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Can The Wings Win 63?

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from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

Victory after victory after victory, there’s still one team that the Detroit Red Wings cannot put behind them in the points race.
The Red Wings won their 40th game of the season, Saturday, coming in just their 54th outing. Their rate of success is phenomenal and has them 17 points ahead of the second-best team in the Western Conference (through Saturday) and 16 points ahead of the second-best team overall. That’s tremendous separation when you consider that the deviation between any two teams that are second through 30th in the standings is two points except for a four-point gap between the 28th and 29th place teams.

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Senators In Hangover Mode

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from Ian Mendes at Sportsnet,

Your Senators are sitting in first place and have not lost a single meaningful game this season. Who cares about Saturday’s loss to the Maple Leafs? That rivalry now has as much intensity a mid-November meeting between Columbus and Carolina.

Four losses in four games to the Capitals? If it happened in April, I’d be really concerned. But when it happens in January, you have to admit it’s slightly humorous from a media person’s perspective.

Losses to these inferior teams are the sign that Stanley Cup hangover has officially hit the Ottawa Senators.

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Sharks Continue To Sputter, And Win

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from Eric Gilmore of the Contra Costa Times,

“We’re not satisfied with how we’ve played,” (Doug) Wilson said during the second intermission from the press box high above the ice. “We’re playing on about two-thirds of our cylinders.

“You’ve got to truly be functioning on all cylinders because that’s the difference between the really good teams and the teams that are right below that.”...

Wilson didn’t point fingers. He didn’t have to. The numbers did that for him, fingering Marleau and Cheechoo as the biggest culprits in the team’s scoring dip.

“We haven’t changed our style of play,” Wilson said. “We were second in the conference in goals last year in the Western Conference. And we actually added more offense to the team.

“Maybe it’s because a few of our players haven’t created the offense that they normally do. ... We know that that will come.”

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Why Not Sign Sundin

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from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

If Sundin stands his ground on this, the Leafs need to get his signature on a new contract now, so that they don’t lose on both ends of a polarizing predicament. And if Sundin is being truthful about wanting to end his career in Toronto, then he should prove that with a renewed commitment.

However, asked several which ways if he’d re-sign Sundin this summer – whatever happens Feb. 26 – Fletcher declined to oblige.

“That’s a decision that would be entirely up to him. He is in a position to do what he wants.’‘

Not true. Sundin can’t say yes if the invitation is never extended.

If there’s no separation, both parties need to re-affirm their vows.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Chasing Hossa

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The talk is Atlanta RW Marian Hossa has made it clear he won’t return. The Habs, Rangers and Wings are considered the frontrunners to acquire Hossa at the Feb. 26 trade deadline. The Senators, Stars, Sharks and Bruins have also called Thrashers GM Don Waddell about Hossa.

much more NHL talk, including Dallas making a pitch for Foppa…

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Morning Line

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Sharks coach Ron Wilson says the goaltenders’ union should take a vote and refuse to play the straight-man in the nutsy skills shootout in future all-star games. “Let the broadcasters get in there ... they’re all former NHL goalies anyway. They can be miked up. I can hear it now: ‘Oh God, I just ripped my groin on Ovechkin. I don’t know what the hell he just did with the puck, but I’m hurt,’ ‘’ said Wilson.

read on for the goalies in the booth and much more NHL talk…

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Blue Jackets Disappoint Home Crowd

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

The largest crowd of the season – 18,529, some 385 above the listed capacity – streamed into the building. Here it was, the moment for which the front-office types were waiting. The Blue Jackets, with a 25-22-6 record and in the hunt for a playoff spot, had finally drawn a sellout. They had to earn it.

By the middle of the game, Nationwide was dead. By the middle of the third period, the building was half empty. The Wild, three days after vaporizing the Anaheim Ducks, were still on their game….

Hitchcock isn’t one for excuses, and he made sure to issue the challenges for which he is known. The best Jackets have got to be better, he said. “We cracked again,” he said. “It’s a common theme. The past three games, halfway through, we’ve been the team that cracked.

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McCabe Plans To Stay In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

Will Bryan McCabe return to the Maple Leafs lineup just in time to be traded?...

There are many things that McCabe is looking forward to when he rejoins the Leafs. Repeatedly answering that question is not one of them.

“Look, no one (from management) has approached me about (waiving it) yet,” McCabe said. “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

“I’ve said all along I want to be a Toronto Maple Leaf. That’s why I signed here.”

read on

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A Star In The Making

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Got to love love those small, acrobatic goaltenders!

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Tarnstrom Trade Was Just That- Nothing More, Nothing Less

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

I asked Howson if this trade should be seen as a pre-cursor of moves to come. I didn’t think it had anything to do with the whole buyer-seller question at the trade deadline, but I had to ask. Here’s what he said.

“Not at all,” Howson said. “This trade, while it helps us right now, it doesn’t point us in one direction or the other in advance of the trade deadline.”

more on what Tarmstrom can do for the Blue Jackets…

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