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“I was the worst player in the league tonight by far.  We should have won that game 3-0. The guys played great. I’m the reason that we lost in a shootout.”

-Blues goaltender Manny Legace.  More on the Blues shootout loss to the Wings last night at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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‘Looking’ At Dustin Penner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

...Part of the problem here—a huge part of the problem I suspect—is that Penner simply doesn’t look like a hockey player. Instead, Penner looks pudgy. Chubby, you might even say, or fat, if you were a coach on a losing streak.

His skating stride appears to be leisurely. He ambles more than he churns the ice. Even when he’s making an effective deke, he appears to be doing so in slow motion.

In those rare moments when he does really get it going, when he hammers a shot on net, or uses his size to hammer an opponent into the boards, it only tends to make things worse for Penner, leaving fans to ask: Why can’t he do that every night?

Penner’s main issue is optics, that hockey players aren’t supposed to be pudgy and slow, and when we rate a player like Penner, it’s hard to overlook our strong visceral reaction to his appearance and style of play.


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Ottawa Fires Coach Craig Hartsburg

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday the Ottawa Senators fired coach Craig Hartsburg.  This does not come as much of a surprise because the Senators currently are the third worst team in the league.  This move likely solves nothing.  Ottawa is on their fourth coach in less than two seasons.  If changing coaches from John Paddock to Bryan Murray and then from Bryan Murray to Craig Hartsburg does not turn the team around, then it is unlikely that changing coaches from Craig Hartsburg to Cory Clouston will turn the team around.  It is pretty clear that the problem in Ottawa is not a coaching problem.  But what is the problem?

In a nutshell, the Senators have a problem with depth.  They have three really good players in Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza and nobody else who makes an impact.  In fact, their fourth highest goal scorer this season (behind those three) is Mike Fisher who has seven goals.  That won’t do.  It allows the opposing team to put all their efforts shutting down the big three and ignore the rest of the team.  The added defence against the big three reduce their scoring and nobody else is good enough too pick up the slack

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Absolute Garbage

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Wings headed into tonite’s game with the imposing St. Louis Blues riding a five game losing streak.

Without question, the primary culprit?  Penalty Kill. 

What happens tonite?  3 PPG against.  That’s just cute.

Wanna see something better?

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Blackhawks Enjoy Their Vegas Stay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Silver of the Las Vegas Sun,

Monday morning at the Orleans Arena was business as usual as the Las Vegas Wranglers and Bakersfield Condors prepared for tonight’s game – until the Chicago Blackhawks strolled in to practice.

Yes, those Chicago Blackhawks, one of the NHL’s “Original Six” franchises and the current fourth-place team in the Western Conference with a 27-13-8 record….

After dropping the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Saturday night, the Blackhawks headed to the Bellagio for their hockey retreat.

The team watched the Super Bowl together on Sunday then practiced at the Orleans Arena Monday prior to boarding a flight to Edmonton for a showdown with the Oilers on Tuesday night.


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And It Was Manny Who Saved Us

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There will be no song tonite. No catchy post titles.  Little humor.  Only nerves.

Because if the Wings, wallowing in a 5-game slide of death, can’t beat Manny Legace when they really need to?

Then they will lose every game the rest of the year.  Of that I am certain.

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Gauthier Gets Five Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (February 2, 2009) —Los Angeles Kings defenseman Denis Gauthier has been suspended for five games, without pay, as a result of a blow to the head delivered during NHL Game #732, Jan. 31 against the Montreal Canadiens, the National Hockey League announced.

        Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Gauthier will forfeit $56,451.61. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

        Gauthier was assessed a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct for hitting Canadiens’ defenseman Josh Gorges at 3:50 of the second period.

Gauthier will miss games at Ottawa on Feb. 3, at Washington on Feb. 5, at New Jersey on Feb. 7, at New York Islanders on Feb. 10 and against Calgary on Feb. 12. He will be eligible to return on Feb. 14 against Edmonton.

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Bolts Goalie Smith Not Traveling With Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Lightning Strikes,

The last we saw of Lightning goalie Mike Smith he was smashing a water bottle and overturning carts in the hallway leading to the locker room after he was pulled from Friday’s loss to the Flyers. It is unknown if that had any affect on Monday’s announcement Smith will not fly with the team for Tuesday’s game against the Islanders. Mike McKenna, signed Monday to an NHL contract, and Karri Ramo will be the goaltending duo.

added 6:35pm, via Bolts Report,

The team did not reveal until well after practice today that Mike Smith was injured and is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. I tried to cram that information into the previous post.

Smith did not travel with the team today as he went to seek either some medical testing or a therapy of some type, according to general manager Brian Lawton, who did not rule out Smith joining the team in New York before tomorrow’s game and Rick Tocchet has not ruled anything out at this point.

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Penguins’ Kennedy Suspended One Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Penguins centre Tyler Kennedy has been suspended one game by the NHL for initiating a fight with the Maple Leafs’ Luke Schenn on Saturday night.

The Leafs had asked the league to review the incident, saying that Kennedy had come off to the Pens’ bench to start an altercation with the young defenceman.

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Cure For The Five-Gamer?  Of Course!!! Legace.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve been racking my foggy brain all day, trying to determine a solution, a way out of this smelly pit of sorrow the Wings have mired us in.  Line combinations, recommended fiery speeches I could text to Uncle Mike in hopes he’s not blocked me like he did last year during the playoffs.  Restraining orders and all that. Whatever.

I’ve got solutions, if they’d only listen.  PK problems?  Got it.  Call me.  Stagnant secondary scoring?  Understand.  I’ll courier my ideas to you post haste.  Defensive issues?  Hell yes.  Epic problems in our own end…sounds almost Dive-like, eh?

But I’ve got answers for those too. Somebody just needs to reach out.  I’m right here, ready to help.

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