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Gustav Nyquist Says His Knee Is Feeling Better

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Previewing The Montreal Canadiens

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from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

Biggest storyline to watch: With Gionta and Gorges gone, this team has really been turned over to the next generation of Price, Subban and Pacioretty. Can they be the guys who lead Montreal back to elite status? It will be interesting to monitor how the top-nine forward group shakes out. Rene Bourque was a beast, at times, in the playoffs, but is there any chance he returns to 20-goal form? Parenteau will get a real chance to shine offensively, so we’ll see if he can put together a productive season. Sekac is a six-foot-two late-bloomer, and it seems reasonable to assume part of the reason he chose Montreal from a dozen or so suitors is because the Habs indicated there was a roster spot to be had. On the back end, Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi both seem primed to make the full-time jump. Beaulieu brings speed and offensive awareness, while Tinordi moves well for a guy who stands six-foot-six. If both hit their stride, it will be a major boon to the blue line.

2014-15 prediction: Montreal will be good enough to make the playoffs but is in for a shorter spring than it experienced last season.

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Fundraising Campaign Starts Today For The AirBlade Hockey Stick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Last week I introduced you the AirBlade Hockey Stick from Carbon Sports.

Today they have started a campaign to raise funds for production of the AirBlade Hockey Stick.

Make sure to check out their Kickstarter page and I wish these hockey guys much success.

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The Boston Bruins Have Signed Torey Krug And Reilly Smith

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Bruins,

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, September 29, that the club has signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith to one-year contracts through the 2014-15 season, each worth an annual cap figure of $1.4 million.

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Two Questionable Hits From Games On Sunday

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3RD PERIOD
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinordi served by Jiri Sekac  Elbowing (maj)  - 5 min against  Nate Schmidt
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinordi  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Chris Brown
01:55 WSH Chris Brown served by Nathan Walker  Instigator  - 2 min against  Jarred Tinordi
01:55 WSH Chris Brown  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Jarred Tinordi
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinordi  Game misconduct  - 10 min
01:55 WSH Chris Brown  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min

via TSN,

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All Those Numbers

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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Hockey, I’m afraid, is in for the Year of the Number. We got an early indication when Brendan Shanahan’s Toronto Maple Leafs turfed a couple of veteran hockey people in the front office to bring in Kyle Dubas, a young hotshot whose ticket to the big-time was his supposed grasp of the relatively new discipline of hockey analytics — breaking down everything that happens on the ice and attempting to quantify it through various systems. (Pittsburgh, Chicago and Los Angeles are said to have had secret analytics departments for some time. If that’s the case, maybe it’s time everyone got on board.)

Whether you think it’s a fad or the future probably depends on whether you’re a poet or an accountant. But may I remind you — accountants run the world.

Inevitably, the stats movement has spread to the media. Newspapers and TV network websites are hiring journalists who are numerate rather than literate. That sometimes results in turgid prose, written in indigestible 500-word blocks that are enough to leave any reader yearning for the glory days of this profession, when sportswriters who could barely count wrote like angels.

When I reacted to TSN’s new analytics hire last week by saying I hoped it was a fad that would die before I do, I was bombarded with angry missives calling me a useless old curmudgeon and worse.

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A Look At The Barclays Center

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from Christian Arnold of Islanders Point Blank,

The building was built for basketball and concerts, so trying to fit a hockey rink into it has been a process.

The scoreboard does not hang over center ice, there are obstructed view seats and in some sections the angle of the seats forces fans to have to physically turn their bodies to watch the action. “You’re facing this way and having to turn you head the other way to see the game,” one fan said while demonstrating how he has been viewing the game from his seat. To say the least, in those areas it’s not ideal.

But for two-thirds of fans, the view will be great. Islanders Point Blank explored the arena on Friday night and found the view was equal to that of Nassau Coliseum from most sections outside of the obstructed view sections. There was a clear view of the ice, albeit a steep incline in the 200s....

There are about 400 seats, according to the New York Times, in the Barclays Center that are obstructed view and you can not see a third, or more, of the ice....

“Just know that nobody’s kidding when they say you will NOT see anything that takes place in the near end past the face-off circle unless you sit in the first photo 2-2two rows,” said McGowen, who also took a trip to the obstructed seats. “I know the ‘Yotes previous building had similar issues but it somehow seems wrong to have seats like this in a building housing an NHL team charging NHL prices. If they do sell these seats to regular season games…and people are willing to pay for obstructed view at whatever price they do end up charging, I suppose no harm, no foul, but those thinking of buying these seats really need to be aware that this is an OOUS – an Obstruction Of Unusual Size.”

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Ansar Khan With The Answers

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Ansar Khan of Mlive answered some questions from fans...

Q: Are the Wings getting any closer to signing Babcock to an extension?

A: Babcock and general manager Ken Holland had brief discussions during training camp and plan to talk more in-depth later this week or on the weekend – or so the club hopes.

That's when the Red Wings are expected to make a formal offer, after ownership gives final approval on the term and salary.

I've thought all along that Babcock will keep his options open and see what's available after the season. But if the Red Wings make him an offer he can't refuse, maybe he'll sign.

However, I don't think money will be the issue, because he'll probably be the highest-paid coach wherever he winds up. I think he'll want to go to the team he believes has the best chance of winning in the next few years, whether that's Detroit or somewhere else.

QI'm not surprised that Darren Helm is injured again. Why can't he stay healthy? Do you think his injury issues, coupled with their depth at center, might convince the Wings to trade him?

A: He suffered a broken nose in the preseason opener last Monday, but a sore groin caused him to miss a couple of practices last week. He's listed as day-to-day, but this type of injury often lingers.

I don't believe they would look to move him. He's had a bizarre 2½-year stretch with a variety of injuries, but he's still a valuable player when healthy because of his speed and tenacity. He provides a unique dimension. Babcock had big plans for Helm, using him on Pavel Datsyuk's line in training camp.

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Pacific Division Predictions

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

With the season fast approaching, I figure that now is a good time to start my pre-season predictions.  I will begin today in the Pacific Division.

1. Los Angeles Kings - The Kings are the most talented of the teams in this division.  Should they fail to win the division it is likely due to a Stanley Cup hangover.  They may not be as fresh as any other team having had a shorter summer and they may not be as up for the more meaningless regular season games as some opponents.  Jonathan Quick gives them a solid goalie.  Drew Doughty may be the top defenceman in the game.  Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Justin Williams are some very good forwards.  The popular opinion for people trying to find a significant weakness for this team comes from stating that Mike Richards is overpaid as a fourth line centreman - but that misses the point that the Kings have the depth to put an ex-Olympian on the fourth line. 

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David Clarkson Will Be Examined By A Medical Specialist After Fight Yesterday

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

David Clarkson, whose eye and possibly his cheek were damaged in a fight with Cody McCormick, will be checked Monday after swelling made it impossible to determine the extent of his facial injuries.

“He’s to see an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist,” coach Randy Carlyle said Sunday morning. “That’s where we’re at. We’re all concerned. It’ll be one thing (a possible long-term injury) or another. The issue was that yesterday, the swelling was still up there and they can do a better assessment with the picture.”

Given that Clarkson has twice put himself into the middle of costly pre-season incidents (a 10-game suspension resulted from a brawl with the Sabres last September), Carlyle was asked about the veteran winger keeping emotions in check.

“There would be certain times where you’re best suited to turn the other cheek, depending on the opponent,” Carlyle said. “But it’s something that has been done and now we have to deal with it.”

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