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Oilers Don’t Matchup With Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Their Swedes versus your Swedes.

Their centres versus your centres.

Their defence versus your defence.

It was time for a men versus boys game in Edmonton if for no other reason than to settle the town down and provide the latest reality check and update.

Just when some fans were beginning to get giddy with the Edmonton Oilers having gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and the way the kids have been going, the Vancouver Canucks showed up at Rexall Place Sunday night.

The contrasts were conspicuous and conclusive.


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GDT - Game #29: Red Wings host Kings (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

DET (19-6-3) lead the league in percentage of points earned (.732).  Much more surprisingly, they also lead the league in scoring at 3.43 goals per game this season (after averaging just 2.72 last year).  DET have scored eight goals in their back-to-back victories after producing only six during their recent three game losing streak.

LAK (16-10-1) are coming off a home loss Saturday night, 3-2 in OT, to MIN.  The Kings have lost five of six on the road, including a season-high three straight, to fall to 5-8-0 away from home (third worst away record in the league).  The LAK PP (14.4%) is also third worst in the league, and has gone 2 for 22 in the last five games.  I assume Sunday was a travel day for the Kings, as there isn’t much in their MSM.

The Wings were off Sunday, so there isn’t much news from their camp either; other than the war-drum beat regarding Hudler.  It is worth noting among the regular skaters, his -8 is worst on the team; and Miller (-2) and Modano (-3) are the only other minus players on the team.

Game On, Bitches(!)

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Hockey In New York

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Fosty of Boxscore News,

New York City and the region encompassing the western half of Long Island are two of the great bastions of American hockey tradition and history. So rich is the history that some have even speculated lower Manhattan and the western half of Long Island could be the birthplace of American ‘hockey’ traditions dating back to the early 1600s when Dutch settlers played ‘Kolven’, an early form of stick and ball game, on area ponds near present-day Wall Street and Flushing, Queens.

This hockey origins theory is both controversial and fascinating especially when placed it in context with recent lower Manhattan archaeological discoveries including an early Dutch defensive wall and the remains of a 17th Century merchant vessel.

Yet, regardless of whether or not you are a believer in New York’s claim as the ‘real birthplace of hockey’ one thing that can not be disputed is New York’s reputation as one of professional hockey’s greatest cities….

Though World War I had been a major setback for the infant sport of professional hockey, the newly formed National Hockey League had been able to survive. With the conflict ended and with the return of hundreds of thousands of Canadian men from overseas, the NHL was given a new lease on life.

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Video- Ovechkin Takes a Shot To The Inside Of His Knee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alexander Semin with the shot, which finds Ovechkin’s knee.  No report from the Capitals, but Ovechkin did not return.

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Video- Does Mikko Koivu Get An Assist?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bobby Ryan scores with Koivu’s stick.

added 10:23pm, Watch the Ducks broadcast of the goal below, you will get a better explanation of how the sticks got reversed.

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  Tags: bobby+ryan, mikko+koivu

Habs recall Pacioretty

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

Many, including myself, have said the Canadiens need more size up front. Well, now they have it.

Max Pacioretty not only brings his big, tough frame from Hamilton, he also brings an AHL-leading 17 goals and 32 points. Pacioretty will likely line up with Scott Gomez, although it remains to be seen when that will take place, as Gomez is day to day with a shin injury. His size will also be a major asset to Jacques Martin’s fledgling power play.

Pacioretty was the Habs second pick in the 2007 draft, 22nd overall in the first round.

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Video- Ovechkin Takes On Dubinsky

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With the Capitals down 4-0 to the Rangers, Alexander Ovechkin drops the gloves with Brandon Dubinsky.

2nd period is complete, Ranger up 5-0 and Washington is very frustrated.

added 8:59pm, Watch the fight from the Rangers broadcast and in HD to- below…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, brandon+dubinsky

Achieving Market Stability

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

What is most galling in all of this is the selective memory of the proponents of relocation to the vacant Canadian markets, who inevitably also belittle U.S. markets for not filling arenas on a nightly basis. They conveniently forget all those empty and unsold seats in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa in the 1990s and even in some cases beyond, and also the ghost- town feeling in the arenas in the pseudo-Canadian markets of Detroit and Buffalo during franchise downturns. That even could be extended to Chicago and Boston. And with the Penguins back among the league’s showcase franchises, with a palatial new arena, it’s easy to ignore that they came so close to leaving town . . . several times.

To wave all of that off as ancient history, not applicable to today, is disingenuous.

In Glendale, the Coyotes play in a tremendous arena in an impressive area of suburban development, but they haven’t yet convinced “enough” fans to fight the horrendous Phoenix traffic to get there on game nights.

Perceived stability and commitment might help change that.


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Sather Has Rangers On The Right Path

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

And he sits, smiling, mouth nursing the stogie, content that, as he sees it, the game has happily returned somewhat to a style reminiscent of the glory days of the Oilers, certain that, finally, slowly, he has been turning the culture of this marquee Original Six franchise away from New York Yankees thinking and back, at least to an extent, to the sort of thinking that once worked so magnificently in Edmonton.

When you run the richest team in hockey – a team with a long string of aging superstars brought in at great cost and no result – a salary cap can become a blessing.

After missing the playoffs last spring by a final-game shootout, the Rangers are hanging on with the playoff-bound teams so far, entering their game with the Washington Capitals on Sunday night. And they are doing it with a lineup in which fully half of the players have never played professional hockey in any other organization.


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On Rookies Showing Respect

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of the debates in hockey circles recently is about whether rookies need to earn respect before they can show their personality.  This comes on the heels of two events.  On Friday night, Linus Omark of the Edmonton Oilers was in his first ever NHL game playing against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  He won the shootout with a highlight reel goal where he did a spinorama before entering the offensive zone and scoring on Tampa goalie Dan Ellis. 

About three weeks earlier, PK Subban of the Montreal Canadiens was publicly denounced by the Philadelphia Flyers, led by Mike Richards for not showing the proper respect and instead trash talking the Flyers.

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