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Proposal of the century? Predators pro helps fan pop the question in epic style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By Stacy,

If you wanted to pull off the ultimate marriage proposal, where would you choose? A fancy restaurant? The top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris? A hot air balloon? Or maybe you would take your girl to see a hockey game and ask the big question while you were there?

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Space For The Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The low-and-slow approach has its place, and not just on the grill with a hunk of pork shoulder.

It’s one of the guidelines that centers have to keep in mind in the defensive zone. Today’s game encourages go-go pace. But the men in the middle require alternative thinking if they are to perform their jobs correctly. ...

Centers are best known for being playmakers. Pivots such as Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, John Tavares, Nicklas Backstrom, and Evgeni Malkin excel on the attack by driving play, controlling the puck, and amplifying the skills of their wingers. They earn their paychecks for how they put numbers on the scoreboard and dollars in their teammates’ accounts.

But the hardest part about playing the position takes place at the other end of the rink when they’re chasing pucks instead of handling them. Centers, more than any other players, have to master the art of spacing to shadow opponents, support teammates, and initiate the defense-to-offense transition.

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Live Blog- A Matinee Affair Against The Blues

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Stop your shopping, stop your shoveling, stop everything.

It's Wings/Blues.

Blues are good, the Wings are so/so.

Discuss.

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Prospect news: Zablocki traded to Lethbridge; Wallner on the Griffins’ struggles

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the WHL, the WHL's website reports that Red Wings prospect Lane Zablocki has been traded from the Red Deer Rebels to the Lethbridge Hurricanes:

The ever-crafty general manager of the Lethbridge Hurricanes struck the latest jaw-dropping trade Friday evening just before 11 p.m. MT, sending 17-year-old forward Josh Tarzwell, a second-round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft up the highway to the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for high-scoring 19-year-old Detroit Red Wings prospect Lane Zablocki.

“We felt by adding a guy like Zablocki, the way he plays, how hard he plays, how hard he competes and his ability to score big goals is one of the things that jumps out at you,” Anholt said in a team release.

“The injury to [Ryan] Vandervlis pushed this on a little bit further. We saw what Zablocki could do in the playoffs against us in the playoffs with his experience. He’s a quality player and I think any time you have a chance to add that kind of quality, you have to give it a look.”

Zablocki, a 6-foot, 182-pound product of Wetaskiwin, Alta., has managed 19 points (9G-10A) through 31 games with the Rebels this season. Over the course of 167 career WHL regular season games split between Red Deer and the Regina Pats, Zablocki has collected 110 points (55G-55A).

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And in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner penned an article about the Grand Rapids Griffins' struggles thus far:

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How About 34 Teams In The NHL?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The NHL's commitment to considering Seattle as its 32nd team makes it tempting to wonder whether the NHL is en route to becoming a 34-team league....

This was a logical step for the NHL because there has long been a fascination with Seattle’s potential. Plus, Seattle is a natural fit to join the Western Conference, thereby balancing the league again with 16 teams in each conference.

From there, it’s not a significant leap to see the NHL embracing Houston as the 33rd team and then Quebec City becoming No. 34. Houston is the USA’s fourth-largest city in terms of population. Adding Houston expands the NHL’s television reach.

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A Weird Night For Hockey Related Tweets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First off Adrian Dater with a night he will probably never forget.

It started out good...

 

Getting bad...

 

Tme to get nervous...

 

Finally, and there are more tweets within his timeline...

 

Below, let's turn our attention to VGN tweets and media in Nashville...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps

Columbus 5, NEW JERSEY 3
WASHINGTON 4, NY Rangers 2
Vegas 4, NASHVILLE 3 (SO)
CHICAGO 3, Buffalo 2 (OT)
Minnesota 3, ANAHEIM 2 (OT)

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Prospect news: Griffins, Walleye lose; Rasmussen scores 2; Pope 2+1; Holway 1+2

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins are in some trouble. At 9-11-and-3, they're 15 points removed from the Central Division-leading Manitoba Moose, and they keep finding ways to lose, just like their parent team.

The Griffins opened a crucial stretch of 3 games in 3 nights (and a very busy December schedule) with a 4-1 loss to the Rockford IceHogs on Friday night, and without Tyler Bertuzzi (recalled to Detroit) or Turner Elson (injured) in the lineup, the Griffins have some legitimate concerns about their scoring abilities, as the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner noted:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Blues set-up

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings hope to get the jump on an elite opponent as the 19-8-and-2 St. Louis Blues come to town this afternoon (1 PM EST on FSD/FS Midwest/Sportsnet 1/97.1 FM)

The Red Wings (11-12-and-5) own a modest one-game winning streak, and are still attempting to rebound from a 7-game losing streak; the Blues have won 2 straight, including a 4-3 win over Montreal and then a 3-0 win over Dallas on Thursday.

St. Louis has gone 3-2-and-1 over their past 6 games, and they're playing back-to-back games this weekend, also hosting the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. As such, the Blues are concerned about playing Jake Allen in both games--because they just recalled Ville Husso from the AHL--as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas noted:

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Krupa’s Opinion On Ken Holland’s Future In Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

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