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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Razor With An Edge,

When a team is surrendering 15-25 scoring chances a game while at the same scoring four times, and their goalie is allowing 5 or 6 goals a night, the coach can usually be heard saying, “If we could have got one or two more saves…” – subtly heaping responsibility for the losses onto the goalers shoulders.

But when the game is one in which the team grossly out chances the opposition yet loses a low scoring contest because guys who get paid to score, don’t, the coach almost always applauds the effort of his charges and then lauds the performance of the other clubs netminder. “We did a lot of good things…” he’ll say.

Did they?

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Waiting On The Thunder Again, Eh?  Well You Can Stop ‘Cause It’s A Big Fat Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It always comes back to Night Moves, you know.  All the big ones.  All the big games, all the live blogs that cap off a day of stress.  It’s always Night Moves that settles me down. 

Frigging Seger. What a genius.  No matter where you are, where you live or what you’re doing, you can always point to Seger and say, “that guy’s from Michigan.”

Kinda like the Wings.

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A Spin On The Ice At Wrigley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Wonky knee aside, it was a thrill to hit the ice at Wrigley Field. Sure, I got a few looks for wearing a Finnish national jersey (no reason whatsoever for that, by the way); but all in all, it was a great experience.

The NHL wouldn’t allow us to hold hockey sticks or shoot pucks, understandably, but just taking a whirl around the newly built ice surface was something else. The sun was peering over home plate and the conditions were ideal. The league can only hope for similar conditions Thursday for the Winter Classic (so far, the forecast sounds pretty good).

The sun, however, could prove to be an issue. You really blinked when you made the turn at the third-base end and the sun blinded you somewhat. Some players wore eye black last season in Buffalo, and we suspect much of the same again Thursday. Tinted visors, perhaps?


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  Tags: winter+classic

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We all know it’s a long season and I missed the playoffs the last few seasons, so I’m going to do what I can to help the team get into the playoffs. That’s the most important thing, to secure a playoff spot.”

-Mats Sundin after his first practice with the Vancouver Canucks.  More at the Vancouver Sun.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

NHL Network Schedule For Winter Classic Related Shows

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Wednesday, December 31st.  All times are ET.

11:30 AM- NHL Network Presents: Bridgestone Winter Classic 2009 Practice Coverage

Thursday, January 1st

11:00 AM- NHL Network Presents: Bridgestone Winter Classic 2009 Pre-Game Show

5:00 PM- NHL Network Presents: Bridgestone Winter Classic 2009 Post-Game Show

6:00 PM- Voices: Detroit’s Ken Kal

6:30 PM- Voices: Chicago’s Pat Foley

The complete schedule for the NHL Network (US) can be found here and for Canadian viewers, click here.

added 5:00pm, I just received this and as you can the times differ a bit…

Wednesday, Dec. 31
·      Practice Coverage at 11:30 a.m. ET

Thursday, Jan. 1
·      Pre-Game Show at 11 a.m. ET
·      Post-Game Show at 4:30 p.m. ET

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  Tags: winter+classic

MacLean: Holland Concerned.  Scotty:  About What?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

According to Doug MacLean on the Fan 590: “Holland wouldn’t want to start the playoffs with the way they’re playing right now.”  Scotty Bowman, who some would say is a bit smarter than MacLean, hints that the Wings may be bored and that they’ll come out well tonite.

Listen here.

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Wings Looking Forward To The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Duff at Duffer’s Dabbles,

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock believes the National Hockey League has struck gold with its decision to put the Wings against the Chicago Blackhawks in Wednesday’s Winter Classic outdoor hockey game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

“The Winter Classic is a fantastic stage in a fantastic city that has a marketing opportunity for our league that is second to none,” said Babcock, whose Wings play host to Chicago Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena. “I’m not trying to take anything away from where it’s been before, but nationally, in the U.S., this has the chance to be a really nice draw and I hope that both teams live up to the opportunity that’s here.”

continued and probably the most thorough Wings side of the story regarding the WC.

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  Tags: winter+classic

That Sweet Nectar Yuengling.  It Will Flow Like The River.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good evening.  I guess by now you know that tonite is “one of those games.”  Obviously, like the Pittsburgh game, the San Jose games, the Boston game….this one is the biggest damn game of the year.

Until Thursday.

Because, really, we all know by now that the best team in the NHL resides in Chicago, eh?

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Chicago Makes Roster Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Chicago Blackhawks have activated right wing Adam Burish (6-1, 189) from injured reserve and have placed defenseman Brent Sopel (6-1, 211) on the long term injured reserve list.

Burish, 25, has accrued 49 penalty minutes in 19 contests with the Blackhawks this season. The Madison, Wisconsin, native has missed each of Chicago’s last 14 games (Nov. 26 to Dec. 28).

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  Tags: adam+burish, brent+sopel

Wrong Sens Goalie In The Net

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

Gerber is supposed to start in Edmonton tonight, and when I heard that I lost any sense that the Senators might snap out of their 12-game road losing streak. The other players will all defend their friend and teammate, but they see Gerber giving up the softies too.


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  Tags: martin+gerber

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