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In The Playoffs Today?  Good Chance Your Team Will Stay There

via Mark Hermann of In the Crease at Newsday,

NHL teams have studied the ebb and flow of seasons and realized that teams that are in playoff position at Thanksgiving are often in the playoffs at the end of the season. Last year, only four of the 14 teams that were out of playoff position at the late November holiday eventually got into the playoffs.

So much for making a late charge. The thinking seems to be that with the point for an overtime loss, it gets harder and harder for teams to make up a lot of ground the later it gets. It also adds to the urgency that teams feel to get off to a good start.

In any case, it’s worth clipping out the standings today and seeing how they stack up with the final standings.

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Lemaire vs. Turco

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,

“Turco pushed the net,” Lemaire said. “It’s the third time that Turco does that, just against us. He goes like he’s going to stumble, and he just lays on the post, that’s what he does. It’s a trick, but now they’ll know. Next time, they’ll watch.”...

When told that Lemaire said that historically speaking, Turco had a history of doing that, Turco replied:

“When he played, they had steel pegs in there, and the net wasn’t coming off, And I don’t know how many times he was in front of the net, anyway…historically speaking.”

more

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  Tags: jacques+lemaire, marty+turco

Weber At The Top Of His Game

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

After an injury-marred season in 2007-08 slowed his progress and raised questions about his potential, the big blueliner is delivering like never before.

(Shea) Weber’s combination of powerful slap shots and punishing hits mean he is likely to become the first Predators draft pick to earn a spot in the NHL All-Star game.

And if Weber keeps up the pace he set in the first quarter of the season, he’ll be a serious candidate for the Norris Trophy, given to the league’s best defenseman.

“Right now he’s the total package,’’ said Versus broadcaster John Forslund, who saw Weber in person the past two games.

“His whole game seems to be in place right now, and he seems to be the kind of guy you want to build around for years to come. This kid could really be a monster player — a really physical guy that can also play offensively.’‘

read on

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  Tags: shea+weber

Khabibulin Injured - Status Unknown

from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

We might not know until Friday how badly Nikolai Khabibulin and Aaron Johnson are hurt.

Khabibulin went down in the final minute of the second period of Wednesday’s 3-2 OT loss to the Sharks with what appeared to be a groin or hamstring problem. Joel Quenneville didn’t know if Khabibulin would be examined Thursday in San Jose, where the Hawks were to practice, or if he would need to return to Chicago.  If the injury is serious, Cristobal Huet would vault into the spotlight and we’d likely see Antti Niemi recalled from Rockford to be the backup.

continued

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  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

Happy Thanksgiving From The KK Crew!

For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, both here in the States and abroad, we wish you a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

Please be safe throughout the day and night and do remember to pass the car keys if need be.

I will be around this morning, although maybe a little later than normal and will stick around until 3pm or so, then it is off to dinner with the relatives and friends.

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Ducks Make Moves To Call-Up Backup Goalie

from Chris Foster of the LA Times,

The Ducks find themselves doing a salary-cap tap dance again.

Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere returned to Montreal because of a personal situation unrelated to hockey and will not rejoin the team until Sunday when the Ducks play at Carolina. That left the Ducks needing a backup goaltender for Friday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Honda Center.

Team officials had to move money, and bodies, around. Defenseman Brett Festerling will be sent back to Iowa today to make space under the cap to recall goaltender David Leneveu.

The NHL would have allowed a player exemption for the Ducks, who are at the 23-man limit. But the team is currently only about $400,000 under the NHL’s $56.7-million salary cap. The NHL minimum salary is $475,000.

more

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  Tags: jean-sebastien+giguere

Early Cup Favorites

from TSN,

With a quarter of the season gone, who is the favourite to win the Stanley Cup?

Bob McKenzie: “I’ll go with the Detroit Red Wings.  Stanley Cup hangover?  What Stanley Cup hangover?  We’re seeing that at the quarter point of the season that the Wings are just as effective as they were during the Stanley Cup playoffs, so I pick them to win the Cup.  Why?  Because we know they’ve done it before, as recently as last spring.”

John Tortorella: “I like the San Jose Sharks.  I said it at the beginning of the year, and I like the pick more after the first quarter.

more questions and answers from the TSN experts…

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Against the Odds

From Sunaya Sapurji at the Toronto Star:

[Gregg] Sutch, the Sarnia Sting’s rookie wrecking ball, was born with what doctors term “severe to profound” hearing loss. He uses a hearing aid in each ear to help amplify sound, but finds that once he’s on the ice his biggest asset is his finely honed hockey sense.

“I’ve learned to be a better hockey player,” says the affable 16-year-old. “To play this game you have to keep your head up and know what’s going on at all times. Because of my hearing impairment I’m not able to rely on the people who are around me. I’ve got to know myself where they are (on ice).”

Making an Ontario Hockey League roster in itself is difficult, but for Sutch to have accomplished his success with a hearing impairment is even rarer still.

read on

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  Tags: gregg+sutch, ohl, ontario+hockey+league

Bep Guidolin—Youngest Player to Ever Skate in the NHL—Dies

From the CP via TSN:

Armand (Bep) Guidolin, who at 16 became the youngest player to skate in an NHL game and later went on to coach Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, has died. He was 82.  Guidolin died Monday at a Barrie hospital, according to his family.

Guidolin, who was born in Thorold, Ont., made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins on Nov. 12, 1942, at the age of 16 years 11 months, becoming the league’s youngest player ever. The Bruins desperately needed his help to fill holes left by players who were serving in the Second World War.

He went on to play nine seasons in the NHL, recording 107 goals and 171 assists in 519 games with Boston, Detroit and Chicago.

more at TSN and his story at Legends of Hockey

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  Tags: bep+guidolin

Team Yashin vs Team Jagr

From Canwest via the Ottawa Citizen:

The inaugural Continental Hockey League All-Star Game will have an NHL ring to it.

The KHL announced on its website that the all-star game - which will be played outdoors at Moscow’s Red Square on Jan. 11 - will pit “Yashin Team” vs. “Jagr Team.”

The Yashin Team, headed by former Ottawa Senator and New York Islander Alexei Yashin, will feature players from Russia and former Soviet republics. Jagr Team, headed by former Pittsburgh Penguins great Jaromir Jagr, will be made up of non-Russian players.

The format was decided by fan voting on the KHL website. The KHL announced Wednesday that 50.13 per cent of voters favoured the Yashin vs. Jagr format, while 49.87 per cent favoured a more tradition West vs. East format.

read on

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  Tags: khl

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