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Red Wings-Bruins live blog: Still Octagonally Yours

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings face off against a Boston Bruins team full of bluster today at 12:30 PM (NBC/WXYT) promising a better on-ice product in front of their hometown fans.  The Wings simply want to sweep their home-and-home series and get back on track as they’ve gone 3-4-and-1 at home of late, while the Bruins are in the message-sending business today.  Live blog away.

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What Will The Islanders Look Like Today?

Blog: KK Hockey By @DaveDavisHockey

In their first game since Friday’s goonfest against Pittsburgh, the New York Islanders are in Buffalo today to take on a Sabres team that needs to win in order to end the day within three points of a playoff spot.

It’ll be interesting to see what condition emotionally the Islanders are in today, not far removed from back-to-back nights that featured a nice shootout win in Montreal and an unforgettable team bonding exercise against the Penguins.

The Sabres obviously won’t complain if New York’s balloon deflates and they come out flat, but it would be foolish to expect it.  The Islanders, who have already beaten the Sabres twice in the past month, are a close-knit group that at last check still has a talented group of young forwards playing on a team with nothing to lose.

Buffalo’s game plan should center around shutting down John Tavares, who had a 4-point night on Friday and has tallied 3 goals, 3 assists, and 16 shots on goal in three games against the Sabres this season.

Ryan Miller will likely get his 31st consecutive start, and Patrick Kaleta is expected to return to the lineup from injury.  The Sabres defeated the Islanders in their only day game played thus far this season, while New York is 3-3-0 in day games.

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Video- HNIC Opening Montage Lsat Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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8 NHL Games Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Seven of those games start before the sun sets in the west.

First game of the day is the NBC Game of the Week featuring Boston at Detroit and the last game of the night is Anaheim/Edmonton.

Six good games in-between those games so check out the full NHL schedule below.

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Wild Keep Winning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

One-sided contest here tonight as the Wild beat St. Louis for the second straight night. The Wild set the tone early by storming out of the gate, then spent the night winning battles, playing with a fast pace and limiting the Blues’ offensive chances during another solid all-around effort.

The Wild’s 9-2 in the past 11, has won four in a row at home, has 13 wins since Jan. 2 (tied with Philly for most in the NHL) and jumped over Calgary, which lost to Vancouver, to move into 8th in the West.

The Wild has three games in hand on Calgary, but Los Angeles and Chicago are both on the Wild’s tail. In front, the Wild’s one point behind San Jose and Anaheim and two points behind Nashville and Phoenix. The Wild has one or two games in hand on all four of those teams, meaning the Wild’s in very good shape as long as it keeps winning.

Very impressive win tonight in front of the largest crowd of the season.


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Questioning Joe Sacco

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I’m not a major second-guessing-of-the-coach kind of guy. I tend to be harder on the actual players on the ice, and those in management who make the final decisions on what players are on their team. Coaches, to me, are guys who get too much credit when things go well for their team, and too much blame when things go bad.

But I’m officially on board tonight with questioning the recent decisions of Joe Sacco as Avalanche coach. Frankly, I think his lineup decisions for tonight’s game with Nashville made no sense, and perhaps played a role in what is now an ignominious new team record for consecutive losses in a season – seven.


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GDT - Game #56: Red Wings host Bruins (12:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

DET (33-16-6)  and BOS (31-17-7) conclude their home and home with a matinee in Detroit. The Red Wings took the Bruins to the wood-shed Friday at TD Bank North Garden,  6-1.  While BOS will be looking for some revenge, DET will be hoping to salvage some home-ice swagger.  The Wings are just 3-4-1 in their past eight games at Joe Louis Arena, and have been booed off the ice in losses to NSH and CBJ.

Coach Mike Babcock:  “We got a high standard here. I like that, You don’t play good, you should get booed. When people pay their money they expect you to work hard. I consider us a blue-collar town. I consider our fans to be knowledgeable and expect us to compete harder.”

It is the NBC marquee game of the week.

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Wings still willing to bring Hat Trick Dick Axelsson back into the fold

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

A so-late-breaking it’s early note worth an entry unto itself: In tandem with a pay-to-read article in Aftonbladet in which Red Wings prospect and Farjestads BK forward Hat Trick Dick Axelsson insists that he’s finally grown up at 23, Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill told Expressen’s Henrik Sjoberg that the Wings plan on speaking to Axelsson during the LG Games (Nill and Ari Vouri are attending the games), and when both parties agree that he’s ready, the Wings still want to bring Axelsson over to North America. 

Here’s a rough translation of the thrust of the thrust of Sjoberg’s article, where Nill discusses Axelsson’s decision to leave the Grand Rapids Griffins in December of 2009:

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Matheson: Avery and Cooke are non-comparables

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson offers several articles composing his weekly “Hockey World” column, including a profile of Buffalo Sabres forward Drew Stafford, a check-in with now-farmhand Zack Stortini and trade rumor-filled quips and news from the Eastern and Western Conferences. It’s his conversation with former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Rob Brown that constitutes the journalistic low-hanging fruit of the morning, however, because Brown offers this rebuttal to comparisons between Sean Avery and Matt Cooke:

“Avery can be cheap. Cooke is just dirty,” said the former NHL winger.

There’s a lot of sideshow to Avery, but Cooke is mean, far too often.

“It’s one thing to have your head up around a tough guy. I made sure I knew where Bob Probert was,” said Brown, “but Cooke? He’s a guy who can end careers. He possibly ended (Marc) Savard’s career (hit to the head). He could have ended (Alex) Ovechkin’s by sticking out his knee the other night. I’ve played with guys who have no conscience, and that’s Cooke. It’s like they want another notch on their belt.  If it had been me who hit Savard and to have him still out, I’d be sick to my stomach. Yet, Cooke continues playing the same way. I mean there’s hard-nosed players. Look at Steve Ott. He’s mouthy, but he plays the game honest.”

Continued, and click on the above-noted links for much more…

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Concussion talk from Brooks and Dupont

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The New York Post’s Larry Brooks issues his usual venom-filled Sunday column, suggesting that the New York Islanders are irrevocably doomed to leave Long Island as Charles Wang’s plans have gone awry, he issues some nasty contract and trade talk and issues the usual amount of snark, but it’s his near, “Whoops, sorry” regarding the NHLPA’s desire to stem the flow of concussions which merits most attention—as do Donald Fehr’s comments made to the Boston Globe’s Kevin Dupont, who talks about Andrew Ference’s “Code-breaking” in calling Daniel Paille’s hit on Raymond Sawanda a dirty one.

Starting with Brooks…

Mathieu Schneider, a long-time union activist expected to become a lead member of Donald Fehr’s NHLPA administration, told Slap Shots this week the issue of concussions and eliminating head shots from the game is paramount to the players and to the executive director.

“It’s the No. 1 priority on our list right now,” said Schneider, who retired last summer after a 20-year NHL career. “We’re looking to make changes through a combination of equipment changes, rules changes, and a shift in the culture that would make the game safer.”

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