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Therrien The Pens’ Weak Link?

That's what Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette thinks,

Even before the Penguins ran into a wall in San Jose, however, you had to wonder: Just how far can this team go with Michel Therrien as coach? How long will it be before they lose three straight and Therrien has another meltdown?
Much more from Todd

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Blogists at Your Service

This is almost as much fun for the Google translation as it is for the actual article. Translated from the original French, a comment on the world of NHL hockey blogging from Jean-François Bégin at La Presse:

Of all the owners of team of the national League of hockey, Ted Leonsis is indisputably connected the most on the world of the Internet. That is explained easily: the landlord of Capitals of Washington made fortune at America Online, of which he remains vice-president. One thus should not be surprised that Capitals were one of the first teams of the LNH to recognize the emergence of a new source of information for the amateurs of hockey: blogists. In November 2005, Leonsis was until inviting a bloguor, Eric McErlain, to attend with him a match of the Capes, in its cabin of the MCI Center.
Continued... Read more about those Hockey Blogists in the Cabins!

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Youngsters Meet

from the LA Times,

The future of the NHL arrived in Southern California last week in the form of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the four youngsters leading the team's surprising ascent in the Eastern Conference are quickly gaining fame. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Marc-Andre Fleury. They took Tinsletown by storm in beating the Kings and selling out Staples Center. As they make a return engagement tonight to face the Ducks, they'll see the team of the present powered by another young foursome. Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Corey Perry and Dustin Penner, a group of twentysomethings, have helped fuel the Ducks' best start, a 10-0-4 record that makes them the only team without a loss in regulation. Even if few seem to know who they are.
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Flyers Want Foppa Back

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

"Our plan has been and remains to re-sign Peter Forsberg," Luukko said yesterday, addressing the Forsberg rumors. "At some point, we are going to sit down with him and his agent. He's a special player. Now, will Peter want to re-sign here? That is why we have to sit down with him to talk about it. But we want him back." Luukko confirmed that clubs have called about making a deal with the Flyers but said that none has mentioned Forsberg. It is believed that interim general manager Paul Holmgren has had discussions with Colorado, Calgary, San Jose and Detroit, among others. Asked whether clubs have inquired specifically about Forsberg, Luukko replied: "We have not had anything close to that."
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Smothering D in Detroit

Via the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings have won six straight games on the strength of their defensive play, which has limited opponents during that stretch to an average of 1.67 goals and 21.2 shots. Captain Nicklas Lidstrom said an overall effort in the defensive zone is key to the streak, which has included wins against San Jose and Dallas. "We're back-checking real hard, not giving them any chances to turn up or hit the late guy, and being in shooting lanes, too," Lidstrom said after Saturday's 4-1 victory. "Whenever they have the puck in our end, we have five guys in tight. We might give them the outside, but not give them the clear shot."
Continue reading A little bit more evidence: Of the 21 goalies who've started at least ten games this year, Dominik Hasek is the only one to face less than 200 shots (198). Mikka Kiprusoff, with two more starts, has faced 170 more shots.

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Lecavalier Catching Fire In Tampa

Via the Tampa Tribune,

"He's always had that [skill] but by using his complete body he's using his strength, he's better on faceoffs, he's playing better defensively - and he's still learning - and he's killing penalties now," Taylor said. "His game is evolving and I think it's adding more and more confidence to him and with that confidence he is getting better."
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Panthers Anticipate Nieuwendyk’s Return

Via the Miami Herald,

Joe Nieuwendyk can't wait to return to the Panthers lineup Wednesday against the Rangers, and the Panthers can't wait either. ''It's huge,'' team captain Olli Jokinen said. ``If you look at our record, especially last year, we didn't win too many games without him. What he brings to our hockey club is just amazing.'' Nieuwendyk, 40, has missed the past three games after triggering back spasms Oct. 25 against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
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Lundqvist Searching For His Game

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Lundqvist, a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as a rookie last season, has stumbled out of the gate as a sophomore. He's allowed four or more goals in six of his 10 starts after allowing that many only nine times in 50 starts all last season. His 3.57 GAA and .878 save percentage are both near the bottom of the league after his 2.24 GAA and .922 save percentage were near the top last season. But it's more than that. For this year, Lundqvist has surrendered an alarming number of bad goals after a freshman season in which he allowed maybe a bad one a month. The bad goals are always killers for NHL goaltenders and their teams. "I feel like I'm playing OK, but I'm making one or two mistakes a game that I don't normally do," said Lundqvist, who worked for an hour at yesterday morning's optional practice.

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Hand Over The Money

from the Toronton Star,

The Toronto Maple Leafs put more money — between $9 million and $10 million (all figures U.S.) — into the NHL's revenue-sharing fund than any other team in the league, says general manager John Ferguson. "That was more money than we originally projected," Ferguson said yesterday in an interview, adding the dollar amount had nothing to do with Leaf profits. "Our percentage was not a function of revenue. "It's just the formula, and the ultimate number was higher than we thought."

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Montgomery’s over and underrated

Via USA Today,

Let's take our annual look at the NHL's most underrated and overrated players. (Under) Eric Brewer, St. Louis Blues: Brewer's a horse. He plays a lot of tough minutes and is really difficult to handle in front of his own net. He'll never score a ton of goals, but he'll play 25 solid minutes a night, every night. There are 29 other teams in the league who would take him in a minute.
On the money again Ted. Any Blues fans out there actually feel Brewer is underrated? More from Montgomery

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