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Blue Jackets Get Beat Up In The Central

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Since joining the NHL in 2000, no franchise has had a worse record (79-115-36) within its division, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Not the Florida Panthers. Not the Atlanta Thrashers. Not the perpetually rebuilding New York Islanders.

While the Jackets are encouraged by an 8-5 start, the bulk of their divisional games lie ahead, starting tonight with a key matchup against the streaking St. Louis Blues in Nationwide Arena.

The Jackets understand any chance of making the playoffs means posting a respectable mark within the NHL’s most competitive division. The Central has produced two of the past three Cup champions in Detroit (2008) and Chicago (2010) and placed four teams in the 2009 playoffs.

When new coach Scott Arniel was researching the Jackets job, the club’s futility among division rivals stood out like a Nikolay Zherdev suit.

The Predators have beaten the Jackets 14 consecutive times in Nashville - the NHL’s longest home winning streak over another team. The Jackets are 1-7-2 in their past 10 trips to St. Louis.

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Will van Riemsdyk Get The Message?

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

There are no immediate plans for James van Riemsdyk’s return, but when he does come back, coach Peter Laviolette wants the young Flyers winger to take his benching personally.

“When James gets back in there, you hope it burns him a little bit to be out of the lineup and he comes back with revitalized energy, like Z [Nik Zherdev] did, and makes it a point to show he shouldn’t have come out of the lineup - and shouldn’t come out anymore,” Laviolette said this week in a conference call with reporters.

Getting back in the lineup, however, won’t be so simple. Andreas Nodl’s strong play could keep the 21-year-old van Riemsdyk sidelined for a while. He has been a healthy scratch the last two games.

“There are tough decisions to be made,” said Laviolette, whose Flyers play his former team, the Carolina Hurricanes, on Thursday. “You’re trying to win hockey games every night. James got caught in a numbers game. He’s got to continue to practice hard, and when he gets that opportunity and gets get back in there . . . you want to make it a point to let everyone know that [a benching] is not going to happen again.”

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Would You Pay $11K For A Sweater?

from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,

447 wins. 103 shutouts. 4 Stanley Cups.

He is arguably the greatest goalie in hockey history. And now you can own Terry Sawchuk’s game worn sweater. This photo-matched wool sweater comes from the 1954-55 season when Sawchuk was near the top of his game.

Mind you, it will cost you a pretty penny. Actually a lot of pretty pennies. It looks like by the time this auction is said and done, you could also buy a decent car for the cost of this sweater. But this is so much cooler.

continue for auction link and more Wings memorabilia…

 

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Blues Are Going To Need More Goals

from B.J.Rains of FSMidwest,

There’s no denying that the Blues goaltending - Jaroslav Halak in particular – is the main reason the Blues are looking for an eighth straight win Wednesday night in Columbus.  Acquired from Montreal over the summer, Halak has endeared himself to Blues fans in a big way already.

Halak is tied for the NHL lead in both wins and shutouts and is third in both goals against (1.46) and save percentage (.944).  Conklin hasn’t been bad either, earning a shutout Sunday in New York in his first action in more than two weeks.

But the Blues know that Halak and Conklin can’t pitch a shutout every night. At some point, the goal scoring needs to improve of the team won’t continue to win close games.  David Perron and Matt D’Agostini lead the Blues with five goals each, good for a tie for 37th most in the NHL.

The Blues have at least one goal from 14 players but just six have two or more goals. Still, Payne doesn’t see the lack of scoring as a problem just yet.

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Colorado Hit With Injuries

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

David Van Der Gulik has a knee injury and won’t return and now, more ominously, TJ Galiardi is out with a hand or wrist injury. He suffered it to his right hand near the end of the second period, after a collision with Calgary’s Jarome Iginla.

His hand got jammed into the top of the dasher after a hit from Iginla. He left the ice in obvious pain. You have to hope it isn’t broken.

*Update: It is broken. He’s out indefinitely, and Van Der Gulik tore his MCL and out indefinitely.

That makes it an even 10 players the Avs have sidelined with injuries.

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Evening Line

Yes, it’s true they’ve lost a lot of talent, and the depth of skill is a distant memory. They aren’t nearly the team they were when they danced with Lord Stanley’s bowl.

Nevertheless, the Hawks kept their nine best skaters and have a better goaltender than a year ago, and that half a team ought to be good enough for a fifth or sixth seed in the West.

A repeat may be impossible in the NHL even under the best of circumstances, but the Hawks should still be able to win a round or two once they rediscover their desperation.

-Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald where you can read more on the Blackhawks.

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Leafs Didn’t Have A Chance Tonight

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

“We didn’t compete,” Giguere said. “You knew they were going to be ready, they got beat pretty bad the last game on the road ... You’ve got to be aware of these things. I don’t know. I’m a bit lost. I don’t know what to say. We’re just going to have to regroup.”

Giguere said the team’s slow start was what really killed them, as after failing to capitalize on an early 5-on-3, Toronto seemed to back off and allow the Lightning to take control of the game with three quick goals.

“I think it was obvious we weren’t ready to start ... As a group, we just weren’t ready to compete and do what we needed to do to win the game,” he said. “I mean, we played better in the second and third but that’s not enough. In the situation we’re in, you need to see some desperation out of the guys, some competitiveness and we’re not seeing that.

“I don’t understand why it’s not happening. There’s nothing given in this league. It’s a tough league to win in, especially on the road. You need to show up ready. Things might not go your way, that’s understandable, and you’re not going to win them all but after you lose a few in a row like that, you need to start showing something.

“Tonight we didn’t even have a chance.”

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What a difference a year makes

The Montreal Canadiens looked very good Tuesday night. They played a complete game, start to finish. Carey Price was sensational at times, making 33 saves, and everyone from Tomas Plekanec on down to Tom Pyatt had scoring chances.

More importantly, somewhere in the world last night, a pig must have taken flight, because not only were both Canadiens goals scored by defencemen, the second one was – brace yourself – scored on the power play. By Roman Hamrlik. Assisted by Jaroslav Spacek.

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Byfuglien Enjoying The Defensive End

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

This is no Jekyll and Hyde. This is certainly no Sybil. This is Dustin Byfuglien, a man as simple and straightforward as his name is baffling: Try “buff-lynn” …

And yet, consider the twists: Born to a mother of Norwegian heritage and an Afro-American father, raised in the United States but came to Canada to play his sport, drafted as a defenceman, blossomed as a forward, returned to defence.

And happy as a clam.

“I kind of cracked a smile,” said the man challenging for the NHL lead in scoring by defence when he was told earlier this summer that he would be changing positions.

So improbable did such a change seem that, in some tallies, his 13 points on four goals and nine assists have been listed under leading scorers forward rather than defence, where he has been playing all fall for the surprising Atlanta Thrashers…

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Head Shots Draws The Attention Of The GMs

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The All-Star Game is getting a facelift and overtime may or may not get one, too, but the meatiest part of Tuesday’s NHL’s GMs meeting was once again head shots.

“It was probably the most important aspect of [the meetings],” Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier said.

An air of frustration and confusion has surrounded the NHL’s new rule banning blindside hits to the head (a.k.a. Rule 48), but the consensus message from the 30 GMs and assistant GMs to the league’s head office was, “Stick with it.”

“Definitely,” Atlanta Thrashers GM Rick Dudley said. “In general, we feel the league is doing the right things to protect the players in that situation. You have to protect them, and you have to do it without changing the basic structure of the game, and I think that’s been done.”

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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