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Losing Badly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The litany of losses that make their fans want to gag are plenty - like Thursday’s 4-2 loss in Ottawa, getting shut out at home by Columbus or losing 8-3 to Detroit, 10-2 to Buffalo and 9-2 to Chicago.

“It seems like when we lose, we lose 5-1, 5-0 - everything goes wrong,” said Ales Hemsky.

“We stop playing. I don’t know, it’s hard to explain. We get down and we have no answer.”

Very rarely have the Oilers been able to reverse the flow of momentum. Even when they have 59 minutes and 48 seconds to do it, like in Ottawa.

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No Time To Panic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post,

The Caps and their fans are not just shocked by the losses, but by the combined 13-5 score, too. In one loss, they gave up six straight goals; in the next game, five in a row and, on Thursday, they trailed 2-0 entering the final minute. The last time the Caps lost three straight in regulation time at home, they fired the coach—last season.

“You can be told a little too often how good you are. I don’t know if ‘cavalier’ is the word, but you can be too cocky at times, not play as hard as you should, be more pretty than gritty,” General Manager George McPhee told me yesterday. Thursday night, he was so frustrated he went into his suite muttering, “I’m going back into my cave.”

Far better to experience such issues now than in April, when you can be dumped out of the playoffs before you have figured out your problems, much less fixed them.

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Ryan Now #9 In Honor Of Modano

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

There was symbolism when Bobby Ryan scored his highlight-reel goal in the third period against Dallas on Friday.

Ryan was playing his first game wearing jersey No. 9. The Ducks gave it to him per club tradition for players who have established themselves. Ryan also happened to have worn the number as a kid in homage to his favorite player: Modano.

The 38-year-old future Hall of Famer smiled when told that last tidbit.

“It gives you an idea of how long you’ve been around,” Modano said. “It’s kind of neat to see that he did that.

“He’s going to be a fun kid to watch. It seems like he’s going to have a great career. Great skill, great hands. Obviously, on that second goal he made a great move. It lets you know you’re kind of getting up there.”

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Can Antropov Be The Answer?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If it’s impossible to know what the Rangers truly have surrendered for 18 regular-season games of Antropov, it’s nearly as difficult to know what Leafs GM Brian Burke sent Glen Sather’s way at Wednesday’s deadline, because Antropov has long been one of the NHL’s biggest mysteries, aside from his 6-foot-6 frame.

Tomorrow afternoon should provide a clue about what the Rangers have when Antropov goes against Boston’s 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara at the Garden in one of those nationally televised games that have been habitual debacles for Broadway’s team.


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Refs Should Stick Together

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Japers’ Rink,

My suggestion is not for more instruction from the NHL head office (although that may help).  My suggestion is that all referees be paired into teams that will work together through the course of the season.  NFL, NBA, and MLB all do that and arguably all of these sports require less communication and implicit understanding among crew members.  NFL and MLB officials have regular breaks where they can get together and discuss the call.  That is simply not an option in the NHL.  The officials need to know the tendencies of their partners, need to know how the other official calls games and know under what circumstances the backside official should be making a call.


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Keenan Asked Questions, But Does He Answer Them?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Flames Insider,

In the aftermath of yet another fruitless start by G Curtis McElhinney — a 6-1 loss in Carolina — Flames coach Mike Keenan was at his cryptic best.

Note that there’s a certain reluctance to credit/blame McElhinney or even assess him in any way.

Feel free to decipher Iron Mike’s thoughts:

* The lack of goals on behalf of McElhinney, just a coincidence? “Well, (Cam) Ward played pretty well. We had five or six great chances in the first period. If we had scored the first goal, maybe it would have made the difference….

* In terms of McElhinney, are you concerned about the mental aspect of the game, knowing that his club has trouble scoring for him? “Well, I think our team has to really tighten up defensively and wait for opportunities. We weren’t as ready as we should’ve been.

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The Pahlsson Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

Sami Pahlsson will report to the Hawks on Sunday, but he won’t play for at least another week or two.

“He’ll be out for a little bit here,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I think he’ll start skating soon and once we get him on the ice we’ll rehab him here.

“He’s training and working off the ice and building himself up at a better pace the last few days. I spoke to him (Thursday) and he’s excited about it, but I think we’ll get a better indication when we get him here.”

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Topics For the GM Meetings

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

When the NHL’s 30 general managers convene in Florida on Monday for their annual meetings, the future of fighting in hockey will dominate the discussions.

Based on interviews with several GMs, there is at least one form of fighting most of them would like to see disappear, but no one knows how to do it without an outright ban on fights. And no general manager could be found who supports the complete elimination of fighting.

What most of them would like to see is an end to the staged fight, where two players whose only role on the team is to fight, drop their gloves and go at it.

“The sense I get is there will be a lot of discussion on staged fights,” said Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “I’m against that. But no, I don’t see an outright ban on fighting.”


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GDT - Game # 66:  Red Wings host Blue Jackets (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Just in case you didn’t know, the BJ’s are good this year; as opposed to past years when they have been merely mediocre. Right now, the BJ’s occupy the 7th spot in the W.C.  However, the BJ’s position is risky.  The BJ’s 70 points are equal to NSH (6th) and DAL (8th); EDM (9th) and ANA (10th) are only 2 pts back, with MIN (11th) 3 pts back, and STL 4 pts back. Obviously then, the BJ have to perform down the stretch, or once again they will be playoff voyeurs. In the BJ’s last game against NSH, their goalie sensation, Steve Mason, proved merely mortal in making only 19 saves in a 4-2 loss.  The BJ are expecting their trade-deadline acquisition, center, Antoine Vermette to make his first appearance in their line-up. 

Up in the Motor City, the Wings are coming off a rare 3-2 win over COL; on the tail end of a back-to-back.  Uncle Mike is pumped: “We’re practicing like a team that really wants to win.”  Babs is also jacked-up over Ozzie’s recent play: “Ozzie’s last two starts have been real good for him,” Babcock told WZAM-AM’s Sports Pen. “You need good goaltending going into the playoffs and it looks like we’re seeing Chris right the ship for us.”

The season series is tied 2-2, with both teams winning their home games. Wings PK numbers ought to improve tonight, as the BJ’s PP is dead-last in the league at an anemic 12.5%.  The numbers and other tidbits of information are below for your perusal if you continue reading.

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The Biggest Deadline Day Non-Move

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

A lot has been written about the trades that occurred on trade deadline day.  There are many interesting stories behind them and many different interesting lines of speculation for what might be their result on the teams involved.  In some cases the big story is not the trade that is made, but the trade that does not get made.  This is definitely the case for the Florida Panthers.  The Panthers best player is defenceman Jay Bouwmeester.  He is going to be an unrestricted free agent last summer.  I wrote earlier this season that the decision of whether to trade or not to trade Bouwmeester was the biggest hockey decision left this season.

The Florida Panthers have not made the playoffs since the year 2000.  Currently, the Panthers have 74 points, which puts them in a three-way tie for sixth to eighth places in the East Conference with the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.  They are only one point up on ninth and tenth place Buffalo and Carolina.  A playoff berth is by no means a given, but it is a serious possibility.

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