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DiPietro Feeling Good

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from Mark Hermann of On the Islanders Beat,

DiPietro said he felt good, having been the one in net when the Islanders did all their full-team drills at one end of the ice (Joey MacDonald worked on his own with a coach at the other end). Put it this way, if DiPietro does not play against the Lightning tomorrow night, he will play soon.

He added that he just couldn’t describe how anxious he has been to get in a game, and that the hardest part is balancing the knowledge that there is a lot of season left with his desire to get his season started. But he sees the reasoning in making sure that once he gets in there, he can stay in there.

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Groin Issue For Zetterberg

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Ken Holland just mentioned on NHL Live that Zetteberg has a tender groin and will be a game time decision tomorrow.

When asked about the condition of ‘Z’, Holland paused a moment and said groin.  Up to you to decide if that is the issue.

added 1:33pm, Babcock says groin too, more at the Detroit Free Press.

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Finally Radulov Talks

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

In his first interview with North American media since he left for Russia during the summer, Alexander Radulov left the door open for a possible return to the NHL and the Predators.

Radulov also said recent comments attributed to him in a letter to Continental Hockey League president Alexander Medvedev — in which Radulov said he was not interested in arbitration and not interested in returning to the NHL — were incorrect.

“I didn’t say that — that letter was a misunderstanding,” Radulov said by phone Wednesday from Ufa, where he is playing for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL.

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Update 1:06pm: (Alanah) Portions of the original letter Radulov supposedly wrote were publicized by the CP (via TSN) yesterday. For context, here are those segments:

“I returned to Russia not so that I could return again to the NHL but rather to offer all of my efforts and professionalism to the betterment of Russian hockey taking it to a new level,” according to a translation of the letter attributed to Radulov and provided by the KHL.

Radulov wrote the letter to KHL president Alexander Medvedev possibly to end some mixed signals on whether he wanted to return to the NHL.

“I have never been, nor am I currently, nor do I intend to hold negotiations with representatives of the National Hockey League or the International Ice Hockey Federation regarding the possibility of having the case of my transfer to the Kontinental Hockey League reviewed by the International Court of Sports Arbitration in Lausanne,” his letter states.

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Pitkanen Practicing At Wing

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from Chip Alexander of Lord Stanley’s Blog,

The Canes are getting in their last practice at the RBC Center before heading West for two games in L.A.

How about this: Joni Pitkanen on a wing? The defenseman is on a line with Eric Staal and Ray Whitney and is in a forward’s white jersey today.

more and thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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Rangers Rolling, But Naslund Is Not

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from Stan Fischler at Game On,

New York’s defense is playing as a solid unit, Gomez is backchecking and, as demonstrated against the Devils on Monday, the Blueshirts can clog the middle with the best of them.

Right now, the Rangers are inspiring smiles on the mugs of their loyalists. Perhaps a win tonight will change the minds of skeptics such as my bud, Dave. Not that The Maven wants to be pushy or anything, but a red light or two from Naslund wouldn’t be the worst tonic in the world.

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Quincey On The Wings

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from Jill Painter of Inside the Kings,

As promised, here’s my quick interview with Kyle Quincey from before yesterday’s game….

On whether he was caught up in numbers game in Detroit.

“Detroit’s a very special place. Guys take pay cuts to stay there. Winnings is what they do there. They had 10 defensemen join camp. That’s a pretty hard lineup to crack. I’m grateful for my time there and being part of the Stanley Cup, their tradition and winning ways. I learned so much.”

more from Quincey, all Kings releated…

 

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Hollweg Suspension Not Long Enough

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

If there’s anyone out there who can explain the NHL’s rationale when it comes to meting out discipline, please contact The Hockey News as soon as possible.

Let’s take the Ryan Hollweg suspension, just for fun. Hollweg drills Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues into the boards from behind during a game Monday afternoon. It earns him an automatic three-game suspension, his second automatic suspension in a matter of weeks. The league has the latitude and discretion to add as many games as it sees fit, but opts to let a habitual and egregious offender go without any further discipline.

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Marleau Playing With Confidence

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from Jim Wilkie of ESPN Fantasy Hockey Blog,

The new coach, who shares Saskatchewan roots with Marleau and has known his dad from when the Sharks captain played junior hockey in the WHL, has taken a patient approach with Marleau while he adapts to McLellan’s new system. So far at least, McLellan’s communication style has been a better motivator than the blunt criticism of former coach Ron Wilson, who was fired after last season’s second-round loss to the Stars.

“He just looks so strong and he has a lot of confidence,” Thornton told the San Jose Mercury News about Marleau. “You can tell. When you play with confidence the sky is the limit for guys like that.”

read on and more fantasy talk…

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  Tags: patrick+marleau

Canucks Plan To Get Their Game Back Against Detroit

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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Are the Canucks that fiery team who started off the season guns blazing, or are they the team critics warned fans about back in July, the one that won’t have enough skill to compete? It’s a plate-half-full, half-empty question, and the answer depends entirely on how hungry you are.

“We had basically been on a high since the first preseason game. We started getting loose. We were too loose [Monday],” Henrik Sedin said. “After that loss, everyone seems hungrier, refocused, re-energized. We aren’t as loose any more.

“Thursday’s is a big game for us and we are going to show if we can come back from a big loss like that.”

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Down On The Leafs

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from Ian Winwood of the Guardian,

The part of me that wants to get this column written so that I can go to bed is tempted to say it would be good for hockey were the team to once more find their mojo. But I’m not sure this is at all true; in fact, I’m not sure that it would be good for anyone other than Toronto were Toronto to once more find their mojo. The NHL needs the Maple Leafs, but it needs the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Islanders too; it doesn’t need them to be successful, it just needs them to be.

If it sounds like I have a downer on the Leafs then, well, that might be true. But perhaps it would be truer to say I have a downer on the element of their fanbase that believes that success is a divine right and that can neither accept nor understand the fact that this ain’t necessarily so.

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