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Turnovers A Problem Fo the Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“We had some costly turnovers at the wrong moments,’’ Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said following Sunday’s 4-3 overtime loss to Dallas. “Today, we had one in our own zone (by Brian Rafalski, leading to the tying goal with 3:14 to play) and then (in overtime), we had a (defenseman) down low in the offensive zone and had a turnover and they had a three-on-one against us. Those are the kind of turnovers that have been costing us games.’’

Goaltender Chris Osgood said turnovers have forced the team to spend more time in its own zone. The Red Wings are allowing 29 shots per game. That’s about the same as last season, but they said it’s more than they should surrender.

“We’re turning it over too much,’’ Osgood said. “It’s not that we’re bad defensively, it’s that we’re spending too much time in our own zone. When you turn it over, you’re always behind the play.

“We did it in Chicago (in Friday’s 4-1 loss), we did it (Sunday), but we were doing that prior to this. When we were winning games we were doing it.’’

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News from the Farm, 12/21/10

The holiday season’s got us all in shambles…

Thus, a (slightly) abbreviated version of our weekly look at the Southeast Division’s AHL affiliates:

Click for individual box scores

Tuesday, 12/14/10: Abbotsford Heat 1, Rochester Americans 0
Rochester goal-scorers: none
Rochester goaltenders (saves/shots): Jacob Markstrom (26/27)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Leland Irving, ABB; 2 – Ryan Stone, ABB; 3 – T.J. Brodie, ABB

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Video- Life Is OK For Jeff Skinner

He fans on a shot and draws an assist on a goal.

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  Tags: jeff+skinner

Plans Have Gone Poof!

from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

Three months ago, every NHL team had a best-case scenario as to how their 2010-11 season would unfold.

For most, that scenario has already gone up in smoke.

The Washington Capitals are the best example. The Caps were hoping to shake off last spring’s embarrassing playoff pratfall, and believed their young goaltending would be up to the task of keeping them well atop the Eastern Conference. Neither has been the case, and Alex Ovechkin hasn’t been close to being the best player in the world. Tomas Fleischmann was peddled to Colorado for Scott Hannan in an early move – a lousy looking deal so far – and the Caps have found themselves in free fall.

So, general manager George McPhee – GMGM to D.C. watchers – has to be contemplating more moves; not easy with owner/blogger Ted Leonsis yammering in his ear every day.

So much for best-case scenarios.

Only a few teams aren’t in that boat. Philly and Atlanta in the east, and Dallas and Colorado in the west, would be teams that have seen their seasons go better than they could have possibly hoped. Pittsburgh would probably be another such squad.


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Quick Update on Lightning Goaltender Mike Smith

Word from Lightning PR just now is that goaltender Mike Smith will miss approximately two weeks with what is being called a “minor knee injury”.

Smith left today’s morning skate after a collision with forward Simon Gagne.

Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins, whose recall this morning sparked the return of some speculation regarding the team’s situation in goal that had been effectively stifled by solid play from Smith of late, is dressed as Dan Ellis’ backup tonight and is now far more likely to get his first taste of NHL action with Smith on the shelf.

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  Tags: cedrick+desjardins, dan+ellis, mike+smith

Video- Best Of The Week

The best from the past week in the NHL.

First the hits, then saves and goals below…

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Matt Martin Suspended Two Games

via Katie Strang tweet,

Matt Martin has been suspended 2 games by the league for his hit Saturday on Vernon Fiddler

added 7:40pm,

NEW YORK (December 20, 2010)—New York Islanders forward Matt Martin has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $6,792.12 in salary for delivering a blind-side check to the head of Phoenix Coyotes forward Vernon Fiddler in NHL game #475 on December 18, the National Hockey League announced today.

      Martin’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

      The incident occurred at 6:23 of the first period. Martin was assessed a minor penalty for charging.

      Martin will miss games Wednesday against Tampa Bay and Thursday at New Jersey. He is eligible to return Sunday when the Islanders host Montreal.


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  Tags: matt+martin

Who Said This?

It is a current NHL player…

Every family has its Christmas or holiday traditions, and ours is no exception. My siblings and I hold a cheesy gift contest every year. The winner of said contest is afforded the right to choose where we must buy each other’s real gifts the following year. Last year, for example, my gift to my sister Jen was a “decorative mini plunger” (truly incredible), so I was able to dictate that this year’s gifts had to be bought on the world’s greatest marketplace ... EBay.

Because I am defending champ, I have a lot of pressure to repeat. Fortunately, I already have some solid gifts locked down, but I don’t dare say it is in the bag. Anyway, I won’t bore you with anymore of my memories from Christmas past, but will hopefully be able to bore you with news of an incredibly mundane 10-game winning streak by our next correspondence. Happy Holidays!

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Talking Fantasy Numbers

from Rob Higgins at the Toronto Sun,


• that Ryan Malone leads the NHL in power play goals since Nov. 23 with 5?

• that Brandon Prust leads the NHL in shorthanded goals in the same amount of time with 3?

• that Henrik Zetterberg is averaging more shots on goal per game (4.8) than Alexander Ovechkin (4.6) this month?

• that in December Keith Yandle has more points per game (1.12) and shots on goal per game (3.7) than any blue liner in the league, including Dustin Byfuglien?

• that this month Marc Staal and Marc Giordano both have more points per game than Kris Letang, Shea Weber, Drew Doughty, Byfuglien and John-Michael Liles?


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Gonchar Continues To Struggle In Ottawa

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Sergei Gonchar emerged from the Ottawa Senators dressing room almost an hour after Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals, the strain of a dreadful start to his career with the Senators written all over his face.

The Senators’ prized summer free agent signing was expected to put a spark into the Senators power play and all-around offensive game. Instead, he ranks 26th among NHL defencemen in scoring, with four goals and 12 assists in 35 games.

More glaring, however, are his defensive mistakes, including an inexcusable gaffe early in the second period Sunday which helped the Capitals change the game’s momentum and overcome an early 2-0 deficit.

Gonchar now owns a plus-minus rating of minus 19, which ranks him 753rd among 756 NHL players. At his current rate, he will end the season with a staggering minus 44.


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  Tags: sergei+gonchar

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