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Name: Kukla's Korner- Hockey
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The Magic Number
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Forty-one victories. That’s the target. Because even as the loser’s point and the three-point game have combined to produce the appearance of convoluted standings, the number under the “W” column doesn’t mislead. And since the introduction of the shootout, the loser’s point and the three-point game in 2005-06, 135 of the 149 teams to win at least half of their games have made the playoffs. In the East...

The Falling Ruble And The KHL
from the CP at TSN, The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League saw itself as the oil-rich rival to the NHL, offering a tempting, if less prestigious, alternative to playing in North America. As the league planned to expand as far as Britain, the money on offer even attracted Russian stars like Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Radulov, who walked out on lucrative NHL deals to return home. Then came the crash of the ruble this week. The financial crisis has threatened the plans of ...

Ilya Bryzgalov’s Bad Night
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register, Some notes, quotes and other musings from the Ducks’ 6-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Friday night … Let’s look at Bryzgalov. The Ducks are paying him some real good money to be a No. 3 option who has to be the No. 2 for now as they opted to have John Gibson get well in Norfolk. General Manager Bob Murray was watching his investment ($2.88-million salary cap hit, $1.9-million actual money) blow up in his first start from hig...

More Injuries For The Pittsburgh Penguins
via the Pittsburgh Penguins twitter account, Coach Johnston: “Craig Adams won’t play tonight. He’s had an injury. Unfortunately, he will be out of the lineup." Coach Johnston on Christian Ehrhoff: “We are still getting some test results back. He will be out at least 3 games." Coach Johnston: “Paul Martin will be out tonight."

NHL Short Notes
HUTCHINSON BACKSTOPS JETS TO VICTORY OVER BRUINS Michael Hutchinson made 30 saves as Winnipeg collected its 10th win against Eastern Conference opposition, the most among Western Conference clubs. The Jets, who improved to 17-10-6 (40 points), hold the first Wild Card position in the West standings and are within five points or fewer of each Central Division rival ahead of them (Chicago, St. Louis and Nashville).   * Hutchinson improved to 7-2-2 on the season. The 24-year-old rookie l...

Boone Jenner Out 1-2 Months With A Stress Fracture To His Back
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Boone Jenner on Injured Reserve and recalled center Sean Collins from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Jenner, 21, has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of his back and is expected to miss one to two months. He has posted six goals and six assists for 12 points and 10 penalty minutes in 20 games with the Blue Jackets this season, including ...

Morning Line- Bruce Boudreau
"Not a great effort, all the way around. I'm not going to say we were content and [were thinking], 'Let's just get home.' "I know we've been on the road 13 of the last 15 days — that doesn't hold anything. That bar's pretty high on our team and when you don't get what you reach for, you get pretty upset." -Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks after a 6-2 loss to Ottawa.  More on the game from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.

Here Comes The Tyler Seguin And Taylor Hall Comparison
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, Tyler Seguin is off to Edmonton on Saturday morning, and you know what that means: Another round of Tyler-Taylor questions are coming – and these ones will be more pointed than ever, given their current career trajectories. Tyler Seguin is on the rise. If he were a stock, it would be on the verge of a split. Seguin currently leads the NHL in goals and points, a rare feat in today’s game. Since the NHL introduced the Maurice (Roc...

What Happened To Steve Mason?
from Fran Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News, According to general manager Ron Hextall, Mason is ruled out for at least this weekend's games in Toronto and Winnipeg with an "upper-body" injury, but the team would not commit to any timeline after that. That doesn't necessarily mean Mason will miss only this weekend. Hextall said the team will provide an update on Monday and would not comment further. The scene yesterday was ominous. With the help of the training staff, Mason...

Video- Mark Scheifele Interfered By Milan Lucic
 Mark Scheifele forgot about keeping his head on a swivel and paid for it last night.  Two minutes for interference on Milan Lucic. Short video...     A little longer video below, but not as easy to see the hit.

Grossness
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo, Hockey can be great, and hockey can be, uh, gross. Think of how germs can spread in school classrooms, college dormitories or everyday offices. Now think of how they can spread in NHL dressing rooms, bench areas or ice rinks. These guys play in petri dishes filled with snot, spit, sweat and blood. Despite the best efforts of medical, training and equipment staffs – better manned, educated and equipped than ever before – they exchan...

Kerry Fraser On The Clayton Stoner Hit On Max Pacioretty
from Kerry Fraser of TSN, After an internal review of Clayton Stoner’s hit on Max Pacioretty, the Player Safety Committee announced this morning that no subsequent action will be taken against the Ducks player. Even though there appeared to be no malice on the part of Stoner, it is my opinion that a formal hearing should have been convened based on the illegal cross-check which caused Pacioretty to launch face-first into the glass and resulted in injury. At the very least, Stoner s...

Afternoon Line- Doug Armstrong
"I look at it a bit differently in the sense that we're a good team and I get a lot of phone calls because people want our players, and that's a positive. You're always nervous when you're a GM and your phone never rings because that means the opposition doesn't want your players, and that's not a good feeling. "So, I'm excited about our team. I don't think we're going to be overly active. I like the way the guys are playing. When you look at the (Patrik) Berglund's and the (Alexander) St...

Video- Best Hits Of The Season
Sportsnet style...  

Cam Talbot Extension Announced By The New York Rangers
NEW YORK, December 19, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Cam Talbot on a contract extension. Talbot, 27, has appeared in seven games with the Rangers this season, posting a 2-3-1 record, along with a 2.34 GAA, a .921 SV%, and two shutouts. He is tied for ninth in the NHL in shutouts in 2014-15, and he is the only NHL goaltender with six or fewer starts to post two shutouts this season. Ta...

Happy Holidays From The Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins holiday video. It’s the gift that keeps on giving throughout the entire year. https://t.co/0wJrfyg0tu — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 19, 2014

Steve Mason Needed Help Off The Ice At Practice Today
via Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News, A routine Flyers practice trickled to a halt on Friday afternoon when goaltender Steve Mason went down with an apparently significant injury. About 30 minutes after the team entered the ice, the net was immediately moved out the way as concerned teammates and coaches huddled around Mason. It was not apparent what caused the injury or exactly what was ailing Mason. He originally laid flat on his back in the crease. Eventually...

Mike Emrick Named Media Person Of The Year By Sports Illustrated
from Richard Deistsch of Sports Illustrated, THE PICK: Mike Emrick (NBC Sports) Emrick has been praised often in this space over the years. The rare sports broadcaster exalted both by fans and critics, he had another exceptional year in 2014 including calling the Olympic hockey tournament and the Stanley Cup playoffs. The latter was exhausting: Emrick called one overtime game in the opening round (Game 4 between the Bruins and Red Wings), one overtime game in the second round (G...

Should The Boston Bruins Trade Milan Lucic?
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, There have been whispers of the Bruins and Blues circling each other for weeks now, but the initial scuttlebutt suggested something smaller was in the works—maybe a deal for the rights to malcontent center (and former Bruin) Vladimir Sobotka, who is currently plying his trade in the faltering KHL. But as the two teams struggle to meet preseason expectations, it's thought that the pot has gotten a little richer and could well include a swa...

Olli Maatta Has The Mumps
via the Pittsburgh Penguins, Defenseman Olli Maatta has tested positive for the mumps and remains in isolation, Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford announced today. Goaltender Thomas Greiss and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo have tested negative.

NHL Short Notes
REMINDER: HOLIDAY ROSTER FREEZE For all players on an NHL active roster, injured reserve, or with non-roster and injured non-roster status as of midnight (local time) tonight, a roster freeze shall apply through midnight (local time) on Saturday, Dec. 27, with respect to waivers, trades and loans, subject to the exceptions provided for in CBA Article 16.5 (d). STREAK BUSTERS The Capitals, Hurricanes and Kings recorded victories on Thursday to halt the winning streaks of the Blue Jackets (...

The St. Louis Blues Cannot Win In Los Angeles
from Scott Burnside of ESPN, Sometimes we talk in terms of Superman and Kryptonite when we're talking about the effect the Montreal Canadiens have on the Boston Bruins. The same dynamic is at play when the St. Louis Blues visit the Los Angeles Kings. The Blues jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead at Staples Center Thursday night only to have the Kings outscore them 6-1 the rest of the way en route to a wild 6-4 win. According to the Kings' PR staff, the win was the sixth in a row fo...

Friday Morning Thoughts On Hockey
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, - With the Holiday Trade Freeze rapidly approaching, Boston and St. Louis are two interesting teams to watch, not just because they’ve been talking to each other. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is contacting teams with space, seeing what it will cost for them to take players off his roster, so he can free up room to do what he wants. Curious to see if those second-round selections he acquired for Johnny Boychuk are in his plans. For both Chiarelli an...

Praising Mike Green
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider, Here was the Mike Green everyone knew, or at least the one everyone remembered, revived and tearing through all three zones, while everyone else tried to catch up. He zipped across the defensive blue line. He caught one opponent flat-footed and blew straight past. He faked a slap shot and raced by another. He bolted through the right faceoff circle, curled parallel to the goal line, angled himself and, with a simple nudge, slipped the winning pass b...

Morning Line- John Scott
“You know players in the league who dive a lot and embellish a little bit. It’s good to single them out. Maybe they’ll be a little embarrassed. “We don’t need that in the game. We don’t need it to turn into soccer, where it’s embarrassing and where you get rewarded for it. “Nobody wants to be known as a diver. I hope it stops, it’s a garbage part of the game and it should be out.” -John Scott of the San Jose Sharks. More d...

Starting All Over Again In Edmonton
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, This phenomenon – of starting over again – is not something teams want to acknowledge, because it makes everybody look bad; and really amounts to the hardest sell in professional sport. Teams genuinely believe they cannot turn to their fan base and blurt out the painful reality – that Plan A didn’t work and so now, they’re off to Plan B. Just trust us, this one will work better. Really, it will.... f the Oi...

Video- Dwight King Hits The Water Bottle From Center Ice
I am not going to blame Martin Brodeur here, bad bounces happen but the Blues did blow a 3-0 lead in the 6-4 loss to the Kings  

Video- The Major Action From The Seven NHL Games Last Night
3 1/2 minutes of highlights...  

Intriguing observations from the ‘Hockey World’ and ‘Three Periods’
The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's main Hockey World column is a good read, discussing the post-firing life of coaches who rebounded in their own ways in Tom Renney and Rick Bowness, but his "Short Shifts" are probably more pertinent: - St. Louis Blues phenom Vladimir Tarasenko, who just turned 23, has 20 goals on the year, but he might have scored 30 if he had shot more. He’s got 113 shots but that only puts him seventh behind Ovechkin, Karlsson, Seguin, Giroux, Pavelski and Pa...

Canadiens fete Koivu
As NHL.com's Sean Farrell notes, the Montreal Canadiens honored former captain Saku Koivu for his service to the team on Thursday night:

Clayton Stoner hit sends Max Pacioretty to the hospital
Clayton Stoner hit Max Pacioretty during the third period of the Montreal Canadiens' 2-1 loss to Stoner's Anaheim Ducks... And this is not good, nor is...Well... Par mesure préventive, Max Pacioretty a été envoyé à l'hôpital. / Max Pacioretty has been sent to the hospital for precautionary reasons. — Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) December 19, 2014 No hearing expected for Stoner. Sense is his hit on Pacior...

Evening Line- Ken Hitchcock
Hitchcock on if he favors the #nhl expanding by two clubs. "I'd like 50 teams because that would mean another 18 coaches get jobs." — Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) December 18, 2014

Less Than 30 Hours Before The NHL Holiday Roster Freeze
NHL Holiday Roster Freeze as of 11:59 pm local time on Dec 19... thru 12:01 am local time on Dec 28. — John Shannon (@JSportsnet) December 18, 2014   Holiday roster freeze in effect: For all players on an NHL active roster, injured reserve, or with non-roster and injured non-roster status as of midnight (local time) Dec. 19, a roster freeze shall apply through midnight (local time) Dec. 27, with respect to waivers, trades and loans, subject to the exceptions pro...

The Minnesota Wild Need To Start Winning
from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press, It no longer matters that the Wild have played well in many games, including both losses Tuesday and Wednesday. The fact is, they are currently in 10th place in the Western Conference and not playing like a team positioning itself for the playoffs. "We've got to stop losing," Parise said. "Stringing a couple wins together is the only way to get out of it." It has put the coaching staff in a peculiar position, unsure whether to applaud the pos...

Winnipeg Jets Acquire Jay Harrison From The Carolina Hurricanes
via a Winnipeg Jets release... The Winnipeg Jets announced they have acquired defenceman Jay Harrison from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Ottawa’s sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, previously acquired by Winnipeg at the 2014 NHL Draft. Harrison, 32, is a veteran of 337 NHL games spread over 10 professional seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs & Carolina Hurricanes. The Oshawa, ON native entered the NHL with the Maple Leafs during the 2005-06 season. Harrison has a...

Video- Top 10 Shootout Moments
TSN style...  

Ready For Another CBA Battle?
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News, There are still another seven seasons remaining in the NHL’s current collective bargaining agreement and the league’s business is booming to the point of serious and public expansion discussion. But as far as NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr is concerned, once the CBA ends after the 2021-22 campaign, the league’s labor history will repeat in the most unfortunate of ways. That’s right. Prepare y...

What’s Lou Lamoriello Trying To Say?
via Tom Gulitti tweets, Lamoriello: "I have a lot of feelings about where we're at, but that's for another time." Lamoriello: "I don't think anybody is happy with where we're at. but right now we have to deal with where we are today..." Lamoriello cont: "... not where we were yesterday. That's all I have to say."

Winnipeg Jets Announce Mark Stuart Out Until February With Lower-Body Injury
Paul Maurice announced defenseman Mark Stuart is out until February with a lower-body injury. This via Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press, Stuart got into a fight Tuesday night late in the third period with Buffalo’s Nicolas Deslauriers. Deslauriers rocked Stuart with two hard punches to the head that knocked Stuart down and he left the ice in obvious discomfort. The game ended with Stuart still serving a fighting major and he never did return. Here is the fight...  ...

Shane Doan Not Even Thinking About Leaving the Arizona Coyotes
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic, The Coyotes have failed to make the playoffs since that Cinderella run, and barring a midseason revival, the team seems poised for a third consecutive absence. This trajectory has led many to wonder if now is the time for Doan to cash in those 19 years of unwavering service, request a trade and seek a championship with a different team. Apparently, though, Doan isn't one of them. "It hasn't even crossed my mind," he said. "It's not...

All Nick Foligno
from Katie Strang of ESPN, STRANG: How different is it in the room these days than it was the first few months? FOLIGNO: Oh, the confidence is there. You can see it. I think the younger guys have come along really nicely and we've had a lot of new faces, so I think they've found their roles with the team and I think it's allowed us to play more cohesive as a team. [Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky] has been playing great for us. That always helps any team, when you have a hot goaltender. ...

Do You Boo Your Home Team?
from Rich Chere of NJ.com, Patrik Elias, back from a groin injury and desperate to help the Devils get back into the playoff picture, heard the boos from the Prudential Center crowd of 15,379. Although the Devils lost their fifth straight home game (0-3-2), Elias thought the booing was inappropriate. “They were booing. They were disappointed. So were we. Trust me,” Elias said after the 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night. “But we didn’t deserve...

Go Huskies Go
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times, HOUGHTON, Mich. — Hockey rules this remote part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where it is played by everyone from children to those in their 70s and 80s. All through the long winter it is always game on — in modern arenas, outside (into the wee hours of the night) and in two of the oldest hockey rinks in the world. Professional hockey was born here in Copper Country in 1902, 15 years before the N.H.L. was formed. Even befor...

Will Viktor Stalberg Survive Waivers?
from the Nashville Predators, Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team has placed forward Viktor Stalberg on waivers with the intention of assigning him to the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals.  After missing six weeks of action due to a knee injury, Stalberg is prepared to return to action. With the NHL roster freeze going into effect on Friday at 11:59 p.m. CT and lasting until 12:01...

Ray Ferraro On The Edmonton Oilers
from Bruce McCurday of The Cult of Hockey, I daresay I’m not the only Edmonton Oilers fan who gets sick and tired of the team getting called out in the national media. Especially so when those critics are all too willing to throw in gratuitous insults about the city and the fanbase, as if we are somehow deserving of our lot in life supporting a club that has become something of a laughing stock for its constant, ongoing futility. I am, however, prepared to make exceptions for f...

Your 2015 IIHF Hall Of Fame Class
from IIHF.com, The IIHF Hall of Fame Selection Committee has added seven new names to its pantheon of greats, and the newest members represent the pinnacle of the international game through a wide variety of contributions. In honour of the golden era of Czech hockey, goaltender Dominik Hasek and longtime captain Robert Reichel will be inducted. Joining them is Scott Niedermayer, the Triple Gold Club Canadian defenceman who has won at every level possible.  To celebrate 25 years...

Goalie Analytics
via the NHL YouTube channel, NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley discusses how goalie analytics can provide different measures for shot-stopping success.  

NHL Short Notes
ERIKSSON LIFTS BRUINS IN OVERTIME After surrendering the tying goal with 8:21 remaining in regulation, Loui Eriksson scored at 1:30 of overtime to help the Bruins snap a three-game skid and earn their second win in their past eight outings (2-4-2).   * With the victory, the Bruins (16-13-3, 35 points) leapfrogged the Panthers (13-8-8, 34 points) and Capitals (14-10-6, 34 points) for the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.   * Eriksson recorded his seventh career ov...

KK- Power Issue Today
Power outage for me this morning and phone battery low. Be back as soon as I can. 

 
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