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Chicago Gets Offensive

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It's Chicago, an NHL burg that's about as out of step as you can be. So it may be a stretch to take anything that happens with the Blackhawks as indicative of anything else in the league. But the fact that Denis Savard was brought in yesterday to replace Trent Yawney as head coach with the mandate to make the Blackhawks score a lot more than they've been scoring may also be part of a growing trend. One that could yet make the league even more creative and wide open.
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Bring Back Wood Sticks

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

This league badly needs a return to wooden sticks. In its usual laissez-faire manner, the league years ago allowed aluminum sticks to creep on to the scene, thereby saving a whole lot of defencemen the bother of having to head to the bench every time they broke a wooden stick over someone's arm. There are those who say that the NHL injury rate rose considerably when aluminum sticks were introduced, but no one really knows. Surely, you wouldn't expect the NHL to track meaningless statistics like that. It's only the health of hockey players that's at stake, after all.
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Interesting Look At Wings First Period

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Anyone find anything unusual about this shot chart of Detroit's first period against Dallas? image More analysis of shot opportunities and selection tomorrow morning.

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The Early Winners Are…

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from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,

Here are my other major trophy choices at the quarter pole: Hart Trophy: Nick Lidstrom Norris Trophy: Chris Pronger Adams Award: Ted Nolan
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St. Louis Getting His Game Back

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Martin St. Louis was on an NHL tele-conference today after being named the First Star for last week...

Q. Watching a couple of your games, the third goal last night against Ottawa, the overtime goal the other night, sort of shooting from different angles. Are you shooting a bit more, do you find? MARTIN ST. LOUIS: I don't know if I'm shooting more. I mean, sometimes you're in those situations where you can put the puck on net and good things happen. Maybe when you score a few goals, you start to feel good about yourself. You start to feel you want to take it to the net more often. I'm definitely in that frame of mind. When you have success, I think you just try to do it a little more often.

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Franzen Has MCL Damage

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As Bill points out at the A2Y blog, Franzen will miss some time due to an MCL sprain. When he was hit by Vancouver defenseman Willie Mitchell, he fell kind of funny, twisting his left leg as he fell to the ice.

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Level Of Frustration Setting In

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated via Yahoo,

Maybe it was inevitable that, after a season in which everyone felt thankful to be back at work, the fall of 2006 and beyond has posed a sticky question for the NHL: How are the changes that were made to the game going to play out long-term? There seems to be a rising level of frustration now that all involved have had time to analyze and adjust to today's game. Time always brings scrutiny and as untold ramifications begin to emerge, a certain amount of unrest and push-back occurs.
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Throw The Red Flag

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

During the Coyotes' 6-4 loss to Anaheim last week, Ducks forward Chris Kunitz led a rush. After making a pass, Kunitz continued into Joseph, jostling him enough that the netminder could not react across the net to stop a wide-open shot by Andy McDonald. No penalty was called and the Ducks went up 2-1 en route to a victory in which the Coyotes blew leads of 3-1 and 4-2. Joseph's suggestion? Why not have a video monitor in the timekeeper's booth and allow each team one challenge on a goal per game. In this case, if the video replay showed that Joseph was interfered with, then the goal would be wiped out and a penalty would be called against the Ducks. If the review showed there was no foul, then the Coyotes would be assessed a delay of game penalty. "That was absolutely goaltender interference. Absolutely," Joseph told ESPN.com after the game. "Give us one challenge. They do it in the NFL and they're a pretty successful league."
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Yashin Out With Knee Sprain

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vai TSN,

New York Islanders captain and leading scorer Alexei Yashin will be out of the lineup for 2-4 weeks with a sprained knee, the team reported today. Yashin was injured in the third period of the Islanders' 4-1 win over Washington on Saturday night. "It's a big loss, no doubt, especially with Yash playing so well, but every team has to deal with injuries," said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan. "It's up to everyone else to step up their games and take advantage of the opportunities they're provided."

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Franzen Out With MCL

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The latest rounds of tests on Johan Franzen's left knee have revealed damage that will keep him out indefinitely, according to Helene St. James' blog.

"They didn't do another MRI; I guess they had someone different look at it, and there was a little bit of fluid," coach Mike Babcock said Monday after the morning skate. "I guess what that tells you is that there might be a one-plus or a two-minus MCL sprain. That means he's not playing and not available for a while. I don't see him for the weekend for sure."
Babcock said Franzen is showing no ill effects of the concussion. Anyone have any objections to Helene St. James fleeting up to Deep Digger captain? Her blog is updated more consistently. Her writing is generally better. Khan(!) may be getting a little too comfortable in his captaincy. It's a tough decision. I'm struggling with it.

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