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Red Wings-Blue Jackets set-up/overnight report: Wings want to keep the good Mule rolling

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight (7:30 PM, FSD+ [channel guide available here]/FSOhio/WXYT) and then head to Nashville to play the Predators on Saturday, and in both cases, the Wings’ Central Division opponents have talked up this weekend’s games as if they were “defining moments” in their respective playoff pushes for over a week now. 

The Wings’ weekend opponents are in starkly different situations in terms of desperation levels, however: the Predators, who dropped a 3-2 decision to Philadelphia on Thursday, still have intentions upon wresting the Central Division title away from the Wings. They sit seven points behind in the standings (though the Wings have 2 games in hand on the Predators), and play Detroit three more times, Saturday night’s game included.

The Blue Jackets sit in eleventh place in the Western Conference (though they’re only eight points behind the playoff cut), and while they play the Wings once more after tonight, they come to town having dropped two games in a row, including a 7-4 loss to Chicago on Tuesday, so from a “fighting for our playoff lives” standpoint, never mind the “latest chapter in the somewhat contrived arch-rivalry” point of view, the Blue Jackets want to do nothing less than make the biggest “statement game” win tonight.

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Red Wings’ Mike Modano three weeks away from possible medical clearance to play

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

Red Wings forward Mike Modano continues to believe that he could return from three torn flexor tendons and nerve damage in his right wrist in late February instead of the middle of March, telling the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness and the Detroit Free Press’s George Sipple that he’s still ahead of schedule, but awaits a big powwow with the hand specialists who rebuilt his wrist later this month:

“It’s getting closer,” said Modano, who continues to pair up with defensemen at practice. “I think it’s week to week, it’s getting better. We’ve always looked at a 12-week program. I’m just over nine weeks.

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Blueshirts Lose Two Valuable Points/You Tell Me…

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

Good evening folks. I am sorry to say that because I was playing hockey tonight, I was not able to catch much of the New York Rangers vs, New Jersey Devils game tonight.

With that said, I was disappointed to come home and find out that the Blueshirts lost two valuable points in a 3-2 loss to the team’s Hudson River rivals. Yes, the team is still not fully healthy and yes, the team almost came back from a 3-0 defecit but in the end, it is two points that are out the window.

Every game means something and the Blueshirts do not exactly have a firm hold on a playoff spot in the tight Eastern Conference. With a big game coming up on Saturday afternoon against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, it would have been better for the team to go into the game on a winning note. Instead, the team goes into it having not won in three games and also having lost to the 14th place team in the Eastern Conference.

Now, that is nothing against the New Jersey Devils. I may have not seen the game but I know that the Devils came into it having played some of their best hockey over an eight or nine game stretch. As such, they probably earned the victory tonight against the Blueshirts.

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  Tags: henrik+lundqvist, john+tortorella, martin+biron, montreal+canadiens, new+jersey+devils, new+york+rangers, vinny+prospal

Video- Freddy Meyer Faints On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Thrashers have him listed as out with an upper-body injury.

10:13pm, added another video of the incident below…

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  Tags: freddy+meyer

Video- Paille Hit Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Daniel Paille received ten and a match penalty for this hit on Raymond Sawada tonight.

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  Tags: daniel+paille, raymond+sawada

Video- Hope You Didn’t Miss The First Four Seconds Of The Stars/Bruins Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Three fights in the first four seconds, all received five for fighting.

note 9:03pm, replaced the original video…

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Emery Ready To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

The Ducks are among “three or four”  teams that are looking into acquiring veteran goaltender Ray Emery, his agent confirmed to the Register late Thursday afternoon.

Calgary-based agent J.P. Barry said he’s been in contact with the Ducks about Emery as they’re seeking a reliable insurance goalie in case either or both Jonas Hiller and Curtis McElhinney get hurt down the stretch.

“The Ducks are one of the teams that I’ve been talking to,” Barry said. ”It goes both ways, right? I’m looking for a position for Ray. There’s some teams that have been receptive to discussing him and they’re one of them.”...

All signs point to Emery being healthy enough to return to action in the near future if he lands with a team.

“He’s ready to go here,” Barry said. “I think if we put him with a team on Monday, he’d be ready to play Friday or Saturday.”

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Forsberg = Favre?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Brough of Olrand KurtenBlog,

Let’s get back to the article in question, which starts out by saying how the NFL is more popular than the NHL. And I have no problem with that - the NFL is more popular than the NHL

But then comes this part:

North American hockey has many reasons to look up to its pigskin counterpart, but something the league doesn’t need is a joke similar to the one a certain crocs-wearing quarterback has unleashed offseason after offseason in the NFL.

The league is close to having its own Brett Favre in the form of 37-year-old Peter Forsberg, a massively talented player that could be remembered as one of the all-time greats but refuses to acknowledge his days of skating with the big boys are over.

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Sabres Sale Announced

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Pending NHL approval, the Buffalo Sabres have been sold.  Terry Pegula, a billionaire who made his fortune in natural gas has agreed to buy the team for $189 million.  This is $175 million in cash and $14 million in debt assumed.  Outgoing owner Tom Gosliano bought the team out of bankruptcy in 2003 for about $90 million.  That was $60 million in cash and about $30 million in debt assumed. 

This transaction shows a lot about the NHL’s finances.  Buffalo is a smaller market that does not spend up to the salary cap.  It is a market that has lost more high profile free agents than they have signed in the last few years.  It is not the most profitable market, but run well Sabres ownership can make a profit most years (if not all of them).  This profit is nothing compared to the profit that comes from the sale of the team.

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Ryan Kesler is Hart Worthy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Admittedly, this argument is a tough sell because, in the 42 seasons the Hart Trophy has been awarded in the post-expansion NHL, it’s never gone to a player like Ryan Kesler.

But maybe the time has come.

Kesler, of course, is having another break-out season after his break-out 2009-10 season and, with back-to-back Selke nominations, it’s not as if he’s an unknown commodity around the league. But unless you’ve been watching him on a night-in, night-out basis, it’s hard to capture the full measure of his game and what he’s meant to the Canucks.

The numbers are impressive enough, although they don’t exactly jump off the page. Following his two-goal performance on Wednesday night in Phoenix, Kesler sits third in the league with 30 goals, but he’s still a $10-dollar cab ride from Steven Stamkos, who leads with 39. His 50 points also placed him 11th among NHL scorers before Thursday night’s games. Again, pretty good, but not exactly Hart material.

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  Tags: ryan+kesler

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