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The Detroit Red Wings Recall Tomas Nosek

Mar 18 10:39am Kuklas Korner
UPDATE: The #RedWings today recalled forward Tomas Nosek from the AHL's @griffinshockey under emergency conditions. pic.twitter.com/4T0BApkuJU — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 18, 2017   added 10:04am, Press release is below... added 10:12am,   Red Wings call up Tomas Nosek in case needed, undisclosed forward iffy for Colorado game. Mitch Callahan out with undisclosed injury, d-t-d. — Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) March 18, 2017...
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Talking Presidents Trophy In Columbus

Mar 18 9:40am Kuklas Korner
from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, John Tortorella doesn't want to discuss the race for the Presidents' Trophy, or as he referred to it Friday, the Presidents' whatever it's called. Proper nouns aside, the Blue Jackets coach is fine with his players using it as incentive for the last 13 games. Tortorella also knows what comes with having the best regular-season record in the NHL, especially for the top three teams in the outrageously competitive Metro Division. The winner would have home-ice advantage throughout the postseason while a team theoretically finishing just two or three points behind the champ could open the playoffs on the road. That's how tight the division standings are as the Blue Jackets head to New York to face the Islanders today and the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. Capturing the Presidents' Trophy would earn the franchise its first banner. Of more immediate relevance, however, is securing home-ice advantage. If the top three teams in the league wind up being from the Metro, the third-place club would start a best-of-seven series away from home. That's what you are fighting for, captain Nick Foligno said of home-ice advantage. It just gives us great motivation every game. I know we are playing some teams that are out of (the playoff race) or are fighting for (a playoff spot), and it allows us to have that emotion every time we step on the ice. continued...
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Video- ...And One Of The Penguins Went In With His Stick

Mar 18 8:39am Kuklas Korner
The Penguin is Chris Kunitz.  ...
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Cornell Showcases Resiliency, Depth in Semis Win

Mar 18 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
Cornell freshman forward Noah Bauld has never been one to shy away from the big stage. The winger’s first career goal was the game winner in the Big Red’s 3-1 win over New Hampshire at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 26. But between that Thanksgiving weekend game and the end of the regular season, Bauld managed only a single additional point — the first Cornell goal in a 4-3 win over Miami on ...
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BC, Fitzgerald Fighting for More than a Trophy

Mar 18 2:32am College Hockey News from CHN
They were here three weeks ago. One win and they get a trophy. A loss? Well, it got tricky. They either lost it or shared it. But still, sharing a trophy isn't what Boston College is all about. The loss came, though. The Eagles fell, 3-1, to Massachusetts-Lowell. A night earlier it was the same scenario. BC entered the final weekend of the Hockey East regular season needing just two points to lock ...
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Denver Vows to Return to Form For NCAAs After Streak Snapped

Mar 18 2:32am College Hockey News from CHN
North Dakota needed a serendipitous bounce to upset top-rated Denver, 1-0, in the semifinals of the NCHC tournament Friday. The win finally assures the Fighting Hawks' NCAA tournament bid for a 15th consecutive season and a chance to defend their title. For Denver, though, it was an unceremonious end to a 13-game winning streak and a reminder that, despite being atop the Pairwise for the second half ...
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One Giant Leap

Mar 18 2:32am College Hockey News from CHN
Ever since Guy Gadowsky won the most coveted job in college hockey six years ago, he has been on a recruiting rampage in Happy Valley. He began by tapping into his tried and true Western Canada pipeline, players like current senior Dylan Richard from Gadowsky’s old stomping grounds in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Three years ago, the Nittany Lions expanded their web to Finland, bringing in junior blue ...
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Terriers Head to NCAAs Licking Wounds

Mar 18 2:32am College Hockey News from CHN
This wasn’t how Boston University envisioned its season. One month ago, the Terriers came to TD Garden for the Beanpot final, heavily favored over Harvard. After a couple early power plays set the tone for the Crimson, BU was overrun in a decisive 6-3 loss, where it was outshot 46-17. BU returned to the Garden Friday night with a chance to put that disappointment behind them, and end rival Boston ...
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Wake-up Call For Union, Bennett Hopes

Mar 18 2:32am College Hockey News from CHN
Union has built itself on its offense this year on the way to the top of the ECAC. But that is the one thing that let them down the most on Friday night in its ECAC semifinal loss to Cornell, 4-1. For two periods, the Big Red shut the Dutchmen down and dominated play. After a period, the shots on goal were 21-7 and the attempts were 32-15. Union got going late in the second, but at that point Cornell ...
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Cornell (That's Right) Takes Advantage of Large Sheet to Reach Finals

Mar 18 1:33am College Hockey News from CHN
As badly as Cornell was outplayed at times in last week's ECAC quarterfinal series with Clarkson, it was just as dominant in the first period of Saturday's semifinal against Union. And though Cornell was unable to parlay that advantage into a goal against Union goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulos despite 21 shots on net, it nonetheless set the tone for the rest of the way. The Big Red scored twice in ...
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RMU, Air Force to Meet for Atlantic Title

Mar 18 1:33am College Hockey News from CHN
Air Force is back in the Atlantic Hockey championship game, courtesy of Friday night’s 1-0 win over Army in the league semifinals in Rochester. Air Force goaltender [[Shane Starrett]] made 29 saves and Ben Kucera scored the game-winning goal for the Falcons, who will secure an NCAA automatic bid with a victory and still have an outside change at earning an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament even ...
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Western Michigan Gains Experience in Defeat

Mar 18 12:33am College Hockey News from CHN
Two weeks removed from a split against Minnesota-Duluth in the final weekend of the regular season, Western Michigan (22-11-5) took a 5-2 loss in the rubber match Friday in the NCHC semifinals. With the loss, the Broncos will have to wait until at least next year to win their first NCHC trophy in program history. However, it’s the experience of a playoff atmosphere, more so than a trophy, that’s ...
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Wisconsin One Win From Capping Comeback Season

Mar 18 12:33am College Hockey News from CHN
This time last year, Wisconsin wasn’t even playing. The Badgers had suffered a defeat in Thursday’s play-in game at the Xcel Energy Center, an unsurprising result given the team’s underwhelming season. Saturday, they’ll play for a Big Ten championship. And they’re going to need it. Wisconsin is currently on the outside of the Pairwise bubble at 17 and needs to earn an automatic bid ...
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Sports Briefing: Female Players and U.S.A. Hockey Spar Over Contract Talks

Mar 18 12:26am NYT > Hockey
The sport’s governing body in the United States posted the cost of the players’ demands on its website. The players say the numbers are wrong.
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Philadelphia Flyers Believe In The Core

Mar 17 11:03pm Broad Street Buzz
As the 2016/17 season winds down, Philadelphia Flyers fans must believe in the core as it’s looking more and more like playoff hockey is a pipe dream this season.  It’s now time to believe in the core more than ever.  Since General Manager Ron Hextall was appointed in 2014, the team has gone through a […] Philadelphia Flyers Believe In The Core - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Look Beyond

Mar 17 9:00pm Hockey Blog In Canada
Let's be honest: losing sucks. Losing is disheartening, it's frustrating, and it's a let-down for all involved. When you've had a successful season like the Aalborg Pirates did, it seems to be worse than it actually is. However, the animated picture just above this line is something that fans, players, staff, and management of the Pirates may want to refer to when summing up this season. Yes, there was a prize to be had at the end of the season like the doubloon seen, but the bigger picture is that the ship will bring you more treasures. The Pirates are on the right track when it comes to opportunities for sustained treasures!Aalborg lost their Game Seven battle with Gentofte today by a 3-0 score, and it was the first time they were shutout in back-to-back games all season. Coach Brandon Reid indicated that there were a number of banged-up players who were out of the lineup, but he wouldn't let that be an excuse in their series when we spoke last. With key players such as Andrew Blazek on the shelf, the Pirates lost some firepower they had relied on throughout the season, but I'd be remiss in not mentioning that Gentofte played incredibly well to dismiss the top-ranked team in the Metal Ligaen. Putting those factors together, the Pirates almost overcame some odds they hadn't really faced all season, but will now watch from the sidelines for the remainder of the season.Let's all take a collective deep breath here for a moment.Losing sucks. I'll point out this fact again, but there isn't a person on the planet who likes losing. It's brutal. However, there is a silver lining to this dark cloud, and that's the fact that mistakes were made. In making mistakes, we, as human beings, learn. From those mistakes, we get smarter, wiser, more experienced, and the result is that we're better off for it. There's an old mantra in sports that one must first learn how to lose before one can win. The Aalborg Pirates suffered a loss today of a large magnitude.The expectations that the Pirates carried with them into these playoffs were certainly deserved after finishing first-overall in the Metal Ligaen. However, we should look at the bigger picture when it came to this season's success in that a lot of these players had never experienced the kind of success they had this season. When adversity hit in the form of injuries combined with the pressure of playing a team who had ris...
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Scotty Bowman With Memories Of The Joe

Mar 17 8:40pm Kuklas Korner
from Adrian Dater of BSN Denver, Bowman won three Stanley Cups as coach of the Red Wings (1997, 1998 and 2002), winning a Cup in his final game as a head coach, at “The Joe”, in ’02 against the Carolina Hurricanes. So, there were lots of other great memories here. “We had a lot of success as a team, but what I’ll probably remember as much from my time working there was how it was a real family atmosphere in the building among all the people who worked there. It wasn’t just the players and coaches, but the whole staff who worked at the arena. I got to really know many of them. They felt like they were part of the team too, not just hired hands,” Bowman said. “It was a good place to work. The parking lot was right next to the office. You’d just park, walk in the door and make a quick left and you were sitting down. Bowman will also well remember the double-overtime goal Steve Yzerman scored to beat St. Louis in Game 7 of a 1996 Western playoff series, but also a Game 7 loss at home to San Jose in 1994. “That loss to San Jose was a real tough one,” he said. more...
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Live Blog: BU plays BC in Hockey East semis

Mar 17 7:10pm The Boston Hockey Blog
The Hockey East semifinals are here at long last, with an extra does of rivalry. Starting at 8 p.m., the No. 7 Boston University men’s hockey team will do battle with No. 14 Boston College, all with a berth in Saturday’s title game on the line. The game, held at TD Garden, will be broadcast on ... Read more...
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Philadelphia Flyers College Free Agent Target: Spencer Foo

Mar 17 6:03pm Broad Street Buzz
Philadelphia Flyers’ potential college free agent target Spencer Foo? The 23-year-old right winger is a top college free agent.  Sam Carchidi of Philly.com says the Flyers have an interest in the pair – Spencer Foo, a Union College star, and Mike Vecchione. Foo plays on Vecchione’s right wing. Vecchione is a player the Philadelphia Flyers are expected […] Philadelphia Flyers College Free Agent Target: Spencer Foo - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Boston Bruins Forward Brad Marchand on Pace for 90 Points

Mar 17 5:32pm Causeway Crowd
Boston Bruins Forward Brad Marchand on Pace for 90 Points As Hart Trophy Caliber Season Continues A 90-point scorer in Boston? The last time that happened was during the 2006-07 season when former-Bruins forward Marc Savard scored 22 goals and 96 points in 82 games. In fact, the last time any player scored even 80 points […] Boston Bruins Forward Brad Marchand on Pace for 90 Points - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Pittsburgh Penguins: The Injury Bug is Biting Harder

Mar 17 5:20pm Pens Labyrinth
The Pittsburgh Penguins injury list is already long, and with the loss of Ron Hainsey on Wednesday it has only been growing. Nobody thought it could get much worse for the Pens, until news broke out today that Evgeni Malkin will be out as well. Evgeni Malkin won’t be available for tonight’s game, Pittsburgh Penguins […] Pittsburgh Penguins: The Injury Bug is Biting Harder - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Is Chris Pronger GM Material?

Mar 17 2:39pm Kuklas Korner
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Chris Pronger's final days on a player's contract are upon us. His last paycheck from the seven-year, $34.55 million deal he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009 goes through next month, after which he's free to begin the next chapter in his hockey life. When exactly the Arizona Coyotes -- who acquired Pronger's contract via trade in 2015 -- will retire his number we don't know yet. In all seriousness, though, the Hockey Hall of Famer -- who has not played an NHL game since 2011 -- enjoys working with the NHL's Department of Player Safety but his true desire at some point would be to run an NHL team. I'm very interested one day in becoming a GM, Pronger told ESPN.com. I have a lot to learn, and need to put some work in. But down the road at some point, under the right circumstances, it's definitely something I'm interested in pursuing.'' continued...
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Video- Patrick Kanes Other Job

Mar 17 12:40pm Kuklas Korner
Maintence man...  ...
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For Former Hockey Champions Michigan and Michigan State, Unaccustomed Struggles

Mar 17 12:37pm NYT > Hockey
The teams have won a total of 12 national championships, but both have losing records this season.
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Penn State Hockey, Still New to Division I, Chases First Tournament Berth

Mar 17 12:32pm NYT > Hockey
The Nittany Lions, for years a perennial club hockey power, are on the cusp of bigger things after only four years playing a full Division I schedule.
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Video- Another Outdoor Game - Montreal vs. Ottawa

Mar 17 11:40am Kuklas Korner
Nine months to go...   Outdoor hockey is headed to Canada’s capital. The 2017 @Scotiabank #NHL100 Classic will take place in Ottawa on December 16. pic.twitter.com/sJ9jwQ3k9B — NHL (@NHL) March 17, 2017...
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The Battle Between USA Hockey And The U.S. Womens National Team

Mar 17 10:40am Kuklas Korner
from Rachel Brady of the Globe and Mail, Members of the U.S. women’s national hockey team didn’t flinch on Thursday when USA Hockey gave them a deadline to commit to playing in the coming world championship. The women stood together as one and allowed USA Hockey’s 5 p.m. ET deadline to pass. The players, who are being represented pro bono by a Philadelphia law firm, say they won’t play, citing more than a year of stalled negotiations with USA Hockey to secure fair wages and support. The biggest event of the year on the women’s hockey calendar is set for March 31 to April 7 in Plymouth, Mich., but the reigning champs say they won’t show unless there is progress in the discussions with the U.S. governing body. USA Hockey has said it still intends to assemble a competitive team for the tournament. “We’ve communicated with all the groups who they might possibly get to replace us – women who play in the world university games, those from our U-18 team, the U-22 and the National Women’s Hockey League,” said U.S. star Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, a two-time Olympic silver medalist with Team USA and a five-time champion. “They all have expressed a lot of support for us. I don’t think many young women are going to want to play for that team, not ones who dream of a future with Team USA. How do you think that would set up a young player to be accepted by the team?” continued...
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Keller, others from BU hockey earn Hockey East awards

Mar 17 10:33am The Boston Hockey Blog
On Thursday night at the Royal Sonesta hotel in Cambridge, Hockey East held its annual year-end banquet. The event, which was hosted by emcee Dan Roche, included awards for the 2016-17 season, and several BU players earned plaudits. Namely, Clayton Keller was named Hockey East’s Rookie of the Year, marking the ninth time a Terrier ... Read more...
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Philadelphia Flyers Daily: Underwhelming Performance

Mar 17 7:00am Broad Street Buzz
The Philadelphia Flyers turned in a very underwhelming performance falling 6-2 against the New Jersey Devils who ended their 10 game losing streak. The Philadelphia Flyers opened the scoring as Michael Del Zotto finished off a beautiful Tic Tac Toe passing play from Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek. Giroux who has had his fair share […] Philadelphia Flyers Daily: Underwhelming Performance - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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The overnight report: Red Wings-Coyotes wrap-upthat was a little odd

Mar 17 4:39am Kuklas Korner
The Red Wings won a strange game on Thursday night/Friday morning, taking a 5-4 shootout decision from the Arizona Coyotes. In a derby between a pair of the league's worst teams (among the league's worst, anyway), the Red Wings may have actually hurt themselves by winning--in fact, Detroit's 8-and-0 on the shootout--but it's incredibly hard to ask players or coaches to give less than their best, or at least close to it. The emphasis for Thursday is at least close to it, because neither team was on top of their respective games. The Red Wings and Coyotes ultimately gave fans an entertaining and sometimes terrifying experience very specifically because both teams played slightly sloppy hockey, and both team's young players made the kinds of mistakes that end up in the back of one's net. For the Coyotes, coming out on the bottom of an affair that was less than elegant was quite the disappointment, as Arizona coach Dave Tippett told Arizona Sports' Craig Morgan:...
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Snow Day Exactly What New Jersey Devils Needed

Mar 17 2:18am Pucks and Pitchforks
A massive snow storm crushed the Northeast this week. It shut down a chunk of the Tri-state area, canceling the New Jersey Devils game on Tuesday. It was exactly what the team needed. The New Jersey Devils ended their ten-game losing streak in a big way Thursday night. An offensive explosion led to a 6-2 […] Snow Day Exactly What New Jersey Devils Needed - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Red Wings-Coyotes quick take: Weird win

Mar 17 1:40am Kuklas Korner
The Red Wings attempted to rebound from a difficult loss to Colorado as they faced the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. The Wings won a weird one--a really weird one--with the Wings scoring 2 power play goals en route to a 5-4 shootout win that the Wings could have won in regulation had they not surrendered a late tying goal by Jakob Chychrun of all people. This game was just strange, from Mantha's 3rd period benching to the pitched battle between Domi and Abdelkader, but the Wings prevailed and damaged their draft position as a result. Very strange, very strange.
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Boston Bruins: Bs Get Drilled By The Oilers

Mar 17 1:19am Causeway Crowd
The Boston Bruins played their worst game in the Bruce Cassidy era on Thursday, losing to the Edmonton Oilers 7-4. Well, it was going to happen sooner or later. The Boston Bruins would run into a perfect storm of problems under interim head coach Bruce Cassidy. They’d be on the bottom half of a back-to-back […] Boston Bruins: B’s Get Drilled By The Oilers - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Boston Bruins Failed To Build On Success In Edmonton

Mar 17 12:42am Causeway Crowd
The Boston Bruins have been rolling as of late, but they couldn’t they keep it up against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers The Edmonton Oilers may have been thanking the Boston Bruins at one point after their win against the Flames, but now their focus shifted to beating a greatly improved Bruins team last […] Boston Bruins Failed To Build On Success In Edmonton - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Michigan Has Little Left For Penn State This Time

Mar 17 12:33am College Hockey News from CHN
Michigan had its eyes on the Big Ten Tournament weeks before it started. Having been eliminated from making the NCAAs as an at-large bid long ago, the Wolverines knew that it would be their last opportunity to continue their season. Even after Michigan’s Senior Night last week, a night where emotions run high for those playing their final home game, the Wolverines kept their focus on what lay ahead. “It’s ...
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Requiem For a Heavyweight

Mar 17 12:33am College Hockey News from CHN
Under the tutelage of the seemingly-timeless Red Berenson, the Michigan Wolverines have been the gold standard of college hockey for three decades. Going into the 2016-17 season, Berenson had only suffered a single losing season in 31 years behind the bench. The team reached the NCAA tournament 22 consecutive years from 1991 to 2012, a sports record that belongs with Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. ...
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On a limited edition Red Wings sneaker

Mar 16 11:40pm Kuklas Korner
If you are interested, per the Detroit News's Adam Graham: The Detroit Red Wings have entered their home stretch at Joe Louis Arena, and Royal Oak sneaker boutique Burn Rubber is giving fans something to wear to the final games. Burn Rubber has partnered with Reebok to create the red, black and white sneaker, which honors the Wings and the team’s history in a number of ways. An imprint of an octopus is on the tongue, the Red Wings logo is etched into the back of the right shoe (the Burn Rubber logo is on the left) and the Wings’ championship years are listed on the two insoles. The $140 limited edition sneaker — only 600 pairs were produced — goes on sale at a special event at Burn Rubber, 306 S. Main St., from 6-8 p.m. Friday and will be available, while supplies last, when Burn Rubber opens its doors at noon on Saturday. “We wanted to make it Detroit, in line and in tune with the Red Wings, and as classic as the Red Wings are,” says Roland “Ro” Coit, who designed the sneaker with Burn Rubber business partner Rick Williams. They decided to integrate black heavily into the design to make it more wearable and functional, despite the lack of black in the team’s uniforms. “We didn’t want to make a bright red shoe,” Coit says. “We kind of thought of it as an alternate jersey.” Continued...
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Philadelphia Flyers Rookie Ivan Provorov Through 70 Games.

Mar 16 11:19pm Broad Street Buzz
As the 2016/17 season is coming to a close, let’s take a look at Philadelphia Flyers rookie Ivan Provorov through his first 70 games. When the Philadelphia Flyers selected Provorov 7th overall in the 2015 NHL draft, some speculated that he could make the jump to the NHL as an 18-year-old. That wasn’t the case […] Philadelphia Flyers Rookie Ivan Provorov Through 70 Games. - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Adrian Dater pens a fond farewell to the Joe

Mar 16 10:40pm Kuklas Korner
BSN Denver's Adrian Dater pays tribute to the Joe, and the former Denver Post scribe has...positive feelings about the Red Wings' home? A lot of Colorado Avalanche fans might toast a glass of champagne when Joe Louis Arena is reduced to rubble soon. Some of the Avs’ worst memories happened at “The Joe”, including the March 26, 1997, game in which the Detroit Red Wings exacted revenge on Claude Lemieux. Then there was the infamous “Meltdown in Motown”, when the Avs lost 7-0 in Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference finals. There is probably more than one longtime Avs fan who might enjoy pushing the button on the first mechanical wrecking ball to hit the place. Myself, I might get a tear or two in the eyes when I walk out of The Joe for the last time Saturday, along with the rest of the Avalanche. For me, Joe Louis Arena is full of some of my life’s best memories, and very few of them have to do with any of the great, great games the Avs and Red Wings played in the heyday of the wondrous rivalry between the teams. Yes, the hockey on the ice was special, but Joe Louis Arena was a special place to me for other reasons and I’m really going to miss it. Dater continues...
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Red Wings reassign Lashoff to Grand Rapids

Mar 16 9:40pm Kuklas Korner
The Red Wings didn't have a roster emergency, so Brian Lashoff is heading back to Grand Rapids: UPDATE: The #RedWings today assigned defenseman Brian Lashoff to the AHL's @griffinshockey. pic.twitter.com/ihHmazlYIs — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 17, 2017...
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Tanner Glass, Called Up by Rangers, Adds Physical Element at Forward

Mar 16 9:39pm NYT > Hockey
Glass, who has 627 penalty minutes in a 505-game N.H.L. career, was sent down to the American Hockey League in October but returned this month after an injury to Jesper Fast.
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Womens National Team Stands Firm in Face of U.S.A. Hockeys Deadline

Mar 16 8:53pm NYT > Hockey
With the world championship approaching, the organization must either negotiate with the players or take another route.
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Callahan In, Glendening Out

Mar 16 8:39pm Kuklas Korner
from Brendan Savage of Mlive, Luke Glendening is out and Mitch Callahan is in for the Detroit Red Wings tonight in Phoenix.... Glendening is apparently a healthy scratch. Callahan has no points, two shots and an even plus-minus rating in three games this season. Blashill also said Petr Mrazek will start in goal after Jimmy Howard played Wednesday night in a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. more...
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The Cap Issues For The Tampa Bay Lightning

Mar 16 6:39pm Kuklas Korner
from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet, Steve Yzerman has done an incredible job cultivating talent for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Since he became the GM in 2010 the team has been to three Eastern Conference finals, one Stanley Cup Final and they’re set up to be competitive for years to come with the core Yzerman has assembled. The only thing that matters to the players and coaches at the moment is working through the recent spate of injuries, staying ahead of the Maple Leafs (who they play Thursday) and leapfrogging the Islanders (who occupy the final East wild card spot). Beyond this season, however, is where it gets interesting for Lightning management—especially at forward. Between the upcoming expansion draft and the NHL’s salary cap system, Yzerman will be in a difficult position to keep that talented core intact heading into next season. “It’s unfortunate. It really is,” former Lightning captain and the team’s VP of corporate and community affairs Dave Andreychuk told Hockey Central at Noon Thursday. “But again that’s the message we’ve sent out to everybody in this area…Listen, we live in a cap world, we understand where the cap’s going to be next year, and we don’t have enough money to keep our core together…Guys have to go.” continued...
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New Jersey Devils: Will Kyle Palmieri Score 30 Goals?

Mar 16 5:19pm Pucks and Pitchforks
After a slow start to the season, and much criticism coming from every which direction, Kyle Palmieri has the only realistic chance for a Devil to put 30 pucks in the pot. The top line finally looks like it is coming together with Kyle Palmieri, Taylor Hall and Travis Zajac leading the team in points […] New Jersey Devils: Will Kyle Palmieri Score 30 Goals? - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Wallner: Coreau ready to ready to mind the Griffins net down the stretch

Mar 16 4:39pm Kuklas Korner
The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Grand Rapids Griffins goaltender Jared Coreau regarding his outlook as Coreau prepares to play out the stretch with the Griffins: I feel fresh, he said. I'm excited to get playing again because once you start playing two of three, three out of four you get into a rhythm. Of course, he'll take time in the NHL over the AHL but it came with a cost. He didn't play much after a successful start when he had two shutouts in his first seven games after his December recall. He appeared in four games from Jan. 22 to March 8 and allowed 17 goals. Coreau has wrestled with the overall takeaway. There are different ways I've looked at it, he said. Like, obviously, it's really good I got called up and got some minutes up there. That's big for development. Also, too, though I've kind of wondered what it would have been like if I was here the whole year because I sort of had a goal of around 40 wins. Now that's not feasible. So, it's all good, but there is that little bit of 'what if' factor if I had been here the entire year. What Coreau learned most was how NHL teams looked to score immediately even after a goal. I know what I had to do better was stop the bleeding, he said. There were times where I'd give up three quick ones ... that's something I learned to admire from the everydayers up there and how they're able to do it successfully. Wallner continues...
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Pittsburgh Penguins Get Shutout by the Philadelphia Flyers

Mar 16 4:12pm Pens Labyrinth
The Pittsburgh Penguins rolled into Philadelphia on Wednesday with high hopes of collecting two points. Unfortunately, they got blown out by their state rival Philadelphia Flyers 4-0. The game was horrendous to watch as a Pittsburgh Penguins fan. Our offence was severely lacking and it really just wasn’t a good night defensively. The injury list […] Pittsburgh Penguins Get Shutout by the Philadelphia Flyers - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Philadelphia Flyers: Does Big Win Over Pittsburgh Effect Playoff Picture

Mar 16 3:17pm Broad Street Buzz
 Dig deep is a common phrase in sports, Hockey especially. The Philadelphia Flyers did that Wednesday Night. The Gods’ threw a change-up Tuesday night with the Leafs losing, getting pounded by the Panthers, but the Islanders came back against the Hurricanes (three point game) and the Lighting prevailed against the Senators. The night started out in the Philadelphia […] Philadelphia Flyers: Does Big Win Over Pittsburgh Effect Playoff Picture - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Time To Change The Playoff Format?

Mar 16 1:40pm Kuklas Korner
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, The NHL's playoff format has aggravated some fans this season, mostly because of the unbalance in the Eastern Conference. The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators, who are battling one another for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, rank behind the Metropolitan Division's top four teams in points. But because of the current divisional/wild-card set-up, the Atlantic Division winner -- i.e. either Montreal, Ottawa or perhaps the surging Boston Bruins -- will get to host a Metropolitan Division team. If the season ended today, that Metro team would be the New York Rangers, and the Atlantic winner would have home-ice advantage despite finishing with fewer points than the Blueshirts. Is it time to change things? The current agreement between the NHL and NHL Players' Association about the playoff format runs through the 2018-19 season -- although, for all intents and purposes, if both sides wanted to change it before then they certainly could. The question is whether there is appetite to do so. It wasn't an official agenda matter at last week's general managers meetings in Boca Raton, Florida -- which is the platform where this kind of change would normally surface. continued...
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WXYZs Galli gets a behind the scenes tour of Little Caesars Arena

Mar 16 11:39am Kuklas Korner
WXYZ's Brad Galli got a behind the scenes tour of Little Caesars Arena from Olympia Entertainment CEO Tom Wilson:...
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Video- Action From The NHL Games Played Last Night

Mar 16 10:40am Kuklas Korner
Marchand scored his league-leading 36th goal of the season as the #Bruins extinguished the #Flames. More in the @LGCanada Morning Catch-Up. pic.twitter.com/m7B6yVNifM — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 16, 2017...
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Minnesota Wild: The Opening Faceoff 16 Mar 17

Mar 16 9:44am Gone Puck Wild
The Wild are gearing up for the last game of what can be described as a tough road trip.  It’s contributed to a sizable slide as the team looks to break out of the funk that has cost them four of their last five contests. It’s been a while but here’s the puck drop on […] Minnesota Wild: The Opening Faceoff 16 Mar 17 - Gone Puck Wild - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Morning Line- Jason Botchford On The Vancouver Canucks

Mar 16 8:39am Kuklas Korner
It’s interesting now to see head coach Willie Desjardins being pressured to “play the kids.” Because the kids never let the Vancouver Canucks’ bench boss down. His best players did. They can see it as clearly as you can. -Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Canucks where you can read more on this topic.
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David Pastrnak Hits 30-Goal Mark For Boston Bruins

Mar 16 7:26am Causeway Crowd
Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak is one of the hottest players for the Black and Gold right now. He’s only the third Bruins player to score 30 goals in one season before turning 21. Things are going pretty well for Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak. He became the second player on the team to hit […] David Pastrnak Hits 30-Goal Mark For Boston Bruins - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Philadelphia Flyers Daily: Scoring Returns As Mason Delivers Shutout Victory

Mar 16 7:00am Broad Street Buzz
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated their cross-state rivals on Wednesday rivalry game.    Steve Mason shut the door stopping 23 shots on route to a shutout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Steve Mason has collected two shutouts along with a 4-2-1 and 2.00 GAA over his last seven starts. A packed Wells Fargo Center crowd erupted as […] Philadelphia Flyers Daily: Scoring Returns As Mason Delivers Shutout Victory - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Boston Bruins: Brad Marchand Leads NHL In Scoring

Mar 16 6:28am Causeway Crowd
Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand netted his 36th goal of the season on Wednesday, placing him in sole possession of first place in the NHL for scoring. Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand was one of the bright spots for the team last season. His 37 goal, 61 point performance seemed to be a tough feat […] Boston Bruins: Brad Marchand Leads NHL In Scoring - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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The overnight report: Red Wings-Avalanche wrap-up and Red Wings-Coyotes set-up

Mar 16 3:40am Kuklas Korner
The Red Wings plain old didn't play very well in a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, and the Wings will have to play much sharper as they face the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday (10 PM EDT on FSD/FS Arizona/97.1 FM). The Coyotes have won 3 straight and 4 of their past 6 games, and are coming off a 3-2 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings... While the Red Wings are coming off yet another embarrassing road loss. The Wings still travel well, however, and that made the Wednesday night's game all the more enjoyable for the hometown Avs, as they told the Denver Post's Terry Frei:...
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Podcast: If Youre Worse Than Vegas, You Should Be Relegated!

Mar 16 3:05am Fantasy Hockey Blog at Razzball.com
Reid and I are back from a snowy Buffalo and we're bringing the freezing temperatures to the podcast. After our usual injury rundown, we take an extensive look at ten players that are in the midst of a cold streak. Among the notables are Auston Matthews, Matt Duchene and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. For all of these players, we look at the impact in regards to the last month of the season and for dynasty leagues going forward. As always, we wrap things up with The Three Point Challenge. Be sure to make your picks in the comments section below. All of that and more in the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast brought to you by Harry's Razors, SeatGeek and Draft!...
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Big Ten Tournament Preview

Mar 16 2:33am College Hockey News from CHN
The Big Ten regular season concluded over the weekend, with Minnesota and Wisconsin finished as the top two seeds. Ohio State and Michigan State will face off in the earlier Thursday play-in matchup, while Penn State will face Michigan. Minnesota is the only team guaranteed to make the NCAA tournament regardless of its performance in the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are on the ...
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Tough Times For Old Rivals

Mar 16 2:33am College Hockey News from CHN
When the Big Ten formed a hockey conference four seasons ago, it wouldn’t have been hard to imagine a world where Michigan and Michigan State competed for titles every year. Minnesota may have been the league’s biggest name, but the two Mitten State programs boasted a pair of traditions that could have contended with just about anyone. The Wolverines had won nine NCAA tournaments, and the Spartans ...
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