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Leafs Must Fix Goaltending Problem

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

So what we think we might know about the Leafs after two games – Lee Stempniak looks much improved, added toughness doesn’t mean much if the other team won’t engage, Viktor Stalberg clearly does belong – really doesn’t mean much.

Nothing, you see, can be known until the goaltending is sorted out.

When you allow only 51 shots in two games and give up 10 goals to lose twice, you know you have a problem.

By comparison, Detroit is admitting it may have a problem between Chris Osgood and Jimmy Howard after losing twice to St. Louis in Stockholm, and the Wings goalies gave up only nine goals on 53 shots.

Some of it is about goals-against averages and save percentages, but goaltending is also a feel, something that creates an atmosphere around the team. If the netminding is sound or even better, excellent, players compete in a comfort zone, knowing they can make an error here or there, and they tend to relax and gel better as a unit.


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Searching For A Positive, Coyotes Find It On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“Since May 5, we haven’t had any real control over what’s been going on,” Doan said before the Coyotes opened their season here on Saturday night. “Starting with tonight, we had some control again – to provide some positive energy and positive news, instead of always hearing the negative.”

The Coyotes were positively impressive in their 2009-10 debut, rolling to a 6-3 win over the hometown Kings, who left the ice to a chorus of boos, largely because of a dominating performance by a Phoenix team many thought were destined for the bottom of the NHL barrel.

Tellingly, coach Dave Tippett’s pressure fore-checking system led directly to three goals by forcing turnovers from the Kings’ young defenders. It won’t always be this easy – the Coyotes move on to Pittsburgh to play the Stanley Cup champion Penguins Tuesday – but their overall level of organization was apparent right away.


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Panic? Sure. Go Ahead.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good weekend?  Don’t blame me.  Nope.  I warned you. I told you Saturday that we were looking at the real possibility of a four-tiered puke-fest.  Some of you listened.  Others? Not so much.  Either way we all ended up drinking in the street. 

Ok..try this.  How many of you did this in some form or another? 

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Gionta & Gomez Clicking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez were hoping they still had the chemistry that made them Stanley Cup winners in 2003 with the New Jersey Devils and produced a 48-goal season by Gionta in 2006.

It was there Saturday night in Buffalo when the Canadiens won their second-straight overtime game, 2-1, on Gionta’s tip in past goalie Ryan Miller. It was an airborne rebound off the boards of Gomez’s shot.

“That wasn’t the way we drew it up, but we’ll take it,” Gionta said. “I was going to the net trying to find it and it bounced real nice for me. Any time a wrist shot goes off the back boards, there’s a little bit of luck.”


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  Tags: brian+gionta, scott+gomez

Oilers Put On A Great Pre-Game Show Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I searched for this late last night after watching it live, then of course forgot about it until just know when a tweet from Erin Nicks reminded me about it again.

GGOWER has a brief write-up on the event too and I suggest you take some time and enjoy.

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Erik Cole Out With Fractured Leg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Tests today revealed that Erik Cole suffered a fracture in his lower left leg from last night’s collision with Boston’s Dennis Wideman and will miss 4-6 weeks of game action.

Not exactly what the Canes wanted to hear after an 0-2 start to the season, and certainly some added injury to the insult of the lopsided loss in Boston. A little more adversity than the team had hoped for by the third game of the season, but they’ve had to overcome similar circumstances in the past. Cole had missed Sunday’s practice with the injury, with Tuomo Ruutu moving to Eric Staal’s wing.


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  Tags: erik+cole

Islanders Forgot About DiPietro At Home Opener

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Katie Strang of Isles Files at Newsday,

First and foremost, Rick DiPietro absolutely did not decline to be a part of last night’s introduction ceremony.

Essentially, it was an oversight and here’s what Islanders President Chris Dey had to say on the matter:

“We made a mistake and left Rick out of the introductions. It was nothing intentional, but we are glad to hear that fans wanted to hear him introduced by the team,” Dey said. “We are all looking forward to his return to the lineup.”

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  Tags: rick+dipietro

Report- Panthers Will Sign Dominic Moore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

The Panthers have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent center Dominic Moore. The signing is expected to be announced by the team Monday.

“He’s really excited about it,” Moore’s agent, Larry Kelly, who also represents Panthers defenseman Bryan Allen, told the Sun Sentinel on Sunday. “He thinks it’s a huge opportunity to play for Peter DeBoer.”

Kelly said he had been talking with about four teams about Moore.

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Modano Will Have Test On Sore Ribs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Richard Durrett at the Dallas Stars Blog at ESPN,

Stars coach Marc Crawford said Mike Modano hurt his rib in Saturday’s game and that he will get some X-rays on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. Modano did not practice Sunday, but did get treatment.

“Right at the end of the game, he was speared to get a loose puck away from him and it hit him exactly right or exactly wrong,” Crawford said. “He’ll have a scan tomorrow and we’ll see where it’s at.”


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  Tags: mike+modano

Prediction: East Conference

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

As the final entry in my pre-season preview, I will look at the predicted standings in the East Conference.  My West Conference predictions are here.  The Northeast Division is here, the Atlantic Division is here and the Southest Division is here

Here is my predicted standings for the East Conference:

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