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Video- Scott Hannan High Stick And A…

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... Sami Vatanen embellishment...


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Early AHL Leaders

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The American Hockey League season is underway.  Most teams are one or two games played behind the NHL teams. This is the first point where there appear to be two early front runners.  

The Milwaukee Admirals have six games played and have won them all.  They have outscored their opponents by a tow to one mark (22-11).  They are the Nashville Predators farm affiliate.  A big part of the Milwaukee success has been strong goaltending.  Marek Mazanec played in five of the games and is posting a 1.96 GAA and a .931 saves percentage.  Their offence has been deep with five players who have five or more points.  

The Albany Devils (New Jersey affiliate) are the other front runner.  They have five wins and a shutout loss in their six games played.  They have a 28-13 goals for and goals against.  Paul Thompson, Scott Timmons and Joe Whitney are all in the top ten scorers in the league right now.  Keith Kincaid has been strong in their goal.

It is still early in the season and it is too early to predict that these two teams will challenge for the league title.  They are both off to a fast start and will likely be top teams this year.  Neither team is defeated in regulation and both have outscored their opponents by a 2 to 1 margin or better.  Should the cores of these teams stay together in the AHL they will be tough to defeat.

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Video- Nick Foligno Will Be Fine After His Head Hit A Linesman Along The Boards

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Good news...



Below, watch how the injury occurred.

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Video- Anze Kopitar Has An Upper-Body Injury

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Kings say Kopitar has an upper-body injury, not likely to return.

Maybe it was this hit from Tim Erixon that injured him.



update 7:25pm, Kopitar talked post-game but did not say much.

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Video-It’s Usually the 2nd Guy Who Gets Caught

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Jordan Nolan of the Kings will a little poke at Hartnell, Hartnell retaliates with a swing of the stick.


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Video- Dustin Byfuglien Goes On A Hitting Rampage Against The Avs

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Not one, but two Avalanche players feel the hits from Byfuglien.


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Ha, NHL Team Salaries In the Mid-1950s

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Afternoon Line- Sergei Fedorov On Scotty Bowman

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Of course, I learned a lot of new things. But working with him wasn’t easy and I’m not the only one who says that. It was complicated. He didn’t like the silence, he wanted that was always something that forced us to be on our toes.

I can’t say that no one loved him, but we didn’t feel many positive emotions. Within the team there was a huge concurrency. Everyone wanted to play. And we had such a great team for many straight years.

But at the end of my career I really didn’t expect to see such a different person. When he retired as a coach, he came to Detroit, to our locker room. And talking with him has been awesome. No one expected that he could be such a person. He surprised us all. It appeared that under his gross and sometimes inappropriate actions, phrases, words was hiding a kind, gentle, good-hearted man, a mentor with a capital letter.

-Sergei Fedorov on Scotty Bowman.

Fedorov did a recent interview on Russian radio and Alessandro Seren Rosso of The Hockey Writers has the full translation.

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Zetterberg And Babcock Discuss The Power Play

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"We've got to attack more," Zetterberg said. "Just shoot, that will help. We're too careful. We're afraid of losing the puck, so we're not shooting. We've got to shoot, and if the goalie makes the save, we've got to retrieve the puck."

Echo that, said Babcock. "We've got to attack the net. But in order to attack the net, you've got to trust that you'll get it back, you've got to trust that you'll win faceoffs. So we've just got to start attacking the net."

The Wings are a respectable 4-2-2 after eight games, but this past week exemplifies how much better off they might be if they had a potent power play . Three power plays wasted in Montreal, after which Niklas Kronwall said if they'd gotten one, they'd have won the game. Another three wasted against Pittsburgh, necessitating a late rally. Another three wasted in Philadelphia, and then the Flyers win the game by converting on one of theirs.

"It's no good," Babcock said. "We've got to fix it. We're going to go through all the details on the power play, we're going to get a fresh start. I think we've got 74 games left, don't we? So let's make sure it's top of the league."


added 4:25pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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All About The NHL Puck

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from NHLOfficials.com,

Each team has a freezer in their dressing room where they keep at least 80 game pucks at a temperature of 14F (-10C) the day before each home game. This will ensure the pucks delivered to the supervisor of the off-ice officials are frozen and ready for game use. Before the start of the game, fifteen pucks are taken from the home team’s freezer in a hard plastic cooler directly to the penalty box freezer. At the start of the second and third period, an additional fifteen pucks are taken again from the team dressing room’s freezer to the penalty box freezer, each time carried in a hard plastic cooler in order to keep them as cold as possible.  

Also, in an effort to provide the players with the best possible puck each and every shift, the puck is changed for a new frozen puck every time a puck has been used for more than two minutes of actual playing time. This is done in order to bring consistency to every shift for the players on how the puck will react....

Frozen pucks helps the linesmen making great and fair face-offs as the puck, when dropped flat on the ice, will generally not bounce. The only downside of this procedure for all on-ice officials is that, when hit by an errant puck, well let’s just say that it create a bigger bruise as a frozen puck is much harder than a warm one!!!


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