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Video- Oliver Ekman-Larsson Hit On Marian Gaborik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Oliver Ekman-Larsson with a big hit on Marian Gaborik.

Then Kings scored on the play to make it 4-2 late in the game.

Gaborik did not miss a shift but in my opinion he should not have come back at that point with LA up by two goals.

 

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From the Dub: Pooh for Short

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

Twitter is exploding today with news that Derrick Pouliot has been called up by the Penguins for tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers. His path to the NHL has come full circle: chosen first overall in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, Derrick was the first player Mike Johnston drafted as General Manager of the Portland Winterhawks. Judging from Twitter alone, Portland fans who had plans tonight are either canceling them or preparing to multi-task as we look forward to the professional debut of a former Winterhawk who will always be a fan favorite. In honor of Derrick’s NHL debut, kindly allow me to introduce you to the young man Portland just calls Pooh for short.

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The Magic Number

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Forty-one victories. That’s the target.

Because even as the loser’s point and the three-point game have combined to produce the appearance of convoluted standings, the number under the “W” column doesn’t mislead.

And since the introduction of the shootout, the loser’s point and the three-point game in 2005-06, 135 of the 149 teams to win at least half of their games have made the playoffs.

In the East, it’s 65 out of 71, 36 out of 37 over the past five years, and 28 of 28 in the past four full, 82-game seasons, including all seven last year following realignment.

As of Saturday morning, seven teams in the East and nine in the West had won at least half of their games.

more topics including Theo Fleury and the Calgary Flames...

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The Falling Ruble And The KHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League saw itself as the oil-rich rival to the NHL, offering a tempting, if less prestigious, alternative to playing in North America.

As the league planned to expand as far as Britain, the money on offer even attracted Russian stars like Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Radulov, who walked out on lucrative NHL deals to return home.

Then came the crash of the ruble this week.

The financial crisis has threatened the plans of players like former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Curtis Sanford, who came to Russia to save for his retirement.

"It's just really happened all of a sudden," the 35-year-old Sanford told The Associated Press. "These are some things that you don't expect when you sign a contract. Right now, you just have to ride the rolls of how it's going and hopefully it stabilizes and gets better."

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Practice post: Red Wings shuffle lines amidst offensive drought; Weiss, Howard out for the weekend

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 4:42 PM: As Paul noted, the Red Wings' Saturday practice was rather uneventful.

The Wings made their recall of Tom McCollum official as Jimmy Howard's "lower-body injury" will keep him out for the weekend, MLive's Ansar Khan reported that Stephen Weiss will remain on the IR as he's not ready to return from his shoulder injury, and regarding Howard's future status...

The Wings welcome the Avs to town tomorrow (6 PM EST on FSD), and the Avalanche are playing Tuesday's opponent, the Buffalo Sabres, this evening.

The Free Press's Helene St. James either posted a light moment at practice or a metaphor for the Wings' 5-game losing streak, too:

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Ilya Bryzgalov’s Bad Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Some notes, quotes and other musings from the Ducks’ 6-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Friday night …

Let’s look at Bryzgalov. The Ducks are paying him some real good money to be a No. 3 option who has to be the No. 2 for now as they opted to have John Gibson get well in Norfolk. General Manager Bob Murray was watching his investment ($2.88-million salary cap hit, $1.9-million actual money) blow up in his first start from high up in Canadian Tire Centre.

Every shot began to look like an adventure after a while but this was the wild ride Murray signed up for in the mercurial Bryzgalov when his goaltending beyond Frederik Andersen was either on the training table (Gibson) or wrapped up in a bandage (Jason LaBarbera).

Suddenly LaBarbera didn’t look so much like a feared option if or when things get desperate. And Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, when asked if it was a tough spot to put Bryzgalov in at the end of a nine-day road trip, didn’t jump in defend the dismal outing even when the rest of his tired team disintegrated around the netminder.

“It’s a tough spot but Freddie played 20 games in a row and it’s not like Bryz is a first-year player,” Boudreau said. “He knows what he’s done. He’s been practicing for two weeks. He’s played two games in the minors. Played the third period or more than a period and a bit in Toronto.

“He’s practiced. He should have been ready. And he should be ready.”

Ouch.

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Detroit Red Wings Practice Updates

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Lines:
Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Abdelkader
Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco
Nyquist-Helm-Franzen (Weiss rotating in)
Cleary-Glendening-Miller (Andersson)

Power play units:
Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Franzen. Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall
And
Nyquist-Tatar-Jurco, Helm (net front), Kindl

McCollum is here and will back-up Mrazek tomorrow vs. Colorado. Gustavsson (shoulder) was on ice earlier. Still few weeks away.

added 1:03pm, via Khan,

Babcock said Weiss not ready to play tomorrow.

Howard being evaluated today. Wings have no further update today. Mrazek starting tomorrow.

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More Injuries For The Pittsburgh Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Pittsburgh Penguins twitter account,

Coach Johnston: “Craig Adams won’t play tonight. He’s had an injury. Unfortunately, he will be out of the lineup."

Coach Johnston on Christian Ehrhoff: “We are still getting some test results back. He will be out at least 3 games."

Coach Johnston: “Paul Martin will be out tonight."

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

HUTCHINSON BACKSTOPS JETS TO VICTORY OVER BRUINS
Michael Hutchinson made 30 saves as Winnipeg collected its 10th win against Eastern Conference opposition, the most among Western Conference clubs. The Jets, who improved to 17-10-6 (40 points), hold the first Wild Card position in the West standings and are within five points or fewer of each Central Division rival ahead of them (Chicago, St. Louis and Nashville).
 
* Hutchinson improved to 7-2-2 on the season. The 24-year-old rookie leads the League with a 1.73 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage.
 
* The Jets lowered their team goals-against average this season to 2.21, third in the League. The only clubs with a superior mark are Central Division rivals Nashville (1.93) and Chicago (2.00).

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Boone Jenner Out 1-2 Months With A Stress Fracture To His Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Boone Jenner on Injured Reserve and recalled center Sean Collins from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Jenner, 21, has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of his back and is expected to miss one to two months. He has posted six goals and six assists for 12 points and 10 penalty minutes in 20 games with the Blue Jackets this season, including 5-1-6 in his last eight contests. The Dorchester, Ontario native was the club’s first pick, 37th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft and has registered 22-19-41 and 41 penalty minutes in 92 career NHL games, including 16-13-29 and 45 penalty minutes in 72 games as a rookie a year ago.

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