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GDT - Game 13: Red Wings (7-4-1) host Blues (6-5-1) 7:30

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Six nights ago, the Wings went into STL on a damn ugly two-game skid, and the prospects for the Wings season were dire.  DET looked like world-beaters at STL, winning 5-1 and starting a season high three game win streak they skate into The Joe with tonight.  

Things couldn't be worse for STL.  The Blues stormed out of the gate, 6-1 in January, but since that time are 0-4-1.  In their last four contests (all at home), they've been thrashed:  1-6 to NSH, 1-5 to DET, 5-6 (SO) to ANA, and 1-4 to LAK.

STL have a league-best, ridiculously good, PP; and DET's PK is fourth worst in the league.  LGRW

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Spending Less On The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Friend of the CP at The Score,

Consultancy firm Brand Finance, which tracks the clout of brand names in the real world, estimates that the NHL will lose nearly US$328.2 million in brand value in 2013 as fans spend less money on hockey in the coming year.

Much of the fallout comes from casual hockey fans who have decided to look elsewhere for their entertainment, said Brand Finance managing director Edgar Baum. He said the hockey league has offered what some people deemed too few incentives to return to arenas.

"It is possible to recover (the brand value), but we're not seeing any indication that's going to happen," Baum said.

The brand value report was coupled with a survey of Canadian hockey fans completed by its partner firm Level 5, which showed that 41 per cent of casual hockey fans are feeling "more negatively about the sport" after the most recent lockout.

"The difference this time is that they are going back with a big chip on their shoulder," said David Kincaid, managing partner and CEO of Level 5.

"The chip on the shoulder becomes interesting when next year's season tickets come forward, when the indulgence of the rush back to the game is taken care of, and we're back to business as usual."


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Red Wings-Blues set-up and overnight report: it’s a trap game!

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I don't generally get too nervous about the Red Wings' opponents (nervous about everything else? Yes), but tonight's game against St. Louis (7:30 PM EST, NBC Sports Network/TSN2/97.1 FM) scares the hell out of me.

The Red Wings have won three straight games coming into their 3rd meeting with the Blues this month (the Wings beat St. Louis 5-3 on February 1st and 6-1 six days ago) and the teams' 4th meeting since the Wings' ugly 6-0 drubbing by St. Louis on opening night. While Sunday's 3-2 rope-a-dope win over Los Angeles was anything but beautiful, the Wings are feeling pretty good about themselves going into games 3 and 4 of their 4-game home-stand...

But the Blues are coming off a 4-1 loss to Los Angeles on Monday; and they went 0-3-and-1 on their four-game home stand, and the Blues are 0-for-February (0-4-and-1), having last won against Columbus on January 31st.

With Nicklas Lidstrom in attendance as he's in town to talk about his role with the Wings and attend 97.1 FM's SportsFest on Saturday, the Wings (who remain without Todd Bertuzzi as well as everybody else who's banged-up) face a final examination of their first-quarter progress while welcoming a snarling, angry 800-pound gorilla into their living room.

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Video- The First National Blind Hockey Tournament Starts Friday In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Columbus Fires GM Scott Howson

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Today the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that they have fired GM Scott Howson.  I have been publicly calling for this move for about a year.  Howson has not done a good job in Columbus and there were questions when he was hired.

Howson had been the assistant general manager in Edmonton.  He helped to build the team that was so poor that got the first overall draft pick three years in a row.  For that he was rewarded with the chance to do the same in Columbus.  The Blue Jackets are clearly a bad enough team that they can break the Oilers' streak of first overall draft picks.

In fact Columbus has never had a good GM.  Doug MacLean, their previous GM, was no better than Howson.  Now is a chance to try again.  There is no replacement named yet but Jarmo Kekalainen is considered the most likely choice.  He is the current general manager of Jokerit in the Finnish Elite League and served as an assistant GM in St Louis working under John Davidson who was the Blues president and is the current Blue Jackets president.  I believe Davidson has the skills to bring in the first competent front office in Columbus team history.  He did that in St Louis and he can do it again.

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Oilers Still Reaching for the Stars

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

A one sided rivalry, isn’t really a rivalry at all. No, we call this a situation of nemeses, at least in the case of the Edmonton Oilers and the Dallas Stars. For the Stars, it’s just a guaranteed two points.

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Video- Does The Goal Count? Dillon Did Not Call ‘Glass’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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TSN Hockey Insiders Address A Few Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading and the topics discussed were the firing of Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson, the Ryan O'Reilly situation with the Colorado Avalanche and realignment in the NHL.

Why was Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson fired and who will be hired to fill that job?

Dreger: It was a combination of analysis according to Blue Jackets President John Davidson who I spoke with earlier.  He said the decision was made today and it was based on him taking over the presidential duties and analyzing the team from top to bottom.  Team being the operative word, because in Davidson's words they are trying to build a better Blue Jackets organization and team.


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Report- What The Avalanche Want For Ryan O’Reilly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Howson Done In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson announced this evening that Scott Howson has been relieved of his duties as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League club. 

Scott Howson is a caring man who gave everything he had to the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past six years,” said Davidson.  “This was a difficult decision but one that I thought was in the best interest of moving our hockey club forward.  I have enjoyed working with Scott and want to thank him for his service.”

added 9:32pm, Who might replace Howson?


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