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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
It used to be that pronouncements of doom and gloom -- or impending playoff glory -- two weeks into the season were written off as knee-jerk reactions to blips that would even out over the course of 82 games. That was then. This is parity. In today's NHL, the four or five games a team coughs up while trying to "find itself" in October could be the eight or 10 points that separates it from a berth in tightly-contested playoff race in April.read on
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Center Evgeni Malkin is scheduled to make his NHL regular season debut Wednesday night against the New Jersey Devils at Mellon Arena, it was announced today by Penguins General Manager Ray Shero. Malkin, 20, the second overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, has been sidelined since suffering a dislocated shoulder in a preseason game Sept. 20. He began practicing with the team last week and has been cleared to play by the Penguins’ medical staff.added 2:11pm, from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
“I am in good shape,” he said through teammate/landlord/translator Sergei Gonchar. “I feel good; My arm is in good shape, so everything is good. “I just want to play hockey.” Penguins coach Michel Therrien is eager to write No. 71 onto his lineup card. “Malkin will make his NHL debut Wednesday and we’re all excited,” he said. “He worked really hard to come back pretty quickly, as far as we’re concerned. We’re more than excited to see him back in the lineup.” Malkin, who wore extra padding on his shoulder at Monday’s practice, is completely healthy and back in game shape. “He is more than 100 percent healthy for Wednesday,” Therrien said. “We know he is ready to play.”
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from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
The start of the new NHL season marked the unveiling of a summer-long project for the head of the New York Rangers’ Internet operations, Dan David. David, 39, joined the Rangers a year ago, having worked for CBS SportsLine, Rivals.com, USAToday.com and ESPN.com. His task this past summer was to compile a database of every player ever to have worn the Rangers sweater. The resulting “all-time roster” portion of the team’s Web site (newyorkrangers.com) features pictures, statistics and trivia about the 885 players who have played for the team during its 80-year history. With its size and scope, the addition stands as a unique feature among NHL team Web sites, many of which this season are enhancing their features in the wake of NHL.com’s overhaul for the season. SportsBusiness Journal correspondent Allan Kreda recently discussed the Rangers’ project with David. How critical has the Internet become regarding a team’s ability to communicate with current fans and bring in new ones? DAVID: The Internet is all about information and being able to find it quickly. Hopefully, we will be the definitive place for fans of an Andy Bathgate or a Nick Fotiu. We hope this brings people to the site who aren’t necessarily Web surfers.Once again, many teams understand the way hockey fans get their information. Unfortunately, a few teams are still living in the 80's and are doing a very poor job with updating their websites. It will catch up with them and they will be left to wonder, What Happened"!
from the Buffalo News,
Say what you will about Jags, but nobody has been able to completely shut him down for 16 seasons. His credentials alone make him an authority on dominant hockey. Read between the lines of his broken English over the weekend, and there's little disputing he's among the many worried about the Buffalo Sabres. "It is scary," Jagr said after the Sabres' 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers. "It's like, if you put in a Ferrari, very good gas. It's just going to go. They just play so good together. When the defense gets the puck, two guys are just flying up the ice."more
from the Philadelphia News,
Without even asking anybody in the Flyers' locker room or coaches' office, "Are you worried yet?," I'll bet the answer would be no. At least, that's what they would say on the record. The reasoning would be along the lines of this: It's still early, we have a good team, we've been competitive, we've had good chances. I'm not sure the answers would be the same if they were all being answered under the influence of truth serum. I can't remember the last time the standings - at any time of the season - had the Flyers last in the Atlantic Division, tied for last in the Eastern Conference.continued
from the San Francisco Chronicle,
One minute, he's sliding down on the opposite side of the puck and setting up in front of the net on the power play. The next, he's back at the blue line, pinching along the boards to keep an opponent from chipping out of the zone or stretching his wingspan to its maximum to keep a puck alive. In his own end, he angles a forward to the boards, applies a stick check and comes out with the puck. One step and bang, the outlet pass is on the stick of a teammate and out of harm's way In the span of one shift in a recent game, rookie Matt Carle demonstrated why the Sharks' franchise-long search for an elite, game-breaking defenseman finally might have come to an end. Carle just might be that good.read on
from the Ottawa Sun,
Arriving at a significant fork in the road last summer, the Senators ignored the obvious and correct route. They went left instead of right, turning to Martin Gerber when Ray Emery was the man to, at least, start this season as their No. 1 goalie. Nobody objected much at the time -- probably because the warm July sun had critics either on the golf course or in a mellow, non-hockey state of mind. But they sure deserve to be called on to the carpet for it now. The decision cost the Senators considerable cap space and ultimately the bucks needed to re-sign Zdeno Chara, who would certainly look good in the extra long No. 3 he wore while growing into one of the NHL's best defencemen. It was a mistake that could also cost them much, much more.continued
Ryan Shannon of the Ducks tried a spin-o-rama shootout move last night but was stopped by Marty Turco of Dallas. Great move but couldn't get the backhand off the ice. Video highlights of the game, see the move at the 3:10 mark or so. added 11:00am, from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News via the Globe and Mail,
When Anaheim rookie Ryan Shannon broke in on Dallas goalie Marty Turco, the first participant in Sunday night’s shootout to break a 3-3 tie, and did a Savardian Spin-a-rama move, I yelled, “Yeah, baby!” Although Shannon failed to score – he failed to get the puck up on his backhander, though he had a sprawled Turco at his mercy – he displayed the type of creativity it sometimes takes to be successful in the shootout. Later, when the Stars Jussi Jokinen scored on a quick snap shot – because he is so established as a player who prefers the deke during the shootout, he has goalies outthinking themselves – it illustrated exactly what a science the shootout has become in only its second year in the NHL.continued
via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (reg. req.),
One thing stands out about Ilya Kovalchuk breaking out of his five-game slump to start the season. Kovalchuk did not become a defensive liability while he was not scoring and, as a result, the Thrashers kept picking up points. To show the depth of Kovalchuk's slump, he went 35 shots without scoring. Entering this season, his career shooting percentage was 14.5. According to that pace, he should have scored five goals by now to go with his NHL-high 36 shots. "I'm glad for Kovy," Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said. "He stayed with the program the whole time. He's not used to this. He was putting lots of pressure on himself. This should do him lots of good."
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