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One Month to Go

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN:

The NHL’s regular season wraps up exactly one month from today. The playoffs begin three days later.

“Everyone on our team will be really excited, maybe even more than last year,” Detroit Red Wings winger Daniel Cleary told ESPN.com. “Because we have something to prove. The Cup is still ours and we feel that it doesn’t belong to anybody else.”

Sixteen teams have a shot at Lord Stanley’s prize starting April 15. This week, ESPN.com spoke to the 10 teams we believe have the best shot at winning it all. In order of current standings:

Western Conference
1. San Jose Sharks:
The Sharks roared out of the gates this season and only recently finally showed signs of vulnerability. It might be because they can see the playoffs around the corner and want to get there now.

read on

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Two Goalies In The Calder Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Pollard of TSN,

Nashville’s Pekka Rinne is giving the Blue Jackets’ Steve Mason a run for top rookie honours. Both have helped put their teams in a position to make the playoffs this year. For Columbus it would be the franchises maiden voyage into the post-season.

There’s not much to choose from when comparing the goaltenders numbers wise.

Other than shutouts, Rinne’s numbers are better or almost identical to Masons.

That being said, when forced to make a choice my support leans to Mason.

read on and more NHL topics (fighting and Daniel & Henrik Sedin)...

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  Tags: pekka+rinne, steve+mason

Sutter Will Wait Until Season Is Over To Decide His Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

I was reluctant to ask Devils coach Brent Sutter about it again, but after the story in the National Post in Canada made it seem like he might be leaning toward leaving the Devils after this season, I brought it up to him again after today’s morning skate.

“That’s not the case,” Sutter said when I asked him if some people’s perception that he might be leaving was true. “I evaluate my situation at the end of each year and I always have. People have asked me, ‘Is it hard being away from the hockey team (the Red Deer Rebels)? Is it hard being away from my family?’ Yeah, it is. But it was hard last year and if I stay it will be hard next year. What I said is I’m going to re-evaluate at the end of the year, which I did last year and which I’ve done since 1999. That’s how I approach it.

“I coach year to year and then evaluate my situation on the coaching side of it and evaluate my situation on the family side of it and decisions will be made at that point. Until then, there’s nothing to talk about.”

continued

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  Tags: brent+sutter

BGSU Hockey In Trouble

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you don’t wander over to the KK Members’ Blog area….

My name is Jeremy Pellek and am a Senior at Bowling Green State University. In light of the current tough economic times, and lack of state funding, BGSU will experience a $6-10 million budget shortfall for this coming fiscal year. As it stands now, many part-time employees will be let go after the school year ends, but further cuts need to be made to negate this substantial loss of money. Recently, it has surfaced that one possible cut may come in the form of the varsity hockey program.

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BGSU Hockey In Jeopardy

Blog: KK Members Blog By OHWingsFan40

Dear KK Readers,

My name is Jeremy Pellek and am a Senior at Bowling Green State University. In light of the current tough economic times, and lack of state funding, BGSU will experience a $6-10 million budget shortfall for this coming fiscal year. As it stands now, many part-time employees will be let go after the school year ends, but further cuts need to be made to negate this substantial loss of money. Recently, it has surfaced that one possible cut may come in the form of the varsity hockey program. While the hockey program has struggled on the ice the past decade, it remains rich in history and tradition, and provided the school with it’s only NCAA National Championship in 1984.

Bowling Green competes in the CCHA against the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, etc. It’s arena is considered one of the oldest and run down buildings in all of college hockey. As programs like Miami OH and Notre Dame have built new facilities, Bowling Green has fallen behind in terms of recruiting and winning teams. The university originally allotted money for arena renovations, but unfortunately this money has been taken off the table, while alumni donations for the Stroh Center, a new facility for the basketball programs have been collected.

Bowling Green’s hockey tradition includes current NHLers Rob Blake, Ken Klee, Kevin Bieksa, coaches Jerry York of Boston College, Ron Mason, former AD at Michigan State, and current coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins Dan Bylsma. Other notable alumni include Capitals GM George McPhee, play-by-play announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick, and Ken Morrow and Mark Wells from the Miracle on Ice team.

If you are on Facebook, we urge you to join the group created to save BGSU hockey.
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=71342390743&ref=mf

Also, you are welcome to join the discussion on the BGSU fan board.
The loss of a national champion in college hockey will have very negative consequences for the sport. We encourage any and all hockey fans to help us keep college hockey alive at Bowling Green.

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  Tags: bowling+green, ccha

Gainey On The Hot Seat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

...Thus Gainey punched Carbonneau’s ticket, complaining that the team has been emotionally disengaged in how they play the game. That’s sinful for the Habs. It was fatal for their coach.

Gainey must absolutely haul Montreal deep into the post-season or likely follow Carbonneau out the door.

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  Tags: bob+gainey

Key Games Left

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Teams are still in the fight to make the playoffs.

A few teams have some major group of games against an opponent that may decide their fate.

The Rangers have four games left against Philadelphia.  Carolina plays New Jersey three times.  Columbus and St. Louis meet three more times this season and Columbus has four game left against Chcago.  Lastly, Anaheim has three games against San Jose and Vancouver faces Colorado three times.

Below is the Conference Standings as of this morning.

Continue Reading »

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Both Teams Need Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets face off tonight in a compelling matchup as both teams keep clawing away in their bid to make the playoffs.

You have to love these stretch-drive, playoff-type games—two teams that need the points so bad.

For Bill Guerin and Antoine Vermette, the meaningful games are a welcome change after spending most of the season on teams headed nowhere.

“You know what, it’s been a lot of fun so far,” Guerin, acquired by the Penguins last Wednesday, told ESPN.com yesterday. “I’ve been having a blast, I really have. The games have been so exciting. We’re right in the thick of things and, for me, it’s nice to have these big games of importance.”

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Jack Edwards Now In Charge Of Diving Calls

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Edwards of Bruins Blog at NESN,

Kristian Huselius dove on Tuesday night. He did it to try to help his team win. The two points went to Columbus, and the Blue Jackets were happy in their room. The points will disappear into the account in the NHL standings, pad the stack and may put Columbus into the playoffs for the first time when all is said and done.

I have no idea what Huselius’ teammates said to him after the game, but I know this:  If you pulled that crap on the kids in my neighborhood, you wouldn’t even get picked the next game. Nobody would have wanted you on his team. You could sit and think about being such a dink.

Actions define character. No matter what Huselius does from here on out, this one’s stuck on him like that slimy smile on Mike Ribeiro’s face in the spring of ‘04.

My spleen is vented, but Huselius left an indelible impression. While his teammates earned a win, he won himself a tag: diver.

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Hockey While Incarcerated

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Best team name of a prison team in Siberia- Wanted!

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