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Weber At The Top Of His Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

After an injury-marred season in 2007-08 slowed his progress and raised questions about his potential, the big blueliner is delivering like never before.

(Shea) Weber’s combination of powerful slap shots and punishing hits mean he is likely to become the first Predators draft pick to earn a spot in the NHL All-Star game.

And if Weber keeps up the pace he set in the first quarter of the season, he’ll be a serious candidate for the Norris Trophy, given to the league’s best defenseman.

“Right now he’s the total package,’’ said Versus broadcaster John Forslund, who saw Weber in person the past two games.

“His whole game seems to be in place right now, and he seems to be the kind of guy you want to build around for years to come. This kid could really be a monster player — a really physical guy that can also play offensively.’‘

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Khabibulin Injured - Status Unknown

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

We might not know until Friday how badly Nikolai Khabibulin and Aaron Johnson are hurt.

Khabibulin went down in the final minute of the second period of Wednesday’s 3-2 OT loss to the Sharks with what appeared to be a groin or hamstring problem. Joel Quenneville didn’t know if Khabibulin would be examined Thursday in San Jose, where the Hawks were to practice, or if he would need to return to Chicago.  If the injury is serious, Cristobal Huet would vault into the spotlight and we’d likely see Antti Niemi recalled from Rockford to be the backup.

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  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

After 20/The Eastern Conference..(1st of 30

Blog: KK Members Blog By HockeyTownTodd

............................20 Games…..............................
.....Goal Differential…......TL….....Home….......Road

Atlanta…......................(-10)........(-6)..............(-5)
Boston…......................+19….......+18…...........+4
Buffalo….......................(-6)..........(-8)..............+3
Carolina….....................(-2)..........(-2)...............-0-
Florida….......................(-11).........+3…...........(-14)
Montreal….....................+6….........+6…............-0-
New Jersey…................+7…..........+7…...........(-2)
NY Islanders…..............(-11)..........(-9).............(-4)
NY Rangers…...............+11….........+6…...........+3
Ottawa…........................(-3)............(-4)............+1
Philadelphia…................+6…...........-0-.............+6
Pittsburgh…...................+8…...........+5…..........+2
Tampa Bay….................(-15)...........(-7)............(-5)
Toronto….......................(-9).............(-5)............(-2)
Washington…................(-1)..............(-2)............(-5)

Each morning after checking the Box Scores, I go to the standings, and then the stats to see what has changed.  Much does not make sense because of the unbalanced schedule, which seems even worse this year.  At the end of the season, each team has completed the same number of games.  It is possible to then grasp the big picture…except that…by then, the big picture is just history.  As each team passes the 20 game benchmark, it just seems hard to comprehend because the other teams are above or below that measuring stick.  I decided to freeze the stats at 20 games for each team, and compare them after all had played their 20th game. 

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  Tags: 20+games, e.+conf.

Happy Thanksgiving From The KK Crew!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, both here in the States and abroad, we wish you a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

Please be safe throughout the day and night and do remember to pass the car keys if need be.

I will be around this morning, although maybe a little later than normal and will stick around until 3pm or so, then it is off to dinner with the relatives and friends.

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Columbus Puts Dorsett On IR

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Derek Dorsett on Injured Reserve and recalled defenseman Kris Russell from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson announced tonight.

Dorsett suffered a hand injury in tonight’s game vs. the Phoenix Coyotes and will be sidelined indefinitely.  In 12 games with the Jackets this season, he has registered one goal and one assist for two points with a team-leading 63 penalty minutes.

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  Tags: derek+dorsett

Ducks Make Moves To Call-Up Backup Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Foster of the LA Times,

The Ducks find themselves doing a salary-cap tap dance again.

Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere returned to Montreal because of a personal situation unrelated to hockey and will not rejoin the team until Sunday when the Ducks play at Carolina. That left the Ducks needing a backup goaltender for Friday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Honda Center.

Team officials had to move money, and bodies, around. Defenseman Brett Festerling will be sent back to Iowa today to make space under the cap to recall goaltender David Leneveu.

The NHL would have allowed a player exemption for the Ducks, who are at the 23-man limit. But the team is currently only about $400,000 under the NHL’s $56.7-million salary cap. The NHL minimum salary is $475,000.

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  Tags: jean-sebastien+giguere

Early Cup Favorites

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

With a quarter of the season gone, who is the favourite to win the Stanley Cup?

Bob McKenzie: “I’ll go with the Detroit Red Wings.  Stanley Cup hangover?  What Stanley Cup hangover?  We’re seeing that at the quarter point of the season that the Wings are just as effective as they were during the Stanley Cup playoffs, so I pick them to win the Cup.  Why?  Because we know they’ve done it before, as recently as last spring.”

John Tortorella: “I like the San Jose Sharks.  I said it at the beginning of the year, and I like the pick more after the first quarter.

more questions and answers from the TSN experts…

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Against the Odds

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sunaya Sapurji at the Toronto Star:

[Gregg] Sutch, the Sarnia Sting’s rookie wrecking ball, was born with what doctors term “severe to profound” hearing loss. He uses a hearing aid in each ear to help amplify sound, but finds that once he’s on the ice his biggest asset is his finely honed hockey sense.

“I’ve learned to be a better hockey player,” says the affable 16-year-old. “To play this game you have to keep your head up and know what’s going on at all times. Because of my hearing impairment I’m not able to rely on the people who are around me. I’ve got to know myself where they are (on ice).”

Making an Ontario Hockey League roster in itself is difficult, but for Sutch to have accomplished his success with a hearing impairment is even rarer still.

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  Tags: gregg+sutch, ohl, ontario+hockey+league

Some Kitty Next Door Says It’s Time For A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh…Stooges backers made a late run, but Uncle Teddy was consistent throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

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Hossa…Holland Working It?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pierre LeBrun didn’t exactly say as much, but there are hints in his chat today at ESPN...

Ron, Pittsburgh: Zetterberg, Franzen, Hossa. I’ve read that Holland doesn’t view Hossa as the rental he once did, which makes a lot of sense to me. However, I don’t see any way that the Wings can keep Hossa and Zetterberg, even without Franzen in the mix. With their cap situation, I see either Zetterberg/Hossa and Franzen, and I’ll eat my foot if they let Zetterberg go.

SportsNation Pierre LeBrun: (4:55 PM ET ) Ron I can tell you from my talks with Holland that you’re right, he wants to try and keep all three. But it will be tough. Zetterberg is priority No. 1 and they’ve been exchanging coutner-proposals. Should hopefully get done over the next few weeks. Hossa they can’t talk to until January because he signed a one-year deal last summer. They’re talking to Franzen right now. It’ll be tough but one thing Holland can do is trade a few bodies next summer to make room for Hossa.

 

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