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Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings lead all Western Conference vote-getters in the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. Lidstrom’s 80,903 votes top the West, followed by Zetterberg with 58,074. Closing in for the third top spot is Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf with 56,664 votes.
from Ian Winwood at the Guardian,
My job here is not made any easier by the fact that Nashville is rubbish. I found myself there last autumn. Dumping my bags in the hotel room, I asked the receptionist “where the stuff was?” You know, bars and that. Pointing me down the street, I was surprised to learn that the ‘downtown’ area consisted of fewer than a dozen drinking sheds, and virtually no shops. Like so many American cities, the suburban spread has rendered the centre of town redundant. On a Friday night in the home of country music, the bar I dined in was filled with the sounds of Keane, if not people.
I would like to report that the city’s hockey experience is better. I’d like to, but I can’t, because it’s not: it’s crap.
from Russo’s Rants,
I watched Canucks color guy John Garrett last night between periods of the Canucks-Oil game making it like Boogaard threatened everybody on the Canucks and their significant others.
Besides continually trying to put words in Ray Ferraro’s mouth, Garrett said the league should have an IQ test for players and that Boogaard is not the “sharpest tool in the drawer.” I guarantee you Garrett has never had a conversation with Boogaard in his life.
added 1:22pm, Alanah chimes in at Canucks and Beyond. Be prepared…
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from the Vancouver Sun,
Apparently, the Oilers are rebuilding. Rebuilding with a payroll nudging the $50.3-million salary cap. Rebuilding without any of the first three Oiler draft picks in 2008 that Lowe surrendered to sign Penner, who had produced three goals in 20 games before facing the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night. Rebuilding after stating all summer the objective was to win now, although Edmonton is last in the Western Conference.
“We’re a young hockey team right now,” Lowe said Monday on an Oilers’ radio show. “There’s no question we’re back into a rebuilding situation.
from Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald,
There’s no reason why the Hawks can’t make the playoffs with a tweak here and there, or even be a team that finishes in the top four or five. There’s only one dominant team in the Western Conference—the Detroit Red Wings—and the Hawks have beaten them four times already.
The Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks are strong, but after that the Hawks can be as good as anyone in the West, provided Martin Havlat returns to health, Tallon adds a veteran defenseman and a forward, and goalies Nikolai Khabibulin and Patrick Lalime play better.
from the Courier-Post,
Tonight, the Flyers enter Game No. 20 with an 11-7-1 record, good for second in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. In other words, they’re 5-6-1 since starting the season with a bang.
So what kind of grade would the Flyers give themselves as they approach the quarter mark of the season?
“I’d give us a high B,” Flyers right wing Mike Knuble said.
via Gayle MacDonald of the Globe and Mail,
CBC’s new winter dramas include MVP, a steamy soap that could appeal to both sexes. The network is calling MVP “a keyhole look” at the “sexy and scandalous world of a fictitious professional NHL hockey team of hunky players and their gorgeous girlfriends, wives, lovers and puck bunnies.” The cast includes Kristen Booth and Lucas Bryant, and it airs on Jan. 11.
Insert real NHL player name here ________________
Watch the promo for the MVP…
from Peter Maher at the Calgary Sun,
The first quarter is meaningful, but generally it’s in the second quarter that determines who’s real and who isn’t. The first quarter of an NHL season is about adrenalin rushes, adjusting, and sometimes the unusual.
History has shown that if teams, positive or negatively, perform the same way in the second set of 20 games, the remainder of the season usually follows that trend, although there have been exceptions.
The Flames were a game under .500 in the opening 20, and as defenceman Anders Eriksson admitted, “We are capable able of being much better than that.”
more and even though this is Flames specific, this could hold true for any team in the NHL…
David Goricki of the Detroit News lists five of the NHL’s top shutdown defensemen...
Nick Lidstrom- Yes
Chris Philips- Yes
Anton Volchenkov- Yes
Brian Rafalski- Huh
Doug Murray- Ah, NO!
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