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from All Things Avs,
The Ducks are going to do a lot of things tonight that I’m sure will have the wine-and-cheese crowd at the Pepsi Center getting up out of their seats for the rare occasion in protest. Guys like Corey Perry and Chris Pronger are going to cross check Peter Forsberg in the back, or give some kind of shot to Paul Stastny or Milan Hejduk. They will either be penalized by the referees or not, but if not, there will be a lot of howling and whining about the injustice of it all. And if that happens, then I guarantee you the Ducks will win the game tonight.
from the Ottawa Sun,
(Ron) Wilson disagrees with Senators coach and GM Bryan Murray that the game is played differently in the West and the officials allow more to go. “I would wonder how (referee) Wes McCauley could call a game different with a Western Conference team than if he was refereeing games in the East?” asked Wilson. “Those guys are distributed evenly throughout the league, so how can you have a guy saying, ‘Oh, I’m in the Western time zone, so I call games differently.’...
read on and some Brian Campbell talk too…
from the National Post,
Paul Maurice doesn’t check the NHL standings every second of every day, because that way madness lies. No, the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs has a far more sensible approach to his team’s dying whisper of a playoff chance. How often do you check the standings, coach?
“No more than three or four times a day,” says Maurice, deadpan. “When I get in; probably once before I go on the ice; certainly after, though nothing usually changes much. And then, between 7 and midnight I wouldn’t check the scores more than 30 or 40 times.”
While the league can’t be happy with its officials blowing calls, the opinion is mixed to whether the replay rules should be expanded.
“If you wanted a perfect game where everything was perfect - the officiating, offence, defence, goaltending, we’d roll back the tape on every play like we do on every game and we wouldn’t have any goals at all,” Walkom told TSN.
And in a quick poll conducted by TSN with 10 NHL general managers asking if video replay should be considered, all of them gave a flat-out no.
more on some recent games with missed calls…
via the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators will be without captain Daniel Alfredsson tonight.
He was able to ride the stationary bike at the HP Pavillion in San Jose this morning, but he won’t be in the lineup tonight against the Sharks.
Alfredsson wasn’t on the ice for the morning skate and GM/coach Bryan Murray revealed afterwards he wasn’t going to be ready to play.
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
Now, be aware, these matchups have only a passing relationship to the current NHL standings. I’m putting Washington and Chicago into the Stanley Cup dance not because they’ll make it, but because I like watching Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin and Mike Green and Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane and Brent Seabrook.
The Capitals and Blackhawks are more fun than Minnesota, Boston and Dallas, for sure, but you can’t boot out all the boring teams.
Instead, Carolina and Nashville, two teams that actually aren’t particularly boring at all, have to pay the price to get the Caps and Hawks in….
So here are my most desirable first-round Stanley Cup playoff matchups:
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
This is not Dancing with the Stars, but Dancing for a Chance to Play the Stars ... or the Red Wings ... or the Senators. Lower your gaze, hockey fans. In March, the lower half of the standings, at least for the teams on the playoff bubble, are infinitely more intriguing than the goings-on of those already tucked snugly in their playoff berths.
If a team qualifies for the playoffs - cue the cliché - anything can happen. Well, almost anything. An eighth-seed is probably not going to win the Stanley Cup this year. You still have to go with the chalk.
from On Frozen Pond,
The Panthers have officially suspended Chad Kilger without pay, word is retroactive to March 1. That’s probably a nice chunk of change. Figure he makes $800,000 per season, so during a 28-week season, that’s $28,571 per week on that scale; $15,384 over a 52-game pay period minus taxes, etc.
I now expect Mr. Kilger to clear up those personal issues rather promptly and find an Air Canada flight direct to Fort Lauderdale..
a little more on the Panthers…
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ website, www.pittsburghpenguins.com, ranked No. 1 among NHL clubs in U.S. website traffic during the month of January.
The Penguins’ website moved up from a second-place ranking in U.S. traffic in the month of December.
For both months, www.pittsburghpenguins.com was ranked fourth worldwide among NHL team sites.
The data and rankings were compiled by comScore Networks
via Sabres Edge,
Asked how the Sabres would defend Ovechkin, coach Lindy Ruff couldn’t resist cracking off a couple one-liners and getting another shot in at the whiners in Philadelphia griping about Derek Roy’s goal last night.
“We’re going to put three guys on [Ovechkin],” Ruff said. “Then we’re going to watch [Alexander] Semin and then we’re going to watch [Mike] Green on defense. So obviously we’re going to have too many men on the ice again.”
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