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GDT - Game #41: Red Wings at Coyotes (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Tonight marks the midpoint of the season, and it is somewhat fitting since the Wings are now sporting a .500 record at 20-14-6.  Their 46 points have them 10th in Conference, 3 points out of a playoff spot, with Dallas sitting in 9th. 

Getting points from the ‘Yotes tonight will be no small feat, since November 27, PHX are an NHL best 12-2-3.  To make matters more challenging, the Wings have lost three straight on the road, the last two by shutout. The ‘Yotes had won a franchise-record 10 straight at home before a 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose on Thursday.

If the ‘Yotes score first, then Katie bar the door, as they are 19-2-1 when potting the first goal. Speaking of goal scoring, or lack thereof;  the Wings have been shut out six times over their last 18 games, after being shut out just three times over their previous 123 games.

It is a Saturday night Wings fans, and the start of a 5 game road trip.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“There are a lot of nights when it’s pretty tough to watch us.

“If we’re going to turn this around, we’re going to have to do a complete 180 degrees. We know we’re better than this, but we can’t seem to put our finger in the hole to stop the water from leaking out.”

-Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers.  More on the Oilers from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

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Blues Need To Commit To Youth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of Hockey Guy,

Blues management decided to move in a new direction for the second half of this season.

But that new direction should be the old direction, the path John Davidson and Co. originally embarked on after Dave Checketts bought the team.

The Blues should use the second half of this season to renew the organization’s commitment to player development. Under new coach Davis Payne — up from the Peoria Rivermen — the Blues should focus on getting the most from all the young talent on the depth chart.


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Americanization Of Our Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ross Brewitt at the St. Thomas Times-Journal,

If I may, I’d like to bring to your attention a situation that’s evolved over many years, and has finally becoming irritating. I’m speaking of the Americanization of hockey.

It’s not the latest “one suit fits all” uniforms. Does it really matter that the League presently looks like Momma Bettman bought all the kiddies back-to-school outfits at the GAP? Naw.

No, it’s more that Americans tend to popularize a misinterpretation of terms, coupled with lingering misconstrued basics. Many times, strictly in the interest of making them qualified fans of a game they admittedly love, I have instructed Yankee friends that if they want to avoid being pegged as misinformed Americans, by Canadians, then a slight adjustment is in order.

Example. A play is offside, not “offsides.” It’s not “he played his juniors,” it’s simply he played junior. The team is not in the “locker room.” Locker rooms are found in health clubs, country clubs, bus terminals, and police stations. For hockey purposes, they’re in the dressing room.


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Run an Olympic hockey pool at Armchair Pools

Blog: KK Members Blog By Armchair Hockey Pools

The Olympic season at Armchair Pools is open for business.  Olympic pools can be created now at our home page.

We have loaded the rosters for all 12 Olympic teams and we will start building the boxes for the box style pool right away.  I’ll put up a post when they are completed. Note that if box pools are not your thing, you can create a draft-style pool right now, create your teams and pick any player on an Olympic roster.

All Olympic pools are only $5 but come with a free trial that lasts from now until a few days into the Olympics so come check it out for free. If you find any roster issues, please let us know. But please keep it clean. We had one user tell us to go f%k ourselves because he could not find Mikael Samuelson on Team Sweden ...

If there are any questions about our Olympic pools, feel free to send us an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or leave a comment on this blog post.  I am here regularly and will answer any questions that are posted.

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  Tags: hockey+pool, hockey+pools, olympic

Captain Candidates For The Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

Alex Ovechkin, the face of the franchise and the two-time league MVP, says he is ready and figures to be the leading candidate.

“But it’s is not my decision to put ‘C’ on my jersey,” said the 24-year-old, who is signed through the 2020-21 season. “If the team’s going to trust me, and going to let me, why not? But the team decides.”

The responsibilities of a captain entail more than being the team’s best player. And for that reason, the list of potential successors is also expected to include prominent veterans Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble.

read on

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Andy Murray Fired

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has named Davis Payne as Interim Head Coach.  Payne becomes the 23rd coach in the history of the St. Louis Blues replacing Andy Murray, who was relieved of his duties. 

“Davis is very knowledgeable of the players in our organization and we feel he is the best candidate to coach our team,” said Davidson.  “He has nine winning seasons at the minor league level which includes an ECHL Championship in 2006.

“I would like to thank Andy Murray for the job he has done here the past four seasons,” continued Davidson. “He was an intergral part in turning the St. Louis Blues around.  He is a true professional and I wish him the best of luck in the future.”

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  Tags: andy+murray

A Great Showcase For The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

From Wednesday’s practices in the snow to Marco Sturm’s overtime game-winner, the 2010 Winter Classic was everything the NHL hoped it would be—and more.

It showcased the game’s speed, skill, brutality and brawn.

But most of all, it brought a much-needed element of fun to a sport that too often is viewed by the general sporting public as vanilla.

“It was a great showcase of the game,” said Flyers president Peter Luukko, the driving force behind the Flyers’ inclusion in the New Year’s Day event. “Two clubs hitting hard. It was great. It was one heck of a game. I’ve got to think this is everything the league wanted.”


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  Tags: winter+classic

Team USA Game Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Burke didn’t pick the best Americans or go entirely with young guns. He tried to fashion a team that might be able to compete with the big dogs by including some character (Drury, Thomas), some grit (Kesler, Orpik, Ryan Suter), some size (Malone, Erik Johnson) and some pizzazz (Kessel, Kane).

The U.S is in the same pool as Canada and needs to get through the round robin in good enough shape to avoid one of the tournament’s heavyweights in the quarter-finals. Then, if Miller can play like he’s played much of this season, the Americans could pull a stunner.

That’s the game plan.

You look at this American team and see a lack of punch down the middle, nothing even remotely close to Canada’s trio of Sidney Crosby, Joe Thornton and Ryan Getzlaf.

Compared to the Russians, with Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk, the U.S doesn’t have anywhere close to the same front-end pop. They also don’t have a goalie with a single minute of Olympic experience.

But they do have Parise, oddly underrated in some ways but a truly terrific player and burgeoning leader.


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  Tags: team+usa

How About Around 12 Hours Of Hockey Today?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

24 teams in actions today, first game just after 1:00pm ET today, last game ends around 12:30am on Sunday.

It can’t get much better than that!!!


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