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Video- Radko Gudas With A Very Unnecessary Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

As Sabres rookie Dan Catenacci was bent over looking for a puck, Gudas barreled in to drop the forward. The referees issued a five-minute major for charging and five minutes for fighting when Jake McCabe exchanged punches with Gudas.

“The guy’s an idiot,” Foligno said. “He’s dirty, goes after a rookie, goes right for his head. He’s an idiot.”

Catenacci, who had to be helped off the ice, underwent concussion testing after the game.

“There’s no question it’s a head hit,” Bylsma said. “I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”

 

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Video- NHL Game Highlights From Thursday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It will take you just over four minutes to catch up on the NHL action from last night.

 

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Avalanche set-up; more rink talk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings face the Colorado Avalanche this evening (7:30 PM EST start on FSD/Altitude/TVA Sports/97.1 FM) hoping to extend their home-ice winning streak to four games. They'll do so against an Avalanche team that's in the middle of a pack of Pacific Division teams that hover between Division and Wild Card spots.

The Avalanche are coming off a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, and their victory snapped a 4-game winless (0-3-and-1) streak; Jarome Iginla scored 2 goals and Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 saves for the Avs, who built up a 3-0 lead and, well, I'll let the Denver Post's Terry Frei tell the tale:

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Mrazek for Vezina?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From Fox Sports' Tommy Chalk, who discusses Petr Mrazek's candidacy for the Vezina Trophy:

How great has Mrazek been? Just take a look at his last 13 starts. He's recorded a 10-2-1 record, with a .952 save percentage and a 1.31 goals against average. Those numbers have catapulted Mrazek to the very top of the NHL, where he now leads the NHL in goals against average and save percentage, with .934 and 1.94, respectively. Those totals make Mrazek, well, the best goaltender in the NHL.

"It's so hard to beat him," Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou said following Detroit's win over the Ottawa Senators. "He's a wall back there. It's an unbelievable thing to have. It's like having a third defenseman back there as well with his ability to play the puck. He's an elite goalie."

And if we look at Mrazek's numbers in comparison to Holtby, Crawford and Luongo, who are rightfully considered elite goaltenders this season, Mrazek's numbers stack right up against theirs in all aspects of the game.

At even-strength 5-v-5, Mrazek is well ahead of the three goaltenders in major goaltender statistical categories. If we look at save percentage, adjusted save percentage (adjusted for the volume of shots goaltenders face from different level of danger areas) and save percentage from shots taken in high-danger areas (click that previous link to see where "high-danger" areas are on the ice), there's a clear-cut winner in the categories.

Chalk continues...

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It’s a Stadium Series ‘rendering’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The NHL released a 7,200 pixel-wide rendering of the Stadium Series game between the Avalanche and Red Wings. You can click on the image and make it your wallpaper if you wish:

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE UNVEILS ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING OF 2016 COORS LIGHT NHL STADIUM SERIES IN COLORADO

NEW YORK (February 11, 2016) – The National Hockey League® today unveiled an architectural rendering of the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ game in Colorado, the outdoor match-up between the Colorado Avalanche® and Detroit Red Wings® at Coors Field on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT. The event will be broadcast live in primetime in the U.S. on NBC and on Hockey Night In Canada and TVA Sports in Canada.

Photo credit: NHL. 

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A trip to ‘Larkinville’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings posted a 5:41 video chronicling Dylan Larkin's trip to Nashville to attend the All-Star Game:

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A Two-Year Extension For Ryan Murray In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Ryan Murray to a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Murray, 22, has tallied four goals and 13 assists for 17 points with 32 penalty minutes in 55 games this season. He ranks third on the team in time on ice average (22:27) and is second among club defensemen in goals and points. He is one of three Blue Jackets – Boone Jenner and Gregory Campbell – to have played in every game this season.

“Ryan Murray is a talented, smart player who has been a very steady performer on our blue line and we are extremely happy to have this deal completed,” said Kekalainen. “Ryan has earned more ice time, showed steady improvement and contributed in all situations for us throughout the season. We look forward to his continued growth and development with our club.”

 

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Working The Phones Soon

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he expects to be working the phones as the Feb. 29 trade deadline approaches. But whether a deal happens depends on several factors.

"Before we do anything we got to get close to the trade deadline and see where we're at in the standings," Holland said on Thursday.

The Red Wings have eight games remaining before the trade deadline. If they're still in the playoff hunt, which seems likely, then Holland will see if he can upgrade the roster.

"For us to explore the trade deadline it has to be a player we think is a dramatic upgrade on one of our players," Holland said. "Then we have to get creative with the cap."

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About The Falling Canadian Dollar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eben Novy-Williams and Gerrit De Vynck of Bloomberg Business,

The NHL has a loonie problem. The Canadian dollar fell to 68¢ last month against the U.S. dollar, a 13-year low, and analysts think it could drop an additional 13 percent in 2016. The weakened state of the currency may cost the NHL hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue.

The NHL does all its business in U.S. dollars, and all players are paid in greenbacks. The league also computes its total annual revenue in U.S. currency. Revenue for the league’s seven Canadian teams comes in the form of Canadian dollars, which is then converted into U.S. dollars. This season it’s going to take many more of the weak loonies to help the league reach its revenue target, estimated to be $4 billion. Chances are growing slim that the league will hit its mark.

That has implications for more than team owners. The teams and players split revenue 50-50. Money is withheld from each NHL player’s paycheck and kept in escrow. If league revenue at the end of the season doesn’t meet its target, money is taken from escrow to ensure an even split with the owners.

For the 2011-12 season, the players’ haircut was 0.5 percent of their annual salaries. At the start of this season, the players’ escrow accounts withheld 16 percent of salaries: That number just rose to 18 percent, as the Canadian dollar declined. Representatives are warning the players not to expect much back. “No one is happy about it,” says NHL players agent Allain Roy.

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Video- When The Wings Rode A ‘Mule’ In The Playoffs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

via awood40 YouTube channel,

The Mule sets a franchise record for most goals by one player in a single series.

9 goals in 4 games against the Avs in 2008.

 

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