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Happy Thanksgiving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Thanks to many of you for making Kukla's Korner and Abel to Yzerman a place to talk hockey.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday and be thankful for what we have, things could be much worse.

Let's enjoy this day and all the things which come with it.

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The Reeling New York Islanders

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from Arthur Staple of The Athletic,

On Wednesday, for the first time in a week, there were no additions to the COVID protocol list. But it still wasn’t a step in the right direction as Noah Dobson became the fifth regular defenseman to be sidelined, this time by a lower-body injury. That left Scott Mayfield as the only top-six regular D-man in the lineup for the Ranger game, with Thomas Hickey and Paul LaDue the latest Islanders (along with center Otto Koivula) to make their season debuts.

It went about as you’d expect: The Isles worked hard, they played well at times but it wasn’t enough. It seems impossible to believe it can ever be enough while missing 10 of the original 21 skaters on the roster at the start of the season. And it’s not as if the Islanders entered this COVID-and-injury minefield playing well; they’d lost three straight before the things started to fall apart with the roster.

Now it’s seven straight, all by at least three goals. A mind-boggling stretch that doesn’t have an endpoint yet — all seven players in COVID protocol are still testing positive despite reportedly mild symptoms. Josh Bailey is eligible to come out of protocol Friday, Anders Lee and Ross Johnston on Sunday.

By then it may feel too late to do enough to right this season that’s gone so terribly wrong.

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Video- How Are Things Going For The Vancouver Canucks?

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via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Travis Green, captain Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller speak to the media following the Canucks loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins and discuss trying to turn this losing streak around.


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Video- Game Thoughts And Highlights

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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Alex Nedeljkovic received his first back-to-back starts with the Detroit Red Wings and responded with a brilliant performance in a 3-2 win against the St. Louis Blues. The Red Wings are 9-9-3 overall, but 6-2-2 at Little Caesars Arena

Staking a Claim
The Red Wings said from the beginning they would use a tandem approach in net unless either Alex Nedeljkovic or Thomas Greiss showed they deserved to be the starter. This one game isn’t enough to change Detroit’s plans.

But his 35-save performance might further establish Nedeljkovic as the favorite to emerge as the No. 1. He is the first to play two consecutive games.

This game will stick with fans and coaches because Nedeljkovic was sometimes spectacular, particularly in the third period. His athleticism allowed him to stretch post to post to make big saves. In his back-to-back outings, he stopped 62 of 66 shots.

Larkin Carrying the Flag
Dylan Larkin scored his 10th goal of the season, one more than he scored last season in 44 games. He now has 18 points in 17 games.  More importantly, Larkin is playing with authority.


Below catch the extended game highlights.

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NHL Short Notes

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Aaron Ekblad scored the overtime winner as the Panthers moved one game closer to making history at home. 

* The milestones continue at an astonishing pace for Connor McDavid, who reached 400 career assists in fewer games than any other active player. 

* Fellow No. 1 overall pick Alex Ovechkin had three assists and ranks third in NHL scoring this season – the League leader is Leon Draisaitl, who hit the 40-point mark Wednesday.

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Videos- The Talk After A 4-2 Win Over The Blues

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First up is Robby Fabbri, below find Alex Nedeljkovic, game highlights and Jeff Blashill.


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Quick Recap- Wings/Blues

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The Wings started off slow, picked up the pace and lead 2-1 after 40 minutes.

St. Louis tied the game early in the third but the Wings went up 3-2 three minutes later.

Detroit added a empty net goal to make the final 4-2.

Below, all kinds of videos including the Detroit goals and team stats.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

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It’s Thanksgiving Eve

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit

It's Thanksgiving Eve y'all, and, I'm sure we all have so much we are thankful for. Our families, our friends, all the things that matter. We've managed to stay alive over the course of the past two years, and, we're all still here having fun, watching games together. Win or lose.

We're thankful for Paul Kukla, for giving us a place to gather for fun, no holds barred.

We're thankful for our Chief, Bill Houlihan, for this wonderful place called A2Y, and we miss him so very much. And of course, I'm thankful for all 19 of the best, die hard, Wingaholics on the planet, and a stick tap for Hockeytown Todd, aka, "Gramps", wherever you are....

And now, just for fun, some kind of a prayer;

Dear 8-pound 6-oz Baby Jesus, 19 of us ask for a win tonight against the Bitter, Brittle, Blues.

It's a Live Blog!

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Thanksgiving Plans

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Plans for me tomorrow include a morning update of the 14 games tonight, then start feasting.

The NHL is dark tomorrow so you should use the time to spend with family and friends.

I am pretty warn out and looking forward to a day of rest.

Be safe folks.

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Stream- Preview Of Tonight’s Detroit/St. Louis Game

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Ken Kal and Daniella Bruce preview tonight's game against the Blues.

Stream starts at 4pm and watch it below.

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