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Not Much To Update On Detroit’s Practice Today

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via Dana Wakiji tweet,

DeKeyser (lower body) still not practicing with team.

If there is any more news, I will update.

Otherwise, enjoy your Sunday.

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Video- Peter Laviolette Not Happy With Chicago’s Tying Goal

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from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Predators coach Peter Laviolette was furious about the equalizer, as Hartman had ripped Matt Irwin’s stick out of his hands and flung it behind the net, leaving Irwin defenseless against Sharp’s shovel shot.

“Playing an unbelievable game to that point and [to] have it taken away from us like that is ridiculous,” Laviolette said.

more on Chicago's 2-1 OT win...

Below, watch the Sharp goal, you get the best look at the stick toss near the end of the video.

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The Edmonton Oilers Are Having Issues All Over The Ice

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from Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Sun,

After Milan Lucic scored with some resounding uppercuts to the face of Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki after the Senators defenceman picked the fight in the game’s first minute, it went downhill in a hurry as the Senators out-shot them 9-1 and out-scored them 2-0 in the first 10 minutes en route to a 6-1 beat-down.

"I don't know if I have any answers with what went wrong," said Lucic. "You can come up with any excuse or cliche at this point but at the end of the day it comes down to the attitude and emotion we bring to the game."

"This early in the season we're really being tested with some adversity but feeling sorry for ourselves and having self-pity won't get us out of this...goals aren't coming easy for us, and we're not clean and sharp in the defensive or neutral zone, allowing guys to walk into our zone," he said.

Nice clean, accurate analysis.

The Oilers started with a 3-0 shutout over Calgary in the season-opener where they looked a well-oiled machine but since they've been outscored 14-5. On the season, only three forwards--Connor McDavid (3), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2) and Leon Draisaitl, out with concussion symptoms (1)--have scored....

Cam Talbot was gone after four goals and 23 shots over 41 minutes and while he couldn't be faulted on Mike Hoffman's two (he's got eight goals in eight career games against Edmonton) or others by Derrick Brassard and Kyle Turris, he's still given up 11 goals in his last 73 shots his first-game shutout over the Flames.

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The Washington Capitals Give Up Eight Goals To The Philadelphia Flyers

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from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

The Capitals’ 8-2 loss to the Flyers on Saturday night highlighted that the Capitals as a whole may require an exercise in patience. The team is forced to lean on inexperienced defensemen learning on the job with its blue line depleted, and rookie mistakes are understandable and expected. The forwards have had some issues with puck management through six games, and Saturday’s game was Washington’s worst showing in that area....

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer was peppered with 37 shots. The last time the Capitals allowed eight goals in regulation was on Jan. 25, 2006. Saturday night’s game in Philadelphia was an early-season test for the Capitals. While the Flyers were fresh and energized to play their home opener, Washington was playing its second game in two nights in the first back-to-back set of the season.

The turnovers increased in the second half of the game, just as players got tired, and it was a recipe for disaster.

“We were absolutely stupid with the puck,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “We deserved every ounce of that.”

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Do The 1-5-0 New York Rangers Need A Change?

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There is no indication that a change behind the bench or in the uniformed personnel is imminent, but everyone’s antenna should be up around the Garden because what we’ve seen from the Rangers is not even close to good enough.

“I can’t think about whether there could be changes. That’s not my job or focus,” Mats Zuccarello said after the Blueshirts fell to 1-5 with Saturday night’s 3-2 defeat to the Devils at the Garden. “For me as an individual and for us as a team, we have to go day by day and try to improve.

“When you lose five out of six any time, it’s tough, and it’s probably tougher when it comes at the start. We’re just not playing well enough.”

It is difficult to determine whether the Rangers, who dominated the young and fresh Devils for the first 25 minutes and the final 15, but yielded three goals while going AWOL for those other 20 minutes, need shock treatment — Darryl Sutter, anyone? — or simply a tune-up.


Highlights of the Rangers' 3-2 loss to the Devils can be watched below...

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Carey Price Not At His Best

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from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,

Yes, there have been big saves and flashes of brilliance.

But the Canadiens, as currently constructed, need stellar play every night from the guy who eats up $10.5 million of their salary cap.

Simply put, through five games Carey Price has not been Carey Price.

And unless their heretofore All-World goaltender recaptures the form that justified that gargantuan contract, this team will miss the playoffs.

And deprive us of what might be a great Toronto-Montreal series.

more on the Habs 4-3 OT loss to the Leafs and at the Montreal Gazette too...

Extended game highlights are below...

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Morning Line- Rick Tocchet

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“I’m kind of embarrassed for the fans, you don’t want to babysit players but it’s just got to get harder around here. Whether it’s harder practices, whether you want to put curfews, all that baby stuff. I hate doing that stuff but if that’s what it takes, we might have to do it.

“Some coaches in the NHL, they skate the hell out of their guys and for whatever reason they come back the next night and they play well so maybe I’ve got to do that. Some guys want more than they’re giving right now and that’s something we’ve got to try to figure out quickly because we don’t want this thing to spiral out of control.”

-Rick Tocchet, head coach of the Arizona Coyotes after losing 6-2 to the Boston Bruins.  Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports has more.

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Video- If You Missed The NHL Action On Saturday

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Just south of five minutes of action from the NHL games played on Saturday.


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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps
WINNIPEG 2, Carolina 1
Toronto 4, MONTREAL 3 (OT)
TAMPA BAY 2, St. Louis 1
New Jersey 3, NY RANGERS 2
PHILADELPHIA 8, Washington 2
PITTSBURGH 4, Florida 3 
DALLAS 3, Colorado 1
Columbus 5, MINNESOTA 4 (OT)
CHICAGO 2, Nashville 1 (OT)
Boston 6, ARIZONA 2
Calgary 5, VANCOUVER 2
Ottawa 6, EDMONTON 1
LOS ANGELES 4, Buffalo 2
NY Islanders 3, SAN JOSE 1

Claude Giroux 
(2-2—4), Sean Couturier (2-1—3) and Scott Laughton (2-0—2) each scored twice and Jakub Voracek and Shane Gostisbehere collected three assists apiece to power the Flyers past the Capitals in their home opener. Philadelphia scored at least eight goals in its home opener for just the second time in franchise history (also Oct. 7, 1982: 9-5 W vs. QUE). It also marked the team’s highest goal output in any regular-season game since Nov. 5, 2011 vs. CBJ (9-2 W).

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Video- Saturday Headlines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

The Hockey Night in Canada panel discuss the NHL and NHLPA possibly getting rid of the All-Star Game, Jarome Iginla getting an invitation from Hockey Canada and Zdeno Chara.


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