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Bobby Ryan Hit On Oscar Moller

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Watch the hit and reaction to the hit from both sides.

Want more background, check out the KK post from this morning.

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Pascal Leclaire Took A Shot To The Head

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from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,

Judging from the way he looked when he spoke to reporters in Montreal Friday morning, Ottawa Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire is going to be out for some time with what looks like a serious concussion.

During a two-on-one drill during Thursday’s morning skate, Leclaire took a shot from Mike Fisher square on the forehead.

Leclaire said it temporarily knocked him out. When he recovered he quickly left the ice.

a bit more

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All This For 11 Minutes Of Action

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from David Biderman of the Wall Street Journal,

Football fans everywhere are preparing to settle in for the NFL’s biggest and most electric weekend of the season—a four-game playoff marathon that will swallow up at least 12 hours of broadcast time over two days.

But here’s something even dedicated students of the game may not fully appreciate: There’s very little actual football in a football game.

According to a Wall Street Journal study of four recent broadcasts, and similar estimates by researchers, the average amount of time the ball is in play on the field during an NFL game is about 11 minutes.


thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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The Worst Penalty Kill Ever

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Toronto Maple Leafs have the worst penalty kill in the NHL this season.  They have killed 68.9% of opposing team’s penalties.  The second worst team is the Edmonton Oilers who are over 7% better with a 76% success rate.  The NHL has recorded penalty kill success rates since the 1963/64 season and this year’s Leafs team has the third worst rate in history.  Behind the Net Hockey has a nice summary of the worst penalty kills in history

The two teams that were worse in raw percentage than this year’s Maple Leafs are the 1979/80 Los Angeles Kings and the 1982/83 Kings who came in at 67.7% and 68.24% respectively.  With a bad game or two, the Leafs could be in that range.  In fact at times they have fallen behind the 83 Kings penalty kill rate only to recover a bit.

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Not Many Sellers In The Northwest

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from Roger Phillips at NHL.com,

After the Olympics, the next big event on the hockey calendar will is the March 3 trade deadline. It’s a time that will have ramifications for teams hoping to improve themselves before the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well as for those beginning the process of preparing for next season.

Right now, it looks possible every team in the Northwest Division will be a buyer leading into the deadline. Every team, that is, except the Oilers, who have fallen to the bottom of the Western Conference standings and would need a miraculous run just to draw within sniffing distance of a playoff berth.

continue for more Northwest Division talk…

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A Look At Evgeni Malkin

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

I’ve always felt a propriety interest in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin – and it all stems back to a book project I did during the 2006-07 season with Dave King, a Phoenix Coyotes’ assistant coach, who was behind the bench of three Canadian men’s Olympic hockey teams. That year, King took his vast international resume to Russia, where he became the first Canadian to coach in what was then known as the Super League.

Malkin’s peer, Alex Ovechkin, had left for the NHL already, but he stayed behind to play one more season, which permitted King’s Magnitogorsk team to fashion an extraordinary regular season, much of thanks to the play of his teenage star.

King and I spoke almost every week and almost every week he had another anecdote relating to Malkin’s rapid-fire development. In fact, about the only criticism that King ever levelled towards him was that when things went sour – in the way they inevitably do, even for the most talented and precocious players – Malkin would revert to individual play and go all lone wolf, trying to do everything by himself. Sometimes, it even worked. Mostly it did not.

continued and additional hockey topics discussed…

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Disciplinary Action May Be Facing Bobby Ryan

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from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

The NHL may take a further look at a hit Ducks winger Bobby Ryan made on Kings forward Oscar Moller in the late stages of the Kings’ 4-0 win Thursday and determine whether Ryan be disciplined.

Ryan could face a suspension for taking a run at Moller and ramming him into the glass behind the Ducks’ net with 7.1 seconds left in the game. He was given a minor penalty for roughing, a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct.

After the game, Ryan said he expects the league will look at the hit but doesn’t believe he will be disciplined.

“I’d be very surprised,” Ryan said.  ”I coasted for 10 feet before I hit him. I did definitely take some strides in that direction. But I came in and watched what I did right away. Everything was down, my hands. It was a clean hit. He had his head down. It’s part of the game.”


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Predators Extend Coaching Staff

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

General Manager David Poile said Thursday he told the coaches shortly after Thanksgiving that the team had chosen to pick up the option years for 2010-11, and added an option year for 2011-12. Terms of the new contracts have not been disclosed.

“Our coaches are doing a really good job and our record is really good,’’ Poile said.

“There’s certainly no reason I would want to go in a different direction, and they felt the same way about staying. We’ve got a good group right now.’‘

read on

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Morning Line

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“If a person that’s a huge superstar becomes available, the economics of it are frightening.  Then if you have to trade for them, not only do you have to come up with a number of pieces to satisfy the other team, but then the player has the option of walking away on you July 1. That’s tough.”

“If you make a mistake there, that could end up being two mistakes.  If he comes here and then decides he doesn’t want to be here and goes July 1, that’s a double-whammy. It’s a scary situation.”

-John Davidson, President of the St. Louis Blues.  More from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat including Ed Belfour resigns from his part-time goaltending consultant position with the Blues.

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Life Decisions

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

“There will be a time,” Trevor Daley was saying, “when the streets come calling.” The Dallas Stars defenceman was sitting with Canadiens centreman Glen Metropolit, a friend and idol of youth nine years his senior who, in many ways, had walked the same challenging road to the National Hockey League.

“When that time comes, you’ve got to have the willpower to know what decision you need to make,” Daley continued. “Glennie and I had to make those decisions to get where we are today.

“I’m sure we’ve made some wrong decisions. I know I have along the way. But it’s not an easy thing to do, especially when the streets come calling. You get into that position: ‘Do I run with these guys, or those guys?’ ” Metropolit, 35, and Daley, 26, grew up without privilege, luxury or any sense of entitlement in downtown Toronto’s Regent Park district.


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