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from Sam Weinman at the Journal News,

Athletes in general are an idiosyncratic lot, but hockey players might be right at the head of the pack. While a typical NHL game occupies 2 1/2 hours of an evening, players’ game-day routines begin when they wake up and carry through until they turn out the lights for the night. Along the way, they all will follow the same general principles that include a morning skate, a hearty pregame meal around noon, and the ensuing nap that is as much a part of an NHL player’s life as it is your typical kindergartner’s. But every player adds his own accents, with habits they’ve been refining since before they ever earned a paycheck.

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Play Until They Drop

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

Nobody likes a tie, I know. The fans at the game go home wondering why they didn’t just spend their $200 on a tank of gas, and the fans at home realize they could have been watching a race-car driver win or lose a dance competition.

The answer is sudden death four-on-four. It provides one end-to-end rush after another, so eventually one of the teams is bound to score. I know the players will get tired. That’s one reason the games won’t last forever.

How about the ice surface Bob, when do you re-surface it?  Do you think fans will stick around for a game of 4-on-4 for an extra hour, maybe two?  I doubt it…

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Howe Still Carrying Those Sharp Elbows

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey at the Montreal Gazette,

The other reason I give Howe the edge over Gretzky is that you never heard him complain about the rough treatment he received from opponents. Howe didn’t need Dave Semenko riding shotgun. Opponents took on Howe at their peril and his elbows were legendary. He dropped the gloves often enough that he gave his name to the Gordie Howe hat trick, which consisted of a goal, an assist and a fighting major.

The gathering at centre ice last night wasn’t as emotional as some of the spectacles staged by the Canadiens, but it produced enough nostalgia for Howe to remark: “I feel like elbowing someone.”

a bit more and some other NHL talk…

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Enough Of The Nashville False Market Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Forecheck,

Anyways, in the second intermission the topic of ownership change in Nashville came up, and both Stellick and his comrade Bill Watters launched into a diatribe repeatedly calling Nashville a “false hockey market”, and offering their sage prediction that in three years Boots Del Biaggio will move the squad to Kansas City. Of course they were probably just playing to the home television audience, but the utter lack of class towards the Nashville organization and its fanbase was insulting.

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The World Wide League

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

The NHL’s biggest problem in the U.S. remains an absolute lack of coverage from the talking heads on all the shouting columnist shows, and the sportscenter-style highlight shows. Coverage is through the roof still in Canada, and much of Europe, but not here. It will NOT surprise me one bit if, in 20 years or less, the NHL is primarily based in Canada and Europe. Anybody who doesn’t believe me should check out the numbers in European arenas for games, especially in the Super League in Russia - which is paying NHL-comparable salaries for most players now.

 

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Every Team Has A Chance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Fitzpatrick at About.com,

Just about every team is running hot and cold this season. In Ottawa, the once-mighty Senators are barely showing a pulse. The Devils couldn’t do anything right in October; now they can’t lose. Dallas fired the general manager a few weeks ago. Now the Stars lead the Pacific Division.

Atlanta, Montreal and Toronto are among the other cities where wins and losses come in bunches. Most other teams are ambling along at a win-one-lose-one pace. Carolina was pounded 8-1 by Buffalo (last in the Northeast Division) last weekend, and rebounded to beat the Rangers (first in the Atlantic) two days later.

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Dominant

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

First of all.  What in the name of sweet baby jesus was Mathieu Dandenault thinking?  A guy who never showed even the slightest sign of sociopathic behavior in Detroit, and only 14 penalty minutes this season, jumps Mikael Samuelsson from behind?  Now, considering what we know about Samuelsson—that he’s got a bit of an agitator’s quality to him—he’d probably earned some special attention.  But like that, from Dandenault?  Interesting.

As for the rest of the game?  Read the title:  Dominant, definitely the Wings’ best game of the year, maybe their best regular season effort in the last few years.

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All About Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

If you watch Hockey Night in Canada, you may assume there has been no increase in NHL goal scoring, despite the crackdown on restraining fouls.

And even if there has been a small improvement, you may believe it is attributable to the large number of power plays being called.

A big part of the Hockey Night message is: Zero tolerance has not helped improve the game offensively.

But the first assumption is wrong and the second is questionable.

continued

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Ted Lindsay Points To Schedule For Wings Attendance Problems

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Hockey News,

The Montreal Canadiens commemorated their 81 year-old rivalry with the Detroit Red Wings before the two Original Six teams played their only game of the season Tuesday.

It is that disparity in the NHL’s current schedule that has Red Wings Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay believing that Detroit will never have a similar rivalry with another team ever again.

Lindsay said Tuesday that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is to blame if attendance numbers are down in Detroit because fans in Hockeytown are sick of seeing teams like Columbus and Nashville so often every year.

“We had it for a couple of years there with Colorado and Detroit, but Bettman has taken advantage of Detroit because of it being a great hockey city and it being a well managed hockey team,” Lindsay said.

continued

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Technology Can Screw Up Your Hockey Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice asked Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello, “What’s Wrong with the Ice?”

Lamoriello said the problem has been with a malfunctioning computer that is supposed to regulate the ice’s temperature, hardness, etc. These things can be affected by numerous factors: the outdoor temperature, humidity, being covered for basketball games, concerts and other events. For Sunday’s game against Atlanta, they turned off the computer and changed the settings manually. The idea, however, is to get the computer working properly.

“We’ve been talking to CIMCO and had people from the NHL here to work on (the ice),” Lamoriello said. “This is the best system in the country. There’s no excuse not to have the best ice. We’re completely comfortable that this is all going to get straightened out.”

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