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From David Amber at ESPN,
It’s not an accident that the average NHL player measures in at 6-foot-1 and 204 pounds. Still, in a game of strength and force, speed and grace are equally important. In this week’s 10 Degrees, we look at the best players under 6-foot and 200 pounds.
10. Ray Whitney, Carolina Hurricanes (5-foot-10, 180 pounds)
With 900 career NHL games under his belt, Ray Whitney has been one of the league’s more effective wingers. The seven-time 20-goal scorer made huge plays for Carolina during its Stanley Cup run two seasons ago, and Whitney continues to impress this season, ranking second in team scoring with 59 points.
From the Canadian Press,
As if the dismal Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t been heaped with enough scorn by hockey fans, the struggling squad may also be to blame for the recent cancellation of several high-profile CBC shows including, ironically, the steamy night-time NHL soap “MVP.”
The producer of “MVP” says she was recently warned by CBC programming director Kirstine Layfield that if the Leafs failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs this year, the public broadcaster’s arts and entertainment division would take a $10 million hit that would put some of the network’s much-heralded new shows at risk.
From Jeff Marek at CBC,
If you ever find yourself in a disagreement over hockey fights with someone make sure the first question out of your mouth is “if they took fighting out of the game, would you start to buy tickets?” If the answer is “no,” then the argument is over, walk away. Those are people that some in the NHL can reach and become the “new” hockey fan, I personally believe quite the opposite is true.
In the league’s quest to grow the sport and reach out and absorb more fans, they have also run the risk of alienating the ones who are paying the freight and keeping the lights on now. Thankfully the NHL has taken the right approach to fighting and quietly let it exist. Of course, there is the not-so-little issue of the instigator penalty, but that’s for another day.
more… including video links to a number of fights referenced
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
After tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues, the Calgary Flames finish with nine of their final 13 on the road. Last year, when they were in the process of putting together one of the worst road records in the NHL (but won 30 times at home, a league high), that would have been a disaster.
This year? Not so much. But the Flames need to make hay in this one final game, especially after divisional rivals, the Vancouver Canucks, won against the Blues on Saturday.
The Flames enter the game one point out of first in the Northwest Division, but only two points out of ninth, which would leave them on the outside of the playoff picture, looking in.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Now that it seems like the Ottawa Senators are going with Martin Gerber as their starting goaltender for the rest of the way this season, the best thing coach-GM Bryan Murray could do to keep his Stanley Cup hopes alive is demote Ray Emery to the American League as quickly as possible.
added 3:03pm, from TSN,
Ottawa’s ‘on again, off again’ No. 1 netminder expressed some remorse on Monday, shouldering some of the blame for Paddock’s dismissal.
“I was upset,” he told reporters on Monday. “I felt bad because I felt like I kind of affected someone else’s life or job or whatever. It’s a business and that stuff happens, he was a guy that I had as a coach for six years and was a big part of my pro hockey career.”
For Emery, that career has been one on hold recently.
Sometimes I am just left scratching my head. Read about it at my Hockey.com blog today.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
The simple fact is this: Unless the NHL alters its style radically in the next few years — and there is absolutely no reason to believe that it will — every single one of Gretzky’s meaningful records will still be intact.
Crosby might be able to overtake one of Gretzky’s regular-season marks, but only because the rules have changed since Gretzky’s day. And even that one is still very much in doubt. If Crosby does manage to take over any of Gretzky’s spots in the record book, it will almost certainly have to be in the area of All-Star records, a relatively meaningless category since the annual game is played without almost any intensity.
via the STATS Wizard at Elias Sports Bureau,
For the second time this season, the Rangers and Bruins played 65 minutes without either team scoring a goal. On Oct. 20 in Boston, the Bruins prevailed in the shootout, and on Sunday afternoon in New York the Rangers won the shootout tiebreaker.
It’s been more than half a century since a pair of NHL teams played two goalless games against each other in the same season. The Bruins and Red Wings played to a scoreless tie in the first two of their 14 meetings in the 1955-56 season.
NEW YORK—Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur and San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 9.
from Ted’s Take,
I expect us to play hard and to play with desperation from here on out. We are still in the race. We have been playing terrific hockey.
You have to feel pretty bad for Caps rookie of the year candidate Nicklas Backstrom with his “own goal” yesterday. In case you missed it you can watch the video…
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