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Melrose At The Half Way Point

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Surprising pick for Jack Adams Award- Bruce Bodreau with Brent Sutter as the runner-up.

Watch the video for all of his picks…

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Hensick Prepares To Face His Childhood Team

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

At the height of the Avalanche-Red Wings rivalry, East Lansing, Mich., native T.J. Hensick wasn’t yet a teenager.

His family had Detroit season tickets, and while dreaming of one day wearing the winged wheel on the Joe Louis Arena ice, Hensick was in Darren McCarty’s corner — so to speak — during McCarty’s avenging encounters with Colorado winger Claude Lemieux.

So when Hensick plays his first NHL game at “The Joe” on Tuesday night, it might feel a bit strange for a millisecond or two. He plays for Colorado, which will be opening a five-game trip against the Red Wings.

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Bieksa On The Road Back

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from the Vancouver Province,

In one summation, Kevin Bieksa explains the elation of finally focussing on weight-bearing exercises to strengthen his surgically- repaired calf muscle.

In the next summation, the Vancouver Canucks defenceman admits there’s no timetable for his return from the laceration he suffered Nov. 1. And he doesn’t want to think about the prospect of not playing again until next fall.

“I’ll deal with that when I get there,” said Bieksa

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Oilers Need Hot Goalie Now

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Mathieu Garon has essentially been declared the new starting goaltender of the Edmonton Oilers because if the Oilers don’t win four out of five on the current homestand, you can probably kiss the playoffs goodbye.

If they don’t win seven or eight out of 10 prior to the all-star break, you can consider their season to be toast.

The Oilers can’t wait for spring. They have to do it now.

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More Buyers Than Sellers

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

According to one Eastern Conference general manager, there will be a huge seller’s market as the trade deadline approaches because “so many teams feel they have a legitimate shot to win it all. There should be far more buyers than sellers.”

Imagine, in such an environment, how much the Leafs could land for Sundin, a guy who is the all-time leading scorer for his team and who, at 36, has reached 20 goals for the 17th consecutive season.

more on why the Leafs should move Sundin.

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Average Avs

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

After 41 games, the Avalanche is neither a woebegone pretender nor a powerhouse contender but instead somewhere in between. Colorado is 22-16-3, eighth in the Western Conference.

“I think our record’s a pretty fair assessment of our play,” forward Andrew Brunette said. “We’ve gone through stretches that we’ve played very well and other stretches we haven’t played very good.

“I still think we have another level that this team hasn’t gotten to. We show glimpses of it, but when we’re all healthy and we get going, I think we have another level to go to instead of just being in the middle of the conference.”

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Wings/Hawks Live Blog

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Hawks feed tonite on Center Ice.  A Hawk home game, no less.  Even for us Wing fans, that’s good to see.  Game intro focused completely on the four game streak.  Hawks have cumulatively outscored Detroit 6-1 in the third periods through the first four games.

Robert Lang’s hair appears to be impeccably coifed.

Game previews can be found at On The Wings and Third Man In.

National Anthems in Chicago are the best of any arena in the continental 48…if this rivalry ever gets renewed it would be something very good for Gary’s NHL.

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Lupul Out With Spinal Cord Contusion & Concussion

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Paul Holmgren at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

“Lupul has been diagnosed with mild concussion. However, the more concerning injury is that he sustained a spinal cord contusion at the level of his fifth & sixth cervical vertebrae, which are located in the neck area. It’s creating some tingling sensations in his hands. The X-rays are negative on any real damage. But right now we have to give Joffrey some complete time off. He’s going to take a couple weeks off from doing pretty much everything and then we’ll evaluate him at that point two weeks from now.”

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Watch the video as Hatcher hit Steen of the Leafs and his own teammate, Lupul.

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Who The Heck Is Colin Stuart?

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Colin Stuart sure showed some great speed on this end-to-end rush against the Sabres today.

Watch the video…

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Ice Issue In San Jose

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from Working the Corners,

Many players and some fans believe that the ice conditions would improve if the Sharks were willing to turn the thermostat down. Management is concerned about the complaints from other fans that it was too cold inside and they were no longer comfortable.

I talked with Rich Sotello, the vice-president for building operations, about that. Here’s what he had to say.

“We like to run a constant temperature because guests that come into the building are used to a certain thing and obviously the president (Greg Jamison) is very much in tune with what fans want,” Sotello said.

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