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Dave Mishkin of the Lightning Radio Network with the call.

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Twitter Ethics

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from Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

The line between journalism and gossip has become a very thin one in recent years (and with some in this business, it doesn’t exist at all), and there is an ongoing discussion about whether Twitter is or isn’t journalism. Regardless, when journalists tweet, those 140 characters can carry some professional authority that civilians’ tweets don’t.

Should journalists be held to a different standard of tweeting than the rest of the world? The answer to that is part of the larger discussion now taking place about Twitter and journalism (more on that here from the blog of the University of British Columbia’s Alfred Hermida). Suffice to say, when it comes to hockey journalism and Twitter, there are conventions, rules and ethics still to be worked out and instituted.

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Is Ovechkin The Best Left Wing In NHL History?

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Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some email,

Adam – Gordie Howe has, for the past couple of years, expressed much admiration for Alex Ovechkin. So, even though he is just 24, I’m ready to put Ovechkin as the first team left wing on my all-time all-star team, which would have Howe at right wing, Gretzky at center and Bobby Orr at one of the ‘D’ positions.

The great Red Army goaltender, Vladislav Tretiak, strikes me as the all-time best goalie, but I could be convinced otherwise. Who would you put at goal and at the other all-time ‘D’ position?

Ovechkin would be on my all-time team as well, as would Gretzky, Howe and Orr.

However, I think your supposition that Tretiak is the best netminder would cause many a longtime hockey observer to wave his hands in the air as if he did in fact care and demand you consider Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur or Glenn Hall in that category instead.

Personally, I’d go with Brodeur. And my other defenseman would be Nicklas Lidstrom – although I could probably be persuaded to slot Ray Bourque in there.

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Leafs Have Problems

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from Damien Cox of The Spin,

Two things seem abundantly clear this morning.

One, this notion that sending big-money Leafs to the minors — Jason Blake is the most obvious target — will somehow fix what ails the club is just wrong. Blake may not be much use this season, but unless he is clearly a detrimental figure in the dressing room, just getting rid of him is essentially pointless and probably just symbolic.

Unless you have a replacement, dumping a player isn’t much of an answer.

Two, whatever is wrong with this team, Ron Wilson seems powerless to fix it.

The Leafs were the worst defensive team in the NHL last season and the worst penalty killing team. Today, they are the NHL’s worst defensive team and worst penalty killing team.

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AHL Scoring Leader

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Corey Locke of the Hartford Wolf Pack (NY Rangers AHL affiliate) is running away with the AHL scoring lead.  His totals of 11 goals, 18 assists and 29 points all are league leading totals.  He currently has a seven point lead over Charles Linglet of the Springfield Falcons (Edmonton Oilers affiliate).  Probably Locke`s biggest challenges for the AHL scoring title come from Alexandre Giroux of the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals affiliate) and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau of Hartford.  These players have point per game scoring rates similar to Locke, but have both been limited to thirteen games played due to NHL call ups (Parenteau is currently on the New York Rangers roster).

Corey Locke is a 25 year old who has not had much of an NHL shot, due to his small size.  He is listed at 5`9” 168 pounds.  That would make him one of the smallest players in the NHL.  Locke was drafted in 2003 by the Montreal Canadiens.  He played his one NHL game with them in the 2007/08 season before being traded to the Minnesota Wild.  Last summer, he signed as a free agent in New York.  Like many AHL stars, he is well travelled and has never had a legitimate NHL shot (probably for reasons outside his control - his size).

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Interesting Numbers

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Here’s a look at some of the key numbers from the first few weeks of the season:

0—Home losses in regulation by the Tampa Bay Lightning (5-0-4) and San Jose Sharks (6-0-2)—the only teams that haven’t dropped a home game in 60 minutes so far this season.

6—Dany Heatley’s plus rating in the San Jose Sharks’ 6-3 win against Columbus on Oct. 8. He’s the first player to go plus-6 in a game since Ottawa’s Andrej Meszaros did it in an 8-4 win at Tampa Bay on Jan. 24, 2008.

7—First-period goals allowed by the Philadelphia Flyers in their 18 games, by far the fewest of any team in any period.

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Around The League On A Friday Morning

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

• The St. Louis Blues’ Paul Kariya, coming off surgery on both his hips last season, scored two goals in his first game of the season – over in Sweden, against the Detroit Red Wings – and had a respectable five points in his first six games, but has been in a dismal slump ever since and thus far has managed zero points in November. The three-time Olympian had hoped that a fast start might put him in the mix for a fourth Olympic appearance in his hometown of Vancouver. So far, he isn’t on the radar screen.

• Meanwhile, Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow had managed just one point in the month and might have been slipping down the chart for Canada’s 2010 Olympic team until a rib injury sidelined the Los Angeles Kings’ Ryan Smyth for a minimum of four weeks. The link between Kariya and Morrow: Both are veteran players, coming off major operations (Kariya hip, Morrow reconstructive knee surgery) who haven’t come close to returning to their previous form.

• How much of an effect will Smyth’s absence have on Anze Kopitar, the NHL’s leading scorer? Hard to say, but the chemistry is demonstrably different with Alexander Frolov playing on the top line. Smyth likes to go to the net; Frolov generally does whatever he can to stay on the outside. If coach Terry Murray sticks with that line, it means Justin Williams will need to do much of the dirty work on the line

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Hossa Debut Getting Closer

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

With Marian Hossa’s debut with the Blackhawks looming, coach Joel Quenneville is formulating plans on how to utilize the high-scoring winger.

Hossa participated in the Hawks’ morning skate before Thursday night’s game against the Flames and is on track to play during the Hawks’ six-game trip, most likely Wednesday against the Sharks in San Jose.

“There are going to be a lot of options for a coach to have,” Quenneville said. “He’s going to get a lot of ice time. We’re looking forward to him being useful in a lot of ways.”

Hossa has begun doing line drills in practice and Wednesday skated with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

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Morning Line

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One win doesn’t cure their ills. And it won’t send the scouts home. The Ducks still have goaltending issues to resolve and a defense that’s short on toughness since Chris Pronger was traded to Philadelphia last summer. A better and more physical defense should make the goaltenders look better and help them to at least give the Ducks a chance to win.

Thursday’s victory probably forestalled a fire sale but didn’t cancel it. The team that began this homestand might not be the same as the one that’s here at the end, for better or for worse.

-Helene Elliott of the LA Times.

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Why All The Injuries?

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

While the messes in both Phoenix and at the NHLPA are of concern to the league, the glut of superstars stuffed in the trainers room should be the NHL’s most pressing issue at the quarter pole. As injury lists go, this one has been unprecedented.

(Ken) Holland sees two reasons for the trend.

“First off, it’s a freak occurrence,” Holland said. “To have so many top line guys go down, what else can you say?

“Secondly, it shows that those who claim the regular season doesn’t mean anything are wrong. There are so many teams so close to each other in this age of parity, every game means something. Guys are going that extra mile, blocking shots, sacrificing their bodies, because they know every point matters.

“In a cap world, with the majority of teams within five points of a playoff spot, guys who are bigger and stronger than ever before are playing very intense hockey.”

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