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The “First Step” In China

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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The kids skated out in full uniform and lined up in the corners. Two days ago, they mobbed the Los Angeles Kings for autographs after practice and learned from some of their alumni at a hockey clinic. Now they greeted the Kings and Vancouver Canucks before the first NHL game ever played in their country.

They slapped gloves with the players as they came out, lined up on the blue lines with them for the Chinese national anthem, then took off their skates and helmets and headed up to the third level of Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Still in full uniform, waving rally towels, taking pictures with their smartphones, sitting on the edges of their seats, they watched the Kings' 5-2 preseason win Thursday in the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging. Until now, they had never seen an NHL game live, never experienced the skill, the speed, the size.

"They skate one step," said Marco Huo, 8, "and for me, I have to skate five steps."

This was a first step for the NHL.


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Toinight’s Wings’ Game Will Be Joined In Progress

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Also from Khan...

goalies tonight in Chicago Mrazek, Coreau

added 11:00pm, Dettroit's projected lineup for tonight is below...

added 11:58am,

Caution, low hanging scoreboard...


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Premium Defensemen Are The Key

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from Tal Pinchevsky at ESPN,

Since so many of the league's most dynamic players now occupy spots on the blue line, every team is looking for an elite defenseman. Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and Drew Doughty have established themselves as franchise players by becoming the engines that drive their respective teams' offense from the back end. Any defenseman capable of making a swift tape-to-tape pass out of his own zone might have a place in the NHL.

When it came to defensemen driving the attack, the Predators' fleet-footed quartet of Subban, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm proved crucial in Nashville's run to the Stanley Cup Final, in which it lost in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins. When those four generated offense, the Predators won. In fact, the Preds went 5-0 in the postseason when they got goals from Josi, who was named on Sept. 19 to replace Mike Fisher as the team's captain.

"To have somebody that can help you get out of the zone, that's a big plus. A guy who has two guys coming at him and he still gets the puck out and on the tape -- not just distributing on the boards," said veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury...


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Jonathan Drouin’s Skills On Display

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,

Canadiens coach Claude Julien recognizes the versatility this player possesses and why it will be a tremendous asset from the half-wall position.

“We’re not stuck just using the same plays because he has good vision and he can make those passes,” said Julien after Montreal’s 4-2 loss. “You can see that as a penalty killer, you don’t know if he’s going to throw it to the point right in the middle of the ice so that guy can get a great shot, such as [Shea Weber]. Or you don’t know if he’s going to pass it down low for Hemsky or make that pass like he did to [Pacioretty], or [Pacioretty] can also slide to the slot or down to the goal-line and back up for a quick release there, too.

“There’s a lot of different things, and if they watch a guy like Pacioretty, there’s always that cross pass to the D on the other side coming in closer to the backdoor. There’s a lot of things that I think Jonathan can see and do, and we’ll continue to work with that.”

They should.

It’s fair to say that the Canadiens haven’t had a player with the poise, vision, playmaking ability and the shot that Drouin owns since Alex Kovalev was running their power play from the same position.


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Torey Krug Out With Non-Displaced Fracture Of The Jaw

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How to Select the Best Casino Online to Level Up Your Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By Mike,



Without a doubt, gambling is something that has already ingrained itself into our culture, and it’s here to stay. Who doesn’t like the feeling of winning a slots, poker, or

roulette game, after all? It’s the thrill of anticipation – and the actual pleasure of winning – that makes gambling such a popular activity for the young and old. Furthermore, most games are easy to understand and play, so most everyone can do it. Nowadays, you have more options when it comes to casino games – you don’t even have to visit an actual casino to enjoy a game or two! It can all be done online, and that makes it even more attractive to many. But if you’re thinking of trying out a few casino games online, the site you choose makes a big difference as well. Here’s how to select the best online casino to level up your game.

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It’s All New In Vegas

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from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

And so, on his first day at the facility, Bellemare visited the team offices upstairs to make introductions and begin learning names. A nice gesture, but an almost impossible task. “Right away,” Bellemare says, “you get like, Oh boy.” Defenseman Nate Schmidt has focused his efforts on teammates, albeit with mixed results. “To establish chemistry with people you give them nicknames and start remembering everything by it,” he explains. “Sometimes they’ve liked it, sometimes I’ve gotten an awkward stare back.” Try having to manage them all. “I didn’t know a lot of our guys,” head coach Gerard Gallant says. “They’d walk by, you’d guess their name. Now you put the name with the face, it’s a lot easier.”

And how’s it going so far? “I’m awful with names. Awful.”

Sunday night, the Golden Knights had their first preseason game in Vancouver and walloped the Canucks 9-4. The next morning, city leaders proclaimed that Sept. 18 would be known as City National Arena Day in Clark County and southern Nevada. “This is a game-changer for us,” lieutenant governor Mark Hutchison told the crowd, not long before the first ceremonial puck was dropped at the new rink. “Vegas had one thing missing: Major league professional sports.”

Of course, it’s all novel for locals too. Defenseman Deryk Engelland, whose family was already living in Las Vegas during the offseason before he joined the Golden Knights, had a first-day-of-school experience Monday morning. Upon coming downstairs in his gameday suit, a few hours before flying to Denver for his preseason debut, his wife started taking pictures. “Probably the best dressed I’ve been leaving the house, for sure,” Engelland says. “Definitely a new feeling coming to the rink. It’s going to be real. We’re playing a different team.”


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You Call This A Hockey Game?

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from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Don’t complain. Consider yourself lucky.

Especially if you bought a ticket and can frame it and store it somewhere safe. Because pretty much every other year, Game 2 of the NHL preseason doesn’t bring with it a memory that could last a lifetime.

Whatever the heck it was that transpired Wednesday at PPG Paints Arena – the 16 combined power-play chances, all minor penalties called totaling 22:24 – will likely be remembered for a long time.

“Anybody who watched this game, that was not an NHL hockey game,” former Penguin Trevor Daley fumed after his new team, the Detroit Red Wings, dropped a 6-5 decision in overtime. “That was a special teams practice.”


added 8:40am, from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

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Recap Of Preseason Game 2 Against The Pittsburgh Penguins

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Arthur J. Regner of the Wings' website,

In a back and forth affair, the Red Wings dropped a 6-5 overtime decision to the Penguins Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

Gustav Nyquist scored twice with Darren Helm, Ben Street, and Matt Lorito each scoring a goal for Detroit.

With the loss, the Wings drop to 0-2 for the preseason.

They get a chance for their first victory of the preseason Thursday night in Chicago against the Blackhhawks.

1. Power play begins to click: When Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill decided to essentially keep the Red Wings together as one team (Team Delvecchio) during training camp in Traverse City, he wanted the Wings specialty teams together from day one. Last season, Detroit's power play was erratic at best. After going 0-for-4 with the man-advantage Tuesday night in Boston, the Wings turned it around a bit on Wednesday, going 3-for-6 with the extra attacker against the Penguins.


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Another Night, Another Preseason Game For The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

No Detroit radio or TV coverage, Pittsburgh broadcast information is below.

Puck drops just after 7:00pm ET.

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are the Red Wings' anticipated lines for tonight:

Tomas Tatar-Ben Street-Gustav Nyquist

Evgeny Svechnikov-Frans Nielsen-Darren Helm

David Booth-Axel Holmstrom-Matt Lorito

Colin Campbell-Corey Elkins-Dylan Sadowy

Luke Esposito (extra)

On defense:

Danny DeKeyser-Trevor Daley

Dan Renouf-Xavier Ouellet

Joe Hicketts-Robbie Russo

Filip Hronek (extra)

In goal:

Jimmy Howard (starting)

Tom McCollum

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