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KK- How To Help Kukla’s Korner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I usually do a semi-annual post on the ways to help out KK but this time it is a little different.

I have started a GoFundMe page which allows you to donate and improve KK.

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Playoff Chances For The Winnipeg Jets Are Going South

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

You have to wonder if this is the knockout punch we've been waiting for the Winnipeg Jets to absorb. For two games in a row, the Jets haven't been able to push late ties into overtime and secure crucial points.

On Sunday, they gave up a last-minute goal to Jonathan Toews and lost to the Chicago Blackhawks, and two nights later it was a repeat performance in a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers. We've counted the Jets out before, but with Winnipeg, the Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings fighting for both third place in the Pacific Division and the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference, it's about taking advantage of the opportunities that are given.

Sure, it looks bad for the Jets, but they're still up two points. They're the ones in a playoff spot. The Kings have a game in hand and own the tiebreaker thanks to more regulation/overtime wins, and Tuesday's was a game the Jets had to win. Hard not to look at next Thursday's game in Calgary between the Kings and Flames, and the Flames' season finale two days later in Winnipeg as two that will ultimately crystallize the playoff picture in the West, the Jets' disappointing meltdowns not withstanding.

And let's tip our caps to the Vancouver Canucks, who have won consecutive road games over the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators to strengthen their hold on second place in the Pacific.

continue for Custance on the Byfuglien hit, Strang on Drew Miller, LeBrun on the Senators and Joe McDonald on the Bruins.  Also check out the new-look ESPN.

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Ken Hitchcock Still An Unsigned Coach

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from Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“There are going to be some dynamite teams in our conference that don’t get in (the playoffs). A lot of it is based on the players’ ability to buy what the coaching staff is selling. We’ve accomplished that while transforming the team,” he said. “But what’s invigorated me is coaching a different group of guys. There have been four or five changes and we’ve still had a high level of success. I think the staff and players buying in is what drives me to coach a lot longer. I really want to do that.”

Still, by leaving his future open for question this season, it’s fair to wonder if the organization holds to its September position that the job is his as long as Hitchcock desires it.

Four years is an eternity in the NHL. The Blues have advanced past the first round only once under Hitchcock and have yet to win a second-round game. Forward T.J. Oshie cited information overload after Monday’s unsightly loss to Vancouver. Hitchcock assumes assurances offered in September remain in force today. Others in the organization suggest less tolerance for another first-round playoff exit given the previous three years’ 8-13 postseason record.

“There’s always going to be a question for players and coaches until we win a first round. But it’s a question I’m not afraid to answer,” Hitchcock said. “I don’t know the answer right now but this team is built to go long in series, long in games. We’ve won a lot of games late. We’ve been at our best in the second and third periods. We know we can go the distance. Like everyone else I won’t know until it plays out but I’m looking forward to answering the questions.”

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Video- Mike Babcock Post-Game

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Michael Niziolek of Mlive,

Coach Mike Babcock wasn't in the mood to take a negative tone about his team following a 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena.

The coach cut off a line of questioning about whether he was happy with his team's intensity at the start of the game.

"You guys when you're asking me these questions want to be negative more than me," Babcock said, before walking off. "I don't want to do that, so this is what I thought: I thought our team competed real hard. I thought they had more hands on deck than us and I thought they played faster than us. You guys have a good night."

Babcock used most of his postgame remarks to heap praise on a 33-save performance from Petr Mrazeck, a performance that earned the second-year goaltender a vote of confidence as Detroit's starter going forward.

The Red Wings lack of shots, and inability to clear Ottawa out of their zone was less of a concern to the coach than a decreasing number of healthy bodies.

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Watch Babcock's post-gme comments below...

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Video- Dustin Byfuglien’s Cross-Check To The Neck Of J.T. Miller

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via Evan Peaslee of Sportsnet,

Late in the second period Byfuglien cross-checked Rangers forward J.T. Miller in the back of the head. The 30-year-old Byfuglien disguised it as a consequence of falling, but there’s no denying he drilled a completely defenseless player on the ice for no reason.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault certainly didn’t hide his disdain for the play when talking with the media after the game.

"(It was) violent, deliberate, could have broken his neck," said Vigneault. "I don't know what's going to happen, but it was one of the most vicious cross-checks I've seen this year."

According to Sportsnet's John Shannon the play will be given extra attention by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

 

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Video- Recap Of The NHL Games On Tuesday Night

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Just under four minutes of highlights...

 

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Drew Miller’s Eye

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

Detroit forward Drew Miller left early in the first period after being cut by Stone's skate. The Red Wings said Miller sustained two deep lacerations near his right eye, but his vision wasn't affected.

Coach Mike Babcock said Miller likely will have a "big-time scar" but should return Thursday.

more on the game last night...

 

 

If you missed the injury, you can watch it here.

added 8:44am, via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"Millsie looks like he'll have a big-time scar, but he'll be back," coach Mike Babcock said. He wasn't sure if it would be as soon as Thursday, when the Wings host Boston.

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Video- Kevin Bieksa Hit On Victor Stalberg

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via Sportsnet,

Watch as Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa delivers a blow to the head of winger Viktor Stalberg from the Nashville Predators.

 

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Recap- Detroit vs. Ottawa, Wings Lose 2-1 In A Shootout

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

[Edit: Written by George while my internet was out, sorry for the lack of clarification there, folks]

When you don't have an internet connection and you've been typing online in some way, shape or form since 1999, the concept of not typing during a Red Wings game seems as foreign as can possibly be, but that's where I found myself ahead of Tuesday night's game between the Wings and Senators.

To keep myself from going crazy, I decided to keep a “game diary.”

Obviously the first thing you think when you hear that Daniel Cleary and Stephen Weiss are BOTH in the lineup is, “OH SHIT.” If Pavel Datsyuk's still battling that “lower-body injury,” at this point in the season, all I want him to do is heal, and the same is true for Riley Sheahan, but the drop-off is just so immense...I mean Cleary is a glorified practice player getting $2.5 million to “be professional.” Weiss has at least registered about a point every other game, but he's also been as inconsistent as his ice time.

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Video- Drew Miller Suffered Two Cuts Near His Eye Tonight

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