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Shanny Shoots For Next Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“Next week is not out of the question,” said Shanahan, whose team will follow weekend games against the Thrashers and at home the next night against the Bruins, with matches at the Garden Monday against the Penguins and Wednesday against the Flyers.
“[Within] 10 days is definitely my goal. From the time I first got on the ice [Monday], the thought the best case scenario would be under two weeks. When I first was hurt, I was thinking I’d be back for the playoffs. Then, I was aiming for the last week of the season. Now, I’m hoping it’s a little sooner.

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Advance Scouting Of A Different Sort

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Pioneer Press:

It’s a strange life being an enforcer, and more complicated than it used to be. Once simply a matter of intimidating opponents through brute force, the role has become more nuanced in the new, end-to-end era of NHL hockey.
And Derek Boogaard is getting very good at it.
The Wild’s 6-foot-7, 255-pound tough guy straddles two worlds, working on his skating and stick skills so he can play an effective shift without getting into a scrap, but also scouting opponents for potential trouble.
And that’s where his brother Ryan comes in.

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Nap Time Is Good For Everyone

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Kevin McGran of the Globe and Mail:

As if it isn’t enough they are paid millions of dollars to play a game, have fans screaming their names and stay in the best hotels in the best parts of the best cities, NHLers have another perk in their life: the afternoon power nap.
It’s a hockey tradition, probably as old as the game itself.
“It’s not a matter of `Will I?’ It’s a matter of `How long?’” says Maple Leafs centre Travis Green. “It’s just something we do.
“I guarantee we all look forward to it. It’s great. Even when I get home in the summer I tell my wife I’ve got to shut it down in the afternoon. We’re like robots.”

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So…I Was Wrong?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 2205: Maltby just scored and the Wings return to their rightful place atop the Central. Put your teeth in and eat it Bubba. Obligatory bad injury news: Filpulla left with a "lower body injury." Alright. I'm guessing a few of you are going to be commenting tomorrow that I should be taking back a few of the less than savory things I've said about one Jiri Hudler. The young man is proving his mettle (and I'm certain I'm jinxing us all right now as I write this with 12 minutes left). But dammit if the kid didn't just score his fourth in 3 games and 3rd in the last two nights.

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When You Don’t Pay Attention…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...you miss stuff. I know that for a fact because my wife kinda tells me sometimes. And here are two things I haven't paid attention to, mainly because I just don't care. (1) The Saskin email/pending dismissal thing. I suppose because Chelios is so heavily involved I should show some interest, but I really have no interest. (2) The revised draft order. I suppose because it was influenced by our Wunderkind Kenny, it should interest me. But it didn't, until I browsed some other blogs today and saw what others were saying about our innocent Wings.

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Kansas City Moves On

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Steve Brisendine, AP, via Belleville News Democrat,

Kansas City, jilted by one NHL team, is dusting itself off and moving on.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ decision to stay put leaves the Sprint Center, scheduled to open in October as the centerpiece of Kansas City’s downtown revitalization, still without the anchor tenant promised to the voters who approved it.
But despite their disappointment, local sports officials said that even being considered as the new home for one of the NHL’s best teams can only help them land another one - or, possibly, an NBA franchise instead.

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Behind Some Stats

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Interesting tidbit on the Hockey News today.

DETROIT: The Red Wings have the best and worst plus-minus marks in the league. Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom leads the NHL at plus-36, while winger Kyle Calder – a trade deadline pickup from Philadelphia – is at the bottom at minus-29.
But...what don't they say?

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Foppa & Bert

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Forsberg was acquired at such a high price to help push the Predators over the edge in the postseason. But the less he plays in the regular season, the greater the angst over whether he can deliver the goods once the stakes go up April 11. And of all the teams headed to the postseason, the Predators may face the highest stakes.
In some ways, the futures of Forsberg, the elite player, and Nashville, the emerging elite team, are tracking the same path—the future enticing, yet unknown.

Babcock would like to see Bertuzzi get in nine games, but it’s more likely going to be four or five and then it’ll be playoff time. He was not in Nashville on Tuesday and will not accompany the team on its two-game swing through Western Canada this weekend.
“He doesn’t have to be ‘the’ guy, just be one of the guys,” Babcock said of the big forward.

more on Peter & Todd…

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DiPietro Day-to Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the New York Islanders,

After being re-evaluated today in Montreal by medical personnel and the Islanders training staff, goaltender Rick DiPietro will be a “game-time decision” for Thursday night’s match against the Senators in Ottawa.
DiPietro is experiencing neck stiffness from a collision with Montreal’s Steve Begin late in the first period of the Islanders’ 5-3 loss on Tuesday night in Montreal.

from On the Islanders Beat,

When I arrived a few minutes into practice, I found DiPietro watching from behind the glass at the end of the tunnel to the locker room. When asked how he was feeling, DiPietro shook his head and said, “I’ve felt better.” It was obvious he still was feeling the effects of a blow that left him groggy on the ice for several minutes.

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All Lundqvist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist participated in an NHL tele-conference today…

Q. I wanted to ask you, in the beginning of the season and now you seem like a different player, a turnaround in your game. I wonder, is anything different for you personally

HENRIK LUNDQVIST: Well, coming back from the summer, I mean a lot of expectations and you try to play well at the start. I think as a team we didn’t play as solid as we do right now. With me, I was a little up and down. I played well, but I made too many mistakes at the start. After the first month, I think I improved my game. It’s been going okay. After Christmas, I think I stepped up a little bit more. It’s just about cutting down your mistakes, I think. The game has been there, I think, but mistakes here and there. But lately it has started to feel much better.

Q. You made it look so easy getting into the playoffs last year. But this year seems like a battle for you guys. What do you think about being in such a tight race this time around?
HENRIK LUNDQVIST: I mean, it’s a learning experience, for sure, and it’s a lot of fun, too. Every game means a lot. It feels like you’re already in the playoffs, actually; every game is huge and it’s intense. When you look back at the record here from maybe from the All-Star break, we haven’t won as many games as we wanted to, but we definitely played a better game and a more disciplined game than we did before Christmas, just some tough breaks here and there, but I still think we’ve been playing okay.

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