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NHL is Overly Criticized

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From ‘The Carulli Critique’ at the Sporting News:

The NHL is by far the most heavily criticized major sport in North America. Major TV networks (ahem, ESPN) and casual fans everywhere don’t think twice about taking cheap shots at hockey. They’ll talk about how fighting is a disgrace, how there’s consistently an on ice attack every year, or how the NHL is embarrassing because they’re on a network that isn’t shown by many major cable networks. That’s about the extent of the criticisms that anybody has about hockey, and the only legitimate one is about some violent on ice occurrences, but even that is pretty rare. It may seem frequent because the only time ESPN cares about showing the NHL is when something controversial happens.

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  Tags: espn, media

A Statistical Fluke?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is still very early in the NHL season.  Some results of teams and players which are surprising at this point are not likely to last all season long.  The statistic that surprises me the most at this point which has the least chance of lasting the season is the Los Angeles kings leading the NHL in shots against.  The Kings have allowed only 24.3 shots per game.  This is a small lead over the San Jose Sharks. 

The Kings solid defence so far this season is surprise because the 32.0 shots per game they allowed was third worst in the NHL.  That team subtracted both Lubomir Visnovsky and Rob Blake in the off season without adding any significant veterans.  If they have improved, how have they improved?

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Brent Sutter On Son Brandon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils coach Brent Sutter said his son, Brandon, is “improving” after the Carolina Hurricanes rookie center suffered a concussion and lost consciousness on a hit by the Islanders on Saturday night….

Brandon Sutter spent Sunday night at his father’s condo in New Jersey after being released from North Shore Hospital on Long Island earlier in the day. Brent Sutter said he spent Saturday night at the hospital with Brandon, who was held overnight in intensive care.

“They monitored him very closely,” Brent Sutter said.

Sutter said his son did not recognize him at first.

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  Tags: brandon+sutter

Recipe For A Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

...Meanwhile, Scott Gomez continues to fly, Lundqvist wins every Shootout and Fred Sjostrom keeps popping in Shootout goals. You have to wonder how the Rangers can possibly lose tonight.

I’ll tell you how: 1. Get cocky and believe the game is in the bag before it IS in the satchel 2; Find a hot goalie between the Islanders pipes; 3. Play less inspired than the undermanned home club.

more on the Rangers…

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (October 27, 2008) – Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj and Detroit Red Wings right wing Marian Hossa have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending October 26.

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One Liners

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

• The Detroit Red Wings have scored 30 goals this season, 27 have come from European players.

• Players have seemed to get the message this season, a lot less hitting from behind and driving the player into the boards.

• Do you like the boarderline hooking calls this season?  In my mind, they are being made to get more offense into the game, but some calls need to be overlooked.  The call that gets me is the one handed stick on the gloves penalty, players should be able to fight through that.

• The ‘no commercial’ after an icing is good for the game.  But I am not sure if it has turned into more goals scored because of it.

• Is there any team(s) out of the playoff race yet?

• Who is your early candidate for MVP?

• Isn’t it about time Gary Bettman had some hockey bloggers on the NHL Hour?

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Grandfather Ill, Ovechkin Goes Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Alexander Ovechkin, the NHL’s leading goal scorer last season, has returned to Moscow to be with his ailing grandfather and will miss the Washington Capitals game Tuesday against the Nashville Predators.

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All Wade Belak

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Florida Panthers (reader submitted questions),

Beside yourself, who are some of the toughest fighters in the league?

Belak: “Probably (Derek) Boogaard, (Georges) Laraque, and (Donald) Brashear. Top three.”

Since you fight on skates, does it really help hockey players to take boxing lessons?

Belak: “I think so. It teaches you to take a punch and protect yourself. For balance you have to turn your skates sideways. You don’t want to come in straight on because they’ll easily knock you off balance…In the past guys would go in toe to toe, blow for blow. But guys are bigger and stronger.

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Are The Leafs Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

The improved Leafs.

Well, actually, they’re not. Paul Maurice had the team 4-2-2 out of the gate last season, good enough for 10 points.

...Against a slumping Ottawa team on Saturday, the Leafs were first to the puck all night and outskated a Senators team that used to outskate the Leafs with ease.

But was that more of a measure of the Sens or the Leafs?

The Boston victory was impressive because it was a comeback win, and in three games last week, the Leafs allowed just six goals, certainly evidence of enhanced defensive play.

But two games in an 82-game slate don’t prove much, and Wilson’s dilemma, just as it was for Pat Quinn and Paul Maurice and those that came before, is that the city is as easily satisfied as the players.

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Catering To The Hawks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Windy City is right.

I’ve never given a great deal of thought to Chicago’s longstanding nickname. 

But today it’s really ringing true.  Why?

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