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Leafs Game Day: NYR at Toronto

Blog: KK Members Blog By Shiv

Rangers (4-4-1) vs Leafs (5-3-1)

The Leafs need to get used to the fact that every game has critical implications for their playoff hopes.

Washington, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Boston have 4 seeds in the East almost locked in. Then there’s Tampa Bay, New Jersey, Montreal, Buffalo and Carolina. Ottawa, NYR, NYI and Atlanta aren’t too far behind. Let’s not kid ourselves. The only team in the East that the Leafs SHOULD be ahead of in the standings come April is Florida.

Come April, 6 to 8 points will separate seeds 7 through 11, as has been the case since the lockout. So when the Leafs take on the Rangers tonight at the Air Canada Centre, they need to remember one thing: every game they play is a 4-Point game.

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Targeting Travis Moen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,

The last time the Panthers faced the Canadiens they were fighting mad after veteran forward Travis Moen repeatedly pummeled Florida’s top draft pick Erik Gudbranson while his hands were pinned against the boards by an official during a 6-2 preseason loss.

Gudbranson, 18, circled Saturday night’s regular-season rematch against the first-place Habs, however, he was sent back to juniors after his agent and the Panthers were unable to come to terms before the season opener.

“I’ve heard about that,’’ said Panthers enforcer Darcy Hordichuk, who was with the Canucks when the Moen-Gudbranson fight took place. “I’m sure that will change tomorrow. We’ll see how he likes it when somebody gets in his face. There wasn’t any need for that. That’s why I’m here to make sure stuff like that doesn’t happen.’‘

continued and if you don’t recall the fight, watch it below…

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Digging Saturdays With Bubba

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Hot Damn.  Terry Crisp will be in the house tonite.  That means plenty of “Detroyet”, “Lindstrom”, “Datchook” and “Look at the ass on that young man.” 

I meant for that to go after the “continued” thing. Seriously. And it was a joke. To my knowledge no one from the Nashville Predator broadcast team has ever said, “Datchook”.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

‘Kerry, I’ve got a bonus in my contract for penalty minutes, I’m four minutes short, and the f—-ing coach never played me one shift tonight.’

“I said, ‘What did you say?’

“He said, ‘f—- off.’

“I said, ‘Say it like you mean it.’

“He said, ‘F—- OFF!!!!’ ”

“I said, ‘YOU GOT 10!!’ ”

“He said, ‘Thank you’ and he went up the hall, happy as a pig in sh—.”

-Retired NHL referee Kerry Fraser, talking about an incident with former NHL player Jim McKenzie.  You can read more about the book Fraser is promoting from Jason Kay of The Hockey News.

The Final Call: Hockey Stories from a Legend in Stripes is available at Amazon (affiliate link).

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GDT - Game #9: Red Wings host Predators (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Oh for *#$%@& sake, how many times have the “19” repeated, ad nauseum, this refrain: “We got a better team than we’re playing. We have to start playing that way.”  No kidding Coach, by now, you would think this team would have figured out hockey games are 60 minutes. The Chief’s unusually stunning display of statistical research in the prior thread, definitively underscores DET’s need to play a solid 60 mins of hockey; especially against NSH, and their gaudy 2.22 ga/g,

Despite a .688% point percentage (7th overall), DET need to vacate the Central basement. Gator is in, nobody knows who is the healthy scratch.  NSH are coming off their first regulation loss, Thursday by the BBB (3-0).  Early faceoff tonight, Bitches.  Game On(!)

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Only One Stat Really Matters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

This movement began in the 1990s, when the NHL determined it might be able to move up in American sports coverage by providing more fodder for analysis. The league developed a game sheet that has, by last count, 22 separate mathematical measures for each player on the ice.

Some of the figures are valid – ice time, for example. Others are hogwash.

Not all faceoffs are won or lost. Anyone who has played centre knows that once in a while, you will tip off your linemates that you intend to go forward rather than backward, a play that will then count against you on today’s scoresheet. Perhaps half of faceoffs are neither won nor lost, though no calculation factors this in.

Giveaways and takeaways tend far more to be the result of a teammate’s effort or lack of effort than the player given credit for it. And as for hits, the count differs from rink to rink.

Perhaps the least helpful statistic, however, is shots, as they can vary as much as those coming from an AK-47 to a BB gun.

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In Buffalo, “C” Is For Cursed

Blog: KK Hockey By @DaveDavisHockey

How fitting that as we approach Halloween another soul is in the process of becoming an eternal resident of the Sabres haunted house of contentiously departed captains.

The Sabres blew an early 2-0 lead and lost 4-3 in overtime to the Atlanta Thrashers last night, but the big story in Buffalo is that Craig Rivet, who has worn the “C” since being elected by his teammates upon his arrival in 2008, was a healthy scratch for this game. 

Granted, it won’t be as big an item on the hockey airwaves as an Ilya Kovalchuk benching.  But in Buffalo, treatment of captains is kind of a sore subject.  Just ask the man who made the decision, coach Lindy Ruff, who as a player in 1989 was benched and in turn relinquished his captaincy, effectively ending his time as a player in Buffalo.

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Get Ready For 14 Games In 6 Hours Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Are the remote batteries fresh?

With 28 teams in action tonight, the odds are good you will be clicking channels, using the dvr and in some cases, have tv’s side by side.

Enjoy whatever game(s) you will be watching tonight.

Full schedule is below…

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Raising #27 To The Rafters In New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

The New Jersey Devils will reportedly raise former defenseman Scott Niedermayer’s No. 27 to the rafters of Prudential Center at some point this season.

Niedermayer, who won three Stanley Cups with the franchise and one more with the Anaheim Ducks before retiring this past offseason, was at the Honda Center on Friday night to watch the game between his two former teams. The Devils haven’t confirmed the news reported originally by the Newark Star-Ledger—it was a surprise to Niedermayer when he heard it—but some of his former Devils teammates were excited to hear it.

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Early Norris Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

For several years, I have tracked the players that I think are leading for the NHL awards as the season progresses.  This often has me picking several leaders as the season progresses and things change.  It is interesting to see how things change as the season progresses and see how soon into the season the final award candidates present themselves.  At this point, I think Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the early leader.  He is tied for the league lead among defencemen in points with eight.  His +8 +/- rating is second best in the league and leads his team. 

I think Letang is one of the better young defencemen in the game.  At age 23, he is making a jump to the top defencemen in the NHL.  Last year, he appeared among the top players in the league by adjusted Corsi rating.  This is all evidence that he is becoming a star.  This is easily seen watching the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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