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Wings Hurting Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings might be forced to play with 17 skaters—one under the limit—tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins, depending on the status of defenseman Brad Stuart.

Stuart did not skate this morning. Coach Mike Babcock said he was hurt in Saturday’s game in Vancouver but the club did not find out about the injury until today. Babcock would not reveal the injury, saying “he’s getting checked out right now.’‘

Forwards Patrick Eaves (sore back, neck) and Dan Cleary (sore groin) will not play tonight.

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Slim Pickings For Big Time UFA Defensemen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Many have asked about the availability of free agent defensemen, and there will be plenty out there.

But the big names that are available:

1. Want a lot of money.
2. Probably aren’t changing teams
3. Are too old
4. Aren’t really game-changers.

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Robin Bouchard Breaks Minor League Career Goal Scoring Record

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the IHL,

The International Hockey League is proud to announce that Muskegon Lumberjack right wing Robin Bouchard netted his 683rd career goal to become the all-time minor league goal scoring leader this evening (yesterday). Bouchard passes former Bloomington PrairieThunder forward Don Parsons (682), who has not played since the 2008-09 season. The record breaking goal was Bouchard’s 56th of the 09-10 season.

continued and you can watch goal 683 below…

thanks to a KK member for the links

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Talking Refs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

I don’t think I’m alone, but I do have a few concerns about officiating in the NHL. I certainly think (or maybe hope) that others inside the NHL have the same concerns. I am even more concerned about the future of the two-man refereeing system. Someone (read the league) has to invest in more two-man development in the minor leagues. On-the-job-training at this level is not satisfactory, there has to be more two-man officiating well before the young officials get to the NHL. I am also waiting for the announcement soon that Bill McCreary will be asked to delay his retirement for at least one more year.

more hockey topics…

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Phoenix Gets Hot In The Stretch

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

As teams in the NHL have ten games or less left this season, now is the important time for teams to get hot.  The hottest team right now is the Cinderella team - the Phoenix Coyotes.  They have won their last nine games straight.  They are a team that has been through a bankruptcy and are being kept alive by NHL ownership this season. 

They are a team that finished third from last in the West Conference last season.  Last year at mid-season, Phoenix looked like a playoff team until the rumors of financial problems began.  They derailed the season.  Wayne Gretzky was not a strong enough coach to keep things on track, but Dave Tippett is.

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You Know The Playoffs Are Close When Sharks Are Being Questioned Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

They’re being bloodied on a lot of nights. They’re losing games, and might wind up as the fourth seed in the West rather than the first if Phoenix catches them.

If they roll through regular season and go out early in the playoffs, people always say, “So what else is new?” If they stumble, like all teams, in league play, inquiring minds want to know if they’re worried.

“Gee, I hadn’t heard that before,” laughed defenceman Dan Boyle.

“I’ve asked our guy (Sharks beat reporter) a hundred times to quit asking (that question),” deadpanned Boyle. “But, until we win, it’s not going to end.”

Coach Todd McClellan knows the score. “The playoff reputation is certainly out there every season,” he said. “But what happens every year is you change your team, the look of it, and all you get is the opportunity to win, like everybody else. The analogy I use is the basketball tournament in the NCAA. You qualify and then, who knows what’ll happen after that?”

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GDT - Game #72: Red Wings host Penguins (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Wings are back at the Joe tonight after a stunningly successful three game Western Canada swing.  The heart pounding Wings are apparently determined to give their fans their moneys worth.  A must win in Calgary last Monday was accomplished by a Mule to Homer game-winning tip-in with 1:19 left in the 3rd.  After the Wings took a 3 day holiday, they predictably failed to show up in EDM on time, spotting the Oil a 2 goal lead.  Brain Rafalski maintained his excellent play from the Olympics, and with the extra skater on, potted the game-tying goal with tenths of a second remaining.  Alas the Wings failed (again) at the shootout point. Sat at VAN. Zetterberg potted the winner with tenths of a second remaining in the OT frame.  5 of 6 points, wins against CGY and VAN no less.  Those were clutch points, and the Wings have been clutch lately.

MIN won, in regulation against CGY Sunday afternoon.  The Wings are two points up with a game in hand.  The Wings are masters of their own fate.  If they can keep up their gritty/intense play, they will be a force to be reckoned with.  Skate to throat never seemed more appropriate. 

Game on Bitches

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It’s definitely hard, we don’t get that many opportunities to score goals, but when we do we usually hit the goalie or miss the net.  Eventually it’s going to turn around. We definitely want to turn it around as quick as possible. Me personally. I’d love to score. Who doesn’t? But there’s nothing I can do (but) just continue to play hard and things will turn around.

“I’m happy about my game. I’m trying to do as much as possible to help the team.”

-Alex Kovalev of the Ottawa Senators.  Kovalev is -10 with no points in his last nine games.  More on the Senators from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun.

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Friedman Deserves More Face Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Why is Elliotte Friedman so underused on Hockey Night In Canada ? While the program promotes former brawler P.J. Stock doing highlights and treatises on The Code, Friedman is typically reduced – outside of a feature on the Saturday pre-game show – to the cherished “What will it take to get back into this game?” interviews between periods and after games.

While understated on-camera, Friedman is capable of an open-ended question in under 10 seconds – without the parenthetical wandering of more famous names. He is still more comfortable in front of the lens than several of the Hot Stove ‘s stock players and commands respect from players and peers. Plus, Friedman – who was recruited from The Score – would deliver a smidgen of balance to the editorial slant of the show that leans toward … shall we say “traditional” values.

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Flyers No Longer A Playoff Lock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

In Sunday’s loss, Atlanta goalie Ondrej Pavelec (44 saves) outplayed a shaky Brian Boucher (28 saves), moving ninth-place Atlanta to within four points of the Flyers in the Eastern Conference.

The Flyers have 79 points, the same number as Montreal and Ottawa. All three teams are tied for fifth (excluding tie-breakers) and have 10 games left.

The Flyers play at struggling Ottawa Tuesday, host Minnesota on Thursday, and then travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Ottawa, which has lost five straight, plays at Montreal on Monday. That means the Flyers will drop to sixth or seventh before their next game.

Suddenly, the playoffs aren’t a lock.

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