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Caps Continue To Win No Matter Who Is On The Ice

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from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

While it’s unclear who will be able to suit up, this much is known: The Capitals have been one of the league’s best teams over the past month despite an injury-ravaged lineup that, on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, was minus eight players who were on the ice opening night.

Since the roster became a virtual revolving door on Nov. 24, they’re 10-4-0 and have built a comfortable eight-point edge in the Southeast Division.

In that span, 11 players have been recalled from the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, five have made their NHL debuts, and even a front-office employee was signed to serve as a backup goaltender. In all, 35 players have donned a Washington jersey this season compared with 26 at this point a year ago.

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Sullivan Feels Like A Hockey Player Again

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from Kevin Allen of USA Today,

It’s been 22 months since Nashville Predators forward Steve Sullivan has played an NHL game, and no timetable has been set for his return.

But as his family prepared for the holidays, Sullivan felt like he had already received a gift “because I feel like a hockey player again.”

After two back surgeries and overflowing frustration, Sullivan has been able to skate with teammates and embrace the idea his comeback will be sooner rather than later.

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Red Wings Send Their Hockey Greetings To You

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TSN has their version of Twas The Night Before Christmas dominated by notable faces from the hockey world.

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Merry Christmas Everyone

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I am late, very late.  Must get the Christmas tree up, but I run into a neighborhood boy who wants to skate.

Sure I say, a break from the hustle and bustle will do me good, so two hours later I am in a much better mood.

Remember our game on this day and if bothered or down on such a glorious day, just put on the skates and go out and play!


Previous Christmas Day posts… 12/25/07 & 12/25/06.

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Preparing For The Big Guy

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Time to put our game on the back burner and enjoy the warmth of this Holiday Season.

I do thank all of you for your patronage and hope you have a safe and peaceful time and can spend some meaningful time with family and friends.

The big fella is about to begin his long journey, but first he had to get a little warm-up in!

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All Todd McLellan

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from Jim Carlton of the Wall Street Journal,

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr. McLellan looked at what he has accomplished and where he hopes to lead the Sharks, who have yet to win a Stanley Cup or even conference championship in their 17-year history in San Jose. Excerpts:

The Wall Street Journal: How much credit do you take in this winning record?

Mr. McLellan: I am a small piece. There are a number of other important people on the staff, and the most important people are the players. They are the ones who lay themselves on the line every night.

WSJ: How much different are you from your predecessor, Ron Wilson?

Mr. McLellan: When I got the job, I had a real good idea how I wanted the team to play. There were some changes in the way some of the players were utilized in the past. For example, we wanted the defensemen to be much more active, shooting the puck more.

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A Look At The Western Conference ASG Voting

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New York (December 24, 2008) – Three of the top defensemen in the world are vying for just two spots while five forwards are within a final-week surge of snatching the last opening up front for the Western Conference in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports that will select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal.

        Six-time Norris Trophy-winner Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit remained the leading vote-getter on defense as of 7 a.m. ET today. However, his lead had been trimmed to a mere 3,036 votes by supporters of Chicago’s Brian Campbell. And those two hardly had locks on their starting spots, as Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf was within 66,500 votes of Campbell with nine days left in online and mobile text voting.

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TSN Experts Discussion

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from TSN,

The panel then offered their thoughts on their leading candidates for Comeback Player of the Year this season. McKenzie and Matthew Barnaby went with Philadelphia Flyers’ winger Simon Gagne while Dreger chose Michael Ryder of the Boston Bruins.

“Coming back from a concussion is a very difficult thing to do and Gagne is scoring in the tough areas,” said Barnaby. “The Flyers are having a great year and he’s a big reason why.”

McKenzie stressed the enormity of Gagne’s return to form and the road he has had to travel to get there. Through 32 games this season, Gagne has 17 goals and 38 points.

“Gagne’s not just coming off a bad year, he’s coming back from having his career threatened,” said McKenzie.

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NHLPA Gives Back

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

On the night of June 9, 1972, heavy rainfall, and the failure of the nearby Canyon Creek Dam, unleashed a wall of water that wiped out all of the homes in the area. The flood left 238 people dead.

In the wake of that tragedy, the city decreed that virtually all commercial and residential development along the creek that winds through Rapid City would be turned over to green space.

Bob Fuchs, a local businessman and hockey dad, went down to the rink at 10 p.m. on cold winter nights and flooded the surface so kids could skate the next day. There was one corner of the rink that caught more sun than the rest, so they had to add extra water. If it was windy, the leaves played havoc with the surface. Occasionally, the water pump for the rink would deliver a small trout or two from the creek.

At best, it was bumpy, but it was ice. There was hockey in Rapid City.

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12 Days of Hockey x 2

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via XM204 Home Ice Blog,

A new creation ‘12 Days of NHL Voices’ featuring NHL Radio Play-by-Play announcers you here on NHL Home Ice and of course the classic 2 Days of Sabres announcer Ric Jenneret!.

Listen to both…

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