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from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
At 25, Hemsky is still making his way to the upper echelon of the National Hockey League. With 29 points in 28 games, he’s moved onto the league’s top 30 scoring list. He’s 10th with 11 power-play helpers, and he heads into tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks with points in 16 of his last 20 games.
There’s a consistency to his game that wasn’t there in the past. It’s a smarter, more effective game that he is playing.
“He wants to score now,” said linemate Shawn Horcoff, “and he’s shooting the puck a lot more, which is directly tied to him scoring. He’s always been a guy who’s been creative, but now he’s not holding it as much.”
“It’s part of the process. It’s growing up as a player,” Hemsky said. “I’m not wasting as much energy. I’m playing smarter.”
from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,
OK, it’s a little early to be talking about Stanley Cup final matchups, but all the talk of Christmas and wish lists has inspired a wish list of a different sort: five Stanley Cup finals I’d like to see (and they’re pretty realistic, too).
Without further ado:
A 2009 rematch of the 2008 final tops the list. And maybe it’s the Penguins’ turn this time….
2. San Jose-Boston
The Sharks, as usual, are cruising through the regular season, winning almost at will. The big surprise is, so are the Bruins….
From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press:
Marian Gaborik will return to the lineup for the first time since Oct. 14 when the Wild play host to Calgary on Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center.
After a 90-minute practice today, Gaborik declared himself fit.
“I’m good to go for tomorrow,” he said.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The New York Rangers have a fast-approaching object in their rearview mirror. It’s orange and has a gap in its teeth.
The Philadelphia Flyers are four points back of the Atlantic Division-leading Rangers with four games in hand, a red-hot stretch of 12-1-3 in their last 16 games rocketing them up the Eastern Conference standings.
“We started to play our best hockey of the season about a month ago,” Flyers star winger Simon Gagne told ESPN.com last night.
Gagne has been clutch on a line with Mike Richards and Mike Knuble. Jeff Carter is pumping in goals as well on another line with Scott Hartnell and Joffrey Lupul.
One-time Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore and former Vancouver Canucks winger Todd Bertuzzi met in Toronto on Monday with a mediator in an effort to prevent a lawsuit from heading to court.
It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two since the infamous sucker punch during a March 8, 2004, game in Vancouver that ended Moore’s career.
Moore, 29, and his family filed a lawsuit seeking $38 million for loss of income and damages.
Bertuzzi, who now plays for the Calgary Flames, and Moore attended the meeting with their lawyers, as well as former Vancouver coach (now Hockey Night In Canada analyst) Marc Crawford and his representatives.
Moore’s lawsuit names Bertuzzi, the Canucks and former team owners Orca Bay, as defendants.
continued… but no details of the meeting have been released
from Damien Cox at The Spin,
Although he’s been getting solid reviews for his coaching work this season with the severely undertalented Maple Leafs, Wilson has to be feeling the extraordinary success of the San Jose Sharks.
On one hand, many of the players that have powered the Sharks to the best record ever in the NHL history after 30 games were not only coached by Wilson and his assistants, Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler, but taught their first NHL lessons by that crew.
Wilson still has ties to that organization, still talks to Sharks players, still discusses hockey matters from time-to-time with GM Doug Wilson. On the other hand, of course, the way in which rookie coach Todd MacLellan has guided the Sharks to such a powerhouse, 52-point showing so far is, to some degree, an indictment of that which Wilson couldn’t do.
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netter,
As anyone who has read EN for any length of time will tell you, hockey jerseys are something we are extremely passionate about. From our endless resistance to Reebok’s reign of terror to just general faux pas by the general public, we take the business of wearing a jersey very seriously. Perhaps too seriously.
So with that in mind, we’ve decided to let you in on our little system of values when it comes to hockey jerseys. We call violations of this system “jersey fouls.” A few of you have asked what exactly a jersey foul is while many of you have asked for clarifications to this system. Hopefully today’s post will answer all these questions.
With no further ado, here is the Jersey Foul Bill of Rights:
1.) Getting Personal
Easily the most common of jersey fouls, a personalized jersey is a blight on humanity. No one cares who you are.
from Suzanne Hoholik of the Columbus Dispatch,
A lot of work goes into making and maintaining that sheet of frozen water. A team of technicians uses equal amounts of sweat and science to make the surface perfect for the Blue Jackets and their professional-hockey opponents.
The arena temperature is kept between 58 and 60 degrees, depending on how warm it is outside, the humidity and the dew point.
All these things and more are monitored before, during and after games to keep the ice cold, hard and fast. When needed, adjustments are made.
“It’s a science, but it’s nowhere near an exact science,” said Scott Lofton, director of operations for the arena.
On good ice, players skate with less effort, and pucks glide across the surface. On bad ice, you get bouncing pucks and tired skaters.
via the Denver Post,
The oft-injured former Avalanche star has committed to making another attempt to play in the NHL and, like last season, hopes to be with a team by the NHL playoffs. If Forsberg, 35, can play, it would likely be with the Avalanche.
“I want to play. I hate sitting in the stands and not be able to be out there on the ice,” Forsberg told the Swedish television program “Hockeynight” on Monday. “If it doesn’t work this time, I’ll call it quits. But I have the best doctor in the world (Bertil Romanus), and without him I would have given up already. I’m still hopeful.”
Forsberg revealed he wore electrodes on his troublesome right foot for some games with the Avs after his late-season return.
“(I had) a battery package hidden in my pants. When I turned it on, the foot straightened in the skates. It was kind of funny,” Forsberg said.
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