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Blackhawks Alternate Look

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A variation of their Winter Classic sweater.

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Is Hossa Jinxed?

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from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,

He has answered the call every time Slovakia has called, but has never scaled the podium. When Slovakia experienced its greatest achievements on the world stage – silver, gold and bronze medals at World Championships in 2000, 2002 and 2003 respectively – Hossa was engaged in the NHL playoffs for the chronically underachieving Ottawa Senators.

And, of course, we all know what happened the past couple years in the NHL with Pittsburgh and Detroit.

So, if you’re a Hawks fan, should this worry you? Is every team on which Hossa plays doomed?

It’s not rational, but who knows how the hockey gods work? For the superstitious Chicago supporter, here’s something to cling to: the last time Hossa did win anything of consequence, at the Memorial Cup, he was wearing the Hawks’ logo. Until he got hurt.


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And Son Of Sam Will Save Us

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Chris McCosky told us this morning that if the Wings are going to start scoring again, it may just be our very own serial killer who leads the charge. 

Detroit News

Truly, if the Wings are going to snap out of it, Bertuzzi has to snap out of it. As long as he stays healthy, he’s still capable of a 20-goal season. Other than the big three and Danny Cleary, who also is struggling to score (four goals, nine assists), who else can you say that about?

Certainly not Ville Leino, Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Drew Miller or Eaves, right?

No, Bertuzzi is the one button Babcock has to continue to push. Sooner or later he’s bound to get a response.

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Lucic Out With High Ankle Sprain

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via Boston Bruins Twitter,

Chiarelli: high ankle sprain for Lucic. Out for four weeks. Maybe less.

added 11:37am, More on the injury from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe.

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Hockey All Day & Night

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from NHL.com,

For shoppers, it may be “Black Friday.” But for hockey fans, this Friday is a day to feast. The NHL’s 12-game schedule will give fans a full day of their favorite sport.

The action begins at noon ET, when the Boston Bruins host the New Jersey Devils. The Bruins are back at TD Garden after capping a perfect 4-0-0 road trip with s 2-1 shootout victory at Minnesota on Wednesday. That game ended about an hour after the Devils finished off a 3-1 home victory over the Ottawa Senators.


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Schenn Up For A Day

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The Los Angeles Kings have had some recent injury problems.  Jarret Stoll suffered an injury in LA’s game against Calgary on Saturday and is out day-to-day.  Rookie Andrei Loktionov suffered a dislocated shoulder in Wednesday’s game against Edmonton (which was his NHL debut).  This left the Kings one forward short of their regular 12 for their game in Vancouver last night.  With their AHL affiliate in Manchester, New Hampshire, on the other coast of North America, there was no way to get a twelfth forward to Vancouver in time for the game last night.  Los Angeles dipped into the WHL for their solution.  Their 2009 first round draft pick Brayden Schenn was in Victoria for a “Super Series” game pitting top Canadian junior players against top Russian ones.  That made Schenn close enough to Vancouver than he could arrive in time for the game.

Under normal circumstances, after an NHL team sends a player back to junior, they cannot call him up for the remainder of the season.  The only exception to this is in an emergency situation, where the team could not otherwise ice a full lineup of players.

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Yes, It Is Even Black Friday Here At KK

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If in the mood to do some shopping, please take look at the links below.

KK gets a small percentage of the sale if you click the link and purchase something from any of the below KK Advertisers.

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The Best In The West

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from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

It’s time to start thinking differently about the Blackhawks.

Defenseman Duncan Keith was asked following Wednesday’s 7-2 rout of the Sharks, who still have the best record in the NHL, if beating San Jose meant the Hawks had passed some sort of test.

It should be the other way around. Playing the Hawks now is a test for other clubs. The Hawks are the best team in the Western Conference at the moment, not San Jose. The Hawks went farther than the Sharks in the playoffs last spring and have beaten them twice in two games this season.

If it weren’t for Pittsburgh, the Hawks would be the best team in the NHL. The Penguins still rule because they have the Stanley Cup and are 16-8-0.


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Predators Debut Another 3rd Sweater

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from Bran Muller of the Tennessean,

Nashville’s previous third jersey was a hit with many fans, but the mustard yellow color was also the butt of jokes, and the players weren’t huge proponents.

“One of the things guys didn’t like about the other third jersey was that it was really heavy,” goaltender Dan Ellis said. “It had a gray layer underneath the yellow and it got really thick and hot. That doesn’t make guys want to wear it that often.”

It appears the jersey makers got it right this time. The new version is lighter, predominantly dark blue and has a retro, traditional look with some modern day touches.

The classic-looking jersey also has a Da Vinci Code vibe to it, filled with subtle symbols that create one message.

more with a picture…

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Turning ‘Northerners’ Into Panthers Fans

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from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

During an early intermission Wednesday night, it looked like BankAtlantic Center was being invaded by the Rangers as fans dressed in New York blue streamed down the aisles to their seats.

Before Monday’s game against Pittsburgh, Stu Siegel and Cliff Viner, the Panthers’ new owners, greeted fans walking into the arena—making sure to also introduce themselves to fans wearing Penguins gear.

With all the transplanted northerners as well as snowbirds making South Florida their winter home, Siegel and Viner know there are hockey fans in the region. And they want to convert them into Panthers fans and have them return to the arena—even when their hometown teams aren’t there.

``I think we have an under-marketed asset, with all the hockey fans down here,’’ said Siegel, originally an Islanders fan from New York. ``We have all these people from Canada, Michigan, Philadelphia, New York down here. But they’re not Panthers fans. We haven’t given people enough to cheer for, except for 1996 and the excitement of a new team. That’s worn off.’‘


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