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Wings’ Hurting

via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Holmstrom, who was supposed to be on the first line with Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa, had back spasms. Little wonder, with all the cross-checks he takes in front of the net. Holmstrom took the pre-game skate but couldn’t go.

“I’m sure it’ll stiffen up on the bus to the airport and the flight, but we’ll see how it is,” Holmstrom said.

Kronwall has a sore ankle.

“I hurt it last game (Monday against the Oilers in Detroit) when I fell down with a player on top of me, and slid into the boards. Nothing major,” Kornwall said

Also missing the game was Wings TV color-man Larry Murphy.  His daughter was involved in a car accident and surgery is planned for today but a full recovery is expected.

Filling in for Murphy was Craig Simpson, who did a great job.  Sometimes it is nice to ‘hear’ a different voice in the booth and Simpson as always, was bang-on with his game analysis.

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Ruff Says Enough Of The Poor Games

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres spent most of October at or near the top of the NHL in goals-against average. They entered Thursday’s play just 16th at 2.83.

“The time is now,” Ruff said after Thursday’s practice in HSBC Arena. “This is not just a couple little mishaps. This is a stretch of poor games that has been poor in a lot of areas.

“. . . Every team will have a segment of season where your goaltending will be tough, your special teams won’t get the job done, offensively you can’t seem to score. In an 82- game season, you deal with all these highs and lows and there’s never a team that doesn’t go through them. Maybe this is our little segment but now is the time to come out of it.”

The Sabres started November with back-to-back shutouts. Since then, they’ve been pillaged for 29 goals in just six games.

more

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Billy Tibbetts Done With The EPHL

from the News-Times,

The Billy Tibbetts era is over in Danbury.

The Mad Hatters, Danbury’s newest professional hockey team, suspended the troubled forward for an unspecified violation of team rules, Danbury general manager Brendan Tedstone and Eastern Professional Hockey League commissioner Jim Riggs confirmed Thursday.

The team officially suspended Tibbetts on Monday and he subsequently left the team on his own accord, Tedstone said.

Tedstone said it is team policy to not discuss the nature of personnel matters….

“I don’t think you’ll see him back in the league,” Tedstone said. “It’s not the standard of living he is used to. I’ve heard he’s already been contacted by IHL and SPHL teams.”

read on

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  Tags: billy+tibbetts

The Game Of Hockey In Nashville

from Dan Ellis of the Nashville Predators at the Hockey News,

You would think after 10 years of hockey the city of Nashville would be crazy about the sport, but that’s not necessarily the case.

I think our ownership group has done a good job emphasizing a connection to the local community to get support. Now the team just needs to continue to have success and bring more and more fans out.

continued

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  Tags: dan+ellis

How Is the Coaching So Far

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

The elite ...
… or the men who get the most out of their rosters, regardless of how good (or otherwise) those rosters are.

Mike Babcock, Detroit
Any quarrel here? Other than the fact that the rich got richer, which isn’t his “fault”? His broad-based background, his Stanley Cup résumé, his adaptability all add up to this: He should be at the top, or near the top, of any list. Stock: Up.

Jacques Lemaire, Minnesota
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You’ve got to give the devil—or ex-Devils coach—his due.

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Wide Open Calder Race

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL’s rookie race looks nothing like what the preseason pundits predicted.

Steven Stamkos, Kyle Turris and Fabian Brunnstrom were far and away the leading September picks to challenge for the Calder Trophy this season.

Someone forgot to tell Derick Brassard, Kris Versteeg, Mikhail Grabovski, Jakub Voracek and Patrik Berglund—the top five scoring rookies through Wednesday night.

Fellow rookie forwards Blake Wheeler, Mikkel Boedker and Oscar Moller also have been impressive as the NHL season reaches its quarter pole, as have first-year blueliners Alex Goligoski, Drew Doughty and Luca Sbisa.

Still, let’s be honest here. For the first time since the lockout, the NHL has a wide-open rookie race without the big-name attraction.

read on

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Questioning Ottawa

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

• The issue is how long Senators owner Eugene Melnyk will tolerate an underachieving team? Will Bryan Murray trade (not easy) Jason Spezza? (Edmonton is said to be a possibility.) Will Murray go the Tampa route and can Craig (Hardly Inspirational) Hartsburg? How safe is Murray? The Sens are home Thursday (Montreal) and Saturday (Rangers). By Sunday Melnyk will have had enough time to pick his route; especially if his club is in a rout!

• Has it dawned on any of the Ottawa genius fans who booed Wade Redden that his absence is one reason why their Senators are plumbing the NHL depths?

more hockey topics from Stan…

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At The Quarter Mark

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

San Jose Sharks: A-plus

The current gold standard for Stanley Cup contenders. But, of course, we’ve heard that story before when it comes to San Jose, haven’t we? The Sharks have jelled surprisingly well under rookie coach Todd McLellan and, as of midweek, have yet to lose in regulation at home. Dan Boyle is doing what GM Doug Wilson thought he would on the back end and forward David Setoguchi is another homegrown gem. As always, the question is whether they can bring it come April when the pudding is on the table.

Detroit Red Wings: A

Stanley Cup hangover? What hangover?

read on for a report on every NHL team.

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The NHL Hour with The Maven

Veteran hockey writer, broadcaster and historian Stan Fischler will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.  The show is on now, from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

Note: The player for the live feed is embedded below, in case anyone finds that handy.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, nhl+hour, podcast, xm+radio

Coming Soon to the NHL Network

Adam Proteau at The Hockey News comes up with some “lighter fare” entertainment shows for the NHL Network.  A sample:

Dirty Sexy Money: Featuring Ryan Hollweg, Carrie Milbank and the Maple Leafs’ profits.

Mad Men: Noted goons Andre Roy, Colton Orr and Ben Eager reveal the secret methods that help them turn frothy-mouthed seething into hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in salaries.

Read on for more shows ideas.

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