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Chicago Starts Their Eight-Game Road Trip

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from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Six playoff teams from last season are among the opponents on the trip—the Hawks’ longest of the season—including the two they eliminated (the Flames and Canucks) and the one they lost to (the Detroit Red Wings).

‘‘If we can be ... above .500 [on this trip], it’d be nice,’’ Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

We’ll say the Hawks go 5-2-1, which isn’t a bad trip by any means. Here’s our breakdown:

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Report- Bruins/Coyotes Will Open Next Season In Prague

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

According to an NHL source, the Bruins will kick off 2010-11 with two regular-season games in Prague. They will play Phoenix in both games. The Bruins will also participate in exhibition games against teams that have yet to be determined.

more on the Bruins….

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Demitra Turns To A Physiotherapist For Relief

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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

It’s been a long road to recovery for Demitra, who had one shoulder surgery in May to repair his rotator cuff. Then, another surgery in the fall because things weren’t healing. That was followed by an infection. It all left him questioning his career, and seriously considering the option to shut it down for the year.

“If you asked me 30 days ago, and I was honest with myself, I would have told you I was done, done for the year, at least,” Demitra said. “That’s where things were going….

The question isn’t what saved him, it’s who. Officially, Pavel Purdek is listed as a physiotherapist who works closely with the Slovak national soccer team. In Demitra’s book, he’s a Magic Man.

“He’s unbelievable. I don’t know, but it seems like he has magic in his hands,” Demitra said. “He’s amazing. Every time he sticks a needle in my shoulder I feel relief. It just feels good.”

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  Tags: pavol+demitra

TSN Picks The All-Stars

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from TSN,

Since there will be no NHL All-Star game this year because of the Olympics, the NHL on TSN panel deliberated over who they would select to take the ice on the first line, if there were an All-Star game in 2010.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Position   Player   Team
G   Miikka Kiprusoff   Calgary Flames
LD   Duncan Keith   Chicago Blackhawks
RD   Dan Boyle   San Jose Sharks
LW   Patrick Marleau   San Jose Sharks
C   Henrik Sedin   Vancouver Canucks
RW   Patrick Kane   Chicago Blackhawks

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Stars Don’t Have A Replacement Goalie

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from Razor With An Edge,

What the Stars don’t seem to have this time though is an heir apparent.

Turco was brashly demanding Belfour’s mantle back in that 2001-2002 season. His stats were better, and his presence was unsettling to Eddie who was also dealing with an increasingly tempestuous relationship with Hitch.

Fast-forward eight years and there is no young, talented goaltender ready to take the net over.

Mike Smith might have been that guy but he was sacrificed in the Brad Richards trade.

Jonas Gustafsson was a targeted “next one” this summer but decided to sign in Toronto.

So if we are witnessing the final months of another chapter in the lineage of larceny in the pipes in Dallas then the organization’s birddogs better have eyes peeled for a replacement, because it’s the most important position in the sport.

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How Is The Flat Bottom V Progressing?

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Some KK readers may recall a story I posted in mid-July regarding a new skate sharpening technique.

Let’s see where it stands today…

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Known as the Flat Bottom V for the shape of the cut in the skate blade, it is currently the rage from beer leagues to the big leagues. In all, players on 22 of the NHL’s 30 teams are using the technique, some of them – from San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton to New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise – among the top players in the game….

Panthers forward Cory Stillman was passing through the dressing room as they were about to go on the ice and volunteered to act as the guinea pig.

“Stillman said to us: ‘I can tell you in three strides if it’s good or not,’” Wilson recalled. “So he got out on it and took three or four strides and turned to me and said, ‘What the heck is this?’ I said immediately: ‘Hey, it’ll take two minutes to sharpen your skates back to where they were. It’s something new that we’re developing and we don’t know much about it.’

“He said: ‘No, this is weird, but interesting.’

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Colton Orr Interference Call On Mike Green Tonight

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Tough one to call, but with Colton Orr involved, questions will be asked.

Orr received 2 minutes for interference on the call plus five for fighting with Shaone Morrisonn.  You can see the penalty log below…

 

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  Tags: colton+orr, mike+green

Osgood Makes Howard An NHL Goalie

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

After the Carolina win, Howard was unlacing his skates while trying to explain the importance of the bounce-back game. How was an inexperienced NHL goalie able to shake off a rough start so easily?

He stopped messing with the skates and pointed to the veteran to his right who was peeling off mostly dry hockey gear.
There was the answer: Chris Osgood. The reason Howard is succeeding is because of Osgood.

“I’m just trying to stay in the moment and he’s taught me how to do that. He’s one of the best in the league at that,” Howard told Sporting News. “He knows how to let things roll off his back and just continue to push forward.”...

According to Babcock, Howard will start again Saturday in Dallas. Following the Carolina game, he wasn’t ruling out another Howard start on Sunday….

“The way the league works, the guy who is playing good gets to play,” Babcock explained.

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  Tags: chris+osgood, jimmy+howard

Another Twitter Attack

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Agent Allan Walsh continues to call out the Wild via his Twitter account.

Less than a week after tweeting that coach Todd Richards is “treating [Petr] Sykora with less respect than a rookie,” Walsh sent out a string of Sykora tweets from http://www.twitter.com/walsha Friday reciting statistics, such as 302 career goals, 677 career points, 10 consecutive 20-plus goal seasons ... “leader, winner, intense competitor.”

Although this wasn’t a direct attack, make no mistake: Walsh is taking aim at Richards. Sykora has been scratched five games in a row, most recently Thursday in St. Louis when Richards dressed James Sheppard, a scratch the previous four games.

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  Tags: allan+walsh, petr+sykora

Ducks Lose Koivu To Sprained Knee, Ryan Suspension Unlikely

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from Curtis Zupke of the OC Register,

The Ducks have lost a star Finnish player to injury for the second time in as many days.

Center Saku Koivu suffered a sprained knee Thursday night, the team said late Friday. A timetable for his return was not immediately known, but recovery from a sprained knee can typically take 2-6 weeks, depending on the severity….

A suspension appears unlikely for Bobby Ryan for his hit on Kings forward Oscar Moller late in Thursday’s game.

Ryan did not have a disciplinary hearing with NHL officials Friday morning. Such hearings usually take place if a player is going to be suspended, but the league is not believed to be reviewing the play.

more on the Ducks…

update 10:42pm, I just received an update on Koivu from the Ducks which states he will be out approximately 1-2 weeks.

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