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Wings Are Practicing Before Flying To Winnipeg

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul


I willupdate this post as needed.

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added 1:26pm, Mrazek starts tomorrow...

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Andrej Nestrasil On Waivers

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added 1:33pm, Nestrasil talks about being placed on waivers...

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All About The EPIX Broadcast Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

New York, NY, November 19, 2014EPIX Presents Road To The NHL Winter Classic™ and EPIX Presents Road To The NHL Stadium Series™, a two-part original series from premium TV network EPIX and the National Hockey League, will bring U.S. viewers onto the ice and behind-the-scenes with the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals as they prepare to compete in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks on their road to the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.  

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NHL Short Notes

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Down 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Flames scored three third-period goals en route to a 4-3 shootout win over the Ducks. With the victory, Calgary (12-6-2, 26 points) moved one within one point of Anaheim (11-4-5, 27 points) for the top spot in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.
* Facing his former club for the first time, Jonas Hiller made 24 saves – and denied two of three shootout attempts – to improve to 9-4-1 with a 2.33 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and one shutout in 14 GP.
* Dennis Wideman (2-0—2) matched a career high for goals in one game; his only other multi-goal effort came Dec. 9, 2011 vs. TOR (2-2—4 w/ WSH).
* Per Elias, Wideman became the first Flames defenseman to record a multi-goal game since Feb. 19, 2008, when Dion Phaneuf found the back of the net twice in a 4-1 victory at PHX.
* Sean Monahan netted the decisive goal in the tiebreaker. He now is 6-for-10 (60.0%), with five game-deciding goals, in his shootout career; Monahan’s 60.0% efficiency leads all active players with a minimum of 10 attempts.
* The Flames improved to 5-2-0 in their last seven meetings with the Ducks at Scotiabank Saddledome (dating to Jan. 12, 2012).

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Calgary Flames With A Statement Win Over The Anaheim Ducks

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from Katie Strang of ESPN,

We've talked a bunch this season about using some of the top teams in the Western Conference as a measuring stick, and if that is the case the Calgary Flames made a bold statement with a comeback win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

After falling behind by two goals, the plucky Flames rallied back with three goals in the third period and ultimately prevailed 4-3 in the shootout. That makes four times this season Calgary has gone on to win a game in which it trailed trailed after two periods.

I think we can say now that the Flames are for real. They're riding a three-game winning streak and are just one point behing the Pacific Divison-leading Ducks.

read on for other hockey topics from LeBrun, Custance and Burnside...

If you want to catch the highlights from the game, watch the 16 minute video below...

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Filip Forsberg Better Than Expected

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from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

With every goal and assist, Filip Forsberg is helping the Nashville Predators continue their hot start, and making a 2013 deadline trade look more lopsided by the day.

The 20-year-old Forsberg is 10th in the NHL in scoring with 20 points on eight goals and 12 assists. He’s a big reason why Nashville is pushing Chicago for first place in the Central Division more than a month into the season.

“We knew he was going to be good; I don’t think we expected him to be this good this early,” defenceman Ryan Ellis said. “He’s got some unbelievable hands and his confidence is high right now, which goes a long way on the ice.”

Confident but not cocky, Forsberg has grown physically and mentally from the player the Washington Capitals somewhat reluctantly drafted 11th overall in 2012. Projected to go in the top three, the Swedish forward with the slick skill slipped down the board.


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Jonathan Ericsson Now The Veteran Defenseman

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Now 30 years old, Ericsson is firmly entrenched in the NHL and a new generation has come in behind him. Young blueliners such as Danny DeKeyser and Brendan Smith have less than 150 games of NHL experience each, but bring nice skill sets to the table. Ericsson says he’s always available to field questions, though he prefers to give general advice rather than tell others what style to play.

“How to react, how to read off situations, that’s the most common question,” he said. “And that can vary, anything from jumping into the offensive play too early or late, or situations in the defensive zone as well.”

So far, the mixture of youth and experience has worked well for the Wings, who are coming off a 5-0 waxing of Columbus and sit in a playoff position. For a team that hasn’t missed the post-season in decades, that shouldn’t be surprising. But finding and growing players such as Ericsson goes a long way in explaining how that streak has come to be.


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London Knights Putting iPad To Good Use

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from Jonathon Brodie of OurWindsor,

It was Oct. 15 at Budweiser Gardens and the London Knights power play wasn’t generating many chances until assistant general manager Rob Simpson noticed the Otters were leaving an ample amount of space for his team to get close to the net.

Simpson took out an iPad and showed the Knights where they needed to be and before the power play ended defenceman Julius Bergman had his first Ontario Hockey League (OHL) goal when he slid down from the blue line and went to the net.

“It’s something where if the (players) can see it, they can execute it,” Simpson said about the help from the iPad. “They can visualize it and see what they need to do and where the guys are on the ice.”

The iPad has been a new addition to the Knights bench this year, but with stories like that it’s quickly becoming a necessity.

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Now What Toronto?

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The first crisis of the Brendan Shanahan era has arrived with the futures of general manager Dave Nonis and coach Randy Carlyle clearly in doubt.

Exactly how Shanahan will respond — or if he will respond in any meaningful way — will say much about the managerial style going forward of the first-year Maple Leafs president.

Carlyle could be fired. Nonis could be fired. Both could be fired. Or nothing can happen. Or Shanahan may prove himself to be unemotional after horrendous back-to-back drubbings against two of the lowest-scoring teams in the National Hockey League.

The next day or three will be more tense than usual around the Leafs — with no one certain as to what direction the team is heading in.


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After Losing At Home To The Carolina Hurricanes, The Dallas Stars Home Record is 1-5-4

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Head coach Lindy Ruff post-game from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

“This is the biggest test I’ve ever been through.  I don’t think I’ve ever gone through anything like this in the home building.  We drew up a little bit of a different game plan.  I thought if I got Eakin, Seguin and Benn out against some certain individuals that we could get them on the board and get them going.  You get one thing going and another goes sideways.  We’ve had great games here where we just couldn’t get that big save to win the game.  You also need one less big mistake at certain times.”

more reaction from Ruff and players too...

Daryl Reaugh's comments after the game...


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