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Alexei Kovalev on his early season slump…

I’m not worried about it.  I’m glad it happens early in the season because I know I’m going to recover, and once they start going in, they’ll go in in bunches.

“So you keep working on it. It’s happened in the past and it isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you.”

more from Bill Beacon of the CP via Yahoo…

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The Important Piece Of The Minnesota Wild

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Don’t view any investment as a safe investment. Don’t draw an inside straight. Don’t argue politics with someone who didn’t want change. And don’t ever, ever discount the Minnesota Wild’s chances of making the playoffs as long as Jacques Lemaire is coach.

I’m not even waiting for New Year’s Day to make my resolution. That’s now my philosophy after watching November unfold.

In October, my prediction was that the Minnesota Wild wouldn’t make the playoffs. Today, they have the third-best winning percentage in the Western Conference and they are leading the NHL in goals-against average.

Looking at Minnesota’s roster and reviewing how the Wild have performed this season, my conclusion is that as respected as Lemaire is around the NHL, we might still be underestimating his importance.

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  Tags: jacques+lemaire

Questions & Answers

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

1. Whatever happened to that really good player Alexei Kovalev?


Unfortunately for the Montreal Canadiens, the great Alexei Kovalev—the one that generated Hart Trophy talk and ended up leading the NHL in power-play points last season—has gone AWOL. Poof. After the Habs’ 3-2 win Saturday against Buffalo, Kovalev has gone 13 games without a goal. He has just five goals so far and is fourth in team scoring.

read on for more Q & A…

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Hockey Stories & Stuff

Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated, on the new book Hockey Stories & Stuff by Don Cherry and Al Strachan:

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The pair did make a conscious effort to clean up any profanity so the read would be kid-appropriate, but that doesn’t mean this book is for everyone. English professors might want to avoid it. Same thing for anyone who is offended by violence in sports, or those of you out there who have a dim view of drinking and carousing as a way of life. But for the rest of us, this book is pure joy—a little piece of guilty hockey pleasure.

In that sense, it represents Don Cherry extremely well. He’s not for everyone, but he is hard to ignore.

Here’s the review and the book is available at Amazon.com (*affiliate link)

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  Tags: book+reviews

Stars For The Month Of November

NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2008)—Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and New York Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for November.

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Ask a Stupid Question…

From Mike Ulmer of the Toronto Maple Leafs:

I was curious about the ramifications of the relationship between Ron Wilson and Brian Burke. They go back, as you may have heard, to their first week of school at Providence College in Rhode Island.

“There’s a reason best friends often don’t date,” I said. “You two have never run an NHL team together. Are you worried that the pressures of the job will affect the friendship?”

First, guys don’t like it when you refer to their business relationship as “a date.” Wilson let that one go, which was kind.

Second, this is a classic cart-before-the-horse question.

read on

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  Tags: brian+burke, ron+wilson

Goalie Grades

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

In this week’s rankings, we grade the performances of the goalies so far this season for each team:

Click here to find out more!
(Last week’s rankings are in parentheses).

1. San Jose Sharks (1): Before getting injured, Evgeni Nabokov was solid, if not quite up to his usual standards. Brian Boucher (7-1-1, .928 save percentage) has been great in a relief role. Grade: B+

2. Boston Bruins (3): Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez have emerged as the league’s best goalie tandem. Grade: A

read on

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Happy Hockey Day!

Today is deadline to receive stories (or links) in for Happy Hockey Day.

Several people that don’t have their own blogs or websites emailed us their tales and you can find them posted on the KK Members Blog:

Anyone who wishes to add their own hockey memories to the KK Member Blog, please do so.

Other websites and blogs around the net have posted their own stories which will all be linked from Paul’s NHL.com blog tomorrow, and I’ll add other links to this post later today.  (But you can still .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) the links to your stories up till 7am ET tomorrow if you wish to be mentioned.)

 

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  Tags: happy+hockey+day, hockey+fans

Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2008)—Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller and St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 30.

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Teams Outworking The Wings

from the blog of Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

There was an interesting development at the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena – while talking about tonight’s game against the Ducks, Mike Babcock threw out a question of his own.
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“Who’s the hardest working team in the National Hockey League?” he said. “Well, in the past I’ve been able to say without any question, here. I don’t think that’s the case right now.”

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