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from Ross McKeon of Yahoo,
• The 15 games drew nine capacity crowds. The United Center in Chicago housed the biggest showing, a franchise-record 22,690 to see the 698th all-time meeting between the rival Red Wings and Blackhawks. The smallest crowd was an announced 11,219 gathering at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island for the Hurricanes and Islanders. A total of 267,729 attended the 15 games for an average of 17,849 per contest.
• The biggest minute-muncher on Saturday was Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom with 32:01 of ice time. Buffalo’s young defenseman Andrej Sekera was the only other skater in the league to log more than 30 minutes (30:44).
from Bolts Report,
In hockey terms, what Barry Melrose put the team through is what’s called a bag skate (so called because players skate until their bags fall off).
There was very little pucks used through the 45-minute, except for some early drills and battle drills. The rest of the time it was guys skating back and forth from line to line.
“The message is pretty clear, if you’re not going to work at night you are going to work during the day,” Melrose said.
I’ve never experienced what the players go through on practices like this, but it sure doesn’t look fun. But Ryan Malone did his best to keep up a good attitude during the whole thing.
“You have to or else its going to feel like it will last longer than it does,” Malone said.
Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings is expected to miss three to four weeks with a knee sprain.
added 2:47pm, from Red Wings Corner,
With Franzen out for a month, the Red Wings bolstered their forward corps by calling up Ville Leino from Grand Rapids. Leino was impressive in the preseason. Signed as a free agent this summer, Leino was the Finnish elite league’s player of the year. Very skilled. Puck follows him around the ice.
added 8:36pm, Guess Leino is still in Grand Rapids...
from Mike Heika of Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
“The goals against is a joke right now,” Tippett said after a 6-5 OT loss to the Washington Capitals. “There are a lot of guilty parties out there. You have to evaluate your personnel, how they are playing, who is making mistakes. It is not the way we do things around here, to have to score seven goals to win.”
“You can’t have an .820 save percentage and survive in this league.”
Turco officially has an .842 save percentage and a 4.26 goals against average.
“Our goaltending hasn’t been very good,” Tippett said.
I want to be in Calgary Dec.2 when Avery meets up with Jarome Iginla, whom Avery slagged for being “boring” as a face of the league. If Iggy gets ahold of him, he’ll wring Avery’s neck and several hundred NHLers will probably cheer.
-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal. More hockey notes from Jim…
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• Something happens to goalies who play for the Ottawa Senators. Like, suddenly, they lose their co-ordination or their brains. No team lets in more ridiculous looking goals on a regular basis than the Sens, no matter who is in net.
• Why it is hard to take the Calgary Flames seriously: Their best players age Iggy, Kipper and Dion. Apparently, Beany and Cecil weren’t draft eligible.
more hockey bits…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators have been linked heavily to Vancouver D Mattias Ohlund, a potential unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. If he doesn’t sign an extension with the Canucks soon—and talk is there hasn’t been any discussions—then he could get moved.
more hockey talk…
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
...when I asked Bill Guerin if the Isles were inspired to play harder in the second and third periods as a response to losing DiPietro because of an injury, he said, “I wasn’t aware of an injury.”
From that statement, I only can deduce that, if the Islanders didn’t know DiPietro was injured, then, they assumed he was pulled for the bonehead play. If that had been the case, it would have sent a message that Gordon isn’t afraid to discipline his star player for careless or selfish mistakes.
But when Gordon and DiPietro both attributed the decision to switch to MacDonald to an injury while refusing to specify the nature of said injury, when it occurred and how long it might affect the starting goaltender, the message was mixed and invited speculation. Gordon and DiPietro both expressed some discomfort about discussing the subject, which only added to the doubt about what really happened.
from Lightning Strikes,
The stats are one thing: outshot 45-22, winning just 18 of 46 faceoffs, failing to challenge backup goalie Brian Boucher, who got his second shutout in his second start. But the most disturbing thing for the team was its lack of passion….
“What’s the definition of insanity?” coach Barry Melrose asked. “You do the same thing over and over again and think you’re going to get a different result. We’ve got to come at it from a different direction. We’ve got to get our star players to score. We’ve got to get everybody to compete harder. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
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