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Stars Call On Moog For Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Andy Moog was back on the ice again Sunday – and that could be a good sign for the Stars’ goaltending situation….

“He looks at it through a goaltender’s perspective,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “He knows the movements, he knows the idiosyncrasies of the goaltender’s position. He’s lived them, he’s studied them, he knows them.”

Moog worked before practice with Turco.

“I think we need to get back to the hard work part of the goalie business,” Moog said.

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All George Parros

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

Q: We’re one month into the season and you’ve already reached your career high in goals. Did you find your scoring touch in the offseason?

Parros: I don’t know. I’ve been able to get some good shots on net. Some years they go in for you, some years they don’t. I usually don’t get too many shots, but I’ve gotten myself into some good position. I don’t think there’s any way to explain it. They’ve just gone in. Thank God for that and I hope they keep coming.

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Grinder for Grinder…And One In The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Think there may be a little friction in the room right now?  Darren McCarty essentially replaced Kirk Maltby in the lineup against Chicago Saturday.

Khan(!)

Babcock said he needs more from his third and fourth lines, one of the reasons why he sat Maltby for Darren McCarty.

It was the first time in recent memory Maltby was a healthy scratch. He was upset about it and declined comment.

 

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Taking The 19 To Staples

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ticketmaster just informed me I have seats in the lower section at Staples Center for Monday’s game against the Kings.  I’ll do my best to represent you all in the most mature, non-juvenilistic way possible.

My track record in opposing arenas betrays that noble goal.

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Leino’s Coming Up…Nevermind

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Interesting day in Hockeytown as we waited for the word on the severity of Johan Franzen’s knee injury.  Bob McKenzie first reported around 1300 EST that the Mule’s dealing with a Grade 2 MCL and that he’d be out three to four weeks.

From then?  The Diggers went all crazy.

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Sutter Released From Hospital, Surgery For Pitkanen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that center Brandon Sutter suffered a concussion in the Hurricanes’ game on Saturday at the New York Islanders. Sutter, 19, has been discharged from a Long Island hospital and will return to Raleigh where he will be further reviewed by the Hurricanes’ medical staff later this week.

Rutherford also announced that Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen suffered a torn meniscus during Saturday’s game. Dr. Marty Isbell will perform surgery this week at Rex Hospital in Raleigh to repair Pitkanen’s knee. Pitkanen, 25, is expected to miss three to four weeks of action.

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Earning Respect

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Davidge, Columbus radio analyst at ColumbusBlueJackets.com,

No big deal?…I beg to differ because the points lost now cannot be replaced…. 2-4 points were lost……can you say April and a possible playoff spot up for grabs?.....also the confidence of a team that deserved better is what irks those of us that have been part of trying to build a winning tradition in a struggling infantile franchise. This is called RESPECT…you earn respect…you do not demand it, but you show up and have to earn those calls. We are in year 8 of this program and still fail to EARN the much needed respect in the league to allow a call to possibly slide our way.

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Defense First

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Is there too much defense in the National Hockey League?

Wouldn’t it be better if teams with offensive talent just “let ‘er rip” against opponents of perceived lesser offensive talent?

No and no are the correct answers. Just look at last year’s final standings. The team that allowed the fewest goals during the regular season (184) was the Detroit Red Wings, who won the Stanley Cup.

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Breaking Down The Games From Saturday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ross McKeon of Yahoo,

• The 15 games drew nine capacity crowds. The United Center in Chicago housed the biggest showing, a franchise-record 22,690 to see the 698th all-time meeting between the rival Red Wings and Blackhawks. The smallest crowd was an announced 11,219 gathering at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island for the Hurricanes and Islanders. A total of 267,729 attended the 15 games for an average of 17,849 per contest.

• The biggest minute-muncher on Saturday was Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom with 32:01 of ice time. Buffalo’s young defenseman Andrej Sekera was the only other skater in the league to log more than 30 minutes (30:44).

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No Off Day For The Lightning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bolts Report,

In hockey terms, what Barry Melrose put the team through is what’s called a bag skate (so called because players skate until their bags fall off).

There was very little pucks used through the 45-minute, except for some early drills and battle drills. The rest of the time it was guys skating back and forth from line to line.

“The message is pretty clear, if you’re not going to work at night you are going to work during the day,” Melrose said.

I’ve never experienced what the players go through on practices like this, but it sure doesn’t look fun. But Ryan Malone did his best to keep up a good attitude during the whole thing.

“You have to or else its going to feel like it will last longer than it does,” Malone said.

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