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How About Some Respect For The Twins?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cassie Campbell of CBC,

Will Daniel and Henrik Sedin ever receive the respect they deserve? They have been called the Sedin sisters on occasion and I’m sure a few other ‘nicknames’ too, but let’s face it, they are both true superstars in the NHL.

Like Steve Yzerman, who was so often criticized as a player and leader until he won the Stanley Cup, the Sedin twins will probably feel the same wrath until they and their Vancouver Canucks bring home Lord Stanley.

At 29, they are still in their prime and based on their statistics this year, even though both players have played a shortened season due to injury, they have to be put into that elite category of players in the league.

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Testing Out Hockey Equipment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Product testers at Reebok-CCM tell us about the importance of testing their equipment, and how it is done.

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Two Comparable Teams

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Cinderella, meet Cinderella.

There’s no indication officials will begin tonight’s game between the Predators and Phoenix Coyotes with that kind of introduction, but considering the circumstances it might be appropriate.

Heading into the season, it would have been hard to find a neutral hockey observer who saw much potential in either team.

Nashville was coming off a 10th-place finish in the Western Conference and made little noise during the offseason. Phoenix was coming off a 13th-place finish and was trying to recover from a disastrous offseason that began when former owner Jerry Moyes declared bankruptcy in May.

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Defining The Hits- Legal And Illegal

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Head Hit Rule Starts Tonight

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NEW YORK—Beginning with tonight’s games, the National Hockey League will implement a new rule prohibiting “a lateral, back-pressure or blind-side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact.”

Under the new rule, the NHL Hockey Operations Department is empowered to review any such hit for the purpose of Supplemental Discipline.

“We believe this is the right thing to do for the game and for the safety of our players,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said after receiving unanimous approval from the Board of Governors as well as the endorsement of the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee and the NHLPA Executive Board. “The elimination of these types of hits should significantly reduce the number of injuries, including concussions, without adversely affecting the level of physicality in the game.”

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Chant Out Of Chicago- Go Wings Go

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from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

The last thing a Blackhawks fans wants to do is root for the Red Wings, but it’s probably the right thing to do these last few weeks of the season.

If the playoffs started on Thursday, the Hawks and Detroit would meet in the first round, which is not what anyone at the United Center wants.

The Red Wings are hot, however, and ended play Tuesday night eighth in the Western Conference with 87 points but only 3 points out of fifth place.

The Hawks would much rather face Los Angeles, Nashville, Colorado or Calgary in the first round than the experience and dangerous Red Wings.

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NHLPA Supports Endorsement Of Hits To The Head Rule

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Toronto (March 25, 2010): Statement from NHLPA Executive Board regarding the League’s blindside hits to the head proposal: “We fully support our Competition Committee Members’ endorsement of the League’s proposal to implement supplemental discipline this season for blindside hits to the head.

Our agreement applies to the remainder of the 2009-10 NHL Regular Season, as well as the 2010 Playoffs. This temporary implementation will ensure that the joint NHLPA/NHL Competition Committee will have time to develop and consider a proper and full-time rule, one that includes an on-ice penalty component, this summer. We are encouraged by the League’s recent willingness to explore on-ice rule changes as a means of reducing Player injuries and have no doubt that by working together, a safer working environment can be established for all NHLPA Members.”

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The Importance Of Faceoffs

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There have been a few stories written about faceoffs on the blogosphere lately.  Jibblescribbits wrote a post of the Selke Trophy frontrunners that used faceoff percentages as a significant portion of his reasoning and behind the net wrote about faceoffs as well.  I think that both have over-emphasized the importance of faceoffs. I have written about this topic in the past.

When people begin to record non-traditional statistics (beyond goals, assists and penalty minutes), faceoffs are one of the easiest things to record.  The puck is dropped and one of two teams takes control.  It is a binary event.  Even in the most complicated case where the two faceoff-men tie each other up and a third player gains control of the puck, it is clear that there is a winner.  Thus it is easy to record statistics for faceoffs.

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Blindside Hit?

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NHL On The Fly discussed this hit from David Backes against Brian Rafalski last night and said the NHL will be watching for these types of hits.

You have to keep your eye on Rafalski as he dumps the puck in towards Conklin.

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  Tags: brian+rafalski, david+backes

Deciding A Champion 21 Years Later

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from Sophia Hollander of the Wall Street Journal,

On a Friday in 1989, before the biggest hockey game of his life, James Olsen walked into his school gym expecting a pep rally.

He’d waited months for this moment. The Delbarton School senior played for one of two powerhouse hockey teams set to compete the next day for the New Jersey high-school championship. Delbarton and St. Joseph Regional High School, known as St. Joe’s, boasted athletes who would play in college and eventually go pro. Ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the state, the teams hadn’t faced each other all season. Neither group of players had ever won a state crown.

The 1989 squads never got their shot. Mr. Olsen stepped into the gym and was hit with a reality check: A measles outbreak at Delbarton forced officials to cancel the game. It was never rescheduled.

The New Jersey teams dubbed it “the greatest game never played.” For the next 20 years, the decision would weigh on the players, who always wondered if they could have been champions.

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thanks to a KK member for the link

added 2:14pm, added a story video below…

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