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Smyth Return Close

from the Edmonton Sun,

Ryan Smyth has been medically cleared to play.
Whether or not he’ll suit up tomorrow when the Edmonton Oilers host the Los Angeles Kings, however, has yet to be determined.
“You feel hungry, you want to be out there and you want to be a part of it and contribute badly,” Smyth said.
“But you don’t want to get out there and set yourself back, and that’s what I fear probably the most.
“I know if it was a desperate situation I’d probably play through it. But I don’t want to be hampering the team or getting hit again and knocking myself out for a couple or three weeks again.”

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Buffalo Greets AO

from the Buffalo News,

Ovechkin and Briere angrily went face-to-face during a stoppage in play late in the first period, but it was broken up before it escalated. Ovechkin reiterated during the morning that the boarding penalty was accidental.
“Everybody knows I’m not a dirty player, and it’s just one hit in people’s career. It was just an accident,” he said.

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Some folks are claiming Briere speard Ovechkin last night, you be the judge...

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A Beautiful Thing

from the Tennessean,

St. Louis goalie Manny Legace said he was glad to see the Blues stand up for their teammates, even if it meant spending time in the penalty box.
“We’ve got each other’s back,’’ Legace said. “No one is just going to run around (against us). I don’t care who it is.
“We have a donkey (Tootoo) out there running around, just trying to kill our guys, not even playing hockey. Guys sticking up for each other is a beautiful thing.’‘

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Giguere Not Happy With Schedule

from the LA Times,

Jean-Sebastien Giguere left the ice after injuring his groin during the second period against San Jose on Tuesday night. Giguere then lashed out at the NHL for scheduling games immediately after a league-wide two-day break for the Christmas holiday.
“I wish the NHL would stop doing that, where you have to travel in the morning and then hurry up and get to practice and then play that game,” Giguere said. “It’s just a tough way to play a game.

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Flyers Need Points

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

They trail the eighth seed - Washington - by 19 points, and the season has not reached the halfway mark.
“We have 20 points; we have to get 70 more to have any kind of chance,” Knuble said. “We have to start doing something. I think 90 is what we will need to get in.
“There is an old saying: You have to beat teams above you to gain ground. For us right now, that is everybody.”

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Too Much

from the Province,

For some folks, divisional play is a lot like Christmas dinner.
That first plateful or two makes your mouth water and you can’t wait to dig in, but when the Yuletide feast is followed by a week of turkey sandwiches, turkey pot pie, turkey soup and turkey a la king ... well, a plain old peanut butter and jam sandwich starts sounding pretty good.
Critics figure it’s the same thing in the NHL. After Tuesday night’s tilt at the Saddledome and tonight’s return engagement at Vancouver’s GM Place, for instance, the Flames and Canucks will have been force-fed to one another four times in a 19-day stretch.

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Looking At Phoenix

from John Buccigross at ESPN,

...Passion: This is where everything starts. Is there enough here? Does Wayne fly home too much to California? Is he a constant presence around the practice rink? Is living in California and working in Arizona good for him, his family and the Coyotes? Is he the first one off the ice sometimes at practice? Are the players convinced he is preparing them as if he had little net worth and his future net worth depended on winning now and in the future?

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Injuries In Columbus

via the AP,

The Columbus Blue Jackets placed goaltender Pascal Leclaire on injured reserve on Tuesday and recalled goaltender Ty Conklin and forward Joakim Lindstrom from the club’s American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse.
The club also said right winger Anson Carter will miss up to two weeks with a sprained shoulder.

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Follow The WJC

Bill Meltzer of NHL.com is blogging from the WJC in Sweden.
Make sure to check out his numerous reports on a daily basis.

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