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The Los Angeles Kings Will Play A Man Short Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,

The Kings were unable to bring up a replacement from the minor leagues for the injured Anze Kopitar and will be forced to play one player short tonight against the Flyers, according to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi.

They landed in this specific situation because of Kopitar’s injury, salary-cap issues and the fact that recently suspended defenseman Slava Voynov’s salary still counts against their cap total. Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the NHL last week after his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence and is still getting paid.

He has not been charged and has missed two games. Tonight will be the third one. The Kings are too close to the salary cap to recall a player and had been trying to bring up Jordan Weal from their minor-league affiliate in Manchester, N.H., and had been trying to craft a solution with the NHL and the NHLPA.

“It’s one thing for the player to have to pay the penalty,” Lombardi said in a interview with The Times. “It’s another thing for 19 other guys to have to go out there shorthanded tonight.”


added 2:45pm, from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

The news that the Kings could use only 19 players tonight apparently didn’t concern Anze Kopitar.

“I’m going to prepare like I’m going to play and we’ll see how I feel,” he said in regards to the upper-body injury he suffered in the second period of Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Given that the team is readying itself for game number nine out of 82, would it be safe to assume that the long-term needs trump any immediate personnel concerns?

“Yeah, probably, but I felt pretty good on the ice today,” Kopitar said. “So we’ll see about tonight.”


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The Nashville Predators Make A Few Roster Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brooks Bratten at the Predators' website,

The Nashville Predators will activate forward Matt Cullen off of injured reserve, making him available for the team’s upcoming road trip that begins Wednesday night in Edmonton.

Cullen skated on a regular forward line at Monday’s practice, setting him up for his first game action since suffering an upper-body injury Sept. 24 during a preseason game against Tampa Bay.

“We’re anxious to get Matt back in the lineup, as he is a veteran who can contribute in a number of situations,” General Manager David Poile said.

To make room for Cullen’s addition to the roster, the club has placed forward Rich Clune on waivers, with the intention of assigning him to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

“Rich is a character guy in our locker room,” Poile said. “We are hopeful that Rich will clear waivers and be available for recall in the future.”

The Predators have also assigned forward Viktor Stalberg to Milwaukee on a conditioning assignment. Stalberg suffered a lower-body injury during training camp, missing the entire preseason schedule and first three games of the regular season. He has skated in five games this season.

“Viktor has had some unfortunate injury trouble during his last two training camps,” Poile said. “We want Viktor to have some time in Milwaukee to fine tune his game and we look forward to having him back in Nashville.


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Practice post: Caps’ lines, rumors, prospect news and Red Wings welcome back Franzen…sort of

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 16x at 4:08 PM: The Red Wings will take to the ice shortly at Joe Louis Arena ahead of tomorrow's "Rivalry Night" game against the Washington Capitals (7:30 PM EDT on NBCSN/97.1 FM), and the Capitals are playing up the...Erm...Former Whaler quotent?

Tom Wilson back on the ice at Kettler, ready to roll for #CapsWings. http://instagram.com/p/us0fE6SGh1/

The Capitals hit the ice at 10:30 AM, so if you're interested in their lines, the Washington Post's Alex Prewitt posted them...

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How Many Games Should John Moore Get?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

John Moore received a two game suspension for this hit during the playoffs last season.

Watch below and also the hit again from last night...

added 12:34pm,


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Analytics Says Sabres Should Finish Last

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

from Travis Yost of TSN.ca,

The Sabres appear to be a lock for the upcoming draft lottery. And despite other poor performances around the league, it’s growing increasingly difficult to see them finishing anywhere other than dead last – although Carolina is winless and two points behind Buffalo. Few will accuse them of outright tanking, but the organization has certainly done an excellent job of stripping away most of the talent at the NHL-level, using this year to develop a litany of younger players. The team might not be actively trying to lose, but the roster has been carefully assembled to the point where it’s going to be almost impossible for Ted Nolan’s lineup to sustain any kind of success, even over short periods of time. It’s a rebuild, by the harshest of designs.


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  Tags: "buffalo+sabres", "sabres+analytics", "sabres+tank", "travis+yost", sabres+mcdavid

Early Winners And Losers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,


*Tyler Seguin – the Dallas Stars are struggling defensively as a team, but Seguin has been arguably the best player in the entire league. He’s got six goals and 13 points in eight games, has won 47 percent of his face offs in a big improvement from last season and has two game-winners while topping 19 minutes of ice time per game. You can always make the argument it was never going to happen for him in Boston the way it has in Dallas, but you also can’t deny that he’s definitely turned a corner in the maturity and development departments down in Big D.

*Corey Perry – Ryan Getzlaf was the Anaheim Ducks forward that was getting all of the love in preseason awards predictions, but Perry has nine goals in nine games on the kind of goal-scoring pace that hasn’t been since the Great One’s heyday. Anaheim is once again killing it out in the Western Conference, but gaudy regular season stats and monster years from Perry/Getzlaf aren’t where it’s at for the Ducks. It’s about the playoffs, stupid.


*Luke Schenn – The main player that went back to the Flyers in the James van Riemsdyk deal, Schenn is perhaps the most overrated player in the entire NHL. He’s playing third-pairing minutes for a Philly hockey team short on defensemen, and is a whopping minus-7 in eight games with only a single assist to show for it. Schenn was traded to the Flyers with the idea he’d turn into a top pairing defenseman, and he’s become a liability instead. I blame the Toronto media hype machine that inflates the value of some of these World Junior-type players for Team Canada, and creates both reputations and expectations for them that will never be met. That seems to be the case with Schenn.

*Nathan MacKinnon – It looks like the sophomore slump is hitting MacKinnon hard with zero goals and a minus-5 in nine games for the Colorado Avalanche. Mackinnon hit the weights over the summer to gain a little more size and strength going into this season, and it looks like perhaps he lost some of his speed and explosiveness in the process. That’s the name of the game in the NHL. The struggles of guys like Mackinnon and Gabriel Landeskog are pretty easily identifiable culprits behind the slow start for the Avs this season.

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Video- Connor McDavid Works Out Under The Eye Of Gary Roberts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

At the age of 17, Connor McDavid is already under constant pressure, being deemed ‘The Next One,’ on the ice he’s living up to the hype, and off the ice he’s in great hands, as he trains under the tutelage of Gary Roberts.


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About Those Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

About 10 days ago or so, with the Edmonton Oilers having started the season winless in their first five games, we're told the team's front office held some intense discussions, looking at all kinds of possibilities for action should their miserable start continue. Another October from hell would not be accepted. Four wins in a row later everyone can take a step back and relax.

The Oilers shut out Montreal 3-0 on Monday night behind Ben Scrivens. The Oilers goalie was shaky early in the season, which provided people like myself a reason to ask whether Edmonton made an error in thinking he could be No. 1 goalie material. But like his team, Scrivens has bounced back well and has been terrific during the game's four-game win streak, the team's first of its kind since the lockout season two years ago.

read on for Burnside and Custance on the Oilers and Strang on the hits in last night's Wild/Rangers game.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Trailing 3-0 after 40 minutes, the Rangers scored five third-period goals – including the tying and winning markers 37 seconds apart – to defeat the Wild.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this marks just the second time in franchise history the Rangers have overcome a 3-0 third-period deficit to win. Their only previous such victory came on Jan. 4, 1956 vs. DET (also 5-4 final score).
* The last time the Rangers rallied from a three-goal deficit at any point in the third period (regardless of the score) was on Dec. 27, 1992, a 6-5 victory over the Bruins highlighted by a hat trick from Alex Kovalev.
* The Rangers also secured their first three-goal comeback win (at any stage in the game) since April 4, 2011 vs. BOS. In that contest, the Bruins opened a 3-0 lead in the second period before the Rangers scored five unanswered goals (including two in the middle frame) en route to a 5-3 victory.

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Sergei Bobrovsky Goes On IR With Fractured Finger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on Injured Reserve and added goaltender Anton Forsberg to the roster on emergency recall from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Bobrovsky suffered a fractured finger when he was struck by a puck in practice on Monday and is expected to miss one to two weeks. He is 4-4-0 with a 2.81 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in eight games this season. The 2013 Vezina Trophy winner has appeared in 187 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers, going 99-58-21 with a 2.47 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and nine shutouts. The 26-year-old native of Novokuznetsk, Russia went 32-20-5 with a 2.38 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and five shutouts in 2013-14.

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