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True Test for the Blueshirts

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

Just over a month into the season, the New York Rangers will have their toughest test of the young regular season campaign tonight at Madison Square Garden: the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins are just three points behind the Blueshirts and are coming off an impressive 6-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. They’ve gotten strong play from guys like Phil Kessel (7 goals), former Ranger Marc Savard (17 points) and from their netminder Tim Thomas, who has a goals-against average of under two goals per game and a save percentage that is close to 95 percent.

It should also be noted that the B’s are tied for the fewest goals allowed, something that could impact the Rangers tonight who typically don’t score a lot of goals on Garden ice.

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  Tags: boston+bruins, chris+drury, henrik+lundqvist, lauri+korpikoski, michal+rozsival, new+jersey+devils, new+york+rangers, nikolai+zherdev, phil+kessel, tim+thomas

Sabres at Penguins preview - 11/15

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

Sabres at Penguins, 7:30 PM ET, Mellon Arena

Season records: 

Sabres, 9-4-3, 21 pts, 5th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 10-4-2, 22 pts., 4th in Eastern Conference

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

Staying One-Step Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

As part of his Saturday morning routine - a glass of prune juice, The Red Line, three antacid tablets - Bettman carefully parses EEEEE-mail. When he reads about this scam, the commish will bring it to the attention of the league’s top computer nerds. Bettman will put the NHL’s finest minds - people whose SAT scores were even better than Kerry Fraser’s - on the case.

They’ll adjust the voting procedure to counteract the Great Montreal Conspiracy. And then some teenager in Dollard will figure out how to circumvent the new system.

It’s all a joke, but no more ludicrous than the All-Star Game itself,

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  Tags: asg

Q & A & A

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,

So we conducted our own more detailed NHL player poll. Here are the questions and answers from both (since results of the NHLPA survey have not been tabulated yet, we offer instead our own unofficial estimations):

Actual NHLPA question: Would you support the competition committee investigating a penalty for head shots?

Yes: 75 per cent

No: 25 per cent

Our followup: Would you support a penalty for shots to Sean Avery’s head?

No: 99.9 per cent

Yes: .1 per cent (Avery)

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The ‘Wright’ Scenario

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,

I have a scenario running through my head that makes a lot of sense. It hasn’t happened yet, but that doesn’t mean it won’t. Picture this- Carolina, after a third straight loss, decided to make a change behind the bench (this hasn’t happened yet). They bring in a whip cracker (how about Bob Hartley). Then Laviolette, who has a firm but more friendly approach, goes to Tampa where they’ve been beaten up by Torts and Melrose.

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Lou Says No Deal For A Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Even if other GMs are peddling, Lou Lamoriello insists he isn’t dealing for a top goalie to hold the fort while Martin Brodeur is out….

When surgery was decided upon for Brodeur, Lamoriello said at the time that he wouldn’t be dealing for a goalie, though it seemed like an automatic, unprepared reaction. Teams like Edmonton (Dwayne Roloson) and Chicago (Nikolai Khabibulin) are believed poised to deal, but Lamoriello thus far has resisted. Last night, he reiterated his stance.

“That’s the way I feel,” Lamoriello told The Post last night of his intent to stand pat in net.

more on the Devils goalie situation…

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Tampa Circus Continues

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Have you ever been in a fantasy hockey league where a brash new owner comes in who is confident that he will build a winner of his team?  He talks trash and makes a whole bunch of brash but questionable moves.  When his team doesn’t win, he decides to repeatedly make that that final desperation move to try to right the ship.  The problem is his team is far more than one move away from winning and the owner wouldn’t be able to recognize that final good move if it existed (which it probably doesn’t).  All that is available are bad desperation moves where the other teams are capitalizing on the desperate crazy moves.

That is happening in the NHL today.  It is happening with the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Their owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie are running the Lightning that way. 

The most recent example of their stupidity is firing coach Barry Melrose after only 16 games coached.  Melrose took over a last place team and brought them to 26th place.  They have a 5-11 record (with four regulation tie points).  It’s not a huge improvement but it could easily be worse.

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Stars Still Believe In Their Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

...the Stars’ co-general managers said Friday they have no plans of terminating coach Dave Tippett or shipping out key players.

“That just doesn’t make sense in the long-term,” Brett Hull said. “I mean, we worked hard all summer to come up with a plan, and we’re not going to bail on it a month into the season….

(co-GM Les) Jackson said he also doesn’t expect any trades, in part because, “we really don’t have a lot of options at this time.”

The Stars’ current roster projects to be within $150,000 of the $56.7 million salary cap. The recent free-agent signing of Mark Parrish ($500,000) addressed some of the team’s needs but also made additional player movement difficult.

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The Burke Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

For starters, Burke doesn’t despise small players, but he doesn’t want many of ‘em. Maybe one or two. Maybe Mikhail Grabovski can stick around, but not Grabovski and Alex Steen and Jiri Tlusty and Jason Blake and Matt Stajan.

He doesn’t terribly mind Europeans. Right now, the Ducks have two, Teemu Selanne and Sammy Pahlsson.

The Leafs have 11 Europeans, only two of whom, Niklas Hagman and Jonas Frogren, really fit into Burke’s gritty ideal of an NHL player.

The Ducks led the NHL in fighting majors two years ago when they won the Stanley Cup and are second this season with 18 scraps already. Nine Ducks have been in at least one scrap.

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  Tags: brian+burke

Semin ‘Probable’ For Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Alexander Semin missed the third period with an undisclosed injury. I’m told it’s an upper body issue, perhaps a shoulder, and that he probably will play in Jersey. The NHL’s leading scorer also took a high stick to the mouth in the final minutes of the second period.

more on the Capitals victory over the Devils last night…

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  Tags: alexander+semin

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