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Penguins An Average Team Right Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

But the Penguins are a little out of sorts these days. They come to Honda Center eighth in the Eastern Conference at 6-6-1.

Some of the Bizarro-esque details:

  * Pittsburgh is mired in an 0-for-27 drought on the power play that stretches the past six games after an 0-for-4 performance Wednesday against Dallas, which had the NHL’s worst penalty killing unit
  * Backup goalie Brent Johnson is 5-1 with a 1.70 goals-against average while Marc-Andre Fleury is 1-5 with a 3.75 GAA
  * Center Evgeni Malkin, a former scoring champion, has just three goals in 12 games and is tied with a team-worst minus-7 rating

Pittsburgh’s rough spells just generally haven’t lasted long, and the players can’t really understand or explain this particular bout.

“Our expectations are definitely high in the organization,” winger Chris Kunitz said.

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Determining The Worth Of Steven Stamkos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Speculation is he could sign for at least five years at up to $7 million per season. Tampa Bay would love to get a deal done before the season is finished and Stamkos becomes a restricted free agent.

“Both sides are open to it,” (Mark) Guy (agent) said. “It’s going to depend on the factors that come into negotiations. But both sides are comfortable and happy to start the process and get something done before the season is out.”

“I’d like to get it done as soon as possible,” Stamkos said. “It’s a great organization. They’re going to do their stuff. But for me, I’m just focused on my game.”

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An E-mail Interview with Steve Dangle of YouTube and Leafs TV Fame

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

As we all know, YouTube is extremely popular with all the kinds of videos you can imagine.

Steve Dangle is a hockey personality that used YouTube to his advantage to talk about all things Toronto Maple Leafs/hockey while also helping him to get a job with Leafs TV.

Steve was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he started video blogging, what he does for Leafs TV and his take on this year’s Leafs team.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
SD: Ever since I can remember I’ve known hockey! I don’t remember anybody going “Steve, this is what hockey is” so it feels like it’s always been there. It’s engrained in Canadian culture. I was really little for the Leafs’ in the early 90’s, but I still remember some games, especially the Leafs-Kings series… but I won’t get into that.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite Toronto Maple Leaf? Why?
SD: Felix “the Cat” Potvin. I wanted to be him so badly as a kid. Every road hockey game I wanted to be goalie because of him. He was always coming up with the big saves and he was always exciting. Goal-scorers are exciting, but if you score once every two games you’re considered an elite scorer. Goalies stop like 30 shots a night. That’s why I idolized Potvin.

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  Tags: steve+dangle, toronto+maple+leafs

How Will Duchene React To Benching?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The big story wasn’t so much the result, a loss in early November, but the benching of Matt Duchene by coach Joe Sacco for most of the second period. More of what went down is spelled out here in colleague Mark Kiszla’s excellent column.

This is going to be very big, seeing how he responds not only Saturday but in the few games after that. He was essentially singled out tonight by the coach, not only in the game but after (video).

Sacco has never publicly bad-mouthed Duchene’s play before, even when it might have warranted it at times, but tonight he definitely sounded like the dad who had to take the car keys away finally.

How Duchene deals with this and responds on the ice will be interesting to see. He is so ambitious and focused and driven, but also a little bit sensitive to criticism.

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  Tags: matt+duchene

GDT - Game #11: Red Wings at Oilers (9:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Game 11 finds the Wings posting an impressive .750 pt percentage, 3rd best in the league, yet DET are in 3rd place in the Central.  Some say DET’s 2-1 win at CGY was their most impressive of the season: “Detroit’s dominance wasn’t merely reflected in the lopsided shot total - 33-17, Wings - but in the utter ease with which the mission is accomplished.” Perception is a funny thing, isn’t it?  All I know about the CGY game is that the dreaded 3rd line looked - dangerous?  For the first time in forever, the 3 line had real scoring chances, and cashed in for a combined 2 G, 1 A,.  And wait for it, - - -  were a +4, a shocking reversal of fortune (going into that game they were -16).  Somewhere, Jiri Hudler is surely seeking some professional help
Oh wait, that is what the Oil spill are doing. The Oilers have hired Amirault, the NHL’s only woman sports psychologist and a highly sought-after motivational speaker for companies, to help them think the game as well as they hope to play it.  I guess if your team is 3-5-2, won’t shoot the puck, has the leagues worst PK at 68%, and occupies the W.C. basement, all options are on the table. For some reason the inner Mandingo is telling me to be afraid tonight.  Game On, Bitches.

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Reaction To The Carcillo Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

“Do I have a problem with it? Sure, why wouldn’t I?” Tortorella said. “We get these (head shot) tapes sent to us during the summer and at the beginning of the year. Why send them? It’s a waste.”

Replays indicate Carcillo got his elbow up on Fedotenko, who was falling to the ice when contact was made.

“I saw him in the middle of the ice and the puck was there,” Carcillo said. “He kind of went down right when I got to him. My elbows were in. I know it looks bad, but I didn’t try to hit his head or anything.

“I don’t think anything (Tortorella) says is going to change anything. It is what it is. It’s not like I took strides toward him. I know they’re cracking down on that, so I imagine I’ll get a phone call.”

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  Tags: dan+carcillo, ruslan+fedotenko

Bouwmeester’s Corsi Predicted His Calgary Results

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When Jay Bouwmeester was a free agent to be in Florida and the Calgary Flames traded for his negotiation rights and signed him.  At that time, I warned that this move would not work out as well as they hoped.  Bouwmeester had the 15th worst team adjusted Corsi rating in 2008/09.  This was partially explained by the fact that Bouwmeester was eighth in the league by defensive zone starts, but it did not look so good.

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Video- Joe Thornton Hit On David Perron

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Thornton received five for an illegal check to the head, a ten and game misconduct.

Perron is ok.

Watch the hit starting at the 1:05 mark.

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  Tags: david+perron, joe+thornton

Video- Carcillo hit on Fedotenko Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ruslan Fedotenko was OK after staying on the ice for a bit.  Not penalty to Carcillo.

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  Tags: dan+carcillo, ruslan+fedotenko

All Tim Thomas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Duthie of TSN,

James Duthie: You gave up two goals Wednesday night. That must be pretty embarrassing for a guy who had a .50 goals-against average going in. I’m frankly surprised Claude Julien didn’t pull you after the second one.

Tim Thomas: (laughs) I think the coach didn’t know what to do. I’d hadn’t put him in that situation this year.

JD: Be honest. Did it actually cross your mind when they scored that giving up two goals was going to balloon your save percentage and GAA?

TT: It did for a second, but that’s a terrible way to think. You start the season just thinking about the wins, but when you have the kind of streak I had, you can’t help but think about the numbers a little bit. So for a split second, yeah. But then reality set in. It was 4-2 with more than 10 minutes left, and I had to get my head straight and remember the priority, to get the win.

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  Tags: tim+thomas

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