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Following Brodeur

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Dan Rosen of NHL.com has been ‘shadowing’ Martin Brodeur the last few days….

Martin Brodeur met the bi-lingual media this morning. Click here for a portion of the transcript.

One of the funniest things of the morning happened just as Brodeur was arriving at the rink. As he walked past the press conference room he saw his father, Denis Sr., doing a radio interview. I was standing in front of the door to the press conference room chatting with Denis Jr. As Martin walked past he said in French (Denis Jr. translated it to me), “Hey dad, you playing tonight?” Denis Sr. didn’t hear him, but Denis Jr. did and he started laughing.

Martin then turned back around and said, “I don’t know, he doesn’t look too focused.”


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Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today on the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll, their guests today are:  Mick Higgins (Irish Ice Hockey Association), Pierre McGuire (TSN and NBC), Jim Cummins (Former NHLer), John Cusack (Irish American Hockey Association), Dave Nonis (Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations), and Conor McKenna (Team 990).

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Home Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and on YouCastr.com.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Still Waiting On The Thunder?  Try A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, yes I did.  Van Halen’s being set aside for the time being in favor or a traditional, tried and true winner.

We’re starting the LB a little early because I needed to get the rules to you quickly.  It’s a mid-afternoon game of Hit Me Mick.  But in some cases, Mick won’t be helping. Actually, I have no idea if he’s in St. Lose today at all. 

So we’re refining the rules.

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Brad Ference Putting Out Fires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Valerie Fortney of the Calgary Herald,

The roar of the crowd and the blinding flash of camera bulbs are familiar experiences for Brad Ference.

After nearly a decade in the NHL—playing for such teams as the Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames—being in the limelight is second nature to him.

But the native Calgarian chose last year to trade in his hockey jersey for a new kind of uniform, that worn by our city’s firefighters, as well as trading a life in the limelight for one behind the scenes.

“I always knew I wanted to do something like this rather than retire to a desk job,” says the 29-year-old just before he takes his place with his fellow 24 recruits graduating Friday.

“What drew me to it was the team atmosphere, which I loved about being a hockey player.”


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26 Teams In Action Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mosf of the games played today have major playoff implications.

A great day to sit back and enjoy our game.  First game starts at 1:00pm ET and the full schedule is below…

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Back To Back: Bitterness Then A BJ

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You know what’s even better than watching the Blues sit cross-legged in a puddle of their own waste at the bottom of the Western Conference standings (where the Dive currently are)?

Seeing them get all pumped over a playoff run only to be able to laugh when they fall just short.

And if the Wings contribute to that?  All the better.

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GDT - Game # 69:  Red Wings at Blues (2:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Matinee game today.  The Blues are making a serious charge for a playoff spot, going 7-2-1 in their last 10 games; and are coming off a 3-1 win over SJS on Thursday.  The Blues are 5-1-1 in their last seven home games, allowing just 11 goals in these contests. Chris Mason is 12-5-4 with a 1.96 goals against average and .930 save percentage since the All-Star break. He was just 5-13-1 with a 2.99 GAA and .904 save percentage before the break.

The Red Wings are amazingly consistent at playing ridiculously inconsistent hockey, and are coming off a 6-5 OT loss, and a 3rd period collapse against CGY on Thursday.  DET outshot CGY 39-13 in the first two periods only to see CGY outshoot DET 17-2 in the 3rd.  DET surrendered 3 goals in the 3rd and barely managed to salvage a point on Dan Cleary’s goal, after Conklin was pulled at 19:18.

DET is 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings against STL.

Despite all that ails the Red Wings, they find themselves tied with BOS for 1st overall, and DET has a game in hand; go figure.  Numbers below.

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Chicago Fans Held Their Breath…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

... when Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane collided during last night’s game against Columbus. 

Both seemed to be OK and played the remainder of the game.

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  Tags: jonathan+toews, patrick+kane

Flames Prove They Can Play With Any Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

As outlined in a handful of player meetings leading up to the game, the Flames not only wanted to stop a three-game slide, they knew this was their chance to prove to themselves, the Wings and the league they could skate with anybody.

The comments from the hosts following the game revolved around the relentless forecheck and aggression of the Flames, which eventually wore them down in a third that saw the road-weary visitors outshoot the Wings a stunning 17-2.

While that aggressiveness should have cost them the game, it ultimately won it for them, setting the tone for a playoff mentality that should see the even bigger, faster Flames focus on physically punishing whomever they play.


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Marty St. Louis A Plus Player During A Bad Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

“I try to be a complete player on both sides of the red line,” said St. Louis, who has 67 points, with 25 goals, and is plus-6.

Besides, he added, “Offense comes from good defensive positioning.”

Plus-minus is a tricky statistic in that it depends so much on one’s teammates and situations that can be out of one’s control.

In short, a plus is awarded for being on the ice when a player’s team scores. A minus is assessed for being on the ice when the opposition scores. So in a season in which Tampa Bay has been outscored 175-224, a differential of minus-49, being plus-6 is pretty extraordinary.


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