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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 NEW YORK (Jan. 16, 2017) – Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand  and Carolina Hurricanes left wing Brock McGinn have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 15.

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The Real NHL Standings

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

After seeing a tweet from hockey social media favorite Sean McIndoe (@DownGoesBrown) yesterday regarding the comedy that is the NHL standings format, it seemed like a good time to take a peek at how they really should look.

So, let's unveil the mask right here. Overtime losses are treated as losses, shootout wins and losses are classified as ties, and goals for and against are adjusted accordingly.

Ladies and gentlemen, "The Real NHL Standings":

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Video- It’s A Slow Monday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

3 1/2 minutes of slow motion action from the past week in the NHL.


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From The Montreal Side

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

How about some pasta and eggs for breakfast?

That’s what some Canadiens players — including captain Max Pacioretty — will be eating Monday morning in Detroit before a rare weekday afternoon game against the Red Wings on the Martin Luther King Day holiday in the U.S..

“I’ll probably have eggs and then wait a little bit and then have some pasta,” Pacioretty said after a rare Sunday practice in Brossard.

Sunday is normally a day of rest for the Canadiens, but there were a few things coach Michel Therrien wanted to work on following Saturday night’s 5-4 win over the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens postponed a scheduled 2 p.m. flight to Detroit on Sunday until 7:30 p.m. so they could fit in a full practice starting at noon that focused mainly on defensive-zone coverage and the penalty-killing unit, which ranks 24th in the NHL.

Carey Price has allowed three or more goals in seven of his last eight starts, but it’s not all on the goalie. The Canadiens have really been missing veteran defenceman Andrei Markov, who has sat out the last 13 games with a groin injury and didn’t practise again Sunday. The Canadiens called up defensive forward Jacob De La Rose from the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps on Sunday and sent down Chris Terry. Therrien said there’s a possibility De La Rose, who can kill penalties, could play against the Red Wings.

The Canadiens are coming off a stretch during which they played seven games in 12 days, including five on the road, so there hasn’t been a lot of time for a full practice. Pacioretty said Therrien spoke with him about adjusting the schedule to fit in Sunday’s practice.


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The Goalies In Washington Are Hot Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

In his past five starts, Braden Holtby is undefeated with a 0.60 goals-against average and a 0.978 save percentage. Grubauer didn’t allow for any drop off on Sunday, especially in the first two periods when the rest of his teammates were sleepwalking through the game.

“Our goalie seemed to be not letting anything in,” Justin Williams said. “It’s always nice.”...

The Capitals have now had four shutouts in their past six games, a key to their nine-game winning streak. Holtby’s run has rightfully been garnering a lot of attention, but Grubauer has quietly put together an impressive season. He’s 8-1-1 with .935 save percentage and 1.74 goals-against average this season. He’ll be a restricted free agent at the end of the season and due for a pay raise.


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Thomas Vanek Has Been Very Good And He Could Be Traded

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five things to watch this week:

Driven Vanek on a streak

Thomas Vanek said before the season he was highly motivated to prove he can produce - and he's done just that.

Vanek is riding a five-game points streak (four goals, four assists). He is tied with Mantha and Dylan Larkin for the team lead with 11 goals in just 33 games. He leads the club in points per game (.91) and is second in assists (18) and points (29).

He has gone two games without a point just once and has at least one point in 22 of 33 games.

Larkin in a funk

Larkin has had tough adjustment to center. He was moved back to the wing in Saturday's 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh, and that's where he'll likely remain, especially after Helm returns.

That should give Larkin more offensive freedom. He has one point (an assist) and a minus-5 rating in the past six games. He is a team-worst minus-17 and his ice time has been trimmed recently.


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
WASHINGTON 5, Philadelphia 0
New Jersey 2, VANCOUVER 1 (OT)
Minnesota 3, CHICAGO 2
St. Louis 2, ANAHEIM 1 (OT)
Justin Williams (2-0—2) and Matt Niskanen (2-0—2) combined for four goals in a span of five minutes as the Capitals posted their second straight shutout and ninth consecutive win overall to move into first place in the NHL standings.

* At 29-9-5 (63 points), the reigning Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals moved one point ahead of the Blue Jackets (29-9-4, 62 points) for first place overall. On Jan. 5, Washington posted a 5-0 win against Columbus to halt the Blue Jackets’ win streak at 16 games, one shy of the NHL single-season record.
* Aside from the Capitals and Blue Jackets, two other clubs have posted win streaks of at least nine games this season: the Wild (Dec. 4-29: 12-0-0) and Flyers (Nov. 27-Dec. 14: 10-0-0).
* Elias notes that three teams (CBJ, PHI and WSH) from the same division have posted at least nine consecutive wins in the same season for just the second time in League history. The other instance occurred last season when the Canadiens (9-0-0), Lightning (9-0-0) and Panthers (12-0-0) combined for the feat.
Phillip Grubauer (24 saves) recorded his second career shutout as Washington posted consecutive blank sheets for the second time in the past 10 days (6 GP). Elias notes that this is the first time in club history that the Capitals have recorded at least four shutouts in a six-game span.
* The Capitals also earned their sixth straight victory at Verizon Center to move into a share of the League lead with 18 home wins this season (tied w/ PIT).

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Ice Issues In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

When you have the greatest skater in hockey in Connor McDavid, you want to be able to give him the best ice in the National Hockey League upon which to perform.

“I’m sure as heck not going to argue with that,” said Bob Nicholson, CEO and vice-chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group.

Perhaps you’ve noticed. He hasn’t had it.

They promised great ice in Rogers Place. Until recently, it hasn’t even been good ice.

Perhaps you’ve noticed something else. On some nights, the fans have been freezing in the finest facility in hockey.

Three games into a six-game road trip, Edmonton Oilers players are happy to be able to report improvement.

“It’s going in the right direction. From where it was in October to where it is now, there’s been real improvement. It’s become a lot better,” said Milan Lucic.


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Dump Video Review

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

It was an epic fail. A botched call so egregious it calls the National Hockey League’s entire replay review process into question and the worst blown call you will see — until the next one.

It was the latest argument for sending the Toronto War Room the way of the dodo and bringing some kind of sanity to the way calls are made in the NHL, because this isn’t working.

By now, you’ve seen the replay 1,243 times and you’re as baffled as I am. At the 6:20 mark of the second period Saturday night, with the Rangers and Canadiens tied at 1-1, New York centreman Kevin Hayes blows in on Carey Price, tries a deke and is stopped on a pretty good save.

Hayes’s momentum carries him into Price’s pad and in a play I’ve never seen in 50 years watching hockey, he drags the goaltender four or five feet away from the net. With Price conveniently out of the net, Rick Nash whacks the puck into the net and the Rangers take a 2-1 lead.


Review the goal here...

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Winning Streak Hits Nine For The Washington Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Brown at NHL.com,

The Washington Capitals won their ninth consecutive game with a 5-0 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Verizon Center on Sunday.

The Capitals (29-9-5) took over first place in the NHL with 63 points with four goals in the first 6:36 of the third period. They have outscored opponents 40-11 during their winning streak and haven't allowed an even-strength goal in six games.


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