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Gionta & Gomez Clicking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez were hoping they still had the chemistry that made them Stanley Cup winners in 2003 with the New Jersey Devils and produced a 48-goal season by Gionta in 2006.

It was there Saturday night in Buffalo when the Canadiens won their second-straight overtime game, 2-1, on Gionta’s tip in past goalie Ryan Miller. It was an airborne rebound off the boards of Gomez’s shot.

“That wasn’t the way we drew it up, but we’ll take it,” Gionta said. “I was going to the net trying to find it and it bounced real nice for me. Any time a wrist shot goes off the back boards, there’s a little bit of luck.”

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Oilers Put On A Great Pre-Game Show Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I searched for this late last night after watching it live, then of course forgot about it until just know when a tweet from Erin Nicks reminded me about it again.

GGOWER has a brief write-up on the event too and I suggest you take some time and enjoy.

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Erik Cole Out With Fractured Leg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Tests today revealed that Erik Cole suffered a fracture in his lower left leg from last night’s collision with Boston’s Dennis Wideman and will miss 4-6 weeks of game action.

Not exactly what the Canes wanted to hear after an 0-2 start to the season, and certainly some added injury to the insult of the lopsided loss in Boston. A little more adversity than the team had hoped for by the third game of the season, but they’ve had to overcome similar circumstances in the past. Cole had missed Sunday’s practice with the injury, with Tuomo Ruutu moving to Eric Staal’s wing.

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Islanders Forgot About DiPietro At Home Opener

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Katie Strang of Isles Files at Newsday,

First and foremost, Rick DiPietro absolutely did not decline to be a part of last night’s introduction ceremony.

Essentially, it was an oversight and here’s what Islanders President Chris Dey had to say on the matter:

“We made a mistake and left Rick out of the introductions. It was nothing intentional, but we are glad to hear that fans wanted to hear him introduced by the team,” Dey said. “We are all looking forward to his return to the lineup.”

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Report- Panthers Will Sign Dominic Moore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

The Panthers have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent center Dominic Moore. The signing is expected to be announced by the team Monday.

“He’s really excited about it,” Moore’s agent, Larry Kelly, who also represents Panthers defenseman Bryan Allen, told the Sun Sentinel on Sunday. “He thinks it’s a huge opportunity to play for Peter DeBoer.”

Kelly said he had been talking with about four teams about Moore.

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Modano Will Have Test On Sore Ribs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Richard Durrett at the Dallas Stars Blog at ESPN,

Stars coach Marc Crawford said Mike Modano hurt his rib in Saturday’s game and that he will get some X-rays on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. Modano did not practice Sunday, but did get treatment.

“Right at the end of the game, he was speared to get a loose puck away from him and it hit him exactly right or exactly wrong,” Crawford said. “He’ll have a scan tomorrow and we’ll see where it’s at.”

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Prediction: East Conference

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

As the final entry in my pre-season preview, I will look at the predicted standings in the East Conference.  My West Conference predictions are here.  The Northeast Division is here, the Atlantic Division is here and the Southest Division is here

Here is my predicted standings for the East Conference:

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Prediction: Southeast Division

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have come to the final division in my pre-season previews.  Today I will do the Southeast Division.  The Atlantic Division is here, the Northeast Division is here and the West Conference is here.

Here is my predicted order of finish in the Southeast Division:

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Sabres Will Be Tougher This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

General Manager Darcy Regier isn’t going to win executive of the year for his work in the offseason, but at least he made an attempt to address obvious flaws when he signed winger Mike Grier and defenseman Steve Montador. They give the Sabres a stronger backbone without getting involved in senseless scraps found in the schoolyard.

To me, that’s toughness.

It’s a minor change that could make a significant difference for a team that had too many listless nights a year ago. Talent wasn’t the issue. The Sabres had enough to make the playoffs last season. Their lack of aggression, lack of competitiveness, lack of heart ultimately sabotaged their season.

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Islanders Can Learn From The Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

They were gone, plain and simple. One of the best NHL teams of the last 30 years was packed up and ready to leave its only home,  frustrated by the politics of trying to get a new arena.

“It is time to take control of our own destiny,” the team’s owner said at the time. “We will begin to explore options in cities outside Pennsylvania.”

Mario Lemieux spoke those words a little less than three years ago.

If there’s still hope for the Islanders to stay on Long Island, to stay on the spot of land they’ve occupied for 35 years, the Penguins, last night’s opponent, could serve as the best example of that hope.

continued plus mor hockey topics…

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