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The New Look Nashville Predators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

I still think the Nashville Predators are bound to come back to earth following their hot start to the season -- one that has them with the surprising lead in the stacked Central Division -- but the Preds secured another win Tuesday night, downing the Arizona Coyotes 4-3. New coach Peter Laviolette might have revitalized this team with a needed change in message, but Tuesday's win also underscored some key offseason moves by general manager David Poile.

more on the Preds plus Burnside on the Canucks and Islanders, Custance on Chicago's goalies and LeBrun on the Lightning...

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The Star Player And Barry Trotz

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

We’re still in the honeymoon of this relationship, with the Capitals unbeaten at 3-0-2 as they open their three-game Western Canadian swing against the Edmonton Oilers tonight. Yet it seemed fitting to ask Trotz, Washington’s fifth head coach since Ovechkin entered the league in 2005, how he plans to get the 51 goals out of his superstar winger, but shore up the minus-35 defensive rating.

“Dominik Hasek used to say, a star player starts each year at minus-10,” began the coach, referring to the desperate situations near the end of games, when a team goes all out to score and so often gives a goal up. Or the fact that the best players face the best competition, and thus, are bound to surrender more goals than someone playing against the other team’s fourth line.

“So star players start out at minus-10. How (Ovechkin) got the other minus-25, I’m not quite sure,” Trotz said with a laugh. “There are some things in his game that he is committed to change. Not all of (his deficiencies) were Alex’s fault. Some of the things he was asked to do, it probably took away from him defensively. The player that I know has been very good in all those areas.”

Normally in a column about Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals, it’s right around now where one points out that nothing this club does in the regular season matters anymore. 

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Slava Voynov’s Attorney Says There Was No Crime

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The lawyer for Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov said he interviewed the victim of Voynov’s alleged domestic abuse incident for more than an hour Tuesday and, “it’s clear to me there was no crime here,” and doubts his client will even be charged with an offense.

Craig Renetzky, a criminal lawyer who is representing Voynov in the matter, said the language barrier, both on the part of Voynov and the alleged victim, has created a misunderstanding and that the victim’s injuries that caused her to be hospitalized were the result of an accident. Voynov was arrested early Monday morning at a Los Angeles area hospital after staff at the hospital notified police of a possible domestic abuse case. Voynov was immediately suspended indefinitely by the NHL, but has yet to be charged with anything pending a police investigation.

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NHL Short Notes

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COMEBACKS, OVERTIMES HIGHLIGHT TUESDAY’S GAMES
Of the 10 games contested Tuesday:
 
* Seven saw a team overcome a deficit at any point in the game to pick up a win (BOS, NYR, TOR, MTL, NSH, FLA, TBL).
 
* Six were tied or within one goal entering the third period (SJS-BOS, NYR-NJD, DET-MTL, ARI-NSH, FLA-COL, TBL-CGY).
 
* Five featured a third-period comeback that eventually led to a win (BOS, NYR, MTL, NSH, TBL).
 
* Five went past regulation, including four that were decided in overtime (NYR-NJD, MTL-DET, FLA-COL, TBL-CGY).
 
* Two saw a tying goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation (DET-MTL, TBL-CGY). Both clubs that tied the game (MTL, TBL) went on to win their respective contests.

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How’s John Tortorella And Other Ex-Coaches

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from James Duthie of TSN,

I get asked about Tortorella more than anyone else. He is the poster boy for how opposite a personality a man can have when he isn't in front of the microphones every night defending his power play. When he was at TSN, Torts was church-boy polite. Shy almost. He would struggle not to doze off during the double-headers because his usual bedtime is 9pm. Our top-ten lists show the one or two short clips when he got angry on the panel, ripping Sean Avery and The Quiz. The endless replays of those brief soundbites warp everyone's memory of the five months Torts spent with us. Reality is, he was mostly calm and quiet (to a fault for television), and said almost nothing controversial. Then he got the back behind the bench in New York, and later Vancouver, and...well we all watched it.

I checked in on Torts this week. He sounds happy (if you can actually "sound" something in a few texts), spending most of his time keeping up with the careers of his two grown children, and working with his wife on animal welfare causes (they have a house full of rescued dogs). I tried to ask a couple of hockey questions, but he chose not to answer, opting instead to just ask about my kids...and dogs. Wounds still too fresh, I assume.

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NHL Broadcast Battle In Canada

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via the CP at CBC,

Two of Canada's largest sports broadcasters are facing off over whose customers get free access to exclusive NHL content.

Bell TV says that the GamePlus mobile app should be made available for free to all NHL GameCentre Live subscribers, not just those who are customers of Rogers Communications.

Bell makes the demand in a filing to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

The owner of TSN and other businesses that compete with Rogers says that CRTC rules prohibit its Toronto-based rival from giving its own customers preferential access to the GamePlus mobile app.

Bell argues that GamePlus is being made exclusively available to Rogers mobile and home Internet customers, providing them with features such as on-ice camera angles from NHL hockey games broadcast under a 12-year agreement.

Rogers has until Nov. 20 to respond formally to the complaint.

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  Tags: bell, rogers

It’s What The Wings Do

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

There are times when Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland wonders whether this is it, if the trend-line for his team has finally started pointing downward.

“I think about it,” he said, standing in an empty Bell Centre on Tuesday afternoon, “but I’m going to battle against it. I want to compete against it.”

Gravity pulls objects relentlessly earthward, except for the Wings.

For 23 straight seasons, the men from Michigan have participated in the post-season. They could have been forgiven for packing their tent last spring, diminished as they were by injury. But they didn’t need yours or anyone else’s sympathy – the Wings made the playoffs because it’s what they do.

continue for a look at last night's game and the Wings' future...

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Video- Clint Malarchuk On His Mental Illness

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via TSN Tube,

Former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk, joined by his good friends Steve Ludzik and Rick Dudley, shared his bouts with mental illness and the story about his road to recovery on Off the Record with Michael Landsberg.

 

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The Suspension Of Slava Voynov

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

If the NHL waits for the legal process to play out before lifting Slava Voynov’s indefinite suspension, he will almost certainly end up serving one of the longer bans in league history.

Consider: The Los Angeles Kings are scheduled to play 18 times before the defenceman is even due in court on Dec. 1 — and that could be just the beginning if domestic abuse charges are pursued against him in California. Some cases drag on for years.

Absent a quick legal resolution, the NHL is left in an unenviable spot. How can it fairly be expected to serve as judge, jury and executioner?

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Uh Oh Vancouver

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

If you happen to be a Vancouver Canucks fan a little prone to paranoid feelings about your team, Tuesday night’s 6-3 loss in Dallas presented a considerable quandary.

This team presented so many worries it was hard to differentiate which was the most distressing.

Was it the fact they gave up six goals being dynamited out of the building of a team they owned two years ago? Was it Ryan Miller’s performance in goal in his first game against a team that in some way represents the strength of the Western Conference? Was it the fact it seems to take this team 15 to 20 good scoring chances, and in this case 46 shots, to end up with three goals? Was it all the chances they blew in the first period when they had the opportunity of changing the complexion of the game?

Whatever evil is deemed the greatest ill, let it not be said this team isn’t entertaining, as we outline elsewhere, written before the game. While it was blowout city, you certainly have to take the fun of this one over the droning of last year when scoring chances were few and goals were shorter than John Tortorella.

Where else do you see red lights coming so fast the air horn in Dallas barely stops before it has to be cranked up again?

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