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Visiting Columbus

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from Jim Lang of Sportsnet,

The only way to adequately describe my road trip to Columbus, Ohio is to break it down into a number of fun and easy to read chapters. Chapter 4 - "Tim Horton's" - I always wondered what Christopher Columbus felt when he finally discovered America. I experienced much the same sensation when Rick and I discovered a Tim Horton's drive-thru after feeding our game day stories. For the first time in all my travels in the mighty US of A., I was able to get a decent cup of coffee. I can't wait to call my wife. Columbus has an NHL team, Tim Horton's and a Target store. If I ever have to move; I am coming to Columbus.
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Welcome To The Hockey Community

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ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews is dating an ECHL player. Time to step up to the NHL Erin. Erin can be seen on the sidelines today during the Iowa/Michigan football game on ESPN ABC. image

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Struggling Flames

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The theory is out there: The Calgary Flames -- check that, the struggling Calgary Flames -- are built too much for the 'old NHL.' Which means, they have no hope of being good enough in the 'new NHL.' It doesn't take Leonardo da Vinci to come up with that idea. After all, the Flames' best recent success came in the run to the Stanley Cup in 2004, the peak of the plodding, hook-and-hold, clutch-and-grab NHL. It doesn't look like they've changed their game plan.
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Yanking The Goalie

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

“It happened to me once, in my first year with the Islanders,’’ said Vancouver goalie Robert Luongo. “I let in nine against Pittsburgh and (Butch Goring)played me the whole game.’’ Not fun. “I think sometimes it’s better to take somebody out after three or four goals to change the momentum,’’ he said. “It’s tough on you mentally when you stay in the whole game and you let in nine.’’
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Win And They Will Come

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette via Canada.com,

On the other hand, I find it hard to agree with my pal Gary Bettman's view that "it's too early to be concerned about attendance around the league. It's a little premature two to three weeks into the season to be writing attendance stories," the commish told Los Angeles Times hockey writer Chris Foster. The reason for the lagging attendance was that "the schedule was a little different." Say what? A lot of things have changed in the new My NHL, but the constant has been that lagging attendance never has had anything to do with the schedule being "a little different." All you have to do is win.
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McKee Breaks Hand After Returning From Knee Injury

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via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues were just as amazed about the defeat, and for them it wasn't even the biggest loss of the night. Defenseman Jay McKee, who was making his Blues debut, suffered a broken hand on his third shift and will miss an estimated four to six weeks. McKee was blocking a shot off the stick of Rory Fitzpatrick when the puck hit him. "I don't know when that cloud is going to leave us," Blues coach Mike Kitchen said, referring to the string of injuries to the club's key defensemen over the last half-dozen years.
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Target Shooting

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from Uni Watch,

I was talking to a friend who works for [a company that does some number-crunching for the NHL]. He was telling me that they have data supporting the theory that teams with symmetrical logos, or more rounded logos, have a goaltender advantage. He said that they’ve noted a higher save percentage in goalies who have what they call a “target” logo...
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Is Philly Thinking Keenan?

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from the blog of George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Rumor has it, coach Ken Hitchcock and GM Bob Clarke could be on the outs. Maybe not fair, but that's life. Hitchcock, good buddies with JM by the way, won't have a problem finding another gig. Clarke either. Both have done a lot in their years, but the thought here is Philly's got a big problem and Snider isn't going to sit back and watch. And guess who's available, you know, to either coach or be the GM? You got it, Mike Keenan
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Raphael Watch

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I wonder if Raphael (wmp video) will show up at the Avs morning skate tomorrow- looking to beat Theodore. I still get a chuckle when I see that video. To refresh your memory, Raphael jumped over the boards during a Canadiens practice in early January and took a few shots at Jose. added 9:55pm, from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Jose Theodore is anxious to see how the Bell Centre crowd reacts when he takes to the ice Saturday night as starting goaltender for the Colorado Avalanche. "It's obviously something special," Theodore told a mob of reporters Friday before the Avalanche practice. "I don't know what to expect. "It's my first time back. It should be a great experience and a fun experience. I approach it like I want to play well and win, but it's not about proving that anyone made a mistake. It's just about me coming back and playing in my home town again."

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All The Answers

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Sometimes there are just those questions that demand answers. Over time my imagination comes up with I receive a lot of emails from people with a burning desire to know about something in hockey that’s been bugging them for a long time.... Now, on with the show… What nation is poised to be the next hockey superpower? As corny as this might sound: Iceland. Their whole country is covered in ice and they have perhaps the physically toughest humans on the planet. All the women look like men and the men look like bears, so you know they can take a punch or two.
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