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KK- How To Help Kukla’s Korner

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I usually do a semi-annual post on the ways to help out KK but this time it is a little different.

I have started a GoFundMe page which allows you to donate and improve KK.

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Kris Letang Has A Concussion

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via Sam Kasan of the Penguins' website,

Head coach Mike Johnston had a few updates on the game...

  • Johnston confirmed that defenseman Kris Letang has a concussion. He's been released from the hospital, but will not be in the lineup tonight.
  • Johnston said the team will go with five defensemen for the game and, if need be, Winnik could drop back to defense if needed.
  • Perron is doubtful for the game and "probably out" per Johnston. He missed Saturday's 3-2 win against Arizona with an illness.

 

 

 

Below, watch the hit on Letang who tumbled into the end boards...

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NHL Short Notes

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DUCKS CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH, TAKE OVER FIRST IN LEAGUE STANDINGS
Knotted at 1-1 after 20 minutes, the Ducks scored a pair of second-period goals – including the eventual winning marker by Andrew Cogliano – to clinch their third consecutive playoff berth and 11th in franchise history.
 

 

* At 48-22-7 (103 points), the Ducks also moved into first place in the NHL standings, where the top six teams are separated by four points.

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The Minnesota Wild’s Run To The Playoffs

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Back on Jan. 27, the Wild was buried in 12th place and 16 points behind the Chicago Blackhawks. This morning, at least for one day, the Wild kicked the Blackhawks into a wild-card spot, leapfrogged the star-studded rival for third-place in the Central Division and put itself in terrific mathematical position to make the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

With six games left in the regular season, that is quite an achievement when one considers how down and out this team was before Dubnyk came to the rescue Jan. 14. In the past nine weeks, the Wild is an NHL-best 24-5-1 to become the toast of the NHL. It hasn’t lost by more than a goal since Jan. 19, hasn’t lost consecutive games since Jan. 19-20 or consecutive games in regulation in 34 starts by Dubnyk (26-6-2).

Under Dubnyk, the Wild has outscored its opponents 104-57 for a league-best (by far) plus-47 goal differential. To be clear: 57 goals allowed in 34 games from a team that allowed 58 in the 14 games before Dubnyk’s acquisition.

“I don’t remember having this many games in such a short period of time,” captain Mikko Koivu said after he and linemate Nino Niederreiter each scored two goals against the Kings. “The last two months, it’s been a lot of hockey. I think this break will be good for us.

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Justin Abdelkader’s Game And Notes Before The Detroit Red Wings Meet The New York Islanders

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George Malik of The Malik Report has an extensive preview of today's game between the Wings and Islanders.

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

It's almost April, and only two Detroit Red Wings have scored more goals than Justin Abdelkader.

Who could have predicted that?

Abdelkader scored his 23rd goal in Saturday's 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Joe Louis Arena.

The grinding, physical forward continues to build on a breakout season. He has more than doubled his previous career-high in goals (10) and has been particularly hot of late, with a goal in four consecutive games and 10 goals in his past 13 games.

"As a player I just feel more confident out there," Abdelkader said. "This league is a tough league to come in as a young player. Just kind of figuring out my game, then I got an opportunity a few years back during the lockout year to play with Pav (Datsyuk). Getting more ice time there, getting some power play time.

"Anytime you see the puck going in for you it gives you confidence and you feel better when it's on your stick. When I get the chances I'm just bearing down. I feel confident with the puck and I'm making good shots."

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Unsafe Hockey Helmets

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from Steve Fainaru of ESPN,

More than a quarter of all helmets worn by hockey players, from the NHL to youth leagues, are unsafe, according to an independent study provided to "Outside the Lines" that ranked hockey helmets based on their ability to reduce concussion risk.

Out of 32 helmets in the marketplace that were tested by researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, nine failed to earn a single star on a five-star scale and were classified as "not recommended." Just one helmet, made by Warrior Sports, received three stars. The rest received one or two stars.

"In general, they're low performers," said Stefan Duma, the head of Virginia Tech's department of biomedical engineering and mechanics, which spent three years and $500,000 developing the ratings. The study did not receive funding from the helmet industry.

Hockey players wearing the "not recommended" helmets risk incurring at least six concussions per season, and in some cases more than eight, according to Virginia Tech.

"We don't think anybody should be playing in these helmets," Duma said of the non-recommended models.

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Good Goal Or Bad Goal

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via Dave Hodge of TSN,

Thumbs down to the ongoing confusion about what constitutes a "good goal" that is propelled into the net by a skate.

The first goal in yesterday's 4-2 win by the Boston Bruins over the New York Rangers was a deliberate attempt by Boston's Milan Lucic to score a goal that way. He slid his right skate to make contact with the puck, thus, changing its direction, and sending it into the net. "No goal" was the call on the ice. Video review changed the call and the Bruins were ahead 1-0.

The ref's opinion was easily supported, but so was the decision to award the goal. If that sounds crazy, it fully explains the problem the NHL has dealt with for what seems forever. And there is only one solution, which is to allow all goals scored directly from skates.

You hear it said that players, especially goalies, would be in danger if kicking at pucks became legal, but kicking at pucks is legal. You just can't kick them into the net. It doesn't mean players don't use their skates to try to control pucks, to free them from scrums. What players don't do is kick wildly with their skates, near the crease or anywhere else on the ice. They wouldn't start doing that if a rule said they could score goals with their skates in any fashion. As it is, they try to score goals with their skates and hope they get the benefit of the rule that nobody really understands.

You can review the goal here...

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The Great Connor McDavid

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from Matt Higgins of the New York Times,

For Connor McDavid, an 18-year-old center for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League and the most anticipated N.H.L. prospect in decades, compliments accrue as steadily as goals and assists.

The Otters’ assistant coach Jay McKee, who played 13 seasons as an N.H.L. defenseman, has been known to pull out his phone on the bench during games to record a clip of McDavid’s dazzling play.

Tim Murray, general manager of the Buffalo Sabres, a self-described “glass-half-empty guy” not given to giddy appraisals, said he has not seen a better junior player. “I watch him too much and I think too much about him,” said Murray, who has been scouting teenage N.H.L. prospects for 23 seasons. “I wish I could help myself.”

Sherry Bassin, the Otters’ 75-year-old owner who possesses a lifetime of hockey memories and a voice like an old record, scratchy and faint, recalled that the Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk, who coaches the O.H.L. rival Barrie Colts, said of McDavid: “He skates like Bobby Orr. He has the vision of Wayne Gretzky. And he handles the puck like Mario Lemieux.”

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Prepare For A Long Playoff Run In Tampa

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from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Tampa Bay will be in the playoffs. The biggest question that remains is how far it can go once it gets there.

In one word: deep.

This team is noticeably better — and more playoff-ready — than the one that got swept in the first round by the Canadiens last April.

"It's night and day," coach Jon Cooper.

The difference starts in net. Had Ben Bishop, a Vezina Trophy finalist last year, not dislocated an elbow shortly before last year's playoffs, Tampa Bay might have had a different fate. Sure, Bishop doesn't have playoff experience, but with him and touted rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy as his backup, Cooper feels like he has two No. 1s.

There's also better depth. Tampa Bay, the league's highest-scoring team, can wear teams down by rolling four lines. The "Triplets" — Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov — form one of the most productive, dynamic lines in the league. Steven Stamkos has 40 goals. Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said the Lighting's third line is like a first line. And fourth-line center Brian Boyle has 15 goals. Usually in the playoffs secondary scoring is vital, and few teams have more of it than Tampa Bay. Every forward is a threat and responsible defensively.

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The Play Of Jimmy Howard And A Dougie Hamilton Offer Sheet?

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

- Cam Ward, Mike Smith, Kari Lehtonen, and Antti Niemi are examples of well-paid goalies who are not doing enough to earn their salaries. At his current pace, Jimmy Howard may join that group. The ex-Maine Black Bear, under contract with the Red Wings through 2019 at nearly $5.3 million annually, is not up to his previous standard of play following a groin injury. Howard missed most of January and part of February. He’s been struggling to catch up. On Thursday, Howard was pulled after letting in three goals on 10 shots to San Jose. Petr Mrazek, who relieved Howard, could be the starter in the playoffs at this rate. Detroit is a good team. But below-average goaltending will sink anybody in the playoffs.

- Dougie Hamilton has missed four games because of an undisclosed injury suffered March 21 against Florida. The Bruins remain optimistic that Hamilton will return before the end of the regular season. They could use his three-zone presence. This has been a strong third NHL season for Hamilton (10-32—42, 21:20 of ice time per game). Hamilton’s growth only increases the odds that a desperate team such as Edmonton will sign him to an offer sheet. The Bruins will match at any price, but an offer sheet of $6 million annually would throw off the Bruins’ budget. They’d prefer to sign him to a second contract more in line with what Minnesota gave Jonas Brodin ($4,166,667 per season over six years). This may be wishful thinking.

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