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Going Down In The West

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You really can't beat that for wholesome family fun. I mean, giving up 9 straight to San Jose was neat, don't get me wrong. But, allowing arguably the league's worst team to storm back and kick your tail in front of hockey expert and King "fan" Sandra Bullock? That's fuzzy and it's warm and it may even purr, so go ahead and pet it because it's domesticated and expects you to. The staunch defense that was allowing 22 shots/game? 33 from the Kings last night, and that average is up to 24.5. A two-goal lead that would appear insurmountable? If teams ever felt intimidated when down to the Wings (and I don't believe that's been the case for a few years now), that's certainly a non-factor after the last two.

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Jagr- Slight Groin Pull

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jagr didn’t make it out for the 3rd period of the Rangers/Canadiens game.  Suffered a slight groin pull in the 2nd period.

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Using The Blocker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Times,

In addition to being avid students of technique, goalies are absolute geeks when it comes to selecting their equipment, Ms. Dibiase said: ask a goalie what he thinks of a new stick or leg pad, and you are liable to hear an exhaustive — and possibly exhausting — reply.
The Hockey Company is preparing for these net-minding scholars to render their opinions on the Rbk Xpulse 10.0 Goalie Blocker, a $299 cushion designed to deflect high-velocity shots. Worn on the same hand that grasps the stick, the new blocker is meant to serve the needs of today’s more limber goalies.

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You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As much as I enjoy bringing you the Mike Babcock Consolidated Quotes of the Day, I can't compete with the real thing. This, from today's Free Press. Helene St. James/Detroit Free Press

"We've got to flush that and get back at it," Mike Babcock said. "But, you never forget that, believe me, you never forget that. That's long and that's ugly and ... I mean, it just goes to show you how this sport is. You just get humbled. I always tell people that's why I married my wife: Because every time I get out of line, she just cuts me right down in size, and it's the same with this sport. As soon as you think you've got something working, you don't got it working."
4 scoops for a twelve-cup pot, Mike. Not 10.

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Oh Those Nicknames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Glen Goodhand at the Hockey News,

Those who suggest players from the Original Six era are better than today’s NHLers would almost certainly have an argument on their hands, but one thing is certain: Hockey nicknames were certainly superior then compared to today.
How much time did Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s teammates spending dreaming up ‘Jiggy’? Stephane Yelle is ‘Yeller’ to his teammates in Calgary and anyone who plays with Chris Pronger calls him ‘Prongs’ – although, a few former fans in Edmonton may have some other interesting monikers for him.

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WJC Final Thoughts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Joe Pelletier is a frequent KK contributor.

- There are only two players in the entire tournament who would be able to make an impact in the NHL immediately - Nicklas Backstrom and Jack Johnson. Jonathan Toews probably could play right away, but he’s still a little slight, as evidenced by his fatiguing in gold medal game. Erik Johnson looked great, at times.

- Steve Downie is going to be boom or bust. He’s a dirty, a-hole version of Henrik Sedin. In other words, he’s got great hockey sense, but I hope someone gives it to him when he makes the NHL.

- I know Vancouver fans are excited about Luc Bourdon, and with good reason. But no one seems to remember the Canucks passed on Marc Staal (and for that matter Anze Kopitar). Staal might not have the same high end potential, but he’s the kind of guy championships are won around.

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Tootoo Ready To Take A Punch To The Head

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Tootoo said Friday he hopes the Blues focus more on him than they do on winning.
“I think it’s a positive for our team,’’ Tootoo said. “It takes a lot of their players off their games and they’re focusing more on me, which is great because I’m a fourth-line player and energy player.
“I can take a lot of heat and it makes me play that much harder. They can beak all they want to me, but to me it’s a positive, knowing I got them off their game.’‘
Tootoo said he looks forward to emotional contests.
“I know I’ll probably play a few extra minutes, hopefully creating some penalties,’’ he said. “I’ll definitely take a punch to the head for the team. We’ve got a very strong power play and I’ll sacrifice my body for whatever it takes….”

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Luongo Eager To Face Ex-Mates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Miami Herald,

Luongo has been paying attention to the Panthers and seems excited to face his former teammates. Florida captain Olli Jokinen plans to meet with Luongo for dinner tonight, and a number of Panthers players are looking forward to catching up with him, as well as defenseman Lukas Krajicek, who also was part of the deal.
‘‘I like that we’re in first place, that’s always key,’’ Luongo said when asked what he liked about Vancouver. ``It’s nice being in a hockey market where there are a lot of fans and every game is sold out. Everyone is excited here and all they talk about is the Canucks.’‘

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Games Begin Early Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

11 games on the schedule today…

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IS Ray Emery An All-Star

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

Is Ray Emery having an all-star season?
He’ll find out next weekend.
But, as far as Senators coach Bryan Murray is concerned, Emery deserves consideration to participate in the NHL’s all-star celebration, set for Jan. 22-23 in Dallas.
New Jersey veteran Martin Brodeur—the Senators’ opponent in today’s matinee at Scotiabank Place—will be the starting goalie for the Eastern Conference in voting done by the fans, but the two backup positions are wide open.

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