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Hossa Out A Couple Of Weeks

via a tweet by Adam Jahns,

#Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa is out a couple weeks with an upper body injury.

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Pandolfo Still Wants To Play

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

It’s nearly a month in the NHL season and former Devil Jay Pandolfo doesn’t have a job yet, but he’s still hoping to play in the league in 2010-11 and fight off the thoughts of retirement creeping into his head.

Pandolfo, who will turn 36 on Dec. 27, was bought out – at his request – from the final season of his contract (he was due to make $2.5 million this season) with the hope of catching on with another NHL team and playing a more regular role after being a healthy scratch for the Devils in the playoffs last season.

So far, it hasn’t worked out.

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Burke’s Madness

from Chris Richards of the Deep End at the Vancouver Province,

Nobody manipulates the media and uses it to motivate his team quite like Brian Burke. While Gillis employs sleep-tracking methods, dietary controls and cutting edge training techniques, Burke takes the old school approach and threatens people with their jobs to make them play to their full potential. Two weeks in to the season and Burke is already bandying about trade rumours to reporters, saying he has had a couple very “solid” offers recently. This is all presumably to light a fire under his team after they dropped a couple of contests following their ridiculously successful start to the season. Nothing to get a team motivated like the fear of getting shipped to Carolina.

In the past I have been critical of Burke’s methods. You don’t see any other GM in the league on the highlights as much as Burke, probably not all of them combined, and after awhile it seems like he is doing some of the yapping to feed his own ego.

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Afternoon Line

“It’s definitely an honor to be able to play with him.  My first year I’d get a little nervous playing with him. I don’t know why. It was intimidating a little bit, not knowing him that well.

“Now I feel comfortable with him.’’

-Brad Stuart, defenseman for the Detroit Red Wings, on being Nick Lidstrom’s defense partner.  More on the Wings from Ansar Khan of Mlive.

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Start Using Havlat

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

On a night when the Washington Capitals and their star-studded lineup make a rare appearance at Xcel Energy Center, more eyes might be on Martin Havlat than Alex Ovechkin.

That’s because on Wednesday, the Wild winger’s agent went on the attack over the way his client has been used since signing a six-year, $30 million contract with the Wild.

Agent Allan Walsh said he believes Havlat can be a marquee player in Minnesota, but Walsh said Havlat’s productivity has been inhibited because the Wild is using him in a “purely secondary role.”

Walsh’s comments put coach Todd Richards and General Manager Chuck Fletcher on the defensive Wednesday—one day after Richards and Havlat had what Fletcher called a “productive meeting” regarding these very same issues.

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Sabres Could Use a Heist or Two

Rewind to three weeks ago:  The 2010-11 season is about to commence, and your friends over at Psychic Freaks Network get a few premonitions right for a change.  The crystal ball shows the Sabres completing their first 10-game segment with a winning road record, Derek Roy on pace for a 90-point season, and Tyler Ennis delivering pretty much as advertised and battling for the lead in rookie points.

If you’re a Sabres fan you’d be guessing first place on Halloween and hearing pundit predictions of a 40th franchise anniversary party with a happy ending, right?  After further review, you might want to throw that crystal ball in the trash along with the Brett Hull trading card your prankster friend got you for your birthday.

Given all of the above, plus the fact that Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly and Drew Stafford are each on pace to exceed their respective goal totals from last season, how does this team find itself wallowing near the bottom of the pack at 3-6-1?

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Khabibulin Not So Great

from David Staples at The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Before he went out with a back injury last year, Khabibulin played so well that Oilers GM Steve Tambellini deemed his play to be MVP-calibre for the team, an overstatement perhaps. Nonetheless, Khabibulin certainly looked strong last year and put up decent enough numbers.

This year? Khabibulin started out well and his positioning has been as good as ever, but he and the team have been leaking goals against on the penalty kill. Not all of these goals against, or even many of them, have been Khabibulin’s fault, but he hasn’t always looked sharp. Especially troubling has been his propensity to be beaten on low shots through his legs. He’s not looking elastic enough to get down quickly, to cover off the bottom of the net, and to make those saves. Perhaps that will come, but there’s almost a year of rust on him, and one wonders if it’s just been painted over or truly repaired. 

The 2010-11 numbers don’t look good on him.

So far, Khabibulin has faced 231 shots and let in 23 goals, for a .900 save percentage.

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This Is Zherdev

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

Early in the Flyers’ 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, Nik Zherdev casually retreated toward center ice as a Sabres defenseman snapped an outlet pass through him for an offensive rush.

One step behind the play, Zherdev reached out his stick in a half-hearted attempt to slow his opponent, then wheeled away as Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky kicked away the scoring chance.

A few shifts later, Zherdev pulled the puck away from the offensive left wall, cut to the middle of the ice, weaved his way past diving defenseman Chris Butler, and made world-class goaltender Ryan Miller look silly by unleashing a deadly wrist shot inside the left post.

This, the Flyers are learning, is what you get with Zherdev.

Sometimes he plays as if the puck is on a string, other times he tends to float.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/28/10

Time again to a tip a few back, honoring the best of the best from last night’s NHL action:

***Cheers to Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis, whose highlight reel third period goal broke a 3-3 tie in Tampa and led the Lightning to a win over Pittsburgh by a final of 5-3. St. Louis also added an empty netter late to seal things and I’m fast becoming more and more convinced that the heart of the Bolts just keeps getting better all the time.

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Various Paths to Tampa Bay’s Early Success

It’s been said, time and again, that the truly great teams can beat their opponent on any given night with any particular style of play. While this year’s Tampa Bay Lightning shouldn’t be too quick to anoint themselves the NHL’s next great club - after nine games, that would just be silly - the results have been impressive to this point and wins are coming in a variety of ways.

Tonight’s triumph over visiting Pittsburgh was of the comeback sort, with the Lightning rebounding from a pair of first period shorthanded tallies by the Penguins, an early goaltending change with Dan Ellis replacing Mike Smith after three goals allowed on seven shots and a 3-1 deficit overall. While no team wants to get in the habit of having to battle back like that and, surely, it can drive a coach crazy, that the Lightning have already proven capable of doing so gives them immeasurable confidence and should pay dividends down the road.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, dana+tyrell, guy+boucher, martin+st.+louis, mike+smith, steven+stamkos, vincent+lecavalier

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