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AHL MVP Called Up

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The probable AHL MVP played his first game of the NHL season last night.  Jonathan Bernier of the Manchester Monarchs played with the Los Angeles Kings.  He was the winning goaltending in Los Angeles’s 2-1 victory over Dallas.  Bernier made 29 saves on thirty shots. 

Bernier is the AHL leader in saves percentage with .937.  This is a significant lead over the rest of the league (as Mike McKenna of the Lowell Devils is second at .929).  Bernier has been the second most heavily played goaltender in the AHL.  He has 50 games played (behind Alex Stalock of the Worcester Sharks who has 52).

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GDT - Game #68: Red Wings host Sabres (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Red Wings appear to be heating up.  They have scored a power-play goal in eight straight games, the longest active streak in the league. Johan Franzen has six goals in eight games since returning from a four-month injury absence, including two goals in Thursday’s 5-1 defeat of the Wild.  TPH has recorded seven power-play assists in his last eight games, after registering only five power-play assists in his first 59 games this season.  DET will try to win consecutive games for the second time since the Olympic break and regain the 8th spot in the W.C. CGY are idle tonight, they play at VAN tomorrow. 

This is DET’s last home game before a three-game western swing that takes them to CGY, EDM, and VAN.  I fully expect Ryan Miller to receive much love from his home town fans at the Joe before the game.  I also expect the Wings to abuse his sterling 2.15 GAA (2), and 0.931 save % (1). 

Pressure packed game tonight.

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Coyotes Recall Viktor Tikhonov From KHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled forward Viktor Tikhonov from Cherepovets of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), where he had been on loan from the Coyotes since Nov. 28. 

Tikhonov, 21, appeared in 25 games with Cherepovets and recorded 14-1-15 and 12 penalty minutes (PIM).  He led the team in plus/minus with a +11 rating while his 14 goals ranked T-2nd on the team.  Prior to joining Cherepovets, Tikhonov played in 18 games for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL) and registered 2-6-8 and 12 PIM. 

In 2008-09. the native of Riga, Latvia played in 61 games for the Coyotes as a rookie and collected 8-8-16 and 20 PIM. He ranked T-2nd among Coyotes rookies in goals and 3rd in points.  The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Tikhonov was selected by the Coyotes in the first round (28th overall) of the 2008 Entry Draft.

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Nine Games On The NHL Schedule Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Two early games kick-off the NHL schedule today, then six games with a 7:00pm ET start and we finish with only one late game.

See the complete schedule below…

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Now That’s A Raffle I Would Enter

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from Harold Carmichael of the Sudbury Star,

A Lively man will get to see six big-league teams in action after being selected the winner of a provincial draw involving the National Hockey League alumni and minor hockey associations across the country.

Mark Popowich, along with NHL Alumni Hockey Dream Draw ticket seller Cindy Mousseau of the Walden Minor Hockey Association, will be going with one guest each on a week-long hockey vacation.

The four will go on an NHL alumni-escorted road trip beginning in Toronto on Saturday and wraping up in Buffalo on March 26. The trip includes flights, ground transportation, eight nights in hotels, game tickets, practice passes (when available) and Hockey Hall of Fame passes. A total of three NHL games are included in the package.

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Capitals Lose To Lightning But Don’t Blame The Goalie

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from Gene Wang of the Washington Post,

Just because he [faced] 20-some shots, it’s not fair to look at the goalie and say, ‘Hey listen, it was his fault,’ ” Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We didn’t do the job as forwards and defensemen. We stayed out too long. We got outworked, and we didn’t’ play the way we’re capable of playing, and that’s the reason we lost. It had nothing to do with the goaltending.”

more on the game last night…

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Playing the Real Game

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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

When Viktor Stalberg first started taking on the superstars of the NHL, it was an easy game.

He would fly down the wing or cut to the inside. Shoot high, shoot low and generally be a dominant force in every game he played.

And then he turned off the video game.

When the self-confessed gaming junkie — “I play ever(y) day,” he said Friday — tried that act on the ice against the best professionals in the world, suddenly it wasn’t so simple.

“There’s no question I was (intimidated) at first,” Stalberg said at the MasterCard Centre following the first two-goal game of his career the previous night. “Most of the guys I was playing against in video games for the last four years then you go out there and you are a little star struck. I was like ‘Wow, I’m playing against these guys and have to snap out of it.’ ”

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I still think as a group, we don’t seem to be engaged emotionally in the hockey game.  For spurts, but not for 60 minutes right now. That’s what’s really been frustrating for everybody. The bench is quiet. The room is quiet. It’s like we’re waiting for something bad to happen.”

-Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle after losing to Nashville last night (Ducks are in the 13 spot in the West, 9 points out of the playoffs).  More on Anaheim from Robyn Norwood of the LA Times.

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Malkin Plus/Minus Talk

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from Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburg Tribune-Review,

With Evgeni Malkin a minus-10 over the past 18 games and a minus-5 for the season — which ranks 629th in the NHL — Bylsma was asked if Malkin’s two-way play has been addressed.

“Sometimes, the statistics can be deceiving as to how a player is playing,” Bylsma said. “I think since the break, he’s come out with a rejuvenated effort in terms of playing on both sides of the puck and playing away from the puck. He’s outstanding with the puck — he’s dynamic with the puck — but sometimes he wants to go get it and have it at all times and keep it at all times.”

Bylsma credited Malkin with improving his play on defense, playing away from the puck and his management of it in the offensive zone. Bylsma said Malkin’s past six games — in which he is minus-4 — “have been probably his best away from the puck and managing the puck all year long.”

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Blues Feel They Are Still In The Playoff Hunt

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

As the Blues prepare for game No. 67 of their season tonight, the team is in the same neighborhood in the Western Conference standings as it was a year ago.

In 2009, the Blues were in 12th place in the West with 68 points; before Friday’s games, they were in 10th place in the conference with 71 points. Like last season, only a few points separate them from the eighth and final playoff spot at this point….

We’ve been there before, and we’ve proven it to ourselves and everyone else that if we put our minds to it, the point deficit isn’t insurmountable,” Blues center David Backes said.

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