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The Lateral, Back Pressure Or Blindside Hit

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from TSN,

After three days of meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, the National Hockey League’s general managers have put forward a recommendation for a rule change to address hits to the head in league games.

The following language was agreed to unanimously by the group:

“A lateral, back pressure or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and or the principal point of contact is not permitted.

A violation of the above will result in a minor or major penalty and shall be reviewed for possible supplemental discipline.”


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Morning Line

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With a twist.  Who said this?

“I’ve been under-appreciated my whole career, but that’s helped me to keep my head small.  But I made it to an All Star game and I’ve had some good years.”

Answer is...

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Brodeur Struggling

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When one thinks about Martin Brodeur`s play recently, probably their first thought is of Brodeur losing the job as Team Canada`s number one goalie in the Olympics to Roberto Luongo.  Aside from that Olympic result, Brodeur has not looked very good in his NHL play either.  Since February 1st, Brodeur has a .873 saves percentage and a 3.21 GAA.  He has three wins and six losses (with one not in regulation) in that period.  Those are not the numbers of a number one goalie.  Those are the numbers of a struggling goalie.

These struggles have affected his New Jersey Devils team.  In the time period since February 1st, the team is 3-6-1 for seven points.  They had one loss in a game that Brodeur did not take part in.  The only team to earn fewer points in that time period is the New York Islanders (who have had six points),

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De Niro Plays Lombardi - Who Would Play Bowman?

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from ESPN,

Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro is attached to play legendary coach Vince Lombardi in the theatrical motion picture “Lombardi” being developed by ESPN Films, Andell Entertainment and the NFL.


Now my question, if a movie were to be made about Scotty Bowman, which actor would you like to see portray him?

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Are The Wings A Tired Team?

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

For the first time in two decades, it’s looking increasingly possible that the Stanley Cup playoffs will be held without the Wings.

Squandering a 2-1 third period lead, Detroit fell 4-2 to the Flames Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena, and as a result, tumbled to ninth overall in the National Hockey League’s Western Conference, one notch below the final playoff spot.

In a game in which the Wings knew a win would solidify their hold on a post-season position, they once again liquefied their assets at the most critical time.

After watching his team pull the chute, Wings coach Mike Babcock pulled no punches.

“We didn’t respond with a good enough effort,” Babcock said.


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When It Comes Playoff Time, Good Offense Better Than Good Defense

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from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sport Bog,

Sure, playoff hockey is different. Sure, you’re not going to win a Cup with a shaky goaltender or a rickety defense. That said, a good offense has seemed a better predictor of playoff success than a good defense in recent years.

If my math is correct, each of the four post-lockout Cup winners ranked at least sixth in regular-season goals scored. Only one of them ranked in the top six in regular-season goals against.

In two of the past three years, the regular-season scoring champion advanced to at least the conference finals.

read on

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Twitter Talk- Directv/Versus

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from TVPredictions.com,

In the last week, readers have asked DIRECTV’s Twitter reps if Versus will soon return to the air. The standard reply: They think so.

“We have productive talks going on with Versus and should have an update soon,” one DIRECTV tweet said.

Another DIRECTV Twitter rep stated: “We have productive conversations going on with Versus and hope to have news soon.”


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Blackhawks Have Time To Find Their ‘Hot’ Goalie

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from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Whether all the angst is a reflection of the goaltending or the shrillness of sports discussion in this city is a question for another day. I will say that if I see one more despondent Hawks fan jump into the Chicago River after a loss, I’ll probably pick up a phone and report it, just to save his life out of spite.

I’ll also say that faith is a dwindling natural resource these days.

You might as well buckle up and get behind the goalies. Huet or Niemi (or both) is going to be your playoff goaltender. After tonight’s game against the Kings, the Hawks have 16 games until the postseason begins. There’s enough time to calm the sea. Niemi gets the start against L.A.

Hockey people like to say that hot goalies can win playoff series almost singlehandedly. Who’s to say Huet or Niemi won’t get hot?

And who’s to say that whomever the Hawks had acquired before the trade deadline wouldn’t have turned lukewarm in the postseason?


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Detroit Goaltender Howard Not Concerned About The Calder Race

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun via the Chatam Daily News,

The sudden talk of Jimmy Howard being a Calder Trophy candidate has a nice ring to it.

The Detroit Red Wings rookie goaltender can’t listen.

“I’m not going to lie—I hear those things, but I try to let it go in one ear and out the other,” said the goalkeeper who has worked his way into be the No. 1 man for the defending Western Conference champions. “I’m not worried about it. First and foremost, we’ve got to make the playoffs.”

Still, he has to be following the other fabulous freshmen. Right?


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Looking For Hockey On The Web?

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from Mike Halford of KurtenBlog at the Vancouver Province,

As you’ve probably gathered from our two-plus years of blogging and pasty complexions, we spend a lot of time on the internet. Over that time, we’ve seen a lot. Read a lot. Wrote a lot. Watched a lot of YouTube videos. For the lack of a better term, we’ll call that research. And most of that “research” focused on a singular theme: hockey.

The interweb has no shortage of hockey insight, analysis and opinion available for general consumption. Some of it is good. Some of it is not. The object of this post, however, isn’t to separate the cream from the crap, but rather to share with our readers some “required reading”—the writers/websites/blogs/snuff films that help shape the KB….


Globe on Hockey—James Mirtle took everything that made From The Rink a success and applied it here. Definitely worth checking out if you like numbers, charts, statistical analysis and David Shoalt’s headshot.

Kukla’s Korner—No evidence of this, but we believe Paul Kukla was blogging about hockey before the internet was invented. As such, he’s had lots of time to build his massive stable of writers, a big reason why why the site is updated every 37 seconds.

Puck Daddy—Wyshynski’s written-words-per-day count is somewhere around 11,392. He’s also the 99th most powerful man in hockey, so we have to include him on this list for fear of retribution.


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