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Hockey Is Not Horsehoes

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

In current hockey vernacular, it’s called “net-front presence”; the ability for an offensive player to stand in the slot deflecting pucks and distracting the goalie.

The Leafs worked on it a lot at practice today. The theory being that since they can’t put a puck in the net, they might as well at least get near it.

Toronto has been shutout in two consecutive games, dropping consecutive 2-0 defeats to Boston and the Rangers. So, not surprisingly, much of today’s practice was spent getting their forwards to the net to establish screens and to work on tip-ins.

“Wreaking havoc,” is how winger Kris Versteeg put it.

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Osgood Injures His Groin

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood injured his groin early in today’s practice and went to the hospital for tests.

“Groin soreness and he’s being evaluated, so when I talk about groins normally that means day-to-day and then two weeks later we talk about it again,’’ coach Mike Babcock said. “And for a goalie, it usually means day-to-day and three weeks later we talk about it.’‘

continued including Howard and Ericsson are practicing…

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Jordan Staal Returns To Practice Only To Get Hurt Again

via Rob Rossi tweet,

Staal is has) upper body injury. Being evaluated. All per bylsma.

added 3:02pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Wow, no luck at all for PIT’s Jordan Staal. Hearing he hurt his hand in practice this AM and will be out indefinitely, as in weeks.

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No Fun Being A Healthy Scratch

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Scoring points in the NHL requires opportunity and ability.  Skilled players that are given ample ice time, including time on the power play, and good linemates, tend to score.  It doesn’t work for everyone, but is a simple framework for expectations.

It can be frustrating when a player isn’t getting power play time or has linemates that aren’t as skilled, but none of that matches up with the aggravation of a player being a healthy scratch because while it’s unlikely that a player will produce in limited ice time or opportunity, there’s an unambiguous conclusion to be drawn from being a healthy scratch—the coach has determined the team is better without the player, for one night at least….

Once a player has been a healthy scratch, the hope is that it will create more urgency in their play and perhaps they will start meeting their expected levels of production.  For others, it may just be the beginning of a stint in the doghouse.

So far this season, there have been several high-profile players that have already been sent to the press box for a game or two and while there have been immediate dividends in some cases, in others it remains to be seen if the scratched players are going to get on track.

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (November 1, 2010)—Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Oct. 31.

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Briere Suspended Three Games

via Philadelphia Flyers tweet,

GM Paul Holmgren confirms that Danny Briere has received a 3 game suspension from the NHL

Miss the cross-check?  Watch it here.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/01/10 - Plus Thoughts on Tampa’s Continued Hot Start and Stamkos Contract Talk

Perhaps you enjoyed a day of rest from NHL hockey yesterday. Or, more likely, you were angered, annoyed or even lost at some point last night, with not a shot on goal to be had anywhere. (Or maybe, even, you were like me: Incensed at an awful showing in your weekly football picks – and I mean awful – and left without the catharsis of switching to a different sport at day’s end, left only to the comfort of Dexter and his serial-killing ways… Whatever the case may be, we (or I, that is) have some catching up to do with JJ’s Three Cheers overdue from Friday and Saturday.

Now then, quickly, from Friday first:

***Cheers to Atlanta’s Dustin Byfuglien, whose transition back to defense has gone quite well in his new home. On Friday night, Byfuglien netted the O.T. winner in fantastic fashion for Atlanta, on an end-to-end rush reminiscent of legendary offensive defensemen of years gone by, to top Buffalo 4-3. (I’ll link it twice, actually, because you need to make sure you’ve seen this play.)

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Markov returns, second line sputters, questions linger

The Montreal Canadiens wrapped up the weekend with a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. The Habs were playing their third game in four nights and looked the part, wearing down fairly early and fading as the third period went on.

However, more important than the outcome for most Habs fans was the return of Andrei Markov. The best defenceman in Montreal returned Saturday to record five shots but was unable to get on the scoresheet as he was eased back into the lineup. Markov was paired with PK Subban, playing an impressive 23:03 in his return.

Second line blues

Montreal has had a good start to the year, but their major challenge continues to be a lack of secondary scoring. Namely, second line scoring, in that Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta have been virtually invisible when it comes to offence. Gionta is perhaps the most snake bitten player in the NHL this year, having scored only once on forty-four shots.

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  Tags: alex+picard, brian+gionta, jaroslav+spacek, roman+hamrlik, scott+gomez

All-Time Power Forwards

from The Hockey News,

While players from years gone by – from Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull to Terry O’Reilly and Clark Gillies – have displayed the hard-nosed style that typifies the power forward position, this list is reserved for the men who skated during or after the label entered hockey’s vernacular:

And the definition of a power forward was born with Boston Bruins brawler-sniper Cam Neely. In the late 1980s and early ‘90s, the right winger ruled the NHL as a physical force who was a devastating bodychecker, feared fighter and skilled scorer. One of only nine NHLers to score 50 goals in 50 games – needing only 44 injury-plagued games in 1993-94 – Neely was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

10. Tim Kerr
Hard to believe this four-time 50-goal man went undrafted.

9. John LeClair
‘Legion of Doom’ member had back-to-back-to-back 50-goal campaigns.

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Flyers Returning To Form

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

So far, the positives outweigh the negatives. Consider:

The rebuilt defense has been solid, as advertised.

Rookie Sergei “Bob” Bobrovsky, demonstrating great lateral quickness, is blossoming into the Flyers’ goalie of the future - and perhaps present. Bobrovsky, who is 5-2 with a 2.45 goals-against average and .917 save percentage, has gotten a chance because of an injury to starter Michael Leighton. He has made the most of that opportunity.

The penalty kill, with Blair Betts and Darroll Powe doing a lot of the dirty work, has been among the league’s best (seventh in the NHL, with an 87.9 success rate).

The line of Danny Briere centering Scott Hartnell and Ville Leino has been the team’s best unit - just as it was in the 2010 postseason.

Center Claude Giroux, who leads the NHL with three shorthanded goals, is establishing himself as one of the league’s elite young players.

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