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Playing The Percentages With Foppa

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from the Delaware County Times,

Peter Forsberg will play for the Flyers in the playoffs, even if it takes 11 yards of adhesive tape, all-night whirlpools, prescriptions, pills and prayers. If he is 100 percent healthy, he’ll play. If he is 90 percent healthy, he’ll play. Eighty? Seventy? Sixty? Half-and-half? He’ll play. "If he’s 40 percent," Ken Hitchcock bid Wednesday, after an optional Flyers workout at the Skate Zone, "he’ll play." So Flyers fans have 40. Do they hear 39?
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Top Turnarounds

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from Sports Illustrated,

The top regular-season turnarounds in NHL history as measured by points. (The list does not include 1995-96, which followed the abbreviated lockout season of '94-95.) 1. 1993-94 San Jose Sharks, 58-point improvement Coach: Kevin Constantine The Sharks moved from the Cow Palace, their temporary home in Daly City, to San Jose and the high-rent district in the form of a lift from 24 points the previous season to 82.
read the other nine...

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Hasek Pushes Back Start

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via TSN,

Dominik Hasek practiced with the team again Wedensday, but left practice early on Thursday morning with a sore groin. He said he's worked out too much in the last two weeks and now expects to play his first game Tuesday in New York. Ray Emery, who was bothered by a sore hip, is expected to be in net against Florida

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Risk Comes With Avery

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There are two indisputable facts to ponder about Sean Avery, the loudmouth super-pest who played for the Los Angeles Kings up until Wednesday, when they told him not to bother showing up for work for the final three games of the National Hockey League season: One, Avery is a monumental pain in the you-know-what, a high-maintenance loose cannon who required so much handling, that eventually, the Kings determined that his presence became counter-productive to what they were trying to accomplish as a group;...
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Bolts Looking Ahead

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from the St. Peterburg Times,

Lightning coach John Tortorella did not go home Tuesday night. Instead, he spent the night in his office watching the video of Tampa Bay's 6-2 loss to the Thrashers that has turned the playoff race into a can of sardines. Then, at noon Wednesday, Tortorella held a nothing-off-limits meeting with what he called the "core of the team" - about a dozen players who have been through the rise and current fall of the Lightning. After it was over, Tortorella seemed more optimistic than ever that the Lightning will make the playoffs. "We're going to get it done," he said.
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Who Is It

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Anyone want to take a shot and name this current NHLer? image

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This Will Never Work

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Is this a sneak peek of a possible new type of jersey? Nah, but Thornton actually played like this for about ten seconds. He was behind his own net, digging for the puck and somehow his jersey ended up over his head. He attempted to get it over his head again, but decided trying to get the puck out of his own zone was more important. His hands were basically useless, so he just became a body until the puck was in the neutral zone. By the way, Joe had four assists in a overtime win against the Canucks, which helped me with my friendly bet with VCOE. image

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Breaking Down The Shootout

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

During the pause between overtime and a shootout, players often discuss a goaltender's strengths and weaknesses; goalies turn to notes listing opponents' favorite moves; and coaches consider lineups. "You kind of try to figure out who's going against you and try to know what kind of moves they might try to do," Avalanche goalie Jose Theodore said. "If he's a lefty or righty, do you know his options? From there, you just go out and do what you do on a normal breakaway." But Melrose isn't a fan of the cerebral approach, either. "It's not a scientific thing," he said. "There are great shooters who are terrible at it and terrible shooters who are great at it, as Wayne Gretzky and Phil Esposito can tell you. They both hated breakaways.
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Will Mac Learn From This

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from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,

One hopes there's a lesson in McCarty's troubles. One hopes that other athletes might take pause and honestly assess their financial situations. One hopes that, at the very least, they'll better grasp the deal they've made with celebrity, and that they'll understand that everything they do off the field will be as disproportionately magnified as what they do on the field. But that won't happen. For athletes, it remains a privileged life with a perceived benefit of immunity from the real world.
read on...plus more on this from Abel to Yzerman...

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Niedermayer Settles In

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from the Orange County Register,

Life is cool today at Scott Niedermayer's house, almost as cool as the surface on which he skates. "Where we're sitting at the moment, it's working out well," says the Ducks' most important player and, just maybe, the most important player in the rest of the NHL, too. "All the guys get along. I'm playing with my brother. We're back out West. It's going well." These sorts of big-time moves by big-name players don't always work out, explaining why Sergei Fedorov is still not scoring goals but now the disappointment is in Columbus. Niedermayer's move, though, has been priceless, even if the tag read $27million.
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