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Theodore Day-to-Day With Hip Flexor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Here’s the latest on the Caps’ goalie situation. You might want to take a seat.

Jose Theodore is, in fact, hurt. He is day-to-day with a hip flexor. I’m not sure when this injury happened.

The Caps have summoned Simeon Varlamov from Hershey and he hopes to arrive from Houston in time to be on the Caps’ bench by the second period. He’ll backup Brent Johnson. Eventually.

imagecontinued with more on the the first period backup goalie, Brett Leonhardt.

And there’s more on Leonhardt also available from the Associated Press via the Globe & Mail.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Simeon Varlamov (SIHM-yahn VAR-la-mohv) from the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears and reassigned forward Oskar Osala and defenseman Sean Collin to Hershey, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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A Look At The Wings Power Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Despite a surprisingly suspect defense, the Detroit Red Wings have still managed to keep pace with the red-hot San Jose Sharks on top of the Western Conference standings. The biggest reason is that there isn’t a better power play in the league. Entering Friday’s game, the Red Wings were scoring on 29 percent of their power plays, easily the best conversion rate in the NHL.

Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has been around some pretty good power plays in Detroit; is this one the best he’s been a part of? “I’ve played on some great teams, I think it’s right up there,” Lidstrom told SportingNews.com. “We had some strong ones with Hull, Shanahan, Yzerman, Robitaille, Larionov, Fedorov—guys that bring a lot to a team and a power play—but this ranks right up there with the teams we’ve had.”

continued plus additional NHL topics…

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Robidas Out With Broken Jaw

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars blog,

He had surgery on it yesterday and will be out for at least a week.

The guy is tough, you have to give him that, to play half of that Wednesday game with a broken jaw.

more on the Stars…

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Lightning Waive Lundin

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Alanah McGinley

From Erik Erlendsson at the Tampa Tribune:

Tampa Bay’s transaction wire continues to be as hot as a fire burning inside a chimney north of the border.

The Lightning on Friday placed defenseman Mike Lundin on waivers, sending him back to Tampa while he waits to see if he clears. Also, right wing Steve Downie was reassigned to AHL Norfolk. In addition, left wing Matt Pettinger was activated off injured reserve and center Zenon Konopka’s status changed from an emergency recall to a regular recall.

The biggest surprise was waving Lundin, who last year took part in the NHL Youngstars game, part of the All-Star game festivities. The 24-year-old appeared in 81 games with the Lightning last season as a rookie and for stretches this season played as a top-four defenseman, logging 18-20 minutes a night.

continued…

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Canadiens Injury Report

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from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

From The Gazette’s Pat Hickey, at practice in Brossard:

• Carey Price did not practice today. He’s not feeling well, and Hamilton’s Marc Denis is on standby. This isn’t to rule out Price in goal vs. Washington tomorrow. If Halak gets the call, it will be his third consecutive game.

• Saku Koivu will miss Saturday’s game and probably Tuesday’s in Carolina. He will see a doctor later today about what’s suspected to be a foot injury suffered last night.

the injury list continues...

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Top 50 NHL Rookies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

In this week’s edition of Backchecking, here’s a look at the top rookies in the NHL this season:

1. Patrik Berglund, C, St. Louis (9-10-19, plus-10 in 23 GP) - Skilled Swede has the size to be a prototypical No.1 centre.

2. Derick Brassard, C, Columbus (9-14-23, plus-11 in 27 GP) - Slick playmaker had a brief slump, but has still been remarkably consistent.

3. Kris Versteeg, RW, Chicago (7-15-22, plus-12 in 25 GP) - Scrappy Bruins cast-off has thrived in a scoring role with th Blackhawks.

continued plus more NHL bits…

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Injuries Are Part Of The Game

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Every team endures them; that part never changes, new or old NHL. Some teams endure them better than others. Some even discover that they’re a blessing in disguise, because it obliges a team to test its depth and put young players into elevated roles. If they can handle the extra ice time and responsibility, it makes them stronger organizationally once the injured players drift back.

Put the Pittsburgh Penguins down as exhibit A for the second year in a row.

Last year, during Sidney Crosby’s 29-game absence, Evgeni Malkin put the team on his back offensively and emerged as a legitimate Art Ross Trophy candidate. This year, he and Crosby are running 1-2 in the NHL scoring race, a feat reminiscent of the Mario Lemieux/Jaromir Jagr years in Pittsburgh – or for those with really long memories, the Wayne Gretzky/Mark Messier era in Edmonton.

Would Malkin be the player he is today if he hadn’t had a chance to develop and flourish during Crosby’s absence? Maybe not.

read on plus more NHL topics…

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Phoenix Assigns Porter To AHL Team

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have assigned forward Kevin Porter to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. 

Porter, 22, has recorded 5-5-10 in 25 games this season for the Coyotes and has scored two game-winning goals.  He also registered his first career point (assist) while making his NHL debut in the Coyotes’ season-opening win over Columbus on Oct. 11.

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Leafs Getting Some Time Off HNIC

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Stephen Johns at The Torontoist:

Tomorrow, for the first time since March 16, 1996, the Toronto Maple Leafs won’t be playing on a non-holiday, regular season Saturday. They play tonight in Buffalo; they won’t be in action again until next Tuesday.

The Maple Leafs’ non-appearance on Hockey Night in Canada is mildly intriguing. The Leafs are a cash cow for the CBC; everyone knows this, even sports reporters who regularly lament the Leafs’ constant presence on CBC Sports’ flagship program irrespective of their on-ice performance (we salute you, William Houston of The Globe and Mail!).

continued…

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A New Surprise Vezina Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have been picking Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins as the Vezina Trophy leader this season.  He is clearly having a good season and it is a surprise to see him doing as well as he is, but there is another goalie who has been playing even better and his status as my new Vezina leader is even more surprising.  I think Craig Anderson of the Florida Panthers is the current Vezina leader.  Anderson has taken over the number one goaltender job on Florida from Tomas Vokoun.  This is no easy feat as Vokoun is a proven All Star goalie.  Anderson currently leads the NHL with a .946 saves percentage and is second to Thomas with a 1.94 GAA despite facing significantly more shots per game.

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