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Blue Jackets Lacking An Identity
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch, Tonight, the Jackets play the Vancouver Canucks at Nationwide Arena. The Canucks (15-6-1) have the second-best record in the Western Conference. They have found something. The Jackets (6-13-2) have the second-worst record in the league. They have lost something. “When you’ve done something, it becomes an expectation and a standard, and we haven’t been up to that standard,” coach Todd Richards said after practice yes...

Black Friday Shopping From Home
Want to do some Black Friday shopping but avoid all the mayhem? has sale which ends tonight, so take advantage of those deals.     It's also a great way to help out KK since I receive a small commission for every sale used through the link. Thanks and happy shopping.

Friday Morning Hockey Talk
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, - Any team talking to the St. Louis Blues in a trade has to be asking about Vladimir Sobotka, who didn’t like their offer this summer and hiked off to the KHL. He’s a perfect third-line centre on a good, bad or indifferent team. He could be the toughest pound-for-pound player in the entire league. Could the Oilers use him? Is the grass green? - With Mike Fisher (Achilles surgery) back, the Predators have a boatload of centres (Mi...

Video- The Best Of Bob Cole
via Sportsnet YouTube channel, A look, or should we say, a listen to the some of the greatest and most memorable calls so far in the 40 plus year career of legendary hockey announcer Bob Cole.  

Adam Lowry Suspended For One Game For Boarding
NEW YORK (November 27, 2014) – Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry has been suspended for one game, without pay, for boarding Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta during NHL Game No. 323 in Buffalo on Wednesday, November 26, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. The incident occurred at 14:06 of the second period. Lowry was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, ...

Ryan Garbutt Suspended Two Games For Kneeing
Dallas forward Ryan Garbutt has been suspended 2 games for kneeing Edmonton forward Taylor Hall. — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 27, 2014

NHL Short Notes
EASTERN CONFERENCE JOCKEYING The Penguins, Islanders and Lightning each earned victories on Wednesday to move within one point of the Canadiens (16-6-1, 33 points) for top spot in the Eastern Conference.   * The Penguins (15-4-2, 32 points) maintain their spot atop the Metropolitan Division and have two games in hand on the Conference-leading Canadiens.   * At 16-6-0 (32 points), the Islanders are off to the best 22-game start in franchise history and remain tied with the Pengu...

San Jose Sharks May Have To Fire Todd McLellan
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News, The San Jose Sharks lost their fourth straight game Wednesday – this one, a feeble 2-0 defeat at home to the Flames – which meant the heat on San Jose head coach Todd McLellan is only going to increase. And with the franchise falling back in the pack in the Western Conference (their 10-10-4 record has them fifth in the Pacific Division and 10th in the West), McLellan’s six-year tenure behind the Sharks bench could be at an...

What’s Wrong With The Philadelphia Flyers?
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Four games ago, general manager Ron Hextall tore into them for their listless effort in a 2-0 loss to the Rangers. After Monday’s 1-0 shootout loss to the Islanders and again after their latest defeat Wednesday, coach Craig Berube criticized some of his players’ effort. Berube said some players are "not competing hard enough, and it results in goals against. It can’t happen. You need everybody on your team competing at...

Adam Lowry Will Have A Hearing Today With Player Safety Department For Hit Last Night
Winnipeg forward Adam Lowry will have a hearing today for boarding Buffalo forward Patrick Kaleta. — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 27, 2014   If you missed the hit, watch it here.

A Heart Warming Thanksgiving Story
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, By midafternoon today, the Wisniewski residence in Dublin will be crowded, loud and festive. Since signing with the Blue Jackets four seasons ago, James Wisniewski and his wife, Nicole, have extended an open invitation to his teammates and their families each Thanksgiving. The Folignos are regulars. So are the Dubinskys and Tyutins. The single guys come every year, too, and usually end up playing with the kids. This year’s gath...

Hacking Thanksgiving
from the Independent, Some users of a number of global websites were reportedly affected by a hack claiming to have come from the Syrian Electronic Army today, with pages including The Independent showing messages from the pro-Assad collective. Some users attempting to access the sites saw a notification saying “You’ve been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA)”. The message did not appear for all users and seemed to hit mostly those using Apple devices, though...

Morning Line- Joe Pavelski
"The harder we try right now, it's like the worse it's going." -Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks after losing 2-0 to the Calgary Flames Wednesday night.  More on the Sharks from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News.

Videos- Luongo Injury, Ben Bishop Head-Butt, Adam Lawry Boarding Call And Rick Nash Penalties
Some of the injuries, hits and penalties you may have missed last night.   Word from #FlaPanthers is that Roberto Luongo injury not serious at all. — George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) November 27, 2014     Then we have a not so typical head-butt from Ben Bishop on Rick Nash...

Video- The Tampa Bay Lightning Honor Martin St. Louis
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, Set to Bastille’s “Pompeii,” the video began with a shot of St. Louis with his hands on the top of his stick, head down and shuffling his skates during a pregame introduction, which was followed by a quick montage of goal celebrations through the seasons. That was followed by a replay of the triple-overtime, series-clinching goal St. Louis scored against the Washington Capitals during the 2003 first-round series, the first play...

The Bottom Line Is The Colorado Avalanche Lost To The Chicago Blackhawks
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs, Avs lose 3-2, on a late Bryan Bickell goal. I interviewed him earlier in the day, and told him to enjoy the goal he would score in the game, because almost every single time I interview an opposing player on the day of a game, they score a goal. I mean, it’s spooky. So, you can blame me for the loss I guess. The Avs blamed the referees for the loss too. Patrick Roy and Alex Tanguay both verbalized their displeasure in the disparity in power-...

Video- Highlights From The Nine NHL Games Last Night
Just about 4 1/2 minutes of action from Wednesday night...  

Happy Thanksgiving 2014
Wishing all KK members, readers and followers on Twitter the best on this day. Enjoy your time with family and friends and cherish the moments spent with them. My plan for today is a morning update then the rest of the day relaxing and munching on a cajun turkey with all the fixings. Friday, back to a regular hockey day for me.

Evening Line- Bob Nicholson
“We can’t start to just tear everything down, we have to get a solid plan as we go forward here of how we can get this team to win a Stanley Cup. We’re a long ways from that where our record is today — we all realize that — we just can’t panic here and make major changes unless they’re going to help us in the future.” -Bob Nicholson,viice-chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group on Prime Time Sports this evening.  More from Mike Johnst...

PETA To The Nashville Predators, Please Stop Throwing Catfish On The Ice
from Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean, PETA wants Predators fans to stop throwing catfish onto the ice after goals. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the Predators on Wednesday and offered to ship 1,000 plastic fish in exchange for prohibiting the practice. While the practice of throwing a catfish is not a routine after every goal at Predators at Bridgestone Arena, a catfish was thrown out after Ryan Ellis' goal during the second period in Tuesday n...

Martin Brodeur Will Get A Tryout With The St. Louis Blues
BREAKING: #stlblues announce that goaltender Martin Brodeur will be at Friday's practice on a tryout basis. — Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) November 26, 2014 added 5:10pm,   Armstrong: “Marty has agreed to come in and practice through early next week. We will address the media at Friday’s practice at Scottrade.” — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) November 26, 2014

St. Louis Blues Goaltender Brian Elliott Considered Week-To-Week With Injury
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Blues have yet to say how much time Brian Elliott could miss, but they announced in a press release Wednesday that the goaltender "will be sidelined with a lower-body injury." Coach Ken Hitchcock said Elliott was "week-to-week." "We'll kind of address it every Sunday and see how he is," Hitchcock said. "That's about as close as I can give you right now. He's had this type of injury before and has recovered quickly and nic...

KK- Plans For Thanksgiving Day
My plan for Thanksgiving Day is do the normal morning update, although it may be a little later than usual. After that, it is couch time with turkey, football and perhaps a short nap. There is one NHL game on Thursday, Edmonton at Nashville at 8pm ET and of course if anything big happens in the hockey world, I will certainly cover it. Otherwise, I will see you on Friday.

The New York Islanders Are #1 In Sports Illustrated NHL Power Rankings
from Sports Illustrated, Welcome to the latest installment of our 2014–15 NHL Power Rankings. We've passed the first quarter mark of the season and there have surely been some surprises, most notably on Long Island, in Nashville and out west in Calgary and Vancouver. Once again our three scribes—Allan Muir, Sarah Kwak and Brian Cazeneuve—have submitted their choices for the league's Top 10 teams.... #1 NEW YORK ISLANDERS LAST WEEK: 7, RECORD: 15-6-0 ...

Ryan Garbutt Will Have A Hearing With Player Safety Tomorrow
Dallas forward Ryan Garbutt will have a hearing tomorrow for kneeing Edmonton forward Taylor Hall. — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 26, 2014   If you missed the hit or want to review it, watch below...

Video- Wayne Simmonds, His Story
The My Story series profiles Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers and his perseverance against odds to make the NHL  

Tyler Seguin Has Been On Quite The Roll
A blue-chipper in Big D, Landeskog coming on for Avs, and a rare puck possession night for an enforcer; Fantasy tips and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking. HEROES Tyler Seguin – The Stars’ game-breaker scored another pair of goals in a 3-2 win over Edmonton, giving him 10 goals in the last nine games, and a league-leading 17 goals on the season. Since arriving in Dallas last season, Seguin ranks third in the league with 52 goals and is&...

Video- Top 10 John Tavares Moves
TSN style...  

Afternoon Line- Pierre LeBrun On The Edmonton Oilers
...are trades the answer right now? As another rival executive suggested, is the smartest thing at this point not just to take a knee and get in the lottery chase given this year’s draft class? On the surface, it’s probably what makes the most sense. But eight years of hockey hell has also eroded some of the goodwill (loyalty?) of the fan base in Edmonton. Can you afford to take a knee and not risk further brand alienation? Or would fans in Edmonton, a pretty savvy hockey comm...

Playing The Boards
from Jamie McLennan of TSN, I've noticed - more than ever this season - that there's been lots of goals and scoring chances created by pucks missing the net, off the end boards and coming back in front of the net (video link here).  With the nets being more shallow and blocked shots and lanes getting to the net, teams - particularly their defencemen - are looking for set plays and ways to get the puck down low for a scoring chance.  Earlier this season, I watched C...

The Colorado Avalanche Have Won Four Out Of Five Games
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, We've asked before, but is this finally the turnaround the Colorado Avalanche have been waiting for? The Avs rallied from a 3-0 first-period deficit to beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 in overtime Tuesday night, their fourth win in five games. For the second straight game, goalie Reto Berra was pulled in favor of Calvin Pickard, and just like Saturday night versus Carolina, Pickard backstropped the Avs to the comeback win. Daniel Briere's overtime goal was...

Video- Greatest Hits From The 90’s
via Sporstnet's YouTube channel, Check out some of the most memorable, amazing, and of course hard hits from the 1995/96 – 1999/00 NHL seasons.  

After Seven Weeks Of The NHL Season
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun, The New York Islanders are the best Big Apple-area team right now. When is the last time you could say that? Pat Quinn and Viktor Tikhonov are gone. Jean Beliveau, Gordie Howe and Bryan Murray are ailing. On some nights, it seems like there are more media members in scrums in Montreal and Toronto than there are fans in the stands in Florida. These are just a few of the many storylines we've seen through the first six weeks of the seaso...

NHL Short Notes
DID YOU KNOW? Wednesday marks NHL Founders Day. On this date in 1917, the National Hockey League was formed in Montreal following the suspension of operations by the National Hockey Association of Canada Limited (NHA). The first NHL games then were played Dec. 19.   NHL FLOAT IN MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE In celebration of the 2014 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown – which pits the Rangers against the Flyers on Friday at 1:00 p.m. ET (NBC, SN) – Hockey Hall of ...

Action Needed In Columbus
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch, It is time for general manager Jarmo Kekalainen to do something. We all know the patient, long-term plan set forth by Kekalainen and his boss, John Davidson, the president of hockey operations. “Brick by Brick” T-shirts appeared last year. They have a core of young players they want to see grow within the system. We all get it. “We are the 5th line” T-shirts appeared this year, and Alexander Wennberg should be w...

The David Perron Trade Talk
via TSN, The Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets, two of the worst teams in the league, are working together to make a trade happen to improve their fortunes. TSN Hockey analyst Aaron Ward is reporting that Oilers winger David Perron and Blue Jackets centre Artem Anisimov are the players being discussed for a potential trade, but there could be more players involved. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger first reported over the weekend that the Oilers were looking...

Video- Highlights From The NHL Games Last Night
3 1/2 minutes of highlights from the seven NHL games last night.  

Video- Viktor Fasth With The Bad Goal Of The Night
Edmonton lost to Dallas 3-2.  

Video- The Vancouver Canucks Remember Pat Quinn With A Moment Of Silence And A Song
Mark Donnelly with a version of "Danny Boy" in remembrance of Pat Quinn.  

Martin Hanzal’s elbow on Erik Johnson: is it a matter of player culpability?
One injury, two very differen takes. Again, via Pro Hockey Talk's Dhiren Mahibian, this time it's Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal hitting Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, and the Coyotes' announcers are more critical of the hit than the Avs' announcers: Does Johnson leaning down on the follow-through of his shot = "Well Martin Hanzal is so strong..." and an unintentional elbow, well, shit happens?

Garbutt knees Hall
During the Dallas Stars' 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers, as Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski noted, Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt...Oh hell, you know how this goes. Garbutt plus opposing player, this time Oilers forward Taylor Hall, equals knee-on-knee hit. Hall was okay, but still, this hit can be diagrammed with a s-u-s-p-e-n-s-i-o-n on the telestrator:

Blues lose Elliott to ‘lower-body injury’
Via Pro Hockey Talk's Dhrien Mahibian, the St. Louis Blues lost an incredibly important contributor when Brian Elliot suffered a "lower-body injury" on this hit by Senators forward Erik Condra (and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Tom Timmermann reports that the Blues are sticking with the "lower-body injury" line): Ottawa won 3-2 in a shootout.

Sportsnet tells the story of Alexander Mogliny’s defection, realites of late-Soviet Tikhonov hockey
Alexander Mogilny was one of the last (and only) Soviet-era players to defect from the USSR to play in the NHL (Sergei Fedorov, Mogilny and Pavel Bure were the young stars int he crown), and Sportsnet told his story. Former Buffalo Sabres GM Gerry Meehan narrates the tale, Sergei Fedorov makes several appearances in the 23-minute video, and thankfully, this feature was produced before Viktor Tikhonov's death, so it reminds us that Russian hockey has lost a legend--and a legendarily cruel dict...

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