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Nash Looking For Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, T

he last time Rick Nash went 11 games without scoring a goal, the Blue Jackets winger was a rookie playing on a line with Mike Sillinger and Grant Marshall.

In the fall of 2002, the baby-faced Nash was making $1.2 million a season for a fledgling franchise while most of central Ohio was enamored of the promise of another 18-year-old, named Maurice Clarett.

Times, fortunes and expectations have changed.

The Blue Jackets enter today’s game against Chicago as an underachieving club searching for goals and wins. During one of their worst stretches, Nash has struggled right alongside his teammates.

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GDT - Game #47: Red Wings at Stars (2:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

This is one of the games where the numbers may mislead you.  The Stars are coming off an 0-3 road trip.  Since January 1, the Stars are 1-6, and have scored 1.86 goals per game while allowing 4.0 goals per game.  However, Dallas are 9-2-2 in its last 13 home games.

The Red Wings actually scored two power-play goals Thursday night against Carolina. The Red Wings are now 4-for-50 (8.0 percent) in power-play opportunities in their last 15 games.  Henrik Zetterberg also ended a 13-game goal scoring drought with a goal in Thursday night’s game.  Calder Candidate, Jimmy Howard has a 1.81 GAA and .953 save percentage in his last six road games.

Last meeting of the year between these clubs, and DAL always play DET tough,the Stars are 5-2 against the Red Wings in the last two seasons.  DAL has blueline woes sporting a 3.08 ga/g (25), and 76.6% pk (27), and DET cannot score, 2.50 g/g (28), something has got to give in this matinee.

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Classic Bettman

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So you’ve seen this…

McCosky

Careful not to offer or accept excuses, the Wings were shaking their heads over the latest bit of insane scheduling inflicted upon them. They flew 3 1/2 hours to Dallas after practice Friday to play the Stars at 2 p.m. today. Then they will fly 3 1/2 hours back and host the Blackhawks in a nationally televised game at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Why wouldn’t the Detroit Red Wings do that?” Draper said, sarcastically. “I don’t think there are too many teams doing what we’re doing (schedule-wise), but for us it’s no surprise. We’ve got to play both and our plan is to win both.”

 

 

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Flames Need Some Offense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Gifted offensive players, those scorerers that can turn games, don’t come easy, or cheap. Defence, Calgary’s strength, its depth on defence, particularly with the emerge of Mark Giordano, is where the Flames could best barter. But general manager Darryl Sutter has already growled a terse rebuttal to rumors that Dion Phaneuf, the bait that’d command the most return from prospective suitors, isn’t going anywhere.

Meaning Sutter will more than likely try to upgrade offensively in a minor way before the trade deadline.

What’s becoming obvious is that some sort of injection is needed. Desperately.

Oh, there are those loyalists who’ll argue that coach Brent Sutter’s troops are merely going through a tough stretch at the moment; that they’re bound to wrestle themselves out of straight jacket they find themselves in at present.

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Chicago Starts Their Eight-Game Road Trip

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from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Six playoff teams from last season are among the opponents on the trip—the Hawks’ longest of the season—including the two they eliminated (the Flames and Canucks) and the one they lost to (the Detroit Red Wings).

‘‘If we can be ... above .500 [on this trip], it’d be nice,’’ Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

We’ll say the Hawks go 5-2-1, which isn’t a bad trip by any means. Here’s our breakdown:

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Report- Bruins/Coyotes Will Open Next Season In Prague

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

According to an NHL source, the Bruins will kick off 2010-11 with two regular-season games in Prague. They will play Phoenix in both games. The Bruins will also participate in exhibition games against teams that have yet to be determined.

more on the Bruins….

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Demitra Turns To A Physiotherapist For Relief

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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

It’s been a long road to recovery for Demitra, who had one shoulder surgery in May to repair his rotator cuff. Then, another surgery in the fall because things weren’t healing. That was followed by an infection. It all left him questioning his career, and seriously considering the option to shut it down for the year.

“If you asked me 30 days ago, and I was honest with myself, I would have told you I was done, done for the year, at least,” Demitra said. “That’s where things were going….

The question isn’t what saved him, it’s who. Officially, Pavel Purdek is listed as a physiotherapist who works closely with the Slovak national soccer team. In Demitra’s book, he’s a Magic Man.

“He’s unbelievable. I don’t know, but it seems like he has magic in his hands,” Demitra said. “He’s amazing. Every time he sticks a needle in my shoulder I feel relief. It just feels good.”

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TSN Picks The All-Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Since there will be no NHL All-Star game this year because of the Olympics, the NHL on TSN panel deliberated over who they would select to take the ice on the first line, if there were an All-Star game in 2010.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Position   Player   Team
G   Miikka Kiprusoff   Calgary Flames
LD   Duncan Keith   Chicago Blackhawks
RD   Dan Boyle   San Jose Sharks
LW   Patrick Marleau   San Jose Sharks
C   Henrik Sedin   Vancouver Canucks
RW   Patrick Kane   Chicago Blackhawks

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Stars Don’t Have A Replacement Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Razor With An Edge,

What the Stars don’t seem to have this time though is an heir apparent.

Turco was brashly demanding Belfour’s mantle back in that 2001-2002 season. His stats were better, and his presence was unsettling to Eddie who was also dealing with an increasingly tempestuous relationship with Hitch.

Fast-forward eight years and there is no young, talented goaltender ready to take the net over.

Mike Smith might have been that guy but he was sacrificed in the Brad Richards trade.

Jonas Gustafsson was a targeted “next one” this summer but decided to sign in Toronto.

So if we are witnessing the final months of another chapter in the lineage of larceny in the pipes in Dallas then the organization’s birddogs better have eyes peeled for a replacement, because it’s the most important position in the sport.

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How Is The Flat Bottom V Progressing?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Some KK readers may recall a story I posted in mid-July regarding a new skate sharpening technique.

Let’s see where it stands today…

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Known as the Flat Bottom V for the shape of the cut in the skate blade, it is currently the rage from beer leagues to the big leagues. In all, players on 22 of the NHL’s 30 teams are using the technique, some of them – from San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton to New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise – among the top players in the game….

Panthers forward Cory Stillman was passing through the dressing room as they were about to go on the ice and volunteered to act as the guinea pig.

“Stillman said to us: ‘I can tell you in three strides if it’s good or not,’” Wilson recalled. “So he got out on it and took three or four strides and turned to me and said, ‘What the heck is this?’ I said immediately: ‘Hey, it’ll take two minutes to sharpen your skates back to where they were. It’s something new that we’re developing and we don’t know much about it.’

“He said: ‘No, this is weird, but interesting.’

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