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from Ross McKeon at Yahoo Sports,
“This season is going to get played out,” said Campbell, who appeared in his 400th game Friday. “It’s nothing against nobody; I just need to be in the best frame of mind to play my best hockey, and by leaving that on the back burner is the best for me.
“It bothered me a lot in Buffalo – it just got to me so much that it affected my play,” he added. “There’s too much at stake, too much on the line, and it’s not fair to me or the guys in the locker room probably. I haven’t heard anything anyway.”
He hasn’t heard anything from the Sharks, but in this case actions speak louder than words. San Jose has had success keeping talent from wandering off.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau thinks Christopher Higgins suffers from an identity crisis.
“Chris has to understand what kind of player he is,” Carbonneau said after the Canadiens practised yesterday at the Bell Centre. “He’s an up-and-down skater who has to go straight to the net. We want him to be the player we drafted. He has 21 goals and, if you look at them, 15 or 16 of them were scored from five feet away from the net.”
Higgins, who is his worst critic, has struggled at times this season and Carbonneau feels it’s because the left-winger is trying to do too much.
from the Toronto Sun,
Asked to describe the effect of his injury, just when his team was getting back into the playoff hunt, Sundin candidly replied: “Devastating.”
Does that sound like a guy on the verge of returning to the lineup? Not really. In fact, don’t be surprised if the parties involved are cautious and hold him out until at least Tuesday when the Leafs visit the New York Islanders in Uniondale.
With so much still up in the air, this much is certain: Coach Paul Maurice said the decision to play will be up to Sundin, and Sundin alone.
“Mats knows what is best for Mats,” Maurice said. “If there are still questions, sitting out one game is preferable to this thing turning into a three or four (game absence.).”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
His favourite website is hockeyfights.com. The site lists all the fights over an NHL year, describes them, and lets fans vote on who won or lost.
“We all look at it, even if guys say they don’t,” said Laperriere, who’s had 15 fights this year.
“I’m 34, that’s pretty good. More than I expected.”
He played Thursday with a sore finger on his left hand, so he wasn’t in a mood to drop the mitts, but he’s willing, if he’s able.
“Hockeyfights is a great study. There’s no better tool than that. You know if a guy throws right or left. You better know that before you get a shiner.”
from the Vancouver Sun,
In a feat unsurpassed by any athlete in any sport, Gordie Howe finished in the top five in scoring for 20 straight seasons.
Howe was offered the job as the first head coach of the New York Islanders in 1972. He declined.
read on for 30 facts about Gordie…
The Carolina Hurricanes will be without Ray Whitney for the next few weeks. The team announced on Friday that Whitney will undergo surgery on Saturday to repair a damaged bursa in his leg.
Whitney is expected to miss two to three weeks of action.
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
In the post-lockout (read: salary cap) NHL there has been much greater emphasis on financial prudence. With that in mind, I thought it would be a worthwhile exercise to break the players down by salary range and compare their production for this season.
Players are sorted by the ratings generated for TSN.ca’s Player Rankings—a weighted formula that incorporates goals, assists, plus-minus, power play goals, game winning goals, shots, blocked shots, hits, giveaways, takeaways and faceoff won-loss.
Here’s how I roll. If the Wings are still in it, I’ll watch any game available, no matter the time or network. If the Wings have been eliminated I can’t bring myself to watch a game, read the sports section, watch sportscenter or even take care of the most basic of bodily functions.
It’s too hard on me. The intermission references to Wing failures, the previews of upcoming series’ the Wings should be playing in, the highlights of a team still playing who have defeated Detroit. Nope. I can’t take it.
- IwoCPO in the comments of this post. Insert your home team and do you feel the same way?
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Deep down the middle. Young players maturing. Veterans having career years. Terrific goaltending.
Look at every Stanley Cup champion from the past 20 years—heck, 50 years—and you’re likely going to see the same ingredients.
So is there unbridled anticipation this coming postseason? A temptation to look ahead and wonder what might happen?
“The first thing is that you’ve got to get there, and then you’d better be prepared to play well,” Tippett said. “That’s called coaching. It’s my job to take the temptation out of there.
“You have to earn the right to be considered a good team.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Ever since the NHL adopted the conference-based playoff format in 1994, a seventh-seeded team has defeated a second-seeded team in every post-season except 1996 and 2007. Overall, the seven seeds hold an unlikely 14-12 series advantage over the No. 2s in that span; and that pattern of upsets occurred as recently as 2006, when the seventh-seeded Colorado Avalanche knocked off the No. 2 Dallas Stars in the opening round. Accordingly, history isn’t always on the side of a second-seeded team.
Now the aforementioned statistic does not exactly constitute breaking news to the NHL’s more attuned numbers crunchers because it happens nearly ever year.
What may be less known, however, is the alternative — not winning the Pacific Division — can be worse, much worse, for a team with Stanley Cup aspirations.
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