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Thrashers On A Roll

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Having won five straight games, the Atlanta Thrashers are riding a hot streak and have several players producing at better-than-expected levels.

Perhaps it’s unlikely that the Thrashers are going to be riding any higher than they are right now, coming off a five-game winning streak, with four of the victories coming against winning opposition, but the surprising performance of the Thrashers to this point in the season casts some light on a team that hasn’t spent a lot of time in the spotlight and, therefore, is often a place to find hidden value.

Here is a look at some of the Thrashers’ most productive performers:

Naturally, G Ondrej Pavelec has been the biggest difference-maker, posting a 1.68 goals against average and .946 save percentage this season, virtually all of it coming as of October 30, when he returned to action after his on-ice fainting episode in the season opener on October 8.

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Morning Line

“It seems like everything they do is right.  Chipping pucks out of the zone, blind passes … they all end up on their tape. Sometimes it’s like ‘What else can you do?’ Over time they’ve proven that it’s not luck. They’re a very skilled team.”

-Derek MacKenzie of the Columbus Blue Jackets talking about the Detroit Red Wings.  More on the Wings/Blue Jackets from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers.

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All Vladislav Tretiak - Video Style

from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

Almost fresh from an endless day of flying from Moscow to Montreal through Paris, Tretiak sat with me for 45 minutes tonight to talk about his memories of this city (Montreal), and why it means so much to him.

Some video below of portions of the interview that was engaging, funny and enlightening.

continue to watch the video or view it below.  Can’t wait for part 2 which will be posted at Habs Inside/Out.

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Calgary Has A Daunting Task Ahead

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Having recently nudged just beyond the quarter-pole of the 2010-11 National Hockey League season, the Calgary Flames find themselves facing a long climb up a steep ravine.

Seven points shy of eighth spot and, more ominously, finding five teams blocking the way.

The good news is that the four points hard-won from the just-completed five-game eastern road swing is probably two more than even the most optimistic person would’ve dared hope when they set out for Motor/Murder City a week ago. Maybe it didn’t improve their lot considerably, but the highway through hell did not, as feared in many local quarters, outright bury their chances, either.

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Burke’s Two Year Anniversary

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

Introduced as the Maple Leafs GM on Nov. 29, 2008, Burke’s plan to rebuild on the fly can charitably be called a work in progress two years in.

The Leafs have yet to make the playoffs, don’t have a first-round pick until 2012 and, after bottoming out in 29th place in the 30-team NHL a year ago with 74 points, are on pace for just 71 this season.

After two ugly losses this past weekend, Toronto has a 65-75-24 record under Burke, and his team-building strategy has been curiously at odds with what has worked for most franchises since the NHL’s salary cap was introduced.

With that in mind, here’s a look back at the good, the bad and the ugly of Burke’s first two years as Leafs GM.

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Of Gomez, Subban, Price and Martin

It’s Grey Cup Sunday, and this is the one weekend all year that the Habs take the backseat to the Montreal Alouettes.

But I’m not much of a football fan, so I’m still talking hockey.

The Canadiens had a so-so weekend, falling to Atlanta on Friday (Pavelec is a heckuva goaltender) while defeating Ryan Miller’s Sabres 3-1 Saturday, beating one heckuva goaltender.

And who won the game Saturday? Carey Price. While he lost the shutout with a minute to go, he sports a GAA of 1.95, even more impressive when you consider that he has started 22 games - of which he has one 14, more than he won all of last season.

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The State Of Hockey In New York

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

So let’s do the math: perennially mismanaged basement dweller (the Islanders) + drastic underachiever with salary cap problems (the Devils) + the little team that just never quite can (the Sabres) + year-over-year mediocrity with little to look forward to (the Rangers).

What does that equal? A sucky time to be an NHL fan in New York.

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Video- You Want Some Blood With Your Morning Bagel?

John Scott with a decisive win over Kevin Westgarth.

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A New Owner In Buffalo?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Getting vibes once again that Sabres owner Tom Golisano is poking around for a prospective buyer for his Lake Erie stick carriers. ... The name that comes up in all NHL club sales talk is RIMM guru/hockey lover Jim Balsillie, who made himself no friends among NHL owners when he tried to pirate the Phoenix Coyotes away to Toronto’s outer suburbs. But the key name to keep in mind if this heats up: Terry Pegula. He’s the guy who forked over the $88 million gift for Penn State to build a rink and fund scholarships for Division 1 hockey. Pegula’s wife, Kim, is from suburban Buffalo, a good sign for the locals. No one ever wants to leave the Buff.

more NHL talk including a look at Steven Stamkos…

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Kings In Need Of Offense

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The view from outside the top eight in the West is new to the Kings this season, and the perspective is distasteful for a team that started well but has fallen far and fast after losing six of seven games.

“It’s not good when you look at the standings and you don’t see yourself in there,” said center Anze Kopitar, whose five-on-three goal in the third period Saturday was the Kings’ only success against Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford in a 2-1 loss to the Blackhawks at Staples Center.

“We have to pick it up again and put some points on the board and get going again.”

Stopping the offensive struggles that are a key cause of their freefall must be the priority for the Kings (13-9-0) after their third straight loss dumped them into ninth place in the West. They’ve scored only four goals in their last three games and 16 in the seven-game skid that has undone all the progress they made in the six-game winning streak that preceded it.

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