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The Blues Are Back?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One story that has been recently mentioned by James Mirtle and Tom Benjamin is that the St Louis Blues have been playing well lately.  Despite a poor start that left them in last place in the West Conference at the end of 2008, with a 14-23 record (3 losses counted as regulation ties), the Blues are back in the playoff race.  They are currently in eighth place in the West Conference with 83 points.  They would hold a playoff berth by their one point lead over ninth place Anaheim.

A lot of the credit for their success goes to coach Andy Murray.  He has done a great job with a young bunch of players who suffered through a lot of injuries this season.

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Erat Out With Fractured Leg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

At the bottom of the today’s game recap at NashvillePredators.com, Nashville coach Barry Trotz said Martin Erat suffered a fractured leg when he took a Shea Weber shot in the leg.

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Dustin Byfuglien Delivers A Shot To Luongo…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Then. the fights broke out.

Canucks went on to shutout the Blackhawks 4-0.

You can checkout the boxscore at TSN for all the penalties.

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A Shot At The Flyers Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve at Puck The Media,

This is Jack Edwards’ call during the Bruins-Flyers game on NESN Sunday.  It is simply the craziest thing we have ever heard in our lives.  It’s pretty unprofessional, whether or not it’s him being a homer.  But it’s still one of the most awesome soundbites of the 2008-09 NHL season.

continue to watch the video…

added 9:00am on 3/30/09, I have added an HD version of the video below…

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Well…It’s a Go Green Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Unbelievable.  MSU to the Final Four at Ford’s Field.

And we’ve got a hockey game to deal with.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Just look at the standings. [Friday’s] game was a huge two points for us and it set this game up in Chicago. We see where we are in the standings. We see the battle we’re in with Calgary and Chicago and even Columbus. We see how huge this game is.”

-Mats Sundin of the Vancouver Canucks talking about today’s game against Chicago.  More on the Canucks from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province.

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It Could Happen To Anyone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

A day or two after the 45-year-old (Natasha) Richardson died as the result of a seemingly minor blow to her head in a skiing fall in Quebec, Bruins players Andrew Ference, Dennis Wideman, Chuck Kobasew and Matt Hunwick were carpooling into practice - and talking about the Richardson tragedy and its meaning to them.

The frightening part, of course, is the delayed reaction aspect of the “epidural hematoma,” or bleeding into the space between the brain and skull. Initially, the victim feels fine and believes nothing is wrong. But as the blood fills the space, pressure on the brain builds and it will eventually be damaged - often fatally.

Imagine how easily that scenario could play out for a hockey player. They get a good whack on the head, sit on the bench for a shift or two, and then tell the coach they’re OK to play.

“It probably happens once almost every game,” Ference said. “It shows how thin the line is between tragedy and nothing.”

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NHL Hockey Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Unsung defenceman Francois Beauchemin, who ripped up his left knee in mid-November and needed surgery, skated with the Ducks on Friday morning and will be on the road trip here. He hopes to play in the post-season if they make it.

• Are there any free agents this summer who are going to get a six- or seven-year contract offer for $7 million to $8 million a year?

“Maybe (Jay) Bouwmeester,” said one NHL executive, who wasn’t including Marian Hossa, 30, or Johan Franzen, 29, on his list. Bouwmeester’s ace in the hole: he’s only 25 years old. Here’s the best of the rest: Habs Mike Komisarek (big hitter, shut-down defenceman); Tim Thomas (Bruins will likely retain him for $4 million a year); the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel (they have to come as a package though); Martin Havlat (Blackhawks will offer him one year at about $5.25 million); Alex Tanguay (only 29, and almost a point-a-game player); Derek Morris (good No. 2 defenceman in the $4-million range); Travis Moen ($2.5-million third-liner who would look good in Jersey); David Moss (six-foot-three, nice hands; the Oilers should take a run at him); Marian Gaborik (but you don’t want to sign him longer than two years with his injury history).

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If The Wings Sign Hossa & Franzen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland knows that trying to sign Marian Hossa and Johan Franzen is like trying to stuff a set of golf clubs into a carry-on, but there are ways to do it.

What if he traded forward Valtteri Filppula, which would take $3 million off the books? This would be pain for some gain, but he has another Finn, Ville Leino, ready to step in next season at one-third the price. He could also consider moving Dan Cleary, too, who has a cap hit of $2.8 million, but Cleary is more versatile, a better checker, and also has a no-trade clause.

He has to deal Group 2 free-agent forward Jiri Hudler, who is going to want $3 million a year off this year’s 60-point season, up from this year’s $1.15 million. And this might be a stretch, but he could buy out the last two years of 37-year-old centre Kris Draper’s contract at two-thirds of the $3 million remaining and spread it over four years on the cap.

continued

added 12:24pm, Mike of Crash The Crease responds to some of the proposals made in the above article.

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GDT - Game #76: Red Wings host Predators (5:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

DET hosts NSH in a late afternoon tilt at JLA.  DET squandered a golden opportunity to take the outright lead in the race for first overall in the League on Friday night; despite hosting NYI, the league leader in the John Tavares sweepstakes. DET failed to muster any sort of intensity for the first two periods against NYI, once again displaying remarkable indifference to their circumstances.  DET did play with some passion in the 3rd, firing 19 SOG and hitting iron at least three times, to no avail.  DET suffered their 2nd shutout of the season.  DET’s only bright spot was Osgood’s play, he stopped 28/30 for a .932%.

NSH are joined in the fight for the post-season, and are playing like it, having taken points in 8 of their last 10 games (4-2-4).  NSH currently sit 7th in the Conference, 1 pt ahead of STL and EDM and only 2 pts above ANA.  NSH are coming off a Steve Sullivan OT winning goal over LAK on Saturday. Rinne proved mortal stopping 24/27 for a .888%.

DET fans will, unfortunately, long remember the February 28 tilt with NSH.  NSH posted 5 of their 8 total goals in the 1st period.  Conklin was chased after only ten minutes of play, surrendering 4 goals on 9 shots.  NSH picked up their most lopsided shutout in franchise history.  It is fair to speculate whether the Red Wings will remember that beatdown?

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