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Morning Line - Ken Hitchcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We’re not playing the right way. We made a heck of a run here playing the right way, no odd-man rushes, don’t force offense, don’t give the puck away and make hope-for plays offensively. We’ve had a shoot-first mentality that allowed us to be top five in the league in scoring goals. But we don’t want to play the right way. We want to play a different game right now. Until we buy into that, we’re going to have some rough water we have to go through.

 

“When you force offense and you play careless with the puck, when you have defensemen who want to play ahead of the forwards, you end up with a recipe for disaster. … We’ve given up more odd-man rushes in six hockey games than we did in two months last year. You can’t win like that. The alarm bell’s going off.”

-Ken Hitchcock, coach of the St. Louis Blues after losing 4-1 at home to Vancouver.  More on the game from Tom Timmerman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Below, watch Hitchcock's post-game...

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Video- Eight Games Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here are the highlights from those games...

 

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Wings Didn’t Quit

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Flat in the first period and facing an uphill climb all night, the Detroit Red Wings ratcheted up their desperation level in the final minutes of regulation and skated away with two points when it appeared they wouldn't get any.

Those who stayed witnessed a thrilling finish Thursday at Joe Louis Arena.

Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall scored in the final three minutes of the third period to erase a two-goal deficit before Justin Abdelkader delivered with 44 seconds to play in overtime as the Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.

"Pretty exciting, wasn't it?" Abdelkader said. "We just hung around there and I think we got better as the game went on and found a way. That was a huge two points. I think those games can kind of bring momentum for your team.

"Didn't start out like you wanted to but we finished really well, played hard, battled for pucks, battled for ice. They're a good team. It was just a good team effort there."

continued

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Report- Zdeno Chara Has Ligament Damage In Knee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

Below, the play he may have possibly injured his knee.

added 11:29am,

 

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From Pucks To Poker: Greg Mueller Is The Ice King

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It’s often said that the mentality of a professional athlete and that of a poker player go hand in hand. That winning mentality. The never say die attitude. The sitting on a team bus for hours and hours making your way across country. It all transfers across from the rink and onto the poker table. No man can prove that more than Greg Mueller.

The 43-year-old has transferred his talents seamlessly onto the green velvet over the past few years since retiring from the sport in 2000, not only becoming an ex-pro who enjoys a hand like P.K. Subban and Mike Bossy, but a poker pro in his own right.

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Arizona Goaltending

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is still early in the season, but one result which could be very significant is the Arizona Coyotes goaltending.  It was expected that Mike Smith would be the successful starter and Devan Dubnyk would be the lesser used backup.  Smith had been a successful NHL goalie in the past.  He was the number three goalie on the 2014 Canadian Olympic Team.  Although he did not play in the Olympics, given the number of NHL goalies who are from Canada that is an endorsement that he is a pretty good player.

Dubnyk struggled last year playing in Edmonton and Nashville.  He was given a chance to be a number one goalie in Edmonton but struggled in that role. 

So far this season, Mike Smith has really struggled.  He has posted a .849 saves percentage and a 4.54 GAA.  These are the worst numbers for any goalie who has played the majority of his team's games so far this year by a significant margin. Smith will almost certainly improve his play with more chances but if he is not a top flight goalie the Coyotes will struggle.  So far Dubnyk has been adequate.  He has posted a 2.31 GAA and a .904 saves percentage.  That is better than Smith but it is not the numbers of a starting goalie either.

Arizona will struggle to make the playoffs unless they have strong goaltending.  So far they have not had goaltending at all.  If Mike Smith continues to struggle it could be a long year in the desert.

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Well If You Turned Off The TV

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

With the Wings losing 3-1 with under 3 minutes to go in the 3rd period, you may be surprised by the final score...

Wings 4 Penguins 3 in OT.

Zetterberg scored at the 17:21 mark with Howard pulled to make it 3-2.

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KK- I Am Going To Be Like You Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It's been a hectic last three days for me so I am rewarding myself with some time off tonight.

I will be watching the games tonight and nothing else.

Of course if something major does pop up I will post, but other than that, see you tomorrow morning.

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2 POINTS

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

After a disappointing loss in Montreal we absolutely have to bounce back with a bona fide 2 point win. The idea here is to take total advantage of playing against a team that played last night. That is something we haven't been able to do.

Tonight we face the Penguins. Malkin is back and the Pens are playing a back to back, after a loss to the Flyers at Home. They will be looking for 2 points just like we are.

We have to stifle them.
 

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Insiders have the latest on the possible discipline facing Sudbury Wolves coach Paul Fixter after he cursed at a reporter, Leon Draisaitl's nine-game mark and more.

watch it at TSN and in regards to Paul Fixter, watch what happened below...

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