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Top Dmen Pairings And Fitting In More Commercials

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

- There aren’t many defensive pairings better than Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo. Among some of the elite duos — Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, Jake Muzzin and Drew Doughty being others — Bouwmeester and Pietrangelo are probably the best at executing rapid regroups because of their skating and vision. This keeps opponents from changing lines or getting set defensively.

- The prompt canning of the dry scrape has left some networks scrambling. Because they had projected a five-minute pause after regulation, they had sold part of the time to advertisers. Now that the post-regulation window is down to approximately two minutes, the networks are trying to give back some of that sold time elsewhere in their broadcasts.

many more hockey topics including shot blocking...

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Hockey Talk On A Sunday Morning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toront Sun,

- Still waiting for a hockey fancy stat that can measure gap control by a defenceman, stick positioning, angling, and players who are or aren’t on the proper side of the puck. All of those are essential in every game played.

- more Poile: “Every couple of years I make a trade for a Forsberg. This time (Filip) it seems to have worked out well. Last time, (Peter) it didn’t work out so well.”

- I was convinced Dallas Eakins would fix the Edmonton Oilers. Really, I was.


from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Teams which are looking for goaltenders — including the Edmonton Oilers — have a limited crop to choose from at the moment. Minnesota sent down Josh Harding and would like to move him but is not sure if there are going to be any takers there at the moment. If nobody wants to sign UFA Martin Brodeur, then teams could look at the likes of Carolina’s Cam Ward, Vancouver’s Jakob Markstrom and Winnipeg’s Peter Budaj. A check with some NHL teams in the last couple of days indicates that the pickings are pretty slim. The Arizona (don’t call me Phoenix) Coyotes aren’t looking to replace Mike Smith, but they do need him to play better than he has. Backup Devan Dubnyk got a couple of starts this week because Smith just hasn’t performed the way the club expected.


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Wings Were Primed To Take Over The Game In The Third Period Last Night

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I thought our PK was good early and that gave us a chance," Babcock said. "They had some energy because we took three penalties for not moving our feet in the first.

"I thought our initial power plays were good but then we wouldn't shoot the puck at all on the power play, just pass it around on the outside. So we got to get back to attacking and a little more puck speed.

"I thought we were going to come out and dominate them in the third," Babcock said. "We should have, they were down to five D (Roman Polak was injured trying to hit Tatar just before his goal); all you had to do was attack their net and you would have been off to the races."


Below, looked who scored for the Hurricanes last night...

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Milan Lucic On The “Gutless” Punch From Dalton Prout

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Boston Bruins are irate at the altercation between forward Milan Lucic and Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout at the end of overtime on Friday and are vowing revenge when the teams meet on Dec. 27 at Nationwide Arena.

Lucic told the Boston Herald that he let Prout know he wasn’t going to fight, and he let his guard down just before Prout buckled his knees with a heavy right to the chin.

“It’s the end of the game,” Lucic said. “I let him know I wasn’t going to fight him. I wasn’t prepared, I let my guard down, and that’s what happens sometimes when you let your guard down. I’ve been in over 100 fights, and I never took a shot like that. Like I said, we get two opportunities to play the Blue Jackets, and I’ll be ready.”...

“There’s many a times when I could have done the exact same thing, and I held off because the guy’s refusing to drop his gloves,” Lucic said. “I find it to be gutless, and that’s my thoughts on it.”


Watch the incident below if you missed it earlier, video includes feed from both teams.

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Video- Highlights From Saturday’s NHL Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here is a recap of the 13 NHL games from Saturday in under six minutes.


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Still absent due to depression but ‘watching these games’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

In the midst of this little "involuntary hiatus," I have at least watched three of the four games the Wings have played and am basically doing an, "As I watch the Leafs game I might as well do something" post hoping that it makes some sense. I hope you'll grant me the luxury of doing so.

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Video- Jason Demers With The Hit Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Old-fashioned hip check by Demers on Jarret Stoll.


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Detroit Goes Down To Toronto By The Score Of 4-1

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

The Wings had some great opportunities to score more than one goal but could not finish when it was needed.

As Babcock would probably say, the Wings were good in the 2nd period but the other team played better in the 1st and 3rd.

Jimmy Howard was okay and should have stopped the 3rd Toronto goal.

Detroit is still a team trying to find their identity.  Babcock stressed a quick start to the game tonight but the Wings did not show that.

They have flashes where they dominate but still have issues with scoring.

Detroit now comes home for two games, Monday against Ottawa and Wednesday against the Flyers.

The only Detroit goal by Tatar is below...

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Not The Right Make Up Of Players In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This collection of players doesn’t have the right stuff to succeed under the glare of the Toronto spotlight. Maybe they would be able to make it in Raleigh, Sunrise or Newark, but they don’t have the hide to take on the challenge of being Maple Leafs — certainly the alleged leaders don’t.

Maybe Dion Phaneuf would be the right guy to lead a small-market U.S. team, but his endorsement/approval of the infantile, tone-deaf stunt his team pulled on Thursday makes it pretty clear he should not be captain of the Maple Leafs.

It is as if general manager Dave Nonis and his immediate predecessor, the bombastic, never ignored (even if always to be ignored) Brian Burke, somehow put together the hockey equivalent of a team of Eddie Lee Whitsons, the one-time Yankees pitcher whose personality was not made for New York.

more plus numerous NHL related topics...

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean disussed the Toronto 'stick-gate' issue along with a few other topics.


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