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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
While Alfredsson thought he was just going to miss a couple of days as a result of the cross-check from Ducks defenceman Francois Beauchemin, the Senators’ leading scorer just isn’t ready to return to the lineup.
“It’s doubtful (he’ll play tonight) as it feels now. It’s been going slower than I thought it would, which is very frustrating,” Alfredsson said yesterday. “I still have trouble moving freely. I experience pain when I try to move too quick or do stuff. It’s getting better, but not at the rate or speed I would like.”
Alfredsson plans to meet with Senators Dr. Don Chow either tomorrow or Monday in Ottawa.
“I thought it was spasms and it would be gone in a couple of days, but that hasn’t been the case,” said Alfredsson.
from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,
You could make video review apply to offside goals, pucks hitting the netting, goals scored with too many men on the ice—the list is endless. But at what point do we take the human element out of the game and turn everything over to the video police for further review? Hopefully never.
Never mind the time involved reviewing every goal for every potential flaw or mistake on the ice, think of the impact on the game. There are enough stoppages and interruptions to the flow of the game. Do we need more?
In the end, the game itself is played by players who make mistakes.
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from Jay Mariotti of the Sun-Times,
There was Bobby Hull, back from the darkness. There was Stan Mikita, back from the cold. And there were the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks, back where they belong in the bosom of Chicago sports on a memorable evening when an illustrious past was attached to a hopeful future.
‘‘I spent so many years proudly wearing the Indian head sweater,’’ said Mikita, who arrived with Hull for the center-ice ceremony in a custom ‘57 Chevy. ‘‘But tonight, I’m even more proud to be welcomed back and to be part of the great moments that lie ahead for this franchise.’‘
from Habs Inside/Out,
RDS is reporting on its website that Mikhail Grabovski, upset at being a healthy scratch againet the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night, intentionally missed the team flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles.
from the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,
...They might not hang on to a playoff position.
“It’s the reality, there’s no question,” said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who will miss his third straight game tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. Alfredsson is still bothered by muscle spasms in his lower back, the result of being cross-checked by Anaheim defenceman François Beauchemin on Monday.
“I think we will make the playoffs, but obviously it has been going on for quite a while where we haven’t played as consistently well as we can as a team.
“It’s a possibility [we could miss the playoffs], but I don’t think it’s something we’re thinking about.”
from the CP via Yahoo,
Aaron Miller missed practice to go to the hospital for shoulder X-rays after taking a hit along the boards from Jordin Tootoo late in Vancouver’s 6-2 victory over Nashville on Thursday.
Mattias Ohlund rode the bike a bit but he’s got bone chips in his left knee and is out indefinitely. The Canucks hope the swelling goes down in a few days, otherwise it could be season-ending surgery.
Kevin Bieksa, seven games back from a four-month, 46-game layoff to recover from a severely lacerated calf muscle, was also getting X-rayed. He hurt his wrist Thursday trading punches with Nashville’s Greg de Vries.
Then there’s Sami Salo. He was excused from Friday’s practice because of the flu.
Oh, and defensive forward Ryan Kesler was also being X-rayed Friday after blocking a shot Thursday night with his foot.
For those of you scoring at home, Salo is expected to play Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. Kesler and Bieksa will be game-day decisions. Ohlund and Miller are out.
more on the Canucks…
With today marking the three-month anniversary of Predators Holding’s purchase of the team, NashvillePredators.com grabbed some time with David Freeman, the team’s new Chairman, to discuss his first three months on the job, the state of the team, and the plans for next season….
NP.com: Have you starting planning the budget for next season?
DF: Sure. Yes. Strategically it’s probably not good for us to talk about that publicly for competitive reasons. Our budget will be significantly higher than it was this year. In fact, I’m quite certain we will spend more on payroll next year than at any time in the history of the club. We’re that committed to building this team right back up.
read on at NashvillePredators.com…
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,
He’s been thrown off his routine — which is everything to a hockey player — but at least hasn’t thrown off the family household.
“I think my wife has actually enjoyed it, just helping out with the kids a little bit more, taking them to their hockey practices and whatnot,” said Lidstrom. “She’s liked having me around a bit more.
“I don’t know if it goes on for another week if she’ll change her mind, though.”
Despite the injury, Lidstrom may very well remain the odds-on favourite to capture a sixth career Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman.
from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
When Carolina and Ottawa made a four-player trade on Feb. 11, the optics suggested a short-term boost for the contending Senators and a long-term gain for the possibly rebuilding Hurricanes.
Turns out we were all fooled on that one.
Entering the weekend, the Hurricanes had gone 9-2-1 since acquiring defenceman Joe Corvo and forward Patrick Eaves—thus solidifying their spot atop the Southeast Division—while the slip-sliding Sens had gone 3-7-3 since picking up forward Cory Stillman and defenceman Mike Commodore.
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from STATS Blog,
Among the 26 players who have scored 27 or more goals this season, eight of them are 23 years old or younger. With 54 goals in 68 games, Ovechkin has found the net at least 11 more times than anyone else in the NHL.
Most Goals by Players 23 Years Old or Younger, 2007-08
Player. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Age. . . . . . . . . . . . Goals
Alexander Ovechkin, Was. . . . . . . 22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
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