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Modano On The 4th Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

“We didn’t like how he played the last game, I’m not afraid to tell you that, but he wasn’t alone. I do think realistically that Mike has got the capacity to play a certain amount of minutes every night, and it’s not where it was when he was 29. His main job for us is to be a quality player on the power play, to be a guy who digs in and plays some important minutes for us, and he’s going to get those opportunities. When we’re at our best, we’re a four-line team, and Mike is a big part of that.”

I will tell you this, I have been around coaches a lot, and I know that they want to win every game _ probably more so than the players. They are psychotic in that way. So, the fact that Crawford and his coaches are doing this is based on discussions between them that they believe this will work.

That said, I am skeptical when they say this is not a message to Modano. I think they hope it’s a kick in the pants that jump starts his season. He has been inconsistent in his play, and it’s always difficult to read his compete level. He has to be dragged into battle, usually.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

There are those of us who thought the Leafs would take a shot at a playoff spot and maybe sneak in but who were also under no illusions as to the lack of talent on the team. We just thought the conference stunk so much that even the Leafs had a shot.

-Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail.  More on the Leafs from Jeff.

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An Xtreme Hockey Calendar

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More on the Eugene Xtreme Calendar

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Confirmed: Big Rig’s In There

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Slowly, the ailing continue to return.  No surprise, since the Diggers have been reporting it for a few days.  But now we know for sure: Doug Janik back to GR.  Jonathon Ericsson back in the lineup.

Khan(!)

Babcock said he’ll probably play Ericsson and Brett Lebda together to start but that Ericsson also will be paired with Brad Stuart.

“I’ve been skating now for the last week and a half. It feels good,’’ Ericsson said. “When you skate out there, there’s not a lot of game situations. Not a lot of battling, going hard in short spurts, things like that. That’s been the problem since I got back on the ice, small things, quick movements. It’s a real test, the first game I’m playing.’‘

Leino’s sitting. May’s in. Jim Howard gets his tenth straight start, because that’s what starters do.  Oh, and from the other night?

Long Island Suck Fest and Live Blog

Yep.  I’m sticking with Hangover lines until they run dry or until the Wings lose in horrific fashion.

 

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Broad Street Bullies Revisited

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from AHN,

HBO Sports has begun production on BROAD STREET BULLIES, a documentary about one of pro sports’ most polarizing teams, the legendary Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup championship squads of the 1970s, it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports.

This exclusive presentation will tell the backstories of these engaging and colorful athletes, who won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and ‘1975 with a bold, aggressive style that sparked controversy and criticism. BROAD STREET BULLIES debuts during the Stanley Cup Playoffs in May.

“This film will explore how a group of characters, who also happened to be an extraordinarily talented collection of hockey players that enjoyed contact on the ice, formed one of the most prominent and controversial teams in pro sports history,” said Greenburg.

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Top Defenceman So Far

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In December I picked Mike Green of the Washington Capitals as the top defenceman in the season so far.  At that point, the race for Norris Trophy was most likely between Green, Duncan Keith of Chicago and Drew Doughty of Los Angeles.  Since that time, Doughty has fallen off the pace and Keith has come on strong.  He is closing the gap in points and +/- with Green.  Currently Keith has 42 points to Green’s 46 and has a +16 to Green’s +17.  The main difference between them comes in the fact that Duncan Keith plays against the some of the toughest opposition that Chicago faces and Green plays against a more average level of competition.  It is in the tougher competition he faces that Duncan Keith that he makes himself the Norris Trophy leader at this point.

Duncan Keith is clearly having the best season of his NHL career to date.  In 46 games played he has 42 points.  His previous best (established last season) was 44 points and that took 77 games and that was a strong enough season defensively to earn Keith a sixth place finish in the Norris Trophy voting.  Keith has maintained his defensive strength and added an offensive component to his game that makes him the second best offensive defenceman in the world (behind Mike Green).  Keith has established himself as the best defenceman in the league so far this season.

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Go Fight Them

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

After the Wild took a 5-2 lead, two fights took place in 17 seconds. First Darcy Hordichuk fought Boogaard, although abiding by the code, Boogaard barely threw a punch because Hordichuk’s jersey was over his head. Hordichuk then got a 10-minute misconduct I believe for trying to go after Cal Clutterbuck. He did not get that for his jersey being tied down like some people tweeted me. That would have been a game misconduct. He got a 10.

According to Boogaard, before the faceoff, Hordichuk told him that “The coach is making US fight you guys.”

Who’s us? Alexandre Bolduc is us. Moments after the fight, Bolduc came up to John Scott and begged Scott to fight him. Huge mistake. Scott beat the living daylights out of him. Honestly, it was scary.

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GDT - Game #46: Red Wings host Hurricanes (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Ugly, ugly game against the Isles; and there is scant margin for error let alone anymore of that symphony of suck. 

The ‘Canes occupy the E.C. basement, and have the worst record in the NHL, but are riding a 3 game win streak.  I’ll call it like it is, this game is a must win.  If DET really are going to make the playoffs, and be competitve, these are the games they should win, handily.  I expect a solid effort, at the very least.
And is it too much to ask for some production on the PP.  DET are now 2-for-45 (4.4%) in the last 14 games - - queue the cone of shame.

Work is insanely busy, you get the numbers and

maybe an update

this afternoon.

See you at the EllBee, where I understand that pager signals cannot be received.

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Kings Plan To Keep Frolov This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Rich Hammond lf LAKings Insider has a Q & A with GM Dean Lombardi,

Question: If, over the next few weeks, it seems unlikely that anything will happen there (Frolov contract), does that influence what you do with him?

LOMBARDI: “No. This is the other thing too, another sign that you’re getting better. Certainly, in the first three years, it was very clear. It was all about getting draft picks. That’s the crappy part about building. You’re essentially making your team worse, immediately, and all you’re doing is getting picks. I don’t see us doing anything like that with a player of his caliber, to say, `OK, we’re going to lose him, so let’s get a second-round pick, or a first-rounder.’ I don’t see us taking good players out of our lineup at this stage.

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An End Coming To The Versus/DIRECTV Dispute?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TVPredictions.com,

Sports Illustrated writer Josh Gross wrote yesterday on his Twitter page that he’s been told that a resolution will occur in March.

“For DirecTV subscribers concerned they’ll miss UFC on Versus (Jones-Vera, Gonzaga-dos Santos) I’m told a resolution is expected by March,” Gross said.

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