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Who’s Winning the Hardware Next Summer?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Here are the betting odds from Bodog:

Who will win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player? 
Alexander Ovechkin (WAS)      4/1
Steven Stamkos (TB)            11/2
Sidney Crosby (PIT)            13/2
Daniel Sedin (VAN)              12/1
Henrik Sedin (VAN)              14/1
Pavel Datsyuk (DET)            14/1
Anze Kopitar (LAK)              18/1
Jonathan Toews (CHI)          18/1

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Sidney Crosby on IR

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com:

In addition to re-assigning or waiving multiple players to bring the active roster down to 23 players, Pittsburgh also announced that Sidney Crosby will be placed on injured reserve to start the season. Because of NHL rules, Crosby will now be unavailable to the Pens for at least the first seven days of the season.

In addition to Crosby, the Penguins also placed Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Petersen, Robert Bortuzzo and Boris Valabik on IR.

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Difference Between KHL and NHL Hits

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Slava Malamud of Sport-Express via Twitter:

Want to know the big difference between the NHL and #KHL? This is #KHL’s top 10 hits of the week.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

With the NHL preseason heading toward its conclusion, players, coaches, and managers wondered aloud Monday why they were even bothering with exhibition games. “Don’t we have eight months of games to play to get the rust knocked off?” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “It’s not like any of these games are any good until the playoffs, anyway.” An official statement from the league office declared, in part, that the exasperation with the preseason had nothing to do with the total October attendance figure of 137.

—from The Onion

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Ovechkin Chat

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chuck Gormley with CSN Washington:

CSN: It’s been said that players don’t achieve greatness until they’ve won a championship. Do you believe that?

AO: Of course, when you win you are king of the world. But if you know my personality, I’m a winner and one day I’m going to raise the Cup. If I didn’t want to do it, I wouldn’t be here. I would stay in Russia, stay with my parents, stay in my house and have a good time there. But I’m here and I want to win the Stanley Cup. This is my dream. That’s why this team is built right now to be a champion.

CSN: Do you believe this team is closer to winning a Stanley Cup than at any time since you’ve been here?

AO: We have to create together the opportunity. We are a team picked to win the Cup.

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For more Ovechkin, Dave Lozo at NHL.com has a slightly unconventional look at AO today.

Update 3:30pm ET: From Jesse Spector via Twitter, news today on AO—

Alex Ovechkin heading to Russia after the death of a close relative. Condolences to @ovi8

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Flyers Predictions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

It’s nearly impossible to put any stock in Bryzgalov’s early preseason audition, in which he had an unsightly 3.03 goals-against average in his first three appearances.

Why? Bryzgalov said himself that he has little to prove in the preseason, especially against erratic NHL talent.

“Every year it’s tougher and tougher,” Bryzgalov said. “Your body gets beat up.”

Bryzgalov asked to play a full 60 minutes on Saturday as his final tune-up before opening the Flyers open the season Thursday night in Boston and did not disappoint. The Flyers dressed just over the minimum number of veterans to play on Saturday but Bryzgalov posted his second straight solid outing, stopping 18 of 20 shots. It’s safe to say we’ll see a different Bryzgalov starting this week.

* Prediction: Bryzgalov goes 38-14-10, 2.25 GAA, .927 save percentage.

more predications regarding the Flyers…

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Oilers Down to 23 Thanks to IR

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

The Edmonton Oilers have made their “final” cuts Sunday, and there was at least one surprise. Gilbert Brule is in the last year of his one way contract, but has a highly publicized bought of depression/illness that has kept him out of the Oilers’ lineup for much of last season, and kept the first round centreman from being traded to the Los Angeles Kings. Sunday, Brule was placed on waivers with the intention of assignment to the AHL along with Josh Green, Ryan Keller and Ryan O’Marra. Finnish left winger Teemu Hartikainen was also assigned to Oklahoma City, but does not have to be placed on waivers for re-assignment.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We didn’t play like Stanley Cup champions all preseason.”

“By the same token, you worry about your kids all the time, no matter how responsible you think they are. But we got through it. I think they are in shape, they are game ready and we don’t have any major injuries or suspensions. So it’s all positive.”

-Bruce Boudreau, coach of the Washington Capitals.  More on the Caps pre-season from Chuck Gormley of the CSNWashington.

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Hitmen Host Ice in WHL Home Opener

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

A sunny October Sunday afternoon was the setting for the Calgary Hitmen’s home opener. This team is usually a powerhouse in the WHL and up at the top of the standings. Last year however, the Hitmen found themselves at the bottom of the WHL and now this Calgary Hitmen team is another year older and another year wiser. Their current roster has 2 NHL drafted players, Brooks Macek drafted by Detroit and Victor Rask drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes. The majority of their players are 2012 draft eligible and this is the start of the season that may decide their fates. The team must be in some ways worried that they don’t have a mix of younger players (they only have 1 younger player) on their roster, but I’m sure they’ll never tell you that.

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A Different Kind Of NHL Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

It has been said that the N.H.L. season beginning on Thursday is about Sidney Crosby. But it is also about ideas, about vast changes in perception and philosophy across the league, both among the people who run the game and those who play it. And that, too, is largely about Sidney Crosby.

The 2011-12 season will be very different from any season played before, even if Crosby will not be on the ice for the start of it. It is a season that will be watched closely to see whether the N.H.L. will continue to enforce its new, rigorously applied rules against boarding and checks to the head, which resulted in nine suspensions in the preseason through Saturday.

“I’m not surprised, to be honest with you,” Crosby said of the new regulations. “That’s kind of where everything’s going.”

Crosby, the youngest team captain to raise the Stanley Cup, the scorer of the goal that won an Olympic gold medal and by common agreement the sport’s best player, had just darted and glided through an hourlong practice at Joe Louis Arena ahead of the Penguins’ preseason game Sunday, looking terrific.

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