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Mathieu Perreault Takes A Hard Hit From Tim Gleason Tonight

Gleason received five for charging, a ten and game misconduct.

Matt Hendricks or the Capitals was given two for roughing.

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Islanders Wanted Their Game Postponed Tonight

from Katie Strang of Newsday,

According to multiple sources, the Islanders’ request for postponement was ultimately overruled by the league.

Chief Deputy County Executive Rob Walker told Newsday that he discussed the situation with NHL executive Colin Campbell and advised the league disciplinarian to postpone the game.

“The most important thing for us is to ensure that roads are passable for public safety. We asked Nassau County residents to stay home unless it was an emergency. To have people out of their homes at 7 p.m. didn’t feel prudent at this time,” Walker said. “[Campbell] said he understood the issues and would have to discuss the situation with [NHL commissioner Gary Bettman].”

Traditionally the league decides to postpone a game based on the recommendation of the home team, but decided otherwise Sunday.

Although they declined to comment for this story, it is believed the league made it’s ruling based on the fact that both teams arrived safely and were available to play.

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Lucic Fined $3500 For Punch & Obscene Gesture

(Boston) - Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement regarding the NHL’s disciplinary hearing with forward Milan Lucic:

“The NHL has informed us that Milan will not be suspended as a result of the match penalty assessed to him during our game against the Thrashers last Thursday. He will be fined $2,500 for the punch thrown in the scrum and $1,000 for making an obscene gesture directed at the Thrashers bench. He will join the team on the flight to Florida and be available for Monday’s game against the Panthers.”

The match penalty was assessed to Lucic at 15:54 of the third period in the Bruins/Thrashers game on Thursday, December 23. The hearing was held via teleconference on Sunday, December 26.

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Rain Rain Go Away On Winter Classic Day

from Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The weather forecast for Saturday, the day of the Winter Classic, is for temperatures in the 40s and 40 percent chance of showers. The high for the day is predicted to be 49, unseasonably warm.

Could Mother Nature quash this feel-good hockey celebration scheduled for Heinz Field between the Penguins and Washington Capitals?

It’s the signature event of the NHL regular season and in just its fourth year has become a monster success. But always with a concern for the weather.

In the event of a warm-out or rain-out, the game would be played Jan. 2. The forecast for that day is a high of 42 with a 40 percent chance of rain.

The technology is available to keep the ice firm with temperatures in the 40s. There’s no technology that can keep ice firm under a steady rain.

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It’s All Hockey All The Time In Canada

from Jered Stuffco of CTV,

Over the past year, much ink has been spilled about the resurrection of long-moribund NHL franchises in Quebec City and Winnipeg.

There is also continuing hope that a franchise will be planted in Hamilton or another medium-sized city in southern Ontario, despite the titanic defeat of BlackBerry king Jim Balsillie’s bid to bring the Phoenix Coyotes north.

Blame it on Sydney Crosby’s hockey heroics during the gold medal Olympic Game—which had even casual hockey fans dancing in the streets—or on Tie Domi’s dating life, but it would appear that Canadians have never been crazier about hockey.

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11 NHL Games in 4 1/2 Hours Tonight

First puck drops just after 7:00pm ET tonight and the final horn of the last game should sound around 11:30pm.

Make sure the remote has fresh batteries and the Christmas gifts are cleared from the TV viewing area.

See the full NHL schedule below…

Also, on the NHL Network US today, we have two WJC games.

4:00 PM 2011 World Junior Championship: Russia vs. Canada

8:00 PM 2011 World Junior Championship: Finland vs. USA

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Sunday Hockey Points

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• The Colorado Avalanche aren’t moving full-steam ahead to re-sign goalie Craig Anderson, who can be an unrestricted free agent once again July 1. Anderson was brilliant last year; this season he’s been hurt and only average, so maybe they want to see him get on a run of hot games.

• Former Oilers goalie Mathieu Garon got fed to the wolves when the Vancouver Canucks blitzed the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday, but none of the six goals he allowed were his fault. I’m not sure if he’s a true starter, but as one pro scout said, “He’s better than most backups in this league.” He’ll have to carry the load until Steve Mason gets his act together. “He’s losing his net. Shots aren’t getting by him, they’re getting through him. He’s only getting halfway down into his butterfly,” said one NHL team goalie coach.

• Sheldon Souray has one goal in his 15 games in Hershey, that coming on the power play. He’s had 50 shots. I didn’t know the goalies in the AHL were that good.

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The Sweater Has Been Shamed

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This isn’t about the crying need for mobile, puck-moving defensemen who can execute the breakout, lead the rush and join the attack. This isn’t about moving Ilya Kovalchuk from left to right or having him on the wrong side of the power play. This isn’t about roster misconstruction featuring a $2.7 million third-liner in David Clarkson.

This isn’t about X’s and O’s, either, though it is about the zero respect the Devils players have shown for one another, for the franchise, and for the fan base, and it is about the zero fight from the team when it came time to make some sort of stand.

These players aren’t simply victims of organizational dysfunction. They are perpetrators who have made sure to let everyone know how they aren’t used to this, how tough this has been for them, how everyone should just feel so sorry for their plight.

The Devils act as if they are Chilean miners enduring the ordeal of being trapped underground for 69 days rather than hockey players trying to cope with a bad start to their season.

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Sunday Hockey Points

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• The very real anger of Leafs fans hasn’t been this much on display since the Harold Ballard years. The reason for it, I believe, is that fans truly expected Burke to make a signficant impact in the direction in which the team is going. When that hasn’t happened, and Wilson blames everybody but himself, it only escalates the disappointment of another losing season, especially one without the benefit of a first-round pick to rely on.

• The phoniest thing ever: In light of the Winter Classic, listening to today’s NHL players reminiscing about growing up playing on outdoor rinks when the majority of them played all their minor hockey and did all their training and practising, indoors.

• The problem with the Ilya Kovalchuk signing, aside from the obvious things like length and size of contract, was that the timing seemed way off. The New Jersey Devils have had a terrific 15-year run, piloted by the superb goaltending of Martin Brodeur and with a team defence that included the best of Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, Brian Rafalski and more. Here’s the problem: Brodeur is nearing the end and he can’t do what he once could. Stevens and Niedermayer and a lot of others are retired and Rafaski is a Red Wing. The structure that made the Devils great is no more and Kovalchuk is the wrong part for the wrong time. How Lou Lamoriello, one of the brightest and most successful minds in hockey, didn’t see that is really astonishing.

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While You Were Away

Some notes & stories you may have missed while away during the Christmas break…

• Derek Roy is out 4-6 months with a torn quad tendon. The injury will require surgery.  In 35 games this season, Roy had 10 goals and 25 assists for the Sabres.

• Today (Sunday) is the last day of the NHL roster freeze.

• Also on Sunday, Milan Lucic of the Bruins has a disciplinary hearing with the NHL for punching Freddy Meyer (Atlanta) while both players were being restrained.

• Zach Parise of the Devils won’t be able to start skating until March after recovering from knee surgery.

• Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan were surprised by a visit from Don Cherry.  More at CBC…

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