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from Bill Davidge, Columbus radio analyst at ColumbusBlueJackets.com,
No big deal?…I beg to differ because the points lost now cannot be replaced…. 2-4 points were lost……can you say April and a possible playoff spot up for grabs?.....also the confidence of a team that deserved better is what irks those of us that have been part of trying to build a winning tradition in a struggling infantile franchise. This is called RESPECT…you earn respect…you do not demand it, but you show up and have to earn those calls. We are in year 8 of this program and still fail to EARN the much needed respect in the league to allow a call to possibly slide our way.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
Is there too much defense in the National Hockey League?
Wouldn’t it be better if teams with offensive talent just “let ‘er rip” against opponents of perceived lesser offensive talent?
No and no are the correct answers. Just look at last year’s final standings. The team that allowed the fewest goals during the regular season (184) was the Detroit Red Wings, who won the Stanley Cup.
from Ross McKeon of Yahoo,
• The 15 games drew nine capacity crowds. The United Center in Chicago housed the biggest showing, a franchise-record 22,690 to see the 698th all-time meeting between the rival Red Wings and Blackhawks. The smallest crowd was an announced 11,219 gathering at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island for the Hurricanes and Islanders. A total of 267,729 attended the 15 games for an average of 17,849 per contest.
• The biggest minute-muncher on Saturday was Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom with 32:01 of ice time. Buffalo’s young defenseman Andrej Sekera was the only other skater in the league to log more than 30 minutes (30:44).
from Bolts Report,
In hockey terms, what Barry Melrose put the team through is what’s called a bag skate (so called because players skate until their bags fall off).
There was very little pucks used through the 45-minute, except for some early drills and battle drills. The rest of the time it was guys skating back and forth from line to line.
“The message is pretty clear, if you’re not going to work at night you are going to work during the day,” Melrose said.
I’ve never experienced what the players go through on practices like this, but it sure doesn’t look fun. But Ryan Malone did his best to keep up a good attitude during the whole thing.
“You have to or else its going to feel like it will last longer than it does,” Malone said.
Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings is expected to miss three to four weeks with a knee sprain.
added 2:47pm, from Red Wings Corner,
With Franzen out for a month, the Red Wings bolstered their forward corps by calling up Ville Leino from Grand Rapids. Leino was impressive in the preseason. Signed as a free agent this summer, Leino was the Finnish elite league’s player of the year. Very skilled. Puck follows him around the ice.
added 8:36pm, Guess Leino is still in Grand Rapids...
from Mike Heika of Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
“The goals against is a joke right now,” Tippett said after a 6-5 OT loss to the Washington Capitals. “There are a lot of guilty parties out there. You have to evaluate your personnel, how they are playing, who is making mistakes. It is not the way we do things around here, to have to score seven goals to win.”
“You can’t have an .820 save percentage and survive in this league.”
Turco officially has an .842 save percentage and a 4.26 goals against average.
“Our goaltending hasn’t been very good,” Tippett said.
I want to be in Calgary Dec.2 when Avery meets up with Jarome Iginla, whom Avery slagged for being “boring” as a face of the league. If Iggy gets ahold of him, he’ll wring Avery’s neck and several hundred NHLers will probably cheer.
-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal. More hockey notes from Jim…
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• Something happens to goalies who play for the Ottawa Senators. Like, suddenly, they lose their co-ordination or their brains. No team lets in more ridiculous looking goals on a regular basis than the Sens, no matter who is in net.
• Why it is hard to take the Calgary Flames seriously: Their best players age Iggy, Kipper and Dion. Apparently, Beany and Cecil weren’t draft eligible.
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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators have been linked heavily to Vancouver D Mattias Ohlund, a potential unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. If he doesn’t sign an extension with the Canucks soon—and talk is there hasn’t been any discussions—then he could get moved.
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