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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yeah, I questioned his comments about Zetterman.  Yep, I take issue with his lineup changes after the Caps game.  And, from time to time we all have reason to bitch about the guy.

But let’s get something straight…he’s as responsible for the ‘08 Cup as anyone in that room or in that organ-I-zation.  He’s gonna right this ship.

Live blog at 1830..or so.  Unless the main hatchway caves in before then.

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A Little Quirk For Kopi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Anze Kopitar with a water bottle ritual.

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Nickname Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Duff at NHL.com,

Have you noticed any changes at the NHL Network this season?

Yes, we have a new studio set.

Yes, On the Fly begins at 8 p.m.

Yes, I have less hair with each passing night.

Yes, Dan Pollard’s highlights—not the ones he’s talking about—appear to have a slightly different tinge to them.

And yes, we have an analyst who is changing the culture of the game whenever he graces us with his presence.

Often referred to as “deep” by his closest colleagues, former NHL goalie (yet still not officially retired) Kevin Weekes is putting a new spin on what seemed like the inevitable—bad hockey nicknames.


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Huet Needs A Win Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,

Huet is expected to start tonight in Nashville, the hockey equivalent of playing the Rams. They have seven goals all season, three by one guy. They’re coming off a 6-0 whipping by Dallas. Jeez, Nashville is the kind of team where forwards volunteer to play goal.

So, this is a must-win for Huet. This is a better-win. You shouldn’t give up a goal to these mopes. But more importantly, win the game so the coach, your teammates and the fans can at least fake some confidence in you. Because if you lose in Nashville, mon ami, stay there. ...


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  Tags: cristobal+huet

Uncle Mike: Hank’s Got To Pick It Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

From Kevin Allen’s Twitter account,

Talking this morning about the Red Wings’ early struggles Mike Babcock: “(Zetterberg) has to get to another level—that’s the bottom line”

Oddly, I have a thought or two about that.

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Hockey Bloggers And Their Stats

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie Fitzpatrick of Jamie’s Hockey Blog at About.com,

With a few exceptions, mainstream hockey reporters no longer dismiss the Internet as a wasteland of inarticulate fanboy rants and lame trade rumors.

There’s a growing acceptance of hockey blogs as part of the essential reading in today’s NHL.

A gulf remains between bloggers and traditional hockey media. The best newspaper reporters and broadcasters remain the best sources for news and perspective.

But the bloggers have their strengths as well. One field where they are well ahead of the guys in the press box is in the use of hockey statistics.

continued & as an added feature, if you click the first link in Jamie’s blog, you get to see IwoCPO of A2Y in action from a feature HNIC did on bloggers a few seasons ago.  Also The Puck Stops Here gets a mention along with numerous other blogs.

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Datsyuk Day To Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Pavel Datsyuk (upper-body injury) did not practice and will not play tonight against the Kings. He is listed as day-to-day.

“He’ll be missed, but other players will get a chance to play more, get a chance on the power play,’’ Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. “So someone else has to step up.’‘

more on the Wings

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On-Ice Officials Get Injured Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

Much is written about toughness in the NHL; the players who fearlessly drop in front of pucks, speed into corners to negate icings and drive to a well-guarded net to earn a scoring opportunity.

But it doesn’t end with just the players. Referees are also in harm’s way and there have been a few freak injuries that would make even the most courageous skater cringe.

“I got a puck in the face in 2002,” said linesman Steve Miller. “It broke my orbital bone and the nose at the top. That was my biggest injury; I spent three nights in a New Jersey hospital. The first night they got me stabilized; I was in a trauma unit. Then they did the surgery the next day and they put a plate with seven screws in my face – they put my face back together.”

continued with more unfortunate incidents…

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A Defence That Will Break Down

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Early in the season, it is interesting to watch the number of shifts and playing time of players on various teams.  When a team is overplaying a handful of key players early in the season, it is quite likely that these players will fatigue and break down over the course of the year.  This is a cause of concern.  The team with the largest area of concern in this area is the Philadelphia Flyers defence.  The three leading players in shifts per game, at this point in the season, are Braydon Coburn, Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger.  They have 35.4, 34.4 and 33.6 shifts per game played respectively.  Pronger tends to play longer shifts - so he is their icetime leader despite fewer shifts.

This is a situation that will likely not be able to be kept up all season. These players will break down from overwork.  This becomes even more likely when one considers that Pronger is 35 years old and Timonen is 34.  Both are on the downsides of their careers where injuries become more likely.

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Isn’t Always About The Money?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News,

We’re deep into a “he said-he said” situation here with our friendly satellite carriers—Dish Network and DirecTV.

Dish and Fox Sports Southwest can’t agree on 20 Stars games _ about one quarter of the season _ that have been taken from Channel 27 and added to the FSSW schedule this season. For now, those games will be carried by all the cable systems and DirecTV but not Dish. So why won’t Dish carry them? Dish subscribers missed out on last night’s Stars romp over Nashville. You can be sure the grievance between Dish and FSSW is all about $$$$.


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  Tags: directv, dish

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