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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (December 28, 2009)—Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane and Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Dec. 27.

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Kobasew Out With Sprained MCL

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

According to sources, the Wild will be without right wing Chuck Kobasew for four to six weeks with a sprained MCL. There’s also some damage to the ACL, but the swelling needs to decrease before the extent is determined. Kobasew’s scored four goals and five assists in 27 games since being acquired from Boston.


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Here Come The Sedins

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The top two scorers so far in December have been Henrik and Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks.  Henrik has 22 points in 13 games so far this month and Daniel has 20.  Henrik has 50 points and is second in league scoring behind Joe Thornton.  Injuries have limited Daniel to 21 games (where he has 27 points).  Their play is a large part of the reason that Vancouver has a 23-16 record.  The Canucks are sixth in wins in the NHL but the NHL’s crazy point system only places them seventh in the West Conference.  The Sedins have been a big reason for the Canucks success.  It looks like this may be the year where they make the jump from being very good players to being among the best in the game.  It has been a long ride to get there.  In almost a decade with the Canucks, neither had significantly exceeded a point per game before this year (Daniel had 84 points in 81 games in 2006/07).

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Hockey Moments Of The Decade

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CBC style…

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Ring In The New Year

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 28, 2009)-VERSUS will drop the puck on 2010 with a 90-minute program on New Year’s Eve, titled NHL Winter Classic Eve Special on VERSUS Presented by Bridgestone.  The show, which begins at 11 p.m. ET, will be hosted by VERSUS’ Hockey Central studio team-Bill Patrick, Keith Jones and Brian Engblom-and will air live from a remote studio atop Fenway Park, the location for the third annual NHL Winter Classic game on New Year’s Day featuring an outdoor game between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers.

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Morning Line

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Canadian hockey cheerleaders like to say this country is so overflowing with talent that it could send two teams to the Olympic tournament. That’s true, but would either win? Canada’s 12th forward may be superior to Russia’s 12th, but I’ll take Russia’s core ahead of Canada’s. We’ll see.

-William Houston of Truth & Rumours.  More on the Olympics from Mr. Houston.

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Which Montreal Goalie Would You Trade?

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey has got to be counting his blessings that he wasn’t able to deal backup goalie Jaroslav Halak to the Philadelphia Flyers a couple of weeks ago.

For those of you keeping score at home, Halak has faced 40, 50, 47 and 49 shots in his past four starts and won them all. He was brilliant Saturday night when the Canadiens stole two points from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3-2 overtime win and has faced an average of 46.5 shots in his past four games.

This gives Gainey a little bit of time to ponder his goaltending situation. And you know what? If he has any stones at all, he has to be at least considering the possibility of trading Carey Price instead of Halak.

Please hold your expletives and your electronic hate mail for a minute while I try to explain this.


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Claude Lemieux Is A Good Person

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

...here’s an interview with (Claude) Lemieux for the addictive “Q” interview show, out of Toronto, where Lemieux talks about the show, and also about his NHL career some. And, toward the end, he talks about his hit on Kris Draper, and he uses the word “mistake” in what he did. That’s actually the first time I’ve ever heard him say that word.

Lemieux is a good person. He really is. He would cut your heart out to win a hockey game and was easy to hate, but that ultimately was a sign of respect in a lot of ways.

more and you can watch the interview too…

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Equipment Still An Issue For Wild

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from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,

Tony DaCosta stood in the middle of the Wild’s dressing room Sunday morning at the Xcel Energy Center, holding an ice skate in each hand and exchanging wisecracks with players.

In the middle of packing the team’s gear for its first road trip since fire destroyed more than two-thirds of it on Dec. 18 in Ottawa, DaCosta seemed in his usual good mood; the Wild had won two straight games, and everything appeared to be back to normal.

DaCosta put the skates down and shook his head.

“We’re far from back to normal,” he said. “We’re about 50 percent.”

DaCosta believes a blowtorch ignited in the back of the Ottawa Senators’ equipment truck during the short drive from the Kanata Recreation Centre, where the Wild practiced, to Scotiabank Place, where the Senators defeated the Wild 4-1 on Dec. 19.

He estimated damages at about $100,000.


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System Is Not The Problem In Calgary

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

What’s hard to figure out what happened to a team that a few weeks ago was firing on all cylinders but now appears disjointed and disinterested.

“We’ve had some success, but we’ve had a hard time dealing with it,” said Flames head coach Brent Sutter. “The guard dropped and the foot has kinda gone off the pedal, and now we’re trying to find our way again.

“But they know what’s out there because they’ve shown and proven they can do it,” he said. “And it has nothing to do—absolutely nothing to do—with systems. Absolutely nothing. Nothing. Nothing.

“It’s other things that we have to deal with. Whether it’s liked or not, it’s going to get dealt with.”

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