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NHL Ratings On The Upswing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL TV Ratings are up!  Thanks to Ted Leonsis, you can view all the numbers…

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Dueling Scoring Machines

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Atlanta Thrashers—7pm ET

The Lightning’s Vincent Lecavalier, who leads the NHL with 51 points this season, and the Thrashers’ Ilya Kovalchuk, who leads the league with 26 goals, will go head-to-head for the fifth time this season and the 35th time in their careers when the Lightning play the Thrashers tonight in Atlanta.

Lecavalier has scored 39 points (17-22—39) and Kovalchuk 36 (20-16—36) in their 34 previous meetings, with Tampa Bay and Lecavalier winning 18 times, Kovalchuk and Atlanta 14 times, and two games ending in a tie. They’ve met four times already this season with each player winning twice; Lecavalier (3-6—9) has more points but Kovalchuk (5-2—7) has more goals.

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Could Ryder End Up In Florida

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via On Frozen Pond,

Rumors have it that Montreal is shopping Michael Ryder, and I would think the Panthers have an interest with Ville Peltonen out a substantial—six/eight weeks—bit of time with his broken foot. Ryder has scored 30 goals the past two seasons, but is struggling so much this season he’s been a healthy scratch. Ryder has three goals and seven assists this season.

He hasn’t scored a goal since Nov. 16 at Buffalo and hasn’t so much as recorded a point since getting two helpers against Boston on Nov. 17. Change of scenery—and some sunshine—might be what Ryder needs.

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  Tags: michael+ryder

How ‘Bout Them Wings!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Detroit general manager Ken Holland and his general staff – Jim Devellano, Scotty Bowman, Steve Yzerman – can’t get enough credit. Their head coach, Mike Babcock, is first-rate and their development team – have you noticed Henny Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, et al. – are top of the heap.

And how about the genius move in signing Chris Osgood? At 35, he’s playing as well as he ever did in 14 years of big league goaltending!

many more NHL bits, some of them covered on KK in the past week…

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Rob Ramage Has Been Punished Enough

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CTV News,

The family of Keith Magnuson, who was killed in a drunk driving crash caused by former Toronto Maple Leaf captain Rob Ramage, is asking a judge to spare Ramage a prison sentence.

Magnuson’s son Kevin told a Newmarket, Ont. judge on Tuesday the Ramage family has been punished enough by the fatal accident and subsequent trial and conviction.

The Magnusons said they have forgiven Ramage for his actions, and would rather see him receive a sentence of community service instead of a penitentiary term.

continued…

*A surprising position for the family to take, considering they chose to take Ramage to civil court and were awarded $9.5 million in their wrongful death lawsuit.

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  Tags: keith+magnuson, rob+ramage, toronto+maple+leafs

The Most New Media Savvy League

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On Frozen Blog,

Leonsis emphasized that embracing new media is for the league merely an extension of the relationship its fans have already cultivated, passionately. “All of our fans are wired. They spend most of their time on broadband. They have their mobile devices.”

“People have underestimated the importance of search. They’ve underestimated the influence of Facebook. Facebook has a $15 billion valuation — more than every NHL and NBA team combined. What did they do? They brought a big audience of young Web-savvy customers. We have to look at our business in the same vein.”

So what’s ahead? For starters, the owner contends, increasing acceptance of bloggers and the blogosphere. Additionally, individual blogs that are likely to surpass The Hockey News in popularity and influence. Their quality, he said, “is better than the copy you see in the newspaper.” Then next up comes a very new age role for NHL players.

more

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  Tags: ted+leonsis

Clutch Players

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

At thehockeynews.com, we don’t ask how or even how many. We ask: How many of them were important?

That’s the crux behind Campbellnomics, a statistic unique to THN.com that measures meaningful goals. We’re not concerned with who scores the sixth goal in a 6-1 game. We’re more concerned with the players who can be counted on to contribute when it matters most.

read on

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Jacques Lemaire’s Legacy

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kent Youngblood at the Star-Tribune,

So when the NHL returned, so did Lemaire—for the long term. And tonight he’ll become the 14th man to coach 1,000 games.

And that begs the question: Has Lemaire had more impact as a player or as a coach? Lemaire played 12 seasons with Montreal. Including playoffs, he played in 998 games, totaling 974 points.

“I’m probably the wrong guy to ask, because I can see it in both cases,” said Wild GM Doug Risebrough, who was Lemaire’s teammate in Montreal for five seasons. “I guess it depends on your time frame. Your younger players probably don’t realize how good a player he was. ... He was the best two-way player I’ve ever seen play. Not of my time, but ever. He was the centerman who could pass, he had a great shot, he was smart. He played with two good players [Steve Shutt and Guy Lafleur] because he was so good defensively.”

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  Tags: doug+risebrough, jacques+lemaire, minnesota+wild, montreal+canadiens

Three Sabres Coming Together

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Harrington at The Buffalo News,

“At times I wasn’t playing well and the other two guys were playing good,” Vanek said after practice Monday in the Amherst Pepsi Center. “Then maybe I had a few better games. Right now, we’re just finally playing all three on the same page, playing well at the same time and that makes a difference.”

Roy, in fact, is tied with Calgary’s Daymond Langkow for the best December plus-minus in the league at plus-10 and Vanek isn’t far behind at plus-7. Roy has 11 points in eight games this month, just three off the league lead.

“As a line, we’re getting to know each other and where we’ve got to be,” Roy said. “Team-wise, we’ve clamped down on things, we’re collapsing in the defensive zone, guys are blocking shots and Ryan [goaltender Ryan Miller] is making some great saves.”

more

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  Tags: derek+roy, drew+stafford, thomas+vanek

Washington Energized By Effort

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Capitals Insider,

“We can take a lot from this,” defenseman Tom Poti said. Detroit “has only lost six or seven games all year, and we stuck right with them for 65 minutes. If we keep going out and giving a consistent effort like that, we’re going to be fine.”

Alex Ovechkin, who netted his 24th goal, added: “We don’t give up. We know we played hard. It was a great time for us. We played a great team in a great place.”

“We’re going to get back at it and keep on rolling,” defenseman Shaone Morrisonn said.

more and the key for the Caps is to, as Morrison said, “get back at it”.  If the Caps play like they did last night, they will win more than they lose, but they need to maintain that effort all year long.

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