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“This American team is coming in on a real high. They’ve got speed, they’ve got a lot of confidence. They’ve got a little bit of a thick skin that they built up,.  They want redemption, they want a chance to be able to get a lead on Canada this time and shut it down.

“This is going to be very interesting,” says McKenzie. “Because Canada is kind of wobbling into the gold medal game, and the Americans are flying.”

-Bob McKenzie of TSN on the WJC Gold Medal game tomorrow.  More on the game at TSN.

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No Off-Day For Struggling Pens

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from the CP at TSN,

Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux watched most of the team’s lengthy 90-minute practice, which made it a different day than usual for the Stanley Cup champions.

The boss was in the house, and he clearly wasn’t there to socialize following the end of an 0-4 road trip.

The coach wasn’t very happy, either. Dan Bylsma originally scheduled a day off Monday following two games in Florida in as many days and before a home game against Atlanta on Tuesday. Instead he put his players through one of their longest practices of the season.


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Canucks Defense Takes A Hit

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from TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks received some awful news on the injury front Monday when they learned that they would be without defenceman Kevin Bieksa for up to three months with severed tendons in his left ankle.


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Burke Not Concerned About Team USA Leadership

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Brian Burke and his managerial staff for Team USA don’t believe their club is short on leaders despite the fact this happens to be the youngest group of Americans headed to the Winter Olympics since NHL players were introduced to the Games.

In fact, Burke, who in the fall of 2008 began evaluating the Americans he would ultimately choose to represent his squad in Vancouver, felt leadership was something he and his staff spent plenty of time debating.

“When you assemble a team, especially for a short-term tournament, leadership is critical,” Burke told the media during a conference call Monday. “We spent a lot of time on this. We discussed the type of player; what role he might have, is he a Type A or Type B personality. Is he wearing a letter now? Has he worn a letter on the US Team before? These are all things we talked about in great, great detail and at great length.


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See? Dick Brought Us Luck.  Hank And Buckets Back This Week.

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Stand the faux by.  Looks like somebody taught the Wings how to get healthy.  Crack ‘em if you got ‘em.

St. James

“I’m feeling a little bit better,” Zetterberg said. “I just have to make sure it’s the right time to go. I think we’re going to decide tomorrow—we’re going to decide after the morning skate. I’ll have a little regroup with the medical staff and see how I feel. Maybe I feel better tomorrow.”

Dan(ny) Cleary?  It’s looking like Thursday for him.  See below for a Babcock classic.


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A New Season For The Habs

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

After getting hammered 6-2 by the Sabres on Dec. 3, the Canadiens lost 4-3 on Dec. 14, and 1-0 yesterday; as Jacques Martin likes to say, and repeat, and repeat, it’s important to show constant improvement.

The Habs survived their 17-game month ’o hell, going 9-7-1. That’s no screaming hell, but they’ve managed to stay with the playoff pack, and with Andrei Markov and Gionta back, this is looking a lot more like the hockey team Bob Gainey assembled in the summer.

“We’re starting to come around finally . . . since getting all our players back I think it does feel like a new season,” Price said.


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The Best From The West

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All the top plays from Western Conference teams since the start of the 2009/10 season.

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The Problems In Columbus & Edmonton

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from Spector at Fox Sports,

The Blue Jackets entered 2009-10 coming off their first playoff appearance in franchise history, while the Oilers — having made changes behind the bench and in goal — were expecting to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

Instead of being in playoff contention both clubs enter the New Year mired in the bottom of the Western Conference standings and in danger of falling out of the postseason chase….

Goaltending has been a common issue. The Oilers brought in veteran Nikolai Khabibulin last summer to be their starter but he struggled with a bad back which eventually sidelined him in late November. Backup Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers has done his best but it’s clear in relief that he’s not yet ready to be a full-time starting goalie.

The Blue Jackets made the playoffs last season in large part to the goaltending of Steve Mason, who won the Calder trophy as rookie of the year with his 33-win, 2.29 GAA, 10-shutout performance. This season, however, Mason is mired in a sophomore slump, with only 11 victories in 32 games, a bloated 3.18 goals-against average and only two shutouts.

read on

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Stars Of The Month

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NEW YORK (January 4, 2010)—Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin, Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for December.

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Winter Classic Ratings

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via SportsBusiness Daily (paid sub.),

NBC earned a 2.6 overnight Nielsen rating for the Flyers-Bruins Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Friday, down 10.3% from a 2.9 for the Red Wings-Blackhawks matchup last year, and even with the inaugural Penguins-Sabres Winter Classic in ‘08.

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