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Wild Relax, Start Winning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,

After dropping eight of their 10 previous games, the Wild had a relaxed optional practice Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center followed by a loose-goosy morning skate Friday before going onto the ice and that evening and stopping the New York Rangers for a 3-2 home win.

They followed that up by having the regulars skip their morning skate on Saturday in Pittsburgh before posting a gritty 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins.

Coach Todd Richards saw the tightness when he looked at his players and when he looked in the mirror. He took steps to change that.

As part of that, the coaching staff showed video that included music and pithy commentary to the team, eliciting smiles and laughs from players who had nearly forgotten how.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Private union matters should remain in the locker room and PA offices.  Internal disagreements should not be waged through the press.

“Some members of the media may have conflicting interests, leading to biased or inaccurate reporting.”

-Ken Baumgartner who resigned from his advisory board position this weekend.  More from Baumgartner by Tim Wharnsby of CBC.

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What’s Wrong With Carolina?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

In the winter of 2003, after a dismal six-goal loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the Carolina Hurricanes reached the inevitable conclusion that no matter how hard anyone tried or what anyone did, their season was only getting worse. And it proceeded to get worse, all the way to last place.

Is it possible the Hurricanes have reached that point on the first day of November, after a dismal four-goal loss to another West Coast team? After all, this is the first time the Hurricanes have gone nine games without a win since then.

This team doesn’t have the injury problems or overwhelming lack of interest the 2002-03 team developed as it slid down the standings, but it also doesn’t have a whole lot of answers, either.


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After One Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (November 1, 2009)—The first month of the 2009-10 NHL regular season ended Saturday with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins serving notice they will be tough to dethrone, the upstart Colorado Avalanche at the top of the Western Conference standings, reigning MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on pace for a career year and a talented rookie class making their mark.

  The Penguins shrugged off any suggestion of a ‘Stanley Cup hangover’ by tying the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers and 1992-93 Penguins for the most points after 10 games by a defending champion (18, 9-1-0) and finishing the month with the Eastern Conference’s top record (11-3-0). Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury went 9-2-0 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .918 save percentage, while captain Sidney Crosby led the club with nine goals and 16 points.

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No Reason To Rush Kessel

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from Jonas Siegel of am640,

Phil Kessel is taunting the possibility.

He taunts it with a no-look pass.

He taunts it with a bullet from the left circle.

He taunts it with his bursts of speed.

But make no mistake that for all the taunting possibilities, the Leafs would be simply foolish to rush Kessel back this soon.


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Hurricanes Struggle

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

After making the semi-finals in the 2009 playoffs, it appeared that the Carolina Hurricanes would have a strong 2009/10 season.  So far that hasn’t been the case.  The Hurricanes had a solid start winning two of their first four games, including a 7-2 victory over the Florida Panthers, but they haven’t won any games since.  This gives Carolina a league leading eight game losing streak.  That has dropped them into 29th place in a 30 team league with a 2-10 record (three losses count as overtime ties). 

Carolina has scored fewer goals than any other team in the NHL - with 27 goals scored.  No player on the team has more than eight points right now (Ray Whitney and Jussi Jokinen are tied for the team lead with eight points). Offensive stars Eric Staal and Ray Whitney should be counted upon to have significantly more points than this.  Staal has only five points so far this year.

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Hockey Starts Early Today

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from NHL.com,

From coast to coast and early afternoon until late evening, Sunday is as full as a hockey day can be with only four games on tap.

The action begins at 1 p.m. ET when the Boston Bruins visit Madison Square Garden for an Original Six showdown against the New York Rangers.

continued and don’t forget the NHL Network has ‘50 Years Behind The Mask’, a one-hour special that will be broadcast in the United States and Canada at 7:00pm ET tonight.

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If Anyone Has Seen The Evolution Of The Goalie Mask…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

... it is the Maven.

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All The Rumor Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector’s Hockey,

Jim Matheson (Edmonton Journal) reports of some talk the Buffalo Sabres might try to acquire former Sabre Martin Biron from the NY Islanders due to a lack of confidence in backup Patrick Lalime.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting rumor but Biron won’t be going anywhere until Isles starter Rick DiPietro is back in the lineup and even then the Sabres would be in a bidding war as there are several teams which would likely be interested in Biron later this season.

more rumor talk…

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Halloween In Pittsburgh

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A slow Sunday.  Kinda lazy.  Perusing the sports pages and various hockey blogs.  Thought this was unique from Pittsburgh last night.

Courtesy of Empty Netters, a unique costume…


Kinda weird.  But then…look closer at some of the male patrons?  Disturbing.

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