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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I take pride in the fact that the building is full all the time,” Murray said. “You look at the development of the young players. Look at some of the guys and the (Olympic) recognition they’ve gotten recently. I’ve enjoyed every minute of my job. It’s a tough job to lose, but I’m appreciative. I don’t blame the players. It’s my job to get wins. I didn’t get enough of them.

-Ex Blues Coach Andy Murray.  More on Murray from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

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Team USA- The B Squad

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

...the best illustration of the American depth can be seen in the team I can put together from players that were not selected for the American team:

Goalies
1. Craig Anderson (Colorado)
2. Ty Conklin (St. Louis)
3. Jimmy Howard (Detroit)

more

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Sucking, Sitting, Sulking

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I promised you guys an H2H update today.  I’m waiting on a few bits of info then I’ll post it. 

It’s been two days since FNG Digger Chris McCosky told us Chris Osgood isn’t happy.  It’s been two years since we saw the same Chris Osgood play a decent stretch of regular season games.  McCosky’s article came out on New Year’s Eve and most of you were wasted already and may have missed this little ditty.

You have to get into some games and get into a groove and then I can play like I can. It’s not that I don’t know how to do it.

“But if you don’t play, it’s impossible to get to that point. I’m a goalie, OK, and I’ve been playing for 20-some years since Juniors. What I say (about goaltending) is closer to the facts than what he (Babcock) would say.”

Whoa.  I just did a Google search for “Babcock” to see if maybe, just maybe, Chris Osgood was referring to someone other than our Uncle Mike.

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The Kings New Video Blogger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You can get more information at LAKings.com.

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick

US Olympic Team Announced

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday during the Winter Classic hockey game, the US Olympic Team was announced.  Here were my selections.  I expected that about 25% of my selections would not be selected to the actual team (at least until I saw James Mirtle’s picks who agreed with all but two of my picks), but the actual team was not as close a match.  Sixteen of my selections made the American team and seven did not.  I will explain why I made my selections in place of the players who were actually selected.

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GDT - Game #41: Red Wings at Coyotes (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Tonight marks the midpoint of the season, and it is somewhat fitting since the Wings are now sporting a .500 record at 20-14-6.  Their 46 points have them 10th in Conference, 3 points out of a playoff spot, with Dallas sitting in 9th. 

Getting points from the ‘Yotes tonight will be no small feat, since November 27, PHX are an NHL best 12-2-3.  To make matters more challenging, the Wings have lost three straight on the road, the last two by shutout. The ‘Yotes had won a franchise-record 10 straight at home before a 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose on Thursday.

If the ‘Yotes score first, then Katie bar the door, as they are 19-2-1 when potting the first goal. Speaking of goal scoring, or lack thereof;  the Wings have been shut out six times over their last 18 games, after being shut out just three times over their previous 123 games.

It is a Saturday night Wings fans, and the start of a 5 game road trip.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“There are a lot of nights when it’s pretty tough to watch us.

“If we’re going to turn this around, we’re going to have to do a complete 180 degrees. We know we’re better than this, but we can’t seem to put our finger in the hole to stop the water from leaking out.”

-Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers.  More on the Oilers from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

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Blues Need To Commit To Youth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of Hockey Guy,

Blues management decided to move in a new direction for the second half of this season.

But that new direction should be the old direction, the path John Davidson and Co. originally embarked on after Dave Checketts bought the team.

The Blues should use the second half of this season to renew the organization’s commitment to player development. Under new coach Davis Payne — up from the Peoria Rivermen — the Blues should focus on getting the most from all the young talent on the depth chart.

continued

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Americanization Of Our Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ross Brewitt at the St. Thomas Times-Journal,

If I may, I’d like to bring to your attention a situation that’s evolved over many years, and has finally becoming irritating. I’m speaking of the Americanization of hockey.

It’s not the latest “one suit fits all” uniforms. Does it really matter that the League presently looks like Momma Bettman bought all the kiddies back-to-school outfits at the GAP? Naw.

No, it’s more that Americans tend to popularize a misinterpretation of terms, coupled with lingering misconstrued basics. Many times, strictly in the interest of making them qualified fans of a game they admittedly love, I have instructed Yankee friends that if they want to avoid being pegged as misinformed Americans, by Canadians, then a slight adjustment is in order.

Example. A play is offside, not “offsides.” It’s not “he played his juniors,” it’s simply he played junior. The team is not in the “locker room.” Locker rooms are found in health clubs, country clubs, bus terminals, and police stations. For hockey purposes, they’re in the dressing room.

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Run an Olympic hockey pool at Armchair Pools

Blog: KK Members Blog By Armchair Hockey Pools

The Olympic season at Armchair Pools is open for business.  Olympic pools can be created now at our home page.

We have loaded the rosters for all 12 Olympic teams and we will start building the boxes for the box style pool right away.  I’ll put up a post when they are completed. Note that if box pools are not your thing, you can create a draft-style pool right now, create your teams and pick any player on an Olympic roster.

All Olympic pools are only $5 but come with a free trial that lasts from now until a few days into the Olympics so come check it out for free. If you find any roster issues, please let us know. But please keep it clean. We had one user tell us to go f%k ourselves because he could not find Mikael Samuelson on Team Sweden ...

If there are any questions about our Olympic pools, feel free to send us an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or leave a comment on this blog post.  I am here regularly and will answer any questions that are posted.

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  Tags: hockey+pool, hockey+pools, olympic

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