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Early Season MVP

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The MVP at this early point in the season has been Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins.  Through five games he has nine points, which ties him for the NHL lead and is also posting a +9 +/- rating.  Marchand was a participant for Canada in the World Cup.  He played very well in those games as well.  Perhaps he would have been runner up to MVP Sidney Crosby in the World Cup if they named a runner up.

Marchand has been a good defensive forward ever since he got to the NHL.  Along with Patrice Bergeron he gives the Bruins a top pair of defensive forwards.  Last year he posted career bests with 37 goals and 61 points.  This season it looks like he could beat those marks easily.  It is rare that a player at age 28 is suddenly finding his mark offensively the way Marchand is, but the Bruins are happy about it.  At this early point in the season he is MVP.

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The New York Islanders Searching For A New Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The commute might be a pain. The obstructed views and imperfect sightlines may be inconveniences.

But the Barclays Center ice … the ice that continues to be sub-standard despite everything progressive ownership can do … it is the ice that will ultimately render this Brooklyn arena ill-suited to be the home of the Islanders for the long term.

That is why majority owner Jon Ledecky and his group have the obligation to seek an arena of their own for this NHL stepchild, as they have over the last few months in conducting due diligence on alternate sites, and most prominently, we’re told, the Citi Field parking lot.

Indeed, Slap Shots has learned Islanders ownership has held meetings with folks representing Wilpon-owned Sterling Equities to discuss constructing an arena on what would be the third base/left field area of the parking lot.

continued plus Trouba talk and how it relates to the Rangers..

And this...

Finally, I see where the Oilers played a short video welcoming first-overall bust Nail Yakupov back to Edmonton when he returned with St. Louis on Thursday.

Nice human touch and all, but what’s next, a banner being raised at the Garden in honor of Pavel Brendl?

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Red Wings-Sharks quick take: Howard pitches shutout in superb win over the Sharks

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to push their winning streak to 3 games against a formidable opponent in the San Jose Sharks. San Jose was coming off a 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday, and their explosive offense would theoretically provide a huge challenge for the Wings' defense.

The Red Wings revealed just before game time that Justin Abdelkader would miss the game with a lower-body injury, so Andreas Athanasiou subbed for Abdelkader and the Wings shuffled their lines.

All went well as the Red Wings out-worked, out-hustled, out-scored and especially out-detail-worked the San Jose Sharks en route to a rousing 3-0 win and 30-save shutout for Jimmy Howard. Gustav Nyquist scored 2 goals and Andreas Athanasiou scored a lovely marker, Thomas Vanek got an assist for his team-leading 7th point and only the Wings' 0-for-7 PP was poor--everything else was superb as the Wings played a "complete game" in taking out one of the best teams in the league, earning their 4th straight win.

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Hockey Notes On A Saturday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Connor McDavid, Steven Stamkos and Phil Kessel all push the heavy sled for Gary Roberts in the summer. And as a sprint, Kessel beats both of them. But when you extend the race, McDavid and Stamkos leave Kessel in their dust.

- Funny how all the shrieking about Shea Weber going to Montreal is suddenly quiet. Only took four games for Montreal to understand what a difference maker Weber can be.

- Why so much noise over the upcoming NHL expansion draft? Every team in the league loses one player. So the Leafs will lose someone like Peter Holland. Is that worth six months of discussion?

 a few more hockey notes...

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St. James, Khan: Justin Abdelkader out with an injury

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Free Press's Helene St. James and MLive's Ansar Khan:

Update: FYI:

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LB- Going For 4 In A Row

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Hello, I am back and all i know it must be one heckuva barbecue.

Bur all is well, I stand at 1-0 in the live blog standings so why not make it 2-0.

The rest is up to you and let's make the last regular season visit by the Sharks a memorable one.

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Here’s the Griffins’ game-day preview video ahead of their game vs. Cleveland

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Bob Kaser sets up tonight's Grand Rapids Griffins-Cleveland Monsters game:

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview video; on Helm, Nyquist, Howard and the Joe

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video via Ken Kal and Red Wings Productions:

2. MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article about Darren Helm's productivity thus far:

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Report- Jacques Demers Has Suffered Another Stroke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via RDS (tranlated),

Sad news. Our colleague and friend Jacques Demers suffered a second stroke within six months.

The former Canadiens coach was admitted to hospital earlier this afternoon.

We have no details about his condition at this time.

At Jacques and his family, the thoughts of the whole team of RDS with you.

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Another LA Kings Goalie Goes Down With A Groin Issue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

The Los Angeles Kings’ goaltending health took another blow on Saturday as Jeff Zatkoff suffered a groin injury during the morning skate. A Kings public relations representative said that the goaltender is “questionable” for tonight’s game against Vancouver, but because the goalie needed assistance off the ice and towards the dressing room, it should be expected that Jack Campbell, who backstopped Ontario to a 6-5 overtime win last night at Citizens Business Bank Arena, would be brought in to back up Peter Budaj at Staples Center tonight.

“He stopped a shot, and his groin tightened up,” Darryl Sutter said. “We’ve seen it in a game, and now we’ve seen it in practice.”

There’s no word yet on the severity of the injury or whether Zatkoff will see a doctor today.


Reports are Jack Campbell has been recalled and will back-up Budaj in net tonight.

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