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Sharks In Need Of Goals

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

The Sharks are off to a slow start. If you are pondering when to officially become concerned about that, coach Todd McLellan can tell you.

“A month ago,” he said Tuesday.

All right, then.

Fortunately, the Chicago Blackhawks are in town tonight, to give us an excellent barometer about our beloved Los Tiburones, who have compiled a meandering 9-6-4 record to date. The Sharks have looked good, bad, sharp, awful, brilliant and sloppy “... often within the same period.

McLellan has not been shy about expressing frustration over his team, saying it can work harder and execute better.


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Blackhawks Enjoy Their Vegas Stay

via Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The final tab remains a mystery for the Chicago Blackhawks’ epic party at Lavo (Palazzo) on Sunday.

So too, for now, is the identity of the ‘Hawk rookie who spent the night in an awesome replica of the “Iron Man” suit of armor.

But this much is known: it was a bubblicious night of such magnitude that the 11 a.m. workout at the Fiesta was canceled. Blackhawks down!

And that 6-liter bottle of champagne they ordered goes for $35,000.

It appeared to be the club’s annual rookies party, an NHL tradition that calls for the team’s first-year players to split the tab.

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Put The Red Line Back In Play To Cut Down On Head Shots

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Brett Hull, now an executive vice-president with the Dallas Stars, used to be a font of goals. Now he is a font of ideas. He thinks the NHL can use an old approach to open a second front in its war against blindside hits that target the head: reinsert the red line.

The red line topic has cropped up in passing in discussions among GMs—Ottawa’s Bryan Murray is said to be a proponent of the idea—but it never has gained any sort of traction. Then again, the argument in favor of the return to the red line never has been made quite in the way Hull frames it.

Hull says players are increasingly vulnerable to the Rule 48 hits because they continually turn their heads to look back for the long passes that are encouraged by the increased open ice. The old-time zone-to-zone-to-zone passes, he posits, would help alleviate the problem.

Just a thought. Certainly it’s worth examining some videotape to gather empirical data.

read on for more hockey topics…

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Byfuglien Settles In On D

from John Manasso at NHL.com,

Twenty-one games into the NHL season, the marriage of Dustin Byfuglien on defense in the first season of Craig Ramsay’s tenure as coach of the Atlanta Thrashers looks like a match made in heaven.

After Byfuglien arrived during the offseason from Stanley Cup champion Chicago via trade, Atlanta elected to move the 6-foot-3, 265-pounder, fresh off a dynamic performance in the playoffs as a forward, back to defense. General manager Rick Dudley made the trade and hired Ramsay within a whirlwind 24-hour period in June.

Maybe somewhere in the hockey savant mind of Dudley, the vision of Byfuglien paired with Ramsay’s system, which encourages defensemen to join the rush, such a potent mix had first bloomed. Entering Wednesday’s games, Byfuglien ranks third among defensemen in points with 19 (only 15 shy of his total for all of last season), trailing the League co-leaders by a single point and leading all defensemen in goals with seven.


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Start Planning Your Hockey Viewing Now

13 games tonight, 1 tomorrow and 13 on Friday.

Friday is a hockey lovers dream.  First game begins at noon and the final horn should close out all the hockey action about 12:30am on Saturday.

Normally when games are scheduled throughout the day and night, we get a break of about an hour or so in the late afternoon, but not on Friday.  That is 12 1/2 hours of action, and non-stop action.

I know what I will be doing all day and hope to have some leftover turkey to enjoy the day even more.

See the schedule below, which starts today and runs through Friday.

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Rangers Won’t Overpay For Brad Richards

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

You know what, if Rangers general manager Glen Sather cares to pony up Marc Staal or Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Dubinsky or Ryan Callahan, then the Blueshirts undoubtedly would have Richards, the blue-chip Dallas first-line center in the final season of his contract at a $7.8 million cap hit, in time for tonight’s opening faceoff at Tampa Bay.

The Post has learned, however, that Sather has no intention of offering the financially distressed Stars that absurd combination of young guns, or indeed any permutation of emerging Bluebloods to fill the need for an upper-echelon playmaker to skate with Marian Gaborik, though the absence of such a pivot wouldn’t seem to have had anything to do with No. 10’s puzzling disappearing act against the Flames in Monday’s rollicking 2-1 victory at the Garden.

There is no doubt Sather will mount up, cry giddyup, and pursue Richards—who won the Conn Smythe playing for coach John Tortorella’s 2004 Stanley Cup-winning Lightning—once he hits the open market on July 1.

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Shot Blocking Talk

from Kelly Hrudey of CBC,

I have a dilemma. I’m not sure if I like all the shot blocking, or am just so used to it that I expect it now.

Long ago, there was a time and place for it. But now, it seems it’s the most likely way to defend, although I’m not going to say it’s the easiest way to stop the opposition from scoring because it sure takes its toll in terms of injuries.

I really commend the players and their bravery because getting in the shooting lane takes courage, for sure. But the art of blocking shots is at such a high level, it has forever changed the game and I’m not sure I like it much.

Shot blocking in today’s NHL is to the game what “clutching and grabbing” was before the last lockout.


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Hammer Time

I only have a few minutes this morning, with a houseful already in town for Thanksgiving and the pressing need of locating some genie-style parachute pants in time for tonight’s game, what with M.C. Hammer in town for a postgame concert and all. (Rumor has it, if things go well for the Lightning, their very own “Hammer”, one Steven Stamkos, could join the genius behind “U Can’t Touch This”, “2 Legit 2 Quit” and “Here Comes the Hammer” on stage. Hope he’s been practicing that trademark Hammer shuffle…)

Anyway, I simply wanted to point out that, prior to their recent three-game road sweep of the Islanders, Philadelphia and Buffalo, I had noted that the Lightning were actually two points behind their record through 17 games last season and that they’d need to win two of three just to match that club’s pace at the indicative “quarter pole” of the twenty-game mark. Of course, they managed a perfect road trip and added a win over Boston on Monday night to run their win streak to four and to pull them within four points of division-leading Washington.

So forget that last year stuff, as all seems well, presently, in Lightningland…

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  Tags: dan+ellis, martin+st.+louis, mc+hammer, mike+smith, steven+stamkos

Renney Not Happy After Another Loss

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

Generosity is continuing to hurt the Edmonton Oilers, and it’s starting to upset their generally mild-mannered head coach.

On Tuesday the Oilers were in a giving mood, handling the puck as though it was a grenade, coughing it up early and often in a 5-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes….

“I’m not happy, flat out, not happy, it’s a joke,” said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. “We win a game we figure we’re going to be hoisting the Cup or something.

“The battle level was non-existent tonight. The pride in the jersey was not at the level it needed to be. It was an absolute joke, a travesty.”

read on for the game recap…

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The First Two Months Of The NHL Season

from TSN,

• Front and centre is Steven Stamkos, threatening to become just the sixth player in league history to hit the elusive 50 goals in 50 games mark. After potting a career-high 51 in just his second season, Stamkos has 20 goals through 21 games.

TSN analyst Darren Pang said that Stamkos is the best player through the first quarter, with a big assist from his setup man.

• The biggest goalie news in the first quarter may be in Montreal and the much improved play of Carey Price. After Price went through a few years of growing pains, the Habs dealt last year’s playoff hero Jaroslav Halak to the Blues, leaving Price as the only choice in net.

• ...the Columbus Blue Jackets are tied for the most wins in the Western Conference with 13.

“Scott Arniel has done a great job,” Pang said ” (Jakub) Voracek, (Derick) Broussard and (Rick) Nash are leading this team and Marc Methot on the blueline is very underrated

• The Jackets would be first in their division if not for the outstanding start by the Detroit Red Wings. After their slide to fifth in the West last season, they have returned to typical Detroit status - at least for the quarter pole, anyway - sitting in first with a 13-3-2 record and a west-best 28 points.

Pang called them the best team of the first quarter.

I posted each item as bullet points but there is more to read on each point….

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