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Happy Thanksgiving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Plans for the day

12lb. deep fried cajun turkey

home made stuffing

garlic mashed potatoes


pumpkin and dutch apple pie

a few beverages

a nice couch

To all of you, have an enjoyable Thanskgiving and hopefully a long weekend.

I will be around for a few hours this morning, then just like the NHL, I am goind dark for the day.

Tomrrow, 14 NHL starting at 1:00pm ET and ending around 10 1/2 hours later.

Just be thankful we are not the penalty box attendant guy... watch below...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


Home Team in Caps
Minnesota 5, BUFFALO 4
Edmonton 6, DETROIT 2
FLORIDA 2, Toronto 1 (SO)
Boston 3, NEW JERSEY 2 (SO)
NY ISLANDERS 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT)
Vancouver 5, PITTSBURGH 2
WASHINGTON 5, Ottawa 2
NY Rangers 6, CAROLINA 1
COLUMBUS 1, Calgary 0 (OT)
TAMPA BAY 3, Chicago 2 (OT)
NASHVILLE 3, Montreal 2 (SO)
COLORADO 3, Dallas 0
San Jose 3, ARIZONA 1
Vegas 4, ANAHEIM 2
Winnipeg 2, LOS ANGELES 1

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Prospect news: Walleye shut out by Cincinnati; Larsson stops pucks and posts an assist

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye were unable to give Matej Machovsky the "run support" the Walleye's goaltender needed, dropping a 1-0 shutout decision to the Cincinnati Cyclones. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Oilers wrap-up—blame without purpose is a fruitless endeavor

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings both self-destructed and got a lot of help along the way toward a 6-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday evening, and the headline-catcher came in the form of Jeff Blashill calling out Anthony Mantha after the game, as CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield noted:

“Anthony Mantha has to be way better, way better. It’s not okay to just be a passenger when you’re given the opportunity to be an impact player,” said Blashill.

For the second straight game, the 6’5 Mantha was mostly invisible. He drifted on the perimeter and was careless with the puck. The 23-year-old’s fluidity can sometimes be mistaken for a lack of effort, but on Friday night he looked genuinely disengaged.

“It’s just a matter of making sure you compete every shift,” Blashill said simply.

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It’s about getting better, Man(tha)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Presented within the context of the Red Wings' 6-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers:


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Red Wings-Oilers quick take: It sucks to be somebody else’s ‘rallying point game’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to kick an opponent while it was down in the Edmonton Oilers, who came to town on a 3-game losing streak punctuated by an 8-3 loss to St. Louis on Tuesday. The Red Wings hoped to rebound from an embarrssing loss of their own, to Colorado on Sunday.

The Wings put up a disappointing effort to say the least, losing 6-2 to the Oilers. The Red Wings played a game full of self-inflicted wounds, leaving a not-so-great Jimmy Howard out to dry and sleepwalking through enough of the 2nd period that the Oilers were able to surge through the 2nd period, un-tying a 2-2 game and roaring out to a 5-2 victory that was augmented by a very late Puljujarvi goal.

So the Wings back into American Thanksgiving having split their 5-game home-stand at 2-1-and-2, and Detroit will practice on Thursday before leaving for a two-games-in-two-nights slate in which the Rangers and Devils will be their opponents.

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Thanksgiving Eve Hockey Thoughts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Ekman-Larsson was expected to be the Coyotes’ captain this season, but that didn’t happen. It’s clear there’s a harder-than-expected feeling-out process between him and coach Rick Tocchet. Tocchet came from an intense, driven team led by players who pushed themselves and each other to be better. He didn’t like what he saw in Arizona and made that very clear in the pre-season.

I’ve believed for awhile now that Don Maloney, Dave Tippett, Jim Playfair — even Shane Doan — needed a change. They gave it a run in the desert and beat the odds for awhile, but it was time to be re-invigorated with new challenges. It happens to all of us. Tocchet is trying to re-light that fire under Ekman-Larsson. It’s like John Tortorella/Vincent Lecavalier. As an old exec friend says, “You can solve your problems or you can trade your problems. Always better to solve them.” We are in that phase now, trying to see if it works. I’m a big Tocchet fan....

-  I could see Pittsburgh, which wanted Matt Duchene, keeping an eye on Max Pacioretty — if he becomes available.

- Not a lot of rules talk at the GM meetings as 100th-anniversary celebrations dominated discussions. But some of the things that could come up at the deeper meeting in March include: one-minute penalties, including anything called in overtime. (Some GMs also want that for puck-over-glass and face-off violations in regulation.) There will be talk about an automatic instigator for starting a fight after a legal hit. The other one I heard was the possibility of no line change by a defensive team if it is responsible for knocking the net off its moorings.


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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Let's just get this out in the open. I don't discuss horrible losses. I don't think about them, read about them, certainly don't blog about them or acknowledge them in any way.  

So don't expect a rehash of that. Ever. 

Hell, I'd read a St. James annual hard hitter on "Thanksgiving traditions" before I scan a single sentence about the Wings' last game. 

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Video- Dominik Hasek And Marty Biron Get Together

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Buffalo Sabres,

Dominik Hasek sits down with Martin Biron on The Instigators.


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Take Your Pick, Edmonton Or Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Two of the biggest, and possibly saddest, stories in the NHL right now involve the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens, two teams that entered the season with expectations for at least relative success and right now they are two teams that sit 27th and 28th in the standings.

Starting with Edmonton, because they were a team that came into the year with Stanley Cup aspirations, the Oilers have not only had a hard time getting enough goals from the supporting cast, but they are apparently still looking for help on the blueline.

That problem will be addressed, to some degree, when Andrej Sekera is finally ready to play, but he's coming off a serious injury and if the Oilers are really going to improve defensively, the first area of concern is goaltending. Last season, Cam Talbot was a workhorse who had a .919 save percentage, a season worthy of Vezina consideration. This year he’s played a lot, starting 19 games, but only has a .900 save percentage and that’s a big difference. It would be one thing if the Oilers were giving up a bunch of high-quality shots against, but that’s not really the case....

While the Montreal Canadiens may not have looked like a Cup contender coming into the season, they are a team that had made the playoffs in four of the previous five seasons and certainly had to expect that the playoffs were a reasonable target this season.

The issues plaguing the Canadiens are not entirely different than those in Edmonton.

Start with goaltending, because that’s a huge one for Montreal, given how much the franchise is invested in Carey Price. The one season in the past five years that they didn’t make the playoffs was 2015-2016, when Price was limited to a dozen games and the Habs couldn’t survive his absence from the lineup.

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