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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Going into Tuesday night's NHL action, there were only 95 fighting majors in 128 games played, down 49 per cent from 188 fighting majors in the same period two years ago. What you really need to know is that if these early-season numbers hold firm, fighting in the NHL will be at its lowest level since the 1969-70 season. In fact, four of the seven most frequent fighters from the 03-04 season -- that would be Oliwa, Matt Johnson, Garrett Burnett and Doug Doull -- are no longer in the league. If a tough guy can't play some minutes, contribute something over and above an arranged fight with another tough guy, it would appear his days are numbered.
Hurricane Wilma may be gone from South Florida, but still is impacting the Florida Panthers. The NHL announced Tuesday that Saturday's game between the Panthers and Washington Capitals has been postponed due to the impact of Hurricane Wilma on BankAtlantic Center. No makeup date has been announced.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
There was a time when Terry Kane knew pretty much everything there was to know about the current hot-button topic in today's National Hockey League — the groin injury. Kane, along with former Calgary Flames' team doctor Winne Meuwisse, ran the NHL's injury surveillance program for years. They (but mostly Kane) would analyze data submitted to them by all 30 teams and then send their findings to the league's Injury Analysis Panel, chaired by former NHL goaltender Dave Dryden.
from Spector of Fox Sports,
Expectations were high in Edmonton with GM Lowe's off-season additions of all-star defenseman Chris Pronger and two-way forward Mike Peca, but the Oilers are presently mired in a six-game losing skid, thanks to poor goaltending and a lack of offense. That led to rumors over the past week that Lowe was planning to shake things up. There's talk he contacted the Buffalo Sabres about either Martin Biron or Mika Noronen and the Washington Capitals about Olaf Kolzig. In addition to Lowe's supposed interest in Havlat, it's been rumored he might dump struggling tough-guy forward Georges Laraque and perhaps even make a pitch for New Jersey Devils center Viktor Kozlov.
TSN has a nice daily feature called Ice Chips highlighting team and NHL news on a daily basis. I have added it to the "Hockey Links" on the left sidebar in the Hockey Section of Kukla's Korner. Make sure to check it out on a daily basis for information like this: -he Blackhawks will be without forwards Tuomo Ruutu (sore back) and Kyle Calder (elbow injury) for their two-game trip, which continues Thursday at Detroit. Coach Trent Yawney is hopes Calder can play on Saturday as long as his elbow doesn't become infected. -Kings forward Valeri Bure (back) had the second of three weekly epidural injections Monday but has shown little progress to this point. The Kings will wait until after the third injection, if necessary, to determine the next course of treatment for Bure
There was a little "break" from any Stan Fischler posts, but The Maven is back with a slew of comments like this:
-Jacques Martin tells us that one factor coming out of the new NHL is that teams are scoring more than ever on rebounds. "Since defensemen now are limited in front of the net," says Martin, "shooters figure that by firing the puck more -- even if they don't score, there'll be a rebound. Nowadays, defensemen are uncertain what to do, so they're inside ‘fishing' for the puck. While they're fishing, the puck's going in the net." -Two-Word Definition of a Build-Up-To-A-Letdown: Pittsburgh Penguins! -Those who believe the new Salary-Capped CBA paves the way for an NHL return to Winnipeg and Quebec City should forgedaboutit. Not a chance!
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Canada.com,
Detroit, New Jersey and Colorado have captured eight of the past 10 Stanley Cups, coming as close to dynasties as the NHL has had since 1995. All three were hit hard this summer as talent spread around the league in the NHL's new salary-cap world, but only one team so far hasn't lost a beat: the Red Wings. Why? Try Johan Franzen, Jason Williams, Mikael Samuelsson and Andreas Lilja. Never heard of them? Neither have most hockey fans, but they're part of the reason the Red Wings sit atop the NHL's overall standings at 9-1-0 while the Avalanche (3-4-1 before Tuesday) and Devils (4-4-0) have sputtered somewhat.
from the East Valley Tribune,
"For our success as a group, we need our top players to be better each and every night," said Gretzky, who confirmed he was referring to Shane Doan, Petr Nedved, Ladislav Nag y, Derek Morris and Mike Johnson. "That will come. Part of the problem was Petr was hurt for a while. Morris was hurt, and they battled that for parts of the first 10 games. We need to get more production out of that part of the core of our team to have the success that we need to have."
This week's offensive player of the week answers a few questions in a conference call interview. from NHL.com,
Q. Andy Murray has the reputation of a details-oriented coach. Is that a good type of coach to have in the new NHL, where so much emphasis is on special teams and power play and I assume quite a bit of instruction? CRAIG CONROY: I think so, because it pretty much maps everything out for you. Everything is just, you know, black and white and he takes whatever the players think, too. He's always asking questions, what we do to get better and things like that. For the most part he tries to just keep it very simple.
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