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Pay No Attention To Forbes

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

Forbes undervalues us.

But who cares?

We are in first place in the NHL.

We sell out every game.

We are situated in a top 5 media market.

We now own the building that we play in,too.


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Ritola Deals With Meniere’s Disease

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mattias Ritola knows he will be able to play tonight against the Bruins because, as of the morning skate, he had not heard the ringing in his ears or felt dizzy. Ritola has something called Meniere’s Disease that, basically, is caused by a build-up of fluids in the inner ear, which controls a person’s balance.

“I know when it’s coming,” Ritola said. “I can feel when it’s coming and it’s not here today.”

Ritola said he doesn’t experience the symptoms every day. “Maybe once or twice a week,” he said. Ritola also said he pretty much knows early in the day whether he is going to have an attack. For instance, he said he woke up before Tuesday’s game in Toronto and immediately knew he could not play. But the signs are not always immediately show up.

“It’s unbelievable,” Ritola said. “You can wake up and you don’t know if you can play or not. That’s the worst part. You don’t even know if you can practice. It’s been really frustrating.”


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  Tags: mattias+ritola

Pest- Perry Or Holmstrom?

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Both are among the most respected members of their respective teams. Both make their living around the net. And both have a way of riling up the opposition — especially the goalies.

Whether it’s part of the reason why they’re so effective or whether they just delight in being a nuisance, the Ducks’ Corey Perry and Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom are equally good at providing offense and digging their way under the skin of the players they go up against.

Perry, 25, is the more naturally talented player and he leads the Ducks with 28 points this season, including 12 goals. Holmstrom, 37, has just six goals but he’s got 220 in his career and is arguably the best at battling for position inside and screening a goalie for his teammates.

Sometimes their zeal for competition straddles the line or crosses over it. But Perry and Holmstrom probably wouldn’t be as effective as they are without playing on the edge.

continue to vote on “Who is the bigger pain to deal with on the ice” or comment below.

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  Tags: corey+perry, tomas+holmstrom

The Slumping Blues

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

These are challenging times for Blues coach Davis Payne. His team is sputtering. The Note is playing hard enough, but not well enough.

There is no reason to panic. But there is no time to dawdle, either, given the hyper-competitive nature of the NHL’s Western Conference.

Payne must find ways to get his group back on the playoff-bound track. His job got a whole lot tougher the last few weeks.


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Rating The NHL Teams

from Jeff Sagarin of USA TODAY,

The SCHEDULE ratings represent what the rating would have to be for a hypothetical team to have a mathematical expectation of winning precisely 50% of their games against the schedule played by the team in question in the games that it has played so far. The schedule difficulty of each given game takes into account the rating of the opponent and the location of the game. This is the same concept that is used in computing the WIN50% conference ratings.

continued with a whole bunch of numbers, reds and blues…

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Video- The Best Goals, Hits And Saves From November

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Lupul Close To NHL Return

from Lindsay Kramer at NHL.com,

The low point wasn’t the pain in Anaheim forward Joffrey Lupul’s back as much as it was the anguish on the face of his father, Craig.

Craig Lupul was one of the family members and friends who gathered in Joffrey’s house in Newport Beach, Calif., last June as Joffrey tried to recover from two back surgeries. Six weeks of antibiotics was thought to have cured a subsequent infection, but another one was attacking him hard and his family could only watch as Joffrey struggled to get well.

Lupul could manage the physical discomfort. But reading the worry on Craig’s face was a sobering tip-off to a real career threat at hand.

“I literally couldn’t leave the house. I was in a lot of pain. It wasn’t the pain I was concerned about. It was six months after the surgery,” Lupul said. “Those thoughts (that he might be done playing) stick into your head. You want to block them out.”


No matter which team you cheer for, it is always nice to see a story like this turn out with a positive ending.

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  Tags: joffrey+lupul

Favorites In The US

from Mike Ozanian of SportsMoney at Forbes,

In a survey conducted by BIGresearch exclusively for Forbes of 10,184 men and women in the U.S., 22.2% said they were fans of the National Hockey League. That is an extremely impressive figure when you consider a similar poll conducted by BIGresearch a few weeks ago found that 26.8% of those surveyed were NBA fans. This implies that just six years after a lockout canceled the 2004-05 season, and excluding the hockey hotbed of Canada, the NHL is not that far behind the NBA in popularity. Who are the teams and players NHL fans care the most about?

The five favorite teams are the Detroit Red Wings (11.4%), Chicago Blackhawks (9.2%), Pittsburgh Penguins (8.0%), Boston Bruins (7.9%) and Philadelphia Flyers (7.1%).


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Suspension For Glencross?

Curtis Glencross received five minutes and a game misconduct for a cross-check last night on Keith Ballard.

Suspension worthy?

I haven’t been able to find a video on it, but it is in the game recap video.

Scroll to the 1:15 mark…

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  Tags: curtis+glencross

Pronger The Leader Of The Flyers Defense

from Bill Fleischman of Flyers.com,

“He’s the ultimate pro,” Holmgren said. “He’s ready for every practice, every game. I think the younger players see that on a daily basis and have to be impressed.”

With Pronger’s years of experience, he knows how to pace himself. You rarely see him exert needless energy. As Flyers fans noticed in a recent game in Washington, Pronger also knows when to “go”. Late in the first period of the Flyers shootout victory, Pronger pursued the puck into the Washington zone and delivered a jarring check on Jeff Schultz.

“It’s understanding the game, understanding the flow of the game and when you need to do things,” Pronger said. “Going 100 miles an hour for a puck looks good, but if you have to wait for the play, there’s no point. It’s really about reading the play and knowing the defense is trying to do and you adjusting.”


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  Tags: chris+pronger

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