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The Best Scoring Duo In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Hodge of TSN,

My thumb is up to the best one-two scoring punch in the NHL, those two dazzling forwards who play on a certain team in the state of Pennsylvania.

In the past, and maybe again in the future, I would be talking about Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. But, of course, you know that I am referring to the NHL’s leading scorer, Jakub Voracek and his Philadelphia Flyers teammate Claude Giroux. Watching them have their way against the Toronto Maple Leafs last night made you wonder why the Flyers aren’t higher in the standings.

Unless there’s a big turnaround coming that began in Toronto, the Flyers have to be described as a team with a bunch of holes and two of the league’s best players, either of whom could win the Hart Trophy if Philly could only find a way to fill the holes.

As you watched the Flyers and Leafs score six times in the game’s first 12 minutes, you probably thought this was the NHL’s version of Halley’s Comet. You just never see a scoring spree like that anymore, and so….my thumb is down to a lack of scoring in the NHL.


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Preview And Notes Wings/Avs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

What one was...



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Morning Line- Gare Joyce On Brendan Shanahan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Though he declines credit, he played a lead role in changing the course of the game. Now he faces a task that, by scale, seems reasonably within reach: reversing the direction of a franchise with hockey weather but not much else in its favour lately. He will forever talk about “team” and “staff,” but ultimately this will be a summit of one and lonelier than that moment on the ice in Nagano.

The self-education of Brendan Shanahan: to be continued.

-Gare Joyce of Sportsnet on Brendan Shanahan.  Read much more from Joyce on Shanahan.

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Video- Good Goal Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Situation Room Blog,

At 8:49 of the third period in the Chicago Blackhawks/Columbus Blue Jackets game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Columbus net. Video review determined that the puck deflected off the stick of Blackhawks forward Ben Smith and into the net in a legal fashion after it was kicked by his teammate Marcus Kruger. According to Rule 49.2 (ii) "A kicked puck that deflects off the stick of any player (excluding the goalkeeper's stick) shall be ruled a good goal." Good goal Chicago.

Watch the goal below and my only question is, what about goalie interference?

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Why A Boston/Edmonton Trade Won’t Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle would be good Bruins. They are 23 and 24 years old, respectively.

Hall is under contract through 2020 and Eberle is locked up until 2019, both at $6 million annually. They can score, which is a talent that is eluding the Bruins.

Yet the Bruins are missing two critical elements: tradable assets and cap space. Edmonton needs an ace goalie, centers, and defensemen. The Bruins aren’t dealing Tuukka Rask, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci are here for good. Zdeno Chara has a no-move clause. That leaves Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg as the two players that would interest the Oilers for either of their top-line forwards.

There’s no match in salary. And the Bruins would be moving a pace-pushing, two-way defenseman who projects to develop into Chara’s replacement. Translation: It ain’t happening.

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added 8:30am, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on the Oilers...

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Videos- Good And Bad Goal Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First the good goal by Alex Ovechkin...



The bad goal goes to the Calgary Flames, watch it below...

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Video-Evgeni Malkin Needs More Acting Lessons

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Evgeni Malkin was shamed not once but twice in the Penguins’ game against the Panthers, being called for embellishment and diving.


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Video- Highlights From The 12 NHL Games On Saturday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

6 /12 minutes of highlights to recap the games from last night.


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Avalanche set-up

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings insisted that they did "the right things" for the most part during Friday's 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders, and after Mike Babcock changed the team's lines up during Saturday's practice, the team made similar remarks about its increasing offensive chances and decreasing defensive gaffes.

They weren't wrong. The Wings did display more solid offensive flourishes (albeit mostly un-screened, single-shot attempts from the outside), and more importantly, Petr Mrazek didn't face the same kind of siege he did during last weekend's game against Toronto. The Wings didn't let the Isles run the table like the Blue Jackets did by turning every damn puck over, either, though the team's problems in the faceoff circle is a big concern.

Going into today's game against the Colorado Avalanche (6 PM EST on FSD/Altitude/97.1 FM) and Tuesday's game against Buffalo, the Wings face a puzzling opponent, and a dangerous one: Colorado's 5-1 win over Buffalo on Saturday may have snapped a 2-game losing streak amidst a month in which the Avs have lost 6 of 8 games, but interim starter Calvin Pickard is quite the spoiler (ask Grand Rapids Griffins fans), and there's no doubt that Patrick Roy will make sure to get the most out of his team when facing his old nemesis.

As ColoradoAvalanche.com's Rob Knabenbauer reported, the Avs also received a pair of roster reinforcements on Saturday...

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Prospect news: Griffins snipe shootout win; Walleye take K-Wings; another Hicketts profile

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins have lost 1st line center Andreas Athanasiou's services for the next 7 weeks, Mattias Backman's gone back to Sweden, both Petr Mrazek and Tom McCollum are in Detroit and Xavier Ouellet's days with the Griffins are numbered, but a team that struggled so very mightily for the first month-and-a-half of the season is still finding its stride.

Grand Rapids built upon Friday's 7-1 win over Toronto by taking a tightly-fought 4-3 shootout decision from the Lake Erie Monsters, and new 1st-line winger Landon Ferraro scored a goal (Tomas Nosek, the 1st line's center, had an assist), Teemu Pulkkinen posted yet another marker (as well as the shootout winner), Anthony Mantha got into his first professional fight and Jared Coreau stopped both 34 of 37 shots and 4 of 5 shootout shooters to extend his record to 6-and-0.

The Griffins' website posited a game recap...

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