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The Element Of Surprise

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from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

Having never coached at any level of hockey, the chances of me getting an NHL job running the bench and stunning the world with these unorthodox strategies is diminishing every day….

...I’d have all my players constantly switch from graphite sticks back to wood – shift to shift - over the course of the game. The opposing goalie wouldn’t know what’s coming.

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Morning Line

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from the Edmonton Journal,

“He (Ales Hemsky) had a special night for us,” said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. “It was like he was playing the game at a different level than everybody else.

I questioned some of his decisions at times, but he always turned it into something. It was high, high entertainment value watching him.

“Every time he had the puck on his stick he was creating something, and never the old-fashioned way. He was beating guys one-on-one, driving wide, just making spectacular plays.”

more on the Oilers…

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The Nashville Equation

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from the Tennessean,

But here was Trotz, speaking with authority about the Predators’ playoff possibilities.

“We found out what the absolute mathematic probability of getting in is, based on the equations of all the teams playing each other,” Professor Trotz said after the Preds’ 2-1 shootout victory over Chicago. “It’s a lot higher than a lot of people thought.”

What gives? I guess when you’re coaching a team that entered the day with five losses in its previous six games, you’ll latch on to any sign of hope, even if it’s a bunch of statistical mumbo-jumbo authored by some schmuck in Saskatoon with a six-pack of Molson and a Ouija board.

Turns out, however, that the data is courtesy of Ken Roberts, who writes software for Interface Technologies in Raleigh, N.C.

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No Extension Talks With Nolan

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from Greg Logan of Newsday,

Nolan confirmed his contract situation yesterday. “They haven’t offered an extension,” Nolan said. “There hasn’t been a discussion of it.”

Contacted yesterday on a scouting trip in Ontario, general manager Garth Snow said he had no comment. Team spokesman Chris Botta, citing team policy, said the organization would have no comment on contract issues involving management.

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Phaneuf’s Shorty

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from Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

Hard to think of a better goal at the Saddledome this season than Dion Phaneuf’s coast-to-coast job against the Wild on Saturday night.

continued with youtube video…

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Wishing You A Happy Hockey Easter

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Enjoy the Holiday!

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Power Struggle

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It is obvious the NHL cannot be trusted to dispense equitable justice. It is now up to the NHLPA, through the vehicle of the standing competition committee, to flex its influence. When the competition committee meets this season, it should recommend mandatory minimum sentences for blows to the head and checks from behind, and any other applicable dangerous fouls.

It is clear the NHL has abandoned its responsibility. It would be a disaster if Burke and his ilk are allowed to assume power in this vacuum. This is a league of and by the players. It’s about time that discipline is enacted for the players.

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All In The Family

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from Empty Netters, Meet Jonathan Roy.

He’s the son of NHL great Patrick Roy. He plays goaltender for the Quebec Remparts, a junior team that is owned and coached by his father.

Well it turns out the Remparts were playing their rivals last night, the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. And as is usually the case with rivals, things got pretty nasty:

According to reports, Pappa Roy may have told his offspring to give that beat-down to the Chicoutimi goalkeeper.

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added 4:14pm, from the CP via TSN,

Roy coaches his son Jonathan on the Remparts and denies he encouraged the slugfest near the end of the second period in Saturday night’s 10-1 thrashing from the Sagueneens.

“We will take the time to look at all the elements of this incident, all the reports from the two supervisors who were there, the officials and the images that are available,” QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau told all-news channel LCN on Sunday.

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New Jersey Breakdown

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from Fire & Ice,

It was at least 10 minutes after the final buzzer before Devils coach Brent Sutter emerged from a closed-door locker room meeting with his players following a disastrous 7-1 loss to the Penguins tonight at Mellon Arena.

Sutter had plenty to be angry about, particularly in the five-goal third period. But it really started with Ryan Malone’s shorthanded goal with 3:46 left in the second that gave the Penguins the lead for good.

“You’re tied 1-1 in a hockey game and you give up a terrible shorthanded goal from a 3-on-1 break from the hash marks in their zone,” Sutter said. “I really though that changed the complexion of the game and from that point on we made a lot of mental mistakes. We had a lot of breakdowns. We weren’t very strong between the ears for the rest of the game.”

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Forsberg’s Problems

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

And for at least one afternoon — when Forsberg had two assists in a home victory over Dallas on March 8 — it seemed that any doubts about the wisdom of the signing were about to be dispelled.

Since then, though, it has been a mess and a four-ring circus that, especially when considered in the context of a bizarre run of injuries to other high-profile players on the roster, has contributed to the Avalanche’s inconsistency and inability to not only jump to the top of the mediocre Northwest Division but stay there.

Let’s get one thing out of the way: While the official explanation — the sport’s “plague,” a groin problem — almost certainly can pass legalistic muster, the bigger problems that have bedeviled Forsberg since his return to the lineup remains the same old problems.

His foot and ankle.

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