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Afternoon Line- Barry Trotz On Alex Ovechkin

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Topics Of The Day- Ouellet, Mrazek And Nestrasil

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The lineup will feature Petr Mrazek starting in goal, and defenseman Xavier Ouellet subbing in for Brendan Smith, who is out 10 days with an infected hand. Coach Mike Babcock has high regard for both Mrazek and Ouellet, two 21-year-olds who have impressed with steady play in prior appearances during call-ups from the minors.

Of Ouellet, Babcock said, "we just want him to come in, move the puck, go back, play like he can. He played real well for us in training camp. We didn't have any room for him. We called him up, we could have easy not put him in, but we just decided that he's played well for us."

The plan all along was to play Mrazek against the Jets, to spell Jimmy Howard.

"I don't believe you can play your starter every game," Babcock said. "I think the other guy has got to play between 15-20 games in our league. So every once in a while, you've just got to give the other guy an opportunity. Petr's played real well for us, it's kind of like with X, in exhibition, and we thought he was great in training camp. He gets an opportunity tonight."


St. James also has reaction of Nestrasil heading to Carolina...

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Numbers Not Great For The Los Angeles Kings

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from Stephen Burtch of Sportsnet,

After winning their second Stanley Cup in three years, and starting the 2014-15 season with a bang, the Los Angeles Kings are off track.

The season began with the Kings playing seven of their first eight games at home. They convincingly won six straight at the Staples Center before hitting the road with a 6-1-1 record. But they lost four straight to start the trip, before winning the final game. Heading back to L.A. didn’t improve things and, despite playing four of five on home ice, the Kings sported a 3-4-3 record over the past 10 heading into their game Tuesday night (they beat Florida 5-2). They just aren’t striking fear into the hearts of opponents like they once did.

While the Kings have appeared dominant the past few years, they haven’t raced out to amazing early win-loss records. Superficially, it appears there is nothing to worry about, as the Kings are traditionally slow starters and strong finishers. (The past two seasons they had 22 and 23 points through 18 games.) Unfortunately for the Kings, that isn’t quite how this story goes.Score Adjusted Corsi tells us more about what to expect than the number of points the Kings have accumulated.


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Andrew Ladd On The Jets’ Mindset Going Into Tonight’s Game With The Wings

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from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,

"It’s going to be a good test for us," said captain Andrew Ladd. "But at the end of the day I think it’s our confidence in what we can do in here and how hard we play from our end out that’s key to whether we’re successful or not.

"We’ve found a formula that gives us success. You can see that everyone is excited to play every night and excited about what we can do. You don’t get that feeling of disappointment every night… we’re really good at rallying and getting back up and being positive about what’s going on, whether things are going good or things are going bad.

"The best teams in the league or that I’ve played on are always great defensively. That’s the starting point that we need to nail down. We’ve done a good job of cementing what we need to do from our end out and that’s got to continue to be our backbone, regardless of whether we’re scoring goals or have the offence clicking every night. We know that that defence is there and it’s something we can fall back on and win a game with."

a bit more...

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Coaches And GMs Under Pressure

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from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

It’s never easy to see somebody lose his job, even in the big-dollar world of the NHL, but it does help to be prepared. So here’s a look at 10 seats around the league that are already getting warm or worse.

Sharks Coach Todd McLellan

Why he’s in trouble: McLellan has been on the hot seat for years, and his firing seemed like a sure thing after last season’s playoff collapse against the Kings. He was given a surprising reprieve by GM Doug Wilson, who vowed to overhaul the roster instead. That led into the summer’s odd standoff with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, and the team emerged without a captain but with essentially an unchanged core. So far, that patience hasn’t paid off, as the team has hovered around the .500 mark....

Flyers Coach Craig Berube

Why he’s in trouble: He’s the head coach of the Flyers, which is one of those positions where the seat starts getting warm on the day you take the job. That’s especially true when the team struggles to get over .500, which the Flyers have for much of the season. And he’s working for a GM who didn’t hire him; Ron Hextall was the assistant GM when Berube got the job last season, and could want to put his own guy in place now that he’s in charge....

more on each of the above plus more 'hot seat' candidates...

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Pavel Datsyuk Not Skating At Morning Skate In Winnipeg

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Media on site in Winnipeg say Pavel Datsyuk is not skating, all other Wings are.

Updated as needed...

added 12:42pm,


added 12:52pm,


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Andrej Nestrasil Off To Carolina

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RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has claimed forward Andrej Nestrasil on waivers from the Detroit Red Wings. Nestrasil will join the Hurricanes on their current road swing which continues tonight at Los Angeles.

“Andrej is a young player with good size who we feel can contribute to our group of forwards,” said Francis. “He has improved in each of his pro seasons and took a big step last year with Grand Rapids.” 

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Something Has To Be Done In Edmonton

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There was so much focus on Toronto yesterday in the aftermath of the embarrassing loss to the Predators, but I suspect we need to keep just as close an eye on Edmonton, where the Oilers dropped to 0-9-1 against Western Conference teams this season with the loss to Vancouver. Simply unacceptable.

I know management in Edmonton was not going to sit on its hands and let another debacle of a season roll by without any action. They're craving a trade for a center, although that's easier said than done. And you wonder about the job security for Eakins if the losses continue. Not sure exactly which direction Oilers management will go, but if the losing continues, I'll be shocked if something doesn't happen in the next month or two.

read on for Strang, Burnside and Custance on either the Leafs or the Oilers...

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Video- David Poile And Dave Nonis Talk Goalie Interference And Video Review

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from Sportsnet,

Elliotte Friedman sat down with David Poile and Dave Nonis to talk about what the general managers talk about at the GM Meetings, and what topics are peaking their interest at the moment.

It sounds to me the GMs still are not 100% behind video review...


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NHL Short Notes

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The 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote, presented by SiriusXM, opens today at 12:00 p.m. ET at NHL.com/vote and via mobile phones. All 700-plus active players are on the ballot, which includes enhanced interactive features designed to simplify the player search options for fans.
The ballot page at NHL.com/vote will include a leaderboard of the top vote-getters as well as trending players. Vote totals will be posted on NHL.com every Tuesday, starting Nov. 25.
Voting concludes Thursday, Jan. 1, with the top six vote-getters by position – three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender – set to take part in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game.
The fifth annual USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by the NHL and hosted by the Capitals, begins today at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The event is part of the fourth annual Come Play Hockey Month, a joint effort between USA Hockey and the NHL.
The record 18-team field for the USA Hockey Sled Classic will include 200-plus athletes. Ten members of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that won gold in Sochi, as well as 11 current members of the 2014-15 U.S. National Sled Team, will participate in the tournament.
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