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A Rising Scorer

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One player who is clearly rising as an offensive player is Brandon Saad of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Last season he had a career best 31 goals and 53 points and this season he is on pace to beat that easily.  He has 17 points in his 21 games to date.  What makes this number more impressive is the fact that he has scored all of those points at even strength.  When he gets power play time, he plays on the second unit in Columbus. 

Saad is the even strength scoring leader in Columbus.  Only four players in the league have more even strength points so far this season.  They are Connor McDavid, Nikita Kucherov, Mark Schiefele and Schiefele's linemate Nikolaj Ehlers.  That is a lofty group for Saad to be behind. 

It is only a matter of time before Columbus begins to give Saad more power play time and when that happens look for his point total to take off.  Brandon Saad is clearly a scorer on the rise.

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night Candidate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Henrik Lundqvist...

 

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have more on the NHL keeping a close eye on the rematch between the Maple Leafs and Canucks, the Coyotes offering the Flames Anthony Duclair for Dougie Hamilton, the Senators exploring the market for a versatile winger and the possibility of the Canucks and Kings playing an exhibition game in China.

everyone can watch here...

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Griffins install LED lighting system

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Grand Rapids Griffins, who recalled Matt Caito from Toledo today:

GRIFFINS FANS' EXPERIENCE AT VAN ANDEL ARENA ENHANCED BY EATON'S ADVANCED LED LIGHTING SYSTEM

The Grand Rapids Griffins’ fans and players are benefiting from a dramatic improvement this season to Van Andel Arena.

During the offseason, Van Andel Arena replaced its original metal-halide lighting system, which was installed when the arena opened in 1996, with the state-of-the-art LED lighting system from Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting -- the same company whose fixtures illuminated Super Bowl XLIX and the 2016 NHL All-Star Game.

“We’ve seen firsthand how Eaton’s Ephesus sports LED lighting system can improve visibility for both players and fans,” said Tim Gortsema, president of the Griffins. “The implementation of this industry-leading system by Van Andel Arena is consistent with our goal to provide a world-class experience for our players and fans.”

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Evening news: Game-Day Previews; on Mantha and Ekblad, back-ups and John Scott…Ott?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video:

2. WXYZ's Brad Galli spoke with Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad and Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha:

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I Take It All Back

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Before the last game against Dallas, I went ahead and looked at the standings. The Wings were behind 7 teams for the final wild card.  That made me sad.

After the game I looked again, and man things are looking up.

Now we're behind only five. 

But wait, according to the interns from Wayne State...if we win tonite, and NJ loses (if they even play and you know I'm not gonna look), then we're in the second wild card spot and next thing you know we're all clamoring for Finals tickets and then the hookers are wheeling up from down river and the fire trucks are lining Woodward and we've got ourselves a damn June parade.

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Jeff Blashill Showing Confidence In Anthony Mantha

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings rookie has contributed three goals in his last five outings heading into tonight's game against the Florida Panthers at Joe Louis Arena (7:30, FSD), maximizing being on the top line and the power-play corps. Whereas last season, he saw his NHL stint end after 10 games, Mantha this season is thriving as he has gained the trust of coach Jeff Blashill.

“He’s given me a bigger role this year,” Mantha said. “He gave me a little chance last year, but this year, I took it. I made sure to play well. I just need to keep going that way.”

Mantha hasn’t been told that he has made the Wings for good, but he’s living with teammates Dylan Larkin and Luke Glendening instead of in a hotel. Mantha’s playing time -- he has been above 18 minutes a few games and averages in the 16-minute range -- reflects his role on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar and Mantha’s ability to use his 6-foot-5, 221-pound body to be a net-front presence....

“He had gotten much bigger and much stronger, and it showed with real strength on the puck and on his skates and allowed him to use that big frame to be a puck-protection type guy,” Blashill said. “I felt like, let’s give him the best opportunity to be successful. Since he's been in that spot with Z, he’s done a real good job.

“Now, it’s an every-day league, so he’s got to keep doing it. There’s no room for error in this league.”

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You Are Hired Then Most Likely Fired

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

In the salary cap era there have been 48 mid-season coaching changes. The average stint of those coaches behind the bench was 207 games. Just 207 games! That’s about two and-a-half seasons.

So why in the name of God’s green earth would someone want to coach in the NHL? It certainly never appears that any of them are enjoying themselves.

As one coach told me, “It’s like chewing glass sometimes.”

Said another: “You have to be comfortable with being hated.”

Beyond the money (and let’s face it, the money can be good, very good), why would anyone want to go through the rigours, the scrutiny of ownership, management, fans and media, and the embarrassment of being fired?

With that in mind, I talked to 12 current and former NHL bench bosses.

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Predators Shine on NHL’s Top-Priced Games List in December

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By Time Dolan,

The 2016-17 NHL season has reached the quarter pole, and several marquee games are on tap through the month of December. Interestingly enough, the Nashville Predators will host two of the five priciest games in December despite their middling play in the Central division. The Rangers, Maple Leafs and Blackhawks also make the cut when they return home for games later in the month against the Senators, Penguins and Jets, respectively.

Check out a complete price breakdown of the most expensive games in December below, according to TicketIQ:

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Video- Hits Of The Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just south of 3 minutes long, via Sportsnet YouTube channel.

 

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