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GDT - Game #44: Red Wings at Sharks (10:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Wings face a huge challenge tonight at SJS, who are 9-1 in their last 10 games.  The Shark have taken points in all but three home contests this season, sporting a 14-3-5 record at the ‘Tank.  Their overall record of 28-9-7, and 63 points have them only two points shy of leading the league (CHI 65 pts). Individually, Joe Thornton’s 58 points are second in the league, his 47 assists lead the league, Patrick Marleau’s 28 goals have him tied for 1st in the league. 

SJS are a juggernaught, 3rd is goals per game, 8th in team “D”, 9th on the PP, 3rd on the PK. The Sharks have alot of firepower aimed straight at Detroit’s Calder candidate, Jimmy Howard, who will make his 8th consecutive start tonight.  Howard is 8th in the NHL in goals-against average (2.19) and fourth in save percentage (.924). Let us hope he isn’t too gassed from his insane 51-save, winning performance against LA - - the Wings may well need more heroics from him on Saturday night.  And shockingly, Leino is back to the doghouse tonight.

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The Race To The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun discuss what it will take to make the playoffs in each conference.

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Almost 40,000 Watch College Hockey At Fenway

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mary Paoletti of CSNNE,

The snow fell fast and even. Fans hopped off the Green Line, paused for a moment on Commonwealth Avenue, and tried to find their bearings. It was a hockey night—that much they knew—but it was already unlike any they had ever experienced.

On this frosty Friday in January there was to be a collision between historic college tradition and an event momentous enough to make history with it’s first try.

Two NCAA hockey games played in a baseball stadium. And not just any stadium but in “America’s most beloved ballpark.” For one night in a city ruled by a hierarchy of professional sports, and where the MLB especially reigns supreme, four teams of student athletes were called into court.

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Brent Sutter Upset With Flames Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Down of the Calgary Herald,

Coach Brent Sutter took his players to task after they’d committed too many turnovers, played too soft in their own zone and got off just 10 shots on goal during the final 40 minutes against a team they probably should have run out of the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Instead, they suffered their second straight defeat while seeing a three-game winning string on home ice snapped by a club that won its second in a row in as many nights after going winless in its previous 13 on the road.

“There’s a certain way this hockey team has to play and until we can do it on a consistent basis and there’s a sense of urgency, how important every game is, you’re going to still have inconsistency and that’s the thing that really pisses me off, to be quite honest,” said a clearly irritated Sutter.

“This team shouldn’t be that way, but that’s the way we’ve been. Win two, three, lose two. You keep getting the same line, ‘Well, it’s not good enough.’ If it’s not good enough, then respond.”

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Interest In The Oilers Is Fading

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal via the National Post,

Roads are bad. Weather stinks. And so does the team. They are all factors in the rise in empty seats and the fall in resale prices. Have a look at Kijiji, the online classified ads site. Club seats that retail for $235 are available, in abundance, for as little as $100 apiece. The $50 ducats can be had for $20. It’s a scalper’s nightmare, a spendthrift’s dream, as long as you don’t mind actually having to watch the games.

I have heard, admittedly secondhand, of some Edmonton-area businesses that maintain season tickets and regularly give them away to clients but are now having a hard time finding takers. People trying to sell off season tickets, even at reduced rates, can’t connect with buyers. Laforge counters that they have a list of 1,800 people waiting to buy season tickets but only 300 become available each year. Clearly, these people need to communicate with one another.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Weren’t the no-name Avalanche supposed to be competing for the first overall draft pick? Certainly not first in the Northwest Division. While they have slipped a bit since a fast start, it will be fascinating to see if they can hang in for a playoff spot. If so, one of the West’s powerhouses (see Detroit) will be on the outside looking in.

At the other end of the scale are those Wings, just two seasons removed from winning the Cup and one from getting to another final. They can’t score consistently and certainly are not getting championship-calibre goaltending. Unless Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg (both stuck at 10 goals) find new life down the stretch, it appears the mighty will fall with a huge thud.

-Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star.  More from Paul as he looks forward to the second hafl of the season.

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Lightning/Devils Game Suspended

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The lights (half of them) went out in New Jersey with 9:12 left in the 2nd period.

Lightning leading 3-0.

update 10:07pm, Now the Devils announce the game has been postponed and will be re-scheduled at a later date.

update 10:09pm, Confusion remains, do they continue the game where it left off or do they start the game over.  I am sure Tampa Bay wants the game continued but no official word yet.

added 10:18pm, per Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

The lightning-devils rescheduled game will pick up where it left off…says Bettman

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update 10:33pm, Lou Lamoriello said a circuit breaker went out and it could not be fixed tonight.  He said no details on when the game will be rescheduled and has no answer if the game will start from the beginning or not.

Lou said he was in contact with Colin Campbell.

added 10:42pm, via NHL.com,

The game will be rescheduled at a later date, and NHL spokesman Frank Brown said play will be resumed from the point at which the game was suspended.

added 10:52pm, The NHL.com link from above has been updated with more information but the bottom line remains, the game will be resumed where it left off tonight.

 

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Talk About Playing Forever

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What do fully preserved human bodies playing hockey look like?

Check out the story from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out.

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Souray Would Waive NTC If It Made Sense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray said Friday he is open to waiving his no-trade clause if the team needs to deal him to improve its fortunes.

He stressed that he is not looking to get out of Edmonton and that any new destination would have to “make sense.”

In other words, it would have to mesh with the fact his children live with their mother in California and regularly fly to Edmonton to see him during the National Hockey League season.

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Back To The Doghouse Ville; And An Update On Homer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Nice to see Ville Leino could string together precisely 1 game of not sucking.  Consequently, since two in a row was out of the question, he’s sitting again Saturday.

Oh, and this isn’t even a story anymore.

Khan(!)

Jimmy Howard, as expected, will start Saturday in San Jose. It will be his eighth consecutive start and his 24th start in the last 30 games.

Also, according to Khan(!)...everyone skated except Kronwall.  That’s everyone…Lilja, Williams and Franzen included.

 

 

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