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Leafs Game Day: Toronto at Philly (7:00 pm EST)

Leafs (4-1-1) at Philly (2-3-1)

The Leafs have something to prove this game. After a 4-0-0 start, the Leafs have lost the last two games: An overtime loss to the Islanders which the Leafs dominated from start to finish but could not pull out the W; and a regulation to the Rangers in which the Leafs looked more like the team from last year than the team that began the season with the franchise’s best start in almost two decades. Which team will show up?

Storylines:

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  Tags: boucher, bozak, carcillo, game+day, giguere, kessel, richards

Orr vs Boogaard

Colton Orr
Height: 6’ 3”
Weight: 220 Pounds

vs

Derek Boogaard
Height: 6’ 8”
Wight: 257 Points

For those who didn’t see the fight:

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  Tags: colton+orr, derek+boogaard

Leaf Nation and Charlie Brown

The heart says: This year is different. This year the Leafs will be a top 8 team in the East.

The head says: on paper, the Leafs are the worst team in the Northeast, and that means another year out of the playoffs.

We fall in love with the Leafs too easily. Already there is clamor around the city about the playoffs. Talk radio is flooded with how fast, how much more defensively responsible this team is. People are posting the current NHL standings on Facebook Profile pictures, calling for Kessel to win the Rocket Richard, calling for Giggy to win the Vezina.

Leaf Nation is the Charlie Brown of the NHL. We keep believing Lucy won’t take the playoffs away. But she will. And we will fall flat on our faces once again.

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  Tags: giguere, kessel, phaneuf

Sunday’s Weird Stats

Division

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Games

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points

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%

Atlantic…..........25…..............24….......... .480
Northeast….......23…..............25….......... .543
Southeast…......21…..............28….......... .667
........................69…..............77….......... .558 Eastern Conference Total

Central…..........23…..............30…........... .652
Northwest…......17…..............20…........... .588
Pacific…..........19…..............23…........... .605
.......................59…..............73…........... .619 Western Conference Total

Discuss amongst yourselves

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DIRTY HITS, GOONS & WHY THE NHL CODE WORKS


Following his reckless boarding of Buffalo Sabres’ Jason Pominville Monday night, the NHL handed down a two game suspension to the mad Swede which will make his next game back against?…you got it, the Sabres.  This was not an accident by the NHL disciplinarians.

How much is that NHL Center Ice Package again?

Whether or not the hit was dirty or intentional is a topic best left for the A.M. sports radio crowd and others who will use this as just another bullet point in their “Concussions Bad” or “Hockey Violent” PowerPoint presentations.  Thankfully, Pominville is not stretched out in some Buffalo area hospital bed in traction, and equally important in the cosmic sense, Niklas Hjalmarrson will get his chance to back up just how tough a guy he is on Saturday night at the United Center.  Only this time, the players will actually get to see him coming.

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, chicago+blackhawks, concussions, enforcers, jason+pominville, niklas+hjalmarsson

World Junior Championships in Buffalo

I’ve got tickets to all games played in Buffalo for the WJC.  I’m looking to trade my usa tickets for someones Canada tickets.

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5 Reasons the Kings Can Win the Pacific Division

In recent years, the #1 seed in the Western Conference has been synonymous with both the Pacific Division and the San Jose Sharks. It would seem likely that this will be repeated again in 2011.

This article will suggest that not only will San Jose not take the first seed in the West, they will not even win their own division, as it is now the time for the Los Angeles Kings to do just that.

Here are the five reasons that the Kings can take their rightful place on the throne in the Pacific:

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  Tags: drew+doughty, jonathan+bernier, jonathan+quick, lakings, pacific+division

And The Bill Just Got Steeper

Add a hefty $3 million fine and the loss of two draft picks to the list of what New Jersey Devils have lost in their pursuit of Ilya Kovalchuk.

The Devils will lose a 3rd round pick in 2011 and a 1st rounder in one of the next four years as a punishment for trying to test the limits of the rules.

Excessive, sure, but there’s a price to pay for pushing the envelope the farthest, especially when you do the pushing in the direction of Gary Bettman.

What have the Devils already given up?

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More Kings Interviews

Yesterday Paul (KK) posted a bit of an interview with Anze Kopitar with links to the rest of it on lakings.com.  There were 2 other interviews that were related to Kings fans by Rich Hammond on his blog LA Kings Insider

First was an audio interview with former Kings forward and current TV color commentator Jim Fox as he appeared on XM Radio’s Power Play show.  Here are 2 links:

Jim Fox Podcast

Jim Fox Twitter Audio

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  Tags: anze+kopitar, jay+wells, jim+fox

About More Than It Seems

When the NHL rejected the original Ilya Kovalchuk deal, clearly more was at stake than a talented UFA left winger.

Numerous media members labeled this a serious test for the then—and probably still—rudderless NHLPA.  That ugly seven-letter word ending in “out” started to appear again.

Part of the League’s motives were revealed when Arbitrator Richard Bloch named other contracts on the league’s radar.

Now, with the Larry Brooks story last night, it’s clear this isn’t as much about a contract as it is about the NHL taking the power back.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk, larry+brooks, marian+hossa, nhlpa

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