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The Rangers Scoring Machine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times, .

..if you look at Gaborik’s 24 goals as a percentage of the total goals the Rangers have scored so far this season. When you subtract the bookkeeping goals the league awards to teams that win shootouts (in the Rangers’ case, two) and use only those goals scored during regulation and overtime, the Slovakian wingman has accounted for 25.5 percent of all the Rangers’ goals. That is the highest percentage in the N.H.L., and only Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay comes close.

Below, the league’s top 10 through Sunday:

read on

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (December 21, 2009)—Goaltender Cristobal Huet of the Chicago Blackhawks, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins and right wing Patric Hornqvist of the Nashville Predators have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Dec. 20.

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How Could They Lose?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

The Vancouver Canucks lost an unwinnable game. Really, the National Hockey League schedule-maker never gave them a chance on Sunday.

The St. Louis Blues were a last-place team. They were on the road. They play in the Central Division. And the Canucks were coming off a huge victory against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Friday.

Darn the NHL! How could the Canucks possibly compete amid these impossible circumstances?

The league – you know, it’s based in New York City and run by an American lawyer – surely knew an elite team like Vancouver, basking in the glory of Friday’s righteous win against Washington and busy planning a Stanley Cup, would be emotionally-spent and intellectually detached against the Blues.


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Benoit Pouliot recalled and Halak starts for Canadiens

Blog: KK Members Blog By Slasher98

The Montreal Canadiens announced earlier today that they have called up left winger Benoit Pouliot from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. Pouliot will join the Canadiens today for tonight’s game against the Thrashers in Atlanta.

Pouliot, who was sent down last week for a condition stint, recorded three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in three games with the Bulldogs, which were all recorded in yesterday’s 5-4 win against Rochester.

The 6’3’’, 199 lbs forward has yet to play a game with the Habs due to a wrist injury. Pouliot played 14 games earlier this season with the Minnesota Wild, recording only four points (2 goals, 2 assists), along with 12 penalty minutes, playing only an average of 11:56 minutes per game under head coach Todd Richards.

The Canadiens acquired Benoit Pouliot from the Wild on November 23 in exchange for disgruntled forward Guillaume Latendresse. Latendresse has recorded three goals and one assist in 11 games with the Wild since the trade. However, he missed Saturday’s game in Ottawa with the flu.

On another positive note, rearguard Roman Hamrlik has begun skating again, the first time since he injured his right knee against the Devils last Wednesday. No date has been established for his return, but a return on December 26 against the Toronto Maple Leafs is conceivable.

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  Tags: benoit+pouliot, jaroslav+halak, johan+hedberg

I’ve Told Many Of You, He Does Have A Good Heart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Look what they are doing over at Abel To Yzerman

I can’t think of a better Christmas gift and hopefully the Wings PR department will pick up on this and invite him to a practice and a meet and greet with the players..

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  Tags: guilherme+calciolari

Fisher & Underwood Engaged

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators heartthrob Mike Fisher and his country singer superstar girlfriend Carrie Underwood are engaged to be married.

Fisher confirmed their engagement just moments ago as the Senators prepared for tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins at Scoriabank Place. Responding to questions, he said he popped the question to Underwood on Sunday, but declined to offer any other details at this point.

“It’s true,” said Fisher. “We’re both obviously excited and very happy.”


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  Tags: carrie+underwood, mike+fisher

Watching Gets Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

Check out the new NHL VideoCenter today. It’s NHL.com’s new streaming video player that features new channels of content, plus allow visitors to easily share NHLvideo on the most popular social media Web sites.

NHL fans will be able to search and find videos more easily and more often on NHL.com, plus share that experience with online communities all over the Web.  Here are some of the new and enhanced features:


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Lidstrom’s Christmas Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Patricia Montemurri of the Detroit Free Press,

“Our tradition is we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve,” says Lidstrom, standing in his family’s two-story living room, its walls covered in a pebbled golden wallpaper that warms the room. “The kids are waiting by the windows for Santa and we watch him walking down the street with a gift bag over his shoulder.”

Says Annika: “I can still feel, you know, a little bit of the excitement over it from when I was a child.”

On Christmas Eve, Santa will chat with the boys.

Perhaps he’ll eat a Christmas confection prepared by Annika or Lidstrom’s mother, Gerd Lidstrom, who is visiting for the holidays along with Lidstrom’s father, Jan Erik Lidstrom. There will be ham and Swedish meatballs and herring.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nick+lidstrom

It’s An A2Y Christmas Miracle: Let’s Bring Herm To Hockeytown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update: It took us 30 hours to reach the $1000.00 goal.  We may open up donations again soon, so hold on to your cash if you’d planned to donate.  Thanks to all.

Ok.  Details are being hammered out but the bottom line is this: we’re bringing Guilherme from Red Wings Brazil to Detroit for a Wing game.  Why? 

Because he said he’d never been to one, and we think it’s going to be cool to go ahead and fix that little problem.  He’s never met another Wing fan in his life, except for the 19 via the Gore.  He’s never been to the States, much less Detroit. So we’re fixing that too.  He’s watched games on the internet, on the tube occasionally.  He adopted the best team in hockey and now we’re going to pay him back for his loyalty.

The kid’s gonna see the Gordie statue. He’s gonna smell the stale beer aromas of Joe Louis Arena.  He’s going to see the blur that is Darren Helm, all in person. 

You want in?  Of course you do.

Click there and let’s get this thing rolling.

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Too Comfortable In Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Holmgren was desperate on Dec. 4, just 17 days ago, when he impetuously fired coach John Stevens after losing six games in 17 days. Where was the desperation this week? The Flyers have won just three times in 16 games.

This team needs a shakeup. The players are waiting for it. With that vote of confidence, the Flyers had as much jump on Saturday - against a team with an almost identical record in the Rangers - as a car battery left in the snow.

Knowing that all of their buddies were still in the lineup, the Flyers should have played to prove Holmgren right.

“I would have thought we would’ve ripped the hinges off the gate tonight to get out on the ice,” coach Peter Laviolette said after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Rangers. “I can’t think of one reason why we would come out flat, but we did.”

Instead, not making a move allows these players to rest comfortably over the holidays.

We know who isn’t leaving: Simon Gagne, Danny Briere, Mike Richards, Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger. All of those players have some sort of no-trade or no-movement clause in their contracts.




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