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Fire Up The Possum, It’s A Live Blog Bubba

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That’s Bubba, Sr. to you.

Here’s a little ditty to remind you of a pretty good rivalry from another century.

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The Rock On Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

The Rock is handling the puck.

In his latest film, The Tooth Fairy, which opens Jan. 22, the former WWE champion turned thespian portrays a professional hockey player….

Johnson had never donned a pair of skates and had two weeks to learn how.

“I grew up in Hawaii, which as we all know, is the hotbed of hockey,” joked Johnson, who won an NCAA national football title with Miami and had a tryout with the Calgary Stampeders. “The truth is, I had never ice skated. It was pretty foreign.

“The very first time I got on the ice, probably in the first minute, I took a huge spill, landed on the back of my head and thought I’d separated my head from my spine.

“That was a very sobering moment. I quickly realized that it was going to be next to impossible within a two-week period to go from not ever skating to appear like I’ve been skating since I was five.”


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Twelve Games Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL actions all day and night today.

Two games begin just after 2:00pm ET today and the final horn should sound around 12:30am in Vancouver.

You can view the complete schedule below…

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Masterton Trophy Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Of the major NHL awards, I think the Masterton Trophy is the one that has the most ambiguous description of who wins it.  It is officially given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverence, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.  In practise, I think the award goes to the player who overcomes the biggest adversity anevertheless contributes the most to his team.  That is how I pick it and it is consistent history.  Despite the fact it is explicitly mentioned in the award description, sportsmanship plays little or no impact in the selection of Masterton winners.

I think the man who best fits this description this season is Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.  Bergeron essentially lost his 2007/08 season to a concussion.  He only managed to play ten games.  Although he was back last season, he was not the same player he had been in the past.  This year he has been the top scorer on the Boston Bruins and is on the roster for the Canadian Olympic Team.

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Nash Looking For Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, T

he last time Rick Nash went 11 games without scoring a goal, the Blue Jackets winger was a rookie playing on a line with Mike Sillinger and Grant Marshall.

In the fall of 2002, the baby-faced Nash was making $1.2 million a season for a fledgling franchise while most of central Ohio was enamored of the promise of another 18-year-old, named Maurice Clarett.

Times, fortunes and expectations have changed.

The Blue Jackets enter today’s game against Chicago as an underachieving club searching for goals and wins. During one of their worst stretches, Nash has struggled right alongside his teammates.


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GDT - Game #47: Red Wings at Stars (2:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

This is one of the games where the numbers may mislead you.  The Stars are coming off an 0-3 road trip.  Since January 1, the Stars are 1-6, and have scored 1.86 goals per game while allowing 4.0 goals per game.  However, Dallas are 9-2-2 in its last 13 home games.

The Red Wings actually scored two power-play goals Thursday night against Carolina. The Red Wings are now 4-for-50 (8.0 percent) in power-play opportunities in their last 15 games.  Henrik Zetterberg also ended a 13-game goal scoring drought with a goal in Thursday night’s game.  Calder Candidate, Jimmy Howard has a 1.81 GAA and .953 save percentage in his last six road games.

Last meeting of the year between these clubs, and DAL always play DET tough,the Stars are 5-2 against the Red Wings in the last two seasons.  DAL has blueline woes sporting a 3.08 ga/g (25), and 76.6% pk (27), and DET cannot score, 2.50 g/g (28), something has got to give in this matinee.

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Classic Bettman

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So you’ve seen this…


Careful not to offer or accept excuses, the Wings were shaking their heads over the latest bit of insane scheduling inflicted upon them. They flew 3 1/2 hours to Dallas after practice Friday to play the Stars at 2 p.m. today. Then they will fly 3 1/2 hours back and host the Blackhawks in a nationally televised game at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Why wouldn’t the Detroit Red Wings do that?” Draper said, sarcastically. “I don’t think there are too many teams doing what we’re doing (schedule-wise), but for us it’s no surprise. We’ve got to play both and our plan is to win both.”



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Flames Need Some Offense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Gifted offensive players, those scorerers that can turn games, don’t come easy, or cheap. Defence, Calgary’s strength, its depth on defence, particularly with the emerge of Mark Giordano, is where the Flames could best barter. But general manager Darryl Sutter has already growled a terse rebuttal to rumors that Dion Phaneuf, the bait that’d command the most return from prospective suitors, isn’t going anywhere.

Meaning Sutter will more than likely try to upgrade offensively in a minor way before the trade deadline.

What’s becoming obvious is that some sort of injection is needed. Desperately.

Oh, there are those loyalists who’ll argue that coach Brent Sutter’s troops are merely going through a tough stretch at the moment; that they’re bound to wrestle themselves out of straight jacket they find themselves in at present.


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Chicago Starts Their Eight-Game Road Trip

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Six playoff teams from last season are among the opponents on the trip—the Hawks’ longest of the season—including the two they eliminated (the Flames and Canucks) and the one they lost to (the Detroit Red Wings).

‘‘If we can be ... above .500 [on this trip], it’d be nice,’’ Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

We’ll say the Hawks go 5-2-1, which isn’t a bad trip by any means. Here’s our breakdown:


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Report- Bruins/Coyotes Will Open Next Season In Prague

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

According to an NHL source, the Bruins will kick off 2010-11 with two regular-season games in Prague. They will play Phoenix in both games. The Bruins will also participate in exhibition games against teams that have yet to be determined.

more on the Bruins….

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