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Novel Needed

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from the NY Times,

What accounts for the marginal place of hockey in the world of American professional sports? Might it not, in the end, have something to do with its marginal place in the world of American letters? While the literatures of boxing and baseball are vast, and basketball (John McPhee's "Sense of Where You Are") and football (Don DeLillo's "End Zone," H. G. Bissinger's "Friday Night Lights") also have their classic texts, hockey remains comparatively undocumented.
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Lemaire Thinking About Every Point In Standings

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via the Star Tribune (Tuesday edition, reg. req.),

The Wild isn't the only team that will be missing Olympic players tonight. When Detroit visits San Jose, a team one point behind the Wild in the standings, the Red Wings will be without Swedes Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom, Mikael Samuelsson and Niklas Kronwall. "That's fair," Lemaire said, sarcastically. "That's fair. And then after you're going to ask me if I like the Olympics." For the record, Lemaire doesn't.

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Strength Of Schedule

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USA TODAY analyzed the stretch run schedule to determine who faces the biggest challenge. Factors were the number of road games, the average home and road wins of their opponents, the number of games against plus-.500 teams and teams 10 games over .500, the number of back-to-back games and how many Olympians are on their team.
Very interesting to see who may have an easier run at the playoffs...the chart is at the bottom of the Hurricanes article which is also a good read from Kevin Allen. update 7:33pm, Another article from Mr. Allen who must have had some spare time will in Turin, this one about the trade deadline and who may be available-
Trade-deadline day is a major event on the NHL calendar and is treated like a holiday in Canada. TSN, the Canadian equivalent of ESPN, spends hours covering it. Most people around the league don't want to see trade-deadline day lose its luster because it has such high fan interest.
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Report- Primeau Season Over

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from the AP via the Centre Daily Times,

Flyers captain Keith Primeau will sit out the rest of the regular season nearly four months after suffering another concussion, a person in the NHL with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday.
more...and TSN reports the Flyers will have a press conference tomorrow morning to address this issue...

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Information Overload- NHL Style

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from the NHL,

Through 863 games in 2005-06, there had been 418 lead changes, compared to just 334 over the same span of 2003-04 ... There were 84 lead changes in the third period, compared to 59 in 2003-04 ... Ten games featured three or more lead changes, compared to just one in 2003-04
read on...all kinds of stats, milestones, etc...

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Swedish Wings Look Happy

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Picture via the Afton Bladet...I wonder if Homer gave another "Let's Party" quote!!! image

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Late Arriving Players Could Be Docked Pay

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from the AP & TSN,

Sources tell TSN that if any Olympic players, Swedes or otherwise, don't return to their NHL team in time to play regular season games the players may be docked pay for the number of days they are absent. Individual NHL teams have the right to overlook a player’s unavailability if they so choose, but the NHL has made it abundantly clear all NHL players, as per the Olympic agreement, are supposed to be back with their NHL teams by no later than tonight.
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Could Lidstrom Hang Em Up

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Bill at Abel to Yzerman brings up the topic of Lidstrom retiring if the Wings win the cup this year? Very interesting but not a topic Wings fans want to hear. One thing to keep an eye on is Lidstrom's contract talks. We know Holland will not negotiate when the playoffs start, but getting Lidstrom signed is key to the future success of the team.

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Heroes Arrive In Sweden

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from the Afton Bladet (to translate the page, use this)... update 11:42am, from the AP via Fox Sports,

Sweden's hockey team touched down in Stockholm Monday to celebrate its Olympic gold medal, even though many of its stars would be hard pressed to return to their NHL clubs in time for the season resumption.
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Will Gretzky Step Down

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Insiders indicate Wayne Gretzky will wash his hands of the Canadian Olympic team for 2010, opening the door for Kevin Lowe to take over.
Also from Francis in the same article,
Word out of the Canadian hockey team's dressing room is Jarome Iginla and Todd Bertuzzi were two of the hardest hit by the loss to Russia. Iginla sat stunned in full gear for more than 20 minutes before undressing. With tears in his eyes, Bertuzzi apparently apologized to all his teammates for his interference penalty that led to the game winner.

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