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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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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.”
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.
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?
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.
Bill Meltzer of NHL.com is blogging from the WJC in Sweden.
Make sure to check out his numerous reports on a daily basis.
NEW YORK (Dec. 26, 2006)—Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace and Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Dec. 24.
Another example of an NHL player doing the right thing…
Three days before Christmas, a father took his fourteen-year-old son, Cameron, down to St. Louis Blues practice facility at the St. Louis Mills IceZone. Cameron was hoping to obtain a special gift for his seventeen-year-old sister, Chelsea: an autographed picture of her favorite NHL player, Lee Stempniak.
continued at The Blue Note Blog…
I met up with some family and friends who are all hockey fanatics.
We discussed the state of the game...
And of course I think for our sport in particular, perhaps only hockey rivals, I think, the impact that HD television will have on viewer enthusiasm for a sport on television, and we’re very excited about that development.
-PGA Commisioner Tim Finchem (PGA talk)
So where are we NBC and Versus with HD? Same as last year, only one game a week in HD, which is not going to cut it.
Everyone agrees, hockey in HD shows the greatest improvement from standard definition, yet, instead of showing more games in HD, you remain status quo.
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