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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“It’s hard to jump into a team midway through the season,” said Forsberg, in an interview. “It’s never happened to me before because I’ve always been on a team that made the playoffs. I don’t think I’ve played as good as I want to, but it’s starting to get better. I’m starting to get used to my teammates and line-mates, so it should go uphill from here.”
The problem, from Nashville’s perspective, is that they haven’t had a chance to get their full team together since making the Forsberg trade. They currently have three top-nine forwards (Steve Sullivan, Martin Erat and Scott Hartnell) out of their line-up, with relatively serious injuries. Nashville’s strength is its balanced three-line attack. Forsberg is one point shy of 50 for the season; when he reaches that mark, he will be the eighth Predators’ forward to do so this season.
murch more on the Preds plus some NHL & PA talk…
from Versus via Sports Business Daily,
Versus earned a 0.4 cable Nielsen rating for Monday night’s Rangers-Penguins game, making it the most-watched NHL regular-season telecast ever for the net and the biggest Monday 7:00-9:45pm ET slot ever outside of the NHL playoffs and Tour de France. Versus earned a 0.9 in N.Y., its highest ever for that market, and a 6.1 in Pittsburgh.
The making of the “Road Trip” video.
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Concussions are no laughing matter. We all know that. But the stuff leading up to the concussion part pretty much is. Well, if it’s not exactly funny it’s, at the very least, entertaining. Now, before you start getting all sanctimonious on us – glorifying someone getting their grape squished – think about who’s buying all the Don Cherry Smack and Bleed DVDs, who temporarily delays his trip to the washroom when the No. 12 car flames out in Turn 4 and who also thinks Moe has gotten hitting Curly with an anvil down to an art form?
Yeah, you know who you are. One minute you’re suggesting the right cross instead of the uppercut and the next you’re “very concerned” that the poor boob on the ice has gone from being a 225-pound raging behemoth to an oversized, lumpy area rug - with roughly the same IQ. Basically, you’re what we call a sports voyeur. Admit it.
from Darren Dreger at TSN,
“Upper body, or lower body” have become the most oft used descriptive terms by team representatives in an effort to elude the prying media.
But, that’s about the change.
NHL general managers agreed to a policy change last month at the GM meetings in Florida and this week a memo has been distributed league-wide, outlining the new initiative to enforce teams be more forthcoming.
Teams are now being told to identify the approximate location, nature and severity of the injury.
from Damien Cox at his blog, The Spin,
For a guy who hadn’t played since October following back surgery, he looked fine, if neither imposing nor particularly dangerous and probably a little tentative.
At 32 years of age with a lot of water under the bridge, this is Bertuzzi’s best chance to re-establish himself as a top-flight NHL attacker. The Red Wings, unlike the Canucks when Bertuzzi was in Vancouver, are a team that relies on skill, speed and experience to win games, and at his best Bertuzzi has always been more of a finesse player than a muscleman.
Whether he can produce enough to stay with Datsyuk will be interesting to see. Henrik Zetterberg didn’t play for the Wings last night, so there was ice time available for Bertuzzi to take in a variety of offensive situations.
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News via Yahoo,
Commodore tapes the top of his stick to give him a better grip. Players also make a knob out of tape to help them know where the end of the stick is by feel and to keep the stick from flying out of their hands.
To make the sticks identical in length, Commodore makes a quick cut with a hacksaw where a current stick lines up with a new one. He then lays the longer stick on the table and saws through to make the sticks even (and perfect for his 6-4 frame).
Commodore also makes sure the bottoms of the sticks are smooth and the blade curves match. Players can curve their blades a maximum of three-quarters of an inch. Blades must be at least 2 inches wide at all points. A suspicious opponent can call for a stick measurement during a game and force a penalty if the stick is illegal.
By George Malik:
Collie “Keep Your Head Up” Campbell, who applies selective justice with all the deftness and aplomb of Boss Hogg from the Dukes of Hazzard, has declared that it’s time to start pondering whether the dangers of fighting outweigh its benefits:
‘‘This year we’ve had two players carried out on stretchers because of fair, consenting fights that had taken place. . . . It scares you,’’ said Campbell.
‘‘I think we, the players and the managers, have to look at this aspect of the game.’‘
from the Vancouver Province,
One is the detail-obsessed teacher oozing information, complete with endless binders, charts, graphs and diagrams.
The other is the star pupil with a voracious appetite to learn and an uncanny ability to process knowledge rapidly, taking it from the classroom to the crease to the game.
Together, goalie Roberto Luongo and his goalie coach Ian Clark have spent untold hours this season exchanging ideas, compromising and bonding, combining to help Luongo significantly adjust his game.
Two days after Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock criticized goaltender Dominik Hasek for diving on a play that led to the winning goal for Calgary, the two cleared the air in a private meeting Thursday morning.
“We explained to each other what we feel about it,” Hasek said. “I don’t agree with him that I embellished or whatever he said, but we were talking about it and I don’t have any problems with the coach. He called the meeting and he explained to me everything. No problems, no bad feelings from him to me or me to him.”
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