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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Got this from Puck Daddy.

It made me so happy that I woke my family so we could all start our Saturday on the same joyful foot.

Ready?

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Young Stars Game

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I would have liked to make a prediction on which players would make the Young Stars roster, but I was unable to guess how many players would make up the roster this year.  In the six years that the game has been played it has been subject to many format changes.  Two years ago, the Young Stars Game had 12 man rosters and was East Conference vs. West Conference.  Last year, they used eight man rosters with no Young Star goalies (the All Star Game goalies were used) and played East vs. West Conference.  This year it has 10 man rosters, with Young Star goalies again and is played rookies against sophomore (2nd year) players. 

It is impossible to build up a tradition behind the game when it undergoes a format change annually.  Anything that changes format as frequently as the Young Stars Game appears to be on the verge of cancellation.  The NHL would be advised to come up with a permanent format for the game and quit making changes.

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Ovechkin vs, Crosby Battle Continues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Statistically, the gap between the two rivals is modest. At the moment, the Washington Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin is second in the NHL scoring race and leads the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby by just two points….

In the 3 1/2 years they’ve been in the league, Crosby and Ovechkin have developed a Magic Johnson-Larry Bird sort of rivalry. Ovechkin won the Calder Memorial Trophy in their rookie seasons, ahead of Crosby, who is 20 months younger but joined the league the same year as a result of the lockout. Crosby won the MVP in Year 2; and Ovechkin took it last year, a season in which Crosby was out of the race early as a result of the 29 games he missed because of a high ankle sprain.

This year, Ovechkin’s advantage stems largely from team success. The Capitals are off to an excellent start, despite massive injuries, while the Penguins waddle along, their herd thinned by free-agent defections and an inability to handle their casualties as well as the Caps.

But half a season does not a year make and a healthy and motivated Crosby may still have something to say about the scoring and MVP races before all is said and done.

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Matt Beleske Recalled By Ducks

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled left wing Matt Beleskey from the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Beleskey, 20 (6/7/88), scored 6-9=15 points with 22 penalty minutes (PIM) in 18 games with Iowa this season. Among active Iowa players, Beleskey paced the team in points-per-game scoring with an average of .83 per game. In addition, he ranked fourth on the Chops in goals and points, fifth in assists and first in power play goals (5).

Selected in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Beleskey played four seasons with Belleville of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 2004-08, recording 98-191=289 points with 467 PIM in 257 career games. Last season, Beleskey collected 41-49=90 points with 106 PIM in 62 games, finishing 13th in OHL scoring and ninth in goals. He led the Bulls and finished fourth among league leaders in postseason scoring (12-21=33) en route to appearances in the OHL Championship Series and the Memorial Cup.

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Beleskey has never appeared in an NHL game.

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Stop Dreaming Of Vinny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Amid growing speculation throughout the NHL community that the Tampa Bay Lightning may be preparing to trade captain Vinny Lecavalier, the player’s agent says he has been assured by Lightning ownership that big No. 4 will be a member of the Lightning for life.

“I’ve been hearing a lot of the (trade) talk out there, but I was assured by (Lightning owner) Oren Koules within the last hour that it’s nothing more than speculation and rumors and there’s absolutely nothing to it,” agent Kent Hughes said. “Vinny Lecavalier fully expects to be a Tampa Bay Lightning for life and no one from ownership or management in Tampa Bay has given us any reason to believe otherwise.”

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Weight Room Waiting For Stamkos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

So, this is what the Lightning has in store for Steven Stamkos, according to coach Rick Tocchet.

The team wants the 6-foot-1, 184-pound rookie forward, last summer’s No. 1 overall draft pick, to strengthen both his upper body and lower body. To do so, Stamkos will hit the weight room more, have one-on-one on-ice training sessions with assistant coach Wes Walz, especially on days when Tampa Bay has several clustered off days. But Stamkos also may sit out games to make that schedule work, and the first of those games is tonight against the Ducks for which Stamkos is a healthy scratch.

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SI Experts Look At The First Half

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SI.com’s NHL writers will periodically discuss the latest news and address hot topics from around the league. This week: a look back at the first half of the season and a look forward to the stretch run.

1. Who is your mid-season MVP?

Michael Farber: Alex Ovechkin. He scores. He hits. He does everything but, like the carney barkers say, crawl on his belly like a reptile. While we have our shorts in a knot over the Bruins and Sharks, Capitals have quietly, it seems to me, been lurking. Ovechkin’s crazy skills and infectious passion are the biggest reason.

Darren Eliot: Zach Parise has been consistent from the outset and given the Devils, according to head coach Brent Sutter, the type of season that was needed by his team.

Allan Muir: I gave serious thought to Parise. I don’t think he’s getting the acclaim he deserves for the magical season he’s putting together. But as much as I wish I could give the nod to someone off the beaten path, how could it not be Ovechkin?

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Another Blue Jacket May Be Hurt

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Just spoke with GM Scott Howson in the lobby restaurant of the Blue Jackets team hotel. Goaltender Steve Mason is questionable for tonight’s game vs. Washington with upper body “tightness.”

update 7:10pm, Mason is in the lineup.

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When Facing The Stanley Cup Champions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Razor With An Edge,

In light of last night’s spanking in Motown I thought we’d revisit my premature blog posting prior to the first meeting in Dallas. The Stars followed my 10 step program much more closely in the latest shellacking at the Joe.  Note: Additional editorials from last night’s outcome are in parenthesis….

• Win as few face-offs as possible as a way to set up your “checking game”. (37% on the dots, mission accomplished)

• Pay no attention to overrated forwards Datsyuk and Zetterberg - they’re so one-dimensional. Same goes for that free agent flop Marian Hossa. Instead, focus a lot of your effort toward ensuring Valtteri Filppula doesn’t “beat you by himself”. (All three scored, all three helped set up another goal, and all three dominated. Filppula was held scoreless and 0 for 4 in the faceoff circle)

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Senators Recall Goaltender Brian Elliott

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators today recalled goaltender Brian Elliott and assigned defenceman Matt Carkner to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.

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