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Carey Price Is Just Not Right

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from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

I’m worried about Carey Price and you should be too.

The Canadiens’ all-world/other-worldly/greatest-ever goalie simply hasn’t been himself for the past six weeks and it’s right there to see in his stats. He has had four or more goals scored against him in four of his last five games and in one of those games, that embarrassment at the hands of the Minnesota Wild, he let in seven goals.

Worse, he has let in three or more goals in eight of his last ten games. This is simply not the Carey Price we know and love. Sadly, it is nothing like the Carey Price of the 2014-2015 season who was far and away the best goalie in the National Hockey League and, in fact, was the best player in Bettman’s league that year and has the trophies to prove it. The Price we’re seeing these days is a lot more like the young Price from his early years with the Habs, when management was predicting, correctly it turns out, that he was the new Dryden/Roy but the results on the ice were a lot less Hall of Fame-like at the time.


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A Confidence Building Win For Henrik Lundqvist

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

On any other night in any other year, this one would have been routine for the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist.

But considering the Bizarro World in which the franchise goaltender and has lived over the past days, if not weeks, Thursday’s 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs, in which Lundqvist played a significant role, was anything but usual.

“I think this was a big game for me,” Lundqvist said in a king-sized understatement. “Sometimes a win means a little bit more and you enjoy it a little bit extra.”

The Rangers buckled down fundamentally all over the ice, but most especially in the area in front of the net they had begun to vacate as a matter of routine while losing three straight in regulation and six of their previous 11 (5-6), since Dec. 20.


Game highlights are below...

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Video- Jake Allen’s Night

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“There’s a lot going on right now,” Hitchcock said. “There’s a lot in his head, he’s kind of locked up mentally and he’s going to have to fight through this. So beating it up any more isn’t going to do us any good. We’ve got to get him unlocked, he’s just locked right up.

“If we can help him get unlocked, then that’s what you do, that’s part of coaching. Nobody anticipated this, nobody on our team, nobody in this city anticipated this, but we got it and we’re going to have to figure it out because there’s no help wagon coming.”

more on Allen and the Blues 7-3 loss to the Capitals...


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The Wings Can’t Be Beat In The Shootout

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings fought their way back from two three-goal deficits against a key opponent, the Bruins, on Wednesday to tie the game at 5.

Dogged on the three-on-three in overtime, the Wings nonetheless failed to score.

The point available in the standings for their dire pursuit of a playoff berth would have to come in the shootout.

In previous seasons, it was as if the Red Wings dreaded the skills competition the NHL uses to break ties.

No longer.

They lead the league. By a lot.

After beating the Bruins 6-5 in the shootout, they are perfect for the season, 6-0.

The Flyers were the only team with five wins, and they had four losses.


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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps
NY ISLANDERS 3, Dallas 0
Ottawa 2, COLUMBUS 0
NY Rangers 5, TORONTO 2
Washington 7, ST. LOUIS 3
MINNESOTA 4, Arizona 3
Nashville 4, CALGARY 3
ANAHEIM 2, Colorado 1
SAN JOSE 2, Tampa Bay 1
The Capitals (30-9-6, 66 points) scored seven goals for a second straight game (also Monday at PIT: 8-7 OT L) as the club extended its point streak to 12 games (10-0-2) and reclaimed sole possession of first place in the NHL standings.

* Elias notes that the Capitals scored at least seven goals in consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 11-13, 1993 (10-6 W at STL and 10-3 W at LAK, respectively). Washington has outscored opponents 30-13 over its past five games, scoring at least five goals in each contest – their first such run since Feb. 4-11, 2010 (also 5 GP).
* Each of Washington’s 12 forwards found the score sheet, with Nicklas Backstrom (4-10—14) and Alex Ovechkin (3-8—11) extending their point streaks to eight and six games, respectively.

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Arizona Coyotes Assign Anthony DuClair To The Tuscon Roadrunners

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have assigned forward Anthony Duclair to the Tucson Roadrunners, the club's American Hockey League affiliate (AHL).

"Anthony is a good young player," said Chayka. "Unfortunately, he has struggled this season. We felt this was a good time to send him to Tucson to work on a few things and hopefully regain his scoring touch. We hope to have him rejoin our team soon."

The 21-year-old Duclair has registered 3-6-9 in 41 games with the Coyotes this season and has tallied 24-36-60 in 140 career games over three seasons with the Coyotes and New York Rangers.

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The Wings Are Finally Putting The Puck In The Net

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

A hopeful sign out of the Boston victory, for Blashill, was the play of Riley Sheahan centering Tomas Tatar and Dylan Larkin.

Larkin and Tatar both scored goals, and the line was arguably the Red Wings’ best throughout the game.

With the Henrik Zetterberg and Frans Nielsen-centered lines both playing well, if a third line can develop, it would make the Red Wings that much more dangerous.

“You need guys to do it not being with Z or not playing with (Thomas) Vanek, you need the other guys to produce offense and that was a real positive for us,” Blashill said. “It’s a huge thing to be able to get a third line. To me, that could separate us, and I’ve said that dating back to last year. Nielsen’s line has been consistently good and Zetterberg’s line, whoever he’s playing with, has been consistent good. We need a third and fourth line that can produce a little bit, or produce a lot.”

more, basically a look at the Wings who are close to returning from injury...

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In the latest edition of Insider Trading, the TSN Hockey Insiders examine Claude Julien's future in Boston, how the St. Louis Blues can maximize the value of Kevin Shattenkirk, whether or not the Anaheim Ducks will move one of their young defencemen and more.

Watch at TSN.

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Video- Ref Cam Canadiens/Penguins

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I alway enjoy the view...


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The Problem In Boston

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from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

This is a team that, for understandable salary cap reasons, entered into a rebuilding phase years ago. Key, veteran players were allowed to leave, replaced by high draft choices and prospects. The scouting staff and management appear to have done a good job with their draft picks, adding a long list of kids who should represent the next generation of players wearing the ‘B’.

But such a program is not about now, it’s about the future – about where the organization is two, three, even four years down the road. To be obsessed with making the playoffs this season is silly and counterproductive, which is why team owner Jeremy Jacobs’ remarks earlier this season – his expectation that the B’s would not only qualify for the playoffs, but make a deep run -- was so frivolous, misguided and harmful.

That aided the process not one bit. The whole point of a rebuild is to stay patient and wait – even it means taking a step back now to take two steps forward later.

Also misguided and harmful – downright nuts is more like it – is the prospect that coach Claude Julien could be fired, which seems to be the red-hot rumor du jour. 


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