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Tampa Makes Moves Due To Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erlendsson of the Bolts Report,

David Koci apparently broke his hand during his fight with Colton Orr Wednesday night and is out 2-4 weeks with what the team is calling an upper-body injury (does it become lower body when his hands are at his side?). Also, Matt Pettinger has been listed as out 2-4 weeks which suggests he suffered a sprained ligament in his knee.

Marek Malik is questionable after suffering a lower-body injury (he wasn’t limping around from what I could tell) so it looks like he’s out for Friday.

Lukas Krajicek didn’t practice but is expected to play this weekend. Chris Gratton did not practice today, but Gary Roberts did.

With the injuries taking their toll, the Lightning recalled defenseman Matt Smaby and left wing Steve Downie from Norfolk…

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In The Opinion Of The Fans…

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from Jim Boone at the Hockey News,

The NHLFA recently surveyed its members, but kept Canadian- and U.S.-based fan responses separate. Some of the findings were predictable. Half of the hockey citizens of both nations think the competition committee should continue, but agree it is far from a success. Seven out of 10 hockey fans in both countries agree the NHL and its broadcast partners should work on creating better camera angles for television coverage.

Slightly more Canadian fans think the NHL should strive to make improvements to the game to attract more fans (58 percent versus 47 percent by U.S. fans) and more U.S. fans are against the idea of NHL expansion to Europe (87 percent versus 78 percent by Canadian fans).

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Introducing Taylor Hall

Blog: KK Members Blog By www.thegoodpoint.com

Taylor Hall may be less than two weeks removed from his 17th birthday, but he is already turning hockey heads as the projected first overall pick in his NHL Draft year. The amazing thing about this is that, because of his late birthday, Hall won’t be eligible to be drafted until 2010.

What this means for Hall is one more year playing for the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL and one more year for NHL scouts to salivate over the slick center.

While talk about being the projected first overall NHL pick may be stressful for some 17-year-olds, Hall is taking it one stride at a time and is modelling himself after this year’s projected first overall pick, John Tavares.

“A player like me can see what [Tavares] is going through and how he handles it and you can see on the ice what he’s doing and how he has matured as a player. Hopefully I can do that,” said Hall. “I listen to a lot of his interviews and he has become a really mature man and hopefully I can do the same.”

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  Tags: john+tavares, ohl, taylor+hall, thegoodpoint.com, windsor+spitfires

Tallackson Thankful For His Health

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of the Record,

“It’s been good,” he said. “I feel good. I thought I played pretty well. I didn’t make any mistakes, which is good. Everything physically-wise was good.”

That is what (Barry) Tallackson, 25, is most thankful for on this Thanksgiving.

He had an extra electrical pathway in his heart that would cause it to race to 300 beats per minute during “incidents.” Tallackson said the incidents started about four years ago and would occur “a couple of times a month,” sometimes during games.

“Three hundred beats a minute is not normal,” he said. “So, I would feel tightness in my chest and eventually it would kick back into place and go right back down. It’s scary.

“When your heart is racing that fast, you don’t know what’s going on. Plus, you start to feel a little lightheaded. And then it goes away. It was a little nerve-racking, but I dealt with it.”

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A New MVP

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In October, I picked Alexander Semin of the Washington Capitals as the early season MVP.  However, Semin has not played a game since November 14th due to a back injury.  As a result, it is time to pick a new leader in the 2008/09 Hart Trophy race.  That leader is Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Malkin leads the NHL in scoring with 35 points.  His 25 assists are also a league leading total.

The NHL has tried to maintain the narrative that the best player in the league is a battle between Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, but that does not appear true.  Malkin is at least as good as they are and beginning to show that he may be the better player.

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Huddle Up Refs

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from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

Even with two referees, penalties are often witnessed by only one or go unnoticed altogether. Equally as often, a penalty is called by one referee, but not by the other, even if he had a better view of the play.

Why then, if the ultimate goal is to get the call right, does the NHL not allow a post-penalty discussion, with the two referees coming together to talk about marginal or questionable calls?

They should. And if after the consultation it’s decided the wrong call was made, refs should be allowed to “pick up the flag,” so to speak.

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Bring Reebok Back To Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MONTREAL, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - Labour union, UNITE HERE announced today it has launched a cross country campaign to persuade Reebok to bring back to Canada its production of hockey equipment and jerseys. Over the past six years, Reebok-CCM Hockey, Inc., the official makers of NHL apparel, has shut many of its Canadian plants and outsourced its production of NHL jersey replicas and other hockey equipment to Asia.

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Fantasy Notes Of Interest

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from John Pereira at ESPN Fantasy Hockey Blog,

Evgeni Malkin picked up the natural hat trick in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a comeback win over the New York Islanders. He now has 18 points in November alone. … Bad news for Olli Jokinen owners. The big Finn injured his shoulder in the first period and is now listed as day-to-day. Coach Wayne Gretzky said after the game that he didn’t know how long Jokinen would be out of the lineup. … The Big Apple is certainly treating Markus Naslund well. He scored both goals in the Rangers win over Tampa Bay. He’s well on pace to improve on his disappointing 55 point season in Vancouver last year.

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Big Hit Of The Night

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Brad Stuart on Alex Tanguay.  Tanguay left the ice with a neck injury and did not return.

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  Tags: alex+tanguay, brad+stuart

You Call That Soft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

You know the story—they’re too soft.

But these “soft” Swedes have had their most success during the past three seasons against the Calgary Flames, one of the West’s toughest teams who don’t actually swing battle maces, but some nights they can leave opponents feeling like they did.

In the past 18 games against Calgary, the Sedins have combined for 49 points (23 for Henrik and 26 for Daniel). They say bring it on. “We don’t get scared if people try to play us hard; we actually like it,” Henrik Sedin said. “The Flames try to hit us as much as they can, and that actually opens up room behind the defence.  “We like that, we like it when teams play that way, because it seems to get us to play our best games. There’s always a lot of hitting, and they are always physical games.”

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