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from Peter Maher at the Calgary Sun,
The first quarter is meaningful, but generally it’s in the second quarter that determines who’s real and who isn’t. The first quarter of an NHL season is about adrenalin rushes, adjusting, and sometimes the unusual.
History has shown that if teams, positive or negatively, perform the same way in the second set of 20 games, the remainder of the season usually follows that trend, although there have been exceptions.
The Flames were a game under .500 in the opening 20, and as defenceman Anders Eriksson admitted, “We are capable able of being much better than that.”
more and even though this is Flames specific, this could hold true for any team in the NHL…
David Goricki of the Detroit News lists five of the NHL’s top shutdown defensemen...
Nick Lidstrom- Yes
Chris Philips- Yes
Anton Volchenkov- Yes
Brian Rafalski- Huh
Doug Murray- Ah, NO!
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
But man, it is fun to speculate, debate and play the Hall of Fame game. That’s the value. It’s good fan petroleum. I had a great time scouring the record books last week, comparing Peter Bondra to Joe Mullen and why Bondra is an obvious Hall of Famer (check last week’s big e-mail bag).
I thought it might be fun to take a look at the rosters of all 30 NHL teams and make a quick-snap-mode “yes” or “no” Hall assessment.
from the St. Petersburg Times,
So a day after Paul Devorski’s questionable holding call on Brad Richards led to the Thrashers’ winning overtime goal, players simply, and calmly, said they want the standard for penalties applied more consistently.
The league’s director of officiating, Stephen Walkom, said numerous “check and balances” help maintain the standard.
But Lukowich, after a workout at the Ice Sports Forum, insisted, “There should be less of a gray area. When the ref and rules are enforced the right and proper way, the players just go out and play. That’s what we do.”
from Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail,
Like it or spite it, the shootout is embedded in the rule book and it shows no sign of evaporation. NHL leadership has firmly embraced it. The fans are electrified by it. General managers, coaches and players need to embrace it, too….
There have been 337 shootouts in NHL history and there have been clear winners and losers since the shootout was introduced to resolve ties:
read on to see what teams have done very weill in the shootout and what teams have not…
from the NY Post,
It has been two months and Colin White’s blurry vision may not improve much more. He’s considering playing against the Penguins here tonight, but even if he doesn’t, the time is near. He needs to know, and so do the Devils….
If White, making $3 million, isn’t able to resume his career, the Devils will have to replace him or endure a season of struggling. Sources say the Devils have already looked around, just in case.
One glaring possibility would be Phoenix’s Ed Jovanovski, who used his no-trade clause to turn down a trade to the Islanders this summer. Jovanovski is struggling with the struggling Coyotes, although Newark might hold little more appeal than Nassau.
from the LA Times,
The signing of center Ryan Getzlaf to a five-year contract extension now means the Ducks will turn their attention to right wing Corey Perry, who has a team-leading 11 goals.
Perry, 22, is also in the last year of his original three-year entry level contract and can become a restricted free agent in July. But General Manager Brian Burke said he needs to resolve the uncertain status of Niedermayer before he can begin negotiations with his winger.
“We have to wait and see what Scotty tells us what he wants to do because it affect our ability to sit down with Corey Perry,” Burke said.
more (reg. req.) plus Betuzzi may play tonight…
from the News & Observer,
The Hurricanes switched two games ago to the modified jerseys, which feature a looser fit on the arms, more air-knit fabric and less of the “bead-away” water repellency technology touted by Reebok.
“I think there were enough complaints league-wide that obviously there was a noticeable difference,” Wesley said Tuesday. “So far, it’s been a good change.”...
The newest jerseys have the same necklines, are cut the same way and offer few visual clues to the changes in materials used. But the adjustments are enough to prompt some praise.
“I think everyone likes the new ones a lot better,” Carolina center Matt Cullen said. “It was just funny to go back to the old material, and it feels better.”
“Any time a guy takes a two-hander and breaks another guy’s leg, things are bound to get heated,” Wild left winger Brian Rolston said.
Monday, the Canucks recalled minor league tough guy Mike Brown (24 fights in the past 13 months), who last season was suspended two games for a blindside hit that left the Wild’s Matt Foy with a broken nose and concussion. Wild minor league callup Aaron Voros, who has two goals, one fight and 10 hits in five games, spent Monday night on the Internet studying Brown’s fighting tendencies.
It might only be a November regular-season game, but the NHL is also prepared. It’s sent animated, take-control veteran ref Mick McGeough in for the game, and the league headquarters will have multiple sets of eyes on this fiery divisional showdown.
Many of these types of games have not lived up to the pre-game hype, wondering if this one will be different?
from the Palm Beach Post,
Majority owner Alan Cohen denies it, but a well-placed NHL source said Tuesday that general manager and coach Jacques Martin and captain Olli Jokinen must get the Panthers to the playoffs this season or one or both are likely to be gone.
“Jokinen has got to pick up his productivity and leadership and get this team to the playoffs,” said the source, who deals with the Panthers on a regular basis. “And with an excellent draft next year, Jacques needs a playoff berth after giving Nashville his first- and second-round picks in the (Tomas) Vokoun trade.” Cohen was quick to issue denials when Jokinen trade rumors surfaced last weekend, insisting he would never trade the ninth-year center, and Tuesday he was just as quick to underscore his faith in Martin.
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