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Darren Helm Skating In Pre-Game But No Line Rushes

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

George is ill again so it looks like you have me for the rest of the day.

 

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Video- Wings/Wild Game Day Preview

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Puck drops just after 12:30pm ET on NBC.

 

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Time Is A Wicked Drug

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I don't know what the weather's like in Michigan today. I could check, because Al Gore invented a device that would help.  But I'm too lazy, as you're aware.

I do know that it's going to be 83 and sunny here in Florida, so I'll be at the beach.

During the early afternoon, my mind will wander. 

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A Look At Nolan Patrick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet,

It never really occurred to the kid teammates call “Paddy” that he might do anything but play hockey. He claims to come from “a normal hockey family,” but there’s nothing normal about one that has produced — so far — a pair of first-round NHL picks, in his dad, Steve, who played 250 career games, and uncle James, now an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars after a more than 20-year career in the league. A second uncle, Rich Chernomaz, played 51 games in the NHL. Patrick’s older sister, Madison, 21, just won a national collegiate bronze medal with her UBC Thunderbirds, and younger sister, Amy, 14, plays Bantam AA for the Titans in Winnipeg. And then there’s the contingent outside of hockey: Patrick’s mom, Carrie, played volleyball for Team Canada, and Grandpa Stephen played in the CFL. So, you get what Patrick means when he says, “I didn’t know anything different.”...

Patrick’s hockey career began a very flat two-and-a-half-hour drive from Brandon, first on the backyard rink Steve made every winter for his three kids, and then on his first team, the Heritage Victoria Hawks, where he played alongside Madison and other eight-year-olds when he was only six. “Even then you could tell he could keep up with everyone,” says Madison, a defenceman for the Thunderbirds. “And he knew where to be.”

That’s saying something for a six-year-old. The year before that, at his first NHL game — to see the Buffalo Sabres, because Uncle James was on the coaching staff — Patrick remembers being curious about plays and players, a first hint of the cerebral quality and playmaking ability that define his game today. “I always watched more closely than the other kids,” Patrick says. And he had sounding boards for all his questions in his dad and uncle, who, when it comes to hockey, taught him “just about everything I know,” he says. That includes how to train. Patrick’s dad turned the family garage into a heated indoor shooting area (there was no space for cars; in the winter, those stayed outside in the snow). It’s now a gym for the whole family, and there’s a shooting pad in the backyard. Patrick also worked out with his uncle every off-season starting at age 13.

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Hockey is for Everyone

Blog: KK Members Blog By Hockeyful

Support the Boycott!!!

Strengthen the Game.

The CP at TSN,

As sports organizations and notable hockey figures express support of the U.S. women's team, several players say they rejected overtures from USA Hockey to serve as replacements for the upcoming world championships.

Two players told The Associated Press on Friday that USA Hockey reached out to them to gauge their interest for the worlds, which begin next week in Plymouth, Michigan.

Brittany Ott, a goaltender for the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League, and Annie Pankowski, a junior forward at the University of Wisconsin, said the email from USA Hockey was not an invitation but rather an inquiry about their availability.

"I responded to that email and I said I'm not willing," Pankowski said.

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Seth Jones Standing Out For Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

On Saturday, he pulled 24 minutes, 24 seconds of ice time as the Blue Jackets defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 at Nationwide Arena. On Thursday, he pulled 26:47 and scored a goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Capitals in Washington.

It's not the ice time or the offensive aplomb or any other single facet of Jones' game that grabs attention. It is his burgeoning hossification. Jones is showing he has the ability and the desire to take control of games. That makes him a special defenseman, especially as the calendar turns from March to April.

"Our last two games, some guys just haven't played well and haven't been totally there," coach John Tortorella said. "I think it's probably the two best games I've seen (Jones) play. ...

"I cannot explain how many things he has done well, especially these past two games. It goes very unnoticed. He's also in charge of the kid next to him. But, man, the past two games, some of the things he has done ... it's really encouraging as we look forward to the real stuff."

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Video- Saturday Headlines And Coach’s Corner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Saturday Headlines topics include the injury to Frederk Andersen, an injury update on Marc Methot, should Sidney Crosby been disciplined, the Rasmus Ristolainen hit, John Tavares contract situation and NCAA free agents.

Watch at Sportsnet.

Coach's Corner talked about a few recent hits, Mike Babcock on "the empty penalty box" on a major penalty to the Leafs, Sidney Crosby and a few more topics.

 

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The Wild Card Race In The East

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Monday evening, the Islanders host the Predators and Blackhawks visit the Lightning.

 

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Playoff Hopes For The Los Angeles Kings Are Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Kings are now 9 points behind in the wild card race with 8 games to play.

from Helene Elliottt of the LA Times,

The Kings’ 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday night summed up their season in one flawed performance, perfect only in exemplifying why a team that supposedly has so much talent and heart is all but certain to be watching on TV when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin next month.

With their playoff hopes dwindling by the hour, the Kings couldn’t muster enough urgency to crash the net. They couldn’t fight for rebounds in front of goaltender Antti Raanta. They couldn’t finish the few top-notch scoring chances they managed to create among their 30 mostly harmless shots on goal.

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3/26/97 Is A Date Detroit Hockey Fans Will Never Forget

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Has it really been 20 years since the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche ignited one of the best rivalries — or feuds — in professional sports with a game on March 26 that will likely live in infamy?

“I have people all the time come up to me and say they were there,” Kris Draper said.

March 26, 1997.

You mention that date to Detroit sports fans of a certain age and they’ll tell you where they were when the Red Wings and Avalanche went after each other that evening, or what they were doing, or how they were going bonkers.

The entire evening can still produce endless goose bumps just thinking about it. The fights, the goals, the craziness of what was happening on the ice and in the stands — oh yes, and the fights.

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Below, watch 15 minutes of fight highlights from the game...

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