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Pre-season Stats Available

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Jes at Hockey Rants had pointed out NHL.com had not been providing stats on the pre-season games. Apparently they are doing so now, so it is a good spot to check out the vital stats die hard hockey fans are looking for..

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Datsyuk Expects To Be In Detroit Today

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An article in Thursday's Sport-Express in Russia said Datsyuk is planning to arrive in Detroit today. Translation:

Datsyuk intends to arrive in Detroit already tomorrow Pavel datsyuk it is going to arrive in Detroit already on Friday. "4 to the pair of days it dropped in home. I will gather things, purchase tickets and tomorrow, probably I will be there. Wife and daughter thus far remain here, in Ekaterinburg, and then they will arrive in me into Detroit. But my constant place of residence - this Russia. 4 even I do not want to change citizenship, I will try to live in Russia. Ekaterinburg - my second city, to change something thus far I do not plan ", reported today forvard" Detroit red of uingz "before the departure in THE USA.
I originally went on a hunt for some Kovalchuk news, but cannot get any information on him. I find it surprising all of the attention the Russian papers gave to Datsyuk, but hardly a peep on Kovalchuk. update 2:21pm, Thanks to Peter for finding the priceless picture!

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Avid Alabama Hockey Fans

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from usahockey,

Chris Crenshaw remembers the moment he realized that ice hockey had made it big in Alabama. The director of the Huntsville Silver Sticks had taken some of his players to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Since Alabama isn't known much for its hockey tradition, Crenshaw was somewhat stunned when he looked up and saw a puck with the logo of the University of Alabama-Huntsville, one of the few colleges in the South that plays Division I hockey. A few minutes later, at another display, he and his players saw a UAH jersey. It symbolized how important the game is in Alabama, a state that has never hosted an NHL game, but still is home to an avid hockey fan base.

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Bruins Talk Shootout

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from the Daily News,

Some fans love it. Hockey purists hate it. But whether they like it or not, players are quickly adapting to the new reality that ties are a thing of the past in the NHL. In one of the many sweeping changes being introduced this season, games deadlocked after a five-minute overtime will go to a shootout to determine a winner. In preparation, all exhibition games, regardless of the final score, are featuring a shootout this preseason. "I was kidding the guys that I don't want to show them too many moves before the season starts," said Bruins captain Joe Thornton, who was unsuccessful on his first shootout attempt Tuesday night against Toronto. "You might need to use some of those moves during the year. It's going to be fun. I don't think any fans left, so it's going to keep fans in the building."

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Yotes Outlook

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Phoenix team preview by Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Wayne Gretzky acknowledges that his decision to coach the Phoenix Coyotes initially may have fans spending a little too much time looking to see what's happening on the bench. But Gretzky was just as quick to note that you can't take your eyes off the ice – which, in the case of the Coyotes, shouldn't be much of a problem because Phoenix figures to ice the most competitive team in club history. "You know, ultimately, people are gonna watch the players," Gretzky said after signing on as coach. "Players are the guys people pay to see and pay to watch. ... The focus is the hockey team and everything that goes with that."

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College Hockey Cannot Afford A Slip-up

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from the Grand Rapids Press via Mlive,

For one shiny season in 2004-05, all of college hockey had the ice to itself, and the full attention of American hockey fans everywhere. Or did it? Contrary to what you might think, that ridiculous National Hockey League lockout that put the pro sport in the deep freeze for an entire year did little, if any, to help the college game. "I truly thought the lockout had a negative effect on our program, and on college hockey in general," said Ferris State coach Bob Daniels.

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NHL Carnival #9

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The newest version of the NHL Carnival is up at Bolts Mag. A fine read for any hockey lover. The 10th edition of the Carnival will be hosted right here at Kukla's Korner and I am anxious to get started.

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NHL Needs More Gumps, Black Jacks, Rockets

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Where have all the great nicknames gone? Face it: Nowadays, in the NHL, player nicknames lack originality. Gary Roberts is Robs. Joe Nieuwendyk is Nieuwy. Jarome Iginla is Iggy. And so on and so forth. There isn't anything descriptive in them. There isn't anything interesting in them. Khabibulin's nickname is one of the few in today's NHL that could stand up to the great nicknames of a bygone era — Punch Imlach, King Clancy, Rocket Richard and of course, maybe the best of all time, Max Bentley, the Dipsy Doodle Dandy from Deslisle. Decades ago, even journeymen players received nicknames, such as Claire (The Milkman) Alexander or Wayne (Swoop) Carleton.

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Flyers GM, Coach, Players & Media Still Upset With Penalties

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from the Delaware County Times,

The players are aggravated. The coaches are unhappy. Even the general manager thinks this might be a bit overzealous. The new rules in the NHL are creating quite a fervor across the league, and nowhere is it more beguiling than in the Flyers locker room. A day after a preseason game against the New York Islanders that saw 26 power-play opportunities between the two teams, it was all anyone cared to talk about.

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Martha Burk Doesn’t Like ‘My NHL’

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from the CP via TSN,

The organization that led efforts two years ago to allow women to be members of the prestigious Augusta National golf club is now targeting the NHL. Martha Burk, the chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, said she intends to write letters of protest to the league and to U.S. television network NBC over the NHL's advertising campaign, which is set to debut next week. Burk called offensive a 30-second ad the NHL produced to trumpet its return to the ice. The ad, which was unveiled Wednesday night during an event for the league's corporate partners, opens with a quote from a Chinese military philosopher. It shows a hockey player being dressed in his equipment by his female partner and ends with him walking to the ice. A young boy is shown cheering before the ad ends with the tagline My NHL. Burk said the ad is ''offensive on many levels''.
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