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Gaborik Still Sore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes,

Personally, I believe the Slovakian right winger isn’t playing until Sunday afternoon against Boston in the Garden, but there’s a chance he’ll dress in Minnesota, where he played eight years, on Friday night.

        Standing in the locker room with reporters after another practice in which he did not participate—-he was receiving treatment on his right leg, possibly thigh or hamstring, the club is not disclosing—-he called himself “day-to-day.”

          Not playing would be disappointing, Gaborik said. “We don’t play them that often. Definitely it would be something special.”

        He confirmed that he was still sore from a front of the net collision late in the third period against Phoenix on Monday, but would be on the plane to Minneapolis this afternoon.  The team’s top scorer, with 18 points, said he initially thought the injury was more severe.


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Go Ahead…Start Sniffing Glue Again.  Datsyuk’s In.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Via Khan(!),

Pavel Datsyuk, as expected, will play tonight, after sitting out practice Wednesday due to a sore foot, the result of blocking a shot in Tuesday’s game.

And, no matter what I say to intro this or react to it, I’ll be the gamewrecker.  I take full responsibility.

For the Oilers, forward Mike Comrie and defenseman Lubomir Visnovky are out becuase of the flu. Defensemen Sheldon Souray and Steve Staois are out due to concussions. Defenseman Ladislav Smid, who had the H1N1 virus, will play, as will forwards Gilbert Brule and Alex Hemsky, who have been hampered by the flu.

The Oilers have been shut out in their last two games—3-0 vs. Colorado and 2-0 vs. Vancouver—and have lost three in a row.

No way we win this game tonite.  No frigging way.


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Tell It Like It Is

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Japers’ Rink,

One of the great things about being a sports fan in this day and age is the access we have to the players we follow. Through social media and real-time online coverage, our collective insatiable hunger for the latest news (and non-news) is getting fed around the clock.

For example, Mike Green has 2,309 followers on Twitter, some of whom, no doubt are minors. Earlier today, all of them got to see this:



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Flyers Lose Jones

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Randy Jones won’t be going back on the Flyers’ roster.

The defenseman was claimed Thursday morning by the Los Angeles Kings on re-entry waivers. That means Jones’ $2.75 million cap hit will be split between the Flyers and Kings, who must pay the $15,000 waiver claim price as well

In other words, the Flyers just took a $1.375 million cap hit for a player they lost on re-entry.

Financially, it was a huge gamble and the Flyers lost.

“He would have helped our team but that’s the risk you take,” general manager Paul Holmgren said. “What are you going to do? … Those are the rules. We knew the risks going in.”

Holmgren said a couple clubs asked about him recently, but no one asked the Flyers to put him on re-entry so he could be claimed.


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Kings Claim Randy Jones

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have claimed defenseman Randy Jones off of re-entry waivers, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.  The Kings have also placed defenseman Alec Martinez on the injured reserve list (retroactive to October 5) due to an ankle injury. 

Jones, 28, has played in six games this season with the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League, recording one point (an assist) and six penalty minutes.

Last season, Jones played in 47 games with the Philadelphia Flyers, recording eight points (4-4=8) and 22 penalty minutes.  He also played in six playoff games with the Flyers and he played in two regular season games with the Phantoms. 

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Malkin Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from PittsburghPenguins.com,

Head coach Dan Bylsma announced that forward Evgeni Malkin will miss 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury. It is not the same injury that kept Malkin out of the lineup during the beginning of the 2006-07 season and the team is being cautious.

“Geno is going to be out of the lineup for a couple of weeks,” Bylsma said. “He strained his shoulder about 10 days or so ago. I don’t know the exact day. It is precautionary for the player. We are worried about the safety of the shoulder. A couple weeks of rest and rehab will get that thing healthy so he can get back onto the ice.


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Patience Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We caught up with Holland in the middle of the Wings’ Western Canadian road trip this week, and it wasn’t long before the idea of patience came up again. Instead of taking snapshots of how a team or a player is performing, Holland said he likes to take a step back. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, he told ESPN.com, that’s when you know where you’re at.

“It’s hard to move up after that,” Holland said. “You sort of start to move as a pack.”

Does that mean Holland’s sitting back with his feet on his desk, especially after his Wings overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit and the pulling of starting netminder Chris Osgood to defeat Vancouver 5-4 for their first road win of the season earlier this week?

Uh, no.

“We’ve had some curves,” Holland acknowledged. “We’re going to have to grind.”

read on

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Tavares Settling In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

As his NHL career nears the end of its first month, Tavares gives the appearance of a player who’s enjoying the learning experience that goes along with the introduction to life in the NHL.

“It’s been great. I’ve been learning a lot, experiencing a lot of new things,” he said after the win against the Rangers. “I’m starting to learn the way of life in the NHL and what it takes to be a pro every day. Everyone from the staff and management, the coaching staff, the trainers and my teammates have been great. They’ve helped me out a lot with stuff away from the ice and allowed me to focus on hockey. That’s made it a lot easier. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Especially when you score a goal to help your team beat its biggest rival, right?

“Being in games like this one is what I worked for as a kid,” he said. “To finally be here and be a part of this is special for me, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.”


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Ducks Searching For Their Identity

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

“It’s just a whole attitude change I think we need to have,” defenseman Ryan Whitney said.

“We talked about preparing ourselves better and being ready to play a full 60 minutes, which we might have not even have done once this year. Even in our wins – I think in Boston we had a really bad first period. It’s time to start playing a whole game.”

Carlyle wouldn’t go into details about his talk, but one can surmise that topics included defensive coverage, indecision on the forecheck and inconsistent effort.

The Ducks have allowed 21 goals during their four-game losing streak and again are one of the most penalized teams in the NHL.

All of that points to a team that lacks confidence and might take some time to figure out their game.

“This team has not put itself in a position to create an identity,” Carlyle said.


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New Early Season Top Goalie

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Earlier this season I picked Ilya Bryzgalov of the Phoenix Coyotes as the best goalie in the early season.  Bryzgalov is continuing to play well, although his numbers are regressing a bit from his incredible start.  There is another goalie who is continuing his incredible start further into the season.  Craig Anderson of the Colorado Avalanche has been the top goalie in the season so far.  Anderson is a big reason the Colorado Avalanche are in first place in the NHL.  Anderson sports a .940 saves percentage and a 1.97 GAA.  These are very strong numbers.  These numbers have been posted when Anderson is facing over 35 shots per 60 minutes of play (which is a very high number).

Anderson had posted some good numbers as the Florida Panthers backup goalie (but always in limited starts).  It is on the strength of those numbers that Anderson has been given a chance to start with the Colorado Avalanche.  It is unclear how well he will handle the increased workload and the increased attention scouts give to his game.

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