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The Vastly Improved New York Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

When general manager Garth Snow traded for defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy just four days before the start of the season, almost all around the league applauded the moves and immediately inserted the Islanders into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Yet to be at 31-14-1 and in first place 46 games into the season? To be four points ahead of the Penguins (who have on game in hand)? And to be five points ahead of the defending Eastern Conference champions and blood rival, the Rangers — who just so happened to win 16 of 19 before the break, yet still hold two games in hand.

“I’m very pleased up until this point with our hockey club,” Capuano said. “We’ve done a lot of good things, not only winning hockey games, but how we’re winning games and how we’re playing within the structure and the framework that we talk about every day.”

The thing is Capuano isn’t holding some secret motivational tool (as much as he often sounds like an excerpt from Rhonda Byrne or Tony Robbins). Instead, the motivation has come simply from piling up wins, which has come from the addition of new players who are playing well and have added depth.

Sometimes, it’s really as simple as getting better players.

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Video- A Couple of Hacks, A Couple Of Whacks And A Slew-Foot From Dion Phaneuf

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The results...

13:49 Toronto Dion Phaneuf - Fighting - 5 minutes
13:49 Toronto Dion Phaneuf - Slashing - 2 minutes
13:49 Ottawa Milan Michalek - Slashing - 2 minutes
13:49 Ottawa Milan Michalek - Fighting - 5 minutes

 

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf, milan+michalek

Video- Recap Of The NHL Games Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just about four minutes of highlights from the six NHL games on Wednesday night.

 

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Bobrovsky injured during Jets game

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

This might make the All-Star Game's goaltending situation...interesting:

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, sergei+bobrovsky

McKenzie: NHL to announce 2016 Stadium Series participants soon; Wings will play Avs in Denver

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Per TSN's Bob McKenzie:

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The Battle Between Jerry Moyes And The NHL Continues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

A U.S. bankruptcy judge has reiterated that the NHL should not receive the $145 million it demanded from former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes.

Moyes became the controlling owner of the financially troubled team and its new arena in 2006.

Two years later, he told the NHL that he couldn't afford to fund the team's operating losses. The Coyotes' losses have eclipsed $50 million per season. In 2009, the NHL was told that Moyes was discussing a possible sale of the team to Jim Balsillie and that Balsillie planned to relocate the Coyotes to Hamilton.

The NHL demanded that Moyes stop negotiating with Balsillie. Moyes responded by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the team and its assets, and he executed a sales agreement for the team to Balsillie.

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The Improved Dylan Larkin

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Dave Goricki of the Detroit News,

All the hype this season has gone to Boston University freshman Jack Eichel, but Larkin has been equally impressive with the Wolverines, especially since coming back from the World Junior games.

Eichel, the leading scorer (11 goals, 34 points) in college hockey, is expected to be a top two pick in the upcoming NHL Draft. He was recently showcased with a three-page spread in Sports Illustrated and is said by the publication to be "them most anticipated U.S. prospect since Bobby Carpenter in 1981."

Larkin, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound center, wears the No. 19 jersey and thrills Michigan fans like Steve Yzerman got Red Wings fans out of their seats.

Larkin outperformed Eichel in the World Junior Championships and was the team's leading scorer despite not playing on the power play....

Larkin had a solid first half, being more of a play-making center. He had three goals and 16 points in his first 15 games, then came back to help the Wolverines sweep No. 9 Minnesota, chipping in with a goal and an assist in a 4-3 in overtime Jan. 9 and scoring two goals in a 7-5 win the following night to earn Berenson his 800th career victory.

He had two goals and two assists last Friday in a 10-6 rout of Ohio State and now has eight goals and 25 points this season.

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Evening Line- Jeff Blair On Eric Staal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What a season this has been for the Leafs. At one point, adding Eric Staal seemed like a dream scenario, maybe even for both sides. Now? If you’re Eric Staal, why on Earth would you want to bother getting involved with Toronto at this time?

-Jeff Blair of Sportsnet where you can read more on this topic.

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  Tags: eric+staal

Fans Letting Zac Rinaldo Know How They Feel After Hit On Kris Letang

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Miller of NJ.com,

Pittsburgh Penguins fans are outraged at Flyers left wing Zac Rinaldo.

They're angry over a dirty hit that injured Letang in the first period of the Flyers' 3-2 overtime victory on Tuesday night a Wells Fargo Center and disgusted about Rinaldo's postgame comments in which he bragged that he "changed the game" and "might have changed" his club's fortunes in what's been a bad season.

Since his hit, Rinaldo has been getting bashed virtually nonstop with messages sent to his @rinaldozac Twitter account, many of which were quite vulgar.

Others kept it clean by calling Rinaldo a disgrace, thug, beer leaguer, embarrassment, idiot, Neanderthal, coward, punk, puke, scumbag, tooth bag, meathead, dirty, useless, moron, garage, trash, scrub, goon and savage.

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Something tells me that Tomas Tatar isn’t going to the All-Star Game

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I try to stay out of players' social media lives when they post non-hockey-related stuff--because I believe they deserve some basic level of privacy if they're not talking about hockey--but this picture probably serves as the most definitive proof that Tomas Tatar won't be heading to Columbus to represent the Wings at the All-Star Game.

That could change, but at this point, it appears that Columbus will be Red Wing-free come Saturday and Sunday, in no small part because the Czech-and-Slovakian Brothers are on vacation:

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