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from Lew Serviss of Slap Shot at the NY Times,
Every game is huge. The final order in the East is a tossup, with five teams having a good shot at finishing first in the conference. In the West, eighth place is thisclose, and five teams that are now on the outside – including Edmonton! – have a prayer at making the playoffs. Here’s a look at what’s happening as the season ticks down.
much more a great picture how the standings could shake-out.
Georges Laraque has been suspended 3 games for his elbow on Buffalo’s Nathan Paetsch.
More to follow.
added 7:07, from TSN (same link as above),
The incident occured during the second period of Wednesday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins’ and the Sabres. Laraque appeared to deliver an elbow to Paetsch’s face as he skated past the Buffalo defencemen. Laraque was given a five-minute major for elbowing and was ejected from the game.
from the CP via TSN,
Ryan Smyth and Peter Forsberg were both kept out of the Colorado Avalanche’s lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Smyth skated effortlessly earlier in the day and showed no signs of the concussion and shoulder injury that forced him to miss five games. Forsberg, out with a strained groin, didn’t take the ice at all in the Avalanche’s morning skate.
Earlier today, Pierre McGuire of NBC and TSN was good enough to share his hockey observations with Paul and myself. We asked him about the upcoming Philadelphia/Pittsburgh game this Sunday at noon EDT on NBC, got some gossip about what goes on “Between the Glass”, and insights into both the Western and Eastern conferences going into the playoffs.
You can download the interview by this mp3 file here, or listen on the player below.
*Our sincere thanks to Pierre McGuire for taking this time with us, and to NBC for arranging the interview.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment President and CEO Richard Peddie will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour hosted by Gary Bettman.
The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement.
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
from the AP via the Globe and Mail,
Nathan Paetsch is out indefinitely with a concussion, leaving the Buffalo Sabres’ depleted defence down a third player in the midst of their final playoff push.
Paetsch will miss “a pretty good period of time,” Coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday, a day after the player was leveled by a vicious elbow from Pittsburgh’s Georges Laraque during Buffalo’s 7-3 loss
via Rangers Report,
Sean Avery was fined $2,500 and the Rangers were tabbed for $25,000 as a result of the left wing’s water bottle throwing incident on Sunday. This news came courtesy not of the league or the Rangers, but of Avery himself.
from Rory Borlyen at the Hockey News,
Grit, toughness, a fearless attitude, whatever you want to call it; rough-and-tumble pest players are exciting and crucial to not only the game itself, but for attracting people to it.
And in more ways than just what you see on the ice.
The agitator, the annoyance, the grinder; the guy you love to have on your team, but hate to have to face. He’s the worker bee, the proletariat, the supporting cast, and quite often, he’s a fan favorite.
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
Update from Thursday’s morning skate: Kris Draper will miss at least the next three games becuase of a slightly torn groin muscle. It happened during the western Canada trip a couple of weeks ago but wasn’t detected until he had an ultrasound on Wednesday.
Today at Hockey.com I blogged about the lack of “hard-hitting” interviews, especially during the period intermissions.
Time to try something new…
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