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GDT - Game # 68:  Red Wings host Flames (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Fifteen games left in the regular season for both of these Division leaders.  Despite the fact that the Wings are tied for 1st in the league, many Wings fans are rightly concerned about their inability to consistently play sound, defensive hockey (apparently many among the “19”, myself included, are subscribers to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs).  Fans of the Northwest Division leaders are rightly concerned about their teams play of late, losers of 3 straight.  It seems the Flames suffer from big-time defensive play issues too (2.97 GA/G) as well as problems scoring on the powerplay, and surrendering short-handed goals against.  Case in point, the Flames 3-2 loss to NJD on Tuesday night due in part to a Langenbrunner SHG.  In an effort to shake things up, Keenan pulled Miikka Kiprusoff 1 minute into the 3rd.

Anybody have any clues as to what might transpire on the ice tonight?  Me neither.  I’ll be watching though, the proverbial measuring stick game don’t you know.  I do know that Hossa is not playing and Conklin is starting.  More below if you are interested.

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They Play Hockey In Kandahar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Evanka Osmak of Sportsnet,

I had the unbelievable fortune of traveling to Kandahar last week to visit our troops. I was part of a larger group, Team Canada, made up of former NHL’ers, the musical group Glass Tiger and several others that made the journey. I left with nervousness and trepidation and returned one week later with a new appreciation and respect for our military. Not only are they fighting for peace in a war-ravaged country, but also trying to fight Tiger Williams in the rink! That alone is an accomplishment.

Our mission for the trip: boost morale. We did this by playing hockey, music and simply talking with the troops. It may have been one of the easiest, yet most difficult, jobs I’ve ever done.

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Give Me Hockey - The On-Ice Kind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I wrote a few days ago at NHL.com that I was thankful the trade deadline was over and now we could focus on the game, the game that is played on the ice.

I don’t know about you, but enough fighting talk, headshots talk and Bettman taking on Laraque talk.

Enough salary cap questions for next year, enough Jagr and Radulov may return talk, enough of everything not related to the games being played on the ice.

All the other stuff can wait until a team captain raises the Stanley Cup over his head. 

It is time to turn our focus on the game that is played on the ice.  I have had enough of coaches battling with media, GM’s with their multiple opinions and all the other stories going on behind the glass.

Focus everyone, focus on the game- on the ice!

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Foote Wanted To Wins So He Left Columbus For Colorado

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

One reason veteran defenseman Adam Foote wanted out of Columbus was that he wanted to win, and in the NHL that means — at the very least — making the playoffs.

A little more than a year after he was traded back to the Avalanche from the Blue Jackets, Columbus is in the thick of a fight for its first postseason berth and Colorado is in last place in the Western Conference, destined to be done playing when the regular season ends April 12.


“It’s tough,” Foote said Wednesday. “I don’t think anyone likes it. We have to keep trying to be better.

“You have to deal with it, and there are two ways to do it. You can mope around or keep working hard.”


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Gaborik May Or May Not Skate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tibune,

Gaborik, out since Jan. 5 following hip surgery, headed to Vail on Wednesday night to be examined by surgeon Marc Philippon.

Lemaire said, “He asked me to skate with us [this] morning.”

However, when told Gaborik said to a reporter he didn’t know if he would skate tonight, Lemaire said: “See, that’s why we can’t make a comment because we don’t know what’s going on. I guess if he feels like skating [today], if he wakes up and he feels like he can go and skate with us, he will. And if he wakes up and doesn’t feel that skating will be part of his day, he won’t.”

read on for more on Pierre-Marc Bouchard

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Cheaper Tickets & More Fans May Help Economic Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

What everyone expects to happen then is that many teams will spend below the cap next season, so when they are negotiating contracts this summer, they will be negotiating deals based on internal budgets and not on the cap (which could be at $56 million.

It will be very interesting to see what happens.

I believe players should get whatever they can, and that owners shouldn’t spend money they don’t have. I also believe that NHL players will be plenty happy with reduced salaries when those salaries are still in the millions of dollars.

The key to all of this is the NHL teams have to lower ticket prices to get fans back in the building. If they do that, then I honestly believe everything will work out fine for owners, players and fans.


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Records Within Reach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Tomasino of the NY Post,

The Devils are knocking on the door of history. That door could open tonight versus the Coyotes, when the Devils seek to win their ninth straight home game for the first time in club history.

Should they do so with Martin Brodeur in goal, the goalie will pull to within one victory of Patrick Roy’s all-time record of 551 and have a chance to tie the mark Saturday in Montreal, which is Brodeur’s hometown and the city in which Roy built his legacy.

Brodeur also is closing in on Terry Sawchuk’s record of 103 career shutouts. Brodeur has 100, including two in six starts since returning from elbow surgery. The Devils have won five of those starts.


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Rangers Compensatory Draft Pick For Cherepanov

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One under-reported decision that comes out of the GM meetings (although Mike Chen is reporting this) is the NHL’s decision to give a compensatory draft pick to the New York Rangers for the death of Alexei Cherepanov.

Cherepanov was drafted by the New York Rangers in the first round of the 2007 entry draft.  He was selected 17th overall.  Earlier this season he died, while playing a game in the KHL.  The Rangers never had a chance to sign him.  When a team fails to sign a first round draft pick the CBA gives them a compensatory draft pick.  If the pick was 17th overall in the first round, the compensatory pick will be the 17th selection in the second round.  Since Cherepanov died, the Rangers will not sign him.  Therefore the Rangers are getting a compensatory draft pick.  The New York Rangers will have the 17th selection in the second round.

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The Race Between San Jose & Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dickie Dunn at SanJoseSharks.com,

As for the breakdown between San Jose and Detroit, there is one difference in how they’ve reached their 96 points. The Sharks have reached the total in two more games. What does that mean? Let’s say San Jose finds three of four points in those two extra games and goes 10-5-0 the rest of the way. That would mean the boys from Hockeytown would have to win at a 12-3-0 pace to surpass the Sharks. In addition to the one point lead both have on Boston, Detroit has one game in hand and San Jose has three.

When looking at their respective schedules, it would appear San Jose could have the upper hand. In their 15 remaining contests, Detroit has nine games left against playoff squads and six against those currently on the outside looking in. San Jose’s 17 games contain only five against current playoff teams and 12 against teams who wouldn’t make it if the season ended today.

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He Did Edmonton Wrong

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples at the Cult of Hockey,

As I’ve suggested, the news of Pocklington’s arrest will come as no surprise to people in Edmonton, as Pocklington’s reputation was, shall we say, not the best in these parts. He was known to be a hard man to get to pay his bills, and that’s putting it kindly.

If I’m being a bit careful here in my description of Pockington, well, Canada has strict libel laws and, to be fair, in regards to these new U.S. charges, he’s innocent until proven guilty.

But in regards to Pocklington’s destruction of the Edmonton Oilers, there’s no doubt in my mind, the man is guilty. He ruined the best hockey team in the world. He traded Wayne Gretzky away like a piece of meat, as Paul Coffey so aptly put it back then. Then he “traded” away Mark Messier (I’ve always wondered if Pocklington got money in that Messier deal, too. I wonder if we’ll ever find out. I don’t know).

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