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Prospect news: Walleye lose in Alaska

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note: In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye's Alaskan adventure continued on Saturday, yielding an 8-6 loss to the Alaska Aces in Anchorage. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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Prospect news: Pearson wraps up 6-point weekend for Maine; Saarijarvi, Marsh 2A; Hronek SO winner

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note, not including the Toledo Walleye, who are still playing at this late hour:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played 10:58 in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 6-3 loss to Dynamo Moscow;

In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn played 13:06, winning 55% of his faceoffs, in the Frolunda Indians' 8-5 win over Vaxjo;

In the Swedish J20 league, Alfons Malmstrom didn't register a point in Orebro HK's 4-3 loss to Vaxjo;

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Flyers set-up—Wings hope to play spoiler

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings face a unique challenge in battling the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon (5 PM EST on FSD/CSN Philly/97.1 FM), and "unique" is used as a euphemism here--a eupehmism for "very, very hard."

Our friends from Philadelphia come into town on an 8-game winning streak, and the Flyers have won 11 of their past 15 games. Philadelphia most recently defeated the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Saturday afternoon, as noted by the Associated Press:

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Masterton Trophy Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The only trophy that I usually make a pick for that I have not made a pick yet is the Masterton Trophy.  I think the current leader is Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators.  He is having a solid season in goal while his wife is suffering from cancer.  He is posting a .924 saves percentage and a 2.46 goals against average.  That is a solid performance in trying times.

I am uncertain that by the end of the year he will be the Masterton leader.  Bryan Bickell of the Carolina Hurricanes has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  That is a bigger hardship to overcome since it is Bickell himself who is sick and not his wife.  The problem is Bickell has not played any games since the end of October and his diagnosis.  it isn't even clear that Anderson will be the best nominee from the Senators t the end of the season.  Clarke MacArthur is fighting to come back from a concussion that has kept him out of all but four games since last season. 

The Masterton Trophy is a weird award because each team picks only one nominee even if they have multiple solid candidates.  Ottawa may have to select between Anderson and MacArthur assuming he makes a solid comeback for their nominee and both could be deserving.

I think Craig Anderson is the best Masterton Trophy candidate at this point.  I am not sure if that matters.  Given their track record, the voters may give the award to Jaromir Jagr for still being in the NHL or Craig Cunningham who isn't in the NHL at all but had a heart attack in the AHL or some other illogical candidate.

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Video- Sidney Crosby Leaves Game After Hit Along The Boards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The first period is over and Crosby has not returned.


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Video- Sportsnet Feature On Mark Scheifele

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet YouTube page,

Mark Scheifele spends almost every waking moment talking, or thinking about hockey and when it comes to success, he’ll do anything and everything to be considered one of the league’s best.


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We Had Another Clock Issue Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweets,

Clock slow to start beginning of 2nd in LA. 6 second delay. Adjustment made, but not enough. Kings scored end of period with 2 sec left...

...obviously had the clock functioned properly the late goal wouldn't have been scored.

My understanding is the Senators have already contacted the NHL in protest of the Kings 3rd goal because of clock issue.

In 2012, Doughty scored the GWG vs CBJ when clock was paused with 1.8 seconds. Deemed human error. CBJ protested.

fyi, the Kings won4-1

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No Protection For Carey Price

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

It’s unfortunate the best goalie in the world had to defend himself after getting run over twice during Thursday night’s 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre. If you were wondering where his teammates were to defend him, you have to think Price was wondering the same thing when he decided to start pummelling Kyle Palmieri with his blocker after the Devils forward crashed into him in the first period with the Canadiens leading 2-1. New Jersey’s first goal came when Adam Henrique knocked both the puck and Price into the net.

When Price got run over the second time he had had enough. While the goalie pounded Palmieri, Canadiens defenceman Jeff Petry looked like he was actually trying to protect the Devil. After Saturday’s morning skate in Brossard, Petry said he was really trying to keep Price from getting a major penalty.

“At first, I really didn’t know how to react,” Petry said, “but then I just wanted to try and pull (Palmieri) out of there so there was no … further penalty I guess you would say.”...

There was talk when the Canadiens acquired Shea Weber in exchange for P.K. Subban last summer that opponents would no longer be running into Price. In reality, players will continue to crash Price’s crease unless the NHL does more to protect its goalies — or the goalie’s teammates do it themselves. Weber had only one hit in 23:05 of ice time against the Devils.


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Saturday Night Hockey Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Gary Bettman should change his title. He isn’t really the commissioner of the sport. He is the commissioner of the owners. Rarely does he speak or act for fans or players.

- An NHL coach asks this question: If the Maple Leafs truly want to make the playoffs, why are Brooks Laich and Milan Michalek in the minors?

- When I wrote here months back that the Leafs were concerned with William Nylander’s intensity, passion and compete level, the usual suspects assaulted me for knowing nothing. Now Mike Babcock is more than hinting the same thing and the noise-makers have gone particularly quiet.

- What’s happened to Cory Schneider? He has allowed 26 goals in New Jersey in his past seven starts. His goals against are up. His save percentage is down.

- An NHL coach figures that eventually Edmonton will have to play Leon Draisaitl with Connor McDavid, converting him from centre. “You need someone to match McDavid’s talent and speed. Draisaitl is close to that. When they do that, they’ll be unstoppable.”


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Talk About An Agenda

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

...I mean, it’s hard to know what to make of this file. At one point, Bettman — who’s referred to as Commissioner Bettman, no relation to Commissioner Gordon, throughout — is quoted as saying: “This was never intended to be a negotiation,” which is hilarious because Bettman lives to negotiate, and with the Olympics he gets to negotiate with the IIHF, the IOC, the BOG and the NHLPA all at the same time. This is Gary’s fantasy come true.

He also uses the word, “fatigue,” to describe the owners’ attitude about this ongoing debate.

If it’s any consolation, the owners aren’t alone there.

So, if you just called up this story as you browsed the internet, you’d have questions about its objectivity. You’d wonder if there was an agenda. You’d ask if it represented a pre-determined point of view. But then you’d see the story is posted on NHL.com, and, suddenly, you’d have an answer to all those questions.

Speaking of agendas, we’re going to come clean here. It’s been a crummy couple of weeks at our newspaper. Hell, it’s been a crummy couple of years. We’re fighting to maintain our share of the market and it’s a tough battle. This is hardly a revelation.

But it doesn’t make it any easier when we’re competing against in-house writers, rights-holders who pretend they’re impartial and anyone whose coverage and access is determined by a business arrangement.


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