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Game Day: Bubba’s in Town

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sit down. A new feature. Game day previews every day around this time, sometimes earlier. We'll feature various write ups from both teams' papers, game day threads from the message boards and any other witty stuff I can dig up. Enjoy. On The Wings

The Predators had a rough start to the season, losing three in a row - twice to the Blackhawks and once to the Wild - before rebounding with a 9-0-1 record ever since. They are coming off a 4-3 win over the Wild on the 4th in the second-to-last stop of a five-game road trip during which they’ve also played in Calgary, Vancouver, and Edmonton, winning each time.
Nashville City Paper
“It is a little bit of statement game,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “It is a litmus test to see what they have this year versus what we have. It won’t be the end of the season one way or the other, but it will be a good barometer.”
MSNBC Cootie's Game Day Thread Let's Go Wings Game Day Thread Kukla's Forum Game Day Thread

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Forbes NHL List: Leafs, Rags, Wings “MVFs”

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Toronto Star:

Forbes magazine has released its annual list of team valuations and the Leafs remain the NHL's richest franchise with a value of $332 million (all figures U.S.). That's up slightly on the $325 million figure the magazine attached to the team last season, when it also topped the list. Toronto edges out the New York Rangers, valued at $306 million, and the Detroit Red Wings, third on the list at $258 million.

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The Most Courageous #19 ever?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Even the most ardent of Yzerman fans will find this hard to argue with. The Captain was perhaps the second gutsiest Wing to ever wear that number. Slam

He is now sitting in the living room of his bungalow, looking lean and fit and far younger than his years, he "Gus" Giesebrecht, the only one of his five hockey-playing brothers -- Jack, Bert, Bruce who played in the AHL, Fred who played senior, Dick who played locally -- to make the big time, the only boy then, before, and since to do so from the town of Petawawa. image Petawawa has had an army base since 1905, and at its zenith in 1943, 20,000 soldiers were trained for World War II at Camp Petawawa, as it was then called, and one of them was No. 19 for the Detroit Red Wings.
More Great story and another reminder of the role Canadian young men played in World War II...and the role they continue to play in the Global War on Terror.

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Grand Marshall Nick

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Four Norris Trophies may pale in comparison to this honor for Nick Lidstrom. The Wing Captain will be the Grand Marshall of America's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit. Detroit Free Press/George Sipple

It’s quite an honor,” Lidstrom said. “It’ll be fun to do it.” What are his responsibilities? “Smile and wave,” Lidstrom said. “That’s pretty much it.” Lidstrom said he was asked Thursday to be the grand marshal of the parade. He said he has watched it on television in the past, although his family doesn’t celebrate the holiday. Lidstrom is from Vasteras, Sweden.

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Surprising Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

One writer suggested in his season preview that "things are about to get ugly in Dallas." (Full disclosure, those words were penned by this writer. An investigation into the matter is under way.) Well, not so fast, pardners. Proving once again that he is one of the most underrated coaches in the business, Dave Tippett has managed to get his team to put aside the disappointments of last season and has them on track for another 100-point season.... Up front, Modano and Lindros are tied for the lead in team scoring with 12 points in 15 games and the Big E has found Big D to his liking. "I don't think I've been surprised. You're hoping. You're hoping he's got lots left in the tank, but you don't know until you see it on the ice," said Tippett, who moved Lindros, a natural center, to the wing.
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Always Last

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Russell at the Sporting News,

A lot of people believe, and undoubtedly a lot of you believe that it is not the "mass media's" job to help promote the NHL. Keep in mind however, it is the mass media's job to be fair and provide quality, balanced coverage. The NHL can only do so much to present their sport, and while they can always do more -- you need the medium of delivery to promote your product. Promotion and awareness equals familiarity. Familiarity equals interest. Interest equals a brand new world of opportunity. There is a reason why the NHL struggles to keep up with the other 'major' sports, and that is simply because when you out of sight, you are out of mind.
more... I can't agree more with Chris. Here in Detroit we have a columnist, Rob Parker, claiming hockey is dead. The radio flagship station of the Wings, won't talk hockey in mid-days, because one of the hosts, claims no one cares about the NHL. I am sure many of you in the States know what I am talking about, and it is time we call out these people and start getting a fair shake.

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Orr- Stop The Hits To The Head

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

"I don't want to see hitting taken out of the game, I love hitting in hockey," Orr told TSN, "but if someone puts his shoulder into a player's face, if he puts anything -- an arm, an elbow, a glove -- I think that player should get a penalty. Definitely, it should be a penalty. We are having players getting knocked unconscious before they even hit the ice and carried off on stretchers. How can that be legal? When did hitting someone in the head with your shoulder or any part of your body become part of the rules? Anything above the neck, it's wrong. "Hey, I got hit a lot when I played and I didn't get hit in the head with checks," said Orr, the legendary defenceman who is now the head of his own player representation firm.
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NHL Fans, Meet Mr Potato Head

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the You Gotta Be Kidding Me files, there's a new promotion in the exciting world of sports marketing: image

Promotional Partners Worldwide (PPW), a leading provider of promotional and licensed items to global marketers, has secured the rights to produce licensed miniature Mr. Potato Heads emblazoned with the logos of MLB, NBA and NHL teams for retail sales. "We at PPW are very excited to be entrusted by Hasbro and MLB, NBA and NHL to be the guardians of their legacies with this very special collectible product line," said Brancaccio. "We foresee that the MR. POTATO HEAD SPORTS SPUDS will become a perennial bestseller..."
continued Take notice of the Minnesota Wild jersey on the image to the right. Any bets on the player? My first thought was actually Jacques Lemaire, but I'm open to alternatives.

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Working Well Together

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Linda Cohn of ESPN,

From the get-go, Zubrus took Ovechkin under his wing. Zubrus told me that when he picked up Ovechkin for his first day of camp, the rookie asked him to stop by a sporting goods store on the way. A little confused, Zubrus asked him why. Answered Alex: "Because I'm going to need a shield for my helmet." Zubrus smiled and assured Ovechkin that the Capitals would give him everything he needed. "All they ask of you is to work hard and play hard," Zubrus then told Ovechkin. "The days of supplying your own equipment and fending for yourself like you did in Russia are over."
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Does Mark Howe Belong In The Hall

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston from the Globe and Mail,

The Hockey Hall of Fame inductions are just a few days away, which means it’s time to debate and argue over those who should be in the Hall but are not. We’ll make a case for Mark Howe.... His career NHL statistics are 197 goals and 545 assists for 742 points in 929 games. His points-per-game average is better than the numbers for two of his contemporaries, Larry Murphy and Borje Salming, both of whom are in the Hall.
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