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Ducks Need To Shoot For A Playoff Berth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The Ducks are optimistic that Getzlaf, Rob Niedermayer and even Bertuzzi and Schneider will be back in the lineup relatively soon. Still, there are significant issues, especially with the shortage of offensive-minded forwards. It seems that the best-case scenario for the Ducks is to just try to hang in there, nail down a playoff berth, which is by no means a sure thing, and hope they can get things together in time for a post-season run.

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The Other Teams In The Central

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

As (Andy) Murray said, “I thought there was parity there last year, too, between Chicago, Columbus and St. Louis. The only difference is that the parity is at a higher level.”

The three teams were a collective 79-77-21 after their coaching changes last season. They are 15-11-1 this morning. The Central Division is no longer comprised of Detroit, Nashville, Curly, Larry and Moe. The Stooges are gone.

As Hitchcock said, “Somebody has to make the playoffs other than Detroit. Whether you get a second- or a third-place team in the playoffs, it’s going to be somebody.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, columbus+blue+jackets, st+louis+blues

Breaking News: Hasek Is Brittle

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Of all the ailments, it had to be a hip.  It had to be the malady most closely associated with the elderly.  My only question is did Dominik Hasek fall down and break his hip? Is that the irritation? Does he have a clapper now?  What the hell is “hip irritation”? 

Here we go.  Fire up the train boys and girls because the long season of uncertainty begins tonite with young Jimmy backing up your once and current favorite whipping boy (well…second favorite) Chris Osgood. The bunnies are in a fervor, while the rest of us fall back into a routine we’re all too comfortable with.

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Grigorenko Wants a Shot With Datsyuk

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The chances of Igor Grigorenko staying in Detroit past November 1st are, in my opinion, zero.  Too many factors conspiring against him: he played like garbage in TC and in the pre-season, played like garbage in Grand Rapids, the Wings’ success without him.  A2Y Russian correspondent, Green Bay Mike, found another Larin/Grigorenko interview and provides a translation.  Larin, as usual, seems intent on seeking out conspiracies and pushing for a Datsyuk/Grigorenko tandem.

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Rick Nash Highlight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rusty Miller at the AP,

It was the type of move a player usually tries late in a long practice. The right situation presented itself in a game for Columbus’ Rick Nash, however, and it will undoubtedly be a staple on all the highlight shows.

Nash scored in his fifth straight game, this one an almost indescribable goal on a shot between his legs…

Watch the video…

 

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Ouch

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

By popular request tonight, here’s the scrap in Boston featuring Zdeno Chara and David Koci.  And while Koci’s face looks like he was in a car wreck after the fight, it’s worth remembering he only broke his nose a few nights ago fighting Wade Belak, so that might be the primary cause of the mess. 

From HockeyFights.com:

addd 8:38am Friday by Paul, The ESPN view of the fight…

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  Tags: boston+bruins, chicago+blackhawks, david+koci, fighting, zdeno+chara

Americans Looking Strong for 2008 Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kevin Allen at USA Today,

Based on early season reviews, there seem to be four to six Americans with strong first-round potential, led by 6-7 defenseman Tyler Myers of the Western Hockey League and Boston University center Colin Wilson. He is the son of Carey Wilson, who played 13 seasons in the NHL with Calgary, Hartford and the New York Rangers.

Myers is a native Texan whose family moved to Alberta because his dad worked in the oil industry. Right now he’s probably rated in 10 to 16 range, but some believe he has a chance to be another Pronger.

more… looking at Myers and others.

Also, Kevin Allen’s blog looks at various top 2008 prospects today.

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A1 Rating- Not Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from IGN,

To call Shawn Chambers the worst player in video game history does the man and his career a disservice. Chambers had an accomplished thirteen-year NHL career as an NHL defenseman, winning two Stanley Cups in the process. Despite suffering through more than twenty surgeries on ailing knees, Chambers made it to the playoffs seven times and had 235 points in 625 NHL games.

And yet, if you loaded up NHL ‘93 back when you were wearing your flannel shirt and blaming your Gin Blossoms CD on your ex-girlfriend, you would’ve seen Chambers sporting the worst rating ever given to any athlete in video game history: A 1 overall rating.

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More Injuries For Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the LA Times (reg. req.),

The Ducks will be without injured forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Rob Niedermayer for tonight’s home game against the Phoenix Coyotes as the team tries to end a two-game losing streak.

Both will miss their first game of the season and they remain questionable for Sunday’s home game against Edmonton. Getzlaf is listed with a strained forearm; Niedermayer has a groin injury.

Also, in the KK Forum, you can see Gagne is out for the Flyers tonight and Hasek has a sore hip...  Don’t forget to check the right sidebar on every KK blog for new posts in the KK Forum.

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, injuries

Blues On The Right Path

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The veteran forward saw enough potential for a bright future to put his name on a three-year contract.

“I thought it was a really good fit hockey wise,” said Kariya, who signed an US$18-million deal with the Blues on July 1 after spending the last two years with the Nashville Predators. “When (head coach) Andy Murray took over the team last year, in my opinion, they were a playoff team. And with the young group of players, you knew that they not only were going to be a good team now but two or three years down the road, they were going to be even better.”

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