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Sens Aren’t Drawing On The Road

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Despite the fact they advanced to the Stanley Cup final last season and currently lead the Eastern Conference with a record of 22-7-3, the Senators are one of the worst road draws in the league, ranking 26th among 30 teams.

Jason Spezza isn’t complaining, though. In fact, he suggests the small numbers almost make home-ice advantage meaningless.

“When you’re on the road, you’re never too worried about the crowd,” said Spezza, currently on a torrid pace, with five goals and six assists in his past four games. “It works to our advantage if it’s a dead building.”

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Hossa Has His Priorities

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

“I’ve heard some rumours, but I don’t pay too much attention to them,” Hossa, who scored 188 goals in 467 games as a Senator from 1997-2004, told an audience of one following a workout.

“I’m here right now, and my focus is to help this team. Whatever happens, it’s up to management and my agent.

“I feel comfortable here. It’s a great place,” he added. “The main thing is winning the hockey games and having a good team. That’s my priority. I’m not rushing right now to sign a deal ... I want to know how the team is.”

more on Hossa and the Senators too…

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NHL Goes “Dark” For Two Days

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

While the two other major North American winter sports continue to make Christmas games a staple of the season, the NHL decided to just say Noel nearly four decades ago.

The Wings, who downed the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena, play tonight against the Blues and Saturday at Minnesota, then are done until after Christmas.

“I think that’s the way it should be,” Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall said. “It’s a great tradition. It’s a time for everyone to spend with family and friends.

“I think that’s really important. I really appreciate the few days that we get.”

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added 8:08am, from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

You see the Canadiens will be in the midst of a road-trip when Christmas Day comes. They play Sunday night in Dallas and then Tampa on the 27th.

The organization planned to fly all the players’ families to Florida where they would meet the team after the Dallas game, and have three days to spend together over Christmas. A classy move.

One problem. It’s illegal.

Under the new CBA, teams can’t provide “anything of value” to players or their families outside of the player contracts. If the rule is broken, the money spent would count towards the salary cap.

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Preds Looking For Answers

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from the Tennessean,

Predators players held a closed-door meeting for about 20 minutes following Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to Chicago.

The Predators’ fifth straight loss, and their seventh in the last eight games, left Nashville stuck in 14th place in the
Western Conference standings and struggling to maintain any kind of confidence level.

“It’s been a rough go,’’ Predators captain Jason Arnott said. “We’ve got to start showing more accountability with each other because right now it’s snowballing and getting worse. We’ve got to stick together.’‘

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Positive Sign For Bergeron

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from the Boston Globe,

As Patrice Bergeron the NHL player, who often took 20-minute postgame conditioning rides on a stationary bike, yesterday’s five-minute ride at Ristuccia Arena was a workout hardly worth mentioning.

But as Patrice Bergeron the patient, who’s been limited to short walks for exercise since sustaining a Grade 3 concussion, the morning workout was a momentous occasion that was nearly two months in the making.

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More Perspective

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Thousands of servicemembers from both our countries will spend this Christmas in hospital rooms.  If you have the chance to meet any of them, you’ll be struck by their pride in service and pride in country.  And by their toughness.

How tough are they?

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I’m From Russia - We Have Fun

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from the D.C. Sports Blog,

“Hey Segway guy,” the Park Police officer was shouting at Alex Ovechkin. “You can’t ride in there.”

Ovechkin, wearing his red Caps jersey and yes, riding a Segway, scooted out of the tourist-dotted maze that encircles the National Christmas tree, smiling his gap-toothed smile.

“I’m sorry officer, he got away from me,” apologized Mary Ann Melville, a tour guide from Capital Segway.

continued... very funny with pics…

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

Update 10:58pm ET:  Courtesy of the Washington Capitals media relations department, two photos of today’s adventures. Click the images to enlarge.

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Feeling “Dis’d”?  Have No Fear.  LB Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1939: Gramps is looking for a graphic genius.  An artist who can complement his stable of A2Y expatriots. 

Updated 1922: Game can be seen on the Yahoo feed.

Oh…yes.  That’s it. Finally, after several hours of reading posts about oak syrup, I allowed myself a break to peruse some brilliance.

NY Times/Slapshots

Detroiters have been calling for more respect, even though their team has not capitalized on its regular-season efforts by winning the Cup in the last four seasons. That’s like me, as a college freshman, asking my math professor for respect and extra credit as a consistently great quiz-taker and a superior contributor to classroom discussions after having failed the final. No props for you.

Ummm…yeah.  Wing fans are consistently playing the “disrespect” card.  Live blog starts here.  Usual backdoor link at NHL.TV, the one we are forced to use when games are aired on NHL Network, doesn’t appear to be working yet.  If anyone has another means to watch, please let me know.

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Keep Looking For That Big Trade - It May Not Happen Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Dupont at MSNBC,

The night of Dec. 18, a stroke before midnight, the NHL went into its traditional holiday roster freeze. Until the opening minute of Dec. 28, at 12:01 a.m., the entire league was issued a No Trade Clause. It happens every season, allowing players nine days not to worry about getting the telephone call that could tip their lives upside down when they’re only two bites into their holiday ham.

In the “old” NHL days, there was no bigger prospect of facing the buzzkill of, say, waking up on Christmas morn as a proud member of the Canadiens, and going to bed as a Winnipeg Jet. Boy, talk about indigestion. Not to mention wind chill.

Truth is, these days it seems the league’s roster freeze begins at the start of October and doesn’t thaw until what is now the end-of-February trading deadline (Feb. 26 this season).

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Sharks Go To The Video Again

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from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Players knew they had played poorly and didn’t seem surprised the video session was called. It was the third time the coaches went this route, one player said.

“Just trying to learn from our mistakes, that’s all,” Sharks captain Patrick Marleau said.

Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick acknowledged it wasn’t always a quiet meeting, but stopped short of saying whether players or coaches were the ones ratcheting up the volume.

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