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It’s That Time Of Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

18 teams in action tonight and most of the teams playing need a win.

It is time for teams to prove they are playoff worthy.

View today’s NHL schedule below.

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Why The Delay?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Edwards of NESN,

Any resemblance to events, people or places in the following work of fiction is purely coincidental.

Slidsy Cornsbie of the Porkburgh Pinkins lies on the ice, his eyes barely open and already glazed over. His right arm twitches slightly. His legs don’t move.

The brilliant center, a national icon in Canada at age 22 and the most complete champion in hockey, never saw the hit coming. Backing into the high slot to improve his shooting angle, an opponent attacked from the blind side. The blow coldcocked Cornsbie….

Porkburgh tried to take the high road for two years, but saw the league do little or nothing to defend its players. It saw one player nearly killed on the ice, another one having his face driven into the glass with five seconds left in a two-goal game, another cross-checked across the face in the closing minute of a playoff series—only to have the senior league official take little or no action. And now this.

Justice delayed was so disrespectful as to be justice denied.

It was arrogance they would never forget.


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GDT - Game #66: Red Wings host Flames (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

To quote ediliac, one of the “soft-euro” of the “19”,  Iggy and the Stooges are coming to play tonight; and they are as desperate for points as DET.  CGY enter the tilt 9th in the W.C., one meager point behind DET.  Thankfully, the Flame haven’t been lighting the world on fire, going 5-4-1 in their last 10.  But they are riding a 2 game winning streak, and Captain Canada had a hat trick against MIN on Sunday.

RWBill pointed out that since the Return of the Mule, DET are 4-1-2, and are sporting a 3.57 G/G in that span (as opposed to their season average of 2.63).  The Wings are winners of 2 in a row, and 4 of the last 5. It remains to be seen whether their implosion against VAN is nothing more than an aberration, or are the Wings ready to be as dominant as they were during their obscene 5 goal, 2nd period in CHI? 

Uncle Mike is riding Jimmah again tonight, Good.  E-52 will try to play the blueline, Bad. The Wings haven’t managed to win three consecutive in nearly three months, Ugly.

The rollercoaster continues early tonight.

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Wings Rolling And Can The Blues Make The Playoffs?

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from Jeff Godon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Mike Babcock’s team is finally healthy. The Red Wings finally turned to Jimmy Howard as the lead goaltender, moving Chris Osgood aside.

They will fly past Nashville next, then take aim at Colorado and Los Angeles on the conference pecking order. Before the season ends, that team will secure a decent playoff seed and the opportunity to take another run at the Stanley Cup.

So what does that mean to the Blues?

Despite Detroit’s takeoff, the traffic between the Blues and postseason play is starting to clear. To reach the playoffs, the Note must overtake Dallas, Calgary, and Nashville and hold off Anaheim.

That will be a difficult task, but hardly impossible. Let’s look at those teams:


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Carter & Hartnell Going In Opposite Directions

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from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

Jeff Carter and Scott Hartnell have been linked together in many conversations this season, both on and off the ice.

Some of that chatter has been fair. The rest of it could sometimes borderline slanderous.

But whatever had people talking about them is irrelevant now, since the two couldn’t be any more the polar opposites than they are.

Carter is in one of his noted scoring outbursts. He has goals in seven of the past eight Flyers games and has reached 30 goals in back-to-back seasons….

The same can’t be said for Hartnell, who is stuck in the worst drought of his professional career since he was a 20-year-old neophyte grinder with the Nashville Predators in 2002-03.

Now a handsomely paid winger on the top line of a playoff team, Hartnell has fallen well below expectations.

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A Battle For The 8th Spot In The West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

A Flames win would vault them over the Red Wings, the defending conference champs and 2008 Stanley Cup winners, into eighth spot with the race to the playoffs nearing sprint time.

A Wings victory would put the Flames further back in the Wings’ rear-view mirror.

Is it pressure-packed? You bet.

But Flames head coach Brent Sutter is sending the message to his team to enjoy the tension.

“You want to be intense, but you’ve also got to enjoy what you’re doing. It’s like playoffs, and playoffs is a fun time, right?” Sutter said, as a half-dozen skaters went through the paces of an optional practice Monday afternoon. “All we did was move the calendar up

30 days. Let’s enjoy it and enjoy doing it.


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Culture Change Needed When It Comes To Head Shots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mark Spector of Sportsnet on the head hits topic.

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Power Skating 101

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I discovered these videos today and after you view them over the next few days, your powerskating should improve.

Hopefully some KK readers will benefit from the instructions.

Today we feature the first three videos:How to Power Skate for Ice Hockey, Balance and Edges of Hockey Power Skating and The Backward Stride of Hockey Power Skating.


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The NHL Needs A Forward Thinking Leader

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from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

What a thing it would be for hockey to have someone at the helm who could ride the momentum from the Olympics, who could grab the owners by their lapels and say forget your dead-end ideas, now is the time to take a leap, to think internationally and reap big rewards down the road. Someone who could forge a relationship with the players based on real mutual interests rather than threats.

Why leave Europe to the KHL, close the doors opened by the Olympic experience, when the alternative is the same-old, same-old game of diminishing returns?

Barring a remarkable transformation, Bettman just isn’t that guy. And for hockey and those who love it, that’s too bad.


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Best Of The Week- Goals & Saves Edition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The best goals (first video) and saves from the past week in the NHL.

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