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Look At The Ref

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

While the Senators’ winning percentage with McCreary as one of the two referees (eight out of potential 14 points; .571) is just a little lower than their winning percentage overall (87 out of a potential 146 points; .596), the ammunition for McCreary conspiracy theorists is Senators opponents have been given almost twice as many power plays in those seven games as the Senators.

According to the NHL game sheets, the Senators have had 23 power-play opportunities in games in which McCreary has worked; their opponents have had 42. That’s an average of 3.29 power plays vs. six short-handed situations in those seven games.

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Never Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sunday night it started, and by Tuesday morning it was time to re-load Windows XP onto my computer.  I am not sure what happened besides the power hit I took, but I am happy to report I am working my way back into game shape.

I am about 80% right now, but the playoffs are close and we need as many points as possible.  I have a few other things to take care of and should be back to posting by 9:00am today.

Thanks to Alanah for keeping you updated and I will see you soon.

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Bullseye

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ilya Kovalchuck hits 50 last night in a 3-2 loss ot Philadelphia.

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Don’t Fall in Love With Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Buccigross at ESPN,

The Penguins have to at least consider and discuss trading Evgeni Malkin this summer if he is looking for an Alexander Ovechkin-type contract ($9-10 million per season. Term doesn’t matter. You always will be able to trade a great player if he is healthy), and the team concludes that paying a combined $17 million for two players on their roster will greatly affect their Stanley Cup plans.

NHL teams will have to look at things as NFL teams do. You won’t be able to fall in love with players, and you can’t talk about being a contender for 10 seasons. You have to look through smaller windows. Otherwise, you could have a very good season, then be mediocre for the next five. You have to keep looking forward, keep building.

more... odds and ends on Bucci’s mind

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin

Dig It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The day I see a direct quote, and I mean a statement with the little quotation marks around it, from Mike Babcock saying Chris Chelios isn’t assured a spot on the third D pairing?  That’s the day I stop believing stuff like this is the mark of a frigging idiot.

Babcock also said that with three or four games remaining, he will settle on his third defensive pairing – a two-man job open to Chris Chelios, Andreas Lilja and Brett Lebda.

Helene St. James, every few weeks, gives us a hint of that garbage.  Prove it Helene.  Give us a quote from Babcock saying that.  Until then?  You just continue to look stupid.

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Updated Reports: DiPietro’s Season Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Greg Logan at Newsday,

The organization has decided to send goaltender Rick DiPietro for an MRI examination Tuesday of the hip injury he suffered in the All-Star Game skills competition on Jan. 26.

Islanders coach Ted Nolan acknowledged DiPietro’s absence from the lineup at the morning skate Tuesday and said results of the MRI will be evaluated Wednesday.

“He’s been having it for a while,” Nolan said of DiPietro’s hip injury. “It’s the same as our team. We have nine guys out of the lineup, and we have two guys that probably shouldn’t be playing (Tuesday night). It’s one of those things where the injury bug hit us, and unfortunately, it hit Ricky.”

Update 11:11pm ET: From TSN

It looks as though Rick DiPietro’s season is over.

Sources tell TSN the New York Islander goaltender has a right hip problem that is going to require surgery. The decision was made after DiPietro underwent an MRI today. It’s expected the surgery could be performed as early as Wednesday.

Update 11:54pm ET: Greg Logan at Newsday

For the second time in two seasons, Islanders franchise goaltender Rick DiPietro will have season-ending hip surgery. The operation will take place Wednesday at Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., an NHL source said, and DiPietro is expected to recover in time for training camp in September.

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  Tags: goalies, rick+dipietro

Grooming Tips From AO

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dan Steinberg in the DC Sportsblog, mention of a press release:

Hair Cuttery, the largest privately-owned chain of hair salons in the country, announced today that it has signed NHL Washington Capitals’ hockey star Alex Ovechkin to a 6-month partnership agreement commencing in October.

Ovechkin proves that even if you’re a multimillionaire, you can still appreciate a good haircut at a great price. After signing a 13 year, $124M contract - the richest in NHL history - the 22-year-old Washington Capitals’ left wing is still a regular client at the Ballston Common Hair Cuttery in Arlington, Virginia.

more here…

$14 haircuts.  Interesting, this odd world of hockey endorsements. (And it seems like it would’ve been a decent gig for Jose Theodore, too.)

*hat-tip to Rick Couchman at Hockey.com for the link

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, endorsements

Pacific Division Showdown

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at CP,

Along with the NHL-leading Detroit Red Wings, we argue the three Pacific Division contenders make up the best four teams in the NHL. And one will almost surely be out in the first round. Hence the urgency of the six total games involving the Sharks, Ducks and Stars.

“Those games against Dallas and San Jose are critical,” said Carlyle.

If you think you’ve seen this movie before, it’s because you have. The same three clubs also came down to the wire last season and finished three points apart, the Ducks winning the division with 110 points followed by San Jose (107) and Dallas (107).

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Update 4:58pm ET: Link fixed, changed to the original CP report via Google. Sorry ‘bout the botched one earlier.

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  Tags: pacific+division

Behind the Nicknames

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Schwartz at NHL.com,

Usually the genesis of the colorful nicknames is as entertaining and creative as the name itself. Some players get their nicknames as young kids and lug them throughout their career. Other times, the names have been given during their NHL career. Occasionally, a player’s nickname will come from something that has nothing whatsoever to do with hockey. The origin of others remains somewhat of a mystery to this day.

Here are 10 of the better nicknames currently being used in the NHL:

more… *from “Pickles” to “Mad Dog” and more.

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Back To The Sack

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There seems to be some tension in the comments below.  Some of the A2Y 19 have taken issue with the fact that my confidence in our goaltending has dwindled of late.  You’re calling me names and making me sad.  There must be a solution, there always is.  When I find myself at a loss to explain my views, there is always a tried and true solution:  The Sack. 

Adrienne Dater responds to readers’ queries (Yeah, I was tempted to add an “e”) via his Male Bag.  Here at A2Y, we have The Sack.  Once again, all questions were posed by you, the masses.

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