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Team Health May Determine A Playoff Spot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun and Craig Custance of ESPN discuss a few topics,

LeBrun: ...Only four points separate sixth place Toronto from 12th place Washington in the Eastern Conference. In the West, Chicago (40 points), Detroit (39 points) and St. Louis (37 points) are within a whisker of each other for the Central Division lead. The Pacific Division is wide open with Dallas (35 points), San Jose (33 points) and Phoenix (33 points) fighting their highs and lows in the race for that division title. The reeling Kings (30 points) aren’t far behind but lost for a fifth straight time in Boston last night.

Nearly every market in the league still has a chance. Some call it mediocrity, others competitive balance.

In the end, however, once again one of the biggest factors in determining who gets into the playoff dance will be health. In particular, the list of concussions continues to take its toll on key players around the league. The number of concussions are actually down from a year ago, the league says, but the number of high-end skaters afflicted with head injuries is a reminder of how much work there still is to do.

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Roloson Feels Good But Numbers Say Otherwise

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

He feels good — no, great — on the ice, and his coaches say he is working as hard as ever in practice and in the video room.

Then what the heck is wrong with the Lightning goaltender’s game?

“It’s just things are finding ways in right now,” Roloson said. “I’m seeing the puck real well. Circumstantial things happen and things go into the net.”

Roloson’s 3.67 goals-against average entered Tuesday 68th of 71 goalies listed by the NHL. His .882 save percentage was 65th.

He is 6-9-1 in 17 games, lost his past five starts with a 5.25 goals-against average and .829 save percentage and likely will sit for the eighth time in 13 games Thursday against the Flames at the St. Pete Times Forum.

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  Tags: dwayne+roloson

Will Darryl Sutter Say Yes?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

If he answers affirmatively, it would be the first thing anyone in the hockey world has heard from Sutter in almost a calendar year, which makes his return all the more surprising.

Since being fired as GM of the Flames last Christmas the 53-year-old executive went underground, disappearing from the game that once dominated his life.

Put out to pasture with a big severance cheque and a trail of nasty editorials blaming him for the sizeable hole he’d left the franchise in, Sutter retreated to his family’s homestead in Viking, Alta., to resume farming.

Refusing to answer any of the hundreds of phone calls from lowly media types, Sutter opted not to respond publicly to the ousting and hasn’t been quoted ever since.

Many figured his NHL career was over.

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  Tags: darryl+sutter

Habs top Isles

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

The Canadiens won their second in a row, blowing a 3-1 lead but eventually beating the Islanders 5-3. Isles’ goaltender Al Montoya wasn’t particularly sharp on this night, and the difference for the Canadiens was largely the fourth line, but a wins a win and Montreal will take it.

Quick highlights: Tomas Kaberle notched an assist, he now has three in two games as a Hab, and he is certainly making an impact on the powerplay. It’s very easy to see how Kaberle slows the play down and makes a first pass as the pp sets up. Something the Canadiens have been missing all year.

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Red Wings-Penguins wrap-up and overnight report: earned bounces, Viagra and M1 goes bye-bye

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The difference between, “Yeah, but…” and, “Yes, because…” The Detroit Red Wings’ 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins involved perhaps the first appearance of road-worthy grit from the Red Wings as well as a few fortunate bounces—in the form of two goalposts hit by Evgeni Malkin, a diving save by Jimmy Howard anda gloved-down keep-in by Pavel Datsyuk which swiftly found its way into the back of the Penguins’ net—which one might argue either allowed the Wings to come away with an incredibly lucky or well-earned win.

Most certainly, one cannot deny that the Penguins were banged-up, missing Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang Richard Park and Zbynek Michalek, but given that the injury bug was the Wings’ steady dance partner for the better part of the last two seasons, and given that Evgeni Malkin (who had nine shots in addition to his goalpost) and Jordan Staal’s game-time decisions involved playing, Wings fans might find themselves absent of sympathy for the Penguins not playing at full strength.

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26,000 Gallons of Water and $127 Later, A Rink Is Built

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via FoxSports,

Two hockey enthusiasts have been cited for using an estimated 26,000 gallons of water from a fire hydrant to create a backyard ice rink in Tinley Park, Ill., a suburb south of Chicago.

Nelin said he borrowed about 250 feet of hose from a relative who was a firefighter to fill up the rink, where he and four others hoped to play hockey throughout the winter.

He said he and his friends were originally filling it up with a garden hose, but switched to the hydrant through fear the water bill would be too high. They also felt the garden hose might freeze.

“We had good intentions,” Nelin told the Tribune. “We were trying to do something productive for the winter.”

“I really just thought it was water,” Nelin said. “I didn’t think it was this big of a problem.”

Police said the men were likely to be fined and ordered to pay for the water they used, which is estimated to be $127.44.

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Video- Best Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The last thing I remember is hitting the couch around 11:30pm for a little catnap. Well that nap ended at 2:50am, just before NHL On the Fly goes off the air and the infomercials start.

So in the last hour I have been playing catch-up on the posts and now am I contemplating going to bed for a few hours, starting the morning update or going out and get an early breakfast.

In the meantime, you can watch nine minutes of NHL action from last night.

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Video- I Agree With Sam Rosen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Carl Hagelin is in a race for the puck in the Dallas offensive zone and Stars’ goaltender Richard Bachman decides to try to reach the puck before Hagelin does.

Hagelin gets to the puck first but also receives 2 minutes for charging.

Watch it play-out below…

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  Tags: carl+hagelin, richard+bachman

Video- Hit Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Referee Stephen Walcom on Kimmo Timonen of the Flyers.

Walcom received two for ....

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  Tags: kimmo+timonen, stephen+walcom

Video- Bogosian With A 5 Minute Boarding Penalty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Zach Bogosian with a hit on Pierre-Marc Bouchard late in the game.  Bogosian also received a ten and game misconduct.

The condition of Bouchard? 

This via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Coach Mike Yeo said Bouchard was getting patched up, but an update will come Wednesday. I have heard his face is a mess. Obviously the concern is a head injury because Bouchard has a history of concussions. He returned last Dec. 1 after being limited to one game two seasons ago after his season-ending one three years ago.

First the hit via TSN and below, the Wild broadcasting team make the same call.

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  Tags: pierre-marc+bouchard, zach+bogosian

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