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Witt May Be A Marked Man Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

As fate would have it, Brendan Witt’s comeback from a five-game suspension for a blow to the head of Maple Leafs forward Niklas Hagman will be in Toronto tonight at Air Canada Centre. Although the shot Witt delivered was unintentional because he had no stick and simply was trying to get his body in Hagman’s way, the Islanders defenseman understands if Toronto fans or the Leafs themselves demand retribution.

Asked if he might be a marked man tonight, Witt said, ” don’t know. I played with Ron [Wilson, the Toronto coach]. He coached me in Washington. He’s not that type of guy. But if it is, we’ll just address it. If I’ve got to fight, I’ve got to fight, and then, it’s forgotten about. It’s a part of the game.

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Havlat Day-to-Day, Khabibulin Practices

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

“Havvy is day-to-day,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “He was much better today than when he left the game the other day.”

When I asked Quenneville if there’s a possibility Havlat could play Wednesday night when the Hawks host the Carolina Hurricanes, the coach paused and said: “I’ll say yes.”

There was some good news on the injury front as veteran goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin returned to practice. The veteran has been suffering from a lower-body injury.

more on the Blackhawks…

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Top-10 Stanley Cup Contenders

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sam McCaig at The Hockey News:

San Jose, Detroit and Calgary are the class of the West, while Boston, New Jersey and Washington are the lead pack in a wide-open East. Right here, right now, the smart money is on a Boston-San Jose final.

Here’s why:

1. SAN JOSE SHARKS
They’ve been one of the best teams in the NHL for several years and they’re all too familiar with the pain of losing in the post-season. The blueline has been studded with experience and there’s more grit than ever before among the forwards (and still a lot of talent, too). And this is it for old guys like Claude Lemieux, Rob Blake and Jeremy Roenick. This team is motivated, skilled, experienced and deep. Is it now or never? No. But it’ll sure feel like it if the Sharks fall short once again.

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And Now We Turn To Uncle Mike?  Really?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The longest regular season in hockey history continues tonite with the next “most important game of the year.”

Meanwhile, everybody’s saying Uncle Mike’s all pissed off.

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Yep. He looks fired up, eh?  Nice photo selection.

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Penalties For Staged Fights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The NHL’s general managers are hoping to cut down on staged fights.

The GMs would like to see a 10-minute misconduct penalty assessed to players who drop their gloves right after a faceoff.

Referees would also be able to hand out that penalty in other instances where they believe players have engaged in an appointment fight.

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added 3:17pm, from Damian Cox of The Spin Blog at the Toronto Star,

There are those who believe all fighting in hockey is wonderful.

There are those who believe it’s all idiotic.

Then there are those that believe some fighting in hockey is necessary and meaningful while just some of the fights are idiotic.

The NHL knew it couldn’t please the first crowd or the second, so it’s going for the third.

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Wings Goaltending An Issue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

The latest Detroit debacle, an 8-2 teeth-smashing at the hands of the division rival Columbus Blue Jackets, was rife with turnovers on the Wings side. Many of these resulted in goals. But all good teams have bad defensive games. The ones not named Detroit this year have rarely given up that many goals.

In fact, since January, the Red Wings have given up six goals or more four times (not including a 6-5 shootout loss to Colorado). Vancouver, since Roberto Luongo has come back in net, has not suffered that indignity, nor has Boston. San Jose and Washington have been shamed once. New Jersey had seven hung on them by the Isles this weekend; also a first in that time span. Calgary has met the inglorious fate three times since January, but seldom-used backup Curtis McElhinney played all 60 minutes in two of them.

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Roberts Officially Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Gary Roberts announced his retirement today after a 21-year career that included 1,224 games, 910 points and a Stanley Cup title.

“Today, I am officially announcing my retirement from the National Hockey League,” said Roberts. “I am extremely grateful for having had the opportunity to be a part of this great league. The game has been so good to me and I will always be thankful for having had so many years doing what I loved to do.”

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The Up & Down Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Two nights after the high point of their season, the Canucks played the first three minutes like they were serious about sending a message to the Kings, watched in horror as Roberto Luongo fanned on a balloon from noted goal scorer Denis Gauthier, then spent the next 37 minutes or so looking worse than Mickey Rourke slow dancing with RuPaul.

True, they managed to make things interesting in the third period but if they think what they offered was good enough, they’re delusional. They can talk about brave comebacks and Daniel Sedin’s goalpost until they’re blue in the face.

The real story of this game was their 12 shots on goal in the first 40 minutes. It was the four icings in about a five-minute span in the first period. It was Mats Sundin turning two odd-man rushes for the Canucks into odd-man rushes for the Kings on the same shift. And it was Sundin taking a ridiculous minor in the offensive zone which led to Jarrett Stoll’s game-winning goal.

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Talk Continues Sutter Will Leave The Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

Brent Sutter sounds every bit the part of a frustrated Alberta rancher lost in an urban jungle.

Homesick? You bet.

Thinking of walking away from his job as head coach of the New Jersey Devils to move back to his farm and family?

Also true.

“The hockey side ... that part’s been fun,” the New Jersey Devils head coach said in his office on the west side of the Hudson River, across from the madness that is Manhattan.

“It’s the other things. Between the ranch back home and the junior team, the [Western Hockey League’s] Red Deer Rebels, being away from all that hasn’t been the easiest thing for me.”

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GDT - Game # 67:  Red Wings host Coyotes (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

What is the adage; Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice _____________?  Is anyone else feeling apathy, resignation, indifference, frustration?  Count me among the crowd of smooth “p!ssed off”.  I remember similar feelings after the disaster that was NSH game.  I remember some who suggested it was “just one game”, and everyone has an off night. The Wings then proceeded to get Ozzie his first shoutout against STL and then a win against COL on a back-to-back.  Maybe, I thought, it was just “one-game”  I thought wrongly.  This team has more personalities than Sybil.  Kind of like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates, you are never sure what you are going to get; from brilliance to absolute bullsh!t.  It is going to be the death of them come playoff time, and is certain to cause multiple alcohol related symptoms among the “19”.

Personally, I have seen more than enough and therefore opted for the apathy and harsh skepticism view.  Don’t get me wrong, I am always a fan, always will be; and pray for the best from this team.  I just don’t have the faith to believe this team can play excellent hockey on a consistent basis (and haven’t we all witnessed the truth of that statement all friggin year).  The pure frustration is knowing that with the Wings talent level, they could have been more dominant than last season.  If you want the numbers, continue; me, I am hoping to see some heart tonight.

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