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Goals Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A little over 6 minutes of all goals, the goals of the week.

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Sharks Hot At The Right Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

There isn’t a hotter team in the NHL right now than the San Jose Sharks and they don’t sound like they’re done winning, either….

“I feel like we’re peaking at the right time,” Thornton, named the NHL’s third star Monday after putting up seven points in four games last week, said on a league conference call.

“Really everybody is just playing really good hockey,” he added. “We don’t have have one thing necessarily that’s going incredibly well, we’re just playing every game real solid. Good defensive hockey. We’re getting production from our second, third and fourth lines. And obviously the acquisition of Brian Campbell really helped as well.”

read on

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Prague Welcomes The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

New York/Prague—The dream of bringing NHL hockey to Prague, Czech Republic, became a reality today as Prague Mayor Pavel Bem hosted representatives from the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning and the National Hockey League at the city’s Old Town City Hall. The group officially announced that as part of “NHL Premiere 2008” the Rangers and Lightning will open the 2008-09 NHL regular season with two games against each other Oct. 4th and 5th at the newly-named O2 Arena in Prague.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators will also open the 2008-09 regular season Oct. 4th and 5th in Europe, with two games in Stockholm, Sweden.

continued

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Kings Have Gone Mad

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom the Los Angeles Kings:

Starting Saturday at 9 a.m., vote for your favorite Kings players.  Sixty-four current/former Kings have been selected and will be apart of the bracket-style competition, “LA Kings Madness,” a special hockey/Kings “tribute” to basketball’s March Madness.

Fans will have the opportunity on LAKings.com to VOTE in each head-to-head player match-up as the Kings look to determine the club’s all-time Fan Favorite.

Go to the Kings website to check out the brackets, the rules and the schedule.  Some March Madness for hockey fans.

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The Next Outdoor Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have received a lot of emails today from people asking me about the talk of playing the next NHL outdoor game at Yankee Stadium.

My repeated answer, nothing has been decided yet and don’t look for an official announcement from the NHL in the near future.

They have put out feelers but way too early to make any site a lock for the game.

The godfather of hockey says Detroit will be involved while Blue Notes has some updated information.

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Playing with the Big Boys

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Amber at ESPN,

It’s not an accident that the average NHL player measures in at 6-foot-1 and 204 pounds. Still, in a game of strength and force, speed and grace are equally important. In this week’s 10 Degrees, we look at the best players under 6-foot and 200 pounds.

10. Ray Whitney, Carolina Hurricanes (5-foot-10, 180 pounds)
With 900 career NHL games under his belt, Ray Whitney has been one of the league’s more effective wingers. The seven-time 20-goal scorer made huge plays for Carolina during its Stanley Cup run two seasons ago, and Whitney continues to impress this season, ranking second in team scoring with 59 points.

continued…

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Blame the Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press,

As if the dismal Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t been heaped with enough scorn by hockey fans, the struggling squad may also be to blame for the recent cancellation of several high-profile CBC shows including, ironically, the steamy night-time NHL soap “MVP.”

The producer of “MVP” says she was recently warned by CBC programming director Kirstine Layfield that if the Leafs failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs this year, the public broadcaster’s arts and entertainment division would take a $10 million hit that would put some of the network’s much-heralded new shows at risk.

continued…

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Like Yours, Homer’s Groin Is Good To Go

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Last year we titled a post, “Massaging Your Groin Without Shame.”  That phrase applies today.  Many would say it applies every day. In fact, some would say it’s the state logo of Tennessee.  Not me.  I try to avoid insulting rival fan bases. 

My point?  Homer’s still got his eyesight and, apparently, his groin is ok too.

Anti-Digger

The ultrasound results are back and showed nothing wrong. The MRI results will be back later today.
Encouragingly, Holmstrom said that after feeling sharp pain Saturday, he felt better on Sunday and better still today.
“It feels better and better every day,” said Holmstrom. “Saturday was so bad. There was no way I could practice. I was worried.”
Holmstrom said that he hopes to be able to practice with the Red Wings, tomorrow.

 

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Jimmy D Jr.:  Pencil The Wings in For NYC

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

In the last few months Chris Chelios has become the live, local and late breaking news maker for Wing fans.  Blake to the Wings? Absolutely.  McCarty to the Wings? Yep.  Fedorov to the Wings? Sure.

Now?

Khan(!)

Wings defenseman Chris Chelios claims the Wings will be playing the Rangers in that rumored outdoor game at Yankee Stadium next season.

“I heard Detroit’s playing,’’ Chelios said after practice Monday. “Awesome, to be part of the last event at Yankee Stadium would be something special.’‘

“Not an exact date,’’ Chelios said. “I was talking to someone (who) mentioned that it might be a done deal already. I hope it is, anyway.’‘

 

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Fighting About Fighting

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeff Marek at CBC,

If you ever find yourself in a disagreement over hockey fights with someone make sure the first question out of your mouth is “if they took fighting out of the game, would you start to buy tickets?” If the answer is “no,” then the argument is over, walk away. Those are people that some in the NHL can reach and become the “new” hockey fan, I personally believe quite the opposite is true.

In the league’s quest to grow the sport and reach out and absorb more fans, they have also run the risk of alienating the ones who are paying the freight and keeping the lights on now. Thankfully the NHL has taken the right approach to fighting and quietly let it exist. Of course, there is the not-so-little issue of the instigator penalty, but that’s for another day.

more… including video links to a number of fights referenced

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