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McDonald And Perron Still Have Concussion Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Blues’ president of hockey operations general manager John Davidson said Monday Oshie is “getting close” to playing again since suffering a broken ankle in early November. As for McDonald and Perron, both out with concussions, there is still no indication when either forward will be able to skate again, let alone play.

“Who knows?” Davidson insisted. “When and if they get cleared, they haven’t been skating for so long they’ll have to work themselves into game condition. Both have made progress and slipped back, made progress and slipped back.”

Davidson said physicians have told McDonald and Perron not to exercise and get their heart rate up. “(The doctors) don’t want you watching TV, on computers, texting, anything where you use your brain. It’s the world of the unknown.”

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Video- Chara Tosses His Hat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Joe Haggerty tweet,

Zdeno Chara said he got idea for hat-tossing pantomime after his hat trick from Peter Bondra, and always hoped he’d be able to do it someday

Chara’s hat toss starts at the 1:50 mark of the video.

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1000 Games For Langenbrunner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Dallas, Tex – Dallas Stars right wing Jamie Langenbrunner will play his 1000th career NHL game against Los Angeles at American Airlines Center tonight. He has played 435 games for Dallas and 564 games for New Jersey. Langenbrunner won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999 and won the Cup again in 2003 after being traded to New Jersey in 2002. He is the 260th player to reach 1000th NHL games following San Jose’s Patrick Marleau who will play his 1000th game today in Phoenix. The Stars will hold a pre-game ceremony to recognize Jamie prior to the puck drop tonight at American Airlines Center.

 

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Landon Ferraro turning things around?

Blog: KK Hockey By Twig

Landon Ferraro was a goal scoring machine for the Red Deer Rebels during the 2008-09 season which prompted the Detroit Red Wings to take him with their first choice in the 2009 NHL Draft. Since then, he has struggled.

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Contender To Take Over The Scoring Lead

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Sidney Crosby is the top scorer in the NHL.  He has 66 points.  He also has a concussion and is listed as being out indefinitely.  Although he may be back soon, it is hard to know with concussions.  It is quite possible that he could be out for quite a while.  If this happens who takes over the NHL scoring lead?

I think the most likely answer is Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks.  He currently sits in third place in league scoring with 58 points.  This means he would have to leapfrog Steve Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning (who has has 61 points) to get there. 

Sedin is a better bet than Stamkos because Sedin has been the highest scorer in the league over the past month.  He has 22 points since the middle of December.  Nobody else can match that.

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Monday Afternoon Thoughts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• I believe that if a person is happy with their contract, it’s their business and no one else’s. However, you will see agents attack Jack Johnson’s deal, because he did it himself. Johnson signed for seven years, $30.5 million. With an agent, maybe he gets $3 million-$5 million more. To some players, that will matter.

• Alex Burrows escaped punishment for spearing Marc Staal’s grandchildren. No more complaints about how he’s treated.

• Alexander Ovechkin’s quiet season has led to a decrease in merchandising interest, according to one memorabilia expert. Steven Stamkos is catching him, although the dealer did say, “It’s always tougher for European players.” Sidney Crosby remains No. 1, by miles.

more plus some talk of NCAA players with UFA status…

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Jimmy Howard Pointing To A Thursday Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard was back on the ice Monday, briefly working out with goaltending coach Jim Bedard before practice. Howard, however, wasn’t able to practice due to his bruised right knee and won’t play Tuesday at Pittsburgh.

Joey MacDonald will make his second start in row. Howard hopes to return for Thursday’s game in St. Louis.

“I just did some skating. The only problems I really had was getting up and down,’’ Howard said. “Unless something drastically changes overnight, I’m (aiming) for Thursday. I was hoping I’d be ready for Tuesday night. I’ve been progressing every day.’’

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There’s no ‘D’ in Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By @DaveDavisHockey

The biggest concern for the Buffalo Sabres recently has been the lack of coverage in their own end.  New York Islanders star forward John Tavares had a field day in the Buffalo zone Saturday night, and he even half-heartedly noted afterwards that he had so many scoring chances in the 5-3 Isles win that perhaps he should’ve notched two hat tricks instead of his one.

The Sabres have allowed five goals in two of their last three games, and that’s in no small part due to the struggles of the Tyler Myers-Andrej Sekera pairing.  They’re a combined –9 in that stretch.  The play of Myers, who looks clumsy at times and seems to be having issues with his skating, has regressed to where it was during the first month of the season. 

Getting some heat of his own, despite a huge lack of defensive support, is goaltender Ryan Miller (17-14-4, 2.72 GAA, .911 save %).  It’ll be interesting to see how this town reacts if the red lamp behind the franchise netminder and fan favorite continues to be lit too often.  A huge component of last year’s 100-point team was Miller’s ability to steal some games, and this season it just hasn’t been happening.

Buffalo will try to tighten things up tomorrow night when the Montreal Canadiens come to town.

Twitter: @DaveDavisHockey

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  Tags: andrej+sekera, buffalo+sabres, john+tavares, ryan+miller, tyler+myers

Wild Recall Cody Almond

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled center Cody Almond from the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL).

  Almond, 21 (7/24/89), has skated in four games in two separate recalls with Minnesota this season averaging 6:02 in TOI/game. He has posted 23 points (11-12=23) in 43 games for the Aeros. Almond leads Houston with seven power-play goals, ranks second in goals and penalty minutes (82) and is fourth in scoring.  The 6-foot-2, 217-pound native of Calgary, Alta, scored one goal in seven games for the Wild last season as a rookie. Almond was originally selected by Minnesota in the fifth round (No. 140 overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He wears No. 27 with the Wild.

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Your Stanley Cup Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we ask the Globe’s roster of hockey writers to weigh in on an issue from the world of puck.

The question: Now that we’ve had a chance to watch just over half the regular season, which two teams make the most sense as a Stanley Cup final matchup?

JEFF BLAIR

Let’s say Detroit and Philadelphia. I think the Canucks will choke - I don’t trust Roberto Luongo - and the Flyers depth gives them the edge in the East.

Eric Duhatschek

Everybody craves an Original Six final - and since I don’t expect anybody to hold me to these picks - I’ll go with Boston in the East and either Chicago or Detroit in the West.

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