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Why The Strange Start Times For The NHL Games Today?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

Here is the schedule with start times for the games today.

added 10:42am,

 

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Kari Lehtonen Issues In Dallas?

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The veteran bench boss lit into Lehtonen for the second time this season, and with newfound furry after a 5-4 shootout loss to Colorado. Now, you can say Ruff was talking about the goaltending problem in general with this team (the back-ups are 2-12-0 on the season), but this dagger was clearly pointed at Lehtonen.

“I know this is hard, but the goaltending performance doesn’t match the effort of the team,” Ruff said. “You need goaltending. It’s as simple as that. There’s nights that he has to steal games, there’s nights where he has to out-perform the other guy. Our goaltending has been tough on our team, and I think that’s where the frustration is.”

To Ruff, there is logic there. His team allowed just seven shots on goal in the first 40 minutes, and Lehtonen still let in a soft goal. In fact, the Stars battled back to take a 3-1 lead early in the third period, and all Lehtonen had to do was weather the expected storm. It happens to all teams who hold a lead _ they simply are going to be outshot, and the goalie has to hold on and get the win....

And that has to be somewhere in Ruff’s brain when he’s watching these meltdowns - he has to wonder if his goalie has a loose wire, if he simply can’t handle pressure.

Maybe he’s testing him now to see how he responds. Maybe this is needed before the team makes a big decision in the summer.

But, if you ask me, Lehtonen isn’t good with extreme emotion . 

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Morning Line- Mark Spector On Jeff Petry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Lots of Oilers fans wonder how a team with such a weak defence can afford to let Jeff Petry go. They’re right — he’s going to leave a big hole next year. But last summer, when the time came to sign Petry long-term, his game wasn’t deserving of the commitment. Sure, he was the best guy on a poor defence, but in my opinion, someone will be having buyer’s remorse on Petry at this time next year, when he signs for four years and $18-19 million.

The key to the negotiations though, is that Petry wanted to go to UFA. There haven’t been any talks leading up to the deadline. The player simply wants to exercise his rights, play the field, and make a choice on a new team come July 1. It isn’t always a GM’s mistake when a player leaves. Sometimes the player, in this case an American-born player married to an American girl, wants to head south.

It’s no more complicated than that.

-Mark Spector of Sportsnet where you can read more NHL topics.

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Note today's game starts just after 3:00pm ET.

via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

Season series: The Detroit Red Wings are trying to sweep the series against the Nashville Predators after a victory in the first game at Joe Louis Arena. Forward Tomas Tatar had two goals and an assist for the Red Wings, who scored three goals on four shots to drive Predators goalie Carter Hutton from the net.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit is finishing a challenging portion of its schedule. This is the Red Wings' 17th road game in the past 23. They are 10-5-1 and cap the stretch against Nashville, the only other team in the NHL that has not lost consecutive games in regulation. Detroit is 3-1-1 on this road trip, which includes victories at the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks. Defenseman Brendan Smith doesn't have a fractured arm, just a bruise, after being slew-footed by San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture. Defenseman Kyle Quincey (bone chips in ankle) is ready to play if Smith cannot. Forward Henrik Zetterberg (head) will miss a fourth straight game. Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson will start.

Predators team scope: Nashville is 2-2-1 in its past five games after winning six in a row from Feb. 7-17. The Predators are trying to win the Presidents' Trophy for the first time. "You want to be the best team in the League," forward Eric Nystrom told The Tennessean. "That's a goal every single year, so the Presidents' Trophy is important. That's a realistic goal for us right now with the position that we're in. To win anything is the reason we play the game, and that's another feather in the hat." Goalie Pekka Rinne, who was injured and missed the first game against Detroit, will start. The Predators did not practice Friday.

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Lack Of Excitement As The Trade Deadline Approaches

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Just 12 months ago, well-known stars like Ryan Miller, Roberto Luongo, Marian Gaborik, Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Jaroslav Halak, Marty St. Louis and Ryan Callahan all changed addresses within five days of the National Hockey League trade deadline.

This time around, we’re supposed to get excited about the Antoine Vermettes, David Clarksons and Andrej Sekeras of the world either having already been moved or potentially being swapped? Really?

What a downer, man.

From sizzle to fizzle in just one year. Unless there still are a few under-the-radar blockbusters in the making, that will be the story of the 2015 trade deadline.

That’s not meant to be disrespectful to Vermette and the other players mentioned, who are by all means quality NHLers. At the same time, no one can argue the “wow” factor is missing this time around, much to the chagrin of the television networks which may end up having more analysts during trade deadline day than the actual number of bodies involved in swaps.

Why the lack of big names?

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Trade Questions For Khan

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Q: If you had to guess right now, do the Wings deal or stand pat? If they make a move, who do you think is most likely to come here, among the players mentioned in trade talk? Or perhaps someone under the radar?

A: My first inclination is to say they will stand pat. The trade market seems to be thin, inflating the cost of average players.

The Red Wings aren't going to deal their first-round pick, any premium prospects or good, young roster players, short of landing an impact player. That doesn't leave many trading chips. They would hesitate to deal their second-round pick but it can be had for the right player. And they're not opposed to trading for a rental if the price is right.

If they can acquire Marek Zidlicky from the New Jersey Devils at a reasonable price I could see that happening. He would need to waive his no-trade clause.

He's not big (5-11, 190) and he's old (38), but he would give them an offensive dimension that others (Jeff Petry, Zbynek Michalek) would not. And he might not cost as much as those players.

Zidlicky, a right-handed shot, can quarterback the power play with his passing ability and good shot. Sure, the Red Wings power play is No. 1 in the NHL without him, but he would provide an upgrade.

Q: Surprised to hear Dion Phaneuf's name in the rumor mill since Toronto signed him to that big deal last year and he's their captain. At first, I figured it made no sense for the Wings, but then again, they do have a lot of cap space and he would be an upgrade. What do you think?

A: I think they'll stay clear of Phaneuf. He'd be an upgrade with his booming shot, albeit left-handed, and physical presence, but it makes no sense to assume that contract, which has six more years at a cap hit of $7 million.

read on for more on Phaneuf and other questions and answers...

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Videos- Brad Marchand And Corey Perry Maintain Their Reputations

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Hope Brad Marchand is OK after this....

 

 

And Corey Perry once again being Corey Perry,

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Report: Devils’ finish won’t affect Lou Lamoriello’s job security

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Newark Star-Ledger's Rich Chere is making quite the claim this morning:

How much clout do three Stanley Cup rings bring, even it's been 12 years since the last championship?

Enough, NJ Media Advance has learned, that Lou Lamoriello will remain the Devils' general manager, even if the team misses the playoffs for a third straight season and for the fourth time in five years.

Owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have enough faith in Lamoriello's ability to return the Devils to Stanley Cup contenders that he will keep his position despite the belief by some critics that it's time to move on.

Both owners refused interview requests for this story, but people in the Devils organization familiar with their thinking say Lamoriello will stay on. Those people requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on the club's front office personnel.

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The overnight report: Topic potpourri ahead of the trade deadline

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

We could discuss the fact that the Red Wings face a Nashville Predators team on Saturday (3 PM EST FSD/FS Tennessee/Sportsnet/97.1 FM; AP and NHL.com previews are available; neither team practiced on Friday) on  that happens to have not lost at home twice this season, ass such, the fact that the Predators (who are 8-2-and-1 over their past 11 games and lead the NHL in points) dropped a 2-1 decision to the Wild on Thursday might worry us as "our Wings" wrap up their 6-game road trip with a 3-1-and-1 record (thus far) thanks to Thursday's win over San Jose...

All ahead of an alumni game in which Mickey Redmond and some Wings alums will battle the recently-retired Tomas Vokoun and some Predators alums, or we could talk about the fact that the Tennessean's John Glennon reports that the Stanley Cup's visiting Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, or we could talk about the Wings-Predators match-up in light of the rivalry between the two teams, via the Tennessean's Mike Organ...

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Yet another Patrick Sharp trade rumor

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Via CBS Sports' Chris Peters, one Tweet spiced up a rather dull--by imminent-trade-deadline standards--Friday by a significant margin:

I'm not sure why the Patrick Kane-less Blackhawks would want to rid themselves of Sharp unless it was strictly due to his $5.9 million cap hit for the next two years.

Who would go the other way? Kuc never stated that.

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