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from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
Jeff Farrar doesn’t fit the mold of a traditional pastor.
A former linebacker at UCLA, Farrar is known more for his jokes around the Coyotes’ locker room than his preaching style.
“He’s not your average priest or guy who spreads the word of joy and love,” said forward Peter Mueller. “He’s kind of a comedian, which is actually pretty funny.”
But Farrar’s job isn’t solely to lighten the mood among the players. For the past 11 years, Farrar has acted as the team’s chaplain, offering spiritual guidance to those interested and providing an outlet for players to discuss the pressures of hockey and life in general.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Captain Patrick Marleau won’t be in the lineup Wednesday night as he is staying back in San Jose to be with wife Christina for the birth of their second child.
But you should see Jeremy Roenick out there against the Blackhawks. Coach Todd McLellan hedged slightly — “JR will be a game time decision, but he’s looking like he’s ready to go.” — but Roenick spent practice on a third line with Travis Moen and Ryan Vesce, and also got some time in on the power play.
more on the Sharks…
From Dave Stubbs of CanWest News via the National Post:
“I didn’t hear that the team is being sold, have you?” [Canadiens’ GM Bob Gainey] said. “We’re in March, our budgets are set, our money is spent and we’re in a vacuum of administration. We’ve got hockey games to play. It’s about the competition.
“I don’t think this is going to bother the hockey (operations) staff. We’re going to do our work and the public can accept it as they wish,” he added, brushing off any suggestion that the team’s front-office stability has been upset.
from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,
Here is why your team won’t win the Stanley Cup:
San Jose: You’re kidding right? You may be the big, burly kid who taunts everyone in the hallway in between classes, but I’ve seen you swing the baseball bat in gym class. You’re as weak as a kitten.
Detroit: Everyone knows you can’t win two Cups in a row anymore. Besides, you have an almost 50-year-old on your blueline and a European as your captain. Silly Red Wings, will you ever learn?
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
Ales Hemsky is a frustrated star struggling to reconcile the good of the team with what he sees as his diminished role in it….
“I’m just trying to do exactly what they want. I’m becoming a checker,” he said with obvious displeasure after Monday’s practice. “We’re just doing what we have to do to win games. I’m not complaining. It’s important to win the games. I just don’t feel as important as I did before when they were riding me. I don’t feel they use me as much as they did before. If they don’t give me the confidence or trust me, I will never be playing the way I was before, the way they want.
“I’m just saying I don’t care about points. I know I didn’t play my best hockey. I can be better and I know they will need me. But they have got to show me they need me. Ride me. It’s 10 games. I will feel important and I will get better every game.”
Craig Custance of Sporting News Today takes a look at the playoff bubble teams in the Western Conference. Craig breaks down the playoff chances of the Oilers, Predators, Ducks, Wild, Blues and Stars.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Leppanen has been based out of Toronto the past two years working for Ilta-Sanomat, a national daily newspaper in Finland, and a weekly sports magazine, Veikkaaja, where his main duties are to keep tabs on his country’s NHL players.
That’s how big the thirst for NHL news is in Finland.
“That’s why they send me over, mainly just to cover the NHL. It’s a very big deal in Finland. Hockey players and Formula-1 drivers are the biggest stars in Finland,” Leppanen said. “Hard-core NHL fans care about everything with the NHL, but a lot of people are interested mainly in Finnish players and how they’re doing, and that’s my main job.”
Leppanen said the big three are Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne, Montreal’s Saku Koivu and Kiprusoff.
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
“It’s better than nothing,” said defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who scored 8:30 into the game to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. “I guess we’ll take anything, but the extra one would have been big.”
Added defenseman Nick Boynton: “It’s a disappointing way to lose, but we got a point. We have nowhere to go but up.”
The Panthers continued their late-season skid, losing for the seventh time in the past nine games. But this loss did move them into a tie with the Montreal Canadiens for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens have a game in hand.
from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Penguins (86 points), sixth in the conference, are five points ahead of eighth-place Montreal and ninth-place Florida. Montreal has two games in hand on the Penguins; Florida has one. Both get one more crack at the Penguins, too.
If the Penguins merely split their final eight games, they will finish with 94 points. No team since 1999-2000 — the year the NHL began awarding a point for an overtime loss — has needed more than 94 points to earn the final playoff spot in the East.
Since the post-lockout season of 2005-06, the eight-place finisher in the East has finished with 92, 92 and 94 points. If the Penguins finish with 94, the reeling Canadiens would have to earn 14 of a possible 20 points to finish with 95. The Panthers would need 14 of a possible 18.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
As the Senators prepare to continue their six-game road trip tomorrow night against the Hurricanes at the RBC Center, Alfredsson has five goals and nine assists points in last nine games and it’s no accident the club has won eight in that stretch.
“For sure, I’ve felt really good lately. As the team goes, so do some individuals go and vice-versa,” Alfredsson said following the club’s 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Sunday. “A lot of players are playing well for us. Perfect example was (Sunday). (Mike) Comrie, third line, and (Ryan) Shannon, second line, scored for us. That’s the difference.”
Coach Cory Clouston said Alfredsson is having fun.
“You’d have to ask him, but I think he’s enjoying coming to the rink and he believes in his team,” said Clouston. “He likes how we’re trying to play the game and I think he believes that’s how you have to play to have success. You combine all that, and in practice he works hard, and you just can’t ask anything more from him….”
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