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Keep Winning, Keep Playing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

As long as the Panthers keep winning with Craig Anderson in goal, he’ll remain the starter.

Coach Pete DeBoer said after Thursday’s 2-1 win against the Sabres at BankAtlantic Center that Anderson will make his fifth consecutive start Saturday against the Bruins.

Anderson began the season clearly the team’s No. 2 netminder behind Tomas Vokoun, but has emerged as a co-starter the past nine days.

Anderson made 45 saves Thursday while facing 46 shots – both season highs. The Panthers finished with 25 shots.

continued with more on Anderson…

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Six Hours Later?  Our Goaltending Still Sucks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It hasn’t been long since I went to bed wondering how many of the 19 would reply to last night’s panic-post with claims that I’m overreacting…again.  I know there are a few of you who feel that a number one goalie who has sucked for more than a quarter of the seaon is no real reason to stress.

I’m here to tell you that if you’re one of those, then you aren’t as intelligent as me and MacLeod.

Coach Mike Babcock is obviously fed up with his team’s goaltending and he should be. Three straight games giving up a goal on the first shot against ... that alone would be bad. But tonight, the fat rebounds, the lack of hugging the post, the soft outside goals. The goaltending is so bad that it makes you forget about how soft the team defense was. If either Conklin or Osgood gets hot, Babcock will ride them.

 

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Trouble Coming?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A rare, and short, postgame rant.  Here goes.

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More Problems For ‘Boots’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

The legal travails of former Silicon Valley venture capitalist William “Boots” Del Biaggio — a former part-owner of the NHL’s Nashville Predators — are about to deepen.

Federal prosecutors in California have charged Del Biaggio with fraud, and the U.S. national securities regulator has slapped him with an injunction as part of a $65-million scheme to bilk a raft of small investors and several banks.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brian Burke’s certification as Maple Leafs monarch has plural positives for Toronto. For the first time since the Conn Smythe-Punch Imlach Eras, Toronto boasts a commanding leader who gives a face to the franchise.

Smythe and Imlach have 10 Stanley Cups between them. Now an eleventh will be possible once Burke gets the house in order; and that will only take a year.

-Stan Fishchler at the Hockey Journal where you can read more hockey notes from The Maven.

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Lonely? Down By The Riverside?  Cool….Because That’s Where The Live Blog is

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Everything that had been going wrong up to Monday went right against the dastardly Poultry.  All ills: solved.  Sustainability?  We’ll see.

That’s the key:  sustained superior performance.

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Too Much Black

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sarah Kwak of Sports Illustrated,

The NHL introduced its third jersey program in 1995, when five teams brought fresh looks to the their closets. Since then,hockey fans have seen the good, the bad and plenty of the ugly. And after a year without them—the league-wide uniform switch to Reebok last season meant no thirds for 2007-08—they’re back.

In black.

Seven of the 19 clubs sporting thirds this season have chosen to go with a predominantly black jersey. I know hockey players like their AC/DC, but come on. That’s more black than a Fashion Week runway. It’s said that a dark jersey intimidates opponents (foes of the the NFL’s Oakland Raiders may beg), but with so many black jerseys in the NHL, the collection of this season’s thirds is somehwat bland.

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KHL Takes a Lesson From the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From WABC:

imageThe NHL won’t have the only outdoor hockey game this season.

The Continental Hockey League announced Thursday its first ever All-Star Game will be held outdoors Jan. 10 at Red Square.

Team Yashin, featuring Russian-born players and led by former New York Islanders center Alexei Yashin, will take on Team Jagr, made up of players from the rest of the world and captained by former New York Rangers star winger Jaromir Jagr.

Voting on the KHL All Star game has been going on here. Photo is from Sharkspage where PJ included it on this post a couple years ago about another notable hockey game that took place in Red Square.

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Homer’s Getting Irritated, Igor’s Getting Honored and the Hockeytown Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s pretty much what we said the other day.  Tomas Holmstrom isn’t the kind of guy the Wings are going to coddle or cajole.  His ego doesn’t need stroking and he’s happy with the money he’s making (allegedly).

All he wants to do is play some hockey.  And if you prevent him from doing so? 

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Brian Campbell Talks Chicago & Wings In Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brian Campbell participated in a tele-conference today… Q. As David mentioned, Chicago is greatly improved on the power play this year.  I think you are seventh in the league; whereas, they have not been in the top 20 in several years.  Could you talk about the effectiveness of the first unit, and talk about how the coaches worked in other partners with you on the point and what’s been working the best.

BRIAN CAMPBELL:  Well, we struggled out of the gate the first couple of games on the power play.  And I think even until we found the right mix, it took a while.  So over the last, probably 15 games maybe, we started to click pretty good.

Obviously it helps when Patty Kane is a year older and Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp has his confidence going.  And obviously on the point, I’ve worked with—we found to get on the right sides and everything with Cam Barker and myself on the one unit that we are using right now.

So, you know, I think for us, we have been finding knowing our areas where to go and finding holes and we know all of our options out there, I think that’s the biggest thing about a power play is to know where your options are at all times.  For us, I don’t even have to look in a lot of instances and I know where guys are going to be in what areas.

You know, it’s good.  You need that to be a playoff team.  You need to be up there in special teams in those areas.

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