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Video- Being A GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tonight Sportsnet showed this segment during their pre-game and although it was probably recorded earlier this week it is still worth the watch especially if you are a Blues or Wings fan.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong and Red Wings GM Ken Holland sit down with George Stroumboulopoulos to talk about the craft of being a general manager.

 

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First Place Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The first place team in the NHL right now is the Montreal Canadiens.  They have a sufficient lead that they will still be in first regardless of how today's games come out.  They have a 15-6 record with one regulation tie point for 31 points overall.  This is a two point lead over second place Anaheim. 

This result is surprising given the fact that Montreal has a +7 team +/- rating.  That is currently tenth best in the league.  Usually goals for and against correlate well with a team's win loss record.  They do not in Montreal's case.  Essentially Montreal has won their close games and been blown out in their losses.  A truly top team should win their blow outs and if they lose, it only occurs in a close game.  This suggests that Montreal is lucky to be in first overall and it is only a matter of time before they get caught.

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Evening Line- Elliotte Friedman on Daniel Alfredsson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I wouldn’t call us friends, but there aren’t many athletes with whom I’ve had a better professional, working relationship. When speaking to kids or doing question-and-answer sessions, you get asked who the best guys are to deal with. He was always on my list.

-Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet on Daniel Alfredsson.  Read more on Alfredsson from Friedman.

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Raking The Leafs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

I am very superstitious when it comes to making statements before, and during a game. So, I will give myself a big SWM right now.

 It's time to rake the Leafs. Again. This is no easy task since they are a Carlyle led goon type of Team, coming off a win, and totally disrespecting their long suffering fans.(classy eh')

 I am sure there would be nothing more satisfying to them than beating the Wings. Well, they can find their satisfaction elsewhere.

This Team is the kind that hangs around like those pesky leafs that you have to keep raking and raking until the first snow. 

Well tonight, the Wings have to finish the job, and rake them to the curb and burn them. Filling the sky over the center of the Hockey Universe, with smoke and tears.

 Whatever it takes, Wing's Fans deserve and demand, that our Team win three games in a row.

Get. It. Done.

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Will College Hockey Grow In The West?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Sataniello of the New York Times,

The Sun Devils’ promotion to N.C.A.A. status opens college hockey to the West and to a metropolitan area of four million people, and it gives the N.C.A.A. a 60th Division I program.

The ultimate goal is the creation of a Pacific-12 hockey conference. Currently, Arizona State plays in Division I of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, where it was ranked No. 1 with a record of 18-1-0 entering the weekend. Arizona and Colorado play in the same division. The other Pac-12 teams play in A.C.H.A. Division II, except for Oregon State, which has no hockey program.

Arizona State’s athletic director, Ray Anderson, hired in January after more than seven years as the N.F.L.’s executive vice president for football operations, said the Pac-12 supported the move.

“The hope is that Arizona State will tip the dominoes to get some of the Northern schools, in Washington and Oregon, and our folks in California who have programs and probably don’t want to see us competing when they’re not,” he said.

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Leafs Will Have To Handle Zetterberg And A Hot Tatar

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ian Shantz of the Toronto Sun,

Zetterberg has seven goals and 15 points in 11 games against the Leafs.

"He's one of the best players in the game. You have to be aware of him when he's on the ice," Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly said. "You have to play him hard, just like playing (against) any other star. He's dangerous."

His "hockey sense is next-level," added Franson, who, with a point against the Wings, will match Tom Kurvers' 10-game point streak, tops all-time among Leafs defencemen....

The Leafs will have to contend with piping-hot forward Tomas Tatar, who comes in with four goals and five points in five games, including two game-winning goals.

"We're really happy right now, the puck is finding the net," said Tatar, who has been stationed on Detroit's second forward unit alongside Riley Sheahan and Justin Abdelkader. "We're trying to play a simple game ... we're getting the good bounces right now, so it's fun."

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Why The San Jose Sharks Put Adam Burish On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The Sharks practiced what they've been preaching Saturday, putting veteran forward Adam Burish on waivers in their effort to become a younger team.

Burish, 31, has one goal and two assists in 20 games. More significantly, he is a minus-6 playing an average of 11:08 per game in a limited fourth line role.

"It's where we are as an organization," Coach Todd McLellan said after his team's Saturday morning skate. "We made a commitment to brining some younger players in, and at this point with Adam's position and where he is in the lineup, we are exploring some younger possibilities there."...

"Somebody could use that type of player in the league," the coach said. "He'll get an opportunity to move on and play somewhere else."

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Babcock Wants A Fast Start Tonight

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

... coach Mike Babcock once again stressed the need to for him team to play well from the opening faceoff tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

"Catch-up hockey is losing hockey; you got to start on time," Babcock said after the morning skate. "Eighty percent of the time the team that scores first wins. You got to get started.

"We didn't do that in Winnipeg (Thursday in a 4-3 win). We didn't like our game, in particular in the second period, but we dug in as a group and were mentally strong and found a way to stick with it and stay with our structure. The biggest thing is you can't shoot yourself in the foot in those games and get impatient and we found a way to stay patient."

The Maple Leafs have been outscored 24-14 in the first period, but Babcock pointed out that they're 7-3-1 in their past 11 games.

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Khan also has the Wings' plan for Stephen Weiss....

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Ottawa Senators Hope To Change Their Recent Record In Afternoon Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citzen,

In 2013-14, Ottawa were to play 17 afternoon dates. They wound up playing 18 because a Jan. 24 game in Carolina was re-booked to noon on Jan. 25. Nearly every one was a disaster.

The overall record: 4-12-2. The Senators were equal opportunity daytime pushovers, losing in multiple U.S. states, in three different time zones, in Western Canada and on home ice.

Staff and players tried everything to change the mojo: Arrived at the rink sooner. Altered the warmup routine. Drank extra coffee.

“We changed everything down to the music,” said centre Kyle Turris at one point. To no avail.

It’s a new season and, the Senators hope, a new storyline on afternoon starts. To boost it along, they have delayed their home afternoon start times by an hour, hoping it’s a better match for players’ circadian rhythms.

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Oilers Need A #2 Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

MacTavish needs a No. 2 centre (something he undoubtedly knows), and before you say he would be dealing from a position of weakness now, Montreal GM Marc Bergevin managed to trade winger Rene Bourque for a useful defenceman Bryan Allen this week.after sending the inconsistent Bourque to the minors, first.

Whether that means MacTavish has to trade a winger, even with Benoit Pouliot busting his foot after a Marek Zidlicky shot slammed into him Friday, so be it. While rookie Leon Draisaitl was markedly better against the Devils, driving the net, distributing the puck, playing 16 minutes, the Oilers need an older second-line centre who’s played 400, 500, 750 games.

Draisaitl, who was robbed by Cory Schneider in the dying seconds on his doorstep, could move back to the third hole and Mark Arcobello could be the 13th forward.

Does MacTavish have to dangle David Perron, a greasy guy with hands who had 28 goals last year but can’t get untracked (one goal in 48 shots)? Does he consider trading Jordan Eberle in a bigger package as some have suggested? Who knows, but the GM, before he starts looking at the coach, has to make a deal. And, no, Detroit’s oft-injured but former No. 1 centre in Florida, Stephen Weiss, is probably not the answer.

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