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Central Concern?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1400 EST:  Be sure and read Baroque’sanalysis of the Central.  The statistical ying to my reactionary yang.

You’re still reeling.  This whole damn season is some sort of wacked-out opposite of everything we’ve come to take for granted thing.  Eleven games against the Central and only ten points out of a possible 22?  A sweep in the far west for the first time, what, ever?  Blanked by Chicago?  Can’t sell out the Joe?  Hasek in the tank and Osgood on fire?  And then, finally, this…
Khan(!)

“Tonight—and I never, ever say this—was the first time in a long, long time we didn’t have enough people ready to play and ready to compete. That’s unacceptable and that’s not Red Wing-like.’‘

It’s rare that Uncle Mike calls his buddies out in public.  Unprecedented really.  But there it is, and, yep, it’s deserved.  What was a cute little aside—this temporary difficulty with our little Central sisters—has become an issue.

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Pens Need To Make A Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

There is no aspect of the Penguins’ performance to date with which management should be particularly pleased.

Consequently, aside from the nucleus of players who are either elite young talents or have the potential to be there should be no untouchables when Shero is discussing potential trades.

That doesn’t mean a roster-wide purge is in order but sticking with the status quo will become more of a high-risk strategy with every point the Penguins surrender if they don’t start to string together some victories.

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  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins

Always The Uncertainty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

This shameless cheering from the media stems from a story our U.S. college correspondent Andy Baggot wrote for The Hockey News in January, 2005. Dowell was in his sophomore season with the University of Wisconsin Badgers and was having to come to grips with devastating news that affected his father, his family and his future.

Jake’s father John, a former small college offensive linesman and a fitness buff, was diagnosed in 2003 with Huntington’s disease, an incurable genetic brain disorder that leads to a steady regression in mental and physical capabilities….

If that grim news wasn’t enough to deal with, Jake was confronted with another terrible reality. Children of a person with the disease have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the gene.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks

Oilers Need An On-Ice Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean McCormick of Sportsnet,

But this young, impressionable Oiler ship needs a rudder right now, and Moreau’s leg is still in a cast. His return is still weeks, if not months away, and it’s time the Oilers considered appointing a deserving veteran to the post of interim team captain. That veteran is Shawn Horcoff, who, in all likelihood was the second best candidate for the job when the vacant C went to Moreau at the conclusion of training camp.

The concept of an interim captain is not unheard of around the NHL, nor is it unheard of on the Edmonton Oilers, who are lacking many things right now, not the least of which is a healthy leader in chief.

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, shawn+horcoff

Hockey Or Football

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,

I can’t choose between the NFL and NHL.

I know you’re thinking that any sports fan would never be pressured to decide. Honestly, I thought it was a non-issue as well, until I had to deal with the Denver Broncos and Senators playing simultaneously on Monday night. The two teams I follow the most with respective opponents of their own (Tennessee and Montreal), yet I was forced to pit them against each other—eyeglasses perched on the tip of my nose as I feebly attempted to magnify the television’s picture-in-picture

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  Tags: nfl, nhl

Early Game Alert

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL hockey kicks-off at 1pm today.

Settle in with the last of the leftovers and enjoy!

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TV coverage can be found at NHL.com.

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  Tags: nhl+schedule

HNIC Via Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic,

Now more than 75 years after its inception on radio, Hockey Night in Canada continues to be a special event.

The Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs played the opening game of the Saturday doubleheader. Across Canada, it is always a must-see event.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Coyotes rookie Craig Weller. “Growing up (in Alberta) as a kid, we didn’t have cable. We only had three channels, but it was always on one of the three.

“It’s definitely a thrill to play and have all of Canada watching. I guess every kid dreams that growing up.”

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  Tags: craig+weller, phoenix+coyotes, toronto+maple+leafs

Hang Out, Then Go At It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

On Friday they went to dinner, four friends swapping stories and comparing notes on living out a childhood dream.

Then last night, Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews faced each other in a battle showcasing the future stars of the NHL.

Gagner and Cogliano with the Edmonton Oilers, Kane and Toews with the Chicago Blackhawks.

“It’s obviously great getting a chance to play against him after playing with him all of last year,” Gagner said of facing Kane. “It’s exciting.”

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  Tags: andrew+cogliano, jonathan+toews, patrick+kane, sam+gagner

Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Puck-rakers,

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock boiled the game down thusly: “There is such a fine line in this league now. If you don’t have your whole team show up you’re not going to win. I never ever say this, but tonight was the first night in a long time that we didn’t have enough people to compete, and that’s unacceptable.”

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, mike+babcock

Jabs, Pushing and Suspensions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Calgary Flames,

Avalanche tough guy Scott Parker went out in the second period to do his thing—stir it up. He got it when he cross-checked Dion Phaneuf in the throat and then jabbed his stick at Phaneuf while he was on the ice.

In comes Eric Godard for the anticipated heavyweight bout, in which Parker gets the upper hand. Problem for Parker is he took a major for the crosscheck so it didn’t help his team in the power play department.

Word out of Denver was that Parker could face further discipline under the intent to injure rule for his crosscheck on Phaneuf.

The Flames also received the news that Godard would be suspended for two games because he received his third instigator penalty of the season.

Coincidentally, all three players were involved in a pushing and shoving session during the warm-up.

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  Tags: eric+godard, fighting, scott+parker

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