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Andrew Ladd On The Jets’ Mindset Going Into Tonight’s Game With The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,

"It’s going to be a good test for us," said captain Andrew Ladd. "But at the end of the day I think it’s our confidence in what we can do in here and how hard we play from our end out that’s key to whether we’re successful or not.

"We’ve found a formula that gives us success. You can see that everyone is excited to play every night and excited about what we can do. You don’t get that feeling of disappointment every night… we’re really good at rallying and getting back up and being positive about what’s going on, whether things are going good or things are going bad.

"The best teams in the league or that I’ve played on are always great defensively. That’s the starting point that we need to nail down. We’ve done a good job of cementing what we need to do from our end out and that’s got to continue to be our backbone, regardless of whether we’re scoring goals or have the offence clicking every night. We know that that defence is there and it’s something we can fall back on and win a game with."

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Coaches And GMs Under Pressure

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

It’s never easy to see somebody lose his job, even in the big-dollar world of the NHL, but it does help to be prepared. So here’s a look at 10 seats around the league that are already getting warm or worse.

Sharks Coach Todd McLellan

Why he’s in trouble: McLellan has been on the hot seat for years, and his firing seemed like a sure thing after last season’s playoff collapse against the Kings. He was given a surprising reprieve by GM Doug Wilson, who vowed to overhaul the roster instead. That led into the summer’s odd standoff with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, and the team emerged without a captain but with essentially an unchanged core. So far, that patience hasn’t paid off, as the team has hovered around the .500 mark....

Flyers Coach Craig Berube

Why he’s in trouble: He’s the head coach of the Flyers, which is one of those positions where the seat starts getting warm on the day you take the job. That’s especially true when the team struggles to get over .500, which the Flyers have for much of the season. And he’s working for a GM who didn’t hire him; Ron Hextall was the assistant GM when Berube got the job last season, and could want to put his own guy in place now that he’s in charge....

more on each of the above plus more 'hot seat' candidates...

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Pavel Datsyuk Not Skating At Morning Skate In Winnipeg

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Media on site in Winnipeg say Pavel Datsyuk is not skating, all other Wings are.

Updated as needed...

added 12:42pm,

 

added 12:52pm,

 

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Andrej Nestrasil Off To Carolina

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

 

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has claimed forward Andrej Nestrasil on waivers from the Detroit Red Wings. Nestrasil will join the Hurricanes on their current road swing which continues tonight at Los Angeles.

“Andrej is a young player with good size who we feel can contribute to our group of forwards,” said Francis. “He has improved in each of his pro seasons and took a big step last year with Grand Rapids.” 

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Something Has To Be Done In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There was so much focus on Toronto yesterday in the aftermath of the embarrassing loss to the Predators, but I suspect we need to keep just as close an eye on Edmonton, where the Oilers dropped to 0-9-1 against Western Conference teams this season with the loss to Vancouver. Simply unacceptable.

I know management in Edmonton was not going to sit on its hands and let another debacle of a season roll by without any action. They're craving a trade for a center, although that's easier said than done. And you wonder about the job security for Eakins if the losses continue. Not sure exactly which direction Oilers management will go, but if the losing continues, I'll be shocked if something doesn't happen in the next month or two.

read on for Strang, Burnside and Custance on either the Leafs or the Oilers...

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Video- David Poile And Dave Nonis Talk Goalie Interference And Video Review

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

Elliotte Friedman sat down with David Poile and Dave Nonis to talk about what the general managers talk about at the GM Meetings, and what topics are peaking their interest at the moment.

It sounds to me the GMs still are not 100% behind video review...

 

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ALL-STAR FAN VOTE
The 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote, presented by SiriusXM, opens today at 12:00 p.m. ET at NHL.com/vote and via mobile phones. All 700-plus active players are on the ballot, which includes enhanced interactive features designed to simplify the player search options for fans.
 
The ballot page at NHL.com/vote will include a leaderboard of the top vote-getters as well as trending players. Vote totals will be posted on NHL.com every Tuesday, starting Nov. 25.
 
Voting concludes Thursday, Jan. 1, with the top six vote-getters by position – three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender – set to take part in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game.
 
FIFTH ANNUAL USA HOCKEY SLED CLASSIC
The fifth annual USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by the NHL and hosted by the Capitals, begins today at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The event is part of the fourth annual Come Play Hockey Month, a joint effort between USA Hockey and the NHL.
 
The record 18-team field for the USA Hockey Sled Classic will include 200-plus athletes. Ten members of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that won gold in Sochi, as well as 11 current members of the 2014-15 U.S. National Sled Team, will participate in the tournament.
 
Click here for more details.

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The Problems In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey,

There’s no pleasant way to say this: the Leafs suck. I don’t mean that to trash talk. It’s simply the way it is. They’ve missed the playoffs every season but one since the end of the season-killing lockout of 2004-05, and then only made the playoffs in a lockout-shortened season.

Over the past three years the Leafs have been among the league’s worst puck-possession and defensive teams. Those figures quoted by the hockey analytics nerds might piss off some fans and pundits, but they’re not wrong. They weren’t wrong last season and they’re not wrong this season. By the way, nerd is no longer an insult. They rule the world now. Deal with it, jockstrap.

What is it about the Leafs over the past decade which has thwarted the otherwise shrewd hockey men brought in to manage and coach this team?

read on

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Video- The Defection Of The Stastny Brothers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

With the world commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this week, TSN's Dave Naylor explores the story of hockey's famed Stastny brothers. TSN Original Feature Stastny focuses on Peter and Anton, who defected from Czechoslovakia in dramatic fashion in 1980, and older brother Marian, who joined them a year later, all in search of the opportunity to compete on the North American stage.....

"By defying the Iron Curtain and defecting to North America, the Stastny brothers changed the face of professional hockey forever," said Naylor. "To help people appreciate their story, we take viewers back to the brothers' home city of Bratislava in an Eastern Bloc country with limited freedoms. The circumstances under which the Stastnys escaped, including the torturous choice to leave family behind, mark an important time in both hockey and political history."

read on and watch the video below...

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Detroit Red Wings/Winnipeg Jets Preview And Notes

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Chris McCosky of the Detroit News with a look at Justin Abdelkader,

"He keeps getting better," coach Mike Babcock said. "We had four net-front presences on five goals, which is important playing against that goalie. With Bobrovsky, you have to find a way to get inside. You try to do that every night; some nights you get there and some nights you don't. Good for Abby."

It mostly takes a lot of will and courage to be a strong net-front player, but Babcock said Abdelkader is starting to learn the art of it, as well.

"You learn over time," he said. "But the reality is, you've got to want to go there. You're not scoring unless you go there. Look at the goals every night in the league, that's just the reality."

more

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

They’ve learned that checking the other guys into submission can actually be fun.

They’ve used solid goaltending to nurse one-goal leads all the way home and come back from as much as a three-goal deficit to salvage a point.

Through 20 games, there’s a fair bit to like about this year’s edition of the Winnipeg Jets.

Perhaps at the top of that list is how the Jets have avoided smacking their mitts on that big, red button the moment things go haywire.

continued

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