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Scoring Woes in Carolina

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Luke Decock at the News & Observer,

Where did all the goals go?

“Am I satisfied with one goal [Wednesday] night? No,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “Do I think we’re going to score one goal consistently game after game? No. I don’t think it’s a fluke that we’ve put in the goals we have since the year started. All teams go through it.”

There are no excuses now: With Scott Walker back, all 13 Carolina forwards are healthy for tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals. They’re just not producing.

Rod Brind’Amour has three goals in the past seven games. Matt Cullen, Jeff Hamilton, Eric Staal, Cory Stillman, Ray Whitney and Justin Williams have combined for seven. Carolina’s defense, meanwhile, has chipped in only three goals all season.


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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes, peter+laviolette, scoring

Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I feel when we’re confident and playing our best, there aren’t too many teams that can compete with us,” Thornton said. “That’s the raw deal. But we just haven’t been getting it from everybody right now. But I really do still believe that after 20-something games, we haven’t even hit the sky yet. We’ve got a lot to improve, but we’ll get there this year.”

more on the Sharks in this piece from Scott Burnside of ESPN.

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  Tags: joe+thornton, san+jose+sharks

The Modern Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allen St. John at the Wall Street Journal,

What’s seems to be at work here is nothing less than Darwinism on ice. Under the old rules, a team’s defense could do more to protect the goalie, and plays would develop more slowly. Over 2½ seasons of wide-open hockey, the goalie’s world has changed. He’s facing more and better shots. (In 2005-06, Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers set the league record for shots faced, with 2,488.) The greater number of quality scoring chances puts a premium on a goalie’s skills….

What does the future hold for NHL netminders? The league has considered increasing the size of the crease, and the rate at which goalies have adjusted to the recent rule changes may hasten this development. If it does come to pass, expect the league’s top goalies to grumble—and then figure out a way to keep those flying pucks in front of them.

read on... and I hope maybe it was a typo with “increasing the size of the crease”.  The size of the nets, yes, increasing the size of the crease would mean even less goals…

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: goalies, scoring

High Praise & Wine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

Gretzky has seen enough of Kane and Toews to heap accolades on the teenagers.

“They love to play, and they love to compete,” Gretzky said. “You can’t replace passion for the game. You watch Toews and Kane play, they’re fun to watch.”

Kane gave his teammates bottles of wine to commemorate his first NHL goal. The bottles of cabernet sauvignon had labels that read: “Patrick Kane, 1st NHL goal vs. Colorado Avalanche, Oct. 19, 2007. Won 5-3.”

The 19-year-old rookie isn’t old enough to buy or drink alcoholic beverages, so he enlisted his father’s help. Kane made the gesture at the suggestion of defenseman Brent Sopel, who said it was an NHL tradition—although several Hawks said they’d never heard of any such tradition.


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  Tags: jonathan+toews, patrick+kane, wayne+gretzky

Following Theo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson at the National Post,

The newest project feature Fleury and his family in a reality TV series entitled Theoren Fleury: Rock Solid, centred around his Fleury’s Concrete Coatings business in Calgary. Mike Lownsbrough’s Straycatt Productions would produce and distribute the program.

The premise deals with the the day-to-day life of Fleury, his wife, two brothers, sister-in-law and a gang of cousins involved in the concrete business. A few driveways and the odd foundation served with a side dish of hockey anecdotes. Not exactly Iron Chef, but Fleury figures it’s a recipe for success.

A kickoff party for media types in restless, relentless search of a free meal and for prospective investors has been scheduled for Dec. 14. At that time, the proposed series pilot will be aired and people can judge for themselves.

read on

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  Tags: hockey+entertainment, reality+television, theo+fleury

The Difference Between Fantasy & The Real Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This trade would never happen, probably only be brought upt by some rumor site…

from Slam,

What are your thoughts for me to trade Sundin for Datsyuk? Sundin surely has an edge right now, however…

I think you have the right idea. Sundin has had an incredible start to the season despite the fact the Leafs are flailing. Not sure if that hot pace can be sustained, so get rid of him for Datsyuk while you still can. Datsyuk has too much talent around him to go into a slump for too long, while Sundin’s teammates are good at times and questionable at many others. Jason Blake has been horrible.

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Reich Knows His Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Patroit Ledger,

With the exception of the Philadelphia Flyers, who seem to act upon the belief that anything goes at any and all times, professional hockey is generally self-governed by the theory that there’s a time and a place for almost everything.

Boston’s Jeremy Reich has proved expert at navigating the gray area.

When it’s time to forecheck, backcheck, hit, even kill the occasional penalty, Reich does. When he senses it’s time for something more, Reich will fight. When he knows he should keep his gloves on, he will - even when he’d rather not.


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  Tags: boston+bruins, fighting, jeremy+reich

More Goals Needed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

“Shots from the perimeter,” San Jose coach Ron Wilson was saying on Wednesday, “they’re no longer dangerous.”

He could have said that 10 years ago, and likely did.

So the NHL is now officially chasing its tail. The major plank of the lockout rebuild—an effort to increase offence—is the most worrisome bit of regression.

Through Tuesday’s games, the average NHL game featured 5.4 goals. It was 6.2 per game at this point of the first post-lockout season,

read on

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Re-Thinking The Official A2Y Stance on Hudler

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m a big guy.  In stature?  Perhaps not.  But, emotionally?  Huge.  It takes a strong man to do something like this.

December 15th, 2006/Me

What is the infatuation with this kid?  Who in the organization is so tied to him that we can’t jettison him? Is Hudler better than Rem Murray or Boyd Devereaux…two players the Wings passed on the last two training camps?  Can anyone tell me Hudler fits into the Babcock system…at all?

At what point does wasting a roster spot on his potential become too cumbersome?

Through 25 games last year?  4 points, all goals.  I had lit the torches.  Lit them, ran with them through the village.  “Hudler must go,” I said.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: babcock, cleary, datsyuk, downey, filppula, franzen, holland, hudler, kopecky, samuelsson

Don’t Touch Those Stitches

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via CBS Sportsline,

As players from both teams entered the fray, Martinek said Hollweg threatened him and then reached for his face.

“He said he is going to take my stitches out. I think that was stupid,” said Martinek, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound defenseman.

Martinek added that no damage was done, but said he had never seen a player act in such a way.

“No, no. Never, never,” he said. “I think he could show a little bit of respect, but he didn’t. I cannot respect him.”

Hollweg contended that he was merely defending Orr, a 6-3, 222-pound forward, who has five career points and 239 penalty minutes in 114 NHL games. Simon and Witt had already double-teamed Orr before Martinek got near.

read on

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  Tags: new+york+islanders, new+york+rangers, radek+martinek, ryan+hollweg

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