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The ‘Blow It Up’ Theory

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

How can it possibly be difficult to build a winner in the National Hockey League? All you have to do is listen to the radio in cities where the team is struggling.

In those places, the winning formula is freely distributed by the experts, some professional, some amateur. “Blow it up,” they say. “Go into the tank.”

Basically, it’s the same theory. Management is supposed to get rid of all the talent and not try to win. You can’t throw games, but you could use minor-leaguers and the backup goalie.

The proponents sometimes offer a little preamble about how the local team is going nowhere and has no future if it continues to piddle around in the lower or middle levels of the standings. So the answer is clear: Blow it up.

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Coach ‘Q’ Holds The Playoff Success Key For The Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We often talk about “the missing piece” when it comes to Stanley Cup puzzles. That one, elusive block to complete the tower, the one snapshot to complete the image.

Usually it’s a player, a puck-moving defenseman, a shut-down forward, a power-play specialist.

Sitting on a bench near the Tampa harbor is the man who may well be the Chicago Blackhawks’ missing piece. He’s 50 years old with a graying mustache and a steely glare and three teenage children.

Joel Quenneville won’t score a goal for the Hawks and he won’t block a shot, but he is the man who holds the key to a team and a city aching to win its first playoff series since 1996.

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Legwand Takes A Puck To The Face

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators center David Legwand is doubtful for tonight’s game against San Jose after taking a puck to the side of his face during practice Wednesday.

The team plans to re-evaluate his status today after some of the considerable swelling goes down from the area. So it’s uncertain whether or not he’s dealing with a broken bone.

continue for more on the Preds including some follow-up on the Brad Staubitz/Jordin Tootoo fight last week which you can watch here if you missed it.

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The Fred Marsh Invention

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from DarrenM of Silver Seven,

In 1987, Marsh brought his flexible goal pegs, made out of a mixture of rubber and plastic, to the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. Ed Chynowth, then president of the Western Hockey League, became a big supporter of Marsh Pegs, and helped draw the NHL’s attention to the invention.

Finally, in July of 1991, the NHL made the Marsh Peg system the standard in every arena. Marsh joked that at 56, he was the oldest rookie in the NHL that year.

more

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Going To School To Play Hockey

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from Andy Blatchford of the CP via MetroNews,

Staring across the ice, a pint-size kid wrapped in goalie gear sits impatiently on the bleachers, as if he’s trying to will the clock to wind down so his hockey practice can begin.

Like dozens of his schoolmates, peewee netminder Nikita Koltyrev travelled thousands of kilometres to a Quebec boarding college to learn how to play hockey - the Canadian way.

Harrington College of Canada, on the outskirts of Montreal, runs five hockey squads - from peewee to junior - packed with more than 60 international players.

While many Harrington students hail from the United States and Europe, others have made their way from the hockey backwater nations of England, Japan and Australia to polish their skills.

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Chances Of Making The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have pointed to this site just about this time every year, so why not do it again.

Sports Club Stats shows the percentage of all NHL teams making the playoffs plus a lot more.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I think it takes like 10 games or 12 games to really come together,. hey lost three guys (Samuel Pahlsson, Travis Moen and Kent Huskins) who were Stanley Cup champions. That’s a hurtful loss. It’s going to take some time, but everyone is warming up. Everyone is getting along pretty great and getting to know each other. That’s the key.”

-Erik Christensen of the Anaheim Ducks.  More on the Ducks win over the Avalanche last night from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog.

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Looking Forward

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ok. I’m gonna get myself in some hot water.  There’s a real strong possibility women readers and male Dive fans are going to be upset.  The women will take offense at my generalizations and the male Dive fans will take offense that I’m lumping them in with the women where they belong.

Ahh, well. Can’t please everybody.

Continue Reading »

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The Great Nashville Goaltenders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allison Quillen of NashvillePredators.com,

Since the Predators began play in 1998, Nashville has had a history of great goaltending beginnings, starting with netminders Tomas Vokoun and Chris Mason, both of which had their professional NHL careers start in Nashville. Although both of these goaltenders have gone on to flourish with other NHL teams, both were given opportunities and challenges in Nashville that would later influence their futures elsewhere. With players of their magnitude starting their careers in Nashville, the franchise has proven itself to be a great starting ground for future goaltending greats.

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What The Goalie Sees

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from Kurt Streeter of the LA Times,

It startles the senses and sears the eardrums; the percussive sting of a lightning-fast hockey puck slamming against the barrier separating NHL fans from NHL chaos.

CRAAACKK!

Like a Colt .45, fired at close range.

Sitting in a seat behind goal during a recent spate of Kings’ games, I’d clearly see a forward’s windup. There’d be time to ready myself in case he missed his target, in case that puck sped past the goalie and headed straight at me. Other times, all I saw was churning legs, swirling motion, and, out of nowhere: CRAAACKK!

Each time the puck hit the clear barrier, a divot formed. Each time, the crowd tensed and a woman screamed.

It’s jolting enough in the stands, so what’s it like for the goalie?

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