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Tweet-Up the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Thanks to @hockeycardshow (site: The Hockey Card Show) and @nhldigest (site: NHL Digest), we came across this nifty little application for Twitter users. NHL Game Tag.

NHL GameTag helps fans find other fans through Twitter. By simply tweeting #nhlgametag along with the home team abbreviation (SJS, DET, COL, etc) NHL GameTag will collect the tweets and group them together by arena.

Fans inside the arena will be able to communicate about the game and meet other fans. Others outside the arena will be able to get information and a sense of what’s happening in a unique way not possible by just watching on TV.

Go here to check it out, and here for an explanation on how it works.  Great idea!

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Preparing For Brodeur

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

It’s a beautiful spring day here in Newark. Temperatures are likely in the high 50s and there was no need for anything stronger than a sport coat on the three-block walk to Scully’s for lunch. On the way back, right around 3 p.m., we saw close to 100 fans waiting outside the box office, hoping to snatch up the $10 day-of-game tickets put on sale before every home game.

It was cool to see that level of excitement and passion and just further stoked the fires for what hopefully will be a historic night.

more and NHL.com will be blogging for the rest of the night at the same link, just in case you want to check in throughout the evening.

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  Tags: martin+brodeur

Ron Wilson On Toronto’s Goalie Prospect

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

When asked if Pogge would be summoned from the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies over the final few weeks of the season, Wilson said post-trade deadline callup restrictions make such a move difficult.

Then came a stinging shot at Pogge’s less-than-stellar performance of late.

“He has not performed well since he went back to the minors,” Wilson said. “He has to play better.

“We’re not going to reward him for poor play.”

General manager Brian Burke said management still has high hopes for Pogge.

more

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  Tags: justin+pogge

The NHL’s Worst Defensive Forward?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jes Golbez on the KK Member Blog:

Enver Lisin, a 2nd round pick of the Coyotes back in 2004, is supposed to be a part of the team’s future. He’s got a lot of speed, that’s for sure.

The problem? he’s been hurting his team in the present, a LOT.

continued…

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  Tags: enver+lisin

Enver Lisin - NHL’s Worst Defensive Forward?

Blog: KK Members Blog By JesGolbez

Enver Lisin, a 2nd round pick of the Coyotes back in 2004, is supposed to be a part of the team’s future. He’s got a lot of speed, that’s for sure.

The problem? he’s been hurting his team in the present, a LOT.

Over the course of his short career, Lisin has played a season’s worth of games and has an atrocious +/- stat.

I know +/- can be a flawed stat for many reasons, but when it’s a rather large number in any direction, it generally says something about the player. In this case, it is obvious that Lisin is on the ice for many goals scored against, and it isn’t a one-season fluke.

One has to wonder just how much better off the Coyotes would have been if they had not played Lisin at all. He doesn’t put up a lot of points, and has obviously cost the Coyotes quite a few goals against with his inattention to his own end. It’s not like Lisin is going up against top lines like Samuel Pahlsson.

Checking out Behind the Net’s advanced stats, Lisin is right down near the bottom, with only Rod “The Bod” Brind’Amour and his awful season below him.

I’d have to say, without digging too deep, that Lisin is the worst defensive forward in the league, and would be better off in the AHL until he isn’t such a negative nelly.

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  Tags: coyotes, enver+lisin

Tribute to a NHL Irishman

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Wild Nation:

Yes, it is the famous (or infamous) March 17th.  The day where public intoxication becomes not just acceptable, but expected.  So, we here at Wild Nation have decided to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by putting together a small tribute to our favorite Wild player and resident Irishman, Owen Nolan.

Nolan was born in Belfast, Ireland on February 12, 1972.  His family soon moved to Canada, where Nolan began playing hockey at the age of nine.

continued…

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  Tags: owen+nolan, st+patrick's+day

Down Goes Homer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

This time it’s a knee.  No Holmstrom tonite.

Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom will miss Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers because of a strained knee.

Holmstrom was injured late in Sunday’s game at Columbus.

“I hit a crack or something (in the ice) the second-to-last shift in the game,” he said. “I was really sore (Monday). It’s day-to-day. I twisted it, strained the knee.”

Dave Dye also reported that Filppula remains out, Meech practiced up front…and so did Lebda.

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Streit A Longshot For The Norris

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Islanders Point Blank,

Mike Green. Nicklas Lidstrom. Dan Boyle. If Streit is in that conversation, it’s quite an honor. Put it this way: if the Islanders were one of the top teams in the league, and the Rangers, Flyers, Wild or any other team were in 30th but had a defenseman tied for third in scoring, would you think their player deserved one of three Norris nominations?

Streit has 12 more games to stake his claim. To have any chance, he’ll need to rack up some points to get past the 60 mark and separate himself from the pack after the unreachable Mike Green.

more

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  Tags: mark+streit

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We don’t have as many points as we should have had after the last 10 games. If we would have had those points, we wouldn’t be talking about Columbus or St. Louis. We’d be talking about challenging Vancouver….”

-Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers.  More from Souray via JoAnne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal.

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  Tags: sheldon+souray

Bruins Will Be Watching

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

In a quirk of the NHL schedule, the B’s play just twice in 12 days. And while they’re fine-tuning their game in Wilmington, New Jersey and Washington, the teams that have any real chance of catching the first-place B’s in the Eastern Conference, will each play a half-dozen games.

The Devils, six points behind the B’s, play four on the road, including Sunday’s huge matinee against the Bruins, while the Capitals, seven points back, play five straight on the road, beginning with last night’s loss in Atlanta. The Devils have three games in hand on the B’s.

By the time the Bruins resume playing in earnest, they very well could be looking up at one of those two teams.

read on

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