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Panthers Need A Point

from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,

After two moral victories but no points on a tough Western Canada three-game swing to start the season, the Panthers really need to beat a Flames team that has been devastated by injuries just two games into the season to feel good about themselves on the long plane ride home.

The Flames have eight players in sick bay, three long term (Langkow, Kotalik, Stone) and five on the limp, however, they may get center Matt Stajan back for his first game of the season since dislocating his shoulder on the first day of the preseason.


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Devils Go Through A Tough Practice

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils coach John MacLean halted the team’s morning skate today at HSBC Arena and ripped into his players for being listless and sloppy during one of the drills.

MacLean stopped the drill, called the players over to him at center ice and then began yelling with several profanities mixed in. Then, he made them restart the drill they had been doing. MacLean apparently spotted one player shaking his head after he yelled at the team because I heard him say, “Don’t shake your head.”

“I thought it was a little too laissez faire for a team that hasn’t won a game yet,” MacLean explained afterward.


added 5:36pm, Tom Gulitti just tweeted Rolston has has a sports hernia, out 4-6 weeks after surgery on Thursday.

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Too Much Fluff

from Kareem El-Alaily (fan blogger) of the Box Seats at the Washington Post,

Count me as one who isn’t quite so happy with the way the D.C. media treats the Caps. But not for the historic, pre-Ovechkin-era slights the Caps had to endure when they barely registered a blip on the local sports scene. Now that the Caps are everyone’s darling, getting attention is no longer an issue. What’s missing, to me, is any sort of substantive thought leadership on the team, a disservice to those of us who want to see hockey grow and become fully embraced in the D.C. area.

Most of what I’ve read or watched since last April’s playoff collapse are a few fluff pieces about how the Caps need to “stay angry” and suggestions that the Caps are right on the brink of Stanley Cup glory


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Penguins Hurting

from Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

as suspected, Penguins defensemen Zbynek Michalek (shoulder) and Brooks Orpik (groin) will not play tonight against the Maple Leafs. Michalek (right) injured his right shoulder in Monday’s game against the Devils when he was hit into the boards by New Jersey forward Rod Pelley.

Orpik missed Monday’s game due to a recurring groin ailment.

Their injuries will allow Andrew Hutchinson, recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton yesterday, to make his debut with the NHL Penguins.

Second, Mike Comrie appears to be demoted off the Penguins’ top two lines for undisclosed reasons. Dan Byslma described him as a game-time decision.

a bit more...

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All Eyes On Price Tonight

from Louis Jean of Sportsnet,

I can assure you Carey Price will be the most applauded player by the 21,273 fans at the Bell Centre tonight. Ironically, he could also get booed off the ice before the game is over should he not play up to par.

There is clearly a love-hate relationship that exists between Price and the team’s supporters. It goes much deeper than the Jaroslav Halak trade. In the eyes of the fans, Price has been a disappointment. He has failed to establish himself as a bona fide No. 1 netminder. When he made the team at 20 years of age, some called him the savior, the next Patrick Roy. The bar was a smidgen high for the kid, don’t you think?

There is no doubt in my mind the Montreal Canadiens have the most passionate and knowledgeable fans you will ever find. The downside is they’ve got a very short fuse. Sure Price hasn’t quite lived up to expectations, however, the maturation process is taking its course. Several prominent and well-respected hockey minds have told me they are convinced Price will become a dominant NHL goaltender.


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  Tags: carey+price

Local Talk

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

It took Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province a minute to find the Sportsnet Pacific interview area during the Florida//Vancouver game on Monday, but when he did it christened a novel concept in panel politics in Canadian TV sport: local guys talking about the local team, the Canucks. This season, all Sportsnet games on Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa games will mostly feature local voices on their panels.

Ever since Tip O’Neill opined that all politics is local, the equation has been extended to news and sports as well. If not for a rooting interest in the local side, sports would be like a Broadway touring show, rootless and soon forgotten. Even the national Hockey Night In Canada juggernaut is underpinned by the fanatical following of local teams. In a country as far-flung as Canada, the local becomes even more of an imperative in understanding the issues.


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Sticks and Stones (and Hits from Behind) May Break My Bones but Words (and Gestures) Won’t Hurt Me

I’m a little late to the party on this topic, though I’ve shared a thought or two on Twitter this week, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least offer some extended opinion on the recent suspensions handed out to James Wisniewski of the New York Islanders and Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson.

Wisniewski, of course, was banned for a pair of games for making what the NHL dubbed an “inappropriate gesture” directed toward Rangers forward Sean Avery, while Hjalmarsson got the same sentence for a dangerous, blind side hit on Buffalo’s Jason Pominville.

Pominville was concussed on the play and there is said to be no time table for his return to the Sabres lineup. Avery – go figure, be he the perpetrator or the “victim”, involved in yet another incident – suffered, perhaps, some shame and hurt feelings because of Wisniewski’s gesture. But he’s a big boy. He’s over it already, I’m sure.

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  Tags: james+wisniewski, jason+pominville, niklas+hjalmarsson, sean+avery

JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/13/10

Today’s three cheers (despite slim pickins, what with only two games last night and all) recognizing those who deserve a nip for their performances of a night ago:

***Cheers to Detroit’s Johan Franzen, who opened the scoring in last night’s renewal of the Avalanche/Red Wings rivalry and later notched a second goal, as the Wings earned a point in the standings, despite blowing a two-goal lead, in falling to the Avs in a shootout. Franzen now has three goals and four points on the young season for Detroit (2-0-1).

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  Tags: brandon+yip, david+jones, johan+franzen, jonathan+quick, ryan+smyth

The Cap Situation In New Jersey

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

In this upside-down world of the desperate and winless Devils, here’s another injury that could help general manager Lou Lamoriello temporarily manage his salary cap and short roster dilemma.

Forward Brian Rolston is receiving a second opinion after an initial examination suggested a possible sports hernia. If confirmed, he could require surgery and the Devils likely would place him on long-term injured reserve and temporarily free some $5 million in vital cap space to restock their short-handed lineup.

Rolston and defenseman Anton Volchenkov (stiff neck, broken nose) are to sit out their second straight games tonight when the Devils visit the Sabres tonight.


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Take Your Shot Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,

Did anyone in the league office check the schedule? Hjalmarsson sits two games, so when does he get back? Saturday night in the United Center. Against the Sabres. So is the league giving Buffalo carte blanche to create mayhem in retaliation? Doubt it. Patrick Kaleta already threatened some after practice Tuesday. But if he does something, he’s not getting two games. Book it. Stinks of the warning system in baseball: You hit my guy, you get a warning, I hit yours and I get ejected and suspended.

The Sabres and Hawks won’t play for at least another year, perhaps longer. You make it a three-game ban and you basically cut way back on the mayhem potential Saturday.


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  Tags: niklas+hjalmarsson

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