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NHL On NBC- Week 2

NEW YORK - January 18, 2006 - The NHL on NBC will feature three regional games Saturday, highlighted by the network debut of rookie sensation Sidney Crosby as his Pittsburgh Penguins host the Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Flyers at 2 p.m. ET live in high definition. Also at 2 p.m. ET, the Colorado Avalanche will host their archrival the Detroit Red Wings, and Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks will visit the Los Angeles Kings at 3 p.m. PT (West Coast only).
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Calling Out The Kings

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

The Kings organization simply didn't do its job during the lockout. Not general manager Dave Taylor nor coach Andy Murray. Not the entire scouting unit. This team didn't need to be looking for goalies or monitoring the progress of prospects. It needed to be calling in witches or exorcists -- curse breakers of any kind -- to address the club's most serious concern from the previous two seasons: an unimaginable run of injuries. Certainly, Taylor and Murray probably believed it would stop. After all, how much bad luck could one team have?
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Fleury Staying With Pens

from the AP via the Centre Daily Times,

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury feared the worst when he was told his coach wanted to speak with him Wednesday morning. But instead of sending him to the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, coach Michel Therrien told Fleury he will be with the Penguins for the rest of the season.
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Priorities Janne

via Al Morganti of Comcast,

If you want an idea of why there are some basic problems with the NHL allowing its players to compete in the Olympics, consider this quote from former Flyer Janne Niinimaa who was recently traded from the Islanders, to the Stars: "The Olympics were definitely my big goal for this year and obviously, it was a huge disappointment," he said. "I was frustrated because I wasn't playing to my strengths. Team Finland would probably categorize me as an offensive-minded defenseman and, when the points weren't there, they didn't pick me."
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All AO

from today's online chat with Alexander Ovechkin at NHL.com,

Hello Alexander! Do you have a role model in the NHL? Who have you modeled your game after? Alexander Ovechkin I want to be a passer like Pavel Datsyuk and a scorer like Ilya Kovalchuk. I admired Pavel Bure and Igor Larionov growing up. I watched Owen Nolan and the San Jose Sharks and Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames a lot before I came to the U.S.
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Hockey Finishes Sixth

from Harris Interactive,

Professional football continues to surge in popularity as one-third (33%) of U.S. adults who follow at least one sport say it is their favorite sport. This is up three points from last year. Baseball slips slightly again this year, dropping to 14 percent, down one point from last year. Coming close on the heels of baseball is college football (13%) followed by auto racing (11%). While both of these have seen a rise in the past year, racing is up four points this year, most likely as a result of NASCAR’s increasing popularity.
see the results...hockey (5%) followed auto racing but is on the rise...

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Lalime On The Bus Now

from the CP via Slam,

Only three years removed from a 39-win season with the Ottawa Senators, Patrick Lalime is coming to grips with riding the buses in the American Hockey League. "It's a little bit back to reality here in Peoria," Lalime said this week from a hotel room in the Illinois town he now calls home.
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Forsberg Will Miss At Least One Game

from the AP via the Centre Daily Times,

Just when it seemed the Philadelphia Flyers were getting healthier, their best player got hurt. Peter Forsberg will miss at least one game with a groin injury, though the five-time All-Star doesn't expect to be sidelined for long. "It's nothing bad," Forsberg said Wednesday. "I hope I can play Saturday. The plan is to skate Friday and see how it goes. It's tough with groins. You don't want to come back too early. It's something you have to be careful with."
Also, Zetterberg is out for tonight's Columbus game and Schneider is suffering from the flu and probably out too.

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Cairns To Pittsburgh

from Fan590 Toronto, Pittsburgh picks up Eric Cairns from Florida for a draft pick. Looks like he will ride shotgun for Crosby. update 3:03pm, from Sportsnet,

In an effort to ward off those who take liberties on star rookie Sidney Crosby, sources tell Sportsnet the Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired towering defenceman Eric Cairns from the Florida Panthers. In exchange, the Panthers will receive a 6th-round draft pick in the 2006 entry draft.

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Foote Back

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Adam Foote off Injured Reserve, placed forward Mike Rupp on Injured Reserve and recalled forward Mark Hartigan from the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Foote and Hartigan are expected to be in the lineup tonight when Columbus hosts the Detroit Red Wings.

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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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