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Penalizing Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ed Moran at the Philadelphia Daily News,

As of yesterday, the Flyers were second in the league in penalty minutes with 605, topped only by Anaheim, which has 706. And watching games like the win in Minnesota, where the Flyers were flagged for nine penalties compared to the Wild’s three, it would seem the Flyers are constantly on the wrong end of the whistle.

The fact is, a lot of those minutes have to do with the game misconducts and majors that came with those five big incidents. And in 31 games, the Flyers led in penalties only 17 times and won 10.  Still, coach John Stevens would like to start trimming the time his team is shorthanded.

“I don’t know what the final total was, but you’ve still got to play the game hard,” he said after the Flyers’ loss to the Devils Sunday night. “We’re still trying to sort through what is and what isn’t a penalty. The one guy gets his stick knocked out of his hands [slashing] and, I don’t know, that’s just a battle for the puck.

more including injury updates on Gagne and Timonen

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  Tags: john+stevens, penalties

Tis the Season?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Paul’s post about the Red Wings’ continued inability to promote themselves to both a local and national audience stuck in my head all day long Monday. As I watched the Wings defeat the Capitals by the hair of their chinny chin chins, rolling over a team that outplayed them once again, I kept thinking the same thing…Why?

All I know is this: Mike Babcock said nothing remotely controversial during his conference call, but it still took almost three hours before the Red Wings approved a transcript of the conversation that usually takes 15-20 minutes to appear on the NHL’s media website.

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The Consistent One

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Star-Telegram,

Mike Ribeiro is the stylish one. Antti Miettinen is the quick and physical one. Then there’s Brenden Morrow, the dependable one. Always in front of the net, always willing to do whatever it takes. And as the halfway mark of the season nears, Morrow continues to be one of the steadiest Stars on the roster.

read on

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  Tags: brenden+morrow

Holiday Hockey Wishes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Holiday greetings and wishes at my NHL.com blog today...

I sure would enjoy reading yours!!!

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Iginla Suggested Linemates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

Oh, but Iginla had a hand in that, too, having discussed the idea of putting Daymond Langkow and Kristian Huselius beside him with head coach Mike Keenan to mix things up a bit while the pair was slumping in November….

“I talk to Mike a fair amount, when things are good and when they’re not. Good dialogue,” said Iginla. “For a while there, as a group, we weren’t winning and we weren’t scoring a lot of goals.

“It was just an idea. It was just a small thing. Just part of one conversation.”

The fresh outlook has paid off on the scoresheet and—ultimately—in the win column. The team is 6-0-2 since the trio’s debut Dec. 1 and has amassed 39 points between them. After scoring 28 times in all of November, they’ve racked up 30 goals in eight games this month.

more

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  Tags: jarome+iginla

Montreal Continues To Go Young

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

“Carey has his confidence going and I think it would be difficult to go back to Cristobal at this time,” Carbonneau said.

The decision didn’t go over well with Huet, which Carbonneau said was exactly the reaction he expected - and wanted - from the veteran.

“He’s a competitor. He wants to play. I understand that. I’d be disappointed if he didn’t,” Carbonneau said.

Price is becoming the focal point of the Canadiens’ youth movement. When the Habs beat the Leafs, they dressed 10 players who are 25 or younger and there could have been 11 if Guillaume Latendresse had been 100-per-cent healthy.

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  Tags: carey+price, cristobal+huet, guy+carbonneau

The Rangers Shuffle Lines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the New York Post,

For the first time since very early in the season, yesterday’s practice saw Scott Gomez reunited with Jaromir Jagr on his wing.

In recent weeks, it seemed that ex-Devil Gomez, in concert with Brendan Shanahan, had begun to find his niche on this side of the Hudson….

The other major shift is Chris Drury being put between Shanahan and Nigel Dawes.

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who missed Sunday’s 5-1 loss to Phoenix due to flu symptoms, will be a game-time decision.

I have also heard the Rangers have recalled goaltender Al Montoya

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Senators Must Deal With Chara

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

Now that he gets to a podium every day, Paddock takes any and all opportunities to sing the Big Zee’s praises. And yesterday, with his team about to fly off to face Chara and the rejuvenated Bruins, a chance to belt out a new chorus presented itself.

Paddock pointed out the B’s had “no defensive structure” last season, Chara’s first in Beantown since losing to Redden in the Which One Do We Keep sweepstakes the John Muckler regime held in Ottawa.

“As wonderful a defensive player as he is, Zee couldn’t do it by himself,” Paddock said, adding that under Claude Julien’s coaching, Chara is “back to being the type of player he was with us.”

read on

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  Tags: zdeno+chara

Carolina Must Continue To Work Hard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

So it’s crisis time down on Tobacco Road, although the Hurricanes’ bandwagon did not crash as noisily as the one up north did. For that to happen, the lone hockey writer for the lone newspaper in Raleigh would have to somehow turn the bandwagon into a NASCAR racer, fill it with hockey players and crash it into a pep rallies for the Duke and North Carolina college basketball teams….

No one has any easy explanation for the Hurricanes’ slide. Goaltender Cam Ward is having his ups and downs, but so are a number of his teammates.

“I just think that’s the way the league is now,” Brind’Amour said. “The teams are so evenly matched. If you don’t come out working hard every night, it happens.”

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The Evolution Of A #1 Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Brad Boyes, Paul Kariya and Andy McDonald couldn’t have known a year ago that together they would make up the Blues’ top line one-third of the way into the 2007-08 season. But neither could the Blues, who last December were using a mix of Keith Tkachuk, Petr Cajanek, Martin Rucinsky, Doug Weight and Bill Guerin on their top line.

In a span of 10 months, the Blues have been the architect of a few shrewd moves, using the power of free agency and the ingenuity of some unlikely trades to assemble one of the most dangerous lines the organization has put on the ice in some time.

read on

 

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