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Flyers Need To Start Winning Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The unfortunate thing about the Flyers going into the Christmas break on a six-game skid is that they have found the level of consistency they have been searching for, but it isn’t good: They are consistently finding ways to lose games they would have won earlier in the season.

The surprise team in the East early in the year now sits tied for last in the Atlantic Division in points with the Islanders, and tied for 12th in the Eastern Conference. Some of this has to do with Simon Gagne being out of the lineup since Nov. 8, but more of it has to do with the fact that they are not the “Broad Street Bullies.” They need to play tougher and desperately need to play better in their own end.

more on the Flyers and some consistency talk regarding NHL refs.  In case you want to see the video Moran is referring to, here it is…

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West Is Best

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Slap Shot at the NY Times,

Through Sunday night, Western teams’ records vs. Eastern teams was 38-27 — a decisive winning percentage of .585.

Last year, Western teams won 82 and lost 68 vs. the Easterners, good for a .547 winning percentage.

And in the first year of the current schedule, 2005-06, it was the West 79, the East 71 — a .527 winning percentage for the Westerners.

It may pain those of us who have always preferred the Prince of Wales Trophy to the Clarence Campbell Bowl, but the numbers don’t lie: the Western Conference is better than the Eastern Conference. And getting so much better all the time.

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“Dirty” Hit By Lapointe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

With seven minutes left in the second period their star winger was drilled on his left knee by Blackhawks forward Martin Lapointe. Hemsky hobbled off the ice, in enough trouble that he was not able to return….

“It was a dirty hit,” said Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish. “He threw his knee out at him. It should have easily been (a five-minute major). It’s interference. It’s kneeing. How do you even brace yourself for that type of hit? There’s no need for a guy to do that. We have one of our best players taken out by a guy who plays 10 minutes a game.”

“I was just going to go around him,” Hemsky said. “I don’t know if he stuck out his knee or not but I hit it. It was knee-on-knee.”


watch the video of the hit…

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  Tags: ales+hemsky, martin+lapointe

Back To The Drawing Board

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

If there’s one gift Tom Renney needs before the Rangers resume their post-Christmas action, it is a new drawing board.

His club needs a revised strategy - nothing major, however, - to get back on track.

Surely Santa can afford that drawing board for Tom.

As it happens, the Rangers coach has until Wednesday night, December 26 - known in Canada as Boxing Day - to complete some serious brainstorming.


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Sharks May Make A Move At The Right Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Mercury News,

(Doug) Wilson isn’t ruling out anything if the situation continues. But he wouldn’t set a timetable for action other than the obvious one - the NHL’s Feb. 27 trade deadline.

Wilson said his team’s success on the road overshadows its problems at home. It shows the Sharks are capable of winning in unfriendly environments where the other team gets the final move on line matchups. And in the playoffs, that matters.

In fact, Wilson said, he might be quicker to act on the current situation if the team were winning at home and losing on the road.

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Blue Jackets Didn’t Come To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

A handful of Blue Jackets sat in a hush-quiet dressing room, trying to find the right words last night after a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.

One player, out of sight from the media, broke the relative quiet by screaming: “We (expletive) choked!”...

“This is a brutal loss,” left winger Jody Shelley said. “(Nashville) played last night, and they were coming into our building.

“No excuse right now. We’re not happy, and we shouldn’t be.”

read on

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No More Whining

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the OTtawa Sun,

Senators coach John Paddock doesn’t want to hear any more whining after the holidays.

Just before the Rangers game and the two-day break, Paddock confirmed that Ottawa players have been complaining about their role and ice time.

Paddock’s had enough.

“Obviously there’s players, and everybody should want to do more, but they think that they should contribute more offensively or think they can play with certain players or they deserve more ice time,” said Paddock


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We Dig Christmas Eve

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Tomorrow, the official A2Y Christmas Wish List.  It’s going to be exciting, I can tell you that.  Today?  We do a little digging, and a little scrounging for blog content we can steal and take full credit for.  It’s the Christmas way.

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Sunday Evening Dreams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I had a nice chuckle after reading this blog submission at the Sporting News,

In my world, and if I was GM of the following teams, these would be the trades I’d make to improve my team, and the reasons why:...

9. Toronto trades Mats Sundin and Tomas Kaberle to Vancouver for Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa and a 1st Round Draft Choice.

WHY: Vancouver has to make this trade. They need OFFENSE.

8. Ottawa trades Antoine Vermette, Wade Redden and a 3rd Round Draft Choice to Phoenix for Shane Doan, Ed Jovanovski and a 5th Round Draft Choice.

WHY: Phoenix has to make this trade.

2. Montreal trades Michael Ryder, Cristobal Huet, Saku Koivu and a 3nd Round Draft Pick to Tampa Bay for Vincent Lecavalier, Vinny Prospal and Marc Denis.

WHY: Montreal’s been a team on the bubble since their last Cup in 1993. What have they done? Is Koivu a top player in this league? Yes. Is he going to lead Montreal to a Cup? Not likely.

much more

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Hockey Before The Mini-Christmas Break

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Last chance to watch some NHL hockey until Wednesday, December 26th.

Check out the game times and TV listings for today at NHL.com and watch a preview video of the matchups…

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