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Lecavalier Finding His Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

Lecavalier and long-time girlfriend Caroline Portelance are expecting the couple’s first child in May. It’s something Lecavalier will discuss when the time is right, but that time is not right now.

So, the focus of what is in the paper is Lecavalier’s play of late, which has been on the rise since a a two-month long slump. And it’s not just the three goals and eight assists in the past seven games. It’s been the whole package, driving the net, being physical, playing good defense, backchecking, winning faceoffs.

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Babcock Keeps The Wings In The Race

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from Cassie Campbell of CBC,

Mike Babcock has to be a candidate for coach of the year!

I know his team, the Detroit Red Wings, is full of talent and is expected to be vying for a Stanley Cup every year, but right now they’re in ninth spot, out of the playoffs in the Western Conference. The Wings are a team that has both the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks thinking, ‘Please get a lot better and move way up the standings or please get a lot worse and move way down the standings - just as long as we don’t have to face them in the first round!’

If the Wings make the playoffs this year, Mike Babcock and his staff will have done one heck of a job. I mean, the injuries alone would probably decimate any other team, but he has found a way to keep his team competing while dealing with 180-plus man games lost.

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  Tags: mike+babcock

Listen & Watch On Your Verizon Phone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and NEW YORK, Dec. 30—Hockey fans around the country can get an all-access pass to National Hockey League games, players and other exclusive mobile video content on V CAST Video from Verizon Wireless, Verizon Wireless and the NHL said today.

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  Tags: verizon+wireless

New Year Wishes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Since it’s nearly the end of the year and no newspaper columnist can ever resist the lure of an easy “A look back” or “A look ahead” column, here’s my New Year’s wishes for various people, places and things of the NHL:

To commissioner Gary Bettman: May you be granted a single one-minute uninterrupted stretch of nobody booing you when you grab a microphone at an NHL arena.

To Peter Forsberg: May your one last uninjured body part stay that way.

To hockey rumor blogs: May you increase the accuracy rate of your trade rumors from the current 1/2 percent to 1 percent.

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Morning Line

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“I’m trying personally to eliminate pre-game skates,.  For lack of a better word, they are retarded. They are from the dark ages. Physiologists will tell you, you can’t get that energy back if you waste it in a pre-game skate.”

-Leafs coach Ron Wilson.  More on this topic from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun.

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  Tags: ron+wilson

Phoenix Hot At Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- The Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Vancouver Canucks at Jobing.com Arena tonight 3-2 in a shootout to win their 10th consecutive home game.  With 10 straight home wins, the Coyotes have set a new franchise record for longest home winning streak.

The previous record for longest home winning streak in Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise history was nine games, accomplished during the 1992-93 season by the Winnipeg Jets (the franchise relocated to Phoenix prior to the 1996-97 season.).  The Jets won nine consecutive home games from Dec. 27, 1992 to Jan. 23, 1993. 

The current 10-game home winning streak began with a 3-1 home victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 21.  With tonight’s win, the Coyotes moved to 16-5-0 through 21 home games this season at Jobing.com Arena.

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The Inevitable Assumption: Schneider Back To Wings?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Me? I think Uncle Mike and Matt Schneider are not the best of pals.  I think, that despite Schneider’s abilities to be abrasive when necessary, Babcock was not disappointed when 23 left after the Kick to the Groin in ‘07.  I think the coach wanted a bit more stay at home stuff from Schneider, considering a future that included Kronwall, Ericsson and maybe even Lebda as guys who would join the rush.  Schneider was getting older and we all know Uncle Mike likes ‘em young.

But now?  Scoring’s an issue, as it usually is at closing time.  The lights are on.  The chairs are on the tables.  Traits that may have warned you off at 10 are now overlooked.

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Gustavsson Or Toskala

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from Mike Ulmer of TorontoMapleLeafs.com,

Imagine you are Ron Wilson. Your team is three points out of the playoffs after being left for dead. You want to develop Gustavsson at the right pace. His talent, and his shortcomings, jump out. But do you ride Toskala in consecutive days, easing the load on your rookie while pinning your playoff chances on a veteran often trying to rebound from ineffective play and injuries?

Or do you throw Gustavsson in and hope he negotiates the dangerous ground between becoming less active and more poised?

In professional sports, fairness isn’t a frequently used word. Maybe that’s because no matter what you do, it seems impossible to reckon who you are being fair to.

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Senators Want To Make Sure Alfredsson Is Healthy Enough To Play For Sweden

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from Pierre LeBrun or ESPN,

Murray and Alfredsson have a tremendous relationship and will need to draw on that in four to six weeks when the veteran star winger is scheduled to return from a shoulder injury. If it’s six weeks, it will be right on the eve of the Olympic Games, and that makes the Sens nervous.

“That’s the whole thing, it’s right on the bubble,” Murray told ESPN.com from the world junior championships in Saskatchewan.

So Murray and Alfredsson had a chat a few days ago to make sure everybody is on the same wavelength.

“You know full well that we’re not going to hold Alfredsson back if he is healthy and ready to go. That’s not our intent,” Murray said. “In talking to Alfie, I just wanted to make sure that he’s back playing and somewhat healthy before he makes a commitment to go to there and have any further possible aggravation or whatever it may be. He’s a very caring guy. He’s a great team guy. He wouldn’t do it to jeopardize anything with our franchise, I know that. But he does want to play in the Olympics. He cares greatly, and he knows it’s probably his last kick at it.”

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, team+sweden

The Cost Of A Signature

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Chandler of Out of Bounds at NBC Sports,

Yes, the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin will be charging $150 per autograph at an appearance at a sports memorabilia store on Jan. 30, but that’s only if you want your jersey or helmet signed. For a card or a puck, it’s only $125; very reasonable I’m sure for all the young Caps fans out there.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

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