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Kadri Call Up Show Leafs Are Desperate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

“You’d rather not bring in a young player, two young players, on Hockey Night [in Canada],” Leafs general manager Brian Burke told the media after Friday’s practice. “It’s a carnival atmosphere and everyone knows it’s a special thing; you’d rather do it on a weeknight, frankly, but again it’s not an ideal world, this is what players have to deal with, and young players have to learn that.”

Sink or swim, kid. There as always going to be a spotlight on Kadri when he was called up, but to bring him up now is like adding a giant magnifying glass to the equation. The team is in danger of falling through the ice, sure, but they won’t be this bad all season, since that’s almost impossible to do.

But there just isn’t enough offensive talent on this team, bereft as it is up the middle. Bringing up Kadri now, as the forest burns, means there isn’t room for any other storyline. Maybe Kadri will be like P.K. Subban, who was thrown into the cauldron by the Montreal Canadiens in last year’s playoffs. Due to injuries, though, the Canadiens had no real choice. The Leafs did. Or at least, could have.

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  Tags: nazem+kadri

Enroth Headed Back to AHL

Blog: KK Hockey By @DaveDavisHockey

Soon it will be announced that Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth is headed back to Portland of the AHL.  Ryan Miller is expected to make his return tonight against the Washington Capitals.

Despite a season stat line that reads like this - 4 starts, 2-1-1 record, 3.43 GAA, .876 save percentage - the 22-year old Swede held down the fort very well in Miller’s absence.  He didn’t seem the least bit overwhelmed by the spotlight as he scratched and clawed his way to helping his team gain a little traction in the standings.  The Sabres picked up 5 out of 6 possible points on their road trip.

While the criticism over sending him down is inevitable, a few good games isn’t enough to change the fact that Enroth is still a work in progress and is better served getting more AHL starts. 

Patrick Lalime, who is due to see action in a tough upcoming stretch of games, has to be running out of chances to save his job.  If his failure to win any games continues then you have to think consideration will be given to cutting him loose and bringing Enroth back to stay.

Twitter: @DaveDavisHockey

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, jhonas+enroth, patrick+lalime

Saturday Digging: Stalking A Psychopath

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s been forty years or something since Charles Manson brought his bat-shit crazy act to the attention of an innocent American audience.  Four decades is a long time, brother, but every time he’s trotted out in front of the media we tune in and wait to hear what sick swill he’s gonna toss at us next.  Despite what he’s done and no matter how revolting we find him, we can’t take our eyes off that bastard.

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The Top Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

“I don’t think there are as many elite goalies as there were three, five years ago,” said a veteran NHL scout. “Marty’s glove hand isn’t what it was. [Calgary’s] Kiprusoff has slipped, Luongo hasn’t taken Vancouver on a run yet, DiPietro got hurt, and Fleury is a mess.

“Lundqvist hasn’t played as well as he did when he first came up—they gotta get him off the goal line. Steve Mason [of Columbus] was outstanding two years ago, not as good since.

“I like [Carolina’s] Cam Ward and [Buffalo’s] Ryan Miller. Jimmy Howard [of Detroit] and Tuukka Rask [of Boston] have a chance. [The Coyotes’ Ilya] Bryzgalov and [Minnesota’s Niklas] Backstrom are pretty good, but they haven’t won [a playoff round] yet.

“The best guy right now, it’s [Jaroslav] Halak. He did something last year we hadn’t seen in a while, carry a team [the Canadiens] in the playoffs.”...

It can take a special team to give a goalie an opportunity to be special, but the opposite also can be true. Most agree Lundqvist, nothing extraordinary as the Rangers went 6-6 during Marian Gaborik’s absence, is a top-10 goaltender. But he remains on the short list of goalies who could emerge as better than that, so it’s time for him to do it.

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GDT - Game #15: Red Wings host ‘Dique (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

DET (10-3-1) enter tonights tilt atop the Central Standings, and 2nd in the West.  DET are coming off their best offensive production of the season, a 6-2 win over the OIL on Thursday.  The Hudler, playing with Wally and Mule finally showed a pulse, and layed a brilliant saucer pass to Wally for a slam dunk low in the slot, finishing the game with an assist (+1).  Despite that, Uncle Mike threw the Hudler under the bus yesterday:  “If you’re that good, why wouldn’t you do it every single day? Why wouldn’t you compete and be on the puck every single day? I asked him that today. I think he thought those were rhetorical questions.’’ 

COL (8-6-1) has different line problems, as they have 9 players out with injury. Despite that, they put a beatdown on the BJ’s last night, 5-1.  The ‘Dique are ridiculously good at even strength, their 1.75 5-5 F/A lead the league.  Their 73.3 % PK is their achilles heal, 2nd worst in the league - - which should make for an interesting matchup against the Wings whiskey soaked PP.  Finally a game against a playoff ranked team, which should answer a few questions.  Game On, Bitches(!)

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Early Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I think people are being more careful.  I know a couple times I’ve thought twice about finishing my check when somebody’s been vulnerable.

“I think everybody is thinking about hitting guys a little smarter and I think we’re also protecting ourselves better from getting hit the same way.”

-Mike Richards of the Philadelphia Flyers.  More on the Flyers from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post.

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Lilja Making An Impression With The Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Lilja has brought the Ducks a contribution that go well beyond the scoresheet.

It is in the form of a small play to get the puck out of trouble or a blocked shot on the penalty kill. It is the big check he delivered Friday night against Dallas forward Jamie Benn. It is the experience built over many years of pro hockey, first in his native Sweden and then the past nine seasons in the NHL.

Lilja, 35, was part of a Stanley Cup champion team in Detroit in 2008, and he helped establish much-needed stability with the Ducks.

“He’s been a positive influence in our dressing room,” Coach Randy Carlyle said. “He’s a veteran guy that has been in a lot of games and he understands what it takes to be consistent.

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Dependable Bertuzzi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Bertuzzi ranks second on the team with 12 points entering tonight’s game against Colorado, most recently setting up game-winning goals in the past two games to give him 10 assists. His second assist in Thursday’s 6-2 rout over the Oilers was a slick move that saw him go from his natural left shot to a right one in order to find Danny Cleary, prompting coach Mike Babcock to think of Gordie Howe when asked about the move Friday.

“Gordie would be proud, eh? It was just a good play to get the puck through and Clears was able to bury it,” Babcock said….

“He is good defensively for us—we can count on him,” Babcock said. “You can play him against anyone—you don’t think about him that way, you just think he’s going to get the job done.

“The other thing about him is, it doesn’t matter where you play him, or who you play him with, he doesn’t complain, he just plays. I’d like him to shoot more, because he’s got a real good shot. Also, just to go to the net hard. But to me, he’s got to be feeling really good about himself.”

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  Tags: todd+bertuzzi

Video- Erin Andrews Talks NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Erin Andrews of ESPN was in Columbus tonight to take in the game between Columbus and Colorado.

At the end of the video, Erin wishes the NHL was on ESPN.

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  Tags: erin+andrews

Report- Steve Bernier May Have Suffered A Broken Cheekbone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

At the end of the game which Florida won 2-1.

20:00 Minnesota Brent Burns: 5 minutes, fighting
20:00 Minnesota Brent Burns: 10 minutes, game misconduct
20:00 Minnesota Cal Clutterbuck: 2 minutes, roughing
20:00 Florida Bryan Allen: 2 minutes, cross checking

Their are reports Burns also received a five minute major for the butt-end so the penalty log may change.

via George Richards tweet,

Steve Bernier has probable broken left cheekbone, alert and drinking water while loaded into ambulance

via Michael Russo tweet,

Brent Burns: “I didn’t mean to do that. He just came at me, and I think it was my glove that got him.”

added 11/13/10 at 4:29am, watch the video below…

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  Tags: brent+burns, steve+bernier

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