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“I still think as a group, we don’t seem to be engaged emotionally in the hockey game.  For spurts, but not for 60 minutes right now. That’s what’s really been frustrating for everybody. The bench is quiet. The room is quiet. It’s like we’re waiting for something bad to happen.”

-Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle after losing to Nashville last night (Ducks are in the 13 spot in the West, 9 points out of the playoffs).  More on Anaheim from Robyn Norwood of the LA Times.

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Malkin Plus/Minus Talk

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from Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburg Tribune-Review,

With Evgeni Malkin a minus-10 over the past 18 games and a minus-5 for the season — which ranks 629th in the NHL — Bylsma was asked if Malkin’s two-way play has been addressed.

“Sometimes, the statistics can be deceiving as to how a player is playing,” Bylsma said. “I think since the break, he’s come out with a rejuvenated effort in terms of playing on both sides of the puck and playing away from the puck. He’s outstanding with the puck — he’s dynamic with the puck — but sometimes he wants to go get it and have it at all times and keep it at all times.”

Bylsma credited Malkin with improving his play on defense, playing away from the puck and his management of it in the offensive zone. Bylsma said Malkin’s past six games — in which he is minus-4 — “have been probably his best away from the puck and managing the puck all year long.”

more Penguins talk…

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Blues Feel They Are Still In The Playoff Hunt

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

As the Blues prepare for game No. 67 of their season tonight, the team is in the same neighborhood in the Western Conference standings as it was a year ago.

In 2009, the Blues were in 12th place in the West with 68 points; before Friday’s games, they were in 10th place in the conference with 71 points. Like last season, only a few points separate them from the eighth and final playoff spot at this point….

We’ve been there before, and we’ve proven it to ourselves and everyone else that if we put our minds to it, the point deficit isn’t insurmountable,” Blues center David Backes said.

more

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Predators Lease Issue Solved

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from Nate Rau of the Tennessean,

The Nashville Predators will play hockey here for at least two more years after the team’s ownership group said Friday it had reached an agreement with the Metro Sports Authority, which serves as the city’s landlord at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators and the Sports Authority had been in negotiations in recent months to address a $3.3 million federal tax lien against lead owner and former chairman David Freeman.

Uncertainty has surrounded the Predators’ future in Nashville for years. Three years ago, the team was nearly sold to an out-of-state owner, and more recently financial questions have plagued the team’s new ownership group

continued

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Mike Robitaille’s Health Is Improving

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from Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News, H

e advises men where to get treated for prostate issues, explains where to get dental implants and tells customers what cheese to buy. But those commercials were filmed some time before the Buffalo Sabres studio analyst was seriously injured Feb. 3.

On his way to a Sabres game, he had stopped at a light on Oak Street when a a car behind him rammed his BMW, which hit the car in front of him, Robitaille said. Almost instantly, he knew he was in trouble.

“I couldn’t move my arms; I couldn’t move my legs,” he said. “My nose was itchy, I couldn’t scratch my nose. I couldn’t get my cell phone. I couldn’t do anything. ... I knew it was spinal. My arms and legs — there was nothing there.”

Some feeling returned later that night, but so did pain and fears. Five weeks later, after Dr. Kevin Gibbons — the same neurosurgeon who treated Bills tight end Kevin Everett — attached his vertebrae to a metal rod, Robitaille walks slowly with a cane, wears a neck brace and is on painkillers.

more

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Good Time For A Road Trip

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from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

The schedule certainly does not favor the Phoenix Coyotes - 11 of their final 15 games are on the road - but coach Dave Tippett thinks the current four-game trip is coming at an opportune time….

“When you’re in one place too long, a change of scenery is good for you; it tweaks you,” Tippett said.

“It’ll just be a nice time to get out on the road and play some good road hockey. By the end of these two weeks, when we’re on the road for a week, come back for one game and go back out on the road for a week, I guarantee you by that last game of that next trip, we’ll be dying to get home. That’s the way it goes in our life.”

read on

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Wrong Move To Bench Quincey

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

While I think Joe Sacco is a very good coach and will stay that way for a long time, I just have to respectfully disagree with his decision lately to bench Kyle Quincey.

Sacco said last night Quincey needs to get back to playing an assertive, aggressive game. Was he really that bad though, to warrant being a healthy scratch? Look, I know the Avs have seven healthy D-men right now (eight, when Ruslan Salei comes back, probably some time next week), so somebody has to sit. But count me as one who believes Quincey is one of the team’s top six D-men and should be out there.

continued

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Anything On Your Mind?

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I have an appointment and will not have web access until 5:30pm ET or so today.

So with that, anything on your mind you wish to make public, of course, only hockey related.

Leave a comment below and I shall return in a few hours.

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No Suspension For Carcillo

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via Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Flyers forward Dan Carcillo will not be suspended for pushing off linesman Greg Devorski during an attempt to fight Boston’s Matt Hunwick’s during Thursday’s 5-1 loss to the Bruins.

Devorski tried to separate the two late in the two period when Carcillo struck him.

Ironically, the decision was left in left Devorski’s hands, and he cut the Flyers a break, CSNPhilly.com was told.

“I have spoken to Stephen Walkom about the play,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Lord of Discipline in an e-mail to CSNPhilly.com.

“And IF Greg Devorski, who was the linesman with Carcillo, decided Carcillo needed discipline, they could apply three, 10 or 20 games themselves under Rule 41, Abuse of Officials. They decided not to and I am fine with their decision.”

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The Race To The Playoffs

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As we get closer to deciding which teams will make the top 8 in each conference, it is important to note the games remaining for the teams still in the playoff hunt.

Thanks to the NHL PR department, you can view below a breakdown of the remaining games.

Continue Reading »

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