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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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The Top 10 Lines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This list, like all others TSN.ca produces, is a living and breathing one. Just as sure as lines change, you can be sure this list will change and, as such, it will be revisited in the weeks to come. Leading a group effort in the weekly rankings is TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button. Ultimately, he's the face of the list. Direct all your feedback - good and BAD - to his twitter account @craigjbutton and use the hashtag #tsnhockeylist.

GLOSSARY

Corsi% = Corsi Percentage (shots, missed shots & blocked shots for vs. shots, missed shots & blocked shots against)

Corsi Rel% = Relative Corsi (player's Corsi % relative to team Corsi when player not on ice)

1. The Getzlaf Line

A line that dominates with skill and power. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry can set it up or finish it and Devante Smith-Pelly is smart in reading off both of them and is the perfect 'wing man' for Getzlaf and Perry. They have played together just two games this season, but previously played together during the 2014 playoffs.

LW Devante Smith-Pelly 7 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 PTS, 16:08 TOI, 45.3 Corsi%, -4.8 Corsi Rel%

C Ryan Getzlaf 7 GP, 2 G, 8 A, 10 PTS, 19:53 TOI, 48.9 Corsi%, +0.1 Corsi Rel%

RW Corey Perry 7 GP, 8 G, 2 A, 10 PTS, 19:16 TOI, 50.3 Corsi%, +2.1 Corsi Rel%

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Check Out BoltDraft- Pick A Forward, Defenseman And Goalie For A Chance To Win Cash

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

update, original post was 10/21/14 at 11:13am, Don't forget to register for the free fantasy nightly game tonight!


BoltDraft.com is the place to put your fantasy hockey knowledge to the test. KK members and readers are invited to try out this nightly game.  Here is the link to an exclusive free contest with a $100 prize over at BoltDraft. The contest goes live Thursday at 7:00pm ET, so get your picks in now. (It takes 10 seconds to register and less than a minute to pick your players.)

BoltDraft is built for those that don’t have a ton of time to spend on their lineups but want to be in the action. No salary caps and no headaches. It’s all pretty simply from there.  You pick three players (F, D, G) that you think will dominate. If your players crush it more than anyone else’s, you win the top prize. It’s a 100% free game and the top scorer gets the whole $100 bill.

To access the Kukla's Korner free contest, simply sign up and then enter the contest in the lobby. If for some reason you don’t see the exclusive contest, go to the top of the lobby and enter pass code “kukla". Good luck!

Scoring points are below....

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Who Is More Valuable To Their Team, Pavel Datsyuk Or Evgeni Malkin?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

EJ Hradek and Steve Mears of the NHL Network debate the topic.

 

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The Toronto Maple Leafs On Being In Ottawa Yesterday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

“Obviously it was a tragic day and being that close to it made it seem even that much more real,” Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul said following his team’s practice Thursday at the MasterCard Centre. “It’s certainly not something you expect or even are aware of as a Canadian that there is a possibility something like that could happen here.

“People like that at Parliament Hill and the prime minister being there and seeing it all unfold was surreal - especially seeing it all unfold from your room like that.”

The Leafs team hotel was essentially across the road from the National War Memorial where soldier Nathan Cirillo was shot to death late Thursday morning. Players on higher floors saw the drama unfold and were captivated by the tragic events.

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