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What’s Wrong With Carolina?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

In the winter of 2003, after a dismal six-goal loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the Carolina Hurricanes reached the inevitable conclusion that no matter how hard anyone tried or what anyone did, their season was only getting worse. And it proceeded to get worse, all the way to last place.

Is it possible the Hurricanes have reached that point on the first day of November, after a dismal four-goal loss to another West Coast team? After all, this is the first time the Hurricanes have gone nine games without a win since then.

This team doesn’t have the injury problems or overwhelming lack of interest the 2002-03 team developed as it slid down the standings, but it also doesn’t have a whole lot of answers, either.


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After One Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (November 1, 2009)—The first month of the 2009-10 NHL regular season ended Saturday with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins serving notice they will be tough to dethrone, the upstart Colorado Avalanche at the top of the Western Conference standings, reigning MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on pace for a career year and a talented rookie class making their mark.

  The Penguins shrugged off any suggestion of a ‘Stanley Cup hangover’ by tying the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers and 1992-93 Penguins for the most points after 10 games by a defending champion (18, 9-1-0) and finishing the month with the Eastern Conference’s top record (11-3-0). Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury went 9-2-0 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .918 save percentage, while captain Sidney Crosby led the club with nine goals and 16 points.

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No Reason To Rush Kessel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jonas Siegel of am640,

Phil Kessel is taunting the possibility.

He taunts it with a no-look pass.

He taunts it with a bullet from the left circle.

He taunts it with his bursts of speed.

But make no mistake that for all the taunting possibilities, the Leafs would be simply foolish to rush Kessel back this soon.


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Hurricanes Struggle

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

After making the semi-finals in the 2009 playoffs, it appeared that the Carolina Hurricanes would have a strong 2009/10 season.  So far that hasn’t been the case.  The Hurricanes had a solid start winning two of their first four games, including a 7-2 victory over the Florida Panthers, but they haven’t won any games since.  This gives Carolina a league leading eight game losing streak.  That has dropped them into 29th place in a 30 team league with a 2-10 record (three losses count as overtime ties). 

Carolina has scored fewer goals than any other team in the NHL - with 27 goals scored.  No player on the team has more than eight points right now (Ray Whitney and Jussi Jokinen are tied for the team lead with eight points). Offensive stars Eric Staal and Ray Whitney should be counted upon to have significantly more points than this.  Staal has only five points so far this year.

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Hockey Starts Early Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

From coast to coast and early afternoon until late evening, Sunday is as full as a hockey day can be with only four games on tap.

The action begins at 1 p.m. ET when the Boston Bruins visit Madison Square Garden for an Original Six showdown against the New York Rangers.

continued and don’t forget the NHL Network has ‘50 Years Behind The Mask’, a one-hour special that will be broadcast in the United States and Canada at 7:00pm ET tonight.

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If Anyone Has Seen The Evolution Of The Goalie Mask…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

... it is the Maven.

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All The Rumor Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector’s Hockey,

Jim Matheson (Edmonton Journal) reports of some talk the Buffalo Sabres might try to acquire former Sabre Martin Biron from the NY Islanders due to a lack of confidence in backup Patrick Lalime.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting rumor but Biron won’t be going anywhere until Isles starter Rick DiPietro is back in the lineup and even then the Sabres would be in a bidding war as there are several teams which would likely be interested in Biron later this season.

more rumor talk…

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Halloween In Pittsburgh

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A slow Sunday.  Kinda lazy.  Perusing the sports pages and various hockey blogs.  Thought this was unique from Pittsburgh last night.

Courtesy of Empty Netters, a unique costume…


Kinda weird.  But then…look closer at some of the male patrons?  Disturbing.

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Boudreau’s Book

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

Boudreau is also courageous enough to talk about one of the most disturbing rookie-initiation episodes imaginable.

“They put me in the hospital during rookie hazing,” he writes of the treatment he received from his Minnesota Fighting Saints’ teammates. “They pinned me down on a gurney and tied my legs and arms. They shaved my head and pubic area. Then they put turpentine on the cuts and smeared black tar on my groin and chest. They finished by gluing my armpits and left me lying there bawling like a baby until the trainer came and took me to the hospital. If I didn’t love the game so much, I would have quit after that day. It’s one of the reasons I’ve never liked initiations. I’ve never cut another guy’s hair.”

more and Gabby: Confessions of a Hockey Lifer is available at Amazon.

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Renting & Skating On Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

That one-hour ice rental at a local rink in and around Boston typically would cost upward of $300. At Fenway, the going rate will be $7,500 or $10,000 for each one-hour session. That is not a typo. The going rate will be as high as 33 times more than what a prime-time hour would cost at one of the area’s better rinks. And according to Sam Kennedy, executive vice president and COO of the Red Sox as well as president of Fenway Sports Group, there has been no shortage of folks lining up to reserve the time.

more and additional hockey talk including this…

(Paul) Kelly, meanwhile, has been advising on the casting and production of a movie, “Overtime,’’ to be shot early next year in New Mexico and Toronto. “It’s a sort of ‘Field of Dreams’ drama that puts hockey in a good light,’’ explained Kelly, who attended Thursday’s Devils-Bruins game at the Garden. Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, and Don Cherry have agreed to cameos. Kelly invited Mike Emrick to fill a key “play-by-play’’ role. The story centers on mine workers in New Mexico who play the game each night on pools that freeze in and around the mine.

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