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It’s A Gray Day At The Wings’ Skate In Tampa

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Sheahan wearing gray non-contact jersey as Wings file onto ice for skate. Not sure why. We'll see after the skate.

Helm also wearing gray jersey.

More news as it becomes available.

added 11:40am,


added 11:41am, via Khan tweet,

Cleary rotating in.

added 11:44am, Khan tweet,

Defense is the same:
Lashoff/Kindl healthy scratches.

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Martin Brodeur Named Senior Advisor To GM In St. Louis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(Jan. 29, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that in conjunction with his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL), Martin Brodeur will remain with the Blues as a Senior Advisor to the General Manager.  

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Live Stream- Martin Brodeur Retirement Press Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Martin Brodeur will announce his retirement today at a press conference in St. Louis.

The conference is scheduled to begin at 11:30am ET and you can watch it below...

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NHL Power Rankings- Sportsnet Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

The Islanders are the best team in the East, and how refreshing is that?

So in honour of teams, like Tavares’, trending upward, we find a suitable hashtag for all 30 clubs in this week’s NHL Power Rankings: #HashtagEdition.

1. Anaheim Ducks- The first team to hit 70 points, the Ducks shut out Vancouver Tuesday and recorded their third six-game winning streak of the season. #Getzlaf4MVP
Previous: 1

2. Nashville Predators- Through 46 contests, the real-deal Predators have already matched the number of home wins (19) they had all last season. #Laviolettethedogsout *ducks, hides*
Previous: 2

3. New York Islanders- Beasts of the East, the Islanders are winning games at a pace not seen since the late 1970s -- even without injured top-20 scorer Kyle Okposo. #KingsOfNewYork
Previous: 4

read on

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Trailing 3-2 with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation, Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin scored 2:34 apart to help the Kings snap a four-game skid (0-2-2) and pick up their first regular-season victory over the Blackhawks since March 25, 2013 (0-4-0).
* At 21-15-12 (54 points), the Kings moved within one point of the idle Flames (26-19-3, 55 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
* The Kings also rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits. Per Elias, the last time they overcame three or more one-goal deficits to earn a win was on Oct. 30, 2013, when they accomplished the same feat in a 4-3 overtime victory vs. SJS.
* Jeff Carter notched 2-1—3, marking his second multi-goal and third three-point performance of the season. The Kings improved to 10-0-0 when he records at least two points.

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Leafs Lose Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

Maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs are playing better under Peter Horachek and perhaps there will eventually be a payoff for their improved defensive play, but right now it's painful to watch.

The Maple Leafs lost their seventh consecutive game, this time 2-1 in the shootout to the New Jersey Devils. That's how bad it's has gotten: the Devils team that couldn't buy a shootout win last season beating the Leafs in shootouts.

Toronto team president Brendan Shanahan was in attendance and, if nothing else, he's learning a lot about his team during this stretch with the only reasonable conclusion that they are much worse than we originally thought.

read on for Burnside on Hawks/Kings, LeBrun on Spezza returning to Ottawa, Strang on the Capitals and Powers on the Blackhawks...

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The Availability Of Keith Yandle And Other Arizona Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

What about Keith Yandle? He still has another season left on his deal next season and, at 28, could still be part of the reshaping of this roster.

But then again, there are contenders who view him as a great pickup, especially if they can get him for two playoffs, not just one.

"He's always a name that comes up," Maloney said. "Keith Yandle is a very important part on our team, and he's a good player. He's been a top offensive defenseman for the last five years in the league. I'm not actually out there shopping his name around at all, but people have talked to me about it. I'd like to build that base, not subtract from it. We don't have enough Keith Yandles. That's not to say if a deal comes along in the next week or the next month or at the draft ... but he's still a relatively young player that does something better than most players in the league."

Yandle just shrugged his shoulders Wednesday. He's been down this path before.

"It's one of those things where it seems like every year I hear my name," he said. "I'm immune to it now. I don't take any of it personally. I tell myself that it's a good thing other teams want you. It's been talked about for the last six years, and you just have to play it by year."

more on the Arizona Coyotes "reset"...

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Jason Spezza Returns To Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

Naturally, the 31-year-old centre was asked what kind of reception he expects from Ottawa fans known for their love-hate relationship with the former captain.

“Fans are passionate, so I hope I’m remembered for giving my all and having some success here, but I expect them to support their team, too,” Spezza said. “They’ve always supported the club, but hopefully they appreciate that I gave everything when I was here and did all I could to help us win.”

About that. If only the Senators had cashed in one of those years – in 2003, when Spezza was the kid on the rise, or 2006 when Dominik Hasek went down, or 2007 when Spezza-Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson were the NHL’s top offensive line.

“We were so close for a three, four-year period there (and we) had as good a team as anybody in the league,” Spezza said.


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Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning- Preview And Notes

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

via Brian Hunter of NHL.com,

Season series: Ryan Callahan assisted on two goals by Steven Stamkos in regulation and scored the only goal of the shootout when the Tampa Bay Lightning won their first game this season against the Detroit Red Wings. Gustav Nyquist and Johan Franzen each had a goal and an assist for Detroit. The Red Wings enter Thursday one point ahead of the Lightning for the Atlantic Division lead.

Red Wings team scope: Injured goaltenders Jimmy Howard (groin) and Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder) were on the ice Wednesday along with Detroit's two active goalies, Petr Mrazek and Tom McCollum. Forward Tomas Jurco (back), who hasn't played since Jan. 6, skated on the fourth line with Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller. Coach Mike Babcock said Jurco will play Thursday, according to MLive.com, which also reported defenseman Jakub Kindl (elbow) has been cleared to return. However, rookie Xavier Ouellet will remain in the lineup for now. The Red Wings expressed wariness going up against Stamkos and the Lightning. "They're a deep team, good goaltending," forward Henrik Zetterberg told the Tampa Bay Times. "Obviously Stamkos is probably the best sniper in the League. That helps."

Lightning team scope: An 0-for-3 showing on the power play in a 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday left Tampa Bay 1-for-15 with the man advantage in its past five games. "I think our biggest problem is we just don't have that shooter's mentality right now," coach Jon Cooper said in video posted by the team. The Lightning were 16th on the power play at 18.1 percent entering Wednesday; contrast that with the Red Wings, whose 25.3-percent success rate was second. "I'm worried about our power play, not so much theirs," Cooper said. Forward Brian Boyle scored shorthanded against the Hurricanes and has goals in consecutive games. Forward Jonathan Drouin is fourth among rookies with 17 assists and tied for sixth with 19 points.

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Time For A Trade In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

They aren’t fast enough. They aren’t young enough. They don’t have enough mobility or scoring from the blue-line. And they don’t have enough snipers or size up front.

What they are is remarkably ordinary.

The good news is, other than goaltending, they can target just about any area in a trade — this side of a another defensive centre, bottom-six winger or washed-up veteran — and improve.

Size? Scorer? Power-play quarterback? Promising prospect?

Bring it all on.

The bad news is they are stuck in an awkward phase of rebuilding-on-the-fly and can’t afford to give up a draft pick, or any prospect who may be worth a damn in two or three years.

As currently constructed, the Canucks are good enough to beat down the destitute. And sometimes, if all goes right and their so-called battle level is cresting, they can appear comfortable hanging with the upper class.

more (no specific names mentioned)

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