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Semin Blasts One Past Thomas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alexander scored the OT goal today to secure a 4-3 Caps victory over the Bruins.

I am sure Tim Thomas would like that goal back.

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Game 1 Goes To Murphy And….“Pred Wings”?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yep.  Larry killed me last night.  Finish a sentence Murph.  Just one.

Kopecky scored?  Really? 

If you say so.

I’ll leave it up to you guys to decide if “Hit Me Mick” is on the agenda for this evening.  From what I can tell, the idea is a very good one. The execution needs some work.  Anyone who’d like to take a crack at revising the rules, have at it.  I’ll post. We’ll vote. Etc.  One issue to be considered is that a lot of us will only get the road broadcast.  However, adapting the rules to fit the idiocy of Weber and Crisp sounds entertaining as well.

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Not Enough Sellers Right Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Right now, because of the tight playoff races, there are more buyers than sellers. Only six teams are likely to be in a sell-off mode—the Islanders, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Ottawa and Colorado.

We’ll all have to wait until Wednesday (1 p.m. MST) to see who moves where. In the meantime, here’s a breakdown of each of the 30 teams’ needs and wants:

Western Conference

San Jose: The only real question: Do they keep Jonathan Cheechoo, who is miscast as a third-liner after losing his spot to Devin Setoguchi, or move him to free up cap space?...

Chicago: The Blackhawks badly need a No. 2 centre, preferably one with some size. They are probably in the Tim Connolly/Nik Antropov hunt. Trying winger Patrick Sharp there failed, and rookie winger Kris Versteeg, all 180 pounds of him, is there now.

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Minor League Hockey Having Attendance Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Attendance at minor-league hockey games is down at most levels. The only exception is in the ECHL, which has seen a 2.2 per cent increase in per-game attendance after losing four of its seven lowest-performing franchises since the end of last season.

Minor-league officials refuse to attribute the decline to a decrease in fan interest. For decades many teams have remained in the same communities where kids follow the sport from an early age.

“We’re in hockey hotbeds,” International Hockey League commissioner Paul Pickard said. “I think (the attendance drop) has a lot to do with the economy.”

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today on the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll, their guests today are:  Peter Chiarelli (Boston Bruins GM), Bob Snow (NHL.com), Jim Cummins (former NHLer), Patrick Hoffman (Kukla’s Korner), Jeremiah Gordon (World Outdoor Hockey Championships), and Conor McKenna (Team 990 Montreal).

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Home Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and on YouCastr.com.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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More Teams Needed For The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

The time has never been better to expand the NHL playoff structure from 16 to 20 teams.

It’s way overdue. Come on, way back in the days of the Original 21, it was a 16-team playoff format. So the pool of non-playoff teams has risen from five to 14 without so much as a revision? Doesn’t make sense.

The time is right for a few reasons.

(a) More parity in the NHL than ever before. In the Eastern Conference this season, there’s a clear gap between the 10th-place team and the 11th-place team. That’s a natural dividing line. In the Western Conference, 11 teams are in contention for just the final four spots. It’s a shame that seven of them will miss the post-season dance.

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Big Games Today & Who Plays Who

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Some big games today, including early matchups between Washington/Boston and Florida/New Jersey starting at 1:00pm ET.

A few of the ‘keys’ I look at when trying to decide what playoff bubble teams will actually make it into the second season is road/home games left and who are their opponents in these games.

The NHL provided a chart listing those key features and you can view it below along with today’s NHL schedule.

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Connolly Will Know Where He Stands Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Most observers are keeping their eyes on Connolly. The gifted, oft-injured playmaker will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. The sides have been discussing a contract extension. If talks prove futile — or if juicy offers come Regier’s way — the Sabres may decide to deal Connolly for assets that would help them now and next season.

After Friday’s workout in the Islanders’ practice facility, Connolly firmly stated what he wants.

“The No. 1 option is to stay in Buffalo,” the center said. “Right now I don’t think about that too much. I think about how important these games are and how important it is to win hockey games right now and make the playoffs.”

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Other Names For MVP

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

There’s a common conception out there that Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin—with some debate about the order—are the best two players in the NHL.

While they are certainly the most bankable stars in the game—and Ovechkin is easily the most exciting forward to come along since Teemu Selanne exploded onto the scene in Winnipeg back in the early ‘90s—you could argue neither cis the best player in the NHL this season.

Your argument probably wouldn’t hold water with regard to Ovechkin, who is the top sniper in the game and leads the league with 44 goals, but you could make it just for fun anyway.

Countryman Evgeni Malkin is giving Ovechkin a run for his money, leading the NHL in scoring with 88 points heading into last night’s games, but he’s not as complete a player and is still in Alexander the Great’s shadow.

A better argument might be made for Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk, who is not only one of the league’s best defensive players (he won the Selke Trophy last season) but is fourth in scoring with 75 points.

That rare combination of offensive and defensive skill puts Datsyuk in a class with players like Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov and Doug Gilmour and makes him a great candidate for the Hart Trophy this season.

continued with more candidates…

 

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Late In The Game With The Flames Up 4-1…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The night took a nasty turn for the worse in the final minutes when Minnesota enforcer Derek Boogaard crushed Brandon Prust into the boards, even though Prust didn’t have the puck.

“He’s a menacing player,” said Flames head coach Mike Keenan. “The strategy of the coach was to put him out with a large deficit to try and take advantage of his physical attributes. I don’t mind people hitting, but he did leave his feet. He probably could have been assessed a major for doing so.

“The league will look at it.”

Update 4:43pm— As noted in the comment below, and via a TSN text alert, Boogaard earned a 5 game suspension for the hit.

Watch the video below…

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