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KK- One Big Thank You

12/06/2019 at 12:16pm EST

I wanted to let everyone know the latest KK Donation Drive was a success.

Donations game from folks on Twitter, KK visitors and of course KK members.

Donations ranged up to $200.

I am sincerely thankful and very moved by the generosity.

Back to work I go.

Another Detroit Practice

12/06/2019 at 11:22am EST

added 11:35am, Khan...

Abdelkader is practicing now, rotating in with Perlini on the fourth line.

added 11:53am, Power play units via Khan...

Filip Zadina Recalled By The Wings

12/06/2019 at 10:47am EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings have recalled forward Filip Zadina from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Zadina, 20, ranks among the Griffins’ leaders this season with 13 points (3rd), seven goals (3rd), six assists (T7th) and four power play goals (2nd) in 20 games. The 6-foot, 188-pound winger made his NHL season debut on Nov. 24 and has chipped in two assists while averaging 13:55 of ice time in five appearances for Detroit.

Since becoming the 176th Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL when he made his debut with the Red Wings on Feb. 24, 2019 vs. San Jose, Zadina has posted five points (1-4—5) in 14 career games.

The Attention On Connor McDavid

12/06/2019 at 9:35am EST

from Jack Harris of the LA Times,

EDMONTON, Canada — Cameras and tape recorders crisscrossed the Edmonton Oilers’ locker room, cycling from stall to stall to capture the stories of the day. A familiar buzz filled the circular space, questions and conversations between players and reporters floating through the air the morning before a home game.
But the moment Connor McDavid stood up, everything else stopped. The rest of the room fell silent. When the most prominent athlete in Edmonton was ready to speak, all the attention came flocking to him.

“He could run for mayor and win tomorrow,” said Tom Gazzola, an Edmonton sports radio host in his 13th season covering the team. “He’s basically a god, worshipped for what he does.”

McDavid never asked to be the Chosen One in Edmonton, to procure the prophetic pressures placed on him as the Oilers’ prodigal son. Had draft lottery luck played out differently when he entered the league as the highest-touted prospect in years back in 2015, he might have ended up in Arizona or Buffalo, Carolina or New Jersey.

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Your First Place Arizona Coyotes

12/06/2019 at 8:48am EST

from Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic,

The Coyotes captured first place in the Pacific Division with a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

With the win, the Coyotes (17-9-4) gained sole possession of first place in the division for the first time since Oct. 26, 2015.

It is the latest in the season atop the Pacific Division standings for the Coyotes since the end of the 2011-12 season, a year that featured both the team's lone divisional crown and most-recent playoff berth.

The Coyotes were held to anemic 18 shots but still managed more finishes than the Flyers, who suffered just their second regulation loss at home this season.

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The Case For John Carlson Winning The Hart Memorial Trophy

12/06/2019 at 8:42am EST

from Neil Greenberg of The Washington Post,

... That start includes a 21-4-5 record with an NHL-high 47 points in 30 games, making Carlson the best player on the best team with a case for the Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s MVP.

Forwards have dominated the award. Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price won it in 2015, and the last defenseman to win it was Chris Pronger in 2000. Before that, it was Orr in 1972. Nicklas Lidstrom, a seven-time Norris winner and four-time Stanley Cup winner widely considered to be one of the best defensemen ever, never finished higher than fourth on MVP ballots.

Despite those odds, Carlson is making a strong case.

Let’s start with the last two defensemen to win the award, Pronger and Orr. Differences in season lengths, roster sizes and scoring environments make it difficult to compare season-long stats, but two advanced metrics, goals created and point shares, make era adjustments, allowing a more direct assessment of their respective performances. Goals created accounts for assists and adjusts them to the team level. Point shares is an adaptation of the win shares metric Bill James created in 2002 for baseball. In hockey, point shares estimate the number of standing points (two points for a win in regulation, overtime or a shootout and one point for an overtime or shootout loss) each player is responsible for. The higher the number, the more that player contributing to winning.

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The Race To The Playoffs

12/06/2019 at 8:18am EST

500 words

We are getting close to that time of year where we begin thinking of a team or teams near the bottom of the standings in each conference. Sort of like the St. Louis Blues who were at the bottom of their conference this time of year last season, only to finish the season by raising the Stanley Cup.

If you were to visit any of the legal betting sites for US customers would you have confidence to pick one or two of the teams about to be mentioned?

Before you say no, remember the person who bet on the Blues when they were a long shot at 250/1 in January? By mid-June, he was $150K richer.

Video- Anyone See A Slewfoot, Nikita Zadorov On Jesperi Kotkaniemi

12/06/2019 at 7:03am EST

Longer video is below but the first video is more zoomed in.

NHL Short Notes

12/06/2019 at 5:30am EST

THREE HARD LAPS

* Offseason acquisitions helped the Coyotes and Wild continue recent strings of success.

* A familiar face scored the game-winning goal in his return to Columbus, which also welcomed back its former president of hockey operations.

* Eight of nine games contested Thursday were decided by a one-goal margin, including four which required overtime.

NHL Morning Skate – Dec. 6, 2019

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