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Claude Julien Cancels Practice, Senses Fatigue With The Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

If the terrible home loss to the New York Islanders was one that produced some soul-searching, the Bruins did most of that behind closed doors on Tuesday after the scheduled 10:30 a.m. practice at Warrior Ice Arena was canceled.

Still, the B’s, who’ll get back on the horse Wednesday night in Detroit, felt like a team in crisis this morning after they frittered away two more points that they should have had on Monday. And the coach was in a circling-the-wagons mode.

He canceled practice because he had sensed fatigue both in the 4-0 loss to the Islanders — though he said it wasn’t the only reason for the defeat — and this morning when the team arrived at the Brighton facility. He instead opted for a video session for the players.

If there was any airing out of those players, Julien did not bring it into the press briefing room.


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In What Direction Will The Red Wings Go

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

For the first time in a while, the Red Wings are making us notice. The fans at Joe Louis Arena certainly noticed, standing and roaring as the game ended Monday, a 1-0 victory over first-place Montreal. The Wings just beat two of the best teams in the league back to back, and did it with youthful flair and veteran savvy, with a wide-open offense against the Penguins, then a tight defense against the Canadiens.

Of course, this could be a fleeting burst, like the blast of an air horn. Seldom do fortunes dramatically, permanently shift in two games. But in the race between growing old and growing up, youth is starting to catch up, and the Wings will not quietly bid farewell to an old arena and a long playoff streak.

The next two weeks are enormous, and not just because the Wings play five of seven at home. The March 1 trade deadline looms, and nobody expects them to be buyers. They’re seventh in their division, four points out of a playoff spot.

The logical strategy is for them to be sellers if they’re not within a few points of the playoffs. The problem is that’s almost completely foreign to this franchise, and they will not adopt it easily.

read on

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Video- Tagging Along With Taylor Hall When He Returned To Edmonton

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A behind the scenes look at Taylor Hall when he recently returned to Edmonton.


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The Trade Deadline Is Getting Closer

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

All eyes are on Joe Sakic, with his Colorado Avalanche on track to barely crack 50 points and trending toward the worst season in franchise history.

For that, forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog both land in the top five of TSN’s first Trade Bait list of the 2016-17 season. Sakic’s price for both players remains high. It may be more prudent for Colorado to wait until the off-season to reshape the franchise, when more teams will be willing to part with prized pieces, but the clock is ticking.

The NHL’s 2017 trade deadline is March 1, six weeks from Wednesday.

Arizona forwards Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata, as well as Detroit winger Thomas Vanek, head the list of potential rental players on the move between now and then.

Many teams will inquire about the available of non-rental core players, namely St. Louis Blues defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk and Oilers winger Jordan Eberle, but they are trending toward staying put.


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Bad News Over The Last 100 Years In The NHL

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from Dean Bennett of the CP at the Vancouver Province,

In the latest edition of NHL 100, a weekly series from The Canadian Press, we examine some of the more unforgettable, sad, and sobering tales from the police blotter.


On March 17, 1955, tempers boiled over at the Montreal Forum just days after fan favourite Maurice Richard had been suspended by NHL president Clarence Campbell for the balance of the season for clubbing Boston's Hal Laycoe with his stick and punching a linesman. Fans pelted Campbell with fruit and rotten vegetables. A smoke bomb went off. The game was called, fans spilled into the streets and rioted, smashing windows and beating up cab drivers. About 37 were injured and 70 arrested.


In the annals of hockey's white-collar crime, nothing matches the spectacular rise and fall of super agent Alan Eagleson.

read on

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Numbers From Last Night

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Crosby and Malkin lead the Penguins in a turn-back-the-clock high-scoring affair; Sheary, Schultz, Oshie, Eichel and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking.

The Pittsburgh Penguins rallied for an 8-7 overtime win against Washington and it was the superstars leading the charge.

Evgeni Malkin notched a hat trick and has 32 points (13 G, 19 A) in the past 23 games. He's currently third in the league with 49 points in 43 games.

continued at TSN...

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Momentum Building For The Wings?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Turning point, the Detroit Red Wings were asked? Turn to Boston, they replied.

It speaks to how much the Wings have struggled this season that winning two straight games begets scrutiny. No one parried the question of whether back-to-back victories over Pittsburgh and Montreal will stoke a turnaround better than Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, who smiled and said, “I'm looking forward to a day off, and then we have Boston next day. That’s the longest I look.”

At least the Wings can look ahead to hosting the Bruins on Wednesday (8 p.m., NBCSN) with a bit of swagger. It was earned on the strength of beating the defending champion Penguins, 6-3, and then shutting out Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens, 1-0, on Monday.

“It’s good to see we can play both kinds of games,” Frans Nielsen said after Monday’s outing. “It’s good to see we have that ability.”


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IIHF Announces Hall Of Fame Class

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com,

Former players Saku Koivu, Uwe Krupp, Angela Ruggiero, Joe Sakic and Teemu Selanne, along with builder Dieter Kalt will be inducted to the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2017.

Former Great Britain national team player and coach Tony Hand has been selected to receive the Richard “Bibi” Torriani Award.

French ice hockey executive and former player and coach Patrick Francheterre will be given the Paul Loicq Award.

The 2017 IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in Cologne, Germany on 21 May, the final day of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

continued, includes Uwe Krupp as a builder too...

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Video- Recap Of The NHL Games Played Yesterday

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14 teams were in action yesterday.


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New Goalie Pants Mandatory By February 4th

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