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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Man, I miss the Oil bloggers.  They were funny last year when their team actually, you know, made the playoffs.  But their despair has led them to new heights of humor.  I was just over at MC Hockey where he’s pushing you to a site called Time On Ice, which apparently has a pretty healthy stat machine that lets you see what players are playing against who(m).  I’ll check it out later.  What caught my eye, though, was his description of it.  Man…priceless.

MC79

If you’re interested in what coaches are doing - and I think that most of the people who read this site are - it’s a simply great tool.  It won’t show you a nude Jim Playfair sitting in a hotel room in Detroit, flipping through nudie pics from the Red Mile, drinking rye straight from a bottle and weeping but it does pretty much everything else.

Hey…if you’re going to check out the Time On Ice site, grab the official game number for a specific game from NHL.com first. Have it handy when you go back.

 

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Straight Down The Middle - Sometimes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

He’s always sensitive to being called an American trying to redesign Canada’s game, so when it comes to certain issues Bettman loves to trot out the “always been part of the game” argument. Forget the fact one of his greatest unilateral calls as commissioner was to force-feed four-on-four overtime upon the league, a scheme that had never been widely used previously but has been a great success.
He can lean towards the innovative. But he can also be the champion of the so-called purist, depending on the winds.
Bettman even employed the silliest argument of all on head shots, that of taller players playing against smaller ones, and cited the challenge that 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara would face under enhanced head shot legislation.

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Relief For Bolts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Peterburg Times,

A $540-million proposal to help Florida’s professional sports teams is being scaled back to include only the Tampa Bay Lightning and two other franchises.
Instead of a $2-million annual sales tax rebate good for 30 years, the Lightning, Orlando Magic and Florida Marlins would each get a one-time payment of $32.6-million.

continued... if you are into the $$$ side of the NHL…

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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And Now, Because I Care

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I give you this present, a gift of empathy. I know you need a break from the stress, or you're just starting to drink and you want a good laugh. Either way, you must check this out. Hey UM fans? You hate Ohio State? Do they hate you back with the burning heat of a Thanksgiving groundhog roast on the outskirts of Nashville? Maybe...but there's no hate like Provincial hate, brother. Read the post, but definitely read the comments.

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Gaborik’s Mind Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Charley Walters at the Pioneer Press,

Wild star Marian Gaborik, who went without a single shot on goal against the Ducks in Minnesota’s Game 3 playoff loss Sunday in St. Paul, was to employ his mind’s eye before going to sleep Monday evening to prepare for tonight’s game at the Xcel Energy Center.
“I’m going to try to envision goals,” Gaborik said.

continued…

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Maybe The Game-Time Decision…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...is what it is because our new hero Mike Babcock is taking an extra six hours to decide who to sit, Jiri Hudler or Mikael Samuelsson? Justwuzzienoughtopleadinsanity is going to play. We know it, or we can safely assume it. The question is who to take out of a lineup that has been so frigging successful. Prevailing opinion here is that Hudler deserves to play but Sam probably will due to experience and...and what?

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Thanks Toronto…Justhowwuzzi Gametime Decision?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update: the Diggers are climbing onboard.  Helene St. James says Babcock seems optimistic that we’ll be looking at a Notdangerouslywuzzi situation.  See below.

Pow…this one hurts the diggers. First word on Bertuzzi comes out of Toronto of all places.

Todd Bertuzzi has practised the last few days and took a regular spin at today’s morning skate. But does that mean the big winger is about to crack the Detroit Red Wings line-up? Bertuzzi’s response was that, “Everyone will take the pre-game skate then go from there.”

But why would Detroit want him in right now anyway?

Bertuzzi suffered a concussion late in the regular-season and has yet to appear in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The other day he said he was feeling better and that every day was a stride in the right direction.

“Obviously I’ll want to be 100 per cent,” he said. “It’s just a matter of working as hard as I can.”

Pretty good analysis included in that story on why or why not to play Bertuzzi.

added 1458, Kal just passed a note on to XYT, verifying Bertuzzi is a game-time decision.

And here’s the real deal:  why say anything at this point? If he’s playing, he’s playing. If not, he doesn’t and it doesn’t do the Wings a damn bit of good to say so either way. Somebody’s lying and I like it.

added 1514  For what it’s worth, Ted Kulfan confirms it...after XYT, Toronto and Calgary all had it.  Nice.  Helene St. James, at least, has a bit more than Kulfan’s two line blog entry.

Based on what Mike Babcock said Tuesday morning, it would seem Todd Bertuzzi will play tonight in Game 3 between the Red Wings and Flames.

It’s still officially a game-time decision whether Bertuzzi will play, but Babcock said, “He told me he was great. I’ve said all along, as soon as he’s ready, he’s playing.”

 

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Regehr Absent From Morning Skate

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No news on Whatmewuzzi? yet, but Bruce MacLeod reports that the Flames probably don't expect the services of Robin Regehr tonite.

Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr did not participate in Tuesday's morning skate. That means that he's unlikely to be in the lineup tonight for Game 3. Either Andrei Zyuzin, who played in Game 1, or Mark Giordano will dress instead of Regehr.
Here's what Battle of Alberta has to say about Giordano.
Giordano can be a defensive liability, relatively speaking, but he can also launch a counterattack. And, he's shown a decent knack for getting his point shot through to the net, which is clearly a skill the Flames could use right now. Calgary could quite conceivably win the next two games while still allowing 7 GA, but scoring only 2, they cannot and will not.

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Malkin Teams Up With Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Globe and Mail,

Evgeni Malkin, the 20-year-old Russian who is thought to have a lock on the NHL’s rookie-of-the-year award but has been invisible in the playoffs, will play tonight with Sidney Crosby, the 19-year-old leader of the Penguins and 39-year-old veteran Mark Recchi.
It is a line Therrien has turned to before with success, and was, in fact, the combination that happened to be on the ice late in Saturday’s Game 2 when Crosby scored the winning goal in Pittsburgh’s only victory.

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An OT Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

And here they come for the fifth overtime. Aren’t they warriors? Aren’t they courageous? Isn’t this the best part about the NHL playoffs?
No, no and no.
Hockey players are not warriors, and they are not courageous. They are incredibly skilled, strong-willed, athletic professionals who can make their bodies do outrageous things, such as play 140 minutes of hockey or more in a night. But they shouldn’t have to show us that mental and physical strength. It shouldn’t be allowed.

continued

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