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Blake Going To The Net

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

(Jason) Blake was not a stranger to new coach Ron Wilson. Wilson had coached him on U.S. national teams and knew the level at which he should be performing. Wilson also watched him on TV last season and it was a different Blake than the one he remembered. He spoke to the winger about it during camp.

“The Jason Blake that I knew on national teams and when he was scoring went hard to the net and competed,” said Wilson.

“Last year, I thought he kind of circled the wagons all the time and took a lot of perimeter shots that were a waste of time. They looked good on paper. He’d come of the game with five shots, but they’re all 50-foot wrist shots. He’s going hard to the net and he’s starting to score now.”

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Predictions: Northeast Division

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I am continuing with my pre—season predictions today by looking at the Northeast Division.  Here are my West Division picks.  The Northeast Division has produced the East Conference regular season champion for the past three seasons and each year it has been a different team (Ottawa in 2006, Buffalo in 2007 and Montreal in 2008).  That says that this division has some good teams and should be able to challenge for the division lead again.

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How The Game Has Changed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

Thinking back a decade or so, Guerin said, “The game was a little more carefree. Now there’s a lot more at stake. There’s more money at stake for the players, a lot more money at stake for the owners, for the coaches, for everybody. You see guys backchecking like crazy. Every game is important now. Now, if you have a bad stretch in November, your season could be over.”

Devils forward Bobby Holik, who debuted with the Hartford Whalers in 1990, said the league still is growing into its new offense-first era. He is happy that tight-fitting jerseys are gone and physical play is making a comeback.

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Why is this still happening?

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

The New York Rangers dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning this afternoon in Prague and yet, only won by a score of 2-1, thanks to a late third period power play goal from second year man Brandon Dubinsky.

Is this a continuation from last season? Are the Rangers going to outshoot every team by a two-to-one margin and score just one or two goals? You would figure that after firing 40 shots against the defensively weak Tampa Bay Lightning, they would have more than just two goals. However, the Blueshirts made Lightning netminder Mike Smith look like Patrick Roy and also went 1-6 on the power play.

So I ask, again, why is this still happening?

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  Tags: brandon+dubinsky, chris+drury, henrik+lundqvist, markus+naslund, martin+st.+louis, mike+smith, nikolai+zherdev, scott+gomez, vincent+lecavalier

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I still think he’ll come back around December. Where? To be determined. His heart remains in Toronto, but if the Leafs are already out of it come that time, he’ll need to cut the cord. Keep an eye on the Rangers and Flyers.

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on Mats Sundin.  More from LeBrun and Mats, but we have heard it before…

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Thrashers Goalie Prospect Refuses Demotion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Ondrej Pavelec, the top prospect in the Atlanta Thrashers organization, will not be reporting to the AHL his agent told Sporting News….

Allan Walsh, Pavelec’s agent, said the Thrashers organization didn’t keep promises given to the young goalie when he signed with the team, so he wants out….

Walsh said he wouldn’t have had a problem if Pavelec had been given an honest opportunity to make the team and gotten beaten out. But he said the young goalie was never given a fair chance to the roster, something he said was part of the agreement with Atlanta.

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The Influence Of The European Player In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Playoffs Within Reach For Yotes

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from Paolo Boivin of the Arizona Republic,

Maybe it’s the Zamboni fumes clouding better judgment, but postseason inclusion no longer sounds far-fetched thanks to a blueprint that hints this team has a much better sense of direction. By trading Nick Boynton and Keith Ballard for Olli Jokinen, the Coyotes acquired a No. 1 center without giving up their best offensive talent. Other decisions, including nurturing young talent instead of banking on fading stars, should begin to pay dividends this season.

No storyline is more intriguing than the potential of top line Mueller, Doan and center Jokinen.

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Are Buffalo Fans Still In The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

In places such as Chicago, Anaheim, Atlanta, Columbus, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington (and all of Canada, of course) there is a belief among our correspondents that excitement is high in the markets they cover, never mind this is prime time for MLB playoffs, the NFL season is in full swing and the global economy is in a free-fall.

However, a couple lines in one of the stories triggered alarm bells for me. Call it my DEW (Distant Early Warning) sensor going off, but I have a modicum of concern for a team in hockey’s heartland: the Buffalo Sabres.

“Buffalo just doesn’t seem as psycho about the Sabres,” writes our contributor John Vogl.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Inside Hockey Radio Show is back this week with host James Murphy and new co-host Todd Carroll, as they take listeners inside the NHL, AHL, NCAA and CHL.

Their lineup this week features Kevin Greenstein (Inside Hockey) Brian Daccord (Stop it Goaltending), Dave Schneider (Zambonis), Bob Snow (NHL.com), Patrick King (Sportsnet.ca), Louis Jean (Rogers Sportsnet), and PJ Stock (CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada and Team 990)

The show broadcasts from 2-4pm on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204, on The Team 990 in Montreal, and 1120 AM WBNW in Boston. It can be heard online at Team 990 or Money Matters Radio.  To chime into the show, you can reach them at 1-877-645-6696 or 1-877-NHL-6696, or email radio@insidehockey.com.

For more information click here.

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  Tags: inside+hockey, media, radio

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