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Kiprusoff Is Not The Only Problem

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

Hey, many in the media morbidly want to see Keenan in a high-profile tiff with one of his players, especially if it becomes the start of another fall for Iron Mike.

Certainly, Keenan’s words after Saturday night’s disappointing 4-3 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets will add to the pyre.

“Let’s call a spade a spade. We should have better goaltending. Period. If we had, we’d be rewarded with a victory tonight,” said Keenan, who has been remarkably patient with his criticism of Kiprusoff this season.

He has a right to be frustrated and disappointed. Keenan used fact when asked what Kiprusoff must do: “Improve his save percentage dramatically. If you check the statistics, you can find out all about it.”

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added 12:03pm, from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

But with roster adjustments not being quite the option they once were in the pre-cap days, Keenan needs to find a way to get the likes of Kristian Huselius (who dangled with the puck last season under Jim Playfair, but looks like a deer in the headlights this season), Adrian Aucoin, Alex Tanguay and Craig Conroy contributing more. Otherwise, the Flames will continue to flounder.

I admire Keenan’s self-constraint with his new team – there have been very few meltdowns thus far - but the Flames have been one of the most disappointing teams of the season and there has been little indication of better days ahead.

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Another Flyer Suspension Likely

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Philadelphia Flyer forward Riley Cote is likely to be suspended for his match penalty at 17:46 of the third period in Dallas’s 4-1 win over the Flyers on Saturday.

Cote delivered a high head shot against Dallas defenceman Matt Niskanen. Any player assessed a match penalty is automatically suspended pending a review by the league. It will be a shock if Cote isn’t suspended by the league.

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  Tags: riley+cote

Specializing In Shootouts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Amber at Sports Illustrated,

They are rarely the guys leading the league in points. Some don’t even see time on the power play. Others are basically fourth-line players. Still, with the game on the line, these are the players who are front and center, driving goalies nuts, scoring the deciding goals and making the highlights on “SportsCenter.”

In this week’s 10 Degrees, we look at the top shootout stars since the format’s inception.

10. Ales Hemsky, Edmonton (10 goals, 27 attempts)

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Habs A Fragile Team At This Point

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The Predators outplayed Montreal for most of the game, but Huet held them off with a succession of fine saves in the first two periods and with the help of two hit goalposts.

“This was a perfect chance to get a win despite the team having a bad game,” said Huet. “It is disgraceful to blow a lead like that, especially at home.

“I can’t explain it.”

Except that he did later, saying: “We’re a fragile team. We’re a little weak between the ears.”

His teammates jumped to Huet’s defence, saying the game could have been out of reach early if he hadn’t shut the door in the first two periods.

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All Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Who’s holding a “viewing party” for thousands of Buffalo Sabres fans unable to score a ticket for the Jan. 1 NHL Winter Classic in Ralph Wilson Stadium?

Will fans attending the game be able to park their campers or RVs at the stadium a day or two beforehand for a festive New Year’s Eve party?

When will the ice be put down?

continued... all the information you will need about the game…

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Is It Entertaining Us

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from Wayne Fish of Philly Burbs,

Former Flyers player Mark Howe, now a scout with the Detroit Red Wings, sees about 100 NHL games per year.

He says he’s sat through some real yawners these past couple seasons and yearns for the days when hockey still offered robust competition.

“I do watch a lot of games where both teams are working, both teams are playing very sound hockey, but is the game entertaining for the people who paid their money?” Howe said. “In my opinion, no.’‘...

“I know some teams, their goal is to block 20, 25 shots a night. You didn’t see that years ago. You forechecked two guys to get pressure. I like watching Andy Murray’s teams (currently St. Louis) ... they play a high-pressure game. Tampa’s an entertaining team; same with Edmonton.’‘

Howe says you don’t have to have high scoring for an entertaining game.

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  Tags: mark+howe

Sun-don’t?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Published reports (definitely a phrase that doesn’t carry the weight it used to) out of—where else?—Toronto and Edmonton mention Detroit as a strong landing spot for Mats Sundin, when the Leafs move him out of a sense of loyalty to their captain.  The speculation goes like this:  Leafs are out of it already.  Sundin’s been a loyal soldier.  Moving him to a contender is good for him, good for them, good for the world. Sally Strothers would be proud.

And, of course, the Wings have the Swedes.  The “published reports” have been posted by The Emperor and George Malik.

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  Tags: filppula, franzen, holland, holmstrom, hudler, lidstrom, sundin, trade+rumors

Players Concerned About On-Ice Respect

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Judging by a conversation late last week with new executive director Paul Kelly, it seems the PA finally has realized the obvious. Kelly, who met Thursday with the NHL’s Board of Governors in Pebble Beach, Calif., wants the union to be far more engaged in the supplemental disciplinary process. In his estimation, after meeting in recent weeks with the rank and file of 11 of the league’s 30 teams, the players feel the need to increase the on-ice respect factor and do what they can to decrease, ideally eliminate, “head shots.”

“There is a feeling among the players,” said Kelly, “there has been a greater number of these this year than in the past - and no one has an explanation for it. Some of these are hits by guys who are considered third- or fourth-liners, and perhaps they are sent out by a coach to play a certain style, or maybe they are trying to win a job, or keep a job, and maybe they feel they have to ratchet up the aggressiveness….”

more and numerous NHL bits…

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Hold On St. James. You Wait One Damn Minute.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ground rules. Obviously…we need some.  Or at least we need a reminder of them.  Let me quote from my soon-to-be-released manifesto, “The Difference Between The Diggers and the Wing Bloggers”.

Chapter 19
“Red Wing beat writers must avoid any attempt at humor.  It doesn’t suit them and it embarrasses us all.  If the humor is unintentional and reflects their role as propaganda artists for the organ-I-zation, that’s fine. But an outright attempt to be funny?  Absolutely prohibited.”

Someone didn’t get the advanced copy.

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  Tags: deep+diggers, franzen, holmstrom, kronwall, lidstrom, osgood, samuelsson, st.+james, zetterberg

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Someone asked winger Daniel Alfredsson if this losing streak is getting serious.

“It’s always serious,” snapped the captain. “It’s professional sports. If you don’t win, you suck.”

more on the Senators from the Ottawa Citizen…

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson

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