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Could the NHL standings look like this in the next 10 years?

…….club (league)………………………..gp w/o d o/l pts pct rtng
..1. Salavat Yulaev Ufa (RUS)….32 25/0 x 3/4 78 .812 44.7
..2. HV71 Jonkoping (SWE)……..25 17/1 3 0/4 57.5 .767 42.2
..3. SC Bern (SUI)…………………….27 19/2 x 3/3 64 .790 41.9
..4t Slavia Prague (CZE)………….26 17/3 x 2/4 59 .756 40.8
..4t Slovan Bratislava (SVK)……30 20/3 x 2/5 68 .756 40.8
..6. Karpat Oulu (FIN)……………..28 16/5 x 2/5 60 .714 39.3
..7. Eisbären Berlin (GER)……….25 17/2 x 0/6 55 .733 38.9
..8. Detroit Red Wings (NHL)….26 15/3 x 2/6 53 .679 38.4

Nah, but it does introduce you to Slapshot, a hockey blog at the New York Times.

Oh yes, read on to find out what the rankings really mean.

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Schedule Wasn’t An Issue

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But in the NHL, if enough small-market teams complain about something, by Gary, the league gets right on it. And so, beginning next season, the schedule will change again. Divisional opponents will meet six times all year, meaning that divisional games will account for under 30-percent of the schedule. Even then, though, not every city will get a glimpse of Crosby.

The problem with the schedule these last three years hasn’t been the format, it’s been the careless and senseless manner with which it’s been structured. Why would the Rangers and Islanders meet four times within the season’s first 25 games and then four times in the final 57 games?

more

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Wilson Not Happy With Sharks Play

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from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Ron Wilson had the entire team standing near him, but not huddled together as players usually are when he’s providing direction. And as soon as I got within earshot, it was clear he was upset.

He talked about a lack of professional pride. He talked about being mentally prepared. He questioned why his players didn’t apply more pressure on the player with the NHL’s worst plus-minus rating, their former teammate Scott Hannan. And he clearly was unhappy with his team’s attention to detail — an important matter throughout the Sharks’ hierarchy — when it comes to things like short passes and clearing the puck out of the defensive zone.

much more...

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Liveblog Anyone?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Last few have been uneventful, but we’ll give ‘er another shot.  Previews of tonite’s game can be found here and here.

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The Bloggers On HNIC

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Note: post is sticky to the top of KK for now.  Regular updates of hockey news will continue below.

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Great feature just on HNIC pre-game featuring many of the well known hockey blogs.  The mention was much appreciated and a great job by all the bloggers involved. We will have more in a bit.

 

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  Tags: bloggers, cbc, hnic, hockey+night+in+canada, media

5 Minutes of Datsyuk

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Waiting for the game to start? 

This should tide you over for a while.

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Schedules and stuff

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...we could always talk Army/Navy?  Nah.  First half’s almost done and this game’s over.  Scratch that idea.  We could talk Les Miles to Michigan, as Kirk Herbstreit reported on ESPN this morning?  Nope.  Miles has a presser at 1:45 to announce he’s staying at LSU.  One note on that: Michigan screwed themselves by opening their elitist idiot traps.  If they’d stayed quiet, Miles would be theirs…after today’s game.  Idiots.

Ok. The new schedule. The schedule we all wanted?  Yeah. Getting closer to it anyway. 

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  Tags: bertuzzi, central, downey, drake, fellow+bloggers, franzen, hasek, lidstrom, osgood

Could Tampa Bay Move One Of The Big Three

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Spector has an analysis on the talk that the Bolts may move Lecavalier, St. Louis or Richards.

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  Tags: hockey+rumors, tampa+bay+lightning, trades

How About Calling It Fair

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via Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The schedule for teams in the Eastern Conference will get tougher next season when the NHL adopts a new schedule….

“It’s going to be tougher,” admitted Devils coach Brent Sutter, “but there’s nothing I can do about it. When you’re a coach, someone gives you the schedule and you play the games.”

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No Goals Allowed - Is That Allowed?

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from the Vancouver Sun,

There is this thing in baseball about a pitcher carrying a no-hitter into the late innings: You never go near him in the dugout and you never, ever say the word “no-hitter.” Never. Ever.

So what are the Vancouver Canucks supposed to do with Roberto Luongo?...

He is shooting for his fourth straight bagel Sunday in Minnesota. The NHL record is five, set by Phoenix’s Brian Boucher four seasons ago.

“The old rule still stands about using the notorious ‘word’ before the end of a game,” Canuck goalie guru Ian Clark chuckled Friday. “Guys get into nicknaming it different things, but they don’t say the dangerous ‘word.’ They’ll use code or talk in various hushed tones, but they don’t want to be caught saying the naughty ‘word’ in case someone hears them.”

read on

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  Tags: goalies, ian+clark, roberto+luongo, shutout

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