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Message To Marty:  The Circus Is In Town

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You wanted it, you got it.


Looking for some offensive spark, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has reunited stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on the same line, at least for the start of tonight’s game against New Jersey.
They’ll be joined by usual linemate Tomas Holmstrom.

For one shift, at least. 

Rafalski’s still out. Eaves is back.  Mayday delayed until tomorrow in NYC.

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Good, Bad & Busy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam McCaig of The Hockey News,

Here’s the good, bad and busy so far this year:

The cream is rising in both conferences, with Washington, Pittsburgh and New Jersey riding high in the East and San Jose, Calgary and Chicago sitting atop the West.

Detroit, Philadelphia and Vancouver are the only usual suspects missing from the playoff picture, although all three are on the bubble in their respective conferences.

But the real “good” has been the sustained positive play of surprise teams such as Colorado, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Nashville in the West and Buffalo and Atlanta in the East. These clubs have made the jump from “good start” to “good teams” and figure to remain in the battle for a playoff berth all season long.

read on for the bad and the busy…

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2010 Winter Classic Commercial

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It hit the airwaves today.

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28 Teams In Action Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Games start early today.  We get a bit of a break around 6:30pm ET, just in time to watch Hockey Tonight (HNIC pre-game) and we finish up around 12:30am tomorrow.

Enjoy and view the full schedule below…

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Blackhawks Gamble On Their Core

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

With the Chicago Blackhawks recent resignings of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith, we have a very good idea what the core of the team will look like for the next several years.  With their length contracts that would be hard to move, we can assume that Marian Hossa, Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet will be part of the Blackhawk core as well.  Anyone else will be hard to keep around for salary cap reasons.  There is already speculation that Cam Barker, Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Sopel are among the players on their way out. 

Chicago is clearly a good team.  Their 17-10 record (with three overtime loss points) places them in fifth place in the NHL.  They haven’t won the Stanley Cup.  Last year’s semi-final appearance is their first playoff berth since 2002 and we are already talking about which players the team will have to get rid of to stay below the salary cap.

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Habs From The Past Take A Pre-Game Skate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The only thing missing was the voice of Danny Gallivan during the Montreal Canadiens Centennial Celebration last night.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I want players playing hard. I want them running out the door to play the game hard in a system that attacks the puck in all three zones. If you can get a team that works hard, if you can get a team that’s disciplined - not only from the penalty box but disciplined in their life, disciplined in the system that you put in on the ice - if you get a team that cares about each other, there’s nothing that you can’t do. I truly believe that.”

-Peter Laviolette, new Head Coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.  More from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News.

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Big Test For DiPietro Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

Rick DiPietro has made it through months of practice and drills without getting hurt. Tonight, he and the Islanders will see how his body holds up during a game.

It’s been nearly a year since the team’s injury-prone franchise goalie has suited up. Last January, swelling in his surgically repaired knee forced him from the lineup again.

“This is really big for him,” said GM Garth Snow, who will be in Bridgeport tonight to see the Isles’ AHL affiliate Sound Tigers host Springfield with DiPietro in net for the first time since Jan. 2. “It’s certainly been a long road to recovery for him.”


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Five Players In The Team Canada Mix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

There are only 25 days to go until Steve Yzerman unveils the Canadian men’s 2010 Olympic hockey team and a heated national debate begins.

Interestingly, at this relatively late stage of the process, some new candidates have emerged, players who weren’t even at the Calgary orientation camp in August but have performed so well this season that Yzerman and the rest of the Team Canada brain trust have been forced to sit up and take notice.

Steven Stamkos, the 19-year-old Tampa Bay sniper, is obviously one of those players. Stamkos has 17 goals this season, showing the kind of finishing touch Canada could have dearly used in the ‘06 Games in Turin.


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Foote Finally Back In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

For almost two years since Adam Foote walked out on the Blue Jackets at the NHL trade deadline, fans have waited for the former captain to walk back into Nationwide Arena.

Foote missed both trips to Columbus last season with the Colorado Avalanche because of an injured triceps, but he’s expected to be in uniform for a game tonight.

“I’ll be ready for whatever,” Foote said, when asked what kind of crowd reaction he expected. “It’s a business. The (Blue Jackets) have moved on, and I’ve moved on. I had a great time when I was here. I got to see a young team changing.

“I’ve moved onto something else, and they’re still going forward, which is good for them and the fans.”

The story of Foote’s departure has become part of Blue Jackets’ lore.


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