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The KK upgrade is running a bit behind schedule but should be ready to go within two weeks.

It has not been a very healthy summer for me but with a recent change of medication, I feel much better and have much more energy.

Many of you who have followed KK over the years know I have always concentrated on the game played on the ice and will continue to do so.

Many new KK members and followers on Twitter seem to appreciate the hockey talk and I have always assumed most people interested in KK are a little bit older, knowledgeable and don't want/care about some of the outlandish, off-ice stories which happen to appear every so often.

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Red Wings-Oilers game-day articles: Wings hope to hold leads; Oilers look to rebound

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 12:45 PM: The Red Wings will stick with their now-usual lineup against the Edmonton Oilers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/Sportsnet West/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and Jimmy Howard will oppose Cam Talbot in the nets.

MLive's Ansar Khan penned a game-day article discussing the Wings' troubles holding onto a 3rd period lead...

[T]hey're still having trouble holding onto leads in the third period. They have failed to protect a late lead in three of the past five games and five times in 22 games.

"We talked about it this morning," Blashill said. "If you look back, we lost a lead late in St. Louis (last Saturday), we lost a lead late in Ottawa (Nov. 16), just recently and obviously the other night (Wednesday vs. Boston). We talked about is there anything you could do different? I think that's the thing you look at as a coach, not for the blame game but more for the correction process moving forward. I didn't think we took our foot off the gas really in St. Louis. I didn't think we did last game. I didn't really think we did against Ottawa either."

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NHL Short Notes

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All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Boston, 1:00 p.m., NBC, SN
Nashville @ Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m., SN, FS-TN, CSN-PH
Winnipeg @ Minnesota, 4:00 p.m., TSN3, FS-N, FS-WI
Chicago @ Anaheim, 5:00 p.m., NBCSN, WGN
Tampa Bay @ Washington, 5:00 p.m., SUN, CSN-DC
Carolina @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., FS-CR, MSG-B, BELL TV
Montreal @ New Jersey, 7:00 p.m., RDS, SNE, MSG+
Pittsburgh @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., SNO, ROOT, FS-O
Edmonton @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, SNW, FS-D+
NY Islanders @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., MSG+2, FS-F
Vancouver @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., NHLN-US, SNP, FS-SW
Calgary @ Arizona, 9:00 p.m., SNF, FS-A PLUS
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The Boston Bruins host the New York Rangers at the TD Garden in a matchup of Original Six teams. Boston has won four in a row, matching its longest winning streak of the season. New York has posted a 13-2-2 record in its last 17 games, including an 11-2-0 record in its last 13 games. Since Mar. 24, 2007, 22 of the 30 meetings between the Rangers and Bruins have been decided by one goal, and eight of those contests have been decided in either overtime or a shootout.

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The Next Move For The Arizona Coyotes

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from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

With the City of Glendale backing out of the long-term agreement with the team to run the arena, the ownership group has been forced to look elsewhere in the Greater Phoenix area to build an arena.

Stories are certainly circulating about potential opportunities in downtown Phoenix (across from the baseball stadium), in Scottsdale and near the Arizona State University campus in Tempe.

There is little doubt that a new downtown arena appears to be the front-runner, but don’t rule out competing bids from the university as a second choice. There are some even suggesting that there is a fourth potential site for the Coyotes to play within five years. Suffice it to say — barring any last-minute philosophical changes by local government in Glendale — that the 2016-17 season could be the final year of hockey at Gila River Arena.

In the interim, as planning and construction of a new rink occurs, the Coyotes might contemplate a return downtown and play a season or two (even three?) as a tenant of the NBA's Phoenix Suns in Talking Stick Casino Arena with its many hockey obstructed seats. It wouldn’t be ideal, but given the rather acrimonious relationship between the team and Glendale, it might be a viable option — and the only option.

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Red Wings-Oilers morning skate Tweets: Howard starts opposite Talbot; no lineup changes for Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 12:15 PM: The Red Wings take on a slumping Edmonton Oilers team this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/Sportsnet West/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and the Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena just after 10:30 for the morning skate.

MLive's Ansar Khan reported in...

Wings on ice for morning skate. Howard in net usually occupied by the starter.


#redwings lines:
Andersson extra.


Power play units:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Nyquist, Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall
Pulkkinen-Datsyuk-Larkin (net front), Richards-Green

As did DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...

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Have You Seen These Cards?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


Let’s face it—a fair amount of our readers spend most of the season decked-out in Wings gear. Nothing wrong with that! But there’s actually another way that you can Go Wings every day—even when your jersey is getting laundered.

A hometown bank, Flagstar, now has a whole line of Red Wings-branded checking accounts. And best of all, you get to choose from one of three exclusive Red Wings debit card designs. (My favorite features the iconic Winged Wheel, very sharp!) This way, you can show you’re a Wings fan everywhere you go—even when vacationing in enemy territory.

Stop by flagstar.com/gowings to check them out.

Member FDIC.

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Visors Becoming More And More Prevalent In The NHL

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Soon there will only be a handful of players skating around NHL rinks with unprotected eyes. Eventually, the visor-less NHLer will be as rare as a 9-7 game.


The league’s decision to grandfather mandatory use for all rookies starting two years ago has had a profound effect on how the issue of eye protection is viewed inside dressing rooms. It’s removed a stigma and prompted several veteran players to don a visor, even a few of those known to agitate or fight.

Just 77 of the 715 skaters who have played a game this season have done so without a visor, according to numbers compiled by Sportsnet with the help of each NHL team.

That means 89.23 per cent are now wearing a shield – a dramatic increase which can't be entirely accounted for by player turnover since the new rule was adopted.


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Many Priorities For The Winnipeg Jets

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from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Talks have been held with Ladd and his representatives, but more than a quarter of the way through the season, nothing is believed imminent.

Byfuglien’s camp has been reported recently as saying negotiations had not even begun.

Those two veterans, who could become unrestricted free agents on July 1, 2016, likely top the priority list.

But the Jets have four other regular, young players who will be restricted free agents next summer. Jacob Trouba, Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry are all coming to the end of their entry-level deals and goalie Michael Hutchinson is also in the last year of his contract.

Given the roles they have, Trouba, the team’s 2012 first-rounder, and Scheifele, the team’s 2011 first pick, will at some point become priorities.

For all of these potential free agents, Cheveldayoff has at least manoeuvred himself into a decent position — he has the most available cap space among the league’s 30 teams, said to be more than US$12 million by nhlnumbers.com.


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Hockey World Talk

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

— I can’t see the Hurricanes re-upping Eric Staal, whose play is definitely stalled, but what can they get for him in a trade at the deadline when he’s an unrestricted free agent in July? One team that could have interest: Nashville. Don’t forget former Carolina coach Peter Laviolette is behind the Predators’ bench. Nashville would be a good geographical fit for Staal, too. Only a few hours away.

— The Capitals are a deep team but they’re looking for a third line centre with some offence. Jay Beagle is there now but he’s better on the fourth line. The Calgary Flames’ Mikael Backlund would look good there, so might the St. Louis Blues’ Patrik Berglund, although Berglund might be a better winger.

— The more Dallas Stars’ John Klingberg plays, the more he seems like a No. 1 National Hockey League defenceman. He’s smooth, and has a hesitation move with the puck that makes checkers miss him.

— The Flyers are desperate for wingers. Their best two guys — Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek — have four goals between them in 123 shots. The Flyers are deep in defence prospects such as Travis Sanheim, Ivan Provorov, Samuel Morin and Robert Hagg, but with a weak defence now they would rather not move a young player with potential.

more including would the Oilers trade Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for a defenseman...

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Second Quarter Predictions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arpon Basu of NHL.com,

Here, then, are 12 bold predictions of what is absolutely guaranteed to happen in the second quarter of this season. You can take these to the bank. They are guaranteed.

Tampa Bay Lightning will wake up

The Lightning are simply too talented at too many positions and too well-coached to remain a picture of mediocrity for much longer. Tampa Bay is treading water at roughly 50 percent in just about every significant statistic imaginable; goal differential, shots on goal for and against, shot attempts percentage and scoring chance percentage (according to war-on-ice.com) with a middle of the road power play and penalty kill.

The Lightning led the NHL in goals last season, fueled by the highest 5-on-5 team shooting percentage. That shooting percentage is 19th in the League this season. Some may feel last season was an anomaly, but it's more likely this one is and those shooting numbers will change, the Lightning will start scoring goals, and a climb up the standings will follow.

Pittsburgh Penguins won't

The Penguins were ranked 19th in goals per game last season and have dropped to 25th this season despite the addition of Phil Kessel, one of the top scorers in the game.

Pittsburgh is doing fine in the standings, largely on the back of an outstanding first quarter from goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

But they won't be able to surge up the standings unless the offense comes alive.

The Penguins are putting pucks on net nearly as frequently, but they were one of the strongest possession teams in the NHL last season with a 5-on-5 SAT% of 52.8, fifth in the League. They are now one of the weakest at 48.3 percent, 19th in the League.

Sidney Crosby won't remain on a 50-point pace for very long, but his revival alone can't cure what ails Pittsburgh. Moving through a second straight season of scoring struggles, perhaps this is simply what the Penguins are.

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