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LB: You Think The Playoff Hill Is Too Steep To Climb?  It’s Tiny

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Once again the Wings are up against Hockeytown Todd.  And I’m not talking about Gramps, either.

Todd McLellan and his Tiburones are back in Hockeytown to face the Wings, and hope to avenge their recent 4-1 loss to Uncle Mike, as well as yesterday’s 3-0 shut-out by the BJs.  The Red Wings with their Mustache will not roll over and play dead and want to sink the fish again tonight.

The word on the street is that our Angry Chipmunk will be returning to the lineup, after suffering a bone bruise in his knee, and has ensured his tail pipe will be extra ripe tonight for maximum effectiveness.  Kronwall will not play.  He is trying on a new knee brace in hopes that he can be in the lineup before the Olympic break.  Also, he has a raging hard-on that he needs to get rid of by Saturday’s talent show.

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Oilers Trade Chatter Quiet Right Now

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

All is quiet on the western front, with the NHL roster freeze Friday before the two-week Olympic break, and the trade deadline March 3. Ethan Moreau is still an Oiler; so is Fernando Pisani, and defenceman Steve Staios. Ditto for Andrew Cogliano and Robert Nilsson and Patrick O’Sullivan.

Let’s face it, the only body safe on the Oilers is the Gretzky statue.

But nobody’s been traded yet. Moreau, who had his best game in weeks against the Ducks with his 15th career short-handed goal and a short-handed feed to Ryan Potulny, is still very much in limbo. If the scouts were looking for signs that he can still play, they saw it against Anaheim. Moreau, who’s the longest-serving Oiler player, hasn’t heard a thing from Tambellini.

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Edmonton Owner Says Changes Need To Continue

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from Dan Tencer at 880iNews,

In his first lengthy media interview since the summer of 2008, Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz made it clear that what has transpired on the ice this year is not acceptable.

“Most of all, this experience has been no fun for our fans. I know it, our management knows it and our players know it.”

The struggles of the team this season have presented the obvious conclusion that changes need to continue to be made and the eye on the future needs to be focused intently. The last place record has put the Oilers in a position to likely come out of the season with the highest draft pick in franchise history, allowing them to add to a modest stable of young talent already within the system.

“We’re entering a very important time for the organization’s history,” Katz says. “We are in this for the long haul and over the long haul I really like what I see. We have a great young core with a lot more talent coming along.”

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Thursday Hockey Notes

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from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

• In addition to the Maple Leafs, Oilers and Hurricanes, some teams will look at the Olympic break to decide if they are buyers or sellers at the deadline on the first Wednesday in March. One manager told me the magic number is 10. That’s 10 points out of 8th spot. And when you consider that means that a team that is 10 down would probably have to go 15-5 in its last 20 games to have a chance. Do the math, by Valentines Day the list of teams down by double digits might be prove to make the trade deadline day a wild day indeed.

• Interesting to note that replacement players for Olympic teams can only happened based on a list that was given last year to WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). The list has to be very extensive, in order to cover any issue. It is so large, I’m told, the Canadian list includes Guy Lafleur. You also have to wonder, with all the public funding that the three levels of government are putting into the Games, why the list isn’t made public… ever!

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Patrick Kane’s Introduction To The World

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from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,

Are you ready, Chicago? Are you ready, world? Kane appeals to all ages, gossipy old nags that like sniffing the scandal sheets and bright-eyed girls and boys who can relate to a fella that’s part Huckleberry Finn, part Eminem, part Joe Namath, part Denis Savard, and pretty much three-quarters Bobby Hull, except for the hair. All live wire.

Kid Galahad could be the belle of this ball, because he so enjoys scrambling those letters to read KID HAD-A-GAL or simply KID GALA, a rollicking roustabout coming straight to your stage and the wide, wide world of sports (I know, I’m mixing networks) from Al Capone’s rootin’-tootin’ hometown, which is still how much of the world identifies Chicago….

Team USA’s Olympic opener is a 12 p. m. puck drop in Vancouver, so Kane still has time to gather the girl scout troop for a Monday night reprise in the party limo, get John Madden and Kris Versteeg on the laptop webcam, try reverse-role playing and have the gals be the ones that take off their shirts this time round for the paparazzi shoot, roast them a few marshmallows, drown them with Jagermeister shooters for the international spirit, park at Lover’s Leap in Stanley Park for belated Valentine canoodling under the moonlight and hit the hay without the need of a police escort to help him say his evening prayers.

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Afternoon Line

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“I saw my helmet after it happened and it was pretty weird to see. You can actually see the imprint of the puck on it, but thankfully it didn’t crack.  I don’t expect this to effect me. I’ve blocked a lot of shots in my career and a lot of them hurt. Whenever any of us step onto the ice there is a possibility of something like this happening. I might change my technique a bit, but I’ll still keep doing my job.”

-Josh Gorges of the Montreal Canadiens talking about his shot block last night.  More from MontrealCanadiens.com. and if you missed the video, you can watch it here.

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Parise Plans To Play Tomorrow

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils decided not to practice today and had the players work out off the ice today. Both Zach Parise and Bryce Salvador were there and said they plan to play in Friday night’s game against Nasvhille….

Parise said he thinks his “upper-body injury” had “something to do with Monday”—meaning Monday’s 3-2 loss in Philadelphia. Kimmo Timonen did pick up a boarding penalty for hittting Parise late in that game, but there was nothing obvious wrong with him afterward and he was able to practice on Tuesday afternoon.

“When I woke up yesterday morning I wasn’t feeling right at all,” he said.

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Emery Out Three Weeks

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via a tweet from Frank Seravalli,

Ray Emery will be out of action for 3 weeks as a precautionary measure with his hip, according to Paul Holmgren.

So basically, he could only miss one week of NHL action.

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Avs Developing Their Young Talent

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from Kevin Weekes of CBC,

After broadcasting the Oilers-Avalanche game this past Saturday night, like most of you, I was amazed at the amount of great young talent Colorado had on display.

The real magic or the Caramilk secret to their upstart success this year and in years past starts, but doesn’t end, at the draft table.

Many teams draft players but the hands on the developmental process ends there or somewhere thereafter. They don’t always invest all of their resources into every young player they draft or acquire and this is failing these kids and the organization. It’s very small-minded thinking for sure.

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One Mustache, Two Birthdays, And A Podcast

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

It’s been a busy day on the Red Wings blogs, and I wanted to point everyone to some great stuff.

We have two birthdays, a mustache, and a podcast to celebrate.

The Triple Deke celebrates its second birthday.  They do great work and don’t hold it against me that I have never seen a single Mighty Duck movie.  Keep it up, bitches, I look forward to another two years.

Thanks to Winging it in Motown for pointing out that our friend, motownchollis, is celebrating his real birthday.  You know him from his blog Motown Wings as well as being cohost of the always excellent Obstructed View Podcast.  Drop by to wish Chris a happy birthday, and to check out their latest podcast as Jess (Bingo, Bango), Kris (Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle) and Rob (The Production Line) join Chris and Brian.

Last, but certainly not least, The Production Line celebrated their 301st post with this Epic Post on facial hair.  I am looking forward to another 300 posts as good as the first 300 have been.  Check this out:

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