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Don’t Bet Against The Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Simpson of CBC,

The Wings have loads of playoff experience, and are finally getting healthy enough to have their full roster in tact. Their core playoff performers in Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Rafalski, Franzen are all finally healthy and are highly motivated to make up for sub-par seasons.
 
In goal, Howard may be a question mark with his lack of experience, but he has played extremely well and would love to cap off a Calder Trophy nominee regular season with a strong playoff.
 
Most years it’s the Wings that have been the favourites, the team that every other franchise has been gunning for. This year they will play the less-pressured role of spoilers.

With the combination of talent, experience and extra motivation, I don’t think I would bet against them.

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After A 1000 Games

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NEW YORK (March 16, 2010)—At the 1,000-game mark of the 2009-2010 season, the National Hockey League has continued to redefine success in the digital age. Across the NHL.com Web site, broadband video (including live games), social media and electronic commerce, the NHL is experiencing record consumer demand on its digital platforms.

Additionally, in the wake of the 2010 Winter Olympics, where NHL players staged one of the most memorable Olympic hockey tournaments of all time, the NHL has experienced audience increases on television and in arenas.

“The growth the NHL is delivering across multiple platforms is redefining the way the world looks at the league’s business,” said NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins. “We’ve created a deeper portfolio of big events and direct-to-consumer digital products, both of which have activated hockey fans across North America. Not only are these initiatives delighting fans, but they are creating new value for the League in the partner, broadcaster and advertising marketplaces as we build toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs.”

At the 1,000-game mark the League’s business highlights include:

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Relax Chicago Fans Or Maybe You Shouldn’t

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from Tom Musick of the Northwest Herald,

• Long slumps don’t happen: Every time the Hawks have slumped, they have recovered. Coach Joel Quenneville’s team has built a 44-18-6 record by avoiding long losing streaks. The worst skid was three losses from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, and the Hawks responded then by winning the next four games and six of the next seven.

• Hawks have been through this before: Remember last year? The Hawks suffered a five-game winless streak from March 13 to March 20, and they limped to a 4-7-2 record from March 5 to March 31. Questions swirled about their toughness and their goaltending, but they came alive in the playoffs to reach the Western Conference Finals.

more including reasons to worry…

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Babcock Talks Hockey At Red Deer College

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from the Red Deer Advacate,

Twenty-two years after being hired on as a rookie hockey coach, Mike Babcock returned to the Red Deer College fold on Tuesday morning.

In front of more than 800 people at the Capri Centre Exhibition Hall, Babcock — recent coach of the gold medal-winning men’s hockey team in the Winter Olympics and current coach of the Detroit Red Wings — was the featured speaker of the seventh annual Red Deer College Kings and Queens Scholarship Breakfast.

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Ovechkin On His Suspension

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via the Washington Capitals PR department,

Statement from Alex Ovechkin

“I am very sorry that Brian was injured and I hope he is able to return to his team soon. NHL hockey is a physical game. We all play hard every time we are on the ice and have battles each shift in every game we play so we can do our jobs and win. As players we must accept responsibility for our actions and I am no different but I did not intend to injure Brian and that is why I was disappointed with the NHL’s decision yesterday. Every time I have the honor to play for my team, I will continue to do what I have done since I was taught to play. I will play hard, play with passion and play with respect for my teammates, opponents and fans. I look forward to returning to my team and doing everything I can to be the best player I can be.”

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Afternoon Line

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“I think, as a goalie, you can’t think that you have to win.  You have to think, ‘Just play as good as you can and give your team a chance to win,’ because I can’t really effect how we play as a team or if we score or not. If I get too involved emotionally with how we do as a team, I’ll lose focus on my end, my job.”

-New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.  More on Lundqvist from Scott Burnside of ESPN.

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Detroit Fans, Did You Look At The Ref After This Goal?

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the first thing I looked for after this Datsyuk goal last night was the ref, making sure he wasn’t waving his arms and pointing at Holsmtrom.

Note that both Kipper and Homer gave a quick look too.

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Complaint Department, Not Here

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I’ve had and have had enough of the complaining.

Read my NHL.com blog today.

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Most Underrated Player

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Often when a player is presented as the most underrated in the NHL, it is a player that few people have heard of who is doing a good job for his team.  That is not the case right now.  Most people who have some interest in hockey have heard of Tomas Vokoun of the Florida Panthers.  They have never thought of him as arguably the best goaltender in the NHL.

The case for Vokoun as a top goaltender is simple.  He has been the best goalie statistically in the last several years.  Fear the fin compiled saves percentage numbers since the lockout and finds Vokoun’s .923 saves percentage is four points higher than any other goalie on the list.  In that time, Tomas Vokoun has had no Vezina Trophy nominations.  The problem is that nobody has noticed him as he has toiled in obscure hockey markets of Nashville and Florida.  He hasn’t been able to get wins while playing for these teams.  These teams have had neither the offence nor the defence to make his job a success.

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No Love For Avery

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Include the Flyers on the long list of NHL teams that have no respect for Sean Avery.

After seeing the trash-talking, agitating forward score two goals on Sunday to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win in front of a Madison Square Garden crowd that spent much of the game chanting his name, the Flyers took a few bare-knuckled shots at Avery through the print media.

“I played with the guy and dislike the guy,” said Flyers winger Ian Laperriere, who played parts of two seasons with Avery when both were members of the Los Angeles Kings. “I think he does cross the line all the time.

“Those people (in New York) are getting fooled by his act because I know he’s the worst teammate I played with and I know they feel the same way.”

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