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Who Is Scott Wilson?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

Unless Red Wings fans watched closely the Penguins' Stanley Cup run this spring, they may not know what they’re getting in the 25-year-old winger Wilson and, quite frankly, the Red Wings aren't exactly sure either. He's still carving out his place in the NHL, but he's doing it while earning a modest salary of $625,000 —  an important distinction.

“I was looking for a cheaper NHL player who can play in the league,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland told The Athletic on Saturday evening. “I’m not sure Pittsburgh even knows what it’s getting in Riley Sheahan either.”...

“I like him but think of him as a fourth-line player,” texted one Western Conference scout on Saturday. “Good worker and skater. Smaller size holds him back some but very good compete helps him. Not convinced in his consistency.”...

...a view of Wilson from the Pittsburgh press box via The Athletic’s Seth Rorabaugh: “Wilson doesn't do any one thing at a particularly outstanding level, but he seems capable of doing a little bit of everything.

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Another Win For The Vegas Golden Knights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jesse Granger of the Las Vegas Sun,

The Golden Knights are taking on the personality of their city — they’re becoming known for late nights.

Late Saturday night, Golden Knights forward Reilly Smith slid a pass just underneath a diving defenseman’s stick right to teammate William Karlsson, who buried the puck into the back of the net for a game-winning, overtime goal.

The Golden Knights’ 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues was their second straight overtime win, and made them 3-for-3 in games stretching beyond regulation on the year....

It’s appropriate the first major professional sports team in Las Vegas’ history goes for broke when it gets late. The players’ explanations for why they’ve been so successful in overtime are similarly fitting.

“Luck,” Smith laughed, perhaps only half-joking. “Just kidding. We’re doing a good job just keeping teams to the outside. They had some chances and (Oscar) Dansk made some big saves. It’s just the last shot that goes in and luckily we’ve had the positive luck the last few games.”...

The Golden Knights won the game, but lost their second goaltender this season to injury. Malcolm Subban, who had 37 saves on Saturday, injured his leg early in the third period while stretching to save a shot that went wide of the net.

Rookie goalie Dansk entered the game with no NHL experience and the team nursing a 2-1 lead despite being severely outplayed throughout the game.


Watch the game highlights below...

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Videos- Top Action From Saturday’s Games And Coach’s Corner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The top NHL action from Saturday, five minutes long.



Below, watch Coach's Corner...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 4, Nashville 2
PHILADELPHIA 2, Edmonton 1
Buffalo 5, BOSTON 4 (OT)
OTTAWA 6, Toronto 3
TAMPA BAY 7, Pittsburgh 1
NY ISLANDERS 5, San Jose 3
Los Angeles 6, COLUMBUS 4
Florida 4, WASHINGTON 1
DALLAS 4, Carolina 3
Chicago 4, ARIZONA 2
Minnesota 4, CALGARY 2
VEGAS 3, St. Louis 2 (OT)

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Video- Saturday Headlines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

The Hockey Night in Canada panel discuss the Montreal Canadiens not willing to make a "panic" trade, give an update on Matt Duchene, Brian Boyle, and Cam Fowler and more.


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More Data Please

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is inconceivable the NHL hasn’t been able to install chips in the puck and in skates that would yield real-time measurement and display of the speed of shots and of players. The league is missing an opportunity to capitalize in an industry whose customers have an insatiable desire for a combination of video and data.

Connor McDavid was measured by Sportsnet in Canada at 25.4 mph on an opening night rush up the right side against Calgary. It sure seemed fast. But relative to the rest of the league, how fast was it? Was the jet propulsion as extraordinary as it seemed?

What is the next fastest rush speed generated by a player? Who is the next fastest player, not in a skills competition oval, but on the ice in a real-time situation? What about Auston Matthews?

Who knows.

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Saturday Night Hockey Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- After the first 88 games Wayne Gretzky played in the NHL, he had scored 52 goals. Mario Lemieux, in the same numbers of games, had 54. Auston Matthews scored his 45th goal in his 88th game. But the NHL Matthews plays in scores 2.89 goals per team, per game. The NHL Gretzky entered in 1979 scored 3.45 a game while Lemieux walked into a league in 1984 that scored 3.78 goals a game.

- Imagine what a Swedish defence would look like were NHL players at the upcoming Olympics: Erik Karlsson, Victor Hedman, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Mattias Ekholm, Anton Stralman and probably one of Oscar Klefbom, John Klingberg or Nik Hjalmarsson.

- Jeremy Jacobs is going to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Can anyone explain why?


On a personal note, thank you to many of you for the well wishes.  It has been a bad few days for me but I am trying to get on the bike again and continue what I do at KK.

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Red Wings Send Sheahan To Pittsburgh And Sproul To The New York Rangers

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul



Sproul and Sheahan press releases from Rangers and Pens are below...

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Double A Returning? We’ll See…In The Meantime

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It's a Friday night in Hockeytown with the Caps in town. 

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Will return

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Family is ill, as am I, will return when able.

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