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Islanders On Their Way Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Even with first-overall draft choice John Tavares, the Islanders managed just one victory in their first 10 games. Ironically, it was Tavares that secured the win with his shootout goal.

The funny thing about the Islanders is, with a little luck, they could be riding the same wave that has carried the upstart Colorado Avalanche to the very top of the standings.

Say what?

Think about it. With five successful shots, the Islanders could be 6-4-0 and right in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference. And if my aunt had ...

Well, you get the picture.

The point is, the Islanders have not been the dog’s breakfast this season they have been in the past. Regardless of their ongoing fight to have a new home built and the fact there are no guarantees the franchise will remain on Long Island, you could make a strong case that a corner has been turned.


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Luongo Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks will be without their best player, goaltender Roberto Luongo, for an undetermined number of games after he suffered an undisclosed injury during Tuesday night’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Province will publish more details as soon as we know them

added 2:48pm, The Province has updated the same link, but really nothing new, stating the Canucks have not released anything yet.

added 3:22pm, TSN says hairline rib fracture, out at least a week.

added 3:20pm, TSN (same link) has updated and stated Luongo suffered the injury when facing the Leafs on Saturday and re-agravate it when in a collision with Betruzzi last night.

added 4:21pm, via the Vancouver Canucks,

Goaltender Roberto Luongo will not make the trip to California for the team’s back-to-back games this week as he suffered a hair line fracture to his rib midway thought Saturday’s game against Toronto.

“It happened in the third period against Toronto,” explained Luongo. “It was a band angle shot. I went one knee down against the post and the puck hit me just hit me in the seam of my chest protector. The next day was a bit uncomfortable but I was able to play through it without any problems. Just last night, during the first period it aggravated itself, not on a particular play, it just gradually got worse.”

With no clear time line for Luongo’s return, backup goaltender Andrew Raycroft will get his first start between the pipes Thursday against Los Angeles.

The Canucks are expected to call up Manitoba Moose Goaltender Cory Schneider.

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Ducks Sign Calder

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Kyle Calder to a one-year contract. Calder was subsequently assigned to Bakersfield, Anaheim’s development affiliate in the ECHL. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

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50 Years Behind The Mask

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You can watch the show on November 1st at 7:00pm ET on the NHL Network.

added 1:02pm, from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Today, goalie masks are part of the fabric of professional hockey, designed to not only protect the wearer from injury, but also as an artistic vehicle to express the goalie’s creativity and entertain millions of hockey fans.

But there was a time—not so long ago—when such protective measures were seen as not only unnecessary, but as an affront to the game.


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Penner Finding His ‘A’ Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Whatever the reason, he’s a different player on the ice. He gets from A to Z so much quicker these days. The puck seems to follow him.

“I do feel faster,” said Penner. “I’ve watched some of my shifts on tape.”

Perhaps he’s simply had his eureka moment. The 27-year-old would be following in the long line of power wingers that have taken a bit longer to figure it out. From Cam Neely to John LeClair to Todd Bertuzzi to Johan Franzen, they all took two or three NHL seasons to find their “A” game.

“Anticipating is a huge part of it because I’m already moving my feet because I know where the puck is going to go and I’m confident I want to get it,” Penner said of his new mindset. “Before, it was like, ‘Geez, if I touch the puck now, I could screw up and I’ll just compound a problem that’s already there.’ So when you’re tentative, you tend to look lethargic and slow.”


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Another Case Of H1N1

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

The Washington Capitals say forward Quintin Laing has the swine flu, making him at least the third NHL player to be diagnosed with the illness this week.

Capitals spokesman Nate Ewell tells The Associated Press that Laing is being treated for H1N1 and is being kept away from the rest of the team.



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Theo Fleury & Sheldon Kennedy Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

An ESPN video & I suggest watching.

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  Tags: sheldon+kennedy, theo+fleury

And Lightfoot Saved Us

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Because that’s what Gordon does and then he asks for so precious little in return.  Just a thought now and again for the poor bastards who rode the E. Fitzgerald until her keel split in two like a frigging twig, and maybe a cheap beer if you see him at some non-descript UP watering hole.

And we owe him. Oh yes we frigging do.

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Colorado In First Place

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I would never have predicted that twelve games into the 2009/10 season, the Colorado Avalanche would be in first place in the NHL.  I picked the Avs to finish second last in the West Conference and my prediction was not out of line with most common opinions.

Colorado has a 9-3 record (with 2 losses counted as overtime ties).  That is a very good record, but it is the overtime ties that propel Colorado into first.  Without them, they would be near the top, but below Pittsburgh in the standings.

For the most part, Colorado has been outshot pretty badly while winning.  They average 26.6 shots per game and allow 33.2.  This almost seven shot per game deficit is more typical of a weaker team (for example Anaheim has three wins in ten games and has an eight shot per game deficit).  Colorado has won largely due to goaltending.  Craig Anderson has been outstanding.

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Plays Of The Week - TSN Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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