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Streaky Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Milton of the Hamilton Spectator,

Since returning from its lockout with a salary cap, new rules, shootouts, consistent personnel turnover and increasing parity, the NHL has become a league of streaks. Good ones and bad ones.

And few teams are immune from the streakiness, where a good team can lose four in a row in the blink of an eye, where one of the lesser teams can reel off five straight wins against better opponents.

There are 17 teams that have already had at least one winning streak of four games or longer and at least one losing streak of four games or longer. Many have had more than one of each.

And, of the remaining 13 teams, most have come close to that kind of double and may hit it before the end of the year.

There are only six teams in the league that haven’t lost at least four in a row and they are Boston, Calgary, Chicago, and San Jose—four of the top five teams in the league—the rising Dallas Stars and the New York Rangers, who have Henrik Lundqvist to terminate potential losing streaks. Of those teams, only San Jose hasn’t lost three in a row.

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Avs Dmen That Could Be Moved

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

My money has been on Clark as the Av most likely to be traded, but now I’m starting to wonder about Liles. Yeah, he’s making a big ticket, for this year and the next three. But teams are going to like his “promise” tag, and he’s having a pretty good year so far. Don’t forget, the Avs have a few kids in their system who they feel will be just as good as Liles - or better. At the top of that list is Boston University sophomore Kevin Shattenkirk.

The Avs need some forward help, and one of their several marketable defensemen should bring in something decent in that area.

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The Canucks Fighting Debate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis has denied claims by defenceman Shane O’Brien that he was asked to fight more often.

Gillis, head coach Alain Vigneault and two other Canucks executives met with all of the team’s players last week to address a prolonged losing string — now eight consecutive games and nine in a row on home ice.

O’Brien, fresh off a benching during a 4-3 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild last Saturday, said that in his meeting, the GM instructed him to fight.

“In no uncertain terms was he told he had to fight,” Gillis said last night. “How he ever got that message is unbeknownst to me. He clearly misinterpreted the message that we were trying to send, that each player has to be accountable and work hard individually.”

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Rangers Honor Adam Graves Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

They and we are honor ing a role model at the Garden tonight, honoring a superior Ranger who was and is a greater New Yorker than he was a hockey player, honoring Adam Graves for who he is as an individual, and not merely what he was on the ice.

He embodies all the qualities we wish for our children to inherit; generous, selfless and genuine. He is the friend you’d trust with your life.

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Kings GM On Gauthier Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Here’s general manager Dean Lombardi on the suspension:  “We didn’t believe he deserved a penalty, let alone a suspension. When you stop the tape, his elbow is clearly down and at the point of contact, his feet are on the ice. They both ended up halfway up the boards, so it’s not a charge….”

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Morning Line With Video Evidence

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“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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