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Last Call:  A2Y DC Muster Tomorrow Morning

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

To all Wing fans heading to the Verizon Center tomorrow: there will be an A2Y pre-game sipper at Fado of DC.  They should be open around 0900 so when you show is up to you.  I’ll be there between 10 and 1030.

Here is the address.

Fado Irish Pub 808 7th St. NW Washington, DC 20001

Here are directions.

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What The Senators Need

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

How could anybody possibly suggest a team that has Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza doesn’t have the foundation for a rock solid team?

Now you may not be a fan of any or all of them, but there is no denying when they are on their game, they form one of the best lines in the National Hockey League. Problem is, the Senators are so thin up front, coach Craig Hartsburgh has had to resort to separating the trio in an effort to spread the scoring around. That has not proven successful.

What the Senators need is really quite simple: Proven goaltending, a better defence and secondary scoring.

read on

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No Wonder:  Homer, Zetterberg Both Out.  Oompa’s Iffy.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Precaution my ass. Justin Abdelkader’s trip to DC now appears to be absolutely essential.  And the Stress Train?  Get in line and load ‘er up.


Henrik Zetterberg (back spasms) and Tomas Holmstrom (sore groin) didn’t practice and won’t play Saturday. Jiri Hudler also didn’t practice due to a sore left foot, caused by blocking a shot on Thursday. Coach Mike Babcock said Hudler will be a game-time decision. If he can’t play, Derek Meech will fill his spot up front.

No word as to what line Home Keys is on, how Homer got hurt, how bad Hudler’s foot is or when Hank’s back.


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Abbadabadoopitiedoo:  Home Keys Called Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Looks like Aaron Downey’s return stint with the Wings was a one-game appointment with Steve Ott.  Back to GR he goes. And it would appear those of us attending the Wing/Cap game tomorrow here in DC may not get to see Hank Zetterberg because Justin Abdelkader’s been called up in place of Downey.

The Red Wings announced today that they have recalled forward Justin Abdelkader from their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids, and reassigned forward Aaron Downey.
Along with rookie forward Ville Leino, Downey, 34, was called up by the Red Wings this week. The moves were necessary to fill roster vacancy created by injuries to defenseman Brad Stuart (ribs) and forward Henrik Zetterberg (lower back).

Precaution or necessity?  We’ll see.  As much as I’d like to see Zetterberg in there tomorrow, I also wouldn’t mind seeing a line that includes Leino and Abadabbaboobiedoo.

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Fight Breaks Out During ‘Nucks Practce

Blog: KK Members Blog By ThinkinPink

In the midst of Vancouver’s worst slide of the year, Willie Mitchell check Mason Raymond hard during a drill, and Raymond retaliated with a few cross checks. The scuffle ended when Shane O’Brien challenged Mitchell to a fight.



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Wayne Fleming Fired by KHL Team… Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Back on January 9th, we cited a report indicating that the former Flames assistant coach was fired by Avangard Omsk of the KHL, mid-game.  The following day, Darren Dreger of TSN noted a “power struggle” seemed to be going on, with Fleming acknowleding that “I guess they didn’t fire me.”

Well, for anyone keeping up with the trials and tribulations of Wayne Fleming, today brings this news from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:

Wayne Fleming, the Canadian-born coach of the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League’s struggling Avangard Omsk team, is out again as coach – this time for good, it would appear.

Russian hockey sources confirmed Friday Fleming was relieved of his coaching duties earlier this week…

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Wings Recall Abdelkader, Send Downey Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DETROIT- The Red Wings announced today that they have recalled forward Justin Abdelkader from their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids, and reassigned forward Aaron Downey.

Abdelkader is fifth in scoring with the Griffins, compiling 14 goals and 13 assists in 44 games. The former Michigan State standout was named AHL Rookie of the Month for October after leading all rookie skaters with seven goals.

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World According to Cherry

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News:

Sid the Kid needs to chill out: Cherry believes Sidney Crosby has trouble pacing himself on the ice, in the same way Bobby Orr did. “He will not back down and that’s how he gets hurt and he’s breaking down,” Cherry said. “That’s why he’s tired now, he just can’t keep that pace. John Tavares will play in the NHL for 20 years because he knows how to pace himself.”

Ovie has a license to kill:
True, he’s the most dynamic player in the league, but Alex Ovechkin also has a tendency to hit from behind every once in a while and throws his body around more than any other star. Cherry believes this is because there’s no accountability…

read on for more Cherry-isms. 

The complete content of their interview is only available in the THN magazine at news stands or online. Individual digital copies or subscriptions are available by discount through Zinio.

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  Tags: don+cherry

All-Star Suggestions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Two things happen every year at the All-Star Game.

The players get better. The event gets worse.

Next year, hockey fans get a break. There will be no All-Star Game because it’s an Olympic year, so the stars will be gathering in Vancouver instead.

But what should be done about the 2011 All-Star Game — if there is one — which is scheduled to take place in Phoenix?

First of all, let’s use the two-year window to study the situation and get some suggestions. Involve the hockey people, not just the marketing people and the lawyers. And although this may seem like a horrific suggestion to commissioner Gary Bettman and his friends, involve the fans.


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  Tags: all-star+game

Flames Playing With Confidence

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Wearing down opponents seems to be the Calgary Flames’ specialty.

Pulling away from the Buffalo Sabres in the third period Wednesday night in a 5-2 victory at the Saddledome, the Flames proved it again.

They own the final 20 minutes. When leading after two periods, the Flames have earned a 15-0-2 record.

With the game on the line and things tied during the second intermission, they’ve dug deep to rack up an 11-0-2 mark.

Not to mention the three times they’ve come back to win when trailing after 40 minutes—the first a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators back in October in the Music City.


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