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Ducks Are Done

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks are done and won’t make the playoffs this season. And for a lot of reasons.

Their defense is porous, their injury list too often led by key players like Selanne, Saku Koivu and Joffrey Lupul (out 38 games after back surgery and complications). Selanne, who has missed 26 games, and Getzlaf are day to day and questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Honda Center.

Don’t forget, too, the Ducks started the season at a disadvantage after they traded defenseman Chris Pronger, sacrificing a chance to contend for the Stanley Cup now for future chances.

Pronger, then nearly 35, was still a menacing figure. He wanted a seven-year contract extension and the Ducks refused but knew they couldn’t let him go with no return, as they had lost other players because of salary-cap restraints.

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Morning Line

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“I hope there’s guys disappointed in there.  There had better be, because we found ways to lose two games here and we’ve got to find ways to win games.”

-Flames coach Brent Sutter after losing to the Wings last night.  More on the game from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun.

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Blackhawks Will Visit Leno Show

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from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

The Blackhawks will attend Tuesday’s taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as a team after they practice in Anaheim.

A meet and greet with Leno is scheduled following the show for the players and other members of the Hawks’ traveling party.

As of Monday there were no plans to have a member of the Hawks as a guest with Leno, such as Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews.

“We’re working on that,” a Hawks spokesman said.

continue for more hockey talk…

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LB: Do We Have Clearance For A Game Of Critical Importance, Clarence?  Roger, Roger

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

The Wings are in Canada for a roadtrip of critical importance.  No game is more important than the one tonight against the Flames.

While the two teams are in a dogfight, their path to this point has been very different.  Wings fans certainly hope the team will find the heart and desire to make the playoffs, and the 19 are self-medicating liberally to cope with the stress.

Tick-Tock is not panicking.  He made no changes to our roster at the trade deadline for the second straight season.  As he pointed out, the return of our injured players are like trade deadline acquisitions.  Tick-tock and the 19 know that when playing to their potential, there is no greater team than the Red Wings in the NHL.

The Flames, on the other hand, blew up their roster shipping out roughly a quarter of it in trades leading up to the trade deadline. 

To me, I would much rather be in the Wings’ position.  They know they have the talent to be successful, they only need the willingness to put it all on the line.  And they better tonight, as the Red Mile in Calgary will be on fire for this game.

Today is the Ides of March, we should beware complacency and Jobu.  Take nothing for granted and press the skate to the throat.  Tonight’s game will be the biggest statement game of the season.  Do the Wings take their fate in their hands and win, securing a narrow lead in the playoff race over 9th place, or do they once again falter when the chips are down?

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NHL Faced With The Ovechkin Conundrum

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In all the discussion about head shots that dominated the NHL agenda last week, one point consistently came up, from both hawks and doves – that only a handful of players are responsible for the vast majority of the questionable (and potentially) suspension-worthy hits that occur in the game; and they fall into the repeat-offender category. The conundrum, for the NHL, is that one of its shining lights also just happens to be one of those players. That will cause a lot of sleepless nights for Colin Campbell as he riffs on the question that first came up in The Sound Of Music: How do you solve a problem like Ovechkin?


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Modano Out After Appendectomy Surgery

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Frisco, Tex.—Dallas Stars center Mike Modano underwent surgery today for an appendectomy and will be out of action indefinitely. He is not expected to play in the Stars’ home game vs. San Jose on Tuesday evening.

Modano, 39, did not practice with the team today. He has appeared in all 68 of Dallas’ games this season (one of three players to do so; also Loui Eriksson and Stephane Robidas), scoring 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points with 20 penalty minutes.

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Twitter Introducing @AnyWhere Platform, Points Out NHL.com Usage

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from Laurie Sullivan of MediaPost,

When the service launches with Amazon, Bing, Citysearch, Digg, Salesforce, YouTube, Yahoo and a handful of media sites, people will have an option to follow tweets without leaving the Web site. But the fact that Williams didn’t estimate a time the service would launch left some wondering if the launch partners lagged in the ability to go live with the service.

Some features demonstrated by Williams at SXSW already exist. The National Hockey League (NHL) has been using a similar technology for months. In fact, the league attributes the technology to keeping fans glued to its site during the recent NHL draft picks.

more on the future of Twitter…

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Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hits, saves and goals that made the highlights from the last week in the NHL.

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Two Games For Ovechkin

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via Tarik El-Bashir tweet,

Ovechkin has been suspended two games by the NHL.

added 4:47pm,

TORONTO (March 15, 2010) – The National Hockey League announced today that Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has been suspended for two games, without pay, for a reckless hit on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell during NHL game #1022, March 14.

The incident occurred at 12:16 of the first period. Ovechkin was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct on the play. Campbell was injured on the play.

added 6:11pm, from the Capitals PR department,

Statement from George McPhee, Washington Capitals vice president and general manager

“We have no problem with the way Alex tried to finish his check. Unfortunately, an injury resulted. We are disappointed with the suspension but do not want to comment further.”


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Directv/Versus Have An Agreement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Directv tweets,

VERSUS will be returning to the same programming packages it was at the end of August 2009.

DIRECTV and Comcast have reached an agreement to return VERSUS to the DIRECTV programming lineup today.

added 4:45pm, Directv tweet says channel shoudl be back by 7:00pm ET today.

added 4:50pm,

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., and PHILADELPHIA, March 15, 2010 - DIRECTV and Comcast have reached an agreement to return VERSUS to the DIRECTV programming lineup today. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

VERSUS will return to the same DIRECTV programming packages it was in at the end of August 2009.

“We are pleased that both sides were able to work out a satisfactory deal to bring this programming back to our customers,” said Derek Chang, executive vice president, Content Strategy and Development, DIRECTV.

“We’re excited that we were able to come to a fair agreement that puts VERSUS back in millions of homes with DIRECTV in time for our busy spring programming schedule,” said Jamie Davis, president of VERSUS.  “We look forward to super-serving these fans with NHL regular-season and playoff coverage, our first live UFC event and much more.”


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  Tags: directv

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