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Lidstrom’s In.  And…So’s Chelios

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updates have been added below.

Nick Lidstrom said after practicing atop Gary’s pond this afternoon that he feels good enough to play.

Whew.

Chris Chelios will be one of seven defensemen suiting up tomorrow, leaving eleven forwards to shuffle through four lines.

What?

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No ‘Doc’ Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck The Media,

This news coming via an NBC Press Release:

  CHICAGO — Dec. 31, 2008 — Hall of Fame broadcaster “Doc” Emrick will be unable to call tomorrow’s NHL Winter Classic due to laryngitis. Dave Strader, who is the play-by-play voice of the Phoenix Coyotes and has also worked for NBC Sports, will fill in for Emrick.

  “Last year’s game was a lifetime memory and I couldn’t wait to call this year’s game at Wrigely,” said Emrick. “I’m extremely disappointed but I know Dave will do a wonderful job.”

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  Tags: mike+emrick, winter+classic

Concussion Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kristina Rutherford of CBC Sports,

Hockey’s most under-reported injury will be the focus of an open and frank discussion featuring Eric Lindros, Jeff Beukeboom and other former pro hockey players whose careers were plagued by concussions.

The incidence and treatment of the injury at the youth level is a big item on the agenda, with doctors, coaches and trainers all speaking on the issue at the inaugural London Hockey Concussion Summit, set for Jan. 17 in London, Ont.

“I don’t think anybody else has seen such a group of experts and professional hockey players get together and talk about this in an open matter, which is what it needs,” says summit chair, Dr. Paul Echlin, a junior hockey doctor who practices sports medicine in London.

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The Latest On Gaborik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Russo’s Rants,

Speaking of not being 100 percent, Gaborik did not skate this morning even though the team updated us yesterday that he was supposed to skate. Via a spokesman, Tom Lynn said today, “it was decided he needed to get a good skate without pain before a move into full practice.”

After today’s ”feeling out” skate, Lynn said the team decided to hold him out. Translation: He’s hurting again, meaning uh-oh….

Back to Gaborik, he has often told us he doesn’t want to play unless he’s 100 percent. The team is freefalling. I’m pretty sure not all Wild players are playing at 100 percent. I asked Jacques Lemaire if he had a problem with having a player not willing to play at 100 percent, and he said, “Well, Nolan is not 100 percent and he asked me to play tonight. And I know he’s not 100 percent because he only had that little practice today.”

Pretty big indictment, although Lemaire later said when pressed further, “I don’t know how the guy feels … physically,” so give him the benefit of the doubt, essentially.

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

NHL Network Coverage Of Winter Classic Practice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The NHL Network is doing a great job covering the WC Practice at Wrigley.  Great interviews, coaches are mic’d up and the scene is just great.

A bit of a concern with the ice, the players were asked not to do many quick turns in the corners since the ice is still not in the best of conditions right now.

Chicago is on the ice now, followed by the Wings.

The show is being hosted by Brian Duff and Larry Murphy with Gary Green handling the interviews.

added 12:45pm, Watch below the live strean of the WC Practice session at Wrigley…

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  Tags: winter+classic

In The Race For The ‘Cy Young’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Grigg of the Hockey News,

This week THN takes a look at the NHL’s Cy Young candidates; the players leading the way when it comes to goals scored as a percentage of points totalled. For our purposes, we’ll call it the Wendel Clark Award….

Please note, only players with 12 or more goals this season — the top 60 — are eligible for the list and we only use one player per team. Ties are broken by the number of goals players would be on pace to score if they played a full 82-game schedule.

10. Bryan Little, Center, Atlanta, 19 goals, 12 assists

The super-sophomore is having a breakout season; he’s tied for sixth in goals, accounting for 61 percent of his points.

9. Patrick Sharp, Center, Chicago, 19-11
After a breakout season of 36 goals in 2007-08, Sharp’s is on pace for 45 this year, good for 63 percent of his offensive output.

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Stamkos Understanding What Is Needed To Play In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Masters of the National Post,

He is the first to tell you that most of the criticism he has faced is fairly accurate. Through 35 games this season he has just four goals and 10 assists and is minus-10.

“It has probably not been the best start I had envisioned for myself and the team,” he said. “It’s definitely been an adjustment coming from the juniors and I have learned a lot so far. The NHL is the best league in the world and these guys are the best players around and it’s going to take some time to make that jump, but I’m starting to feel as comfortable as I can be right now.”

He even understands Melrose’s position that he is not ready for the NHL. He will not turn 19 until February and still has the body of a teenager.

“I’m going against men now and you know they’ve got 10 years of physical maturity over you and you kind of realize that when your battling in the corners. And that’s something I’m going to have to work on in order to be more successful.”

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Looking At The Stretch Run

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY, USA TODAY hockey writer Kevin Allen offers 10 things to look for in the second half:

1. The Boston Bruins will choose one goalie: It’s always easy to talk about the benefits of a two-goalie rotation in the regular season, particularly when Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez are playing sharply. You’ve heard it all: Neither goalie will be worn out, each will be ready for the playoffs, they’ll push each other. But historically, coaches don’t like rotations in the playoffs, and only a few NHL teams have won a Stanley Cup with a rotation….

2. The Columbus Blue Jackets will consider a bold trade: The Blue Jackets have immensely loyal fans even though the team has never made the playoffs. Despite a major trade with the New York Rangers and the signing of Kristian Huselius, Columbus isn’t in a playoff position….

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Gagne To Miss A Week Or So

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CSN Philly,

Simon Gagne appears to have suffered nothing more than a mild, right shoulder strain and is expected to miss about one week.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com Wednesday morning that Gagne will be re-examined in Vancouver mid-afternoon Eastern time before the team heads for Los Angeles

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  Tags: simon+gagne

Celebrate The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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from Jeremy Mullman of Ad Age,

To promote its Jan. 1 outdoor Winter Classic game in Chicago, the league has partnered with Miner Family Vineyards, an upscale Napa winery, to produce a limited-edition red wine as a keepsake for the game. Bottles were spotted on shelves in Chicago liquor stores for about $30 a bottle. The proceeds will go to charity.

On its face, hockey wine seems a bit like opera beer. After all, watching a player pull his opponent’s jersey over his head so he can throttle him blindly doesn’t exactly seem like a Merlot-sipping occasion. But the league’s VP-consumer products marketing, Jim Haskins, said the league’s fan base is more of a wine-drinking crowd than the sport’s blue-collar stereotype suggests.

read on and buy the WC wine here along with other NHL featured wines.

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  Tags: winter+classic

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