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Blackhawks Plan- Play Physical Against The Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

The Red Wings ran at Patrick Kane every chance they could on Tuesday with a Dan Cleary hit knocking the Hawks’ leading scorer out for most of the first period with a twisted right ankle….

“He’s the biggest spoke in their wheel,” Cleary said Wednesday. “Everything they do offensively goes through him, so you’ve got to hit him and not let him wheel and deal because he’s such an exceptional talent.”

Perhaps the game plan Wisniewski referred to consists of the Hawks making Detroit’s best players, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa, targets for physical play.

“They were throwing their weight around a little bit, and we have to go out there and respond,” Hawks rookie winger Troy Brouwer said. “We can’t get pushed around.

“At the same time you’ve got to try and push around their guys a little bit, too.”

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Sabres Trying To Stay Close

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres say they are trying to hold each other accountable. They also are hinting their friends are taking it personal.

“We’ve got to demand out of each other more,” Sabres center Jochen Hecht said Wednesday. “We’ve got to be able to give the other guy a hard time when he’s not playing well, be able to tell him. It’s something that’s hard when you’re good friends, but usually you think if you’re good friends you would take whatever he says seriously. That’s what we’ve got to do, hold each other accountable.”

Hecht’s words about accepting advice came 14 hours after goaltender Ryan Miller made a similar statement.

“We’ve got to maintain a close team, and a team that we have to [be able to] offer constructive criticism,” Miller said after Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to Washington. “Guys have to be able to be able to take it. Guys can’t be immune to it.”

read on

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Steve Mason With Another Shutout

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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Less than an hour before 2008 turned to 2009 in the Eastern time zone, Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason played his way into the club’s record books during a 2-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks in the Honda Center.

Mason made 27 saves for his third straight shutout, giving him 181 minutes, 59 seconds—and counting—without allowing a goal.

“I’ve never even had two shutouts in a row (before this),” Mason said. “It was a tight game. Very tight. The guys played great in front of me. I didn’t really have to make too many really good saves. It was a pretty routine game.”

read on for a game recap….

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Happy New Year!!!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here’s hoping 2009 brings you much happiness and joy!

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Look Familiar?  Dial Up The Hotline. Manny’s On The Edge.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I know that, contractually, I’m probably not supposed to be talking about anything but THE CLASSIC right now, but man…this is too good to resist.

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Obstructed Views From The Rooftops

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from the Chicago Tribune,

Wrigleyville rooftop owners stopped just short of a lawsuit with complaints that video screens erected for Thursday’s Winter Classic in the right and leftfield corners of Wrigley Field would obstruct the view of their own paying customers.

Cubs chairman Crane Kenney confirmed that the longtime acrimony between the rooftop owners and the baseball team has spilled over into the hockey arena with threatening letters sent to the club objecting to the 16-by-14-foot screens.

“They’re not located to block the views of the rooftops,” said NHL spokesman Frank Brown, “but out of respect to certain quirks in Wrigley’s architecture. They’re as out of the way as they can be.”

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Enjoy The Night & Be Safe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I imagine many of you are planning a night on the town and I do hope you have a very enjoyable evening.

Make sure to set the alarm just in case you feel like sleeping in past the 1pm start of the Winter Classic.

Do remember to pass the keys if you have had one too many pops!

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Lidstrom’s In.  And…So’s Chelios

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updates have been added below.

Nick Lidstrom said after practicing atop Gary’s pond this afternoon that he feels good enough to play.

Whew.

Chris Chelios will be one of seven defensemen suiting up tomorrow, leaving eleven forwards to shuffle through four lines.

What?

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No ‘Doc’ Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck The Media,

This news coming via an NBC Press Release:

  CHICAGO — Dec. 31, 2008 — Hall of Fame broadcaster “Doc” Emrick will be unable to call tomorrow’s NHL Winter Classic due to laryngitis. Dave Strader, who is the play-by-play voice of the Phoenix Coyotes and has also worked for NBC Sports, will fill in for Emrick.

  “Last year’s game was a lifetime memory and I couldn’t wait to call this year’s game at Wrigely,” said Emrick. “I’m extremely disappointed but I know Dave will do a wonderful job.”

continued

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Concussion Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kristina Rutherford of CBC Sports,

Hockey’s most under-reported injury will be the focus of an open and frank discussion featuring Eric Lindros, Jeff Beukeboom and other former pro hockey players whose careers were plagued by concussions.

The incidence and treatment of the injury at the youth level is a big item on the agenda, with doctors, coaches and trainers all speaking on the issue at the inaugural London Hockey Concussion Summit, set for Jan. 17 in London, Ont.

“I don’t think anybody else has seen such a group of experts and professional hockey players get together and talk about this in an open matter, which is what it needs,” says summit chair, Dr. Paul Echlin, a junior hockey doctor who practices sports medicine in London.

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