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Flames Plan To Win

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

After tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues, the Calgary Flames finish with nine of their final 13 on the road. Last year, when they were in the process of putting together one of the worst road records in the NHL (but won 30 times at home, a league high), that would have been a disaster.

This year? Not so much. But the Flames need to make hay in this one final game, especially after divisional rivals, the Vancouver Canucks, won against the Blues on Saturday.

The Flames enter the game one point out of first in the Northwest Division, but only two points out of ninth, which would leave them on the outside of the playoff picture, looking in.

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Time To Ship Emery Out

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Now that it seems like the Ottawa Senators are going with Martin Gerber as their starting goaltender for the rest of the way this season, the best thing coach-GM Bryan Murray could do to keep his Stanley Cup hopes alive is demote Ray Emery to the American League as quickly as possible.

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added 3:03pm, from TSN,

Ottawa’s ‘on again, off again’ No. 1 netminder expressed some remorse on Monday, shouldering some of the blame for Paddock’s dismissal.

“I was upset,” he told reporters on Monday. “I felt bad because I felt like I kind of affected someone else’s life or job or whatever. It’s a business and that stuff happens, he was a guy that I had as a coach for six years and was a big part of my pro hockey career.”

For Emery, that career has been one on hold recently.

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It Just Doesn’t Make Sense

Sometimes I am just left scratching my head.  Read about it at my Hockey.com blog today.

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Gretzky Safe

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

The simple fact is this: Unless the NHL alters its style radically in the next few years — and there is absolutely no reason to believe that it will — every single one of Gretzky’s meaningful records will still be intact.

Crosby might be able to overtake one of Gretzky’s regular-season marks, but only because the rules have changed since Gretzky’s day. And even that one is still very much in doubt. If Crosby does manage to take over any of Gretzky’s spots in the record book, it will almost certainly have to be in the area of All-Star records, a relatively meaningless category since the annual game is played without almost any intensity.

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No Goals

via the STATS Wizard at Elias Sports Bureau,

For the second time this season, the Rangers and Bruins played 65 minutes without either team scoring a goal. On Oct. 20 in Boston, the Bruins prevailed in the shootout, and on Sunday afternoon in New York the Rangers won the shootout tiebreaker.

It’s been more than half a century since a pair of NHL teams played two goalless games against each other in the same season. The Bruins and Red Wings played to a scoreless tie in the first two of their 14 meetings in the 1955-56 season.

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Stars Of The Week

from NHL.com,

NEW YORK—Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur and San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 9.

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The Caps Owner Hasn’t Given Up

from Ted’s Take,

I expect us to play hard and to play with desperation from here on out. We are still in the race. We have been playing terrific hockey.

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You have to feel pretty bad for Caps rookie of the year candidate Nicklas Backstrom with his “own goal” yesterday.  In case you missed it you can watch the video…

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Avery Will Get His Money

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

The most sought-after unrestricted free agent next summer could be a third-liner.

That’s right, if the New York Rangers don’t lock up super-pest Sean Avery with an extension, you can bet your bottom dollar the NHL’s other 29 teams will get into a bidding war for his services.

Here’s why:

Avery is clearly an effective player whose team has much better results with him in the lineup than it has when he’s out.

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Key UFAs

Spector lists his Top UFAs for each team at his Fox Sports Blog…

VANCOUVER:

Miller, Aaron
Morrison, Brendan
Naslund, Markus

DALLAS:

Hagman, Niklas
Holmqvist, Johan
Miettinen, Antti
Norstrom, Mattias

read on for the rest of the teams…

added 11:58am, At his Hockey News blog, Lyle talks UFA goalies…

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Morning Line

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“I have a pretty good idea what I’m going to do next year, and I’ve known for three or four weeks, but I’m not going to say anything. I don’t want that to become an issue,” Jagr said. “I’m not going to say something that’s going to be a distraction to the team.

“It’s not about me or my future. It’s about doing the things we need to win the Stanley Cup.”

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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.

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