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The Vastly Improved Victor Hedman

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

If the emergence of a nimble six-foot-six defenceman was the only big thing happening in Tampa, you could still forgive Bolts fans for being aflutter. But Hedman is just one reason why there are widespread rumblings about how good the Lightning might be this year. Tampa is coming off a season that somehow managed to seem cursed and charmed all at once—then everything ended with a thud.

Now, with sniper Steven Stamkos whole again, some new battle-scarred faces to complement a group of precocious kids and, of course, Hedman’s ongoing development, there’s sufficient evidence to believe the Lighting and their prized blueliner are primed for another simultaneous leap.

With his sixth NHL season on the horizon, it’s only natural that Hedman feels more at home than ever in Tampa Bay. He and his long-time girlfriend, Sanna, have had a couple years to settle into their house.

And on the ice, Hedman has become so accustomed to North America’s smaller rink dimensions that when he returns home to Sweden in the summer, the spacious European surfaces almost seem foreign.

“It feels like you skate forever and you don’t get anywhere,” he says.

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Video- Alex Ovechkin Goes Down Fairly Easy

Would you call this embellishment or a dive by Alex Ovechkin?

 

 

Below a recap of how the NHL will handle the diving/embellishment this year...

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Video- Scotte Upshall Takes A Forearm From Radko Gudas

No penalty from the hit...

 

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Video- David Legwand Returns To Nashville, Enters The Wrong Penalty Box

Oops...

 

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Rangers Beat Blues But Lose Dan Boyle To A Broken Hand

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It happens every time, doesn’t it, that injuries strike teams in areas in which they are most vulnerable?

It happened to the Rangers in training camp when Derek Stepan suffered a broken leg that will sideline him for at least the first 10 games, thus removing the club’s No. 1 center from an already quite thin depth chart down the middle.

And it happened to the Blueshirts yet again in Thursday’s pulsating, season-opening 3-2 victory over the Blues when Dan Boyle sustained a broken right hand that will sideline him for four-to-six weeks and thus force the Rangers to dip into a very, very questionable reserve list on the blue line that currently features Matt Hunwick as next up.

The injury to Boyle — blocking a Jori Lehtera shot 1:53 into the third period — will present a hurdle for the Rangers to overcome, but it surely did not dampen the club’s enthusiasm following the victory achieved on Rick Nash’s second goal of the night that broke a 2-2 deadlock with 1:50 to go in the third period.

continued and watch the video below to see how Boyle suffered the break....

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Video- Jaromir Jagr Passes Steve Yzerman On All-Time Point List

With an assist on a goal by Mike Cammalleri, Jaromir Jagr passed Steve Yzerman (1755 pts.) on the all-time point list and is now the 6th highest scoring player in NHL history.

You can watch the goal below...

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Chris Pronger Now A Part Of The Department Of Player Safety

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Watching NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 9, 2014 – Last night’s NHL opening night doubleheader on NBCSN was the best on record, according to The Nielsen Company, generating record ratings and viewership, as well as digital consumption.

Wednesday Night Rivalry’s Philadelphia Flyers-Boston Bruins matchup (7:27-10:06 p.m. ET) delivered 956,000 viewers and a 0.57 household rating, making it the most-watched opening night game on cable on record (data available since 1993) and the highest-rated NHL regular-season game ever on NBCSN. The game also set live streaming records for uniques and minutes consumed.

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Afternoon Line - Matt Cooke

"I cut out games and watch games of not just me, but games in general with the intent to see body contact and things like that. It's amazing how with a split second either way, hits could be drastically different.

"It's just trying to make the right decisions in your brain before you put yourself in that position."

-Matt Cooke of the Minnesota Wild.  More on Cooke from Chad Graff of the PioneerPress...

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Kerry Fraser On The Helmet Cam

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

The ref helmet cam is another piece of modern technology that provides a useful purpose within the game and I am pleased that it is being utilized. This camera shot not only enhances the television broadcast by taking the viewer directly onto the ice with sight and sound, but more specifically to gain a unique sightline on a play that is potentially shared by the referee. I offer the caveat "potentially" because while the helmet might be directed toward an area of the action it does not necessarily mean that the referee's eyes are 'lasered' into a specific location or segment of the play. Some of you might be rolling your eyes in disbelief at this suggestion but that is exactly what I'm talking about. Your head might not have moved as you rolled your eyes but I guarantee your focus of vision and attention most certainly would have changed.

A practical example how this might occur is during a scramble in the goal crease or as players crash the net. In this scenario the referee would drive toward the net along or preferably slightly ahead of the goal line from the corner to gain the best sightline on what might develop inside the crease. His various objectives would be to locate the puck and ascertain if it is playable; frozen; covered illegally by a defending player in the goal crease resulting in a penalty shot; goalkeeper interference or if another foul were to occur; and finally if the puck were to enter the net legally.

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If you missed some of the video of the helmet cam in action, I did a post on it earlier today.

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