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Tough Road Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

The ninth-place Sabres are three points out of the final Eastern Conference playoff position with less than a month remaining. The standings are tight from sixth through 11th, and the Sabres’ conclusion might be the most unenviable of all.

The Sabres’ remaining opponents entered Thursday’s games with a record of 270-208-61, which means they picked up points in 61.4 percent of their games — the highest for the six teams fighting for three playoff spots. Boston’s opponents were next at 61.1, followed by the New York Islanders (60.8), New York Rangers (59.9), Philadelphia (59.7) and Washington (59.1).

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McCarty In Detroit With Hurt Ribs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

0848: Updated below with a welcome note to Mac from an unlikely source.

Paul pointed you to the Chelios interview yesterday, during which Jimmy D Jr. said he believed Darren McCarty was already back in Detroit.  Of course, that led to speculation that he could play as early as Sunday against Bubba.  Ted Kulfan, former Deep Digger captain, says…not so fast.

Darren McCarty is coming to Detroit quicker than expected but not to play. McCarty is bothered by a rib cartilage injury suffered last weekend while playing with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. He will be examined by Wings trainers Friday and will not be on the ice.

General manager Ken Holland said trainers will determine whether McCarty is able to play with the Griffins Saturday in Cleveland. McCarty was held out of Thursday’s Griffins game in Milwaukee.

“We’re going to see if he’s able to play,” Holland said. “Right now, he’s not able to play. It’s nothing more than day to day.”

 

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  Tags: babcock, holland, mccarty

Eric Staal Appears OK After Hit From Behind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,

Eric Staal has apparently escaped a serious injury after he was hit head-first into the boards from behind by Aaron Voros.

With 14:01 to play in the game Voros ran Staal into the boards in front of the Minnesota bench from behind.

After lying on the ice in front of the Minnesota bench, Staal skated gingerly to the Carolina bench as a five-on-five brawl broke out on the ice. As the referees sorted out the mess, Staal could clearly be seen saying “I’m fine” to his teammates.

Voros, though, may be in trouble. He received a major penalty for boarding and likely faces a suspension from the NHL.

video added 3/7/08...

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  Tags: aaron+voros, eric+staal

Ban The Long Road Trip

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

In a civilized society, no NHL team should be forced onto the road in March for a nine-game, 20-day, zig-zagging excursion covering 8,178 miles….

It all started with a 4-1 loss in Detroit on Wednesday night. After finally winning a game at home, the Blues had to travel overnight to Motown through wintry weather, check into their hotel in the wee morning hours and then play later that day.

Not surprisingly, the Blues lost their legs against the free-wheeling Wings.

From Detroit, the team headed across the continent to Vancouver

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What Happened In Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Now, their season is all but over after Wednesday’s loss to Carolina ended any realistic hopes of making the playoffs. Mathematically, they’re still alive, but that’s about it.

So why the collapse? If only it were one thing.

1. Accountability: It’s a word that is starting to creep more and more into the discussions around the team — as in there isn’t enough accountability. Bob Hartley was held accountable for his 0-6 start when he was fired. Now, the Thrashers haven’t won in eight games at the most crucial point in the season, and nobody’s job currently seems threatened.

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McCarty Back In Town

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

According to Chris Chelios, who was just on WDFN, Darren McCarty is back in Detroit and said he would not be surprised to see Darren with the team tomorrow.

A2Y will probably have more on this later this evening.

added 6:03pm, You can listen to the whole interview via WDFN...

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  Tags: darren+mccarty

Kevin Allen: Mac Looks Better Than Expected

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I missed this in the Freep yesterday, not sure if you guys did too. 

Interview on WDFN with Kevin Allen, his weekly deal, and he expects Mac to play a game next week, guarantees he’ll drop ‘em when he does play and said his performance has been surprisingly good so far.

I underestimated the drive he would have to return. I’ve talked to a number of people who’ve said that McCarty has looked pretty darn good in Grand Rapids. He’s really determined to come back, and play and give the Red Wings a role player like they had before, and if he’s certainly capable of doing that, who knows, maybe he can play in the playoffs. I had my reservations early on, but the reports I’m getting on him are that he is making every effort to be the player that he was before.

More...including views on Stuart, the young Dmen, Franzen and Hasek.

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Watching Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

“Tomorrow night is going to be phenomenal,” Hawks GM Dale Tallon told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “The fans are excited again and they should be — these kids play an entertaining game. It’s fun to watch them.”

Some 22,000 fans are expected to cram into the cavernous United Center as the young-and-gun Hawks take on the mighty San Jose Sharks — winners of seven straight.

“Tomorrow night we’re sold out and supposedly we’re going to have the biggest crowd in a long time,” said Hawks head coach Denis Savard. “It’s a great feeling. The credit goes to the players, they’re the ones who changed this around here.”

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Maybe We’ve All Made That Mistake…

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Columbus Alive:

On our City Limits blog at ColumbusAlive.com, we’ve been writing a lot about Columbus’ quest for some sort of marketable identity. So we couldn’t resist this telling tidbit, reported by Tom Reed in Saturday’s Dispatch:

Ken Hitchcock’s most humbling moment as Blue Jackets coach came in this radiant city on the Pacific Coast [Vancouver, British Columbia].

Hitchcock was trying to clear Canadian customs last summer when the agent asked him his occupation. He told the man he coached the NHL franchise in Columbus.

The agent grew suspicious and countered by saying, “There’s no NHL team in Columbus.”

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  Tags: ken+hitchcock

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Blue Notes at Newsday,

Brendan Shanahan agreed that the reason for the parity in the East was the point available in regulation ties, overtime and shootout losses. “The negative is that teams may play for the point in the last four or five minutes of regulation,” he said. “Teams in most markets—-the Floridas, Toronto—-are still in it. And fans enjoy the four-on-four overtime. Overall, the positives supercede the negatives—-for now.”

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