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The 2000’s

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Burnside, Pierre LeBrun and E.J. Hradek of ESPN look at the top players, #1 picks, late round sleepers, upsets, playoff series and trades during this decade.  Even more coming next week too.


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Wild Equipment Bus Burns

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Twitter of Bob McKenzie,

Minnesota Wild equipment van was in an accident, caught fire and much of the Wild players’ equipment has been burned so badly it’s toast.

No injuries in the accident, apparently, but if u know anything about NHL players and equipment, especially skates, players are apoplectic.

The Wild play tomorrow in Ottawa.

added 4:33pm, Follow Michael Russo’s Twitter too,

They opened up and everything was on fire. Nobody knows why. But team is in scramble mode as it tries to determine what was destroyed.

added 5:05pm, Pics of the burned equipment via Dean Molberg.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I never imagined I’d be standing out here no, never. This is kind of surreal. You look around and you’re in a baseball park, Fenway Park! Then you look down and you’re on ice. Really unique, that’s for sure.”

-Bobby Orr after skating on the ice at Fenway Park today.  More from James Murphy at NHL.com.

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Helm Looks Good For Tomorrow, Protecting The Perfect Human And Getting Herm To Hockeytown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A bit of good news in the midst of a whole lot of suck.

Detroit News

“You kind of knew last night when he left here and drove himself (to get the MRI),” Babcock said. “As soon as we found out it was a shoulder, it wasn’t as big a deal. Obviously, we’d like to have him playing tomorrow but he’s not available. Looks like (Darren) Helm will go tomorrow so we won’t have to call anyone up.”

Helm has missed the last two games with a strained tendon in his left wrist. He practiced Friday and pronounced himself ready to play.

“I knew when I was going to feel good enough I was going to go and today felt good enough to go,” Helm said. “I was holding onto the puck a little bit, stickhandling, passing. I took a little bit off the shot today, didn’t really put everything I had as it still hurt a little bit. It’s gonna hurt a little bit but it’s still good enough to go.”

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Tortorella Sends Out Notices

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from Dan Martin of the NY Post, J

ohn Tortorella benched a pair of Rangers veterans last night, and don’t expect them to be the last moves he makes. Today, the coach blasted the “entitlement” that surrounded the team.

“There’s gonna be no entitlement around here,” Tortorella said. “And I think that’s what kind of stinks… around here.”

He put just about everyone on notice, especially “underachieving veterans.”

“To me it just doesn’t matter how long you’ve played, how much money you make, what draft pick you were,” Tortorella said after a short practice. “We need to shift a little bit and we’re going to.”


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Markov Makes Early Return

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from Canadiens.com,

The holidays are finally here! The Habs’ bags are packed and they’re ready to go, set to take off on Friday for a seven game road stint. Defenseman Andrei Markov will be boarding the flight with his teammates – and not just as a passenger.

On the shelf since the first game of the season with a lacerated tendon in his foot, the veteran blue-liner is poised to make his highly anticipated return this Saturday on Long Island. The original prognosis had Markov slated to come back only at the end of January, but the shifty rearguard will join new D partner Ryan O’Byrne on the Habs’ blue line this week and Marc-Andre Bergeron will move up to forward.


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The Perils Of Not Losing In OT

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The NHL standings are heavily distorted by a ridiculous point system.  Games are worth two points, unless they go to overtime.  Then they are worth three points.  A team that manages a lot of regulation ties benefits in this system.  They have more points available to them (as more of their games are three pointers) and are better able to have a higher position in the standings.

An extreme example of this can be found in the West Conference standings right now.  The Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks both have played 34 games played.  Dallas has won 14 games and lost 20.  Vancouver has won 19 games and lost 15.  Dallas is ahead of Vancouver in the standings.  How can this be true?  Dallas has a league-leading 11 games that they have lost after regulation time has ended.  Vancouver is last in the league in that department.  They have not lost any games that went beyond regulation time.  For that Vancouver is effectively being punished.  Vancouver is 11th when ranked by wins per game played (a much more logical way to rank teams).  Vancouver is 17th in league standings.  Dallas is 23rd when ranked by wins per games played and 14th in league standings.

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KK- Looks Like The Holiday Season Has Started

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I would imagine many of you will be traveling, attending the office party or visiting with family and friends starting tonight.

I will be around all week except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Of course, it may be a little slower around here until after the New Year, but hockey will still be played and I will be around to provide the latest news.

For those of you who won’t be around next week, be safe, enjoy the time and remember the real meaning of this Holiday Season.

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Zetterberg With Slight Shoulder Separation

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via Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

The Detroit Red Wings will be without forward Henrik Zetterberg for a minimum of two weeks. An NHL source told Sporting News that the MRI results revealed that the forward suffered a slight shoulder separation.

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Twelve Hours Later?  Crickets

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update: Two weeks for Hank, at least.  Craig Custance...not the diggers, provided us this.

The Detroit Red Wings will be without forward Henrik Zetterberg for a minimum of two weeks. An NHL source told Sporting News that the MRI results revealed that the forward suffered a slight shoulder separation.

Zetterberg left Thursday’s game against the Lightning after being hit by defenseman Mattias Ohlund.


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