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Hockey Is Fun Again For The Colorado Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss how Colorado went from the worst NHL team of the 21st century to the most fun bunch in town.

The transformation was as quick as that sonic booming shot Kid MacK fired past stunned Ducks goalie Ryan Miller for a score that blew the roof off the Pepsi Center, where there were 16,090 hipsters ahead of the local sports curve. The crowd shouted “Dilly, dilly!” whenever a Anaheim player got sent to the penalty box and raucously celebrated Monday’s 3-1 victory by a Colorado team rapidly being carried back to respectability on the back of MacKinnon.

“He should be up for the Hart Trophy,” Avs defenseman Erik Johnson said, beginning the campaign for MacKinnon as the league’s most valuable player.

Colorado has won seven times in a row. After losing 60 of 82 games last season, the Avs are undefeated thus far in 2018....

When did pro hockey become fun again in Colorado? Maybe it’s impossible to precisely pinpoint the exact moment.

read on

Game highlights are below...

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Who Is Wes McCauley?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

And who is Wes McCauley, exactly? One of the league’s most respected officials, for starters, an annual fixture in player polls who has worked five straight Stanley Cup Finals and should reach 900 career regular-season games next month. He is also a former Division I defenseman with several minor-league stops on his resume; a workout freak joins ex-pros around Portland for 6:30 a.m. skates; a father who literally takes planes, trains and automobiles on off-days for his kids.

His trademark zest is no secret, either; fellow officials often rib him about how loudly he yells into their wireless mics. But at the essence of every viral call are traits explaining how McCauley reached the peak of his profession: command, prudence, empathy, humility and, yes, humor. “He might be the only guy who can do that stuff,” linesman Steve Barton says, “because of all the success he’s had as an official."

Who is Wes McCauley? Maybe there is an even shorter answer. It’s just like folks around hockey tell him at every turn: You remind me so much of your dad.


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  Tags: wes+mccauley

Video- No Goal Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A lot of chatter on Twitter last night, saying time to change the rule.

One example...



Watch the reversed call below...

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The Wings This Week

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

It’s a light week for the Detroit Red Wings, with just two games this week. Here are five things to watch for:

Match line depleted
The Red Wings’ checking line will be depleted for at least another game as Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, who suffered lower-body injuries in Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh, will not play Tuesday against Dallas. The Red Wings listed them as day-to-day but won’t know the extent of their injuries until they’re further evaluated this week.

Dominic Turgeon, recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins, made his NHL debut in Sunday’s 4-0 victory at Chicago and will be in the lineup Tuesday, likely centering a line with David Booth and Luke Witkowski. The team has no spare forwards.

Power play struggling
The Red Wings are 2 for 31 on the power play in their past nine games (6.5 percent) to drop to 17th in the NHL rankings at 19 percent for the season.

Coach Jeff Blashill has said he's hesitant to change the units, wanting continuity. Justin Abdelkader's injury resulted in some adjustments, as Anthony Mantha plays the net-front role on the top unit and Tyler Bertuzzi is being used in the same capacity on the second unit.


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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul



Home Team in Caps

Dallas 3, BOSTON 2 (OT)
COLORADO 3, Anaheim 1
San Jose 4, LOS ANGELES 1
NY Islanders 5, MONTREAL 4 (OT)

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Sebastian Aho Out With Lower-Body Injury And Concussion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


Also, Mark Giordano will not receive any additional discipline after receiving a match penalty on the hit.

If you missed the hit, watch it below...

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  Tags: sebastian+aho

Save your job, General Managers.

Blog: KK Members Blog By ilovehomers

What can Ken Holland do to save his job as a general manager of the Detroit Red Wings? How about Peter Chiarelli in Edmonton, or Marc Bergevin in Montreal?

Fletcher in Minnesota, Dorion in Ottawa? Realistically, what can these gentlemen do to save their jobs?

Is there anything they can do? If you'd rather, dream up something completely out of this world. Trade deadline: February 26th.

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Deryk Engelland Signs A One-Year Extension With The Vegas Golden Knights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

VEGAS (January 15, 2018) — Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, January 15, that the team has signed defenseman Deryk Engelland to a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season worth $1.5 million.

Engelland has tallied 13 points (3 G, 13 A) to go with 16 penalty minutes in 41 games this season for the Golden Knights. He has also blocked 83 shots this season, which ranks as the second most on the team and tied for 28th in the league. Over the course of his nine seasons in the NHL, he has recorded 99 points (25 G, 74 A) to go with 516 penalty minutes in 510 games with the Golden Knights, Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Edmonton, AB native, who has been a longtime Las Vegas resident, was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights during the 2017 Expansion Draft on June 21 from the Flames. 

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  Tags: deryk+engelland, vegas+golden+knights

Video- Andrew Cogliano On His Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano comes to tears when discussing how his 830-game ironman streak will come to an end, as he'll miss his first ever NHL game due to suspension.


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Videos- After Detroit’s Practice Today

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

First up is Martin Frk on Tyler Bertuzzi's goal yesterday.



Below, Jeff Blashill after practice.

added 3:37pm, Tyler Bertuzzi video now below too...

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