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Oilers Go The Online Route

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Tomorrow (Wednesday) night’s date in Tampa between the Lightning and the visiting Edmonton Oilers. It is one of two games this season the Oilers are unable to broadcast through traditional media outlets, according to Allan Watt, the team’s vice-president of communications and broadcast. As a result, for the first time in their history, the Oilers are making the game available on their website. Game time is 5:30 MST; but the broadcast will kick off 15 minutes earlier with a pre-game show.

Watt suggested the Oilers were “venturing into new territory with this webcast” (true) and that it would provide fans with “a unique new format to catch the game” (also true).

To enhance the overall viewing experience, the play-by-play team of Kevin Quinn and Louis DeBrusk will be tweeting with fans throughout the broadcast via Twitter.

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Emery On IR, May Be Facing Surgery

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via CSNPhilly,

The Flyers have placed goalie Ray Emery on the injured reserve with an abdominal injury, according to sources.

The injury may require surgery.

added 5:18pm TSN says he will have surgery and out for 6 weeks.  He’s been trying to play the injury for about 3 weeks.

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Afternoon Line

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“It’s on the leaders. They have to understand we have to play a certain way. ... We’re playing the Washington Capitals. You can’t be out there 45 seconds and throw the puck blind in front. we’re trying plays that are not there. Zero-zero hockey game, there’s no excuse to do stupid things 22 minutes into a game. So, how should they take it? Honestly, I don’t care. We have enough guys playing the right way.”

-Lightning Coach Rick Tocchet on why he benched players during last night’s game against the Capitals.  More from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes.

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Cuts Can Hurt

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from Gare Joyce of Sportsnet,

Following the career paths of those named to the world juniors pales to following those who get cut….

Back in the mid-90s Dan Cleary was a heckuva talent at 15 and 16, and if somebody told me that he’d never play at the under-20s I would have wagered significant body parts against it. But Cleary was cut three times. My memory of him walking through the lobby after one of the cuts and it looked like he didn’t want anything to do with the game anymore. Yeah, top prospects have to become resilient to make it as pros but that’s stuff down the line….

I remember Mike Comrie and Matt Zultek tearing it up in the last exhibition game on the eve of the cut and yet they still got the early wake-up call. “Sour” doesn’t start to describe their reaction. Comrie has gone on to a pretty decent NHL career, although not one distinguished by team success and not one endorsed by the love of his team-mates….

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Wings Need More Goals

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Pierre LeBrun of ESPN responded to a Wings fan email…

I agree to a degree with your analysis on the defensive game of the Wings. For starters, I don’t think one of the game’s great all-time blueliners, Nicklas Lidstrom, has been up to his usual standard this season. The injury to Niklas Kronwall severely hurts the cause, as well.

But overall, I have to agree with GM Ken Holland, who recently told me his biggest concern was the lack of offense. It’s no surprise the Wings would find it more difficult after losing Marian Hossa, Mikael Samuelsson, Jiri Hudler and Tomas Kopecky from last season and replacing them with Jason Williams, Todd Bertuzzi, Patrick Eaves, Brad May and Drew Miller. Not the same juice.

Now, let’s give you some historical backing. The Wings are 18th in goals per game right now at 2.76. I did a little digging just for you. In the last 10 NHL seasons beginning with 1999-2000, the Wings’ final regular-season goals per game average never dipped below 3.00 and the team ranked top five in the NHL in eight of those nine seasons

more plus numerous other questions and answers from Pierre…

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Blues/Blue Jackets Trade

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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired forward Pascal Pelletier from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Brendan Bell and Tomas Kana.

Pelletier, 26, has played in 25 games this season with the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Syracuse Crunch, recording 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) and 23 penalty minutes.  Last season, the 5-11, 197-pound left winger notched 55 points (29 goals, 26 assists) and 45 penalty minutes in 71 games with Rockford of the AHL.  Pelletier led the team in goals and power play goals and was second on the club in points. 

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A Star Is Created

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from Justin Bourne at The Hockey News,

So the mesmerizing mini-Malkin moves up the minor levels quick. He starts playing with older kids and he’s still good. Simple as that. He can’t explain it. But he ends up playing at the highest level a kid of his age and size is allowed.

He starts to get the free gear, the praise and the type of coaching that comes with the best teams. And he gets even better.

At some point, he starts to actually believe he’s the second coming of Sidney Crosby and he gets to turn off the rest of the real world and enjoy the ride that is his blessed little life. Bantam draft, selected, boom. Junior hockey, recruited, boom. And maybe, if he’s extra special, he gets to miss a class or two that other kids have to attend.

Before he knows it, his name is included in the NHL draft…not as high as he’d like, though. He played against one guy who was drafted in the first round and that guy was brutal. Pfft. What a joke.

And just like that, management’s little nightmare is born.

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Player Agent Allan Walsh Talks Twitter

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from the Globe and Mail,

Outspoken Octagon Sports agent Allan Walsh believes the National Hockey League has always failed to properly market its players, so he’s encouraging his clients to lead the NHL’s social-networking movement.

“What the NHL has never really understood and will never understand is what the fans want is to interact with the players,” said Mr. Walsh in James Mirtle’s Saturday story. “The league’s philosophy over the years has always been: Fans buy tickets to see the team, to cheer for their team and that they’re more concerned about the logo than the name and the number on the back on the sweater. But as many times as they say it, it’s not going to make it true.

“What really drives numbers, attendance, TV ratings, are the personalities.”

continued...

I do hope Mr. Walsh addresses deleting his ‘Halak’ tweets from a few weeks ago.

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What To Do With Brind’Amour?

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from Joe Ovies of WRAL,

Canes television play-by-play voice John Forslund told Adam Gold and Joe Ovies on 620 The Buzz that Brind’Amour was surprised by the news.

“We all know is role has been diminished, his ice time has been diminished, but [Brind’Amour] took it hard and his teammates took it hard,” said Forslund.

What is the organization’s ultimate end-game for Brind’Amour’s situation? Whatever it is, Forslund believes it should be addressed soon and not left hanging out there.

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Not Too Early To Start Worrying

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from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

If you’re a Ducks fan and you’re not panicking, maybe you just haven’t been paying much attention.

The Ducks finish up a home stand tonight and then hit the road, and it’s not too early for them to be worried about playoff qualification.

So you think everybody in the NHL makes the playoffs? Not true. As of Monday, you could be 13-11-5, as Columbus is, and be 11th in the East. And the Ducks are below that level. They are 10-13-6 and dead last in the West, with the 28th best record in a 30 team league. They’re eight points out of the final playoff spot.

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