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Enver Lisin - NHL’s Worst Defensive Forward?

Blog: KK Members Blog By JesGolbez

Enver Lisin, a 2nd round pick of the Coyotes back in 2004, is supposed to be a part of the team’s future. He’s got a lot of speed, that’s for sure.

The problem? he’s been hurting his team in the present, a LOT.

Over the course of his short career, Lisin has played a season’s worth of games and has an atrocious +/- stat.

I know +/- can be a flawed stat for many reasons, but when it’s a rather large number in any direction, it generally says something about the player. In this case, it is obvious that Lisin is on the ice for many goals scored against, and it isn’t a one-season fluke.

One has to wonder just how much better off the Coyotes would have been if they had not played Lisin at all. He doesn’t put up a lot of points, and has obviously cost the Coyotes quite a few goals against with his inattention to his own end. It’s not like Lisin is going up against top lines like Samuel Pahlsson.

Checking out Behind the Net’s advanced stats, Lisin is right down near the bottom, with only Rod “The Bod” Brind’Amour and his awful season below him.

I’d have to say, without digging too deep, that Lisin is the worst defensive forward in the league, and would be better off in the AHL until he isn’t such a negative nelly.

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Tribute to a NHL Irishman

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Wild Nation:

Yes, it is the famous (or infamous) March 17th.  The day where public intoxication becomes not just acceptable, but expected.  So, we here at Wild Nation have decided to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by putting together a small tribute to our favorite Wild player and resident Irishman, Owen Nolan.

Nolan was born in Belfast, Ireland on February 12, 1972.  His family soon moved to Canada, where Nolan began playing hockey at the age of nine.

continued…

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  Tags: owen+nolan, st+patrick's+day

Down Goes Homer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

This time it’s a knee.  No Holmstrom tonite.

Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom will miss Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers because of a strained knee.

Holmstrom was injured late in Sunday’s game at Columbus.

“I hit a crack or something (in the ice) the second-to-last shift in the game,” he said. “I was really sore (Monday). It’s day-to-day. I twisted it, strained the knee.”

Dave Dye also reported that Filppula remains out, Meech practiced up front…and so did Lebda.

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Streit A Longshot For The Norris

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Islanders Point Blank,

Mike Green. Nicklas Lidstrom. Dan Boyle. If Streit is in that conversation, it’s quite an honor. Put it this way: if the Islanders were one of the top teams in the league, and the Rangers, Flyers, Wild or any other team were in 30th but had a defenseman tied for third in scoring, would you think their player deserved one of three Norris nominations?

Streit has 12 more games to stake his claim. To have any chance, he’ll need to rack up some points to get past the 60 mark and separate himself from the pack after the unreachable Mike Green.

more

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  Tags: mark+streit

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We don’t have as many points as we should have had after the last 10 games. If we would have had those points, we wouldn’t be talking about Columbus or St. Louis. We’d be talking about challenging Vancouver….”

-Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers.  More from Souray via JoAnne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal.

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  Tags: sheldon+souray

Bruins Will Be Watching

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

In a quirk of the NHL schedule, the B’s play just twice in 12 days. And while they’re fine-tuning their game in Wilmington, New Jersey and Washington, the teams that have any real chance of catching the first-place B’s in the Eastern Conference, will each play a half-dozen games.

The Devils, six points behind the B’s, play four on the road, including Sunday’s huge matinee against the Bruins, while the Capitals, seven points back, play five straight on the road, beginning with last night’s loss in Atlanta. The Devils have three games in hand on the B’s.

By the time the Bruins resume playing in earnest, they very well could be looking up at one of those two teams.

read on

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Cowbells At A Hockey Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Steinberg at D.C. Sports Bog,

Yes, those were cowbells you heard all over the arena. Several hundred red cowbells reading “Rock the Red” made their debuts at concession stands, retailing for (I think) $8. There were a lot of people who had been drinking St. Patrick’s Day-related beer that day, and many of them wound up with cowbells in their hands.

Good? Bad? Indifferent? I tended to think good, until I heard some of the particularly insistent cowbell shakers, which made me think possibly bad. There are no plans to pass out 18,000 cowbells for the playoffs, in case you were wondering.

read on

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Faith

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,

There’s no storybook ending here. Montreal is on to the QMJHL playoffs this week. Business as usual. Angelo Esposito is out for the season with a blown-out knee, unable to build on success at the world juniors. Sad, but he’ll get another chance. Benjamin Rubin won’t though. He has played his last junior game. If he ever plays another meaningful game, he doesn’t know where it will be.

Some Orthodox Shomer Jews expect Benjamin to see the error of his ways. A friend of the Rubins, a Shomer Jew, even calls Rabbi Baron’s dispensation “bulls—-.” One rabbi says that the door won’t be shut to Benjamin but he must “express remorse and make a sincere verbal commitment not to transgress again.”

Benjamin’s not remorseful, just angry. “If I had played on the Shabbat when I started out in Quebec, I’d be a first-line player there now,” he says. “I was making up for lost time from the start. My little brother David’s going to be a player ... and he’s playing on the Shabbat, so hopefully something good comes out of this.”

much more

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  Tags: benjamin+rubin

Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Five minutes of the greatest hits, saves and goals of the past week.

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GDT - Game #71: Red Wings host Flyers (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  GDT light today, workload issues.  Your schizophrenic Red Wings appear to be responding to whatever medications Dr. Babcock has prescribed.  Two impressive back-to-back road wins at CBJ and STL have DET leading the League with 101 pts.  DET has become the first team in NHL history to top 100 points in nine straight seasons, and they have clinched a 17th straight postseason berth.  Ozzie has been tapped to start for the third straight game. 

Meanwhile, in the wild, wild E.C.,  PHI is in a dogfight with the PIT, MTL, NYR, CAR and FLA for first round home-ice advantage as well as just securing a playoff spot.  If history is any lesson, PHI might as well mail-in tonights tilt; “the Flyers haven’t won in Detroit since Nov. 4, 1988, going 0-13-0 with two ties in their last 15 trips to Joe Louis Arena - the NHL’s longest active road winless streak by one team against an opponent.”  PHI have split their eight games in March, scoring four or more goals in each of the wins and one or fewer in each defeat.

 

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