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Video- Dylan Larkin Suspended One Game

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After Practice Today

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added 2:04pm, videos of Blashill and Fabbri after practice can be watched below.

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Detroit’s Practice Today

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via Ansar Khan tweet,

Fabbri replaces Larkin as center on line with Bertuzzi and Raymond. Other practice lines:
D pairs:

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Fabbri, who's played some center the past couple seasons, went 8-3 on face-offs last night. Bertuzzi's four goals came on a total of four shots. Hronek's 25:09 in ice time was two minutes more than anyone else's.

Dylan Larkin took a slow, brief twirl on the ice before practice and left. He was shaken up from cross check into boards from Matthieu Joseph last night and has a hearing with NHL today for his retaliatory punch to the face.

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Morning Line- Sean Shapiro On ESPN And TNT

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I’ll admit that my expectations have risen in the past couple of weeks. There was a lot of early hubbub about how Turner and ESPN were going to change hockey coverage, and without proof I was worried it would simply be NBC’s coverage packaged into another, albeit more widely available, platform.

But after seeing ESPN make the commitment to a studio show, seeing the Turner media preview, I’m more confident that hockey coverage is headed in a better direction in the United States. The big thing is having two networks pushing each other, I like that TNT wants to beat ESPN and vice versa — I think both hired a rules expert for that reason, and once Wayne Gretzky was courted by both, the runner-up in signing Gretzky went and hired Mark Messier.

-Sean Shapiro of The Athletic.  Read more ($$$) from Shapio and Richard Deitsch on ESPN and TNT.

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An Eight-Year Deal For Charlie McAvoy In Boston

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added 11:37am, Boston release is below.

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Video- A Hearing Today For Dylan Larkin

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Watch below.

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A Motivated Tomas Tatar

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from Jackie Spiegel of the Sporting News,

On Friday night at the Prudential Center, Tomas Tatar will play in his first regular-season game for his new club, the Devils. The last time he played in a meaningful game was 141 days ago, which means it's been almost four months since he laced up the skates and hit the ice in the Canadiens' fifth game of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series against the Maple Leafs.

But didn't Montreal play into July? Yes, but Tatar spent it watching from the stands.

"Out of nowhere, to be honest, the coaches made this decision which I respected," he said during media day with his new club. Tatar played the first five games against Toronto and then sat the rest of the way. "We had a hell of a run in the playoffs. Obviously, you're upset, you wanted to play and I think I could help the team, especially in the final, but I had to respect the decision."

The decision was, well, a head-scratcher. Then-interim coach Dominique Ducharme made a guy who had led the team in scoring over the course of the three seasons he was there (149 points in 198 games) a healthy scratch. How good was Tatar for Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge? He had 21 points more than the second guy, defenseman Jeff Petry, and of his 149 points — which he collected at a tear of 0.75 per game —119 were at even strength.

"He's been a proven top-three or four scorer on the teams he's been on. He's great at getting open. He's great at finding the people that are open. He knows where to be," Devils coach Lindy Ruff said.


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KK- This Donation Drive Is Not For Everyone

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I held a KK Donation Drive in late July and know a few people missed it in the summer since some have reached out to me asking about it.

So I am doubling back to reach those who may have taken the summer off.

I do not expect those who donated then to do so again, instead if you did not see the post in late July or just want to give something for the drive, it would be much appreciated.

I prefer payment via PayPal  and also have a GoFundMe account set up.  You can also use Zelle, which is a way to send a donation through your bank.  The email address to use is pk at kuklaskorner dot com

KK members who have donated in the past will receive at least a year of no ads on KK with a donation of $20.

First time donors will receive the same benefit with a donation of at least $25.

I hope to make this post short and sweet.  It will not be a sticky but it will be brought up in the rotation when needed.

Thanks in advance to all.

note: original post was at 9:02am on 10/14/21

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The Seattle Kraken Notch Their First NHL Win

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from Robby Stanley at NHL.com,

The Seattle Kraken got the first win in their history when they defeated the Nashville Predators 4-3 at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

Brandon Tanev scored two goals, Alex Wennberg and Jared McCann each had a goal and an assist, and Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves for the Kraken (1-1-0).

"I feel like it's just big for the franchise," Wennberg said. "Obviously, it's so new and to get that first win, I feel like it's a big accomplishment. I don't know if we celebrate it any differently, I think it's just really good for the team and for us as an organization. It's just like, 'Hey, that's the first one.' Hopefully there's many more to come and that's where we're aiming at."

Mikael Granlund had a goal and two assists, and Juuse Saros made 22 saves for the Predators (0-1-0).

Wennberg gave Seattle a 3-2 lead at 9:54 of the second period, shooting into an open net at the right post off a pass from Alex Barre-Boulet, who was playing his first game with the Kraken after being claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.


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Videos- Talk After An OT Loss To The Tampa Bay Lightning

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Below find Mickey Redmond post game, the game highlights and Tyler Berttuzzi/Jeff Blashill after the game.

added 8:32am, Much longer version of Blashill and Bertuzzi added below.

from Ethan Sears of DetroitRedWings.com,

"We played well enough to win the hockey game," Blashill said. "We take a penalty (at) 5-on-6 and we gave up a 5-on-6 goal. So we gotta do better than that for sure."

In other recent seasons, the highlight of the night for Detroit against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions might have been the pregame ceremony, in which Larkin was honored as captain at center ice, standing with a row of past Red Wings captains.

Even with the loss, you couldn't say that about this game.

Larkin scored in the first, putting in a loose puck after Robby Fabbri created a breakaway against the run of play, and Bertuzzi scored his first goal 18 seconds into the second period - splitting two defenders and finishing past Vasilevskiy. Bertuzzi's second came just after a power play expired at 7:52, cleaning up a loose puck after Adam Erne's shot was saved by Vasilevskiy.

That set the stage for a hectic final 10 minutes of the second period, featuring three goals and seven penalties, sending the game into the third with Detroit hanging onto a 4-3 lead.

In the end, neither that nor the ensuing 6-3 lead would be enough.

"I thought we were in a good spot," Blashill said. "I was real confident that we were gonna find a way to win that hockey game. So it's a gut punch when you don't."


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