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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

The Wings have 15 games (8 road, 7 home) left before the Olympic break (February 9th) and are in a Wild Card spot at this point in time.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Later in the day, Tavares recorded three assists to help the Islanders pick up their second victory in as many nights and fifth win in their past six outings.

* Tavares posted 3-2—5 in Monday’s victory, giving him 3-5—8 over the past two days. It marks the second time in his career that Tavares has collected eight points over a two-game span. He last accomplished that feat Oct. 13-15, 2011, when he recorded 2-2—4 followed by 3-1—4 in wins over the Lightning and Rangers, respectively.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Tavares’ eight-point total is the highest by any Islander over a two-day span since Jan. 10-11, 1990, when Pat LaFontaine registered 2-1—3 and 1-5—6 in wins over the Maple Leafs and North Stars, respectively.

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Todd McLellan Not Happy With Another Controversial Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

“We’ve played 44 games,” he said. “I go back to the Buffalo blown call in overtime, I go back to the blown call in Winnipeg, I go to one in Minnesota and I go to the one tonight. That’s one in every 11 games.

“I understand mistakes because I make a lot of them behind the bench,” he continued. “But when you get an explanation from a group of people and it didn’t happen, it’s disappointing. It really is disappointing.

“There’s also protocol to follow in our league and that protocol is you get together and you discuss it and that didn’t happen either. Obviously I’m not very happy with it.”

more and watch the goal below...

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Alfredsson On The Wings And Olympics

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Sport Bladet (rough translation),

You changed the club after eighteen seasons in the summer and went from Ottawa to Detroit, and has now played half the regular season there. How do you think it went?

- There was some difficulty at first, but then it got better and better.And it was important to know that I played me to a place in this squad, I do not only with the old credentials and it feels, I've been in the competition and took a seat.

They (Sweden) talked a lot at the press conference that you may have a specific role, especially in the power play, and maybe not as much ice time as you are used to. How do you feel about that?

- We have not talked in great depth about it, but yes, I play a lot of powerplay with "Zata" and Kronwall here in Detroit, and it has gone well.What I then get the role and ice time in general ... it's a bit like that, I can assert myself in the competition and will do my best to get to play as much as possible. I do not go there and just pleased to be in place.

You have been in the Olympics both gone really well and when it became less successful and should know what it takes to achieve success?

- It is clearly to be at its best at the right times. We have to be on top in finals matches, then just. And I have high hopes of this team, we have many players who are both talented and have experience at the highest level .. Such as "Zata" and Kronwall comes in with superb leadership.

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Jets Have Another Bad Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun,

... instead of firing shot after shot after shot at the goaltender with one of the league’s worst save percentages, the Jets mustered only nine shots on goal through two periods and their only goals were courtesy of the power play. They ended up with a season low 14 shots.

The result was a 4-2 loss, a chorus of boos from the crowd as time expired and numerous Jets afterwards calling their team’s effort “embarrassing.”...

“They paid for their tickets,” Pavelec said. “They can do whatever they want, and we got what we deserved.”...

Pavelec actually felt bad for Jets fans.

“Tonight I did,” he said. “You can lose, but at least you have to show up. The fans want to see you play hard, and we just didn’t today. It’s disappointing, that’s for sure.”

Pavelec wasn’t done there.

“We have a day off tomorrow,” he said. “Actually, we had a day off today, so we had two days off.”

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Injured Detroit Players Update Their Status

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“I’m good to go, so if (the coach) puts me back in there, I’ll be fine,” DeKeyser said.

Helm felt good after skating Tuesday.

“I’ll skate (Wednesday), I’ll push it a little harder, take the pregame skate (Thursday) and take it from there,” Helm said.

He was disappointed to miss the Winter Classic.

“I was planning on (playing) but after the practice (the day before) I kind of felt something,” Helm said. “It didn’t feel bad, it was just a little something, so I got off the ice quick. I thought I was going to be fine and the next morning I woke up it wasn’t good enough to play.

“I wanted to make sure I was smart about it. It was a tough one to take (missing the outdoor game). It was probably one of the harder (decisions), but it was probably a smart one.”

Pavel Datsyuk (lower-body injury) also practiced Tuesday, but his status is more questionable, he said.


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Only In Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

While there are many positives to be said about the naming of the men’s Olympic hockey team, the best thing about the event may be it puts an end to everyone within reach of a microphone or a keyboard playing general manager Lego with the 40-or-so names under consideration for the 25 jobs.

Only in Canada could you fill the stands of a hockey arena to watch middle-aged men in dark suits take turns reading from a list of names. If it looked at times like good church wardens moving up to read the gospel, so be it. The faithful were all ears and, in the end, cheers.

“Our goal,” Canadian Olympic Committee president Marcel Aubut said. “Easy. Finish No. 1.”

No pressure here.

So seriously do Canadians take this team that they once watched live, coast to coast, as a press conference was held to announce the third goaltender for the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, a player who would never play a game and not even dress for most.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I don’t think (the Flyers) were ready from the first minute and we didn’t take advantage. It happened to us against Columbus two weeks ago and other games, too. When you add those points it’s maybe the difference in the playoffs and not the playoffs. We don’t learn. (We make) the same mistakes over and over.”

-Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils after losing in OT to the Philadelphia Flyers last night.  More reaction on the game from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger.

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Will The Play Of Martin St. Louis Suffer In Tampa?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

This is the second time Yzerman has snubbed St. Louis from an Olympic spot. In 2010, St. Louis was boiling mad at Yzerman and Yzerman had yet to join the Lightning. Imagine how St. Louis feels today.

Be warned, Lightning fans: this could get ugly.

It's going to be a problem for Yzerman. It's going to be a problem for the Lightning.

St. Louis is angry and he has every right to be.

He was just told by Yzerman that his services aren't needed to win a gold medal, and now Yzerman is going to ask him to go out and lead the Lightning to a Stanley Cup.

Yeah, good luck with that.

St. Louis is a proud man. He desperately wanted to play for Canada in next month's Olympics. Now you have to wonder just how badly he wants to play for the Lightning.

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FYI, St. Louis did not talk about Team Canada post-game except to say he is "extremely disappointed".

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Jack Johnson On Not Being Selected For Team USA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

Johnson, who has represented the United States 10 times in various levels of international play, insisted that his frustration and disappointment will not affect his performance with the Blue Jackets, or the way he plays under Richards.

But he clearly feels he wasn’t fully supported by his coach and others within USA Hockey.

“I read the article that said three coaches unanimously left me off,” Johnson said, referring to a report by ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside, who chronicled the behind-the-scenes machinations that led to the final roster, including some stinging criticisms of certain players and details of how coaches and management voted.

“It’s over now. … Anything that’s said now is empty and meaningless. When I needed the belief and trust, I didn’t get it, and I didn’t get it when it counted from numerous people.”

“The team’s picked. I sat there and watched it on TV along with everybody else. That’s how I heard. From TV.”

The ESPN article never states that Richards voted against Johnson being on the team, but it does say in more than one instance that the coaching staff, as a whole, favored other players after Johnson got off to a poor start this season. Anaheim’s Cam Fowler claimed the last spot on defense.


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