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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who has played a career-high 4,041 minutes, did not ask to sit while Jonathan Bernier started and won the last two games. But Quick said Friday having time to refine his game will benefit him Saturday night when he faces the Ducks at Staples Center with the Kings’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot at four points.
“You’re going day to day. You’re taking one day at a time. Along the way you are going to feel fatigue, either mentally or physically,” Quick said. “But you just kind of every day talk yourself into being up for the game no matter how you’re feeling.
“Regardless, I think those two games off there was a good respite. Mentally and physically I feel good. I got three solid days of practice these last three days here. I feel confident about my game and I feel confident about the team’s game. They’ve been playing well.”
from Tracee Hamilton of the Washington Post,
Controversy might be a little strong. Let’s call it a situation. The Capitals have a goaltending situation. It’s a situation some other teams might envy, but for the Caps, the key is keeping it from blossoming into a controversy.
The Capitals have two very good goaltenders. José Theodore is 27-7-7 with a 2.87 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. Semyon Varlamov is 14-4-5 with a 2.52 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. (Math was never my strong suit, but there seems to be very little difference between .908 and .909.)
There are many different levels of fandom. I’m extreme! I’m one of those Rangers fans who doesn’t take defeat well. For example, if the Rangers fail to make the playoffs in a given season, I make it my mission—as do many other hard-core Rangers fans—to root against their most hated rival, the New Jersey Devils.
-Linda Cohn at ESPN New York. Read more about Linda’s love for the Rangers.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
Assuming the salary cap is engraved in stone, should the NHL and NHLPA consider a version of the Larry Bird Exception in the next CBA?
From our perspective, the answer is yes. While a Bird Exception would soften what is, basically, the NHL’s hard cap, it also would mitigate the single worst consequence of the post-lockout cap: the inability of good teams to stay together. (The Larry Bird Exception allows NBA teams to re-sign their own free agents; to be eligible, a player cannot have changed teams as a free agent in three seasons.)...
Chicago reached elite status through bumbling—high draft choices allowed it to pick Captain Serious and Killer Kane—but Detroit did it on sheer brainpower. Still, GM Ken Holland has been forced to lose important players because of the cap, including Marian Hossa to the Hawks. Hossa would not have qualified as a Larry Bird Exception because he had jumped to the Red Wings as a free agent from Pittsburgh, but that’s beside the point. The point is: some kind of exemption for a homegrown player might allow a Pittsburgh or Washington to become a true circus team, one of those must-see squads of an earlier era that can dominate for half a decade.
more questions and answers…
from Jeremy Rutherford of Game Time at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
In case you missed it, here’s what Blues goaltender Chris Mason said following Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Nashville.
“I’m definitely not going to single anybody out, but some guys showed up and worked as hard as they could and some guys didn’t,” Mason said. ”When you’re in a desperate situation like we are, we need everybody to come and compete, and we didn’t have that.”
continue for some reaction from teammates and coach…
Vancouver may not need Luongo to be amazing in the postseason, but they need him to be good. Heck, at this point they will take average if it lasts a month.
—Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on Luongo.
via a Chris Vivlamore tweet,
NHL suspends Thrashers’ Colby Armstrong for two games for hit on Capitals’ Mathieu Perreault.
If you missed the hit, watch it here.
TORONTO (April 2, 2010) – Atlanta Thrashers forward Colby Armstrong has been suspended for two games, without pay, for using his elbow to deliver a blow to the head of Washington Capitals forward Mathieu Perreault in NHL game #1152 last night.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Armstrong will forfeit $24,870.47. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Armstrong was assessed no penalty for the hit, which occurred 12:40 into the second period. Perreault was injured on the play but returned later in the game.
via Pierre LeBrun tweet today,
Glass hit on Halpern last night in LA definitely blindside shot to the head IMO
Do you agree?
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald at Faceoff.com,
The Colorado Avalanche are, at present, doing a pretty canny impersonation of the Wicked Witch of the West doused by a bucket of water.
Not that these 60-65 minutes tonight, which will either bring the resurgent Calgary Flames even at 89 points or nose the Avalanche three to four in front, are necessarily definitive. The Flames, remember, were being fitted for toe tags, readied for shipment to the morgue, as recently as Saturday.
They looked to be beyond salvation, to have mentally closed up shop then, as the Avs do now.
Things, we’ve learned, can change quickly in this compelling, if quirky, potato-sack race to cross the Western Conference finish line eighth.
Nice night to sit back and watch a few games tonight.
I am interested to see how Chicago plays against the Devils.
Montreal takes on Philadelphia, which team will get the much needed win?
Can the Rangers beat the Lightning in a game they need to win?
Calgary faces a must win game when they play the 8th place Avalanche.
See the full schedule below…
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