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From Dan Rosen at NHL.com:
The 200-by-85-foot rink will be situated between first and third base.
The center-ice faceoff dot will measure exactly 112 feet from home plate and 288 feet from the center field wall. The penalty boxes will be precisely 9 feet behind the pitcher’s mound.
Behind the team benches will be a 60-by-56-foot auxiliary rink constructed over the outfield grass. It will be used during the game by the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois. To the left and right of the auxiliary rink will be team logos that measure 40 feet long and 40 feet wide. Also draped on the outfield grass will be American and Canadian flags that measure 90-by-45-feet.
Update 1:28pm ET: The Hockey Show has more on the video below—
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Guess you haven’t checked out teams’ websites then. That’s because there are deals to be had, plenty of amazing deals. In some cases you wonder how people can afford to not go to games.
Take the Florida Panthers. One of their ticket packages includes a $5 gas card, free parking and a Coca-cola combo meal. You get all of this for a whopping $17….
...in Columbus fans can purchase tickets to see three games against the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks - all primo opponents - and spread their payments out over four months….
n Los Angeles fans can purchase a Holiday Pack Special starting at $99. That gets you two tickets to four games (four games!), a $50 ESPN zone game card as well as a LA Kings collectable glass and coaster set.
The Nashville Predators are offering a Saturday Hockey Holiday 3-Game pack starting at $63.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Since joining the team on Nov. 29—not coincidentally, the last game before Latendresse began his exile—D’Agostini has four goals in six games and his energetic play has revitalized linemates Saku Koivu and Andrei Kostitsyn. It’s folly to think he can maintain this offensive pace, but 20 pounds heavier and two years smarter, he’s equipped to do all the little things that turn a prospect into a pro. At this point, a job is his to lose.
The same can’t be said for Latendresse, who seems ill prepared to handle his struggles. His confidence shot and his opportunities limited, he’s likely to remain on the outside looking in.
Could Latendresse have benefited from a more cautious route to the pros? Watching D’Agostini make the argument nightly, it’s hard to think otherwise.
Also, in the KK Member Blog a few days ago, Slasher98 weighed in on D’Agostini too.
from David Amber of ESPN,
Q: With Jared also on the NHL horizon, there will soon be four Staal brothers in the league. How much do you notice when you’re on the ice against one of your brothers?
A: You notice every time. They’re pretty good players, so you need to keep an eye on them or they can do some damage against you. We’re all competitive guys, so every time they’re on the ice I recognize the situation. It makes it fun, but no one wants to lose to their brother.
Q: Would you ever drop the gloves with one of your brothers?
A: [Laughs] I don’t know. I think I would just start laughing if it ever came to that. I remember against Marc at [Madison Square Garden], we were up by a couple of goals with the time running out and we were in the corner, and I got him in a headlock and I was laughing. I couldn’t stop laughing. He got really mad at me, but we didn’t drop the gloves.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
It is a grey blustery December day on the frigid shores of Lake Erie and the Aud, the grand ol’ lady of Western New York hockey, looks very much like a rotting building in need of being put out of its misery.
Inside, the longtime home of the Buffalo Sabres—a place where 17,000 screaming hockey fans regularly used to gather—now is a crumbling afterthought where rats congregate to frolic.
Outside, as part of the early stages of demolition, the outer shell of the upper walls already have been peeled, revealing a pattern of decaying beams and girders that have endured the building’s 68-year history.
Watch a video below as some of the all-time Buffalo greats take one last skate at the Aud.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
The scene, to be acted out tonight, usually goes like this: Toronto fans, plentiful in number, will file into HSBC Arena. They’ll be loud. For a while, they’ll be boisterous. Then, when their team lets them down, they’ll trudge back across the border.
But even if the Maple Leafs follow form and lose to Buffalo tonight, Sabres fans might see a sly smile spread across the faces of their rivals. It’s because, thanks to Brian Burke, they have hope.
Leafs Nation has been dreaming of Burke for years, and the wish was granted Nov. 29 when he assumed the roles of president and general manager. The highly regarded hockey guru, who built a Stanley Cup winner in Anaheim, was hired to bring the Centre of the Hockey Universe back to the top of the hockey world.
via the Miami Herald, I
njured winger Nathan Horton said the deep cut on his ankle ‘‘looks fine and has healed up nice,’’ but he’s still out of the lineup because he’s having trouble skating.
On Wednesday, he found out why after an MRI revealed a small fracture around his heel that is the source of his discomfort, he said. Horton said he’s day to day, although there is no timeline for his return. Horton missed his sixth consecutive game Thursday.
‘‘I tried to skate a few times, but it’s still sore,’’ Horton said.
from Jim Adams of The Union,
Brian Boucher is a back-up goaltender. He is designed to play the odd game to rest the starter. In all reality, he has become an icon of what has made the San Jose Sharks the best team in the National Hockey League season.
He exemplifies the type of attitude, grit, perseverance, and skill that has made this Northern California’s most successful team.
And although Boucher may be perfectly suited for warm-ups, he is exceptional when it comes time for the real thing.
It is tough to endure a career as a goaltender without a fair share of ups-and-downs, hits-and-misses, victories and defeats.
As the last line of defense, performance is magnified beyond any other player. Errors become more pronounced. Big saves become larger than life. Rarely is it a straight career path for the NHL goaltender. He may last a little longer, but there is no way to describe it other than tough and demanding.
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
(Joey) MacDonald went on to say the Islanders hung backup Yann Danis out to dry in the second period, when they added four more goals on backdoor plays and open shots from the slot. Standing up for his replacement showed MacDonald’s heart is in the right place.
If anyone believes the eventual return of a healthy starting goaltender Rick DiPietro will magically make it all better, they are mistaken. DiPietro might make a few more of the big saves, but he’s not going to enjoy facing the kind of onslaughts MacDonald has seen on a nightly basis recently….
It appears the system is deeply flawed, at least the way the Islanders play it, as DiPietro is destined to discover soon enough.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
The $575,000-a-year goalie, whose paycheque is 10% of Tomas Vokoun’s, went into the game with the best save percentage in the league at .941 and a 2.09 goals against average and improved on both numbers to go 5-1-2 in his last eight games and 16-4-3 since Jan. 3 last year.
(Craig) Anderson left the building with one of the most fascinating stats you’ll ever find for a goaltender as he stretched his career record to 10-1-4 in games in which he faced 40 or more shots.
But sorry, he wasn’t the story.
Lots of shots. No chances.
That was the sorry story as the Oilers booted yet another home game as they began the stretch of games in which they’re supposed to reboot their season.
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