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Hit Detroit To Beat Detroit?

from Tom Reed of Puck-Rakers,

The Jackets were credited with 43 hits last night as compared to 19 for the Wings. That total seems inflated, but the Jackets were the aggressors.

This morning, several players spoke on the topic.

“I think we are just playing harder against them,” Jackets alternate captain R.J. Umberger said. “We knew we needed to do it and now we are doing it. Last night, we saw some frustration in them. They were hitting us back with their sticks and stuff. Maybe we were getting to them, but that’s how you have to play against these guys. You got to get in their heads and frustrate them and slow them down.

“We’ve had three tough games against them and I think they have a sense of how we want to play against them.”

Here is Jared Boll’s take:

“The only way for us to beat these guys is to be physical with them. When you see their skill players taking shots back at us you know you got under their skin a bit and that’s a good sign.”

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O’Reilly & Fehr Have Injuries

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Ryan O’Reilly does not have any head or neck injuries. That’s the extremely good news, after his frightening collision into the boards last night in Minnesota.

But there is an injury, possibly a season-ending one, to his left shoulder. Let me caution that no official prognosis has been made by the team, and likely won’t happen for the next day or two.

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

Eric Fehr suffered a right shoulder injury when he collided with David Steckel in the neutral zone during Washington’s 4-2 loss to Vancouver Friday night and Coach Bruce Boudreau said that the right wing will be out 3-4 weeks. Fehr had his right arm in a sling on Saturday at KCI.

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It’s Rogie’s Night In LA

from Rich Hammond of Kings.com,

The first “face’’ of the Los Angeles Kings didn’t even get to show his face on the ice.

Rogie Vachon joined the Kings in 1971, after being traded from the Montreal Canadiens, and he joined an organization starting its fifth NHL season, an organization that had enjoyed some early success but that lacked a draw, an established star.

The Kings, no doubt, hoped Vachon would be that star. The masked goalie was that, and more.

Vachon remains revered, by a generation of fans, as one of the best and most popular Kings of all-time. He spent seven seasons with the Kings and holds the franchise goalie records for all-time games (389), wins (171) and shutouts (32).

Fittingly, Vachon will be the first player honored as part of the Kings’ “Legends Night” series. Vachon will be recognized in a ceremony before Saturday’s game against Edmonton, and the Kings will wear their Vachon-era purple-and-gold jerseys for the game.

continued and watch an entertaining video of Vachon (and some Marcel Dionne too) below…

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Wings Recall McCollum And Tatar

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Saturday recalled goaltender Thomas McCollum and left wing Tomas Tatar from the Grand Rapids Griffins, who in turn signed goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris to a professional tryout.

McCollum, 21, has spent the majority of this season with the Griffins, going 5-10-2 with one shutout, a 3.11 goals against average and a 0.884 save percentage in 17 appearances. He also has played five games for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, compiling a 3-1 record with one shutout, a 2.55 GAA and a 0.913 save percentage.

Tatar, 20, returned to the Griffins on Tuesday after becoming the 114th Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL. He scored his first NHL goal in his Red Wings debut on Dec. 31 and averaged 10:16 in ice time with four shots and an even rating in five appearances.

added 11:28am, via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Spoke with Holland. Howard is day to day, knee is swollen but they’re hoping he’s ok for Tuesday. He may or may not be. Puck hit his knee

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Opening In Europe

Last night my plan was to take it a bit easy, you know, recharge the batteries.  But that ended with Jimmy Howard getting injured.

I missed these tweets from E.J. Hradek last night…

Caps, Rangers, Ducks & Oilers fans might want 2 check fall fares 2 Europe. hear teams in talks 2 b among 6 to skate in 11-12 Premier Games

There could b single reg season games in 6 different european/scandinavian cities. The Caps could open in Russia. That would be smart!

to be clear on premiere games, six teams would go over. each would play 2 games. perhaps 6 different sites, instead of 3 like last October

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Bad Numbers In Edmonton

from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,

It must be a difficult NHL season for the decimal-point divas, who, like that tortured character in A Beautiful Mind, see Oilers games through an opaque prism of formulae and algorithms.

And bravo to them, by the way. It’s nice to have an engaging hobby, especially one so many others can share.

But when your beloved team has 14 victories just past the midpoint of the NHL’s regular season, possesses the league’s worst penalty kill, and flails away in the faceoff circle like a famished construction worker chowing down on consomme with a double-tined salad fork, the numbers don’t impress, do they?

Worse, the numerical indexes of real success won’t be there for the Oilers for two, three, maybe four years.

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I Think Ted May Be Calling Out His Star Players

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

To be frank, our youngest and first year players are our best players right now.

It is odd to see our core players being so unproductive….

We have many injuries to overcome. Our lines seemed jumbled. Our power play is unproductive and is manned by our best players. Our power play is contributing to our woes across the board. 8% conversion of late. No productivity from our star players.

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Whole Lot Of Hockey Today

24 teams in action, toss in some NFL playoff games, NCAA b-ball and whatever else you do on a weekend, and you have a lot of viewing options.

Of course, I will stick to hockey, beginning just after 1:00pm ET today when the Penguins visit the Bruins.

Did some early morning snow blowing, the whole block if you really want to know, now enjoying my first cup of coffee.

The full NHL schedule for today is below…

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Burrows Hopes To Never Do It Again

Remember the stick Alex Burrows placed between the legs of Marc Staal Thursday night?  Well, Burrows admits he did it but won’t do it again…

via Ben Kuzma of The White Towel,

“I thought we had good battles all night in front of the net and those things are going to happen. For sure, I’m aware of that [spear], but sometimes in the middle of a battle, you might do things you regret. But those are things I don’t do on a regular basis.

“Obviously, I did it and hopefully it won’t happen again.”

Oh yes, the league looked at the incident and decided not to do anything about it.

 

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Blue Jackets Double The Pleasure Of Beating Detroit

from Tom Reed of Puck-Rakers,

In an effort to rouse his favorite team from a five-game losing streak, Columbus resident Tyler Schweinfurth promised $20 via Twitter to the Jackets’ player who delivered the winning goal in last night’s game against the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings.

The chemical engineer had no clue what he had set in motion. By the time the Jackets took the ice in Nationwide Arena nearly 150 people, including several Red Wings fans, got behind the drive and pledged $5,327 to the “money on the board” campaign on Twitter.

“Just watching all the contributions almost brought tears to my eyes,” Schweinfurth said.

And that was before the Jackets earned an emotional 3-2 shootout win and surprised fans with a payout of their own.

Alternate captain R.J. Umberger said the players were matching the fans’ sum and donating their portion to the Blue Jackets’ foundation.

“Their passion to win, especially against Detroit, is strong,” Umberger said. “We appreciated what they did for us and we’re going to do the same and let a charity enjoy it.

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