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Wings Showing Interest In A Big Swedish Forward

Apr 28 4:39pm Kuklas Korner
via Ansar Khan of Mlive, The Detroit Red Wings are among a handful of NHL teams pursuing big, undrafted forward Victor Ejdsell, who had a breakout year in Sweden's second-highest league. Ejdsell (6-5, 220) returned home Friday after visiting Detroit earlier in the week during a tour of select cities. Chicago and Nashville are reportedly in the mix as well. He is expected to decide soon. Ejdsell had 25 goals and 57 points in 50 games for BIK Karlskoga of HockeyAllsvenskan. He turns 22 on June 6. He's evolved into a strong two-way center, Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said. His move from wing to center helped his defensive game. He's got good hands and offensive ability. Hakan Andersson, the Red Wings director of European scouting, saw Ejdsell play for BIK Karlskoga. He recommended him to Jiri Fischer, the team's director of player recruitment, who's in charge of scouting free agents at every level. Fischer went to Sweden to watch him play. If you click the Mlive link, there is a video of Ejsdell in action.
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About a very brave young hockey player

Apr 28 2:40pm Kuklas Korner
The Red Wings Alumni Association is wrapping up its season with a charity game to be played in Fraser, MI this Sunday, benefitting injured Dakota High School player Anthony Mastronardi, and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan profiled the young man: The one thing Anthony Mastronardi remembers was thinking, even in those matter of seconds, “this could be bad.” The junior from Macomb Dakota was racing after a loose puck with an opponent and everything that go could go wrong, in that instant did. Yes. It turned out to be bad. “Our legs, our sticks, all got tangled and I wound up going into the boards,” said Mastronardi, 17, remembering the game against Port Huron Northern Dec. 3. “I went head-first.” Strange, how everything happened so fast, just in a matter of moments, but yet Mastronardi remembers everything also happening in slow motion. “I heard the ‘boom,’” said Mastronardi of his impact into the boards. Moments later, Mastronardi remembers laying on the ice, waiting, coming-through, and… “I couldn’t move anything,” Mastronardi said. Four months later, Mastronardi has returned home after going through grueling rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM). Kulfan continues...
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Boston Bruins 2016-17 Report Card: Patrice Bergeron

Apr 28 1:13pm Causeway Crowd
Patrice Bergeron’s Report Card With the Boston Bruins for the 2016-17 Regular Season After a 2016-17 season that ended in heartbreak at the hands of the Ottawa Senators, it’s time to hand out report cards to each player on the Boston Bruins. Though the season was ultimately a failure in the sense that the team […] Boston Bruins 2016-17 Report Card: Patrice Bergeron - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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New Jersey Devils 2016-17 Season Grade: Keith Kinkaid

Apr 28 12:54pm Pucks and Pitchforks
The New Jersey Devils season grades are back with goalie Keith Kinkaid. Kinkaid had a pretty bad 2015-16, where he had a .904 SV\%. Keith had to battle for his spot during training camp and the preseason. He proved himself as solid backup. Kinkaid had a solid bounce back year for the New Jersey Devils. […] New Jersey Devils 2016-17 Season Grade: Keith Kinkaid - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Afternoon Line- Bob McKenzie

Apr 28 12:39pm Kuklas Korner
I'm not reporting it or guaranteeing it will happen, but if Jonathan Drouin were dealt, I wouldn't be shocked: https://t.co/8wxVDK3LVi — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 28, 2017...
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A bit about Team USAs World Championship team

Apr 28 11:41am Kuklas Korner
From USA Today's Kevin Allen: Buffalo Sabres 20-year-old star Jack Eichel is coming off a stressful season that ended with his coach and general manager being fired. Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin had trying moments dealing with a sophomore slump. But both agreed, along with a number of other rising young Americans, to play for the USA at the IIHF World Championships in Cologne, Germany, starting May 5. “I think there is a young generation of American players that want to make their mark on the international stage,” U.S. coach Jeff Blashill said. “They have great pride and they want to show where they think we should stand on that international stage.” Because the world championships are played immediately after the completion of an 82-game NHL regular season, it’s always been difficult to recruit NHLers to play. But the presence of Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames), Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg Jets), J.T. Compher (Colorado Avalanche), Brock Nelson (New York Islanders), Charlie McAvoy (Boston Bruins), Noah Hanifin (Carolina Hurricanes),  Connor Murphy, Christian Dvorak and Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes) among others suggests younger players are more willing to play. Allen continues... Update: DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji also spoke with Blashill regarding his job as Team USA's coach:...
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The NHL Has Never Reigned In Its Canadian Franchise Owners

Apr 28 11:20am Not Your Average Hockey Blog.
In the many articles I have written on this blog and others about why Canada has only 7 NHL franchises, mostly focusing in on the current Quebec problem, I have frequently mentioned the problem of elitism in Canada. I have written that this is not just an NHL problem but taints almost all aspects of […]...
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Wallners first-round Griffins playoff takes

Apr 28 10:39am Kuklas Korner
Among the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner's observations from the Grand Rapids Griffins' first-round series against the Milwaukee Admirals: Tyler Bertuzzi is at it again: The series highlight may have been just watching Tyler Bertuzzi. The left winger, always a bundle of energy, became electrocharged – again - in the first round. He was the team’s leading scorer with four points, including two goals (goal winner and empty netter) in pivotal Game 2. The 22-year-old’s 16 goals in 26 postseason games is second all-time for the Griffins. Dylan McIlrath's presence: The Griffins were all about playing defenseman Filip Hronek after the touted first-year defenseman joined the team in late March and played well in 10 games. But for the playoffs, the 6-foot, 170-pound 19-year-old sat and veteran Dylan McIirath played to provide a stronger physical presence. The move deprived Hronek – Detroit’s third pick in 2016 – of playoff experience, but the 6-foot-5, 235-pound McIirath initiated enough hits to keep the Admirals aware and off stride. Penalty kill moment: The Griffins, slightly above average on the PK during the regular season (11th at 82.8 percent), were 90 percent in the opening round (1 of 11). The defining moment was the hard-working, time-eating, game of keep-away between Colin Campbell and Dominic Turgeon in Game 2. They kept the puck in the Admirals’ zone and along the boards for 40 seconds during a crucial stretch in the middle of the third period. Wallner continues...
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No Sell-Out In Ottawa

Apr 28 9:39am Kuklas Korner
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen, One assumed guarantee was a capacity crowd for an NHL playoff game in a Canadian city. Ottawa fans are turning that notion on its ear. For Thursday’s Round 2 opener against the New York Rangers, hundreds of empty seats were conspicuous at all three arena levels, a hot topic of discussion between whistles. The development is stunning considering this is only the second time since 2007 the Senators have been among the final eight teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Just as the first sultry weather of the season screamed, ” Patio Bar!!” the Senators entertained the Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal. A crowd of 16,744 took in Ottawa’s 2-1 win at the Canadian Tire Centre, the smallest home gate this post-season by about 2,000. Official capacity is 18,572 but more than 20,000 attended Daniel Alfredsson night. continued...
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Erik Karlsson At The Top Of His Game

Apr 28 7:40am Kuklas Korner
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, We have reached the point where Erik Karlsson is basically bending the game with his mind. How else to explain the impossible angle he scored from to make sure the Ottawa Senators didn’t waste a strong performance to open Round 2? Karlsson’s right skate was on the goal-line, the puck a good foot below it. He was literally standing in the corner when he rifled a shot that banked in off Henrik Lundqvist’s mask with less than five minutes to play on Thursday. “I don’t know how you score from that area and what possessed him to throw it at the net the way he did,” teammate Marc Methot said after a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. “That’s what separates him from almost every other player in the league.” It is what has carried Ottawa into the second round and should have fans dreaming of a run that could last even longer than that. Karlsson appears to be on another level despite playing with two small fractures in his left foot these last few weeks. There were a couple all-world assists against Boston in Round 1 – they are still talking about the pass that travelled more than 140 feet and landed flat on Mike Hoffman’s stick – and Thursday’s goal couldn’t have arrived at a better time for his teammates. continued Watch the goal below...
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The New York Rangers Need To Play With More Emotion

Apr 28 6:40am Kuklas Korner
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, There was a truck positioned in the arena as a promotional vehicle, and row upon row of empty seats in the upper bowl plus a fair number of prime unoccupied locations in the lower stands, as well. Who knew the playoffs were in Brooklyn this year? Actually, more to the point, who knew the Rangers would come out with such a pedestrian effort in what became a 2-1 defeat to the Senators in the opener of the second round? Maybe it was just the natural letdown that comes when a compelling series ends and a new one begins. Maybe there’s a time lapse that goes into revving up a rivalry that has been dormant since the last time these teams met in the playoffs five years ago. Or maybe the Rangers just were unable to generate enough emotion and momentum on their own in a quiet building that lacked atmosphere, against an opponent whose disciplined trap sucks the life out of a game. And maybe, it’s time the speedy Rangers slowed down in order to grind this thing in their favor. continued Game highlights are below...
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Canisius Promotes Trevor Large to Head Coach

Apr 28 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
Trevor Large, a member of the Canisius coaching staff for the past three seasons and an 11-year coaching veteran in Atlantic Hockey, has been named head coach of the Golden Griffins. Large replaces Dave Smith, who left to take the head coaching position at Rensselaer. He was an assistant for Smith the last three seasons. Canisius had also interviewed Miami assistant Brent Brekke and RIT assistant ...
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Senators 2, Rangers 1 | Ottawa leads series, 1-0: Rangers Lose Opener to Senators. Dont Blame Henrik Lundqvist.

Apr 28 12:04am NYT > Hockey
Lundqvist, continuing his strong play, stopped 41 shots, but Erik Karlsson’s goal with 4 minutes 11 seconds left lifted Ottawa.
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Former Red Wings physician John Finley has passed away

Apr 27 10:40pm Kuklas Korner
From the Free Press's Keith Gave: Dr. John Finley, who nurtured and cared for generations of Detroit Red Wings players from Ted Lindsay and Gordie Howe to Steve Yzerman, Nick Lidstrom and the Russian Five, died tonight at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Bloomfield Township. He was 88. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Finley – “Jack” to his legion of friends – joined the Wings care-giving staff in 1957 and served until his retirement from medical practice in 2003. Then he sat down at his keyboard and began to write. The result was his 2012 book, “Hockeytown Doc,” in which he shared some wildly entertaining stories about his 47 years treating NHL players. Finley and his wife of 59 years, Genevieve, had a special friendship with Colleen and Gordie Howe, a bond forged through nearly six decades, beginning when “Mr. Hockey” was dominating the league and the Wings were the class of the league. Gave continues...
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Wings Alums to Stick It to Cancer on Saturday in Dearborn

Apr 27 8:40pm Kuklas Korner
The Red Wings Alumni Association is playing games on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, wrapping up their season with games in Dearborn on Saturday and Fraser on Sunday. CBS Detroit posted the details of Saturday's game: Come watch UAW-Ford take on the Detroit Red Wings Alumni as they duke it out on April 29 for the upcoming charity event for local kids: Stick It to Children’s Cancer 2017! Head to the Dearborn Ice Skating Center on 14900 Ford Road, Dearborn MI to see who will win the bragging rights! Stop by  starting at 4:30 for some pre-game action with the 97.1 The Ticket Street Team and Ticket Chicks, plus you could win great prizes! Also this family friendly event will have the Monster Truck Brutus onsite. Admission is a $10 donation, doors open at 6 PM and the puck drops at 6:30 PM. Plus there will be a live art auction and concession stands, with all proceeds benefiting kids kicking cancer and kids without cancer. Here's the Alums' lineup for Saturday:...
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Travis Green, New Canucks Coach, Will Focus on Youth and Offense

Apr 27 8:39pm NYT > Hockey
Green, with no N.H.L.-level coaching experience, will have to develop Vancouver’s roster after the club set a franchise low for goals this season.
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Open Post- NHL Playoff Games Tonight

Apr 27 7:39pm Kuklas Korner
This post is all yours, feel free to comment on the games tonight. Last night I was 1-1, tonight my winners are the Rangers and Capitals. NY Rangers @ Ottawa, Game 1, 7 p.m., CNBC, CBC, TVAS Pittsburgh @ Washington, Game 1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN, TVAS2...
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Pittsburgh Penguins: Jake Guentzel is Up for the Playoffs

Apr 27 7:00pm Pens Labyrinth
The Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and their victory came with some big help from rookie sensation Jake Guentzel Jake Guentzel’s performance truly played a major factor in the Pittsburgh Penguins victories. As a player who was supposed to just be a call-up in […] Pittsburgh Penguins: Jake Guentzel is Up for the Playoffs - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Video- The Playoff Night When Dominik Hasek Stopped All 70 Shots

Apr 27 6:39pm Kuklas Korner
via the NHL's YouTube page, On April 27th, 1994, Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek turned away 70 shots by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the 1994 playoffs.  ...
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TSN Draft Rankings

Apr 27 5:40pm Kuklas Korner
from Bob McKenzie of TSN, Folks, we have ourselves a horse race for No. 1 in the 2017 NHL draft. And it looks like it's shaping up as a photo finish. It's Nico versus Nolan, the most legitimate draft battle for No. 1 we've seen since Taylor (Hall) versus Tyler (Seguin) in 2010. It is, of course, also a massive victory for alliteration. Brandon Wheat King centre Nolan Patrick is No. 1 on TSN's Top 15 rankings, Draft Lottery edition, but only by the slimmest of margins over Swiss centre Nico Hischier of the Halifax Moosehead. TSN surveys 10 NHL scouts from 10 different teams to get its consensus rankings. There's a preseason ranking in mid-September; a midseason ranking in late January; this ranking ahead of Saturday's NHL draft lottery; and the final ranking in mid-June, just prior to the NHL draft, which is June 23-24 in Chicago. Patrick was a unanimous 10-out-of-10 No. 1 in the TSN preseason rankings and a decisive eight-out-of-10 No. 1 in TSN's midseason rankings. continued...
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U.S.A. Hockey Names a New Executive Director

Apr 27 5:26pm NYT > Hockey
Pat Kelleher has developed youth programs for the sport’s national governing body, which last month faced a boycott by the national women’s team.
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St. James checks in on the Griffins

Apr 27 4:39pm Kuklas Korner
The Grand Rapids Griffins advanced to the second round of the AHL playoffs with a 3-2 OT victory over the Milwaukee Admirals last night, and ahead of next week's series against the Chicago Wolves, the Free Press's Helene St. James takes stock of the Wings prospects' performances: The Griffins clinched their first-round series with a victory Wednesday night at Milwaukee. Goaltender Jared Coreau, whose stint with the Wings from December to March included two shutouts, made 41 saves in the 3-2 overtime victory. Forward Evgeny Svechnikov, the Wings’ first-round pick from 2015, set up both the first goal and the game-winning one as the Griffins rallied in Game 3 to sweep the best-of-5 series. Forward Tomas Nosek, who did well during 11 games with the Wings down the stretch, scored his second goal of the series, from which he emerged with three points. Forward Tyler Bertuzzi, a second-round pick from 2013, also had an assist to give him four points in the first round. Bertuzzi, nephew of former Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi, has 24 points in 26 career AHL playoff games. The more the prospects impress now, the better for their auditions come training camp in September. There is likely to be at least one spot held for a forward to take. In Coreau’s case, he is likely to be the backup in Detroit. He is no longer waiver-exempt, and the Wings will try to trade either Jimmy Howard or Petr Mrazek in the effort to upgrade the defense. St. James continues...
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Pittsburgh Penguins: Top Five Playoff Goals from Round 1

Apr 27 3:47pm Pens Labyrinth
The first round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets saw many goals scored by both teams. The Pittsburgh Penguins scored a total of 21 goals in the first round–a league best. Out of all 21, let’s take a look at the five best in my opinion.   Pittsburgh Penguins: Top Five Playoff Goals from Round 1 - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Follow the bouncing ball

Apr 27 1:39pm Kuklas Korner
The Red Wings only have a 6.7\% chance of winning the NHL's Draft Lottery this weekend (7:30 PM EDT Saturday on CBC and NBCSN), and it's entirely possible that the Wings may move back from 7th place, but MLive's Ansar Khan reports that the Wings' front office will attend the event crossing their fingers and toes: [Kris] Draper, assistant to Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, will join representatives of 14 other teams, including expansion Vegas, on stage. Shawn Horcoff, Detroit's director of player development, will be back-stage, where three drawings will take place, determining the top three selections. The next 12 picks are determined by the 2016-17 standings, with Vegas selecting no lower than sixth. If the Red Wings don't land one of the top three selections, they will pick at No. 7, 8, 9 or 10, depending on which three teams are drawn. Back-stage representatives are not permitted to communicate with those on stage, so Draper and everyone else won't know the results until revealed, in reverse order, by NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly shortly after 8 p.m. Center Nolan Patrick of Brandon (WHL) is the consensus top pick, through some believe center/winger Nico Hischier of Halifax (QMJHL) could go No. 1 overall. The Red Wings will have their first top-10 pick since 1991. The front office and scouting staff, led by Tyler Wright, have been traveling around North America and Europe as usual, with more focus on projected top-10 talent. It's probably the most (Holland) has scouted since he's been GM, Draper said. I've done a lot of scouting this year. Being in Michigan, you're in an ideal situation to see a lot of the top kids. It's been a great opportunity to see a lot of high-end names in the draft. Khan continues, speaking with Draper about the draft combine, which will take place in late May...
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Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 1 Live Stream: Watch Online

Apr 27 1:00pm Stars and Sticks
The Washington Capitals open their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Here’s everything you need to know to watch it, including via live stream. For the third time in their respective careers, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby will face each other in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Washington Capitals and […] Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 1 Live Stream: Watch Online - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Wallner: Crisco delivers for the Griffins

Apr 27 12:40pm Kuklas Korner
The Grand Rapids Griffins advanced to the second round of the AHL playoffs by defeating the Milwaukee Admirals 3-2 in overtime last night, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Griffins forward Kyle Criscuolo about his overtime winner: The 5-foot-9 Criscuolo was perched just to the right of the net and took a pass from Dan Renouf from just inside the blue line. He quickly used his stick to re-direct the shot for his first AHL postseason goal on just his fourth playoff shot. At the end there, Renouf just made a great play at the point and I called for it and he made a great pass, Criscuolo said. I deflected it in and it was obviously a great relief. Criscuolo, who had 17 goals and 41 points in the regular season, had the highlight-reel goal of the season Dec. 6 when he took an impressive saucer pass from Matthew Ford and swatted the puck in-air past Cleveland goalie Joonas Korpisalo. But the overtime winner meant more, he said. This is certainly the most important goal I've scored thus far, said Criscuolo, an undrafted former two-year captain at Harvard. I mean, anytime you can win a series in overtime is obviously a thrill. Wallner continues, and you can watch the Griffins-Admirals highlights here:...
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NHL Playoffs 2017, Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Washington Capitals Game 1: Start Time, Live Stream, TV Info and More

Apr 27 12:29pm Pens Labyrinth
Round two of the Pittsburgh Penguins 2017 Stanley Cup run begins tonight against the Washington Capitals. After defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games in round one, the Pittsburgh Penguins waited anxiously to see who they would be facing in the next round–Toronto or Washington? After a long, intense and overtime-filled series, the Washington […] NHL Playoffs 2017, Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Washington Capitals Game 1: Start Time, Live Stream, TV Info and More - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Washington Capitals Must Exorcise Demons To Win Stanley Cup

Apr 27 12:00pm Stars and Sticks
The Washington Capitals have a great chance of winning their first Stanley Cup this year. But they’ll have to conquer some playoff demons along the way. All Washington Capitals fans are aware of the team’s many successes and failures. The postseason series losses in recent years weigh heavier on Caps fans than fans of any other team. […] Washington Capitals Must Exorcise Demons To Win Stanley Cup - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals Round 2 Preview

Apr 27 11:51am Pens Labyrinth
The Pittsburgh Penguins are set to meet the Washington Capitals in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals have a storied, intense rivalry. They have met in the playoffs 55 times, with Pittsburgh winning 34 of those series as opposed to Washington’s 21. This will be […] Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals Round 2 Preview - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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N.H.L. Playoffs: The Oilers Survive a Wild Third Period to Beat the Ducks

Apr 27 11:32am NYT > Hockey
Edmonton blew a two-goal lead in the third but took Game 1 of its second-round series in Anaheim. Nashville also won Game 1 on the road, beating St. Louis.
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Morning Line- Bruce Arthur

Apr 27 9:40am Kuklas Korner
ESPN isn’t everything, and the league isn’t exactly folding, but hockey got less relevant in America on Wednesday, bookending an era that probably began when the NHL left ESPN after the 2004-05 lockout for NBC and Comcast, leading to that time where hockey was on the Outdoor Life Network. Then-union head Paul Kelly once said, “It doesn’t have a lot of properties people want to tune in to, unless you are a hunter or a fisherman or you like turtle wrestling.” Well, there’s a little more hockey wilderness out there now. It was an American, Badger Bob Johnson, who coined the phrase, it’s a great day for hockey. Wednesday, for American hockey, was something less than that. -Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star where you can read more on this topic.
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This Years Draft Class

Apr 27 8:40am Kuklas Korner
from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun, The last two draft lotteries were game-changers. Connor McDavid won the scoring title and led the Oilers to the second round of the playoffs just two years after being selected first overall, while Matthews finished second in the Rocket Richard Trophy race with 40 goals and led the Leafs to a playoff spot as a rookie. This year, there is no McDavid, no Matthews. There might not even be a Jack Eichel or a Patrik Laine or even a Matthew Tkachuk at the top of the order. Instead, there are question marks surrounding top prospects Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier. “We’re excited about the top five, but I don’t know that there’s that generational player that we’ve seen the last couple of years with McDavid and Matthews and Eichel and Laine,” said Canucks GM Jim Benning. “But we think those top two players (Patrick and Hischier) are both real good players in their own right and conceivably could come to training camp and compete for a job on the team next year. But I feel comfortable that we’re going to get a real good player.” In some ways, this year’s draft resembles the 2012 draft, where Nail Yakupov went first overall and many players were coming off a season where they had missed time with significant injury. There was plenty of talent available — including Morgan Rielly (5th overall), Hampus Lindholm (6th) and Filip Forsberg (11th) — but no slam dunks. You had to do your homework, while also crossing your fingers. This year is more of the same. more...
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The St. Louis Blues Drop Game 1 To The Nashville Predators

Apr 27 7:39am Kuklas Korner
from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Look, five-on-five, this Blues-Predators series is evenly matched. But the Blues lost their grip on Game 1, and, yes, they let one slip out of their hands. What did the Blues learn about Nashville, in terms to adjustments going forward? “Stay out of the box,” Jake Allen said. To be fair, Jake also took the blame for the game-losing goal (though some offensive defense set up the play). But those Predators hurried out of Scottrade Center with a win in their hockey bags, thanks in part to a pair of power-play goals. Nashville 4, St. Louis 3. Hey, at least we’ll actually have some scoring in this series. “First off, penalty kill, we need to be sharper there,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said. read on Watch the game highlights below...
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CHN's Super Early Top 10 For 2017-18

Apr 27 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
It was just a couple weeks ago that Denver capped the 2016-17 season with a 3-2 win over Minnesota-Duluth to claim an eighth national championship. The Pioneers were every bit the best team in the country, emerging quickly as a national favorite and going to wire to wire to claim the highest honor. There's no reason not to look ahead to next season, though. Already, we've seen a number of coaching ...
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New Jersey Devils Should Overpay For TJ Oshie

Apr 27 2:37am Pucks and Pitchforks
The New Jersey Devils are going into the offseason with a ton of cap space with not much to spend it on. TJ Oshie seems to be the crown jewel of NHL Free Agency. The team needs to make a serious play to get him. General Manager Ray Shero has made some very good moves […] New Jersey Devils Should Overpay For TJ Oshie - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Griffins release 2nd round playoff schedule vs. Chicago

Apr 27 1:41am Kuklas Korner
From the Grand Rapids Griffins: SCHEDULE FOR DIVISION FINALS VERSUS CHICAGO ANNOUNCED GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – After completing a second straight first-round sweep of the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday, the Grand Rapids Griffins will continue their quest for the Calder Cup by facing their longtime rivals, the Chicago Wolves, in the best-of-seven Central Division Finals. The second-seeded Griffins and division-champion Wolves – fresh off of rallying past the Charlotte Checkers by winning the final two games of their series – will stage their first postseason clash in 13 years. Games 1 and 2 will take place at Allstate Arena on Wednesday, May 3 and Friday, May 5 before the series turns to Van Andel Arena for Games 3 and 4 on Saturday, May 6 and Monday, May 8. The complete schedule is as follows:...
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Prospect news: Griffins win in OT, advance to 2nd round; Saarijarvi advances to OHL Final

Apr 26 11:40pm Kuklas Korner
Of prospect-related note, with more to come: In playoff action, in the AHL, Jared Coreau's 40 saves were enough to help poush the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 3-2 OT win over the Milwaukee Admirals in Game 3 of the teams' best-of-5 series. Kyle Criscuolo scored the OT winner at 10:03 of overtime via Dan Renouf; Tomas Nosek and Matt Lorito scored the other goals, and Tyler Bertuzzi had an assist. The Griffins advance to play the Chicago Wolves in the second round...Chicago will have home-ice advantage in the 2-3-2 series, so Grand Rapids will play at Van Andel Arena in Games 3, 4 and 5 of the series. Moving on! pic.twitter.com/EoBNajHYWY — AHL (@TheAHL) April 27, 2017 In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh had 4 shots in the Charlottetown Islanders' 4-2 loss to Blainville-Boisbriand. Blainville-Boisbriand leads the Conference Final series 3 games to 1; In the OHL, Vili Saarijarvi had a goal and an assist, finishing at +4 on 3 shots, and he was named the second star in the Mississauga Steelheads' 7-0 win over the Peterborough Petes. Mississauga swept the Petes and will advance to the OHL Final, and you can watch highlights of the game here; And Jordan Sambrook scored the game's first goal, finishing at +1 on 3 shots, in the Erie Otters' 4-3 win over the Owen Sound Attack. The Otters and Attack are tied 2-2 in the OHL's Conference Final. You can watch highlights of the game here.
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Video- Kevin Fiala Leg Injury

Apr 26 9:40pm Kuklas Korner
Taken off the ice on a stretcher.  ...
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Rangers and Senators Captains Lead by Different Examples

Apr 26 8:33pm NYT > Hockey
In a contrast in defensemen, Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson is an offensive force known for his passing, while Ryan McDonagh has a more physical style.
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Open Post- The Second Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs Starts Tonight

Apr 26 7:40pm Kuklas Korner
The comment section is yours, use it if you chose. My picks to win tonight are Nashville and Anaheim. Nashville @ St. Louis, Game 1, 8 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS Edmonton @ Anaheim, Game 1, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN, TVAS  ...
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Pittsburgh Penguins: Evgeni Malkin Wants to Dominate and Win

Apr 26 6:48pm Pens Labyrinth
With the Pittsburgh Penguins advancing to the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, one player who has stood high above anyone else is Evgeni Malkin. Evgeni Malkin was truly a fundamental factor in the Pittsburgh Penguins five game series win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. With three rounds still to go, and with […] Pittsburgh Penguins: Evgeni Malkin Wants to Dominate and Win - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Pittsburgh Penguins: Three Takeaways from the First Round

Apr 26 6:04pm Pens Labyrinth
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was an intense, well-played series on both ends of the ice, but in the end the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to move on to the second round. With the Penguins heading into round […] Pittsburgh Penguins: Three Takeaways from the First Round - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: The Rematch

Apr 26 1:05pm Stars and Sticks
A year later, the Washington Capitals will once again square off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in what promises to be a rematch for the ages. It almost feels like yesterday that the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins began their series in the second round of the 2015-16 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The surging President’s Trophy winners […] Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: The Rematch - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Boston Bruins Name Bruce Cassidy Head Coach

Apr 26 11:46am Causeway Crowd
The Boston Bruins removed the interim tag and named Bruce Cassidy as head coach. The Boston Bruins made the announcement Wednesday morning, three days after a disappointing first-round playoff exit. Bruce Cassidy was named interim head coach on Feb. 9, two days after the firing of long-time head coach Claude Julien. At the time, the […] Boston Bruins Name Bruce Cassidy Head Coach - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017: Second Round Predictions

Apr 26 10:00am Stars and Sticks
The Stars and Sticks staff predicts each of the second round series of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins on Wednesday with both of the Western Conference series getting underway. There have already been three massive upsets in the postseason and there could be more ahead. […] Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017: Second Round Predictions - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Washington Capitals News: Previewing Penguins

Apr 26 6:28am Stars and Sticks
Check out the latest Washington Capitals news as the Caps prepare for their second round date with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  On Tuesday, the Washington Capitals had their first day of practice since ending their first round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It wasn’t a slow news day though, as various things happened during the […] Washington Capitals News: Previewing Penguins - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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N.H.L. Playoffs: What to Watch in the Second Round

Apr 26 5:00am NYT > Hockey
The Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who had the two best records in the league, will square off in the main event.
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Dubuque's Rueschhoff Battled for WMU Commitment

Apr 26 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
To say Austin Rueschhoff had to work for every inch in his development path would be an understatement. Two years ago, the Wentzville, Mo., native played for five different junior teams in the same season. After spending 2015-16 with the Austin Bruins in the NAHL, he caught on with the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints this year. “On some of those teams, playing college hockey wasn’t a possibility ...
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Anthony Mantha, 2017-18 Fantasy Hockey Sleeper

Apr 26 3:05am Fantasy Hockey Blog at Razzball.com
I've been driving the Anthony Mantha hype train for quite some time. Mantha, a two-time 50 goal scorer for Val-d'Or in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, led his team to the President's Cup totaling 24+14 in 24 playoff games. In 2013-14, Mantha scored 81 goals and 77 assists in 81 games. Does that have your attention? How about 127 penalty minutes as well? Sure, those are facts Viz, but why the hell should I care about what Mantha did three years ago in juniors? Why hasn't he established himself as an elite scorer in the NHL yet? Why is he a sleeper for fantasy hockey next season? Well, voice inside my head, I'm about to answer those questions for you.
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Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury Has to Come Up Big In Round 2

Apr 25 8:13pm Pens Labyrinth
The Pittsburgh Penguins are preparing to face the Washington Capitals in round two of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. As we get closer to Thursday’s game one, there’s one aspect of the match-up that seems to stick out. This aspect is the goaltending battle that we will be seeing between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the […] Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury Has to Come Up Big In Round 2 - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Boston Bruins Forward Patrice Bergeron Played Entire 2016-17 Season Injured

Apr 25 5:41pm Causeway Crowd
Patrice Bergeron Put the Boston Bruins on His Back This Season Despite Being Injured From the Very Beginning If it wasn’t already clear, Boston Bruins’ forward Patrice Bergeron is as tough as they come. After finishing the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals with a punctured lung and broken ribs, many realized how much pain the veteran […] Boston Bruins Forward Patrice Bergeron Played Entire 2016-17 Season Injured - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Minnesota Wild: Season Review Mikael Granlund

Apr 25 5:39pm Gone Puck Wild
Part 1 in a review of every player on the current Minnesota Wild roster and their outlook for next season. Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund played outstanding this year. He really took the next step in his development and seemed to finally blossom playing on the wing. The line combination of him, Koivu, and Zucker […] Minnesota Wild: Season Review Mikael Granlund - Gone Puck Wild - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Round One Honor Roll

Apr 25 2:00pm Hockey Blog In Canada
while I am forced to use the non-Canadian spelling of the word honour , there is certainly none taken away from the names that appear below as we examine who did well in each round of the HBIC Playoff Pool. Honestly, this part is the most fun for me because I like to see people do well and get a little recognition for their efforts. Not everyone can finish in first-place, but it's the little things like being recognized for an outstanding prediction on a series that makes the HBIC Playoff Pool fun for all. In saying that, let's take a look at who excelled in each series in the opening round.CHICAGO-NASHVILLE: Let's be honest: no one called a sweep for the Predators and only slightly more had the Predators winning the series. Two people, however, managed to secure four points in this surprising series for top marks among all the competitors. Michael J. picked the Predators to win Games Two and Four, and added the Ryan Ellis game-winner in Game Two for his four-point effort. Peter S. also picked up four points in calling Nashville wins in Games One and Four, and he correctly picked Viktor Arvidsson's game-winner in Game One for four points. There were a lot of one- and two-point series here, but these two men topped them all. Congratulations, Michael and Peter!MINNESOTA-ST. LOUIS: This was another series that not a lot of people saw ending early, and certainly fewer had St. Louis jumping out to a 3-0 series lead. However, like he did in the series above, Peter S. took first-place in this series by reading his crystal ball correctly. He called St. Louis wins in Games One, Three, and Five for three points, and had St. Louis taking the series in five games for another five points. Put it all together, and Peter picked up eight more points in his contest-leading opening round score! Congratulations, Peter!ANAHEIM-CALGARY: Sweeps are an all-or-nothing adventure in this pool as those that pick them either pay off big or see their chances of earning points in a long series die quickly. There was exactly one person who called an Anaheim sweep over the Flames, and that person was Jay W. Four points for four games called correctly, and five more points for predicting the Ducks in a sweep sees Jay grab nine points on this series. Well done on calling the sweep here, Jay!EDMONTON-SAN JOSE: There were lots of good predictions made in this series as a number of entrants ha...
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Podcast: Second Round Preview

Apr 25 11:38am Fantasy Hockey Blog at Razzball.com
And then there were eight. After Reid and I talk about the absurdity of Joe Thornton playing on a torn ACL, we break down all four of the playoff matchups. Can Ottawa do enough when Erik Karlsson is off the ice? Can Edmonton do enough when Connor McDavid is off the ice? Will the goalies in the Blues-Predators series play as well as the first round? How will Crosby vs. Ovechkin round 3 go? All of these talking points and more are discussed before we make Three Point Challenge picks for Wednesday's games. Be sure to make your pick in the comments section below. All of that and more in the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast brought to you by Seatgeek and Draft!...
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Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: Series Roundtable

Apr 25 10:09am Stars and Sticks
The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins begin their second round series. Join Stars and Sticks staff and some special guests as we preview the series. The Washington Capitals march to the Stanley Cup will require them to exorcise some demons. After beating a similar version of themselves, they now square off against their biggest playoff foe, the […] Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: Series Roundtable - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Washington Capitals Morning Links: On To Pittsburgh, Wrapping Up Leafs

Apr 25 7:41am Stars and Sticks
Good morning Washington Capitals fans! Today’s array of links include pieces about the Maple Leafs series, getting ready for Pittsburgh and more! The Washington Capitals are getting ready for their second round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. This is the third time Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby will square off in the postseason. The latter […] Washington Capitals Morning Links: On To Pittsburgh, Wrapping Up Leafs - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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BU Recruit Bowers Key Part of USHL Playoff Run

Apr 25 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
Very few, if any, forwards in the USHL strike fear in opposing defensemen as does Boston University recruit Shane Bowers. The second-year center for the Waterloo Black Hawks scored 22 goals and added 29 assists in 60 regular season games before tallying two goals and a helper in a three-game sweep of the Fargo Force in the Western Conference Semifinals. “He combines his size and skill level. He ...
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Q&A With ... Danton Cole

Apr 25 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
Last week, Danton Cole was named the new coach at Michigan State, his alma mater. CHN: When were you first contacted by Michigan State, what was the process like and when did you find out you were hired? Cole: I called [Michigan State Athletic Director] Mark Hollis and left a message and just told him that, obviously as a coach, nobody likes to see other coaches not coming back — but the situation ...
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New Jersey Devils Need To Avoid Michael Del Zotto In Free Agency

Apr 25 1:33am Pucks and Pitchforks
The New Jersey Devils desperately need a top-line defenseman coming out of the offseason. There are players who could cash in on that desperation, and end up hurting the Devils long term. Michael Del Zotto is one of those players. The number one goal for the New Jersey Devils this offseason is getting a reliable […] New Jersey Devils Need To Avoid Michael Del Zotto In Free Agency - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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