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Skrastins “Used To” Blocking Shots, Pain

from the Rocky Mountain News:

Skrastins said. "[Blocking shots] are not big pains. After a game, just put the ice on and you're all right the next day. You don't have time to think about small injuries. "Every season I had a couple things that I was going through. I had bad ribs and sore shoulders, too. It's hockey, a tough game." Taking that into account, it makes his feat of playing in 447 consecutive games, the most by any active NHL player and the second- longest streak by a defenseman in league history, even more remarkable.
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Platooning Goalies Catching On In NHL

NBC's Pierre McGuirre tackles that issue, plus eleven others.

How many teams will have a goalie that will start 60-plus games this regular season? Is the platoon system better now that goalies are facing more work and more stress, especially with the overtime and the shootout being a very real part of the NHL game now?
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Inside the Game

Veteran NHL play-by-play announcer Doug McLeod is hosting a new NHL online audio broadcast called Inside the Game:

NHL.com, the NHL Coaches Association and flexxCOACH bring you “Inside the Game” with audio podcasts providing insights and features on the game you all love provided by coaches; players and writers from around the hockey world! If you’re a FAN you won’t want to miss this show!
The first episode is now available and features an in-depth interview with former Wings' coach Scotty Bowman and a short conversation with Phil Coffey of NHL.com. Having just listened to it, I enjoyed the program a lot. McLeod does a good interview and the guests were well-chosen. My only reservation is minor, but irritating nontheless: the music added to the production is a bit of a nightmare. Way too 1980s for any normal human being to endure with a smile. Ah well. Aside from that minor complaint, it's a great show -- check it out.

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Muckler Working The Phones

And, according to Bruce Garrioch, he's looking for a second-line center,

How long can Muckler afford to wait? He's a man with great patience, but the Senators will find out exactly where they stand as they take on Washington, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Boston in a four-game trip that begins tonight. "The problem is if they don't start winning, the options are limited," said another league executive. "You can't go out and remake your team in the middle of the season."
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Therrien The Pens’ Weak Link?

That's what Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette thinks,

Even before the Penguins ran into a wall in San Jose, however, you had to wonder: Just how far can this team go with Michel Therrien as coach? How long will it be before they lose three straight and Therrien has another meltdown?
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Blogists at Your Service

This is almost as much fun for the Google translation as it is for the actual article. Translated from the original French, a comment on the world of NHL hockey blogging from Jean-François Bégin at La Presse:

Of all the owners of team of the national League of hockey, Ted Leonsis is indisputably connected the most on the world of the Internet. That is explained easily: the landlord of Capitals of Washington made fortune at America Online, of which he remains vice-president. One thus should not be surprised that Capitals were one of the first teams of the LNH to recognize the emergence of a new source of information for the amateurs of hockey: blogists. In November 2005, Leonsis was until inviting a bloguor, Eric McErlain, to attend with him a match of the Capes, in its cabin of the MCI Center.
Continued... Read more about those Hockey Blogists in the Cabins!

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Youngsters Meet

from the LA Times,

The future of the NHL arrived in Southern California last week in the form of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the four youngsters leading the team's surprising ascent in the Eastern Conference are quickly gaining fame. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Marc-Andre Fleury. They took Tinsletown by storm in beating the Kings and selling out Staples Center. As they make a return engagement tonight to face the Ducks, they'll see the team of the present powered by another young foursome. Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Corey Perry and Dustin Penner, a group of twentysomethings, have helped fuel the Ducks' best start, a 10-0-4 record that makes them the only team without a loss in regulation. Even if few seem to know who they are.
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Flyers Want Foppa Back

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

"Our plan has been and remains to re-sign Peter Forsberg," Luukko said yesterday, addressing the Forsberg rumors. "At some point, we are going to sit down with him and his agent. He's a special player. Now, will Peter want to re-sign here? That is why we have to sit down with him to talk about it. But we want him back." Luukko confirmed that clubs have called about making a deal with the Flyers but said that none has mentioned Forsberg. It is believed that interim general manager Paul Holmgren has had discussions with Colorado, Calgary, San Jose and Detroit, among others. Asked whether clubs have inquired specifically about Forsberg, Luukko replied: "We have not had anything close to that."
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Smothering D in Detroit

Via the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings have won six straight games on the strength of their defensive play, which has limited opponents during that stretch to an average of 1.67 goals and 21.2 shots. Captain Nicklas Lidstrom said an overall effort in the defensive zone is key to the streak, which has included wins against San Jose and Dallas. "We're back-checking real hard, not giving them any chances to turn up or hit the late guy, and being in shooting lanes, too," Lidstrom said after Saturday's 4-1 victory. "Whenever they have the puck in our end, we have five guys in tight. We might give them the outside, but not give them the clear shot."
Continue reading A little bit more evidence: Of the 21 goalies who've started at least ten games this year, Dominik Hasek is the only one to face less than 200 shots (198). Mikka Kiprusoff, with two more starts, has faced 170 more shots.

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Lecavalier Catching Fire In Tampa

Via the Tampa Tribune,

"He's always had that [skill] but by using his complete body he's using his strength, he's better on faceoffs, he's playing better defensively - and he's still learning - and he's killing penalties now," Taylor said. "His game is evolving and I think it's adding more and more confidence to him and with that confidence he is getting better."
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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