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Pair Up the Refs

From Michael Farber at SI,

You can always talk about the officiating or never talk about the officiating. [Generally,] On the Fly prefers to do the latter. But with the bleating amped up this season, at least to our ears, maybe it is time for the NHL to reconsider how it forms its officiating duos.

If consistency is as much of a problem as players contend, the solution should be obvious: next season, with the influx of new referees having adjusted to the league three full years after the lockout, director of officiating Stephen Walkom should form pairs, based on style and personality, and keep them together for the duration of the schedule.

more… including additional thoughts on the Ovech-kam as well

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  Tags: officiating, referees

The 2nd Seed In The West, Do You Really Want It

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Ever since the NHL adopted the conference-based playoff format in 1994, a seventh-seeded team has defeated a second-seeded team in every post-season except 1996 and 2007. Overall, the seven seeds hold an unlikely 14-12 series advantage over the No. 2s in that span; and that pattern of upsets occurred as recently as 2006, when the seventh-seeded Colorado Avalanche knocked off the No. 2 Dallas Stars in the opening round. Accordingly, history isn’t always on the side of a second-seeded team.

Now the aforementioned statistic does not exactly constitute breaking news to the NHL’s more attuned numbers crunchers because it happens nearly ever year.

What may be less known, however, is the alternative — not winning the Pacific Division — can be worse, much worse, for a team with Stanley Cup aspirations.

read on and more NHL talk too…

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One Play

Part of the “Live Every Shift” ad campaign….

Video:

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Crosby Ankle Still Sore

via TSN,

TSN has learned that Pittsburgh Penguins’ superstar Sidney Crosby will miss at least the next three games with soreness in his right ankle.

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The Face Of Your Franchise

from the Home Ice XM 204 Blog,

If you were designing a media guide for the history of your franchise who’s face would be on the cover? Some teams are obvious in Ottawa it would be Daniel Alfredsson (sorry Alexi Yashin), in Dallas it would be Mike Modano, and in Tampa Bay it would be Vincent Lecavalier.

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Send White Jerseys Home

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

[Montreal Canadiens owner George Gillett Jr.] said that because of a couple of requests from the teams involved, the Canadiens arranged to take and wear their red jerseys—in this era, considered part of the NHL’s home uniform—at all four stops on the trip.

Why? Because the red jerseys more colorfully highlight the tradition of the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge.

That’s the most glaring example of why the NHL should go back to having visiting teams wear their “dark” uniforms at every stop. This is another instance when the post-expansion era had it right: White at home, dark on the road was the system from the early 1970s to 2003, and the league should go back to it.

more…

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  Tags: jerseys

Predict The East

from Japers’ Rink,

I’ve got an awesome Friday time waster for you - the Japers’ Rink Eastern Conference Playoff Predictor, which I have shamelessly ripped off from Battle of Alberta. Think the Caps still have a shot at the playoffs? Think they’re done? Not sure? Predict the rest of the season’s games that matter and you’ll find the answers to all of your questions

read on

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Impact!

Read the March issue of IMPACT!, NHL.com’s exclusive magazine

The 26-page issue can be read cover-to-cover on your computer by using your mouse to scroll.
Take advantage of the zoom function and print the magazine to take it on the go. ENJOY!

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Sidney Crosby & Gatorade

The Gatorade “League of Clutch” ad featuring Sidney Crosby will run nationally in prime time and syndication beginning today.

Update 12:30pm ET: (alanah) Because of some problems with the embedded video clip we were using, I’ve converted it over to Youtube. This should work better.

 

 

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Could Marleau Help Columbus

via Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets’ desire for a No. 1 center is well-known, but the free-agent market is short on top-flight centers, so they might need to explore the trade route. Could the Jackets and Sharks be a match? Maybe. The Adam Foote deal gave the Jackets another first-round draft pick (assuming the Avs make the playoffs), so it’s possible they could package one pick with a good player or two and come out with someone to play next to Rick Nash.

Marleau, 28, has struggled this season, with 14 goals and 22 assists and a minus-16 rating, but his track record is impressive. He had 87 and 78 points the previous two seasons.

Do remember, Marleau has a NTC kick-in this summer, so he will have to approve any trade.

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  Tags: patrick+marleau

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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