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Sabres Goaltending Issues

from the Buffalo News,

Here's an interesting little statistical line Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff can chew on while his team gets ready for the postseason: Over his past 12 games, goaltender Ryan Miller has a 4-6 record with an overtime loss and a got-pulled no-decision, a 4.02 goals-against average and an .875 save percentage. In less than two weeks, Ruff will need to make a decision regarding his postseason goaltender. The Sabres have given Miller every opportunity to get his game back in order, but he didn't look much better Friday night than he had over his previous 11 games. It's becoming a serious issue with this team as it closes the regular season.
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They Said It

-Thomas Holmstrom describing his shootout goal last night that gave the Wings the win- "A month ago I didn't do too well, but this time I thought I would go forehand, chop, chop, backhand." -Martin Brodeur on the Canadiens' Cristobal Huet, from the Staten Island Advance, "I don't know much about him," Brodeur said, "because instead of being a French-Canadian goalie, he's a European goalie. So you don't follow him as much as you would have followed a (Jean-Sebastien) Giguere or someone like that. But he's been doing well for them. "I think it's nice for Montreal to be able to make a bold move like that by trading Jose (Theodore) and having a kid -- well, he's older, he's not really young -- able to respond the way he did. It's amazing."

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Avery At It Again

from the LA Times,

Avery let loose more passion than he or his teammates displayed on the ice against the Sharks, unleashing an unprompted, obscenity-laced tirade at Brian Hayward, the Ducks' color commentator who is part of the NBC broadcast team for today's game at Staples Center. In a season full of look-at-me moments by Avery, add this: He walked into the dressing room Friday and started cursing at Hayward for comments the former NHL goaltender made about Avery's attitude during Tuesday's 6-2 rout by the Ducks. Avery twice walked briskly at Hayward, but players and team officials interceded. The incident ended with Avery criticizing Hayward's ability as a player. To which Hayward, a Cornell University graduate, replied: "How would you know? You were in the third year of the eighth grade then."
read on (reg. req.) added 12:45pm, More of this from the CP via TSN.

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Eric Cole Update

from the News & Observer,

Erik Cole spent 15 minutes on an exercise bike Thursday before hitting the pool to work on his upper and lower body, against the water instead of weights. It's all his broken neck can handle, but for the injured Carolina Hurricanes forward, it's progress. Little more than a month after fracturing a vertebra in his neck, Cole has resumed the lightest of workouts. His neck remains in a brace, and will for at least another 10 days. But so far, he's through the first of many difficult stages of a lengthy recovery.
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Theodore May Play Sunday

from the Rocky Mountain News, Finally,

Jose Theodore is close to making his much-anticipated Colorado Avalanche debut. The 29-year-old goalie will watch rookie Peter Budaj make his 13th consecutive start today when the Avalanche takes on the St. Louis Blues at the Pepsi Center, but he might play as early as Sunday night against the Minnesota Wild. "That might be the case," Theodore said after practice Friday. "We don't know right now. The only thing is I'm hoping to play before we leave for the road."
continued...plus check out the voting poll- who should be the top Avs goatender...

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Leafs Could Blame The Shootout

from the Toronto Sun,

This season, the shootout has put an extra 138 points on the table, entering play last night. The Leafs have grabbed just three of those points, going 3-7 in shootouts. The teams they're chasing for a playoff spot have done substantially better: New Jersey has nine shootout wins, Tampa Bay six and Atlanta five. Take away the shootout and the Leafs would be in the thick of the playoff race with 77 points, just three away from eighth place.
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All Walkom

Stephen Walkom is the senior vice-president and director of officiating for the NHL. from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On meeting his primary goal of "freeing up the puck carrier" in the game: "That was our plan and our goal. Nobody had a crystal ball, but if you have a passion for the game, you really want to see the great players be great and you really want the superstars to shine. If we've done that, that's been good for the game." On the improved morale of the officiating crew: "Our guys seem to be really working for one another within each game. They're working hard and enjoying their work."
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Avoid Nashville

from the Edmonton Sun,

If you're in the media, and you cover a Western Conference hockey team, you're hoping against hope that they open the playoffs in Nashville - a top-five pick on anyone's list of road trip cities. If you're the team that's being covered, a first round date with the plucky Preds isn't high on your wish list. In other words, head coach Barry Trotz and general manager David Poile have something good going on in Music City - a great town and a scary little team to go with it.
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Uh-Oh

Zetterberg suffered upper body injury. Taken to hospital for tests. Will update when available. update 10:22pm, Draper interviewed on post game show, said all he knows is he saw Z shower-up after the 2nd period and walk out of the dressing room. He mentioned he hopes it isn't too long for both Z and Datsyuk. update 10:36pm, Babcock said upper body injury, getting tests, will know tomorrow. So we sit and wait. update 2:28pm Saturday, Z won't play tonight but should be back for the next game. Tests proved nothing wrong, still only know it was an upper body problem.

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Sharks Matt Carle Wins Hobey Baker Award

from Inside College Hockey,

The 26th winner of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award is Denver junior defenseman Matt Carle, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Executive Committee announced today at Bradley Center. At the conclusion of his college season, Carle signed with the NHL's San Jose Sharks. He scored two goals in his first three NHL games.
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