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Standings Built For Parity

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday I wrote a post complaining about the NHL’s standings system that gets distorted by offering a point for losing games - if you lose in overtime or a shootout.  This system appears designed by the NHL to create a false parity in the standings.  It is set up to prevent good teams from getting too far ahead in the standings so that weaker teams appear to be in the race for as long as possible.  Some people support this idea such as Paul in Miami Beach who writes IMO, it makes the playoff race MORE exciting because it keeps things closer in the standings.  more teams have a chance to make the playoffs later in the season - which was the goal, wasn’t it? but it isn’t good for the quality of hockey.

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Full Day Of Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

The Saturday before Christmas brings hockey fans a full day of action, with a 12-game schedule that runs from early afternoon until late at night.

The action starts at 1 p.m., when the New York Rangers visit the Wachovia Center for their first meeting of the season with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Rangers are coming off a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday, while the struggling Flyers lost 3-2 in a shootout to Pittsburgh the same night.

That game figures to be in the third period when the day’s next game gets under way—the Dallas Stars host the Detroit Red Wings at 3 p.m.

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Border Town Alert & Canadian Viewers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

Television viewers are about to be taken on tour with NHL Players’ Association.

A one-hour documentary will air today (CBC, 1 p.m. ET) that chronicles the whirlwind 10 countries in 10 days tour a group of former NHLers went on last month. Rob Zamuner and P.J. Stock travelled more than 19,000 kilometres to hand out 360 sets of hockey equipment to kids on behalf of the NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams fund.

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GDT - Game #35: Red Wings at Stars (3:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

After weeks of intense contract negotions, addressing issues including, but not limited to, the assumption of liability and the payment of fees and costs; the principals at the Empire and at their subisidiary, A2Y, have decreed that it is time to reinstitute the GDT(!)  The main objective of the GDT, as in seasons past, being the sharing of useful and relevant statistical information (juvenilicousness abounding at A2Y, stats, not so much).  However, this season the GDT will also be partially devoted to exorcising the Red Wing injury plague, any and all suggestions will be considered; but the volunteer of such suggestion agrees to assume sole liability for the same, and to hold harmless the author of the GDT from any and all adverse consequences which may be forthcoming from members of the “19” should such suggestion backfire.

Feel like a number?

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Filatov Can’t Get Hitchcock Off His Mind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, 

Blue Jackets prospect Nikita Filatov regrets some of the comments he made after leaving the club a month ago, while saying that others were taken out of context.

But the 19-year-old winger, who went home to Russia unhappy after being unable to earn substantial ice time under coach Ken Hitchcock, stands by one of his primary reasons for departing.

“I got my own opinion about Hitch and about what I think he thinks of me,” Filatov wrote in an e-mail to The Dispatch. “I am not going to let everybody know about it. I think it’s pretty clear that he didn’t give (me) a chance and opportunity to prove that I can play.”

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And The Winner…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...Ian.  The sick bastard predicted the next injury would be to Hank and he even got the anticipated time correct.

Isn’t it about time for Z’s back to flare up?

Z, back, two weeks.

Posted by Ian! from Somerville, MA on 12/15/09 at 10:45 AM ET

Ian, email me and we’ll get your magical gift from Ice Jerseys.

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Wild Must Adjust To New Equipment Quickly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

There is no doubt this will be one of the most unique days in Wild history. Players are expected to arrive at the arena early to try to piece together equipment for the game.

“I thought it was a joke, but it’s not,” said winger Martin Havlat, who says all of his equipment was destroyed. “This is not going to be easy to play.”

There are two areas of concern: comfort and safety.

Hockey is one sport where broken-in and properly fitted equipment is critical. Players are notoriously fussy about their gear, and if it doesn’t feel right, players typically don’t play right. Also, helmets and knee braces must be custom fit.

Defensemen, such as shot-blocking specialist Greg Zanon, have modified their equipment over several years in order to protect certain places. Center Eric Belanger wears a custom-made brace for his right foot after breaking it two seasons ago.

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More Praise For The Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Another win by the Blackhawks Friday night was followed by yet another coach heaping praise on them.

“You need a perfect game to beat Chicago,” Bruins coach Claude Julien after the Hawks’ 5-4 win in a shootout at the United Center. “We made some mistakes and they capitalized on them. At least we salvaged a point, because we knew coming in here that Chicago’s a tough team to play at home.”

The Hawks improved to 22-8-3 and moved into a tie for first place in the Western Conference with San Jose and Los Angeles with 47 points.

“Chicago’s a great team with a lot of talent, and right now they’re probably playing the best in the NHL,” Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said.

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Can You Caption A Video?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Roberto Luongo and Alexander Semin meet face-to-face last night.

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It’s Starting To Look A Lot Like Linden

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Couple reasons for that.  Alliteration makes me happy, especially when Wild bloggers attempt to ridicule it only to prove they have no idea what it is and that their “Journalism degree…seriously…I have one” may be a bit of a stretch. Was that a threat? Should I apologize now?

And also?  I dig Linden, MI.  I’ve got friends there who introduced me to the genius of Ronnie Van Zant and when I hear something like “Whiskey Rock and Roller”, you guys come to mind.

Why is it looking like Linden here in DC? Because the adorable 8 pounder dumped about a foot on us last night.

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