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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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Coaches Making Adjustments

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The NHL is defensive about its enforcement of the rule book.

Yesterday, NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said the league is constantly on guard against letting the rule fall by the wayside.

“I haven’t seen that slip, but maybe it’s something we need to take a look at,” he said. “I’ll tell you this: It has always been a difficult question.

“How much time do you have to play the man before it’s interference? How much space do you have? … I think our guys do a pretty good job of calling the penalty right.”

Part of the issue, Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said, is that coaches have spent the past two seasons making adjustments.


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  Tags: nhl+rules, officiating

Carle Struggles Put Him Off The Ice

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from Media News,

Matt Carle was on the ice early for Monday’s Sharks practice. Then he was among the last group skating long after it had officially ended.

“Just come to the rink every day, work hard and try to get better,” Carle said. “I need to prove to the coach that I should be in the lineup.”

It’s a place where, surprisingly, where he has been spotted only sporadically recently. Carle has been a healthy scratch in three of the last four games. Already he has watched six games in street clothes from the press box.


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  Tags: matt+carle

Ulf Samuelsson Has Mellowed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Arizona Republic,

When Ulf Samuelsson skates down the ice during a practice, it isn’t difficult to flash back and visualize him as a premier NHL defenseman, causing havoc and driving opponents up the wall (figuratively and literally).

Samuelsson, a Coyotes assistant, coaches like he played, says coach Wayne Gretzky.

“As a player, he prepared really hard, so he prepares hard at coaching,” he said. “He spends a lot of time behind the scenes, (watching) videos, watching guys, watching systems, and he puts a lot of effort into it.


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  Tags: coaching, ulf+samuelsson

Fully Recovered….Live Blog Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pepe Lopez cannot keep me down.  Wings/Caps live blog here.  I’d point you to the Caps blogs, but there are 273 of them. Unbelievable.  See them all here at Japers’ Rink blog roll.

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The NHL Minute

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Is it just me, or is ESPN picking up their hockey coverage?

Boy, that music brings back some memories!

added 4:25pm, The ESPN video is beta, and I was getting a blank pop-up at times when viewing; therefore I moved it to the landing page…

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Scientific Ratings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail,

So-called “power rankings” are not the solution. These are, almost always, an opinion, or a committee view, and they tend to mix up the questions of team abilities and “who is hot and who is not”.

There are, however, scientific approaches to rating teams. Jeff Sagarin is probably the most famous sports team rater on the planet, but there are a couple of others out there worth of note — Ken Massey and Andy Dolphin .

Here is how the NHL and these scientific methods rank the top NHL teams today:

read on and Wings and Sens still rank 1 & 2…

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  Tags: hockey+stats

See? It’s Not Just Wing Fans

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Caps coach Bruce Budreau today, on the difference between Detroit and…elsewhere.

Capitals’ Insider

“It’s hockey history,” he said. “It’s not like Carolina and Florida and everything else. There’s a lot of hockey history here. It’s Hockeytown. It’s a good feeling.”

Hmmm…wonder what AQ will have to say about that.


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Flames Can’t Stop Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

What they need to do now is demonstrate their turnaround wasn’t just an aberration, achieved at the expense of a handful of struggling opponents, but a sign that the team is finally coming together after a rocky start. Conroy always puts it so well. When the Flames lose, they’re an old team. When they win, they’re experienced — presumably experienced enough to know that all they’ve really done is given themselves a chance to make the playoffs. The real work still lies ahead.


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How Far Have They Gone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This morning, I pointed to a story comparing the travel miles logged for the Canucks and Devils.

Well, KK member shep has some mile numbers through last night for all NHL teams…

No real stunner about Anaheim and L.A. topping the list. If we pretend their season opening home-and-home was in California rather than the UK, the Ducks would drop down to sixth and the Kings clear to fifteenth.

I confess that I’m surprised at the ranking of some of the Southeast teams (Panthers, Thrashers, Lightning), particularly when you factor in that their division won’t travel any farther west than St. Louis this season.

Check out his work in the comments of that post…

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