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Shooting For The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald,

There’s no reason why the Hawks can’t make the playoffs with a tweak here and there, or even be a team that finishes in the top four or five. There’s only one dominant team in the Western Conference—the Detroit Red Wings—and the Hawks have beaten them four times already.

The Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks are strong, but after that the Hawks can be as good as anyone in the West, provided Martin Havlat returns to health, Tallon adds a veteran defenseman and a forward, and goalies Nikolai Khabibulin and Patrick Lalime play better.

read on

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, playoffs

Flyers Have Room For Improvement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Courier-Post,

Tonight, the Flyers enter Game No. 20 with an 11-7-1 record, good for second in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. In other words, they’re 5-6-1 since starting the season with a bang.

So what kind of grade would the Flyers give themselves as they approach the quarter mark of the season?

“I’d give us a high B,” Flyers right wing Mike Knuble said.

more

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  Tags: mike+knuble, philadelphia+flyers

Watching The MVP

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Gayle MacDonald of the Globe and Mail,

CBC’s new winter dramas include MVP, a steamy soap that could appeal to both sexes. The network is calling MVP “a keyhole look” at the “sexy and scandalous world of a fictitious professional NHL hockey team of hunky players and their gorgeous girlfriends, wives, lovers and puck bunnies.” The cast includes Kristen Booth and Lucas Bryant, and it airs on Jan. 11.

Insert real NHL player name here ________________

Watch the promo for the MVP…

Continue Reading »

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Three Quarters To Go

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from Peter Maher at the Calgary Sun,

The first quarter is meaningful, but generally it’s in the second quarter that determines who’s real and who isn’t. The first quarter of an NHL season is about adrenalin rushes, adjusting, and sometimes the unusual.

History has shown that if teams, positive or negatively, perform the same way in the second set of 20 games, the remainder of the season usually follows that trend, although there have been exceptions.

The Flames were a game under .500 in the opening 20, and as defenceman Anders Eriksson admitted, “We are capable able of being much better than that.”

more and even though this is Flames specific, this could hold true for any team in the NHL…

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Shutdown Dmen

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David Goricki of the Detroit News lists five of the NHL’s top shutdown defensemen...

Nick Lidstrom- Yes

Chris Philips- Yes

Anton Volchenkov- Yes

Brian Rafalski- Huh

Doug Murray- Ah, NO!

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Current Players Who May Be HHOF Worthy

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from John Buccigross of ESPN,

But man, it is fun to speculate, debate and play the Hall of Fame game. That’s the value. It’s good fan petroleum. I had a great time scouring the record books last week, comparing Peter Bondra to Joe Mullen and why Bondra is an obvious Hall of Famer (check last week’s big e-mail bag).

I thought it might be fun to take a look at the rosters of all 30 NHL teams and make a quick-snap-mode “yes” or “no” Hall assessment.

read on

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  Tags: hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame

Questioning The Gray Area Penalties

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from the St. Petersburg Times,

So a day after Paul Devorski’s questionable holding call on Brad Richards led to the Thrashers’ winning overtime goal, players simply, and calmly, said they want the standard for penalties applied more consistently.

The league’s director of officiating, Stephen Walkom, said numerous “check and balances” help maintain the standard.

But Lukowich, after a workout at the Ice Sports Forum, insisted, “There should be less of a gray area. When the ref and rules are enforced the right and proper way, the players just go out and play. That’s what we do.”

more

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  Tags: officiating, penalties, tampa+bay+lightning

The Shootout Debate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail,

Like it or spite it, the shootout is embedded in the rule book and it shows no sign of evaporation. NHL leadership has firmly embraced it. The fans are electrified by it. General managers, coaches and players need to embrace it, too….

There have been 337 shootouts in NHL history and there have been clear winners and losers since the shootout was introduced to resolve ties:

read on to see what teams have done very weill in the shootout and what teams have not…

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  Tags: nhl+rules, scoring

White May Attempt Comeback Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

It has been two months and Colin White’s blurry vision may not improve much more. He’s considering playing against the Penguins here tonight, but even if he doesn’t, the time is near. He needs to know, and so do the Devils….

If White, making $3 million, isn’t able to resume his career, the Devils will have to replace him or endure a season of struggling. Sources say the Devils have already looked around, just in case.

One glaring possibility would be Phoenix’s Ed Jovanovski, who used his no-trade clause to turn down a trade to the Islanders this summer. Jovanovski is struggling with the struggling Coyotes, although Newark might hold little more appeal than Nassau.

more

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  Tags: colin+white, ed+jovanovski, injuries, new+jersey+devils, trade+rumors

Waiting To Sign Perry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

The signing of center Ryan Getzlaf to a five-year contract extension now means the Ducks will turn their attention to right wing Corey Perry, who has a team-leading 11 goals.

Perry, 22, is also in the last year of his original three-year entry level contract and can become a restricted free agent in July. But General Manager Brian Burke said he needs to resolve the uncertain status of Niedermayer before he can begin negotiations with his winger.

“We have to wait and see what Scotty tells us what he wants to do because it affect our ability to sit down with Corey Perry,” Burke said.

more (reg. req.) plus Betuzzi may play tonight…

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, brian+burke, corey+perry

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