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A Spin On The Ice At Wrigley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Wonky knee aside, it was a thrill to hit the ice at Wrigley Field. Sure, I got a few looks for wearing a Finnish national jersey (no reason whatsoever for that, by the way); but all in all, it was a great experience.

The NHL wouldn’t allow us to hold hockey sticks or shoot pucks, understandably, but just taking a whirl around the newly built ice surface was something else. The sun was peering over home plate and the conditions were ideal. The league can only hope for similar conditions Thursday for the Winter Classic (so far, the forecast sounds pretty good).

The sun, however, could prove to be an issue. You really blinked when you made the turn at the third-base end and the sun blinded you somewhat. Some players wore eye black last season in Buffalo, and we suspect much of the same again Thursday. Tinted visors, perhaps?


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  Tags: winter+classic

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We all know it’s a long season and I missed the playoffs the last few seasons, so I’m going to do what I can to help the team get into the playoffs. That’s the most important thing, to secure a playoff spot.”

-Mats Sundin after his first practice with the Vancouver Canucks.  More at the Vancouver Sun.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

NHL Network Schedule For Winter Classic Related Shows

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Wednesday, December 31st.  All times are ET.

11:30 AM- NHL Network Presents: Bridgestone Winter Classic 2009 Practice Coverage

Thursday, January 1st

11:00 AM- NHL Network Presents: Bridgestone Winter Classic 2009 Pre-Game Show

5:00 PM- NHL Network Presents: Bridgestone Winter Classic 2009 Post-Game Show

6:00 PM- Voices: Detroit’s Ken Kal

6:30 PM- Voices: Chicago’s Pat Foley

The complete schedule for the NHL Network (US) can be found here and for Canadian viewers, click here.

added 5:00pm, I just received this and as you can the times differ a bit…

Wednesday, Dec. 31
·      Practice Coverage at 11:30 a.m. ET

Thursday, Jan. 1
·      Pre-Game Show at 11 a.m. ET
·      Post-Game Show at 4:30 p.m. ET

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  Tags: winter+classic

MacLean: Holland Concerned.  Scotty:  About What?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

According to Doug MacLean on the Fan 590: “Holland wouldn’t want to start the playoffs with the way they’re playing right now.”  Scotty Bowman, who some would say is a bit smarter than MacLean, hints that the Wings may be bored and that they’ll come out well tonite.

Listen here.

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Wings Looking Forward To The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Duff at Duffer’s Dabbles,

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock believes the National Hockey League has struck gold with its decision to put the Wings against the Chicago Blackhawks in Wednesday’s Winter Classic outdoor hockey game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

“The Winter Classic is a fantastic stage in a fantastic city that has a marketing opportunity for our league that is second to none,” said Babcock, whose Wings play host to Chicago Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena. “I’m not trying to take anything away from where it’s been before, but nationally, in the U.S., this has the chance to be a really nice draw and I hope that both teams live up to the opportunity that’s here.”

continued and probably the most thorough Wings side of the story regarding the WC.

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  Tags: winter+classic

That Sweet Nectar Yuengling.  It Will Flow Like The River.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good evening.  I guess by now you know that tonite is “one of those games.”  Obviously, like the Pittsburgh game, the San Jose games, the Boston game….this one is the biggest damn game of the year.

Until Thursday.

Because, really, we all know by now that the best team in the NHL resides in Chicago, eh?

Continue Reading »

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Chicago Makes Roster Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Chicago Blackhawks have activated right wing Adam Burish (6-1, 189) from injured reserve and have placed defenseman Brent Sopel (6-1, 211) on the long term injured reserve list.

Burish, 25, has accrued 49 penalty minutes in 19 contests with the Blackhawks this season. The Madison, Wisconsin, native has missed each of Chicago’s last 14 games (Nov. 26 to Dec. 28).

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  Tags: adam+burish, brent+sopel

Wrong Sens Goalie In The Net

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

Gerber is supposed to start in Edmonton tonight, and when I heard that I lost any sense that the Senators might snap out of their 12-game road losing streak. The other players will all defend their friend and teammate, but they see Gerber giving up the softies too.


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  Tags: martin+gerber

ASG Voting Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

New York – While much about the fan balloting for the Western Conference All-Star starters has come into focus, a wild battle is raging among three former Norris Trophy-winners for the chance line up next to Chicago’s Brian Campbell on the blue line for the face-off of the 57th NHL All-Star Game.

As of 7 a.m. today, Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer had nudged slightly ahead of Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom for the second-highest vote total among Western Conference defensemen…

continued at NHL.com

New York – Having already received more votes than any goaltenders in the history of NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, neither Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury nor Montreal’s Carey Price have secured the big prize: the starting nod for the Eastern Conference in the 57th NHL All-Star Game.

As of 7 a.m. ET, Fleury held just a 39,363-vote lead over Price in an election in which the two young stars had received an astounding total of more than 2.2 million votes….

continued at NHL.com

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Caps Recall Sloan

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va., – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Tyler Sloan from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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  Tags: tyler+sloan

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