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Hockey Bloggers And Their Stats

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie Fitzpatrick of Jamie’s Hockey Blog at About.com,

With a few exceptions, mainstream hockey reporters no longer dismiss the Internet as a wasteland of inarticulate fanboy rants and lame trade rumors.

There’s a growing acceptance of hockey blogs as part of the essential reading in today’s NHL.

A gulf remains between bloggers and traditional hockey media. The best newspaper reporters and broadcasters remain the best sources for news and perspective.

But the bloggers have their strengths as well. One field where they are well ahead of the guys in the press box is in the use of hockey statistics.

continued & as an added feature, if you click the first link in Jamie’s blog, you get to see IwoCPO of A2Y in action from a feature HNIC did on bloggers a few seasons ago.  Also The Puck Stops Here gets a mention along with numerous other blogs.

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Datsyuk Day To Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Pavel Datsyuk (upper-body injury) did not practice and will not play tonight against the Kings. He is listed as day-to-day.

“He’ll be missed, but other players will get a chance to play more, get a chance on the power play,’’ Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. “So someone else has to step up.’‘

more on the Wings

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On-Ice Officials Get Injured Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

Much is written about toughness in the NHL; the players who fearlessly drop in front of pucks, speed into corners to negate icings and drive to a well-guarded net to earn a scoring opportunity.

But it doesn’t end with just the players. Referees are also in harm’s way and there have been a few freak injuries that would make even the most courageous skater cringe.

“I got a puck in the face in 2002,” said linesman Steve Miller. “It broke my orbital bone and the nose at the top. That was my biggest injury; I spent three nights in a New Jersey hospital. The first night they got me stabilized; I was in a trauma unit. Then they did the surgery the next day and they put a plate with seven screws in my face – they put my face back together.”

continued with more unfortunate incidents…

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A Defence That Will Break Down

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Early in the season, it is interesting to watch the number of shifts and playing time of players on various teams.  When a team is overplaying a handful of key players early in the season, it is quite likely that these players will fatigue and break down over the course of the year.  This is a cause of concern.  The team with the largest area of concern in this area is the Philadelphia Flyers defence.  The three leading players in shifts per game, at this point in the season, are Braydon Coburn, Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger.  They have 35.4, 34.4 and 33.6 shifts per game played respectively.  Pronger tends to play longer shifts - so he is their icetime leader despite fewer shifts.

This is a situation that will likely not be able to be kept up all season. These players will break down from overwork.  This becomes even more likely when one considers that Pronger is 35 years old and Timonen is 34.  Both are on the downsides of their careers where injuries become more likely.

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Isn’t Always About The Money?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News,

We’re deep into a “he said-he said” situation here with our friendly satellite carriers—Dish Network and DirecTV.

Dish and Fox Sports Southwest can’t agree on 20 Stars games _ about one quarter of the season _ that have been taken from Channel 27 and added to the FSSW schedule this season. For now, those games will be carried by all the cable systems and DirecTV but not Dish. So why won’t Dish carry them? Dish subscribers missed out on last night’s Stars romp over Nashville. You can be sure the grievance between Dish and FSSW is all about $$$$.


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  Tags: directv, dish

Detroit News: Lebda Will Save Us All

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update: Find a bag, puke in it, and put it next to a co-worker’s desk. Datsyuk’s out tonite.

So much brilliance out there.  It intimidates me.  Have you seen this? Comment if you’d like. It made me chuckle. 


Yes, now that I think about it with my pharmacist’s coat on…the Wings will be much, much better with Lebda in there.

That’s your Detroit News with their finger on the pulse.

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Lighthouse Project Not Dead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newsday,

New York Islanders owner Charles Wang denounced a report Thursday saying he was ending efforts to build the Lighthouse Project.

“There’s no truth to the story,” Wang said in an interview Thursday morning. “It’s bogus. There are no plans to abandon the project.”

continued and that is why I did not post the story last night claiming the project was dead…

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  Tags: charles+wang

He’s Done It!

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Wayne Gretzky broke a slew of records during a singular Hall of Fame career that literally rewrote the NHL’s record book, but none were as bittersweet as the biggest record of them all—the career points total.

Twenty years ago today—Oct. 15, 1989—Gretzky, then with the Los Angeles Kings, scored a goal against his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, to give him 1,851 points—a mind-boggling total considering Gretzky was in his just 11th NHL season.

continued and Bob Miller with the call in the video…

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  Tags: wayne+gretzky

Havlat Day To Day With Groin Issue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Michael Russo of the Star Tribune has the story of the Wild loss to the Ducks and also the loss of Havlat.

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  Tags: martin+havlat

Keith Aucoin Recalled By Capitals

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled center Keith Aucoin from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey league (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Aucoin, 30, is a ninth-year pro who stands 5’9”, 162 pounds. The Waltham, Mass., native has played in four games for Hershey and ranks third on the Bears in scoring with one goal and four assists. Last season Aucoin recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in 12 games with Washington, including five points (two goals, three assists) in the final seven games of the season. He has played in 65 career NHL games with the Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes, recording seven goals and 14 assists.

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