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Each week, CBCSports.ca’s senior hockey writers conduct (mostly) friendly banter on the latest hot-button issues in the NHL. Tim Wharnsby and Jeff Marek square off in this edition.

With so many of the league’s top teams faltering, who is the Stanley Cup favourite?

MAREK: I don’t really think there’s a favourite at all this year as you could make a strong case for seven or eight squads. But if forced to choose one I’ll take the defending Cup champs. The Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t taken a step back from last season and provided they all stay healthy (a big “if” in the league these days), they just have too many ways to hurt you.

WHARNSBY: Excellent choice, Jeff. But I’m going to stick with the Coyotes. Why? Because, like you said, it will be a wide-open Stanley Cup tournament this spring….

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LB: Something Stirs Within And Something Tries To Win

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Jobu mocks us and has felled three of the Red Wings who will miss tonight’s game.  Cleary, Eaves, and possibly Stuart.  What will it take to appease Jobu, that sick bastard?  Go forth and sacrifice your neighbourhood pets.  Maybe blood sacrifices will appease Jobu’s bloodlust and he will leave the Wings alone for the remainder of this hockey season.

While baiting trolls and watching them spin like tops is fun, my mind is heavy with thoughts of what Jobu has in store for us, and I cannot enjoy our harvest of trolls as I normally would.

To top it off, we will likely be forced to endure yet another traumatic evening with the Douche Canoe tonight.

The Pens have their own problems.  Besides having the most annoying fans in the NHL, they are also missing Malkin tonight.  Let’s see how Rosby handles being the focal point of our shutdown defence.  If it is anything like the last two SCFs, he will be crying by the end of the first period and throwing temper tantrums by the end of the second period.

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Afternoon Line

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What Nashville does year after year - from GM David Poile, to player personnel director Paul Fenton, to Barry Trotz - is remarkable. They also have one other thing going for them. The players they select and trade for are generally hard workers and quality people. If they can just give a former No. 1 draft pick David Legwand directions to the opponents net, that might help. He hasn’t scored a goal in 31 games.

-Ray Ferraro of TSN.  More from Ray on the Predators and additional hockey notes too.

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Head Shot Proposal May Only Be A Short-Term Fix

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

...And so the five player representatives on the committee – Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators, Jeff Halpern of the L.A. Kings, Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, Brian Campbell of the Chicago Blackhawks and Mathieu Schneider of the Phoenix Coyotes – are making a counter-proposal to the rule change put forward by the league last week.

“We’ve talked about some things, but we need to bounce it off the league. Whatever we do this year is only going to be a band-aid, we’ve been trying for two years to get something in and the league has said there’s already the rules in place that protect head shots and now they want to make a change,” Spezza said after a team skate at the Bell Centre. “But we have to be careful though, there’s what, 10 games left in the season, you don’t want to make a change and put the refs in a bad position.”

Spezza added that the short-term fix the players are advocating is “very similar” to the language in the league’s proposed rule, but that there is no question that it is only a short-term fix.

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Jeff Carter Out With Broken Foot

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via a tweet by Frank Seravalli,

Jeff Carter out 3-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in the arch of his foot.

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (March 22, 2010)—Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, New York Islanders center John Tavares and Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 21.

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Wings Hurting Again

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings might be forced to play with 17 skaters—one under the limit—tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins, depending on the status of defenseman Brad Stuart.

Stuart did not skate this morning. Coach Mike Babcock said he was hurt in Saturday’s game in Vancouver but the club did not find out about the injury until today. Babcock would not reveal the injury, saying “he’s getting checked out right now.’‘

Forwards Patrick Eaves (sore back, neck) and Dan Cleary (sore groin) will not play tonight.

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Slim Pickings For Big Time UFA Defensemen

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Many have asked about the availability of free agent defensemen, and there will be plenty out there.

But the big names that are available:

1. Want a lot of money.
2. Probably aren’t changing teams
3. Are too old
4. Aren’t really game-changers.

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Robin Bouchard Breaks Minor League Career Goal Scoring Record

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from the IHL,

The International Hockey League is proud to announce that Muskegon Lumberjack right wing Robin Bouchard netted his 683rd career goal to become the all-time minor league goal scoring leader this evening (yesterday). Bouchard passes former Bloomington PrairieThunder forward Don Parsons (682), who has not played since the 2008-09 season. The record breaking goal was Bouchard’s 56th of the 09-10 season.

continued and you can watch goal 683 below…

thanks to a KK member for the links

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Talking Refs

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from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

I don’t think I’m alone, but I do have a few concerns about officiating in the NHL. I certainly think (or maybe hope) that others inside the NHL have the same concerns. I am even more concerned about the future of the two-man refereeing system. Someone (read the league) has to invest in more two-man development in the minor leagues. On-the-job-training at this level is not satisfactory, there has to be more two-man officiating well before the young officials get to the NHL. I am also waiting for the announcement soon that Bill McCreary will be asked to delay his retirement for at least one more year.

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