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Sinking Ducks?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

One of the Western Conference’s mystery teams this year will be the Anaheim Ducks, who look as if they may be on the same downward spiral as Tampa was a few years back. The Lightning won a Cup in ’04 and then the bottom fell out almost immediately thereafter, following the exits of Khabibulin, Dan Boyle, Brad Richards and others. The Ducks were champions in ’07, but now without Pronger and Scott Niedermayer, they look vulnerable on the blue line - maybe too vulnerable to contend for a playoff spot.

Tampa wasn’t much good these past few years, even though they boasted some high-end offensive talent (Vincent Lecavalier, Steve Stamkos, Martin St. Louis). Anaheim is similarly positioned - strong at the top (Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry), but weak in the support positions and especially on the blue line. Maybe Jonas Hiller in goal can steal them a few wins; and eventually, steady Toni Lydman should return from that puzzling blurred vision issue that has kept him out of the line-up all through camp. The Ducks look as if they’ll number among the Western Conference’s also-rans; the only good news is, they may be fun to watch, scoring tons, and giving up bushels of goals at their end as well. Wonder if a whole lot of 6-5 decisions will keep hockey viable in Orange County?

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Blues Must Have…

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

If the Blues are to return to the NHL postseason, these are at least five things that must happen:

Breakout seasons: I don’t care who it is; the Blues need ‘em from a lot of the players. Will Johnson’s development elevate him to a spot among the top 10 defensemen in the NHL this season? Can “Petro” settle down and help the Blues’ stagnant (last season) transition game with his passing and skating? Is Perron ready to hit the 25 or 30-goal level? What’s up with Patrik Berglund? Is his enormouls talent still on the layaway plan or will he display the necessary urgency this season? Does T.J. Oshie have a 25-goal season in him this season?


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Another Grinder May Soon Be Gone

from Michael Happy of FSDetroit,

To anyone outside of Detroit, it probably sounds obscene.

But to those of us in Hockeytown, there’s nothing sexual about the The Grind Line.

The mere mention of it conjures up images of the Red Wings’ fourth line—Joe Kocur, Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby—mucking it up in the corners during a magical run to a Stanley Cup title in 1997.

It was the Red Wings’ first championship in more than four decades. And while the lasting snapshot will be captain Steve Yzerman raising the Cup near center ice as streamers rained down on Joe Louis Arena, another picture perfect comes to mind, too: Maltby battling Colorado’s Eric Messier for a loose puck during the Western Conference finals.


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What Was That?

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Based entirely on the premise that it’s never too early in the season to be called a pussy(cat), can someone please explain to me the purpose/meaning/significance of the Steve MacIntyre smackdown of Raitis Ivanans last night in Edmonton?

continued and if you missed the fight, you can watch it here...

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Looking At The Northwest

from Kevin Weekes of CBC,

These are my early takes and observations on the Northwest Division.  As you know the team that finishes first here will end up with at least a cozy third in the Western Conference.  Not a bad spot to be in considering there were six teams in the West with 100 points or more. Talk about depth!

Calgary Flames:

* Improved offence needs to be the theme here!  With one of the league’s top five goalies in Miikka Kiprusoff they can afford to take chances. The players are both willing and capable of playing a more up-tempo game.  With Ian White, Mark Giordano, Jay Bouwmeester and hotshot T.J Brodie (maybe) they have four D-men who are capable of helping the transition game and at the same time contributing in the offensive zone as well.

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Afternoon Line

“Obviously, wearing green and black for 22 years it was a big change in getting used to the red.”

“But it felt good. It felt very comfortable — more comfortable than I thought it would.”

-Mike Modano of the Detroit Red Wings.  More on Modano from Rod Beard of the Detroit News.

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A Few Questions

When will some of the Canadian media stop with the ‘our game’ and ‘bring the Cup home’ stories?

Did anyone see any questionable headshots last night?  Maybe the players have finally received the message.

When will the trade talk start heating up again?  I say right around American Thanksgiving.

Why won’t the people who run Center Ice get more bandwidth in order to provide US based fans the joy of watching HNIC in HD?

Why does VERSUS continue to do interviews while the game is being played?


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Two-Goal Start for Sutter, Productive Youth (and No Injuries!) All Good Signs for Carolina

He’s not the youngest player on the roster, nor would he be considered a shocking contributor after last season’s 21-goal, 40-point showing but Brandon Sutter is most certainly a key piece to any Carolina Hurricanes success this year and his two-goal performance in Thursday’s season-opening, 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland is an excellent early sign for a club hoping for a lot to go their way in 2010-11.

For the Hurricanes, banking on both young guns and sustained health and rejuvenation for several veterans who were hobbled last year, a player like Sutter, at 21, serving as an alternate captain and coming off of a breakthrough season a year ago, will play a major role in determining their fortune. So far, so good for Sutter, who played just six seconds less yesterday than Carolina captain Eric Staal and so far, so good for the ‘Canes, who dressed six players 25-and-under in the game and got production from Sutter (two goals), Zac Dalpe (assist) and Jamie McBain (assist), as well as sparkling reviews for 18-year-old forward Jeff Skinner from that group.

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Positive signs from Habs game one

The Canadiens may have lost to the Maple Leafs last night, but there were a lot of things to like about Montreal’s game. Carey Price looked good, if not very good, making a key save early on Phil Kessel and a highlight reel save late. Yes, he let in three goals, and yes, perhaps he went down a tad early on a few shots, but his lateral movement was excellent. I am buoyed by Price’s performance, and I urge people to be patient.

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America’s Hockey Capital

via Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

I look forward to the season. I hope we achieve more than we did last season. I hope we have good fortune and we remain healthy. I hope to see you all on Saturday night. Let us build America’s Hockey Capital together. Thank you.

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