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Lidstrom & Datsyuk Out Of ASG - Replacements Announced

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ROBIDAS GOES HOME; PRICE BACKSTOPS HIS CLASSMATES; MARLEAU’S FABULOUS FIRST HALF NETS ALL-STAR NOD

NEW YORK (Jan. 21, 2009) – Having produced a marvelous first half of the 2008-09 season that has him fifth in the League with 24 goals, San Jose center Patrick Marleau now has a spot in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game to show for it. Having been named to the 2008 All-Rookie Team, Montreal goaltender Carey Price has chosen to do double-duty by coming to the aid of his class and will play goal for the sophomores in the 2009 NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck in addition to starting for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game.

    Marleau and Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas have been named to the Western Conference team to replace injured Detroit Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom, respectively, in the 57th NHL All-Star Game in Montreal’s Bell Centre on Sunday.

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Coyotes Can Build On With The Win Over The Wings

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via Dave Vest of The Desert Dog Blog at PhoenixCoyotes.com, Truth be told, when the Red Wings tied the score at 3 with six seconds left in the second period, the vibe I felt in the building was that Detroit would rally to beat Phoenix for the 10th straight time.

But that didn’t happen. And because it didn’t, the Coyotes may have turned that corner that leads to the NHL playoffs.

“I think a year ago we would have probably somehow found a way to lose that game,” Head Coach Wayne Gretzky told reporters after the game. “But maturity and want and will to win have really come a long way here, and effort and goaltending have sort of risen, and that’s the difference.”

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The Net Experiment

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from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

The NHL is experimenting with different-shaped posts and crossbars to see if more shots that normally clang off the iron might instead be directed into the net.

It’s a way the league might be able to increase scoring without changing the size of the nets.

Mike Murphy, the league’s vice-president of hockey operations, described the new post as a “teardrop” shape, like the rim of a paper coffee cup that has been squeezed.

The league did its first testing of the new nets at the Air Canada Centre during yesterday’s Leaf practice, filming the workout to see how pucks reacted when they hit the posts. A DVD of the experiment will be studied internally and then passed on to the league’s general managers.

“It’s a little bit of research and development to see if, without changing the size of the nets, we can make the nets more rewarding offensively,” said Murphy.

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With Other Options, Why Is Prucha Always Pulled?

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Petr Prucha doesn’t need to look up at Tom Renney’s greaseboard to read the writing on the Rangers wall.

“When the team needs a spark by changing players, there are not too many who can come out, and so it’s me,” Prucha told The Post following yesterday’s morning skate. “I’m disappointed.”

Prucha, a healthy scratch for 27 of the first 38 games, was in street clothes for last night’s match at the Garden against the Ducks after a run of nine straight played. The winger scored goals in each of his first two after being restored to active duty before recording three assists in the following seven matches.

“I feel like I need to [score] points to stay in,” Prucha said. “The coach probably doesn’t have much confidence in me to keep me in the lineup.”

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Worst Player This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One thing I try to track over the season is which player, who is getting as regular a shift as possible, has been the worst player in the NHL this season.  It is interesting to see why players continue to play in the NHL, despite ineffectual play.  This is an interesting study in that question.  I had been picking Raitis Ivanans of the Los Angeles Kings as this player.  Ivanans has done little this year.  He has two points (both goals) in 44 games played and sports a -7 +/- rating.  He is the goon on the Kings.  He has 91 penalty minutes (which leads the team) while playing less than seven minutes per game (which among players who have been on the roster all season is by far the least).  The fact he plays so little per game is evidence that he is not a very good hockey player, but it also allows for a player who gets more ice time to be a better choice as worst player in the league. 

That player is Brendan Witt of the New York Islanders.

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Tell Me Quick Said Old McFee…Is This A Live Blog?

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Name that tune and you’ll find a moniker that fits us amazingly well.

Not sure how many of the 19 are transplanting in Phoenix tonight. I know Kate’s son will be there. Aaron maybe?

Of course, if they are…they may not admit it.  Not after these two clowns caused the sorrow of Saturday night.

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KK- Down Time Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just a little heads up, I am taking the night off.  I’ve been going pretty strong lately and just need a night to re-charge.

Therefore, this can be considered an open, hockey related post.  Feel free to leave any related hockey comments.

Of course, if any major news breaks, I will be behind the keyboard once again.

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DiPietro Gone for the Rest of the Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

The Islanders announced on Tuesday that knee issues will sideline goalie Rick DiPietro for the rest of the season.

DiPietro, who has only played in five games this season, has had three operations in the past year, including hip surgery in March and arthroscopic knee surgery in October to repair a torn meniscus.

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ASG SuperSkills Lineup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The NHL announced the rosters for the Cisco NHL Hardest Shot, Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater and McDonalds NHL Accuracy Shooting competitions Tuesday afternoon. The roster for the NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck and Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge were announced earlier. All 42 All-Stars, meanwhile, take part in the Gatorade NHL Elimination Shootout, the closing event of the SuperSkills.

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Listen To Obama

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Obama said that the challenges for America are many, but that “those values upon which our success depends - honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths.”

It takes both leadership and co-operation, but the hockey world could also live by those words.

If it did both we and the game would be better for it.

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