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NHL Starts Early Today

Hmm, Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bill today at 1:00pm today or watch Oilers take on the Rangers?

I will stick with hockey.

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Shorthanded Islanders Lose Again

from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,

Throughout this losing streak, the Islanders have found different ways to lose hockey games. For consecutive loss No. 10, they failed to field a complete lineup.

Opting against the protocol of most every team in the league, the Islanders decided to not bring an extra defenseman such as the reliable Dylan Reese for the West Coast trip - despite playing three games in four nights 3,000 miles away. With Jack Hillen sidelined today with the flu, Scott Gordon was left to coach the game with only five defensemen. As if playing the first-place Kings wasn’t enough of a challenge,

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The Wings Social Director

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Danny Cleary is an integral part of the Red Wings’ core these days, and red-hot with six goals in his last five games, but general manager Ken Holland admitted when Detroit was in Edmonton last week that they almost blew it with Cleary in 2005 when he was on a tryout. “Babs (coach Mike Babcock) wanted to cut him after the first week of camp, but I told Babs, ‘No, I gave my word to (Cleary’s agent) J.P. Barry that we’d give him four exhibition games.’ So Babs says, ‘OK, let’s put him in,’ ’’ said Holland. “After the four exhibition games, Babs says OK, ‘I’ve got to have him.’ Then two of our players, Chris Chelios and Mathieu Schneider, came to me and sponsored him. They worked out with Dan at T.R. Goodman’s place (a training facility in Venice Beach, Calif.). They believed in him. He’s not a great player but he’s a very useful player. He can play right or left wing, he can play with Datsyuk and Zetterberg or drop back to a checking line. And he’s our social director. You can’t forget that. Every team needs one of those. He’s got the Masters’ pool, the Super Bowl pool.”

more hockey topics…

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Has ‘Bob’ Solved The Goaltending Problems In Philadelphia?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Years of bad goaltending decisions may have finally come to an end in Philadelphia, where the Flyers now have 22-year-old Sergei Bobrovsky (of the Novokuznetsk, Russia, Bobrovskys) saving their cheese steak on a nightly basis. In the dressing room, he goes by “Bob.’’ And when he makes a big save at the Wells Fargo Center, a loud “B-o-o-o-o-b-b-b-b-b-b-!’’ bellows over the PA. The event-entertainment folks clipped it from the 1991 movie “What About Bob?’’ featuring Richard Dreyfuss and Bill Murray. Bobrovsky sure looks like the real deal. The Flyers had the Panthers in town last night, and Bob stood an impressive 9-2-1 with a 2.09 goals-against mark and .931 save percentage. He signed as a free agent over the summer, a deal that will pay him a total of $5.25 million over three years.

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Flames With More Mistakes In Loss To San Jose

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,

“There were mental mistakes,” groaned coach Brent Sutter, who conducted a lengthy closed-door meeting following the loss. “Mistakes that were made due to a lack of intelligence when playing the game tonight. The other night it cost us in a one-goal game where our puck management wasn’t good in certain areas. Then you give up quality scoring chances and the puck goes in the net.

“Again when games are tight like this, you can’t afford to make those mental mistakes likes the ones that cost us here in both of the last two games. You can’t have those breakdowns.”...

Losers of six of their last seven, the Flames are now 7-9-0 — and entrenched in 14th spot in the Western Conference.

“I don’t think it’s frustration,” said captain Jarome Iginla, when asked about his team’s emotions. “We feel like we have a good team and we’re going to get better. A lot of guys have been rolling well. I’m one of the guys that haven’t been good enough — or very good.

“Being two games under .500, it’s not frustration, but there is already desperation. We’ve got to climb back up to .500, then over .500. We knew this was a very important game for us. And we knew the Sharks would be desperate because they’re not thrilled with their start, either.”

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The Entertaining All-Star Game

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When it comes to base ball’s All-Star Game, they try to tell you that “it counts,” even though no one in either starting lineup remained in last year’s game past the sixth inning.

In hockey, they are telling you that the All-Star Game doesn’t count at all, which seems a far more refreshing and honest approach.

The NHL’s choose-up game in Raleigh on Jan. 30 might fall flat, but, really, so what? All-Star Games are largely anachronisms, anyway, and serve in all sports primarily as backdrops for meet-and-greet functions for corporate sponsors and as entertainment vehicles for fans who buy tickets to the myriad events surrounding the match.

Here’s a little secret about NHL All-Star Games—regardless of how they translate over television, which is to say not too well at all, they’re always reasonably entertaining in person, which is all that matters to the people in the arena who pay the freight.

We all know what the NHL is doing here in allowing team lettermen (captains and alternates, two forwards and one defenseman per squad) to choose sides in a televised Friday evening/night draft is a gimmick, but it’s one I’ve warmed up to over the last few days after initially dismissing it on Twitter, because, really, why not?

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Is Jarome Iginla The Dan Marino Of The NHL?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The careers of Jarome Iginla and Dan Marino have more than a little something in common.

Both have played their whole time in one uniform. Both were the centrepieces of their teams. Both were denied better days by the talent they were surrounded with.

In Marino’s case, the Miami Dolphins were forever lacking at running back.

In Iginla’s ongoing and rapidly declining case in Calgary, the Flames have been forever lacking at centre. Who’s the best centre Iginla has ever had? Probably some middle-of- the-road player such as Craig Conroy or Daymond Langkow?

While Marino was clearly higher up the career list than Iginla will ever be, it remains a shame to see players of this magnitude lead their teams season after season without the ultimate result.

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Mark Cuban Shows Interest In The Dallas Stars

So says John Shannon of Sportsnet.

Cuban talk is right after the Jeff Carter signing, which is the lead story of the video.  Also, more hockey topics discussed after the Cuban story.

Again I sing the praises of Sportsnet for allow their videos to be embedded this year.

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Video- Markov Injured As Habs Defeat Hurricanes

Reports are team doctors will look at Andrei Markov’s knee in the next few days before making a diagnosis.

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Prayers Go Out To The Richardson Family

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson — a former teammate to many of the team’s players — and his wife Stephanie have tragically lost their 14-year-old daughter, Daron.

The Senators confirmed in a statement late Saturday that Daron tried to take her own life by hanging herself at the family’s home. The club said she was rushed to hospital and succumbed to the injuries in ICU.

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