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Is Fighting Really A Big Part Of The Game?

from Rich Hammond at Kings.com,

The mental side of NHL fighting? To the uninitiated, that might sound like an oxymoron.

Stereotypes don’t always fit, though. Hockey enforcers, too often, tend to be dismissed as brutes, players with no other discernible skills, who remain employed in professional hockey only because of their willingness to get punched in the face on a regular basis.

That’s a part of it, yes, but there is a certain science behind on-ice pugilism.  For evidence, consider that within the past decade, the Kings have had two Princeton-educated enforcers. The guys throwing punches are also the ones thriving at crossword puzzles.

To be certain, fighting itself is an act of raw strength or courage, even if some—perhaps rightfully so—believe it has no place in the NHL game. But the decisions, the cat-and-mouse games, that lead up to fights require a lot of mental strength as well.

“Fighting is not just fighting,” Kings winger Kyle Clifford said. “It’s actually a big part of the game. It’s a momentum-changer when you step up for your teammates, when someone is taking advantage of them, when someone is running around out there.”

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Answering the headline question, the Detroit Red Wings don’t think so.

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Video- Curtis Glencross Push The Latest Bad Hit Example

Just about every night a hit like this makes me shake my head and wonder if they will ever stop.

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Kiprusoff Continues To Slump

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

In years past this was the type of evening Kiprusoff lived for: A goaltender’s duel against a fellow Finn with a reputation for being equally as stingy.

But for the fourth time this year, it’s a battle with Niklas Backstrom that found Kiprusoff on the losing side despite the fact the Wild netminder is no longer one of the game’s elite ‘keepers and his club isn’t much of a threat to any team outside of Calgary. In that once classic tete-a-tete Kiprusoff has allowed 15 goals, Backstrom three.

Three minutes into the evening, Kiprusoff over-committed while sliding across to try stopping a Martin Havlat shot from the hash marks, to no avail. This time the kind of shot he’d routinely stop in the past was no match for No. 34.

Three minutes later, Mikko Koivu’s shot from the top of the faceoff circle slipped past Kiprusoff who barely reacts. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and suggest he was screened by Andrew Brunette during the powerplay.

Nonetheless, game over.

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Kings Need The Good Kopitar

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Anze Kopitar should be a 100-point scorer.

He has shown he’s capable of dominating games and carrying the Kings on his shoulders. At a solid 6 feet 3 and 225 pounds he can create room for himself and his linemates while making world-class plays at top speed.

He’s also capable of plunging into bottomless ruts.

He had 32 points in the Kings’ first 22 games last season, but after linemate Ryan Smyth suffered a rib injury Kopitar disappeared, scoring two goals and eight points in his next 20 games. He led the Kings in scoring for the third straight season — the first player to do that since Wayne Gretzky — but with 81 points in 82 games.

The 23-year-old Slovenian is repeating that pattern this season. Playing with an ever-changing cast of wingers he had a decent start and raised his game in early December, when he collected six goals and 10 points in his first six games. But he faded again, going nine games without a goal before scoring Saturday. He was blanked in his next two games, both losses.

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Lindros Talks About The Players Lack Of Respect

from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

His words are measured and without self-pity. Yes, he will add his voice to those crying out for more respect among National Hockey League players, but attempts to get Eric Lindros to connect his own history of concussions to what Sidney Crosby is going through, or about to go through, get nowhere.

After a career ruined by six concussions and resulting political battles with a game and power structure that didn’t want to know what it was really dealing with, Lindros is all too aware that each concussion, let alone each person’s response to it, is unique, both in terms of rehabilitation and reintegration into the game. The star player is targeted; the third or fourth-liner worries about his job. Culture change? Good luck with that.

“What happens is you get tagged as being concussion prone, and there’s a huge decline in the respect you get because of it,” Lindros said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “It’s people trying to make their name, you know? It’s little things that occur after the play, like when it switches out of the corner and the play goes up the ice and you’re spinning around heading back up to back check and – bam! You know … where they kind of catch you.”

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Mike Danton Thinking Of A Return To The NHL

from the CP at TSN,

One year after stepping back onto the ice at a frigid university arena, Mike Danton is dreaming of a bigger return to the game of hockey.

The former NHLer says he still wants to rejoin the fabled league, more than five years after he was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in the United States.

“I would obviously (like to return),” he said after practice Wednesday with the Saint Mary’s Huskies. “I think anybody at this level would want to play at the highest level possible for them. For me, that would be the NHL.

“I’d like to get back to playing there. To be honest with you, yeah, it’s in my mind. It’s something I’d like to do.”

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Dubinsky Out With Fractured Fibula

via the NY Rangers,

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Brandon Dubinsky has suffered a stress fracture of the fibula in his left leg, and is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks.

Dubinsky was examined by Dr. Andrew Feldman and had an MRI and bone scan performed earlier today.

Dubinsky
Dubinsky has registered 17 goals and 21 assists for 38 points, along with 60 penalty minutes in 47 games this season.

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Montreal Injury Report

from TSN,

Montreal radio station CKAC is reporting that Montreal Canadiens forwards Mike Cammalleri and Max Pacioretty could both miss at least a month of action with injuries sustained on Tuesday night.

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The ASG SuperSkills

NEW YORK (January 19, 2011) – The National Hockey League today announced the details of the Honda NHL SuperSkills® and the format of the six events that will showcase hockey’s top talent on Sat., Jan. 29, during 2011 NHL® All-Star Weekend in Raleigh. 

The NHL All-Stars and Rookies will participate in six events:

•    Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™
•    BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge™
•    McDonald’s NHL Accuracy Shooting™
•    G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay™
•    XM NHL Hardest Shot™
•    Discover NHL Elimination Shootout™

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All The ASG Odds

Information provided by Bodog.

Who will win the 2011 NHL All Star Game?

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Team Staal -110

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