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John Boychuk Hit On Matt Stajan Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No penalty on the hit.

added 10:39pm, better quality video of the hit is below…

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Konopka Paying The Price In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

There are days, Zenon Konopka admitted — like the one in Detroit when his neck and wrist were packed in ice and he could not speak clearly because of the stitches in his mouth — that he wonders what his body will feel like at age 50.

It is bad enough, he said, at 28.

“It’s a concern,” Konopka said. “But life’s too short. Everything in your life is in the now.”

And for now, his body is his most reliable tool and one of the Lightning’s most important weapons.

Tampa Bay does not have a heavyweight enforcer. Instead, it relies on Konopka, a middleweight, really, but who is willing to take on anyone.

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The 12 Days Of NHL Voices

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

‘Big Country’ Shawn Lavigne and ‘The Paperboy’ Aron Papernick of NHL Home Ice gave a new spin to an old holiday classic…enjoy!

Listen here.

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Bryan Bickell Up & Down Like A Yo-Yo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bryan Bickell was assigned to Rockford again today.

We know the Blackhawks are trying to save cap money any way they can so I guess Bickell is probably thankful only 90 miles separates Chicago and Rockford.

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To see more stats on Bickell, head to TSN Player Page.

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Don’t Know Which Way To Turn, Senorita?  Well, The Sun’s Still Shinin’ On The Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve told you guys again and again.  Every game from this one forward is a playoff game. Every single one.

The postseason started earlier this month. We’re in a fifty game playoff situation.

So that got me thinking. If it was May, and we had a mid-afternoon 2nd rounder starting in about 90 minutes? What would I be doing? 

This.

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Senators Attendance Takes A Significant Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Sutciliffe of the Ottawa Citizen,

It’s no surprise the Ottawa Senators are embarking on a new sales strategy that includes special offers such as free parking for season’s ticket holders. According to an internal National Hockey League report obtained by the Citizen, the Senators have experienced a dramatic decline in paid attendance over the first two months of the season.

As of the end of November, the Senators’ paid ticket sales had dropped by almost 4,000 per game, according to the NHL report. Through the first two months of the season, the Senators had sold 14,023 tickets per game, down from 17,927 last year.

The 22.8-per-cent drop is third-highest in the league, behind only the Phoenix Coyotes and the Tampa Bay Lightning. In the 30-team league, the Senators have fallen from seventh place in paid attendance to 19th.

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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.

continued & more information at CBC...

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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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