thursday.

We play again on Thursday with the winner receiving $50 in the completely free BoltDraft/KK fantasy game.

If registering for the first time, use passcode kukla29 then pick one forward, one defenseman and one goalie.

With only eight teams in action on Thursday, roster decisions will be the key for you.

Good luck and I have my lineup ready to go.

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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Wild Goaltending Problems?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

A big reason the Minnesota Wild made the playoffs is that Devan Dubnyk played extremely well after he was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes.  He will likely be a Vezina Trophy nominee and will likely get some Hart Trophy consideration.  The problem is he doesn't have much of a track record as a top NHL goalie.  Last summer it looked like he had nearly played himself out of an NHL job. 

In the playoffs, Minnesota has a chance to make a deep run if Dubnyk can play as well as he has in the regular season.  The problem is he hasn't.  Among goalies who have appeared in all of his team's playoff games he has the worst numbers in the league.  He has a 3.06 playoff saves percentage and a .864 saves percentage.  Those numbers are looking like the guy who almost played himself out of the league again.  Granted it is a small sample size but it is a significant problem for the Wild.  Last night was particularly troubling.  He allowed six goals on 17 shots before being pulled in the second period. 

Minnesota is in trouble without great goaltending from Dubnyk.  They are not getting it.  That is the problem that can happen when you are riding on the successes of a goaltender who is playing above his expected level.  It is likely that he will revert to his mean.  Unfortunately it appears that is happening in the playoffs.

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Hal Gill Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

Hal Gill has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) after 16 seasons.

Gill played in a total of 1,108 career NHL games with six teams: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and the Philadelphia Flyers. He scored 36 goals and 148 assists for 184 points in his NHL career. Gill, a six-foot-seven, 243-pound defenceman, played on the Stanley Cup-winning Penguins in 2009 after reaching the Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

“I am so thankful to have played for such great organizations. I was lucky to have made amazing friendships throughout my career and live in so many beautiful cities. I would like to thank the fans for their support, the coaches for their direction, the team staffs for their efforts, and most of all, my teammates for their camaraderie (and keeping me in line),” said Hal Gill. “Thank you, as well, to Global Hockey Consultants for their commitment to building my career, and to my family for staying strong through the lows and steady through the highs. I’m very excited for the next chapter of my life.”


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Kerry Fraser On The Bobby Ryan Face-Off Violation Penalty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

I watched yesterday's Ottawa-Montreal game and was wondering what type of the rule the refs used when they assigned a penalty to Ottawa for cheating on the face-off?
Thank you very much. Always like your comments.

Rule 76.6 was imposed to penalize the Ottawa Senators for a second face-off violation committed by the same team during the same face-off at 8:34 of the second period. (There was actually three false face-offs on this stoppage.) To be perfectly candid, I was in complete and total shock when the penalty was assessed. Not because it is just one more rule in the book that fans believe the officials turn a blind eye to in the playoffs, but because of the procedure that was employed to conduct the face-offs during this stoppage of play.

Once the linesman grasps the puck in his hand, he is in full control of the face-off. As such, he should do everything within his power and ability to avoid enforcing this needless infraction. I'm quite certain that the two referees were counting the seconds tick down on the Sens bench minor penalty that was being served by Bobby Ryan. I can tell you without reservation that I was.

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Watch a gif of the penalty below...

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Red Wings-Lightning Game 4 game-day articles: Wings determined, Lightning confident

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 12x at 2:14 PM: The morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 PM EDT on FSD/FS Florida/NBCSN/CBC/TVA Sports/97.1 FM) involved discussions of momentum, talk about Steven Stamkos' offense or the lack thereof and the Wings preparing for an incredibly desperate and determined Lightning team this evening.

The actual in-skate Tweets were few and far between...

And in the multimedia department, per Fox Sports Detroit...

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Will Lou Lamoriello Be Back With The New Jersey Devils?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Rich Chere of NJ.com answered some New Jersey Devils related tweets,

(Regarding is this Lou Lamoriello's most important summer): Has ownership weighed in on this, or is it more of a "should" than an "is"?

Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have not yet been made available after the season. Indications are that Lamoriello will get an opportunity to rebuild the team this summer, but the delay in the co-owners' state-of-the-team address makes you wonder if they are now pondering a GM change.

more Q & A...

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Khan, St. James: Red Wings’ Game 6 start time depends on Hawks-Preds series

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is rather silly, however:

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
OTTAWA 1, Montreal 0 – MTL leads series 3-1
NY Rangers 2, PITTSBURGH 1 (OT) – NYR leads series 3-1
St. Louis 6, MINNESOTA 1 – series tied 2-2
Anaheim 5, WINNIPEG 2 – ANA wins series 4-0
Ryan Kesler scored twice in the third period, including what proved to be the game-winning goal, to power the Ducks to a four-game sweep of their First Round series against the Jets.

* The Ducks swept a best-of-seven series for the fourth time in franchise history and for the first time since the 2006 Western Conference Semifinals vs. COL. Their other two sweeps came in 2003, when they defeated the Red Wings (CQF) and Wild (CF) in four games en route to their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

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Yes, Joe Hicketts was assigned to the Griffins for their playoff run

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I had thought that everybody knew this as the Victoria Times-Colonist's Cleve Dheensaw reported it two days ago, but a Tweet from Griffins broadcaster Bob Kaser + a note from Winging It in Motown = the Griffins decided to make Joe Hicketts' status official (via RedWingsFeed):

The Detroit Red Wings have reassigned defenseman Joe Hicketts from the Western Hockey League’s Victoria Royals to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Hicketts, 18, signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Wings on September 24 after attending Detroit’s development camp and the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City last summer. In 62 games with Victoria this season, the 5-foot-8, 175-pound blueliner ranked second among WHL defensemen in scoring with 64 points (12-52—64) in 62 games, while posting 48 penalty minutes and a plus-17 rating. In 165 career games with the Royals from 2012-15, Hicketts has amassed 112 points (24-88—112), 105 PIM and a plus-31 rating. In March, Hicketts was named to the 2014-15 WHL Western Conference Second All-Star Team.

A native of Kamloops, British Columbia, Hicketts has represented Canada on the international stage a number of times, most recently winning a gold medal on his country’s home ice at the 2015 World Junior Championship. He also won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship in Finland and captained Team Pacific at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Quebec.

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Video- Can You Say Embellishment Maxim Lapierre?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Two for roughing on Dominic Moore.


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