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Ilya Kovalchuk Left Behind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Ilya Kovalchuk didn’t travel with the Kings this week. Per Rob Blake, he remained back in Southern California, where he’ll get additional on-ice work with the team’s development and skills staff at Toyota Sports Center. That often happens when a player is coming back from an injury and isn’t quite ready to travel, and Brendan Leipsic (lower-body) will also skate with the on-ice group. That doesn’t apply to Kovalchuk, who is healthy but has been held out of the lineup for three of the last four games.

On the surface, the timing seemed particularly questionable because of Kovalchuk’s comments to The Athletic and the LA Times last week disparaging the opportunity afforded by Desjardins since the coach’s November arrival, but Blake didn’t give any indication that there were ulterior motives behind the decision to keep the forward home and forcefully shot down the suggestion that it was based on any sort of punitive measure, saying, “he wants to get better.”


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Videos- The Talk Before Facing Off Against The San Jose Sharks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Below you will find Bowey and McIlrath.

added 6:24pm, Blashill below.

added 7:56pm, projected lineup is below.


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Notes Before Puck Drop

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from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Thomas Vanek was about to go on the ice for the morning skate but returned to the dressing room.

Blashill said Vanek would miss the Sharks game with a mid-body injury.

He also said rookie Michael Rasmussen remains out tonight.

However, veteran defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will return to the lineup after missing five games with a lower-body injury.

"Johnny feels pretty good," Blashill said. "I think his wind is the only thing that's not quite there, but his legs have felt pretty good, he's been able to skate a decent amount, he feels like he's totally ready to go. There was a chance we maybe would push him for Saturday, but he wasn't quite ready. Had a little setback on Friday but he feels much better here the last few days. So hopefully he's ready to go and when he's at his best he's strong in his own end, he's physical, he plays against big men, defends well, moves his feet and passes the puck."

The Wings called up defenseman Dylan McIlrath Sunday to take the place of Libor Sulak, who was not able to play due to illness.

Blashill said McIlrath will play. During the morning skate, he and Ericsson were a pair.

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Gustav Nyquist On Playing Against The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Chelena Goldman of NBCSports BayArea,

It was just a month ago that Gustav Nyquist traded in his Red Wings’ sweater and flew to Boston to join the Sharks on their East Coast road trip. So naturally, it’s going to be a little weird Monday night when his former team makes their one and only visit of the season to SAP Center and he plays against them for the first time.

“It’ll be a little different seeing that jersey out there and not passing the puck to those guys. I’ll try not to do that,” Nyquist told NBC Sports California, stifling a chuckle. “But I’m excited. It will be a lot of fun, too.”...

“I met up with a few of the guys,” he said. “Fun to see their faces again. I stay in touch with quite a few of them. When you play with those guys for such a long time, you build relationships that last for a lifetime. It’s good to see them again.”


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Afternoon Line- Drew Doughty

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added 6:53pm, May as well give him the Evening Line too,


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Video- They Call Them Bloopers

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Six minutes of them.


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President Trump Welcomes The Washington Capitals

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added 3:57pm,


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Video- Goals Of The Week

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Sportsnet style,


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Today’s Skate In San Jose

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Puck drop tonight is 10:30pm ET.

Dana Wakiji tweets,

Dylan McIlrath in morning skate.

I will add to this if needed.

Below, from the other side...

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Try Being A Fan Of The Edmonton Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Journal,

It sucks to be Edmonton.

At least as far as the playoffs are concerned.

In what might be the most passionate market in the world, a city whose emotional well being has always been partially linked to its hockey team, fans in Edmonton have to the face the cold hard truth one more time.

The organization let them down again.

While other Canadian cities are gearing up for sunshine and playoffs, face-painting and more alcohol than should probably be consumed on a week night, Edmonton will once again be standing on the outside with its nose pressed against the post-season window, watching everyone else have all the fun....

Edmonton gets Year 12 in the Decade of Darkness. Another spring with no games to get excited about, no reason for fans to wake up with butterflies in their stomach because it’s the morning of Game 7. No reason to shake with rage because “how much %#$#%*! $#i$ are the referees going to let Perry and Kesler get away with!” No reason to high five perfect strangers for no other reason than they’re wearing orange and blue. No reason for bars and restaurants to make more money in a single series than they do in a month.

This is what fans follow hockey all year for — to come together and share in the anticipation, stress, excitement, controversy and emotion.

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