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Junior Fans Are Bringing Out The Knives, While Wings Fans Want Another Win

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

The Hawks and their fans had a taste of succes last season making the Western Conference Finals.  This season, their palate will find anything less than a Stanley Cup Finals appearance distasteful.  With high expectations, comes high stress.  It is a slippery slope to have expectations of Stanley Cup appearances from the outset.

Red Wings fans are blessed with the perpetual expectation of greatness, but it was not always this way.  Certainly not when I became a fan.  Since the Organ-I-zation hit its stride, there is no group with higher annual expectations than the Red Wings along with their fans.  This is why the 19 have the Stress Train.  While it barrels down the tracks, we gather in the Hasek Club to console ourselves as we imagine every possible scenario which will lead to our postseason demise.

In years past we had doubts about our goaltending and grit.  This season we have doubts about overcoming that cruel bastard Jobu and how he has cursed the health and well-being of the Wings.  Our playoff appearance, often a certainty, is now in doubt.  Yet I believe the vast majority of the 19 remain optimistic.  Heavily intoxicated, but optimistic.

In Chicago, the fans are losing their optimism and are becoming a fractured mess.  Doubt is taking over and they do not have the experience to overcome it. 

The knives have come out in Chicago and there is a call for blood.

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Stamkos`s Star Rising

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The NHL season has been rather disjointed since February because of the Olympic break.  Nevertheless there have been a reasonable number of games played since February 1st to look at which players have been hot lately.  Some teams have played as many as twelve games in that period.  The top scorer in that time period is Steve Stamkos.  Stamkos has eleven goals and nine assists for twenty points in ten games played to lead the league.  He is one point up on linemate Martin St Louis and four points up on any other player. 

This Tampa Bay twosome has played very well, with Stamkos being the better of the two.  Unfortunately, their team has not capitalized on their success, as Tampa has been 5-5 in that period.  Tampa has had defensive problems.  They have allowed 34 goals (which is second highest in the league since Feb 1st - behind Edmonton`s 37 goals allowed in 12 games played).

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Someone needs to wake up the kids who have committed to the Indian. Wake up everybody. Someone needs to remind them that management either failed to trade for a goalie or chose not to because the organ-I-zation didn’t want to yank anyone out of what appears to be a tight-knit dressing room.

If your best players are going to be some of your worst, then your goalie—whoever it is, doesn’t matter, it’s clearly your weakest position—has no chance. And if your goalie has no chance, you can forget about June, and maybe even May.

Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune.  More on the Blackhawks at his RosenBlog.

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Kesler Named Cover Boy For NHL 2K11

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

Ryan Kesler has been on quite a roll of late.

At the recent Olympics, he scored in the men’s hockey final and emerged with a silver medal as part of an impressive young U.S. team. Since returning to the Vancouver Canucks, he has three goals in four games—with two of those goals coming in Detroit near where he grew up in Livonia.

And now the 25-year-old can celebrate being the cover athlete for the NHL 2K11 video game, following in the footsteps of Alexander Ovechkin, Rick Nash, Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton, Marty Turco, Martin St. Louis, Jeremy Roenick, Chris Drury and Brendan Shanahan.

Kesler calls it the “icing on the cake” after his Olympic experience.

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Capitals Sign Keith Aucoin To An Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed center Keith Aucoin to a two-year contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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A Lost Point May Have Hurt The Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

If that defeat took place in November, it could be excused as one of those tough defeats you try to move past. But this kind of loss occurred in March to a team that has to overtake four others, most notably Detroit, to steal the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Simply crushing.

“If at the end of the season you’re not in the playoffs, you’re going to say you regret that point that got away,” center Todd Marchant said. ”If you’re in the playoffs, you’re going to say ‘Hey, forget about it.’

“We had an opportunity to get two points. We didn’t. We got one. Now we’ve got to pick ourselves up and be ready to come out and play like we did in the first period but for 60 minutes.”

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Two Wings Miss Practice But Will Play Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings forwards Todd Bertuzzi and Pavel Datsyuk didn’t practice Monday, but coach Mike Babcock said both will be in the lineup for Tuesday’s game against Calgary (7 p.m., FSN).

Bertuzzi sustained a charley horse in his left thigh/knee area during the second period of Sunday’s 5-4 win in Chicago. Babcock said Datsyuk has been bothered by the flu the last couple of days. Datsyuk also took a shot off the foot on Sunday, but that apparently wasn’t the cause of him missing practice.

The only lineup change sees Jonathan Ericsson replacing Brett Lebda, as planned.

“We’re going to keep rotating those guys,’’ Babcock said. “I don’t know if it’s game in, game out, or two in, two out.’’

 

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Marc Savard Does Not Remember The Hit By Matt Cooke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

All Marc Savard wanted to do was go home and sleep.

“Right now, I just need rest,” said the injured Bruins [team stats] star as he sat in Pittsburgh International Airport awaiting a mid-day flight to Boston. “I’m exhausted.”

Savard was knocked unconscious by a blindside hit to the head from Penguins forward Matt Cooke Sunday, suffering a concussion and damaged jaw during the Bruins’ 2-1 loss. He was walking and talking very slowly in the airport, although the fact he was able to traverse the several hundred yards to the Boston gate under his own power had to be a good sign. With many concussed athletes, it’s sometimes difficult to walk across a room.

“I think that’s a good sign,” said Savard of his being able to walk without dizziness or balance problems. He was examined by physicians in Pittsburgh yesterday before he was cleared to fly.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 8, 2010)—Colorado Avalanche right wing Chris Stewart, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos and Florida Panthers defenseman Bryan McCabe have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 7.

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Someone Doesn’t Like The Blackhawks National Anthem Experience

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Otto of Mlive,

Listening to the Red Wings-Blackhawks pregame on Sunday reminded me of one of the most awful traditions in sports.

Jim Cornelison belted out his wonderful, booming rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

The crowd yelled, screamed and clapped through the entire thing.  It’s something the fans started doing because they were so pumped up before a 1985 Campbell Conference playoff game against the Edmonton Oilers, and have continued it ever since.

And it makes my skin crawl every time I hear it.

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