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LB: One Love?  Fuhgeddaboudit… Jobu Must Die

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

This post was going to be irie.  Lots of good vibes and praise of life and Jah.  But no.  Not tonight as Jobu has decided to fuch me.  More on that in a bit.

First and foremost, the BBBBs are in town to face the hometown hero Red Wings.  Coming off humiliating Rosby and the Pens, the Wings are playing their best hockey of the season.  The Wings are playing the kind of hockey we like to see here.  Winning hockey.

Most recently, they jail-sexed Rosby into showing us that his way of back-checking is to cross-check the back of Zetterberg repeatedly.  Before that, the Wings were on a Canadian gin, juice, and indo road-trip where they earned 5 of 6 points in the most dramatic of ways.  While many of the 19 formed ulcers as a result of last minute and last second goals, the end result was that the Wings have decided they want to win.  Even if they are behind in the standings or the score, they will not go gently into that good night.

The Cup is for Closers and right now the Red Wings are Ricky Roma.  They are making the statement that the Cup is theirs to lose.  I have no doubt that if the Red Wings were in the Leastern Conference this season, they’d have a playoff berth locked up.  Even with Jobu fuching them all season.  And nothing, not the Pens, not the Flames, not Bubba, nor Junior is going to stop them.  And certainly not the BBBBs tonight.

Yet Jobu has taken another victim.  Me.

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One More Day NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association are continuing to negotiate on the details surrounding an implementation of a rule to prohibit blind-side hits to the head. It was thought at one point that an agreement and implementation might have taken place in time for Wednesday’s games, but that is no longer the case.

Sources tell TSN there will be no decision on Wednesday night. The players have asked the NHL for time to get approval from their Executive Board. The league has given the NHLPA until Thursday to get that approval.

The NHLPA released a statement early Wednesday evening, saying “We have deliberated and endorsed to the NHLPA Executive Board the League’s proposal to implement supplemental discipline this season for blindside hits to the head. Our Executive Board will vote on this recommendation and we will respond back to the League with a decision in the next 24-48 hours.”


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Ranking Team Goaltending

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

With games getting more important, late in the NHL season, it’s time to take a look at each team’s goaltending.

Teams are ranked based on the statistical value of their current goaltenders, with a significantly higher portion of the ranking allocated to the starter’s performance.


Henrik Lundqvist remains a consistently strong starting goaltender, one that could probably use some offensive support and the addition of Alex Auld is an upgrade to the backup position, though he’s only started once since coming over from Dallas on waivers.  Prospect Chad Johnson played well in five midseason appearances, so he could be part of the team’s future plans.

read on for 1-20 rankings…

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If The Avs Lose Tonight, Would You Think Of Them As Frauds?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Tonight’s game against the L.A. Kings at the Pepsi Center is another composition game in my estimation. The Avs are 0-2-1 in their last three, and would be 0-3 if not for a T.J. Galiardi goal in the final 10 seconds of Monday’s game. A loss tonight, and they’re going to start being called chokers around the league. That they can’t handle the real heat of a playoff race. That they were a fraud all along, a team that overachieved for a while but folded when it mattered.

Can the Avs throw that back in their faces? We’ll get an idea tonight. Because, a win tonight puts them back in good shape for a playoff spot.

read on

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Gagne Feels Lucky He Escaped Serious Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

With another night to reflect on the hit that should have been a boarding minor at the very least, Gagne talked about the dangerous play this morning at the team’s practice facility.

“As a player, you play the game and it’s a physical sport. You expect to get hit, but you don’t expect to get hit from behind,” he said, “especially when you are hit a couple feet from the boards.

“If I was a bit closer to the boards and my neck had the full impact, we may be talking about something a lot worse than a stiff neck this morning.”


In case you missed the hit, watch it here...

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  Tags: anton+volchenkov, simon+gagne, simon+gagne

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If (Donald) Fehr assumes a significant leadership role within the NHLPA, the union will immediately regain some of the creditability it has lost in recent years. The NHLPA will also be in a stronger bargaining position with NHL leadership if Fehr is at the helm.

Jeff Levine of the Biz of Hockey.  More on Fehr…

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  Tags: donald+fehr

Al Trautwig Talks About Isles/Rangers In 3D Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Any hockey fans have the capability to watch the game in 3D?

I know you need the following…

- HD box with HDMI
- 3D ready HDTV
- Compatible active stereo LCD Glasses and emitter (either incorporated with 3D HDTV or external)

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Round Three- Pens Against Caps

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Fair to say that there are weightier games on the schedule Wednesday night than the third of four regular season meetings between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. Contests fraught with playoff implications like the Blues against the Red Wings or Rangers vs. Islanders. Real life and death stuff.

Hey, Precious may have been more critically acclaimed than The Hangover, but I know which one I’m tuning into 10 times out of 10.

Sure, Caps and Pens has turned into hockey’s answer to the Red Sox and Yankees and, as a regular season event, the perceived importance of these games supersedes whatever real meaning they might have.


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Colin Campbell May Move On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

...Still, it’s hard to imagine the NBA’s David Stern or Roger Goodell of the NFL allowing an underling and mediocrity like Campbell dictate league policy that was fundamentally wrong, unfair to Savard and the Bruins, and also a public relations nightmare for the NHL. Bettman should have stepped in.

  That said, the damage to the NHL’s image would have been much worse if the mainstream U.S. sports media had any real interest in what was happening in the NHL. They don’t. In Canada, most of the hockey media have been giving their pal “Colie” a free pass for years.

  Enlightened hockey people view Campbell’s record as one in which the thugs were treated lightly and victims largely ignored.


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  Tags: colin+campbell

Bruins Extend Ference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Andrew Ference to a three-year contract extension through the 2013-14 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

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  Tags: andrew+ference

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