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Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

Simply put, the New York Rangers’ 6-4 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers was very predictable.

Prior to last night’s tough loss, the Blueshirts had won three straight games and did so by playing smart, getting good goaltending and timely scoring. A pretty simple formula for success in hockey if you ask me.

Last night, however, the team did not do any of the above and it cost them. They do this year in and year out and last season, it was one of the reasons the team did not make the playoffs.

Yes, the Blueshirts were able to score four goals but they did not get the timely saves from Martin Biron and the team’s overall effort was too little too late as time ran out on them in the third period after they cut the Thrashers’ 5-2 lead to 5-4.

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, new+york+rangers

Where Does The Love Of God Go When Goaltenders Get Hurt? Live Blog It.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If there’s a better day for the return of honorary member of the 19, Gordon Lightfoot you’d better tell me about it, because it sure seems like the gales of November arrived a few days early today. Jimmah’s down with a back. Joey’s up from GR.  And the down river puck bunnies are in a state of excitement typically reserved for thirty cent fries at the Steak and Shake.

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Didn’t See This Coming

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

What we didn’t see coming in the first three weeks of the NHL season:

1. New Jersey Devils owning the league’s worst record of 2-7-1

2. Last season’s NHL Rookie of the Year Tyler Myers (Buffalo) sitting at minus-9.

3. Last season’s Hart Trophy winner Henrik Seden (Vancouver) with no goals in his first nine games. He’s also a minus player.

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Show Stamkos Some Respect

Blog: KK Members Blog By Shiv

If Steven Stamkos were a Maple Leaf, this wouldn’t be happening.

In 9 games this season, Stamkos has a stat line of 8 goals and 18 points. The next closest player is Ryan Getzlaf with 13 points in 10 games.

Yet somehow, if we polled the intelligent portion of the hockey universe today, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin would be the runaway favourites in a conversation about the best forwards in the game right now.

Yes, the season is young. And yes, Crosby and Ovechkin are off to “slower” starts than usual. But Stamkos is out-producing them nonetheless (by a sizable margin).

To put it into perspective, Leaf Nation is buzzing about Kessel’s 7 goals in the first 8 games of the season. Some say he is a legitimate contender for the Rocket. The more mentally unstable ones have even gone as far as to suggest the possibility of Kessel winning the Hart.

Can you imagine what would happen if Kessel had Stamkos’ stat line?

Let me be clear. I am not here saying that Stamkos is better than Crosby and Ovechkin. I am simply saying that Stamkos deserves to be in the conversation.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, phil+kessel, ryan+getzlaf, sidney+crosby, steven+stamkos

Keep Your Nose Clean

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Before heading to San Francisco, players were scheduled to hear the annual message from the league to keep their noses clean away from the rink.

“Just don’t put yourself in vulnerable positions,”  said Joe Thornton, summing up the message about to be delivered. “They’ve been doing it ever since I was in the league. It’s my 13th go-around and some guys’  first, but it’s good that they do it.”

The message is an evolving one, Thornton suggested, because of technological advances — cell phones with cameras, for example.

And, yes, if you’re thinking of that incident in Vancouver last season with Patrick Kane, John Madden and another Blackhawk cavorting around shirtless in a limo, that is the kind of moment the league wants to avoid.

more on the Sharks…

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News from the Farm: 10/28/10

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

It’s time once again to have a look toward the future by recapping the week that was for the Southeast Division’s AHL affiliates. We’re on track this week, with much less to catch up on than our debut last Thursday, so this should go much more smoothly.

Let’s get to it then, News from the Farm:

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Mystery in Detroit…Wings Recall MacDonald

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1229 PST: Teddy Kulfan says, “Jimmy Howard came down with back spasms after this morning’s practice.”

Updated 1221 PST: No official word that specifically says Howard is hurt, but it’s looking that way.  Wings official site (but not the Diggers…STRONG WORK boys/girls) saying Osgood in net tonite.

Whoa….WTF?

@DetroitRedWings  The Red Wings have recalled goaltender Joey MacDonald from Grand Rapids.

Then…

@DetroitRedWings   To make room for MacDonald, the Wings have placed Kris Draper on long-term injured reserve and Brian Rafalski on short-term injured reserve.

More to follow, I’m sure. MacDonald, though?  Interesting.

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Every Point Counts In The Central

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL standings Thursday morning revealed five of the eight playoff spots in the Western Conference were held by Central Division teams.

Nashville, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis and surprising Columbus have all strongly jumped out of the gates this season.

“If every team in the league played every team an equal number of times, you might have five teams in the Central making the playoffs,” St. Louis Blues power winger David Backes told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

Unfortunately for those Central Division teams, the NHL’s unbalanced schedule requires six games against each divisional foe.

“As the schedule is, we’ll probably end up beating the crap out of each other and knocking each other off and end up with three of four teams making the playoffs in my estimation,” Backes added. “We need to strive to win those division matchups and make sure we’re separating ourselves from everyone else.”

continue for more on the Blues as the face the Predators tonight…

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Penguins Unveil 2011 Winter Classic Jerseys

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

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From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins today unveiled their uniform for the 2011 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Heinz Field.

Predominantly navy blue with light blue accents, the uniform is a new design that features elements from many different eras of Penguins uniforms. It was designed by Reebok with input from both the Penguins and the NHL.  “We wanted to create a uniform that celebrates the rich history of Penguins hockey, but with a new look – giving fans something they would really like,” said Keith Leach, Director of Merchandising for Reebok.

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  Tags: nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

Hossa Out A Couple Of Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a tweet by Adam Jahns,

#Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa is out a couple weeks with an upper body injury.

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