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The Wings Do Have Something To Play For

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The ignominy, mixed with the uncertain futures of GM Ken Holland and coach Jeff Blashill, is no way to end a season.

If each member of the current lineup does not understand the responsibility, the Wings are in far more trouble than we think. Throughout these several waning seasons, the Red Wings frequently have shown “there is no quit in them.”

They forced their way, with ample amounts of sheer will, into perhaps a few more playoffs than their level of talent suggested. They have persisted through two seasons with the consequences of a lineup of one aging star, some support staff and several inexperienced players.

Their pluck has served a shortage of talent well, at times. If they abandon resolve now, it will mark them.

Perhaps more importantly on a rebuilding club, there is much to accomplish, still.

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Power(less) Rankings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul



30. The Red Wings are mired in a 10-game losing streak (0-9-1) although eight of those games (0-7-1) were on the road. They’ve been outscored 41-19 over that stretch. Bring on the draft lottery.

Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

29. Red Wings (26-35-11). This team really wasn’t expected to do much, but 10 consecutive losses are embarrassing. Nine have been in regulation. It’s the longest winless streak since 1989.

Adam Gretz of NBC Sports,

31. Ten. Games. In. A Row.

Cody Benjamin CBS Sports,

29. No one has been losing like them. Not even the Wings themselves have crumbled as many consecutive times since the 1980s.

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Wrapping Up Day One Of The GM Meetings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Servalli of TSN,

Goaltender interference was scheduled for 90 minutes on Monday’s agenda, but the three-hour debate went on so long it was the only topic of conversation at the meeting.

“There should be change and there will be,” Lamoriello said. “It’s just making sure it’s the right thing. I think we also have to be very careful and dwell on [whether] something is majorly wrong. We had several isolated incidents that were flagrant and they overshadow everything else.”

NHL senior vice-president of hockey operations , along with colleague Kris King and director of officiating Stephen Walkom, led the media through a series of some of the most controversial calls on Monday afternoon.

The NHL reported that out of the 1,114 games and 6,593 goals scored this season, there have been just 170 video reviews for goaltender interference, including those triggered by the Situation Room in the final minute of games or overtime.

Of those 170 reviews, Campbell said Monday that there was internal disagreement or disagreement with referees on just nine scoring plays.

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

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From the Dub: March Madness

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

College basketball isn't the only sport where things get crazy in March. This month also marks the final push to the playoffs in the Western Hockey League, where the regular season ended with a bang last night. In a tight race with the Portland Winterhawks for the U.S. Division title, the Everett Silvertips emerged victorious. Perennial favorite the Kelowna Rockets are the B.C. Division Champions. The Moose Jaw Warrirors are the East Division Champions and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Medicine Hat Tigers are the Central Division Champions. It all sets the stage for an epic post-season, which begins March 22 with a Western Conference match-up between the Rockets and the Tri-City Americans. 

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Eugene Melnyk Already Knows The Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

If only it were that simple.

Many believe the Senators are in dire need of fresh, new ownership, but fans aren’t going to chase Eugene Melnyk out of town overnight by putting up a few billboards.

All it might do, is aid what may well be a long, drawn-out process.

You’d like to think the “#MelnykOut” signs would embarrass the team owner/CEO/president into selling the Senators for the half billion dollars he could probably get in return, and that it would happen while they still have an exciting superstar such as Erik Karlsson and hope of a sparkling new facility at LeBreton Flats.

But then you’d also prefer things had never reached this stage, where what was once a proud hockey market is now the home of a building where seats are covered in tarp.


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What Happened To The Calgary Flames?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

The Calgary Flames are done.

There’s a better chance the team will broker a deal for a new arena by the spring than there is of seeing playoff hockey here this April.

The players have no choice but to point out that mathematically they still have a chance, but they’ve stopped believing it.

While fans have been bracing of late for the possibility their squad wouldn’t be able to pull a rabbit out of its hat, there’s still an element of shock involved.

This team, most of the time, seemed too good to miss the playoffs.


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Video- The Goalie Interference Talk At The GM Meetings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

David Amber, Nick Kypreos and Elliotte Friedman report from the NHL general managers meetings in Florida where a major topic was goaltender interference.


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Craig Button’s Latest Prospect Rankings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Button of TSN,

Swedish defenceman Rasmus Dahlin continues to be far and away the top prospect in the March edition of Craig’s List ahead of the 2018 NHL Draft, but London Knights captain Evan Bouchard has forced his way into the top five of our rankings and could be the second blueliner off the board.

Bouchard, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Oakville, Ont., sat in 23rd place in the September edition of our rankings. The right-shot blueliner then turned in a stellar regular season in London, racking up 87 points (25 goals, 62 assists) in 67 games to lead all OHL defenceman in scoring.

Along the way, he climbed to No. 20 in our November list, to No. 10 in our January rankings and now sits fifth.

The highest-ranked Canadian on our board, Bouchard is a fantastic passer who projects as true power-play quarterback at the next level. He has also been counted on to log north of the 30 minutes a night for a Knights team that traded away a number of key veterans during the season.


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The Dallas Stars Are Now Offensively Challenged

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News,

With just nine games to go, the Stars are outside the Western Conference playoff picture looking in. This thing has unraveled quickly and in embarrassing fashion. Ken Hitchcock has successfully transformed last year’s free-wheeling, risk-taking club into a defense first squad that is efficient in its own end.

But the Stars can’t score goals.

At least no one beyond the top line really scores goals any more. The Stars rank 18th in the league in scoring. They had one night on this trip where they rediscovered their scoring touch and nearly ended Toronto’s home winning streak that was close to two months in length. But veteran Patrick Marceau tied it with 16 seconds to go, and the Leafs won in overtime, 6-5. It was the only game in their last eight in which the Stars posted a number bigger than 2 on the scoreboard.

Colorado and Los Angeles now hold the keys to the two wild-card spots at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff race. The Stars remain in the hunt, but their challenge is significant and it comes on two fronts.


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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 19, 2018) – St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis McElhinney have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 18.

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