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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And so, without further ado, some first-quarter superlatives and, well, whatever the opposite of a superlative might be:

Dominating Performance By A Non-Star Player
David Clarkson, New Jersey Devils

Clarkson might have played in the shadows of Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk and Martin Brodeur as the Devils went to the Stanley Cup finals in June, but he's proved he's no flash in the pan through the first quarter. He has nine goals, tied for second in the NHL as of Monday night, to pace the surprising Devils, who roared to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with an 8-1-3 record.

Honorable mentions: Tobias Enstrom, Winnipeg Jets; Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators

Disappointing Performance By A Bona Fide Star Player
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Lots of potential candidates in this category with the offensively challenged Kings, who began the week tied for last in the Western Conference, but Doughty's start is reflective of the entire team's inability to get out of the gate. After shouldering his way into Conn Smythe Trophy discussion during the Kings' run to the Cup in June (netminder Jonathan Quick ultimately earned MVP honors) Doughty appears to be slumbering, with zero goals, four assists and a whopper minus-10, dead last in the NHL. Now we know plus/minus isn't necessarily a reflection of a players' level of play, and we know Doughty shook off a slow start last season to be a dominant player, but for a guy many predicted would be a Norris Trophy candidate, it hasn't been a pretty start.

Honorable mentions: Shea Weber, Nashville Predators; Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

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Can The Sharks Play “Pissed Off” Hockey?

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Todd McLellan doesn’t want his team to forget about what happened in that 6-2 embarrassment in Columbus on Monday night when they face the Nashville Predators tonight.

“I want them to be pissed off. I want them to be mad. I want them to be upset,” McLellan said after a team meeting that lasted 20-25 minutes at Bridgestone Arena.

Players were shown video of what went wrong against the Blue Jackets, but McLellan didn’t go beyond a “message delivered” explanation as far as any specifics.

“We’re looking for the response now,” he said.

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Yes, retired Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom will attend 97.1’s SportsFest

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I shoved this press release from the Red Wings in the practice post, but it appears to merit its own entry:

The 11-time Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings are partnering up with 97.1 The Ticket’s Fourth Annual Detroit SportsFest, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Suburban Collection Showplace Exhibit Hall A in Novi, Mich. Admission to this sports-filled festivity is free with parking available for five dollars per vehicle.

Former Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom will make an appearance to sign autographs and help celebrate Motor City’s rich sports history. The Coke Zero Red Wings Experience will include a variety of interactive games, a live DJ and the chance to win tickets to upcoming Red Wings’ home games.

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The Lower Level Of The Salary Cap

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from Fraser Blair of Offside: A Sports Law Blog,

One of the concepts that I wrote about in the first piece about the Tim Thomas trade was the salary cap’s Lower Level (the salary floor). Under the new CBA, the way teams will approach the Lower Level will be significantly different due to 2 changes in the operating structure of the payroll range system.

First, beginning in the 2014-2015 season the Upper and Lower Limits of the payroll range (the cap floor and the ceiling) will no longer be calculated using the current formula. The current formula adds or subtracts $8 million from the salary midpoint in order to determine the Lower and Upper Levels. The salary midpoint is determined by the following steps: (1) multiply hockey related revenue (HRR) by the player’s share; (2) subtract player benefits from (1); (3) divide the figure from (1) and (2) by the number of teams.

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Kiprusoff Out Another Two Weeks

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Phoenix Coyotes Sale Chatter

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from Paul Giblin of the Arizona Republic,

Two previously unsuccessful bidders for the Phoenix Coyotes have joined efforts to explore whether to make another attempt to purchase the orphaned franchise.

Canadian marketing professional Anthony LeBlanc and Chicago financier Matthew Hulsizer, who previously came up short in efforts to buy the Coyotes, are “exploring options” about possible terms and conditions to acquire the team anew, LeBlanc told The Arizona Republic on Monday.

LeBlanc would serve as the front man for the investment group, which eventually could include five or six investors, he said.

Hulsizer confirmed his involvement in the venture but deferred further comment to LeBlanc.

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Red Wings Tuesday practice post in progress: no news isn’t good news regarding Helm, Bertuzzi

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 10x at 334 PM: The Detroit Red Wings are back on the ice today, preparing for a grudge match and-a-half against an ornery St. Louis Blues team tomorrow evening (7:30 PM EST, NBCSN/97.1 FM, and, via RedWingsFeed, Yahoo Sports' Sean Leahy expertly explored the Blues' issues), and it sounds like the Wings will have to continue playing without a pair of players battlng back ailments:

Sigh...

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Red Wings consultant Chris Osgood answers ‘Five Questions’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

NHL.com's Dan Rosen spoke to Red Wings goaltending mentor/scout/part-time goalie coach/consultant Chris Osgood recently, asking Osgood "Five Questions" about his post-playing career and his take on Jimmy Howard's performance thus far:

Do you like the role you have with the Red Wings as a goalie consultant, and has it been a difficult adjustment after playing for so long?

"Yeah, I like it. I think I was still half-playing and half-coaching last year because I missed it so much and probably acted like a player more than I should have. Now I think I have transferred over into just coaching, distanced myself from when I was a player. I still miss playing; it's not easy, especially because I played with a lot of the guys that still play. But this year it has been easier because now it's been a longer period of time that I haven't played, so I feel like I'm more of a coach now than a player, for sure."

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Sabres Observer Radio: Ruff Times

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The Sabres look worse than a 5-7-1 team, and head coach Lindy Ruff is getting more heat from fans and media in Buffalo than he ever has since taking the job 16 years and 4 presidential elections ago.  The hearty discussion here is not only about if Ruff should be replaced, but also if owner Terry Pegula would even consider making such a move.

In this week's edition of Sabres Observer Radio, Joe Pinzone of Buffalo Wins and I are joined by sports talk host Sal Capaccio of Sabres flagship station WGR SportsRadio 550.

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Morning Line

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“This is the home stand from hell.  We lost our goalie, we didn’t play as well and now we’ve got to take this onto the road and we’ve got to be much more accountable to each other.”

-St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock after losing 4-1 to the LA Kings last night.  More on the Blues from Dan O'Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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