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So your team is on a two game losing streak, goaltending looks bad or the offense is non-existent.
No need to panic yet, read more at my NHL.com blog today.
from Razor With An Edge,
So what would Razor do to snap them out of their little funk?
Good Cop nurturing.
Bad Cop fanny kicking.
Good Cop wants to let them work through this, allow the leaders to grab ahold of the group and demand more.
Bad Cop wants to spark a flame thrower and singe some fuzzy arse hairs.
from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,
They took satisfaction and considered themselves validated when Brandon Sutter, Colton Gillies and Milan Lucic ran Cherepanov and the Canadians knocked out him out of the Summit Series in the summer of ’07. Cherepanov had a concussion. Sutter had his own diagnosis: “He’s a pretty soft player and when you hit him, he doesn’t like it.”
They said that he stayed in Russia instead of coming over to the NHL because the Summit Series put a scare into him. One account: “The alleged Russian star maybe never want to go anywhere near the New York Rangers, where [sic] he’ll have to face those big hitters in the NHL.”
At best, they’re xenophobic stereotypes. At worst, slander. Maybe they’ll be cleaned up in remembrances and tributes. Maybe they’ll be given an extra layer of veils.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
The disheartening thing that comes off the Game 2 loss is that the Flames were at home and that they tried hard, and they still didn’t look all that better than they did in Game One or than they did last season.
In many ways, they looked the same, a fact that did not go unnoticed by Flames captain Jarome Iginla.
“There were many good things out there, but we obviously had some breakdowns,” he said. “Again.”
It’s that one-word, “again”, that seems to accurately size up the plight of the Flames in this early going.
from Jean Lefebvre of the Calgary Herald,
While that initial victory has been elusive for the Flames and Avalanche, the reasons for the early struggles are pretty easy to pin down.
Start with the guys between the pipes—Colorado’s Peter Budaj (.795) and Calgary Miikka Kiprusoff (.807) have the worst save percentages among goaltenders who have played at least one full game.
On the special-teams side of things, the Flames’ power play is worst in the league, as is Colorado’s penalty-killing.
from Greg Couch of the Chicago Sun-Times,
It’s probably too early to be this pessimistic. But a few more weeks of this, and I’m going to be feeling awfully gullible.
The Hawks are still that fresh, emerging story. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane can still be Chicago’s iconic combo in a few years.
So the Hawks are still a curiosity. But they have to be more than that now.
They have to be a hockey team.
Time to win. There’s a slogan.
from Anthony SanFilippo of the Daily Times,
“I’ve been rehabbing like crazy, and to be honest with you, it feels pretty good,” Hatcher said. “I had it drained and then shot up with cortisone and there’s been no fluid build-up since, and that’s the most important thing.”
Hatcher has said all along that his knee felt no worse than it did during the playoffs last spring. The Flyers’ doctors have not cleared him to play, but Hatcher is champing at the bit to get back.
“I still think I can play,” Hatcher said. “I’m not ready for it to be over yet. I still think I can get back and that remains my goal.”
from Damien Cox at The Spin Blog,
Hollweg is about to receive his second suspension in a matter of weeks, a three-gamer this time for checking from behind, his favourite hockey play.
Let’s be clear. This oaf on skates doesn’t score goals, or set up plays, or generate a forecheck or even protect his teammates. Ever since he’s been in the league, he has been known as a player who does one of three things every time he’s on the ice:
1) Takes about 25 strides and charges an opponent.
2) Leaves his feet to hit an opponent.
3) Hits opponents from behind.
He’s a dangerous, dangerous hockey player, and for all the wrong reasons. Everybody knew it before he got here after his years of playing for the Rangers.
A KK reader sent me the link of the video showing Cherepanov receiviing treatment from the medical staff while on the bench.
As the reader pointed out to me, no stretcher, they had to carry him out with manpower.
Watch the video below…
from Mark Madden of the Beaver County Times,
It’s too early to complain, but…
Crosby doesn’t have any quality wingers.
Actually, it’s not too early to complain about that, or to do something about it….
Penguins GM Ray Shero should trade Jordan Staal for some quality help at wing, and do it sooner, not later. Staal, 20, is a major talent with tons of potential. He plays hard two-way hockey and does everything he’s asked. Staal could play for my team any day.
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