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Add An Assist For Rocket Richard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at CBC,

It's not as if any great injustice was done, but Montreal Canadiens legend Maurice Rocket Richard getting an assist added to his prodigious NHL scoring totals.

Six years of poring over scoresheets and summaries of games between 1917 and 1987 by an NHL statistics team has found and fixed more than 6,000 bits of information that were overlooked or misregistered in the league's early eras.

Among the finds was an assist on a Toe Blake goal at 10:15 of the second period of a 6-5 Boston Bruins victory over Montreal on Nov. 4, 1945, during a time when the Punch Line of Richard, Blake and Elmer Lach was terrorizing the league....

Finding little gems of information like the Richard assist was one product of a massive undertaking to update and modernize the league database, which is to be re-launched this week.

NHL head statistician Benny Ercolani said fact-checking alone, such as adding one more game played to Ron Stackhouse's total, took two and half years.

"Six thousand little corrections isn't that high when you consider how many games were entered,'' he said. "It sounds like a big number, but it's from 1917-18 to 1986-87.''

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Jeff Blashill Post-Practice Update

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

 

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Blashill said Ryan Sproul (off season ACL surgery) will make preseason debut tomorrow.

Blashill said he hopes Zetterberg, Abdelkader will play one preseason game later in week and Kronwall hopefully two.

Ted Kulfan tweet,

Says Rasmussen and Cholowski have earned longer stays in camp with their play.

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Statement From The Pittsburgh Penguins

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The Pittsburgh Penguins respect the institution of the Office of the President, and the long tradition of championship teams visiting the White House. We attended White House ceremonies after previous championships – touring the historic building and visiting briefly with Presidents George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama – and have accepted an invitation to attend again this year.

Any agreement or disagreement with a president’s politics, policies or agenda can be expressed in other ways. However, we very much respect the rights of other individuals and groups to express themselves as they see fit.

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Frk’s Night

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Frk showed off his booming shot in the Little Caesars Arena debut, blasting in the puck from the point for his second goal of the game. That capped the scoring in the Red Wings' 5-1 preseason victory over the Boston Bruins.

"I was glad I was going on that five-on-three," Frk said. "I didn't think I would go, I was a little bit nervous on the bench when Blash called my name, but guys always told me just shoot the puck. I did it and it went in and I was happy."...

"It's a good shot, eh? He's got a weapon, it's a flat-out weapon," Blashill said. "I thought he really found his comfort level in the second, especially on the power play. I thought he was much more confident and comfortable.

"When he hits the net, one of two things happens -- it's either a great rebound chance or it's in the net. It's as good a shot as there is out there, I believe, so he did the things he needs to do to show he wants the job."

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Morning Line- Craig Leipold

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“Anything short of winning the Stanley Cup would be a disappointment, probably 30 other owners would say the same thing. I think we have a team that can do it.”

-Craig Leipold, owner of the Minnesota Wild.  Joe Christensen and Rachel Blount have more on the Wild at the Star Tribune.

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Nazem Kadri Is A Changed Man

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from Kristina Ruiherford of Sportsnet,

Kadri has had a big mouth his whole career — just ask his dad, Sam (who also swears Tom Cochrane came on the radio singing “My boy’s gonna play in the big league” seconds after his son was born). Of course, that mouth is only a miniscule part of what Kadri does to try to make life difficult for some of the best in the world, but it comes in handy while doing a job he never dreamt he’d do. “Never for a second,” he says, did he figure he’d be a shut-down guy. But on the heels of a career-best campaign that saw him put up 32 goals and 61 points while also often facing the opposing team’s best, Kadri proved he’s an elite two-way forward, something he’d shown glimpses of earlier in his career. Heading into this season, there’s a different feeling for the 26-year-old from London, Ont. “I’m already proven,” he says, his gaze steady and unblinking beneath the brim of a black ball cap. “I’m established.”

Kadri will be the first to admit it took time and many a mistake to get established. Five years ago, his AHL coach basically called him fat. Two and a half years ago, he was suspended three games for sleeping through part of a team meeting, and he figured his days in Toronto were numbered: “I didn’t know if I was coming or going.” It took a reinvention on and off the ice for the seventh-overall pick in 2009 to become the integral part of this team many expected he would be. “He’s really comfortable in his own skin now — that’s the best way I can put it,” says Leafs GM, Lou Lamoriello. “And we’re comfortable because of it.” As the Leafs brass should be, because Kadri thriving up the middle has come just in time for a Toronto team that, for the first time in a long time, actually inspires hope for the future.

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GIF- Andrew Desjardins Will Be Meeting With DoPS

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson Injured In Coyotes Game Last Night

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from Dave Vest of the Coyotes' website,

The Coyotes jumped to a 3-0 lead, but lost a preseason game to the San Jose Sharks, 5-4 in a shootout, on Saturday night at Gila River Arena.

Arizona also lost star defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to a lower-body injury early in the overtime period. Ekman-Larsson and Sharks forward Mikkel Boedker, who are good friends, got tangled while skating and Ekman-Larsson crumbled to the ice. He slowly got up and skated gingerly to Arizona's dressing room with help from teammate Alex Goligioski and a member of the training staff.

Ekman-Larsson's injury will be further evaluated on Sunday.

"It's too early (to know)," Head Coach Rick Tocchet said when asked the severity of Ekman-Larsson's injury. "It's a guessing thing until they see him tomorrow."

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added 8:02am, from Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports,

Coach Rick Tocchet said it’s too early to tell how serious the issue is.

“I’ve seen sometimes they’re bad, and sometimes a guy comes in, ‘Hey, it feels great,’ ” Tocchet said. “Who knows? It’s a guessing game till they see him tomorrow.”

Ekman-Larsson was injured after getting tied up with San Jose winger Mikkel Boedker and falling to the ice awkwardly near the boards. He struggled to get up and had to be helped off the ice by a medical trainer and defenseman Alex Goligoski, as Ekman-Larsson was moving gingerly.

“I thought maybe it could have been a penalty there,” forward Nick Cousins said. “At the same time, I hope he’s doing all right. Obviously, he’s our best player and we need him for the regular season. I don’t know how he’s doing, but hopefully all the best.”

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Video- Recapping The First Night Of Hockey At The LCA

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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

They filed in under two-and-three story tall murals of Steve Yzerman lifting the Stanley Cup — June 7, 1997 — Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg in action, and Joe Louis in his boxing stance.

Their eyes went up and around, surveying the new place, Little Caesars Arena.

“Wow, there’s so much to see,” said Jim Ackerman of Olivet, who attended Red Wings games in Olympia and Joe Louis Arena. “It’s unbelievable!

“This is way better. This will do Detroit so much good. It will be the rebirth of everything, just how it looks.”

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

This wasn't your ordinary preseason game. It was the start of a new era for the Detroit Red Wings.

It was their historic debut at Little Caesars Arena and the Red Wings wanted to make a good first impression. That's why they dressed virtually all of their healthy regulars.

And while the 20,000-seat, $863 million building was a little more than half-full, fans went home happy.

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NBC Sports Stations Will Not Broadcast Any NHL Games During The Olympics

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The NHL is refusing to send its athletes to the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, because the league does not want to go dark for nearly three mid-winter weeks. But you know that by now.

What you probably are not aware of, however, is the NHL nevertheless will go dark across all NBC platforms between Feb. 7-26, during the Games. Last season, NBC and NBCSN combined to telecast 20 NHL games over the comparable period.

This is a network decision that several industry sources in touch with Slap Shots over the past two weeks interpret as nothing less than the league’s U.S. national television rights-holder giving a symbolic middle finger to Gary Bettman and the Board of Governors for withholding its players from one of NBC’s most important properties.

The gap between the above-cited dates did exist in the telecast schedule released by NBC in July. But it had been assumed the network would announce added games at a later date.

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