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Habs A Fragile Team At This Point

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The Predators outplayed Montreal for most of the game, but Huet held them off with a succession of fine saves in the first two periods and with the help of two hit goalposts.

“This was a perfect chance to get a win despite the team having a bad game,” said Huet. “It is disgraceful to blow a lead like that, especially at home.

“I can’t explain it.”

Except that he did later, saying: “We’re a fragile team. We’re a little weak between the ears.”

His teammates jumped to Huet’s defence, saying the game could have been out of reach early if he hadn’t shut the door in the first two periods.

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All Winter Classic

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from the Buffalo News,

Who’s holding a “viewing party” for thousands of Buffalo Sabres fans unable to score a ticket for the Jan. 1 NHL Winter Classic in Ralph Wilson Stadium?

Will fans attending the game be able to park their campers or RVs at the stadium a day or two beforehand for a festive New Year’s Eve party?

When will the ice be put down?

continued... all the information you will need about the game…

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Is It Entertaining Us

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from Wayne Fish of Philly Burbs,

Former Flyers player Mark Howe, now a scout with the Detroit Red Wings, sees about 100 NHL games per year.

He says he’s sat through some real yawners these past couple seasons and yearns for the days when hockey still offered robust competition.

“I do watch a lot of games where both teams are working, both teams are playing very sound hockey, but is the game entertaining for the people who paid their money?” Howe said. “In my opinion, no.’‘...

“I know some teams, their goal is to block 20, 25 shots a night. You didn’t see that years ago. You forechecked two guys to get pressure. I like watching Andy Murray’s teams (currently St. Louis) ... they play a high-pressure game. Tampa’s an entertaining team; same with Edmonton.’‘

Howe says you don’t have to have high scoring for an entertaining game.

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  Tags: mark+howe

Sun-don’t?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Published reports (definitely a phrase that doesn’t carry the weight it used to) out of—where else?—Toronto and Edmonton mention Detroit as a strong landing spot for Mats Sundin, when the Leafs move him out of a sense of loyalty to their captain.  The speculation goes like this:  Leafs are out of it already.  Sundin’s been a loyal soldier.  Moving him to a contender is good for him, good for them, good for the world. Sally Strothers would be proud.

And, of course, the Wings have the Swedes.  The “published reports” have been posted by The Emperor and George Malik.

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  Tags: filppula, franzen, holland, holmstrom, hudler, lidstrom, sundin, trade+rumors

Players Concerned About On-Ice Respect

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Judging by a conversation late last week with new executive director Paul Kelly, it seems the PA finally has realized the obvious. Kelly, who met Thursday with the NHL’s Board of Governors in Pebble Beach, Calif., wants the union to be far more engaged in the supplemental disciplinary process. In his estimation, after meeting in recent weeks with the rank and file of 11 of the league’s 30 teams, the players feel the need to increase the on-ice respect factor and do what they can to decrease, ideally eliminate, “head shots.”

“There is a feeling among the players,” said Kelly, “there has been a greater number of these this year than in the past - and no one has an explanation for it. Some of these are hits by guys who are considered third- or fourth-liners, and perhaps they are sent out by a coach to play a certain style, or maybe they are trying to win a job, or keep a job, and maybe they feel they have to ratchet up the aggressiveness….”

more and numerous NHL bits…

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Hold On St. James. You Wait One Damn Minute.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ground rules. Obviously…we need some.  Or at least we need a reminder of them.  Let me quote from my soon-to-be-released manifesto, “The Difference Between The Diggers and the Wing Bloggers”.

Chapter 19
“Red Wing beat writers must avoid any attempt at humor.  It doesn’t suit them and it embarrasses us all.  If the humor is unintentional and reflects their role as propaganda artists for the organ-I-zation, that’s fine. But an outright attempt to be funny?  Absolutely prohibited.”

Someone didn’t get the advanced copy.

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  Tags: deep+diggers, franzen, holmstrom, kronwall, lidstrom, osgood, samuelsson, st.+james, zetterberg

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Someone asked winger Daniel Alfredsson if this losing streak is getting serious.

“It’s always serious,” snapped the captain. “It’s professional sports. If you don’t win, you suck.”

more on the Senators from the Ottawa Citizen…

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Radical Changes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Scoring has increased since the year before the lockout, but it’s down from the first season afterward. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, among the more progressive thinkers in the game, has suggested the ultimate answer would be four-on-four. Easy, Lindy. Before going radical, let’s examine five other options.

No Parole, No Icing: Players committing penalties should be given the full two minutes whether or not the opposition scores on the ensuing power play. Plus, penalty killers would not be allowed to ice the puck.

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Sundin In The Winged Wheel

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from Bruce Garrioch of th Ottawa Sun,

For Sundin, the word is the strong Swedish contingent in Detroit—made up of Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Mikael Samuelsson, Andreas Lilja, Johan Franzen and Niklas Kronwall—wants him in the Motor City.
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There have been whispers that Sundin—who is fiercely loyal to the Leafs and hasn’t asked to be moved if the club doesn’t make the playoffs—has already been told by some members of Detroit’s Swedes if he’d like to come aboard they will talk GM Ken Holland into making the move.

more of this type of talk, league wide…

added 9:27am, from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

At what point does Mats Sundin go to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and say, “It’s been a good ride, but I’m 37 and I’ve never won a Stanley Cup, so help me out with a trade”? I think it’s a given they give him a choice of three teams and deal him in February, and I say the Red Wings, who lead the league in Swedes (Nik Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Nik Kronwall) get him for, say, centre Jiri Hudler, defenceman Jakub Kindl (their first-round draft pick in 2005), and a second-rounder in 2008. The Leafs, if they’re smart, should hold out for centre Valtteri Filppula rather than Hudler, but Detroit loves the Finnish kid.

more NHL talk…

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Kings Want The League To Look At Smyth’s Stick Work

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from Inside the Kings,

I’ve never seen Crawford so upset as after this game. He was frustrated with the team’s play and also livid with Ryan Smyth. He wants Smyth’s play jabbing his stick into LaBarbera reviewed by the NHL. LaBarbera injured his ribs on the play.

There’s a team meeting scheduled before practice tomorrow. It probably won’t be pretty.

continued with player reaction on the Kings 5-2 loss to the Avs…

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