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A Mess In New Jersey

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

There has already been too much controversy and distress with this team that has failed to deliver the massive offense it promised. The Devils’ 1.67 goals-per-game average is the worst in the league. There are too few fluid breakouts, too many chip-outs that don’t produce any possession, let alone attack.

There is far too much of a gap in the defensive zone, the forwards waiting for the defensemen to send them flying with a head start and helping little against opponents, the defensemen unable to pass through foes to forwards hanging too close to the blue line.

There is no conviction in their attack as players like Ilya Kovalchuk dutifully try to resemble muckers and the diggers try to dangle to complement their finesse players.

It’s a mess, and it will take a massive turnaround to scratch out a .500 stretch against Western Conference opponents, which would still only leave them, say, 4-8-2.


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Video- Best Of The Week

Just over six minutes of the best, goals, saves and hits from the past week in the NHL.

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Goaltending Not An Issue In Washington

from Corey Masisak of CSNWashington,

When this season of great anticipation began for the Washington Capitals there were few concerns about the general strength of the roster.

Two of the potential problem areas – depth on defense and the search for a No. 2 center – remain causes for consternation. Another question was in goal, where the Capitals entered the season prepared to deploy a pair of 22-year-olds in their quest for the Stanley Cup.

Not only has the team’s goaltending not been a problem – an argument can be made that through eight games it has been the strongest and most consistent position on the club.

“I think that has been,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. “If you look at what the question marks were, it was penalty killing and goaltending. They’ve probably been the two strongest parts. The parts nobody was saying anything about was scoring and power play and that probably hasn’t been up to what we believe is par to this point.”


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JJ on XM204’s “The War Room” with Mick Kern and Peter Berce

Had a nice visit with Mick and Peter on “The War Room” this morning, where we discussed this season’s solid start for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Steven Stamkos’ continued success as well as his need for a new contract (like yesterday) and the Bolts’ goaltending to this point.

Have a listen after the jump…

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  Tags: dan+ellis, guy+boucher, mike+smith, steve+yzerman, steven+stamkos

Staying Positive In San Jose

from Drew Remenda of Sharks.com,

Why don’t you start looking at what they do well and why they’re in the NHL?  You will be much happier.”


#30 Antero Niittymaki - His style seems relaxed and calm which keeps the team calm. It belies a guy who never quits on a puck. Has good flexibility and movement.

#31 Antti Niemi - A big guy that covers much of the net. He is very tough to beat down low. He gets better as the season gets longer. Plays bigger in the big games - a winner.


#3 Douglas Murray - Terrific size and toughness. Nearly impossible to move off the puck. Does not get enough credit for his hockey IQ. He makes up for his lack of speed with his brains.


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Brian Campbell Close To Returning

via Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,

It could only be a matter of days before defenseman Brian Campbell is back in the Blackhawks lineup.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday after practice that it’s possible Campbell will return during their two-game road trip to Minnesota and New York, which starts Saturday against the Wild. The Rangers game on Monday looks like a real option.

“Maybe on that trip, later part of it, we’re hoping,” Quenneville said. “He skated again the last couple of days. There’s good progress there. We’re anticipating, but we don’t want to it etch in stone yet.”

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The Price Of A Ticket

from Ben Klayman of Reuters at the New York Times,

National Hockey League teams are taking a shot at raising ticket prices this year, joining other sports leagues that have increased the costs of seeing games as the recession recedes.

The average price of an NHL ticket rose 4.4 percent to $54.25, a year after the weak economy led the North American sports league to essentially freeze prices, according to an annual survey by a sports marketing firm….

Meanwhile, the average Fan Cost Index—the cost for a family of four to attend a game—also rose 4.4 percent, to $313.68, TMR said.

The FCI includes the cost of four tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking, two game programs and two caps.


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Cut From The Same Mold

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Zherdev has one goal in eight games with the Flyers. They are expecting more from him, obviously. GM Paul Holmgren, asked about how Zherdev was doing, basically said it’s early yet. Zherdev hasn’t had much ice time, he hasn’t been inserted on the power play and he doesn’t kill penalties. The rhythm isn’t there, but it’s early yet.

Filatov played well in Sweden but has had his ice time progressively cut. He was demoted to the fourth line three games ago because the 06-07-08 line, with Derek Brassard and Jake Voracek, wasn’t clicking - and Filatov wasn’t paying enough heed in his own end. Sound familiar?

The NHL is a Canada-centric league. In the past, European players, and Russians in particular, have been misused and unfairly singled out for criticism. There is still some of that going around, but the dual standard has softened as generations of Europeans, with an array of qualities, have infiltrated the league. What Philly coaches want from Zherdev is the same that Jackets coaches want from Filatov, or anyone else. They want them to earn their ice time.

As one scout put it last night: “In this league, if you have a 50-second shift, you have to be responsible for 50 seconds. There is something to do whether you have the puck or not. You can’t float.”

The Blue Jackets out-gutted the Flyers and won 2-1 last night. Zherdev had 11:35 of ice time, Filatov 5:46. Enough said.


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  Tags: nikita+filatov, nikolai+zherdev

Henrik Sedin- The Best Playmaker In The NHL

from Jason Brough of Orland Kurtenblog,

If this were a league-wide fan poll, Sidney Crosby would probably garner the most votes. And he’d get even more votes if he had a decent winger to make plays with. (You could say the same about teammate Evgeni Malkin.)

Another leading contender would be Joe Thornton. When it comes to the best pure passers, Jumbo Joe is right there.

You’d also get support for Nicklas Backstrom, although you wonder where he’d rank without Alex Ovechkin.

Maybe Brad Richards? He’s been fantastic since falling off the radar for a few years.

Maybe a healthy Marc Savard?

All those great candidates aside, Henrik boasts the best numbers, at least of late. His 83 assists in 2009-10 led the league by a wide margin, and he hasn’t let up to start 2010-11.


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  Tags: henrik+sedin

JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/26/10

It’s time, once again, to raise a glass and offer a toast (figuratively, of course – or not) to the NHL’s stars from a night ago:

***Cheers to Mathieu Garon of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who warded off a Philadelphia Flyers comeback attempt to the tune of 28 saves after goals from rookie Kyle Wilson (his first in the NHL) and Derick Brassard established an early 2-0 lead for the home squad. At 5-3-0, the Blue Jackets are still buried beneath Nashville, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis in the Western Conference’s Central Division standings, making last night’s key performances from their backup goaltender and a couple of young stars that much more important.

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  Tags: andrei+kostitsyn, anze+kopitar, derick+brassard, jarret+stoll, kyle+wilson, mathieu+garon, tomas+plekanec

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