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If a player from your team went out ‘partying’ with members of the opposition?

from Tammy Stables Battaglia and Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press,

Miguel Cabrera had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit when he was involved in a physical altercation with his wife early Saturday morning, according to the Birmingham Police.

Cabrera had been partying with buddies from the Chicago White Sox after Friday night’s game at Birmingham’s Townsend Hotel, Birmingham Police Chief Richard

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The Most Affluent Fans

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from Austin Kelley of the Wall Street Journal,

Marketing-research firm comScore analyzed online traffic to nhl.com, nba.com, nfl.com and mlb.com in the U.S., and found that more than half the puckheads had household incomes of at least $75,000. About 36% came from households making six-figure sums or higher. Baseball ranked second with 32.7 percent of its web-browsing fans in the $100,000 or more bracket, followed by football with 28.3 percent. Nba.com, by contrast, had only 27.7% of its users among the top-earning households, giving it the least-affluent fan base.

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thanks to Darren Rovell’s tweet for the pointer…

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Morning Line

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The scariest thing about going to an NHL game is seeing decent, non-mouth-breathing types among the media and hockey executives huddle around a television set whenever Hockey Night in Canada’s Coach’s Corner segment is on. Most of us learn at an early age that it’s impolite to rubber-neck at car accidents.

-Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail.

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The ‘Winnipeg Is Getting An NHL Team’ Talk

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from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

There was more NHL/Winnipeg speculation on Saturday night’s Hockey Night in Canada’s Satellite Hotstove.

On the season’s opening weekend, the captivated nation was told that big money from Toronto has done plenty of work already to buy the Atlanta Thrashers and move them to Winnipeg. Is it just another episode of wishful thinking or a real indicator of what’s afoot?

True North Sports and Entertainment chairman Mark Chipman wasn’t saying on Sunday, taking his usual tack of the less said the better. There are several known quantities to this ongoing story:

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Your Battle Of The Blades Report

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from the CP via NHL.com,

Hockey hero Claude Lemieux drew swoons for a cheeky butt wiggle while NHL bruiser Tie Domi got the crowd cheering with his best Mick Jagger impression Sunday as beefy athletes traded their hockey sticks for sequined outfits and sexy female partners on the CBC TV elimination-style series, “Battle of the Blades.”

The new reality show debuted with Domi, Craig Simpson and six of their former hockey cohorts managing to avoid any ugly spills while flinging their seasoned partners across the rink, over their shoulders and between their legs in pursuit of viewer votes that could crown them coolest on ice.

continued and watch the Bob Probert/Kristina Lenko routine below…

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Capitals Look To Knuble For Leadership

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from Gary Graves of USA TODAY,

As Knuble’s role takes shape with the defending Southeast Division champions — he was projected to play on the top line with Ovechkin when he signed July 1, but his first two games were with the second unit — he has made inroads. The club named him an alternate captain, the first time the 6-3, 223-pound Toronto native recalls starting a season with that title.

“That’s part of the deal of coming in, being an older player and (the team looking to) a more veteran guy,” he said. “It’s still a young core group, but there are leaders all over and guys lead by experience by their play on the ice. It’s an honor, though.”

Of his Philadelphia homecoming, he added, “It’s going to be weird.”

His true value might be defined in the playoffs, when the Capitals hope Knuble influences their younger players the same way since-departed Sergei Fedorov did last season. Knuble is coming off a 27-goal season, so there’s no doubt his stick carries as much weight as his voice.

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When Mike was a rookie with the Wings, we happened to live in the same city and would run into each other on occasion.  I remember Mike had that “deer in the headlights” stare with him at the time and it is nice to see the progress Mike has made in the NHL.

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All Alexander Semin

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from Dmitry Chesnokov at the Washington Examiner,

How comfortable are you playing on the first line. A lot of people thought that Mike Knuble would join Ovechkin and Backstrom on the first line.

It’s not about being comfortable or not comfortable. We just have a great chemistry with Alex and Nick and no one is selfish. No one is taking it all on himself. It’s simply a pleasure to play when you have such chemistry. We just know each other all too well: where each of us should be, when to expect a pass, which position on the ice each one of us should take.

Because of this chemistry, your line will now be looked at differently by other teams, who will study the way you play. Are you ready to face the best defensemen in the NHL? Are you ready for more personal attention and closer play?

Let the rest be scared of us, than for us to be scared of how someone is going to play against us. Let them study our game. What is it to us? We will just go out and play our best, just like we have been playing. I don’t think it makes sense to change your game for anyone—especially when it comes to our line.

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St. Louis Fans ‘Pumped’ After Defeating Detroit

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

A couple hundred fans were awaiting the Blues, and as the team entered the hotel lobby the crowd began chanting the names of players, coaches and management.

“When we got off the bus, one of the employees said, ‘There’s a lot of people in here,’” Blues defenseman Erik Johnson said. “It was awesome. Obviously we won two big games, but it seemed like we won something a lot more with the fans doing something like that.”

Entering the lobby to the chant of “J-D! J-D!”, Blues President John Davidson said he was overwhelmed. “It was like being part of the Olympics,” Davidson said. “It was an emotional experience for us. That was totally unexpected.”

Unexpected, too, for a pair of Detroit fans who found themselves in the middle of the fray.

“Two guys got out of a cab behind us and they had Red Wings jerseys on,” Davidson said. “They were about to walk through, and Andy Murray said, ‘Excuse me, do you guys have a lot of life insurance?’”

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Leafs Must Fix Goaltending Problem

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

So what we think we might know about the Leafs after two games – Lee Stempniak looks much improved, added toughness doesn’t mean much if the other team won’t engage, Viktor Stalberg clearly does belong – really doesn’t mean much.

Nothing, you see, can be known until the goaltending is sorted out.

When you allow only 51 shots in two games and give up 10 goals to lose twice, you know you have a problem.

By comparison, Detroit is admitting it may have a problem between Chris Osgood and Jimmy Howard after losing twice to St. Louis in Stockholm, and the Wings goalies gave up only nine goals on 53 shots.

Some of it is about goals-against averages and save percentages, but goaltending is also a feel, something that creates an atmosphere around the team. If the netminding is sound or even better, excellent, players compete in a comfort zone, knowing they can make an error here or there, and they tend to relax and gel better as a unit.

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Searching For A Positive, Coyotes Find It On The Ice

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“Since May 5, we haven’t had any real control over what’s been going on,” Doan said before the Coyotes opened their season here on Saturday night. “Starting with tonight, we had some control again – to provide some positive energy and positive news, instead of always hearing the negative.”

The Coyotes were positively impressive in their 2009-10 debut, rolling to a 6-3 win over the hometown Kings, who left the ice to a chorus of boos, largely because of a dominating performance by a Phoenix team many thought were destined for the bottom of the NHL barrel.

Tellingly, coach Dave Tippett’s pressure fore-checking system led directly to three goals by forcing turnovers from the Kings’ young defenders. It won’t always be this easy – the Coyotes move on to Pittsburgh to play the Stanley Cup champion Penguins Tuesday – but their overall level of organization was apparent right away.

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