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Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

As most Portland fans know, I have already declared four to be the Winterhawks’ magic number. By and large, they have proven it this weekend. Whether they are at NHL training camps or back with the team, it worked like a charm. What does it all mean? Not sure, maybe nothing, but if you were a Winterhawk in a hockey game this weekend and the number four or a derivative thereof was involved, it’s a good bet there was a victory.

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Panthers May Be Shopping For A Backup Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

According to the Panthers, Clemmensen needed to have a ‘minor procedure at Doctors Hospital in Miami.

As of yesterday, I heard Clemmensen could miss at least the first few games of the regular season. That was before he had another surgery.

Clemmensen was supposed to start Tuesday against the Dallas Stars but now it looks like Tyler Plante will get that look.

So, with the Panthers going into the season with Clemmensen out, don’t be surprised if it is Plante who stays and Jacob Markstrom who heads down to the AHL.

Or, if the Panthers think Clemmensen will miss significant time, they could look around and try and find an experienced backup.

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Wisniewski Will Use The Self Defense Plea In Shanahan’s Court

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Wisniewski, who declined to comment yesterday, has arguments in his favor and arguments working against him.

The Blue Jackets continue to stress — and they will make this point to Shanahan today — that Wisniewski was defending himself when he and Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck clashed just after the final horn.

The fracas started with less than a minute to go, when Clutterbuck took a run at Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin. The hit sparked the ire of Wisniewski, who approached Clutterbuck moments later but couldn’t provoke him into a fight.

When the final buzzer sounded, Clutterbuck circled around and skated in Wisniewski’s direction. When they met, Wisniewski blasted Clutterbuck with his elbow and shoulder, sending him to the ice.

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Would The Rangers Really Waive Avery?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chirstopher Botta of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

The Rangers’ shift-disturbing wing has neither played nor misbehaved his way out of the lineup. Avery appears to trail Mats Zuccarello for the final forward position available and is joined in the battle for a job by the youngsters Dale Weise and Carl Hagelin and the veteran shootout specialist Erik Christensen. The Rangers possess more depth than they’ve had in years. Unless Avery shines in the team’s final five preseason games, starting Monday in Philadelphia, he could be placed on waivers and start the season with the minor league affiliate in Connecticut.

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A few pre-season thoughts

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

A few thoughts regarding the pre-season on a sunny Sunday afternoon. And these are general thoughts, not Habs-centric.

1) Head shots and suspensions: I see that Brad Boyes has been suspended for pre-season games. Folks, this is the equivalent of me not having to go to work this week and getting paid ridiculous money to do so. Here’s an idea: any intent to injury or headshot suspensions during the pre-season that results in a suspension must result in a regular season suspension, not a pre-season or combination pre-season/regular season suspension. Wouldn’t that deter much more than being told you get a few days off?

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Top 20 Careers By Point Shares

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have posted the top 20 careers by offensive , defensive and goaltending point shares.  Now it is time to put it all together and look at total point shares, which is the sum of the three portions.  As we have seen, offensive point shares is the most accurate, though it is rather arbitrary the way it treats assists relative to goals.  Defensive and goaltending point shares are largely a sharing of the goals prevented by a team among the various players.  This is a poor technique because it doesn’t attempt to find the actual value of a player, but rather it gives his portion by their position on the ice.  This can lead to some problems in defensive valuation.

Nevertheless, let’s add the three portions and see who leads in career point shares.

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Boyes Suspended For The Next Two Pre-Season Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (September 25, 2011) – Buffalo Sabres forward Brad Boyes has been suspended for two preseason games for an illegal hit to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joe Colborne during a preseason game on September 24, National Hockey League Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan announced today.

The incident occurred at 1:46 of the first period.

Boyes will miss preseason games tonight at Columbus and Friday at Washington. He is eligible to return Oct. 4 vs. Adler in Manheim, Germany.

A full explanation of Shanahan’s decision, complete with video, will be available on NHL.com later this evening.

added 4:44pm, watch the hit below… (thanks to PuckDaddy for the pointer while I am still trying to recover from the Lions 3-0 start.)

added 8:28pm, Shanahan explains the suspension below (2nd video).

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Live Blog- Chicago Visits Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

George asked me to put up a live blog for him so here it is.

Play hard and stay healthy boys.

Chicago’s lineup will be sprinkled with prospects like Saad, Beach, Kruger, Smith, Pirri, Olsen, Hayes and Connolly.  Veterans making the trip include Carcillo, Bickell, Frolik, Mayers, McLean, Stalberg, Leddy, Lespisto and Montador.

Some of the Wings taking the ice today are Lidstrom, Franzen, Helm, Abdelkader, Bertuzzi, Ericsson, Kindl, Zetterberg and Miller. (Khan has the full lineup)

The game is televised on FoxSports Detroit beginning at 5:00pm ET today.

-Paul

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Elevated Heart Rate An Issue For Hartnell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Philadelphia Flyers winger Scott Hartnell will see a cardiologist on Tuesday after he experienced an elevated heart rate during an exhibition game Friday.

“I don’t know if concern’s the right thing but we’re getting him checked out. I’m sure it was a scary thing for Scott with the elevated heart rate,” Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren told reporters at the Flyers’ practice facility Sunday.

Hartnell noticed some twitching in his arms after the second period of an exhibition game in Detroit and trainers checked his heart rate and found it was still higher than it should have been.

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Perron Back With The Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that injured forward David Perron will rejoin the team on Monday. Perron has been suffering from post-concussion syndrome after being injured on November 4, 2010 vs. San Jose.

Perron, 23, has missed 72 consecutive games and had seven points (5g, 2a) in 10 games prior to the injury.

added 2:12pm, If you don’t recall the hit from Joe Thornton, you can watch it below…

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