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from the Washington Post,
After dropping five of the past six games and dropping into last place, there are lots of frustrated players in the Washington Capitals’ locker room. No one, though, is more unhappy than defenseman Steve Eminger, who isn’t playing and isn’t sure why.
“It’s past frustrating,” he said following yesterday’s practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “It’s just a matter of them putting me in the lineup, and putting me in there for more than one game, or moving me to somewhere I’m going to play. Because clearly I’m not in their plans.”
from the LA Daily News,
During tonight’s Kings-Ducks game in Anaheim, the announcer at Honda Center will unveil the new name for Southern California’s hockey rivalry.
The finalists, as voted upon by fans on the Internet, are “Ice-5 Series,” “Freeway Face-Off,” “Freezeway Series” and “Crosstown Showdown.”
from the News-Democrat,
With the St. Louis Blues on a three-game losing streak and struggling to find offense, center Doug Weight is more than willing to help.
But with no goals and three assists in the first 14 games, Weight is pressing to find a way to do it.
“I’ve had these points in my career before, where you go 10 or 12 games and you can’t buy anything,” said Weight, who has two assists in his last 11 games. “This is frustrating because the team needs it and we’ve lost some games where I could have helped.”
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Ray Emery has been thrown another curveball in his attempt to earn more ice time in the Ottawa Senators’ net.
Emery, already in coach John Paddock’s doghouse for questionable work habits during practice, left the ice early yesterday because of back spasms that he said originated when he was playing baseball during an off-day on Sunday.
Emery says something happened when he bent over to throw pop-ups.
Versus has an ad promoting today’s If-you-don’t-have-our-channel-it-sucks-to-be-you game between the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings, and the picture is, to say the least, one of those images that would make a “We didn’t land on the moon” conspiracy theorist giddy as a schoolgirl:
Paul sent this one to me with a simple question—is this really Chris Chelios?—and when he suggested that it looked more like Brendan Shanahan, save the 06-07 Easton gloves, I agreed. As a hockey picture hound, however, I went to town on the image, looking for inconsistencies…
from the Montreal Gazette,
The Latendresse brothers, Guillaume and Olivier, remain an inseparable pair, even though they live 3,500 kilometres apart on opposite ends of the professional hockey spectrum….
Guillaume is living out a dream playing for his beloved Canadiens, a media darling who has been portrayed as a saviour to a public starving for a French-Canadian star to carry the Tricolore. Olivier, meanwhile, is toiling in the Central Hockey League with the Arizona Sundogs, unable to make any headway in the Phoenix Coyotes organization after signing a three-year contract in 2004 as an undrafted free agent.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
Spezza said he’s still experiencing some pain, which can’t be a good sign. At least he’s got another couple of days before he’ll have to make a decision on the Buffalo game.
“The groin was a little bit sore as practice got going, but (my) wind felt pretty good. If I can take a positive from it, it’s that my wind hasn’t really left me. It hasn’t been that long off so I don’t anticipate that being a problem.”
Senators coach John Paddock isn’t sold yet.
While encouraged to see Spezza make it through practice, he said skating in practice and skating in a game are two different animals.
from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,
- Calgary is going to implode soon. I’ve talked to a few former Flames and they say there is just plain bad chemistry in their locker room. I don’t see Mike Keenan changing that much.
- Edmonton is terrible. Dustin Penner is a nice player, but Kevin Lowe grossly overpaid for him, in his retaliation move against Brian Burke and the Ducks over Chris Pronger.
more NHL bits plus Adrian wonders where are all the Avs fans?
from the News & Observer,
Skating low and fast down the right side chasing the puck moments earlier, (Erik) Cole appeared to fall forward as Panthers defenseman Jassen Cullimore got entangled with him as he leaned into Cole.
Cole was taken to the nearby Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Fla., for observation after laying motionless on the ice for several minutes.
Team officials reported that Cole had demonstrated some movement in his limbs and had some pain in his trapezius muscle covering the upper back and shoulder region.
A team release later said that Cole had been released from the hospital and cleared to fly to Tampa with the team this morning. A CT scan was negative.
from the Detroit Free Press (Tuesday edition) via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
Now 34, Holmstrom’s saga reveals a player who is putting up career numbers on a regular basis, with 29 goals two seasons ago, 30 last season and on pace for 43 this season. Entering tonight’s game against St. Louis, Holmstrom is tied with linemate Pavel Datsyuk for second on the team in scoring with 16 points after 17 games.
The courage Holmstrom displays as he stands in the path of vulcanized rubber on a nightly basis has won him many admirers, from those who shoot at him to those who emulate him.
Nicklas Lidstrom, who almost always is on the ice at the same time as Holmstrom and his line with Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, exemplifies the former. Having Holmstrom in front of the net allows Lidstrom the freedom to miss the net on purpose at times.
‘‘You can see his stick, so you try to shoot it where Homer’s stick is,’’ Lidstrom said. ‘‘So sometimes you shoot it wide because you know he is going to try to get it or deflect it into the net.’‘
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