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The Speed Machine

Jonathan Toews is featured in November’s Men’s Heatlh.

“Combining lunges and jumps builds leg strength and endurance,” says Toews. “I do 5 minutes of forward walking lunges and then 5 minutes of backward lunges. I rest for 2 minutes and then do 3 sets of 10 box jumps.” Start by doing 1 minute of forward lunges and 1 minute of backward lunges. Rest 60 seconds, and do 2 sets of 10 jumps onto a 12-inch box.

Check out the pdf file…

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Stephane Robidas Susended One Game

via The Sports Network at TSN, Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas will miss Thursday’s home game against the Los Angeles Kings because of suspension.

Robidas received a game misconduct for boarding in Tuesday’s loss to the Anaheim Ducks. It was the 33-year-old’s second game misconduct for boarding within 41 games, which results in an automatic one-game suspension per league rules. The first incident occurred on March 16 versus the San Jose Sharks.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/27/10

Raise a glass to the top performers of last night’s NHL action. It’s the latest edition of JJ’s Three Cheers:

***Cheers to Calgary’s Brendan Morrison, who potted a pair of goals in a 5-4 shootout decision over Edmonton for the 6-3-0 Flames.  With their play of late, Calgary is doing all they can to make me look bad after my unflattering opinion as to how they’d fare this season. Morrison struck in the first on the power play and added a shorthanded marker in the second period before the Oilers rallied to tie the game at 4-4. Twisting the knife in my back, none other than Alex Tanguay’s shootout goal was the deciding factor, sending the home crowd to the exits happy.

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  Tags: alex+kovalev, alex+tanguay, bobby+ryan, brendan+morrison, george+parros

Talking Plus/Minus

from Tom Thompson at The Hockey News,

I believe the plus-minus category is the least understood of hockey’s commonly used statistics. It is basically used to determine whether more goals are scored by your team or the opposition when a particular player is on the ice. Tallies are kept for each game and each player’s cumulative score is available on a daily basis, just like his scoring statistics.

Some goals scored do not count in a player’s plus-minus rating. If your team scores a power play goal while you’re on the ice, you do not get a plus. If you are on the ice killing a penalty and the opposition scores, you do not get a minus.

Certain aspects of this statistic are clearly understood. When Bobby Orr compiled a rating of plus-124 for the 1970-71 season, it was a mark for the ages. When Orr and Wayne Gretzky posted substantially higher plus-minus ratings than any other player over long periods of time, it was certainly more evidence of their brilliance.


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Phil Kessel For The ‘Hart’?

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Based on his performance thus far, Phil Kessel could be in contention for the Hart as MVP and the Maurice Richard Trophy which was introduced in 1999 and goes to the player (or players) who leads the NHL in goal-scoring.

With seven goals in eight games, Kessel is right in the thick of things where the Maurice Richard is concerned. Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks are tied for the league lead in goals with eight apiece while Kessel, Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks and Marian Hossa of the Blackhawks trail by one with seven each. For what it’s worth, Kessel has a game in hand on Sedin and two on Hossa.

There are some players that get off to good starts in a season, but you just know they will eventually hit the wall. For instance, does anyone really expect Clarke MacArthur of the Leafs to continue scoring at nearly a goal-per-game pace? Even Sharp and Sedin have both managed career highs of 36 goals in their careers so it would be a shock if they were to challenge for 50 this season.

It is abundantly clear that if he remains healthy, Kessel will be the driving force behind the Maple Leafs’ offence. The 23-year-old Madison, WI, native is on pace for 72 goals this season.


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Scotty Bowman Still Busy

from Bob Verdi of Blackhawks.com,

One would think that, at age 77, Scotty might retire from public life and just smack the little white golf ball around. After all, a number of former hockey executives can be found in and around Bowman’s winter residence of Sarasota, Fla. Most of them are at least slightly detached, which is to say they probably can’t tell you how the third line for the Phoenix Coyotes has been performing lately. And then there’s Scotty.

“Look at this….while we’re talking on the phone, I’m getting all these tweets,” Bowman was saying the other day. “Here’s one from Chicago. Tomas Kopecky, injured for Saturday night’s game there, will be back in the lineup Wednesday night against Los Angeles. I don’t send these tweets or twitters. Is that what they’re called? But I get them, and read them. Then I get stuff on my computer from the United Center every morning. Any story from any NHL city. It could take you two hours to digest it. I know, because I do it.

“At night, if I don’t go see the Tampa Bay Lightning play at home, I can watch any game on TV. Or I can do both. I can go to a game and watch one on tape later. Here we go! Here’s another one of those instant messages from Toronto! Another tweet. All the information you can get now. It’s amazing.”

What also amazes is William Scott Bowman’s voracious appetite to absorb it all.

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I don’t know why, but I get a chuckle just thinking about Scotty tweeting.

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So Far So Good For Brendan Morrison In Calgary

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

For a guy admitting still coming to terms with the fact he’s part of the Calgary Flames, he’s already exceeding expectations.

“It still feels a little bit odd pulling the red jersey on, but I’m coming around to it,” Morrison admitted after Tuesday night’s 5-4 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers. “I’m appreciative this team gave me a chance. Things didn’t work out in Vancouver, but so far things have gone well.”

Well? Try stupendous. Outstanding. Unbelievable.

Morrison scored two more goals, once shorthanded and once on the powerplay, to get him back the point-per-game pace, with nine points (3-6-9) in as many outings.

Not bad for a player signed just before the season started and shortly after he was released from a tryout with the Vancouver Canucks.

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Pronger Still Recovering From Knee Surgery

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

While you would not be able to tell on the stat sheet - Pronger’s plus/minus is 3 - he doesn’t quite look like the stalwart who guided the Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals last season. He acknowledged yesterday that his knee still isn’t at 100 percent.

“Did anyone say I was 100 percent?” Pronger asked. “I don’t think I’ve ever said I was 100 percent.”

Pronger, 36, missed the first two games of the season, nursing the injury, but was back for the Flyers’ home opener against Colorado.

Even though the situation is not ideal, Pronger is dealing with the injury as best he can. He was quick to acknowledge his game isn’t where he wants it to be at this point.

“I don’t know where it was supposed to be at this point,” Pronger said. “I think every day it’s getting a little bit better and a little bit stronger. I’m skating, trying to move around more and trying to do a little bit more.

“Some days, I need to take maintenance days. It feels better some days than others.”

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Jordan Staal Not Ready To Play Just Yet

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Jordan Staal looks powerful and mobile and confident when he is on the ice.

Looks a lot like a guy who could—and should—be in the Penguins’ lineup.

But things should not always be taken at face value, as Penguins coach Dan Bylsma pointed out Tuesday….

“It’s important to understand that he’s had a significant amount of time not working out, waiting for his foot to heal,” Bylsma said. “It’s important for him to spend time getting some of that workout time in, on the ice and off the ice.

“He looks good [during practices], but there’s still a ways to go before he gets close to that 100 percent range. He has to be allowed to continue to be able to work out off the ice and on the ice.”

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Questioning The Play Of The Canucks

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks won 4-3 on a bizarre OT goal from Mason Raymond but for most of the night they almost all looked as though they could have used a long, hard slurp of the best energy drink on the market.

We all know the Colorado Avalanche young players skate well and can put some pressure on you but the Canucks are supposed to be Cup contenders.

And yet after four days off they spent more than half the night back on their heels examining just how good a goaltender Roberto Luongo can be after all this nonsense about Cory Schneider perhaps making something of a goaltending controversy in Vancouver.

While Schneider has been good in his two home starts against easy opposition, the listless Canucks made Lui produce an excellent performance to get only his second win of the year, and if the team plays like that in front of him very often every W in his column is going to be a tour de force.

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  Tags: mason+raymond

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