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Landon And Ray Ferraro

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

On a typical evening at the office, there are at least a couple of different types of characters that happen by Ray Ferraro’s work space.

Ferraro inhabits the greatest cubicle in the sports business, situated as it is between the benches of NHL rinks, from where he provides colour commentary on TSN broadcasts. As he does, one of those types of players is likely to carry on a running dialogue with him as the game goes on. Ferraro says Bobby Ryan, the Ottawa Senators veteran, is especially chatty. Ditto Phil Kessel, the former Leaf, among many.

And then there’s another category of player: The guy who clearly knows Ferraro is standing there, but never remotely threatens to make eye contact, let alone small talk.

“That’s fine, too,” Ferraro was saying Tuesday.

It was even fine, Ferraro said, when the NHL player he knows best mostly refused to acknowledge his existence on Monday night at the Air Canada Centre. The player was Landon Ferraro, Ray’s 24-year-old son, a late addition to the Bruins lineup in Boston’s 4-3 shootout win over the Maple Leafs.


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The Nashville Predators Are In A Major Goal Scoring Slump

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

Following the Predators' 3-0 loss to the Rangers on Monday, another game in which they arguably dominated in every offensive aspect but the most important, coach Peter Laviolette neatly summed up his team's ongoing woes.

"The guys are trying to score," he said. "It's not dropping right now."

It's been 213 minutes, 47 seconds since Nashville last scored, the longest goalless drought in franchise history by almost 40 minutes. Shut out in three consecutive games for the first time ever, the Predators will attempt to avoid becoming the first team since the 1967-68 Oakland Seals to be held without a goal in four consecutive contests Wednesday against the Sabres.

"Goal-scoring is the single one area that's probably the hardest thing to accomplish in the National Hockey League," Predators general manager David Poile said Tuesday. "We're suffering mightily the last three games. In my estimation, I really thought we deserved a better fate in Columbus (on Friday) and New York (on Monday). Sometimes this happens."


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Jonathan Bernier Ready For His Return

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Jonathan Bernier should wait no longer than the back-to-back games against Winnipeg and Minnesota next week to make his next start.

"I'm excited to get back in," the goaltender said Tuesday. "I don't know when, but when the time comes I've thought I've been ready. The ankle (an injury that first landed him on the bench and opened the door for James Reimer) is getting better and that's the bottom line.

"I feel it a little bit. I think it will last a little bit longer, but that's part of hockey. I don't think anyone plays at 100%. I just have to start fresh, play like it's a new season."

Coach Mike Babcock remains convinced Bernier will work his way back.

"Bottom line, when it's not going the way you want, you've got to get to work and fix it. Confidence is always the biggest thing. You have to earn the right to feel good about yourself by how well you practice. He's been a good goaltender and I'm sure he will be again. So when his next opportunity comes, he has to be ready for it."

continue for more on the Leafs...

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Here Come The Big, Bad Bruins

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Bruins have won five in a row from the Red Wings, dating back to Detroit's 2-1 victory in the 2014-15 season opener. Including the playoffs, Boston has won nine of the past 10 meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals.

"They're big and strong and like to play the game on the wall and be on the cycle," Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader said. "Get the tempo as high as we can and play a fast game. I thought we did a really good job (against) two playoff teams that have Stanley Cup aspirations. Hopefully we can carry that over against a good Boston team that's also playing well."

The Bruins (11-8-1) have won three in a row. The Red Wings (11-8-2) are 3-0-1 in their past four and begin a six-game homestand.

"A couple of good wins on the weekend and as I said to the guys today though, this is a relentless business and we better be good again tomorrow," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "But I like the fact that we've improved as a hockey team."

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Video- Highlights From The NHL Games Played On Tuesday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

19 total goals from the two games played last night.


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Bruins set-up; mo’ charitable news, videos and more stuff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If the 11-8-and-2 Red Wings are to enter the American Thanksgiving holiday in the Atlantic Division's playoff picture, they'll have to snap a 5-game winless streak against the 11-8-and-1 Boston Bruins (7:30 PM EST on FSD/NESN/TVA Sports/97.1 FM). The Red Wings are aware of and complimentary toward their rivals, as they told the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

“Everything comes down to good leadership and the structure they have,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “They have a coach (Claude Julien) who wants them to play a certain way and they know if they play that way, they’ll be successful with it. And they have players like (Patrice) Bergeron, (David) Krejci, and (Brad) Marchand, and big (Zdeno) Chara, and (Tuukka) Rask, it’s not like they’ve lost all their pieces.”

For coach Jeff Blashill, the past history against the Bruins is in the past. Blashill is concentrating on the present, and attempting to match-up with a good Bruins team.

“It’s a much different team,” said Blashill, noting only 11 Bruins players were on the roster opening night 2014-15 compared to now. “We went in there (early November) and lost a game that at times we could have made it a little different game but we didn’t.

“They’re a good hockey team. I watch teams every night, teams are extremely close. The difference is so minimal. They’re a real good hockey team, we’re trying to become a real good hockey team, they’re well coached, they make it hard to get to their net.”

And DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

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Prospect news: Kadeikin’s ice time on increase, Ehn’s on decrease; Grifins file weekly release

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played 12:54 and finished at +1 in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-2 loss to the Ak Bars Kazan;

In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn played 48 seconds in the Frolunda Indians' 4-3 win over Lulea;

In the QMJHL, Evgeny Svechnikov had an assist in the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles' 7-2 loss to Halifax;

And in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins filed their weekly press release:

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The Latest From The TSN Insiders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

With the Blue Jackets continuing to struggle, could Ryan Johansen be on the move? Will the Senators be able to move Colin Greening? Is Brad Malone on the NHL's radar for his how he hits? Will compensation draft picks be returned if the rule is removed? The Insiders discuss these topics and much more.

Watch it here, no geo-blocking...

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Bill Foley Says Las Vegas Is “In Good Shape” Regarding Expansion

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from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Bill Foley knows he's playing a waiting game with the NHL in his attempt to bring an expansion franchise to Las Vegas. But with the news coming out of Seattle about two possible arena proposals, it's possible that Foley may have to wait a little longer.

The Seattle Times reported that the NHL is keeping an eye on a proposed arena in Seattle's Sodo District that Chris Hansen is looking to build. If the NHL were to wait on Seattle, it could be 2018-19 before the team could begin play.

Foley has his sights set on playing in 2017, if not sooner. But he may have to wait longer if Seattle becomes in play.

"I'm aware of what's going on (in Seattle) but in my communication with the league, our situation isn't dependent on third parties," Foley said Tuesday. "We believe we're in good shape and we're proceeding as if we will play in 2017."


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John Collins Is Leaving The NHL To Pursue A New Business Opportunity

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

New York (Nov. 24, 2015) – The National Hockey League today announced that Chief Operating Officer John Collins is departing the League to pursue a new business opportunity.  Collins, who joined the NHL in November 2006, had been COO since August 2008.

“John leaves a lasting mark,” said Commissioner Bettman. “His energy, creativity and skill at building strategic partnerships helped drive significant revenue growth for our League. We are grateful for his many contributions and wish him the best in his new endeavors.”

Said Collins, “I’m grateful to Commissioner Bettman for his leadership and friendship over the past nine years.  He had a vision for extending the reach of the NHL and supported us completely as we set out to make the game as big as it deserves to be. The NHL’s future is filled with promise and potential and I will admire and cheer the League’s successes to come on the global stage.”

added 6:16pm,



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