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Reasons Why The Caps Lost To The Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

Maybe we were tired. Maybe we were rattled with the change in routine. Maybe our defense broke down. Maybe our young goaltender had a truly sub par performance. Maybe their goaltender stole a game after a shaky start.

Maybe all teams in the NHL are good to very good and they just beat us - at home - after we played back to back. It is a big game for the other side, Hockey Night in Canada and all. I think we lead the NHL now in Saturday night games on Hockey Night in Canada now. Everyone gets up for us. We have no easy games to play any more.


They won. We lost. We get no points.

a bit more...

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New Rookie Of The Year So Far

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have been picking Michael Del Zotto of the New York Rangers as the rookie of the year but it has become clear that he has been surpassed in the race by John Tavares of the Islanders.  Tavares has a significant lead among rookie scorers with 27 points.  That total puts him in the lead among his New York Islander teammates.  He has been everything the Islanders hoped he would be when they picked him first overall last summer.

Tavares is looking like he may have the best offensive rookie season since Evgeni Malkin three years ago and possibly since Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby the year before that.  Does that mean he will establish himself as a star on their level in the near future?  He has the potential.

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HNIC Hotstove Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The HNIC crew discusses numerous hockey topics, including the Coyotes, the salary cap for next season, ref talk, league spending and the Kovalchuk contract.

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Offensive Production Needed In Calgary

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Pre-season pundits predicted goal scoring would be the club’s Achilles heel, and those predictions have been front and centre the past handful of games.

“We’re not going to worry about that. We’ve got enough offence in this room,” said centre Daymond Langkow. “We’re going to keep focusing on the defensive side of it, and have to be better there—40 shots against last (game) isn’t good enough.”...

However, the dearth of offence is starting to become an issue. Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff was outstanding in those three losses and gave his team a chance to win each time, but there wasn’t enough offensive support.

“That Minnesota game, it was a stinker of a game for us,” said head coach Brent Sutter. “It wasn’t so much what we did with the puck or the offensive part, it’s how we played defensively. That affected us offensively.

“Look at how many offensive chances we got. We didn’t get many because our team game wasn’t very good. It goes hand-in-hand. Play a really good team game, be responsible on both sides of the puck, good defensively and then you’ll be good enough offensively. We didn’t have offence because we weren’t good enough defensively.


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The Latest Rumours (Canadian version)

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via the Toronto Sun,

• Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock was given a vote of confidence by GM Scott Howson last week. That comes as no surprise, but the talk is the Columbus players are getting tired of Hitchcock’s act.

• The Flyers are looking for a goalie. With Ray Emery sidelined for six weeks following abdominal surgery, Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren has been keeping close tabs on Dallas’ Marty Turco, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.


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Think Big Picture Vancouver

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

My Vancouver spies insist that Trevor Linden will play a significant role of some kind in the flame lead-up at the 2010 opening ceremony and I sure hope that’s not true. Linden’s presence does not resonate outside Vancouver and if he’s significant in this, it will make the organizing committee look small and all too local. This is a world, international event, not a celebration of the rather inept history of the Canucks

read on for a few more hockey notes…

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Avs Trying To Find Their Identity

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from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

But except for the die-hard fanatic who wears a Nordiques sweater to the Pepsi Center and can recite penalty-kill percentages by heart, this is a hockey franchise in transition with the hearts of the general sports populace. It’s going to take some time to warm up to these Avs, regardless of how many games they win.

That might help explain why Avalanche management had an extended dalliance with Patrick Roy when the team went looking for a new coach, before settling on Joe Sacco, whose no-nonsense, straightforward approach certainly grabs the attention of young players but doesn’t make headline news.

This is a Colorado team in search of a personality.

“I really don’t know,” Sacco said, when I asked the rookie coach how well the Avs had established their own style of hockey. “We keep pushing the style of play that we want to play and how we need to play to be successful. The message comes from me and our leaders too. We’re just a team that’s not going to quit; we’re going to keep coming.”

This is a hockey franchise in need of some new heroes.

And that is where Stastny and Anderson need to step it up.


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Give Yourself A Pat On The Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It makes so much sense that a few people on here know more about the truth behind what I write than say the teams and NHL does. You would think
if I was just making these rumours up the NHL and teams wouldn’t invite me into the press box.

And yes, not only does bob mckenzie follow me, but he sent me his book and will be a guest on my podcast in the coming weeks.

-Dwayne (he prefers Eklund) to his readers.

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Sometimes When You Hit A Helmet With Your Hand, The Hand Loses

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Derek Dorsett of the Blue Jackets breaks his right hand in this fight last night with Mike Brown of the Ducks.

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Simmonds Needs Meniscus Repaired With Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider,

In his postgame talk with the media, Terry Murray said Wayne Simmonds will undergo surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee. No timetable for his return has been set, but such a procedure typically requires a recovery period of several weeks, if not a couple months.

Murray also said that Ryan Smyth will not play in any of the three games in Canada, and that he expects Smyth to return on Dec. 26 at Phoenix.

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