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Biron makes Start Against the Blues

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

In what’s a curious coaching decision by New York Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella, the team will be going with Martin Biron in goal when they take on the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden.

The only reason why I say it’s a curious decision is because Henrik Lundqvist is coming off a shutout against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night at the Prudential Center. At the same time, I guess Tortorella wants to stay the course with Biron and makes sure he gets playing time because if they end up making the playoffs come April, they are going to want a healthy Lundqvist between the pipes.

For the Blueshirts, tonight will be a good oppotunity to take advantage of a team that is coming off a shootout victory last night against the Boston Bruins. The Blues will certainly be tired so it will be important that the New York Rangers come out and take care of business at home, a place that they have not played well in this season.

It’s also important for the Rangers to start getting goals from someone other than Brandon Dubinsky. Yes, it’s great that Dubinsky is tied for first in goal scoring in the National Hockey League but it would be great of guys like Alexander Frolov, Sean Avery, Derek Stepan or Ruslan Fedotenko could put the puck in the net.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers, st.+louis+blues

International Hockey Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Phil Davies

Hi Readers,

My students are currently doing mid-term exams, so unfortunately this is just a quick update to let you know what I’m working on for Kuklaskorner.
In the next week or so, I will start posting some interviews I have done with some National Team Head Coaches, regarding the history and current status of their national programs, preparation for the 2011 World Championships in Slovakia, and overall team expectations.
Here is the schedule for the interviews:

John Harrington: Head Coach of Team Slovenia and a member of the 1980 US Miracle on Ice Team.
Glen Hanlon: Head Coach of Team Slovakia and a former NHL goalie and coach.
Uwe Krupp: Head Coach of Team Germany and a former NHL player.
Rick Cornacchia: Head Coach of Team Italy and a former OHL coach.
Dave Henderson: Head Coach of Team France and a former France Division 1 league player.
Olegs Znaroks: Head Coach of Team Latvia and a former Russian league player.

I hope everyone will enjoy these interviews!

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  Tags: dave+henderson, glen+hanlon, john+harrington, olegs+znaroks, rick+cornacchia, uwe+krupp

Are We Fools?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The fault clearly lies with all of the rest of us who are continually, a) surprised, b) disappointed, c) outraged by the NHL’s leniency in dealing with hits to the head and hits from behind.

We’re the ones for whom the old adage about fooling us once, fooling us twice, yada, yada, yada, was invented.

We’re the ones who see Daniel Carcillo leave his feet to clock a stumbling Ruslan Fedotenko in the head when the NHL instructs us there was really nothing to see there, that hit to the head we kind of swore we saw actually was nothing, please move along and leave the policing and propaganda to us.

continued plus other topics including New York Islanders coach Scott Gordon’s job is in jeopardy…

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Razor’s Suggestion Box

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What do you think of Daryl Reaugh’s suggestions for other topics to be discussed at the GM Meetings on Tuesday?

1. Either don’t allow icing the puck during power plays or have penalties served in their entireties. One or the other, or, screw em’, adopt both. Make a penalty penal.

2. Flip the zones where goalies can and can not handle the puck behind the icing line. I’ve stated since the inception of the trapezoidal area that they have it backwards. But also inform goalies that if they roam into the corners to act as a third defenseman they will be viewed as a player and thus open themselves up to be checked as if they were a skater.

3. Shorten intermissions. Ten to twelve minutes is all they need to be now that every arena employs two zambonis. I think the world will continue to spin on it’s axis without human bowling, foam beer-bottle races, and musical chairs.

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Video- Another ‘Unexpected’ Big Hit, Oshie On Krejci

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

David Krejci, three floors above the North Station rail tracks, left the action early in overtime last night when he suffered a head-on collision with the No. 74 commuter train known as the TJ Oshie Express.

Oshie, the hard-charging St. Louis center in the No. 74 sweater, hammered head on with Krejci along the boards in front of the visitor’s penalty box at the Garden. The stunned Krejci, who suffered a season-ending wrist injury in last season’s playoffs, was first rocked by Oshie’s shoulder to his head. Krejci then slammed his head against the top of the boards, and it looked as if the point of contact was near his left temple.

continued and watch the video of the hit below…

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  Tags: david+krejci, tj+oshie

It’s A Red Wings After Hours Show

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nick Lidstrom and Mike Modano appeared on HNIC After Hours Show with Scott Oake and Craig Simpson.

Not only will Detroit fans enjoy the interviews, but also hockey fans in general.

First up is Nick Lidstrom, then Mike Modano in the 2nd video…

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  Tags: mike+modano, nick+lidstrom

Late Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It would be nice if, just once, a player who hits a guy in the head fesses up and says, “Stupid play, what was I thinking?” Instead, we get the same praddle. The latest from the Flyers’ Daniel Carcillo, who always skates a fine line between mayhem and feistiness, after nailing Ruslan Fedotenko. “My elbows were in. I know it looks bad, but I didn’t try and hit him in the head,” said Carcillo. Yes, you did.

-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal where you can read more hockey notes.

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Leafs Continue To Fall

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It was one thing when it was Tim Thomas and Henrik Lundqvist.

But Jhonas (Don’t Forget the “H”) Enroth?

Of course, the fact that the Leafs couldn’t put more than three pucks (two in the game, one in the shootout) past the unknown 22-year-old Swedish goalie, who came into the game with almost four periods of NHL experience, really only cemented the obvious.

This one horribly offensively challenged Toronto squad.

Seeing Phil Kessel fall down not once but twice when breakaway opportunities presented themselves in overtime was just an exclamation point on the team’s offensive woes.


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Early Lady Byng Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

As the season progresses, I can pick preliminary leaders for more and more awards.  It is likely that many of these early leaders will not be the eventual winner at season’s end, but some may.  It is instructional to see how frequently this happens and if it is more likely in certain cases than in others.

Today, I am making my first Lady Byng selection.  Loui Eriksson of the Dallas Stars is my pick.  He is currently the seventh highest scorer in the NHL with 16 points.  His nine goals have him tied for fourth in the league.  His +12 +/- leads the league.  These are numbers that show he has had a very good start to the season.  As for gentlemanly play, he is yet to get a penalty minute this season.  I think that makes Eriksson a clear Lady Byng leader at this point.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“They got rid of the poison at the top, that’s what they were. Those guys were poison, so I’m thrilled. I’m happy for the city. I still have a place back there, and my folks are down there all the time. I couldn’t be happier for the organization and the people back there that they’ve turned it around.”

-Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks on the previous owners of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  More from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times.

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  Tags: dan+boyle

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