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Rangers Need The Best From Their Best

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

While more than 100 orga nized Glen Sather haters gathered on Seventh Avenue looked about ready to slit their wrists over the mediocre state of their team, John Tortorella tried to open a vein in the Rangers’ stone.

“Honestly, let’s call a spade a spade, our top guys were no-shows and it can’t happen at this time of year,” the coach said 20 hours off a 2-0 shutout defeat in Washington, four hours from a 2-1 home overtime loss to Buffalo.

“Listen, they are good people. Erik [Christensen] is put in a spot here he hasn’t been in a long time. He’s a No. 1 center right now, and he has to try to handle that responsibility. He has had some good games for us, but it can’t be the inconsistent roller coaster.


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Derick Brassard Needed A ‘Cold Remedy’ For His Latest Injury

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from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Between the second and third periods of the Feb. 14 game against Chicago, Brassard was working to repair his stick on a table inside the locker room. It’s a quite common occurrence. Players will use torches and hot glues, sometimes donning surgical masks so not to inhale the chemicals.

Brassard had removed the stick’s glue-covered nob and placed it on the table. When the table was accidentally bumped, the knob fell. Brassard reached for it out of instinct.Yowza


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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Strange as it sounds, even in defeat, the Blackhawks were the better hockey team.  A proper respect still remains for the Red Wings prowess, but the fear is gone.  Over a long series, Chicago’s talent should win out.  Plus, Howards’ long rebounds are hardly an upgrade over the Hawks goaltending woes.

-Mark Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential.  More on The Wings/Blackhawks game.

A few emails today from Chicago fans claiming the refs wanted the Wings to win because of the goalie interference call against Dustin Byfuglien.

All I can say is get used to it and watch the video for an example.


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Matt Cooke Hit On Marc Savard Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No penalty on the play and no update on Savard who went off on a strether.

The video is raw and I will try to find a better quality vid soon (found one)

added 7:05pm, via the Boston Bruins,

Marc lost consciousness briefly on the ice after being struck in the head. He suffered a concussion from the hit. He was not transported to a hospital, but will remain at the team hotel in Pittsburgh with a member of the Bruins’ medical staff tonight as a precaution.

No further update on Marc’s condition is expected tonight.

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  Tags: marc+savard, matt+cooke

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We’ve accomplished nothing.  The Cup stuff is fine because we have a very good team and we have a legitimate shot. But let’s take it in steps. Today was an education. The only difference is we didn’t have to pay tuition. With our record being what it is, this loss didn’t cost us much. Down the road, we’ll probably view it as a crucial lesson.”

-John Madden of the Chicago Blackhawks after losing to Detroit today.  More on the game from Christopher Botta of NHL Fanhouse.

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  Tags: john+madden

Babcock Says Bertuzzi Has A Charley Horse

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Coach Mike Babcock said Bertuzzi has a charley horse and didn’t know anything beyond that. Bertuzzi said “I’m OK.’’ But he will be further evaluated Monday to see if any tests are needed.

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Unlike Luongo

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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

• Luongo is 3-4, with a 3.70 GAA and an .883 save percentage.

• Andrew Raycroft is 3-1, with a 2.20 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

• Luongo asked to have the night off in Ottawa, citing mental fatigue.

• Luongo has been hooked three times in his past eight games. It only happened twice all of last season.

There’s enough here to at least hint the Winter Games may have been a distraction. The last time Luongo was hooked three times in eight games was the end of the 2007-08 season when the Canucks won only one of their final eight. Months later, Luongo acknowledged he was distracted down the stretch, a key issue being his wife Gina’s “delicate pregnancy.”

Luongo dismissed the notion Saturday.


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  Tags: roberto+luongo

Rookie Of The Year Race

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In early January, I picked Tyler Myers of the Buffalo Sabres as the Calder trophy leader.  He has not kept up that pace.  In fact in his last ten games, Myers has only one point and -6 +/- rating.  Those are not Calder Trophy numbers.  Hence it is time to pick a new leader. 

The leader at this point is Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard.  He is the clear Detroit number one goalie (due in part to Chris Osgood’s failures).  Howard has a .925 saves percentage, which is good enough for fifth in the NHL and a 2.33 goals against average (8th in the league).  Among the NHL’s successful rookie goalies this year (Howard, Tuukka Rask and Antti Niemi) Howard has been the only one who has played the majority of his team’s games.

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What Will Yzerman Do Next?

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

It’s not often you can write your own ticket, but Steve Yzerman can….

The Tampa Bay Lightning might be looking with a new owner Jeff Vinik and Brian Lawton’s contract running out, or something else might suddenly pop open after the season ends or after the playoffs if a contender goes down early.

0r does Stevie Y just stay where he is for a few more years in Detroit, as a valued voice in the room with GM Ken Holland, assistant Jim Nill and VP Jimmy Devellano? Holland isn’t going anywhere any time soon, unless owner Mike Ilitch asks if he’s tired of the day-to-day grind and maybe Holland wants to kick himself upstairs.

“I don’t really have a plan. I’m here in Detroit, still learning a lot. I like being around Kenny, Jimmy and Ryan (director of hockey administration Martin),” said Yzerman. “I’m pretty happy.”

read on

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  Tags: steve+yzerman, team+canada

LB: Somebody Gotta Save Our Season

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

This is going to be one of those statement games.

The last time the Wings won against Junior, Jobu tore the Mule’s knee to shreds.  Needless to say, the Wings are looking to avenge both Jobu and the Hawks for having their way with us this season.

Although I still haven’t watched the game against Bubba on the DVR, from reading the last LB it was a barnburner.  According to Khan(!), Helm even had his first two goal game.  Thanks to RWBill for pointing that one out.  And for pointing out the the Chief Deep Digger is a complete idiot.  We all know that Helm had another two-goal game, and RWBill even went so far to point it out at mLive.  Khan(!) being the Deep Digger extraordinaire that he is promptly corrected his article and deleted Bill’s comment with no mention of the revision.

Never one to fact check, I will say that Khan(!) is a pole smoker who only uses his access to the Red Wings locker room to get free bottles of Gatorade and to catch glimpses of Chris Osgood naked.  He obviously doesn’t take his job seriously or he would actually try and do it properly.  If any one of us brought that level of professionalism to our jobs, we would be fired immediately and wind up begging for change on the street.

You know the old saying about giving a million monkeys a million typewriters and a million years, they would write the works of Shakespeare?  Well give nineteen monkeys with frontal lobotomies nineteen typewriters and nineteen minutes, they would better the work of all the Deep Diggers.  Us Wings fans are in a lot of trouble now that Cousin Bruce MacLeod is no longer covering the Wings.  At least we still have Malik kicking some ass and taking names.

And the Hawks are in trouble this afternoon as our Wings are ready for some payback.  Patrick Kane better hide his mouth guard as Franzen is back.

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