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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kyle Turris of Kyle’s Korner at PhoenixCoyotes.com,

After that game, we flew back home for a two-game homestand and now we’re back on the road. We flew into Carolina last night and it was a pretty long flight, just under four hours. Teeks (Viktor Tikhonov) and I played Tiger Woods ‘09 on our PSPs against each other. It’s a fun game and we have some great battles.

Later on this trip we go into New York. I’ve never been, so I’m really looking forward to that. I’ve heard it’s a great place. One of my friends from Wiconsin is a die-hard Rangers fan, and she’s flying back for the game, so it’ll be nice to see her and make her root for us instead.

moreand regular KK readers may remember this KK blog too…

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

“I don’t share your love for the Isles, Scotty. Not sure what you’re smoking. I think they are apt to lose five games in a row at a moment’s notice. I will run across press row naked at the Cup finals if the Islanders make the playoffs.”

ESPN‘s Pierre LeBrun writing to colleague Scott Burnside

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Money Well Spent

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Larry Wigge at NHL.com:

Suddenly, however, in this world where stockbrokers are being urged to be more cautious in their spending, teams are thinking twice about how they spend their money too. And it’s clear that the San Jose Sharks—with new offensive defensemen Dan Boyle and Rob Blake and new coach Todd McLellan—plus the New York Rangers—with Nikolai Zherdev and Markus Naslund up front and Wade Redden and Dmitri Kalinin on defense—are two of the best examples, as they bolted to the top of the standings early.

What is even more interesting is that while critics like to poke fun at all of the money spent by teams in the offseason—especially when it hasn’t worked in a lot of instances—that a week ago, six of the 30 teams, or 20 percent, had a player who changed teams at the top of its scoring list.

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Team Played Tired

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

We played Anaheim on Wednesday and L.A. on Thursday. So we traveled three time zones on Monday night to get to California; adjust to new time zones; and played back to back games. We play again on Saturday night so three west coast games in four days.

Note: L.A. hadn’t played since Sunday so they were well rested. We are banged up and we played like we were tired. The fans out in LA didn’t see our best. But L.A. will come to Verizon Center soon enough and the tables will turn on the schedule.

more and any Western Conference fans, feel free to comment!

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AHL Suspends Steve Downie

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League today announced that Norfolk Admirals right wing Steve Downie has been suspended for three (3) games as a result of his actions in a game at Worcester on Nov. 19.

Downie was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 29.1 (supplementary discipline).

Note: my understanding is another hit from behind.

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Montreal Canadiens Power Play

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Montreal Canadiens are one of the better teams in hockey.  I picked them to win the East Conference this season (which was not an uncommon prediction).  So far this season, Montreal has done well, but they haven’t taken the East Conference by storm.  They currently sit in fifth place in the East Conference with an 11-7 record (with two regulation tie points).  That is a solid start.  If the team gets hot in the stretch run, they may manage a first place finish in the East. 

However in the Montreal market, the media tend to overanalyze things.  This start is not as good as expected.  Worse, their power play which has been the league’s best for the past two years is not at the top of the league.  They sit in 22nd place with a 15.7% power play success rate (compare this with their 24.1% power play efficiency last year).  This is something for the media to fret about.

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Instigating a Plan for Head Shots

Blog: KK Members Blog By www.thegoodpoint.com

With the recent suspensions to Montreal Canadien Tom Kostopolous and Ottawa Senator Jarkko Ruutu for head shots, the NHL’s disciplinarian, Colin Campbell recently sent out a memo to all 30 teams reminding them that the league is not going to take head shots lightly.

An excerpt of the memo stated, “We cannot and will not tolerate blows to the head that are deliberate, avoidable and illegal.”

There is always a lot of talk about how the league doesn’t approve of head shots and that they need to stop, but yet it seems that every week a player is being helped off the ice with a concussion after a dirty hit to the head. It’s time for the NHL to step up to the plate and do something about it as opposed to sitting in the dugout hoping for a rain delay.

When looking for someone to blame, it’s easy to blame the player who committed the hit but it’s time for the NHL to look into the mirror and take responsibility themselves. They have the ace up their sleeve that can trump the entire situation. Take out the instigator rule.

As it is now, people skate around like dogs without a leash taking runs at people because they can get away with it. Players know they have free reign to do whatever they want to an opposing player and the opposing team cannot do anything. Sure they can stick up for their teammate but the player will just turtle and take the five minute penalty while the injured player is forced to leave the game. Penalizing players for sticking up for their teammates contradicts everything teams preach

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Habs Lose Komisarek Another Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

The Montreal Canadiens will be without defenceman Mike Komisarek services for another month.

Komisarek has missed the Canadiens’ last four games with a shoulder injury suffered after a fight with Boston’s Milan Lucic last week.

continued…

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Believe It- NHL Drawing More Than The NBA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from PN of SuperSonic Soul,

I am not a hockey fan, despite the fact that I am an American living in Canada. In fact, were you to tell some of my friends up here that people now believe me to be an NHL fan, they would spit out their Tim Horton Timbits quicker than Ben Johnson at Seoul. I hate the NHL, I hate hockey, I hate people who say that hockey players are the greatest athletes alive, and I hate it when sportswriters couch their racism inside melodious descriptions of “gritty” and “tough” hockey players….

Do you know anyone who plays hockey? Did your high school have a hockey team? Do you and your friends get together for pick-up hockey on Saturdays?

I’m guessing the answer to those questions is no all around. And yet, despite basketball’s inherent advantages over hockey in terms of popularity in the U.S., here we stand, with hockey drawing more people this year. How is this possible?

more and I am pointing to the homepage and suggest you read the last 4 or so posts.  The author is a basketball fan, but shows a graph of the NHL out-drawing the NBA and is looking for answers on how to improve the NBA.

added 2:08pm, I see Puck Daddy had this topic earlier today, so make sure to check it out…

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Ruff Benches Two Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Some big changes are in store for the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup when they meet the Philadelphia Flyers tonight in HSBC Arena.

Up from Portland is right winger Mark Mancari and in from the scratch list is defenseman Nathan Paetsch. Sentenced to seats in the press box are two longtime regulars—defenseman Henrik Tallinder and winger Maxim Afinogenov.

“Part of it is production and part of it is defensive play,” Ruff said. “Play away from the puck is important and those stats aren’t very good and his stats offensively aren’t very good. I’ve told the players I’m not going the easy route anymore.”

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