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Leafs Need More Goals

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

So let’s go through the missing persons list on offence: Kris Versteeg, Nikolai Kulemin, Colby Armstrong, one goal; Tyler Bozak, Mikhail Grabovski, Fredrik Sjostrom none. Brent has been silent since getting two in the first two games, though to be fair, he and fellow third liners Armstrong and Sjostrom aren’t paid to score with regularity.

General manager Brian Burke and coach Ron Wilson might tell you they would have been ecstatic if you told them last month the Leafs would be 4-4 after eight games. But Toronto could have done better by sticking to the formula, certainly in the past two games. Their worst defeat of the three consecutive losses was Saturday in Philadelphia, where the Flyers blocked more shots (18) than the Leafs got on net (14), captain Dion Phaneuf was a minus three and the Leafs breakout went from order to chaos.

Everyone wanted to be in the book, but no one was on the same page and the Flyers bagged two or three goals right off turnovers.

MacArthur said that was a likely consequence of having too many forwards with ones and zeroes beside their name as November approaches.


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Talking Concussions

Elliotte Friedman did a great piece on Inside Hockey last night regarding concussions.

Take five minutes of your day to watch it.

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Afternoon Line

“I just checked their stats before the game.  If we would play 80 games against them, they will probably have about 200 points.”

-Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks speaking about Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.  More from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog.

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Video- Dustin Byfuglien With Five For Charging And A Game

Dustin Byfuglien runs Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth.

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  Tags: dustin+byfuglien, michal+neuvirth

Bertuzzi Chasing The Cup

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Every night before he goes to bed, Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi goes through an elaborate stretching program to keep his back in the best shape it can be after all he’s put it through during his eventful 15-year NHL career.

Every once in a while he needs to have this special back doctor that he’s worked with over the years to come in and use acupuncture, manipulations and other assorted techniques to straighten out his back and hip by working on them for four or five days in a row, in part to try to make him comfortable on the long flights out west from Detroit.

“It happened right before the start of the regular season, my guy came in and I took six days off and he worked on me,” said Bertuzzi. “And it seemed to work because I started the season well rested and feeling pretty good. At the time I think some of the guys just thought I was trying to get out of playing another exhibition game, but you know, I’m glad I did it because I’m feeling strong. Some days I feel like I’m old but I’m going to chase that Cup until I can’t walk.”


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Video- Simmonds Butt-End

The only video I could find of the Wayne Simmonds butt-end on T.J. Galiardi last night.  If you go full screen, you can see it much better.

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  Tags: t.j.+galiardi, wayne+simmonds

The Talk In The Hockey World

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Nikolai Zherdev was finally told he had to speak to the media in Philadelphia and not duck interviews or hide behind a translator. Zherdev came out of a meeting with GM Paul Holmgren saying he would talk to everybody “but the Russian reporter” and he pointed at Flyers.com writer Tim Panaccio. When told Panaccio was Italian, through and through, Zherdev shrugged. “Well, he looks like he’s in the Russian mob.”

• There have been 155 coaching changes in the NHL since Lindy Ruff went behind the Sabres’ bench in 1997 but he’s in the last year of his contract. If they continue to stumble, will he be back, along with his GM Darcy Regier? Thirteen years is a long time for any coach in one place, and often their message goes stale, or falls on deaf ears if they don’t change enough players. But if Ruff ever loses his job, he would be out of work about five minutes. Regier is good at his job, too


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Those American Goalies

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Proud Michiganders Tim Thomas (2009) and Ryan Miller (2010) captured the Vezina Trophy the past two seasons, the first time in NHL history that Americans won the award back-to-back.

Headed into Friday night’s action, four of the five best goals-against averages in the league belonged to men who were (cue “The Star-Spangled Banner’’ here), yes, US-born and -bred:

1. Thomas, Bruins (Flint, Mich.), 0.75

2. Jonathan Quick, Kings (Milford, Conn.), 1.48

3. Brett Johnson, Penguins (Farmington, Mich.), 1.49

4. Dwayne Roloson, Islanders (Simcoe, Ontario), 1.65

5. Jimmy Howard, Red Wings (Syracuse, N.Y.), 1.69

more plus other hockey topics…

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Aiming For The Ankle

Did Chris Campoli aim a shot at the ankle of P.K. Subban?  Don Cherry says yes in the HNIC post-game show last night.

Watch the video below, which by the way covers numerous topics of the day.

If you are only concerned about the shot, scroll to the 2:30 mark.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: chris+campoli, p.k.+subban

Hotstove Talks Kovalchuk, Headsots

Eric Francis, Pierre LeBrun and Glenn Healy join Ron MacLean to talk some hockey.  Other topics were Luongo, Rypien suspension, Boston cap issues,performance bonuses and the softer shoulder pads.

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