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Fans Left In the Dark

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

All these years later, the Devils are still a Mickey Mouse organization.

The Devils long ago put their on-ice reputation as a team in disarray—and Wayne Gretzky’s 1983 Disney-based characterization—behind them, but the organization’s non-hockey-related operations still reek of amateurism 26 years later.

The latest example of this came Friday night. It was not that the game was postponed because of the lights malfunctioned. It’s not that the repeated efforts by Prudential Center and PSE&G electricians to fix the problem didn’t work or that the Devils, Lightning and the NHL didn’t do everything possible to try to get the game restarted Friday.

It was the way the team treated its fans by giving them no information about what was going on.


added 3:52pm, The game will resume Sunday at 6:00pm in New Jersey.

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IIHF Says No Roster Moves Unless It Is For Valid Reasons

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There appears to be a resolution to the Olympic hockey roster dispute.

The International Ice Hockey Federation sent out a memo Friday to all national member federations clarifying that, at this point, roster changes can only be made for “valid reasons,” and not because of player performance, ESPN.com has learned.


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  Tags: winter+olympics

Battling In The KHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Even Jagr got involved.

Get the recap here and watch another video below the first one.

Thanks to the Twitter of Habsinsideout1 for the pointer…

added 3:49pm, RussianHockeyFans says the game had 691 PIMs and the game was canceled due to the brawls.

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Savard Out 3-4 Weeks

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via John Bishop of BostonBruins.com,

Bruins center Marc Savard will miss 3-4 weeks with a Grade 2 partial MCL tear in his right knee. He will not require surgery.

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  Tags: marc+savard

13 NHL Games Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bruins and Rangers kick-off the action today beginning at 1:00pm ET today.

Then 12 games with start times between 7:00pm - 10:30pm.

Enjoy the games and stay warm!

Today’s NHL schedule is listed below…

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GDT - Game #44: Red Wings at Sharks (10:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Wings face a huge challenge tonight at SJS, who are 9-1 in their last 10 games.  The Shark have taken points in all but three home contests this season, sporting a 14-3-5 record at the ‘Tank.  Their overall record of 28-9-7, and 63 points have them only two points shy of leading the league (CHI 65 pts). Individually, Joe Thornton’s 58 points are second in the league, his 47 assists lead the league, Patrick Marleau’s 28 goals have him tied for 1st in the league. 

SJS are a juggernaught, 3rd is goals per game, 8th in team “D”, 9th on the PP, 3rd on the PK. The Sharks have alot of firepower aimed straight at Detroit’s Calder candidate, Jimmy Howard, who will make his 8th consecutive start tonight.  Howard is 8th in the NHL in goals-against average (2.19) and fourth in save percentage (.924). Let us hope he isn’t too gassed from his insane 51-save, winning performance against LA - - the Wings may well need more heroics from him on Saturday night.  And shockingly, Leino is back to the doghouse tonight.

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The Race To The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun discuss what it will take to make the playoffs in each conference.

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Almost 40,000 Watch College Hockey At Fenway

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from Mary Paoletti of CSNNE,

The snow fell fast and even. Fans hopped off the Green Line, paused for a moment on Commonwealth Avenue, and tried to find their bearings. It was a hockey night—that much they knew—but it was already unlike any they had ever experienced.

On this frosty Friday in January there was to be a collision between historic college tradition and an event momentous enough to make history with it’s first try.

Two NCAA hockey games played in a baseball stadium. And not just any stadium but in “America’s most beloved ballpark.” For one night in a city ruled by a hierarchy of professional sports, and where the MLB especially reigns supreme, four teams of student athletes were called into court.


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Brent Sutter Upset With Flames Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Down of the Calgary Herald,

Coach Brent Sutter took his players to task after they’d committed too many turnovers, played too soft in their own zone and got off just 10 shots on goal during the final 40 minutes against a team they probably should have run out of the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Instead, they suffered their second straight defeat while seeing a three-game winning string on home ice snapped by a club that won its second in a row in as many nights after going winless in its previous 13 on the road.

“There’s a certain way this hockey team has to play and until we can do it on a consistent basis and there’s a sense of urgency, how important every game is, you’re going to still have inconsistency and that’s the thing that really pisses me off, to be quite honest,” said a clearly irritated Sutter.

“This team shouldn’t be that way, but that’s the way we’ve been. Win two, three, lose two. You keep getting the same line, ‘Well, it’s not good enough.’ If it’s not good enough, then respond.”

read on

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Interest In The Oilers Is Fading

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal via the National Post,

Roads are bad. Weather stinks. And so does the team. They are all factors in the rise in empty seats and the fall in resale prices. Have a look at Kijiji, the online classified ads site. Club seats that retail for $235 are available, in abundance, for as little as $100 apiece. The $50 ducats can be had for $20. It’s a scalper’s nightmare, a spendthrift’s dream, as long as you don’t mind actually having to watch the games.

I have heard, admittedly secondhand, of some Edmonton-area businesses that maintain season tickets and regularly give them away to clients but are now having a hard time finding takers. People trying to sell off season tickets, even at reduced rates, can’t connect with buyers. Laforge counters that they have a list of 1,800 people waiting to buy season tickets but only 300 become available each year. Clearly, these people need to communicate with one another.


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