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Average Against The Spread

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

The Red Wings, who have dominated opponents, are 11-2-0-1 on the ice but 7-7 against the spread.

Want more? Ottawa, which has the NHL’s best overall record, had a 7-6 mark against the spread in its first 13 games.

more (reg, req) and if you want an explanation of all the hockey betting verbage, this story provides it…

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  Tags: hockey+betting

Gordie Howe Is The Greatest Of Them All

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Since Joe Pelletier asked, here are my memories of Gordie Howe…

Almost 44 years ago to the day (November 10th), I was there.

I witnessed Gordie Howe break the goal scoring record when he ripped a wrister against Montreal goaltender Charlie Hodge for goal #545.  The old Olympia shook from the foundations, a standing-O for what seemed like an eternity, it would build, die down a bit, then build once again.

I cried, why, because I too was relieved of the pressure Gordie was feeling.  He had gone scoreless for about six games and even his shoulders were starting to feel the burden.

I remember looking up in the rafters before the game, the Wings had tons of balloons up there, hoping to release them onto the ice if Gordie scored.  Well, released they did, but about half of them had deflated, and they rained down on the ice like a wounded duck.  It didn’t matter, fans started tossing anything they could, cups, hats, food, even a few pairs of shoes.

I shudder whenever I think of that day so let’s take a stroll down memory lane…

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: detroit+red+wings, gordie+howe

Mellanby Blames Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dave Waddell at the Windsor Star,

Essex native Ralph Mellanby, the 73-year-old former executive producer of Hockey Night in Canada for two decades, says NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is responsible for many of the league’s problems.

“Bettman to me is the real problem for hockey,” said Mellanby, who will be signing his book Walking with Legends Saturday at 2 p.m. in Chapters at the Devonshire Mall and at the Essex Legion at 3:30 p.m.

“He’s done so much damage to hockey it may never recover. We don’t have time to go through the litany of errors.”

Mellanby cites the usual laundry list of being in bad hockey markets, ignoring European opportunities, slowness to improve a deteriorating product, turbulent labour relations, the ignoring of Canadian markets, the reluctance to embrace change and some controversial TV deals and asks why Bettman is still employed.

continued…

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, CBC HNIC, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: gary+bettman, hnic, ralph+mellanby

Danger Ahead For Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Thomas Vanek has yet to show signs that he can live up to his big payday, while second-year man Drew Stafford, who played so well in his rookie season, has been a disappointment as a sophomore.

When you add the depleted blue line missing regulars Teppo Numminen, Dimitri Kalinin and the previously rejuvenated Jaro Spacek, it’s evident that head coach Lindy Ruff hasn’t faced this level of trouble since the pre-lockout days – and those battles were fought with Drury and Briere.

much more on the NHL and one bit we covered yesterday…

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres

Dad Wants To Fix Patrick Roy’s Image

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via Yahoo,

...And, like any good dad, Michel Roy is standing up for his son with “Le Guerrier,” which translates into English as “The Warrior.”

Michel Roy says the French-language book - there are no immediate plans for an English version - is aimed at correcting the public perception of Patrick Roy’s life and career.

“I wanted to present Patrick as he is,” Michel Roy said at the book’s launch on Tuesday. “I think that the image that people often have of Patrick is not the real picture of Patrick. He’s not like that.”

read on

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  Tags: patrick+roy

John LeClair in Court

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From WCAX-TV,

John LeClair will be in court next week to face a drunk driving charge. Vermont state police pulled over the former BFA St. Albans, UVM and NHL great on October 24th.

The early-morning incident on Interstate-89 in Milton is the St. Albans native’s second drunk driving charge. In 1990, LeClair pleaded no contest after prosecutors reduced the charge to careless and negligent driving.

LeClair was placed on waivers last December by the Pittsburgh Peguins and he has not played in the NHL since then.

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  Tags: john+leclair

Barry Melrose Apologizes to NJ

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP,

ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose apologized Tuesday for negative remarks about the area around the New Jersey Devils’ new Prudential Center arena.

In a video segment posted on ESPN.com last week, Melrose described the recently opened arena as a “beautiful new building” but added, “Don’t go outside if you have a wallet or anything else, because the area around the arena is just horrible.”

Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker and Municipal Council President Mildred Crump took exception to the remarks and called for Melrose to apologize.

“All of us make mistakes, but it’s a shame when it’s at the expense of 300,000 people,” Booker said, referring to Newark’s population.

continued…

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  Tags: arenas, barry+melrose, espn, new+jersey+devils

Sabres Take An Injury Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WGR 550,

Plenty of veterans missed practice this morning at HSBC Arena. Adam Mair has an ankle injury that Lindy Ruff said would keep him out weeks. Tim Connolly has a strained oblique will be out for an undetermined amount of time. Ruff insisted that his injury has nothing to do with his head.

more

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  Tags: adam+mair, buffalo+sabres, injuries, tim+connolly

All Mike Comrie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Amber at ESPN,

Q: Why did you sign only a one-year deal?

A: I wanted to see how I fit in on the top line and to see if I enjoyed playing in the New York area. It’s better to see that it works for me and works for them, then we can move forward.

Q: So, how has it been so far?

A: I like it here. We have a great group of guys. We have to win games by everyone chipping in. We don’t have a $10 million player on this team. Everyone has to come and play hard every night.

more

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  Tags: mike+comrie, new+york+islanders

Ron Francis Interview and Video Highlights

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, and fellow inductees Mark Messier, Scott Stevens and Jim Gregory, will be honored at the 2007 Induction Celebration on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

More on Francis at NHL.com and below is the transcript from a media conference call with Francis, from earlier today. 

A video of his career highlights is also provided.

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  Tags: hockey+hall+of+fame, interview, ron+francis

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