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From the Dub: Welcome to the new world

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

Here in the WHL, the long wait for the new season is over. The regular season is underway across the league. With nine players away at NHL Camps or injured, the Winterhawks found themselves in unfamiliar territory with two consecutive losses to the Seattle Thunderbirds and the Prince George Cougars last weekend. But It didn't dampen the excitement of a new season, nor did it lessen the thrill of seeing seven new players suited up in a Winterhawks jersey, one of whom is already a fan favorite (16-year-old Skyler McKenzie). It's a brave new world here in the Dub, and not just in Portland. It's that festive time of year when my thoughts shift to how our new players see the season to come. 

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Wings’ Practice Update

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Two practice sessions today, one at 10:00am and the other at 11:30am.

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Wings first practice group (those who didn't play last night) on the ice. Helm (broken nose) is skating.

Helm not taking part in line rushes, so he doesn't appear ready to play tomorrow.

Wings skating with these lines: Franzen-Zetterberg-Nyquist, Frk-Weiss-Ferraro, Porter-Glendening-Callahan, Barnes/Hoggan-Zengerle-Pulkkinen

No game today but on Saturday, the Bruins visit with puck drop just after 7:00pm.

added 10:30am, also via Khan,

On defense, DeKeyser-Kindl, Quincey-Smith, Lashoff-Backman. Extras: Paetsch-Evans. Gustavsson and Mrazek in goal with Coreau rotating in.

added 11:46am, via Khan, the second group is skating....

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Bob McKenzie Takes A Look At The Top Prospects

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Seven to three.

It reads like a runaway, a blowout, a foregone conclusion.

But - and you're going to have to trust me on this - it's not. At least not if the subject is who will go No. 1 overall in the 2015 NHL Draft: Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel.

And yet when TSN surveyed 10 NHL team head scouts in the first week of September and asked them who they would take first overall - McDavid or Eichel - if the draft were being held that day, seven of the 10 opted for the dynamic Canadian centre of the Erie Otters over the physically-dominant American centre of the Boston University Terriers.

It is, however, far closer than the numbers would suggest.

"I go back and forth every week between the two," said one NHL head scout who chose McDavid. "When I saw McDavid dominate the U-18 as a double underager, I didn't think anyone would ever touch him. Then I saw Eichel outplay McDavid at last year's World Junior Championship and I realized not only is it a two-horse race but Eichel may be in the lead. I can't tell you how many times since then I've changed my mind. It's that close."

continued and the Top 15 prospects here...

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Sabres Tank Watchers Have No Reason For Shame

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

If that small, morally superior legion of Sabres fans and media thumbing their noses at the "Dishonor For Connor" and "Win Jack for Jack" movements is still out there this morning, my advice is to lay low and keep quiet for a few days.

Jack Eichel was a cut above every other player on the ice in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game last night in Buffalo, notching a goal and an assist and taking home game MVP honors. 

Meanwhile, the Big Day featuring he and fellow wunderkind Connor McDavid is nine months from today in Florida.

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  Tags: connor+mcdavid+sabres, jack+eichel+sabres, sabres+tank+watch

Previewing The Colorado Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet,

A dozen reporters and analysts from Sportsnet’s hockey brain trust — Doug MacLean, John Shannon, Chris Johnston, Damien Cox, Mark Spector, et al. — submitted a list ranking all the teams in order of how they think the NHL season will shake out. We crunched the numbers and will be unveiling our consensus standings prediction from worst to first.

Colorado is our 12th-ranked team.

Biggest story line to watch: Tracking the continued development of Colorado’s young guns will likely be the most interesting story line to follow this year. MacKinnon won the Calder Trophy after scoring 24 goals and 63 points, and many think he’s on a quick path to superstardom. Meanwhile, Ryan O’Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene are no slouches themselves, all scoring more than 20 goals and 60 points last season and joining MacKinnon to form a terrific offensive core of dynamic players in their early 20s. The continued development of that quartet could make the Avs one of the most exciting teams to watch in 2014-15 and might be enough to make everyone forget about the team’s defensive woes.

2014-15 prediction: It will be difficult for the Avalanche to repeat the incredible heights of their breakout 2013-14 season, especially if they don’t get better on the back end, but this is still a playoff team in a strong Western Conference.


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Marc Methot Dealing With A Bad Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Methot couldn't participate in Friday's skate test, but practised Saturday and played in Sunday's intra-squad game. He has not participated in any of the team's four exhibitions since, nor was he able to take part in Thursday's practice.

While negotiations on a contract extension for Methot have hit a standstill, there exists rumours the Senators are looking to trade him. Meanwhile, on Thursday MacLean labelled Methot a "top pairing" defenceman that is "virtually important to the success" of the team.

"We've tried to really monitor this, and be on top of this," MacLean said of Methot's injury. "Is it frustrating? For Marc, it is frustrating. For myself, we need him on the ice healthy, not 80 percent. At the start of the season we need players at 100 percent. When I say 70 or 80, I'm using that as a general term.

"In Marc's situation, he has something that's keeping him off the ice and we're trying to make sure we get it taken care of before the season starts. We're not going to just shovel him out there, just to have him out there. We want to make sure he's going to be able to do the things that he can do. We need him to be all that he can be, not just out there at 70%."


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Is More Netting Needed To Protect NHL Fans?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Savini of CBS Chicago,

Just like football, hockey is a physical and powerful sport, but with players hitting pucks at well over 100 mph. Is enough being done to protect fans?

CBS 2’s Dave Savini sat down with a Blackhawks fan who suffered brain damage and hearing loss.

At least three people were injured last season at the United Center, including a Yorkville man who may never be the same.

Chip Green suffered a severe head injury. He was struck by a puck during a Blackhawks playoff game against Minnesota in May....

he couple wants the NHL to make safety changes. To keep fans safe, the Greens say safety nets should be expanded to cover the corners of the rinks, too.

Chip Green was sitting just above the safety glass where the netting ends when he was struck by a corner shot from Blackhawks star Duncan Keith....

Green’s attorney filed a lawsuit Thursday against the United Center and NHL, which has not responded to CBS 2’s request for comment.


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Mike Babcock On The Play Of Tomas Nosek And Andrej Nestrasil

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Forwards Tomas Nosek and Andrej Nestrasil were two of the Detroit Red Wings unknown commodities entering the preseason.

Nosek is new to North America after playing in the Czech Elite League the last three seasons while Nestrasil hadn't appeared in an NHL exhibition game during his first three pro seasons in the Red Wings' organization.

But the two Czechs took a step in the right direction Thursday night, getting a goal and an assist apiece in a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena.

"Nosek was really good, and Nestrasil is getting better," said coach Mike Babcock. "Those guys in particular were really good. (Nosek is) a man. He's smart, he's confident, he's a good player, he's got skill, he does good things. Big body, I really like him a lot.

"Nesty's a guy that struggled when he first started here and he's really got himself in shape and looks like he's going to be a player. Nosek is a player."


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I Guess We Can Call This A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

No TV that I know of but you might be able to listen to the game via Chicago radio.

So feel free to discuss the action between Detroit and Chicago.

Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET.

Make that 8:00pm, Chicago had airplane issues.

With no TV, maybe a few of you can do play-by-play of the radio description or even better, just make stuff up!

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Ryan Ellis Agrees To Terms With The Nashville Predators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nashville, Tenn. (September 25, 2014) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Ryan Ellis. Full contract terms will follow on Friday, when Ellis is expected to arrive in Nashville.


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