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    After season-opening losses in overtime by identical 3-2 scores Adidas Patrik Berglund Jersey , the Los Angeles Kings and the Detroit Red Wings meet Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.The Kings were beaten by the San Jose Sharks on Friday night at the Staples Center in the debut of right winger Ilya Kovalchuk. He returned to the NHL after playing in Russia for five seasons, signing a three-year, $18.75 million contract during the summer.Kovalchuk played 20:15, including 5:36 on the power play, and was credited with two shots on goal, three attempts that were blocked, and one shot that missed the net. He played on a line with center Anze Kopitar and left winger Alex Iafallo.Article continues below …“We’ve got to be better with the tools we’ve got,” Kovalchuk told the Los Angeles Times after the game. “We’ve got to be better than what we’re at right now.”Especially on the power play, as the Kings went 0 of 5.“Sometimes we can’t even get in the zone; it’s unacceptable,” Kovalchuk said. “(Coach) John (Stevens) put us out there. He believed in our skill and our willingness to do the right things, and we have to do it to be able to win.”But Kopitar sees signs of hope.“I think we should be encouraged from this game Adidas Vladimir Sobotka Jersey ,” he said. “Obviously there is some stuff to work on, but it’s the first game of the season, so not everything is going to be perfect.”Detroit, which was outshot 39-20 on Thursday night by the Columbus Blue Jackets at Little Caesars Arena, needs to spend more time in the offensive zone, according to coach Jeff Blashill.“Too much time in D-zone coverage, so I thought the ice got tilted too much the wrong way,” Blashill said on “When you’re in D-zone coverage, it’s hard to establish a forecheck because you’re getting it in and changing.“We got to be able to get it out smoother than that, so as a result you’re defending most of the time.”Blashill also said the Red Wings passed up too many opportunities to get shots off.“The other thing that hurt us is we had chances to shoot pucks and create chaos, which would have created a little more O-zone We didn’t shoot enough pucks Adidas Scott Wedgewood Jersey ,” Blashill said.Detroit featured six rookies in its opening night lineup, five of whom made their NHL debuts.It was the first NHL game for defensemen Dennis Cholowski, 20; Libor Sulak, 24; and Filip Hronek, 20; winger Michael Rasmussen, 19, and center Christoffer Ehn, 22, and the sixth NHL game for defenseman Joe Hicketts, 22.The four defensemen were particularly impressive.Cholowski scored his first NHL goal, playing on the top defense pairing with Danny DeKeyser and logging 19:51 of ice time. Sulak played 18:26 Adidas Carter Hutton Jersey , Hronek 16:03 and Hicketts 18:43.“They did good. They did really well in front of me,” said Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, who made 38 saves. “Obviously they’re young, there’s going to be times where mistakes happen, but for the most part I thought they did a really good job.”Hronek and Hicketts were recalled from AHL Grand Rapids on Wednesday because of injuries to veteran defensemen Jonathan Ericsson (upper body) and Niklas Kronwall (unknown).Detroit plays Monday night at Anaheim. Ericsson is expected to miss both road games. The latest plan was for Kronwall to play in one of the games. There are mixed rumors as to whether or not forward Phil Kessel is being shopped by the Pittsburgh Penguins who are in a race to make the NHL playoffs.After Elliotte聽Friedman聽first put it out there that multiple sources have said that the Pittsburgh Penguins have 鈥渢ested the market鈥?for winger Phil Kessel, it didn’t take long for that rumor to be somewhat retracted. Whether pressure came from the organization or the Penguins themselves were, at one time shopping him but may be now backing off,聽a Kessel trade might be something worth keeping an eye on. The Penguins have struggled this season and while their efforts of late have improved, there’s a sense that general manager Jim Rutherford is still looking to make move.One move they shouldn’t make is moving Kessel, and there are plenty of reasons why.advertisingNot Every Trade Is聽 A Good Trade via sportingnewsThe Penguins have already been one of the busier teams in terms of trades this season. Trading for Tanner Pearson, speculation was that the team wasn’t going to slow down in their attempts to make more moves.聽They聽had a weakened blue line and badly missed Justin Schultz and after starting out with a terrible record considering expectations Adidas Conor Sheary Jersey , these little trades were part of the Penguins plans to turn things around. Unfortunately, the team is all out of little trades at this point and any further moves will need to include a bigger ticket item. Kessel certainly qualifies.But, making a move just for the sake of shaking things up is not always the most sound of plans. There is a risk that if little moves can’t be made and bigger moves are next, the odds of a drastic mistake happening go way up. Kessel is not the kind of player you trade lightly.advertisingIt’s Not Going To Help The TeamSidney Crosby dismisses Phil Kessel trade rumors as duo clicks to bury Islanders. By 鈦JoshYohe_PGH鈦?— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) December 7, 2018If the idea of a trade is to boost the team and eke out wins the club wasn;t otherwise getting, this rumor isn’t helping. Players like Sidney Crosby have already gone public in an attempt to dismiss the rumors and the franchise doesn’t need this kind of distraction.Trading Kessel, who has a partial no-trade clause and would have some control over where he goes, would not be a move felt lightly and every player in that locker room understands his importance to the team. Moving him suggests, in a manner of speaking, that the team is ok with taking out a huge chunk of their offense. How can the management team be ok with sending that kind of message?advertisingIf Kessel was a distraction or there was friction on the team that included his name, that would be one thing. This season Adidas Matt Hunwick Jersey , no such chatter exists. Why ruffle something that seems quite settled?For Once, Get Kessel’s Name Out Of The Rumor Mill via Toronto StarKessel’s name has consistently聽been in the rumor mill throughout his NHL career. This despite scoring a ton of goals, almost never having a bad season, scoring 92 points in 2017-18 and with 33 points in 27 games already for the Penguins this season. It’s, frankly, amazing that he’s out there in the trade winds as often as he is.advertisingIt would be wise for the organization to finally secure him a spot on the roster and take away the thought that he would be a piece the team is willing to move.聽His $6.8 million per season salary is hardly terrible by today’s NHL standards so it seems odd that the club would think聽about trading such a productive player who isn’t killing your cap based on value per dollar spent. That doesn’t mean these rumors will go away anytime soon and Kessel could be that guy who’s always in the trade rumor mill. That said, they should.

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