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GDT - Game # 64:  Red Wings at Blues (8:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Detroit is in the Gateway City tonight to, hopefully, overcome the Blues.  Although DET is 6-3-1 in their last ten games, they are coming off a thorough @ss-kicking from NSH Saturday night.  Perhaps, in an attempt to instill some grit in the dressing room, DET has called up 6’ 5”, 220 lb Defenseman, Jonathan Ericcson.  Ericcson will take Lilja’s spot.  Lilja, certainly not the only Wing to get pummelled, is out at least two games with a concussion and knee injury.  DET has also called up enforcer Aaron Downey.  To make room for Downey and Ericcson, DET sent down Leino and Helm.  Diggers say Hoss will play tonight.

The Blues, in the meantime, have made a serious charge up the standings going 6-2-2 in their last ten games, and are winners of 3 straight.  As a result, St. Louis finds itself amongst the quagmire of teams battling for the final playoff spots.  St. Louis currently has 64 points, and sits in 12th place in the terribly crowded tier of teams battling for the bottom three playoff spots.

6 Columbus 63 g/p,  68 pts
7 Edmonton 62 g/p,  67 pts
8 Anaheim 64 g/p, 67 pts
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9 Nashville 63 g/p, 66 pts
10 Minnesota 61 g/p, 65 pts
11 Dallas 62 g/p, 65 pts
12 St. Louis 62 g/p, 64 pts

 

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Oilers Have Needs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers have all sorts of needs heading into tomorrow’s swap meet - a first-line left winger, a second-line left winger and a second-line centre to tide them over until Sam Gagner can begin producing.

And maybe a shut down defenceman.

Otherwise, they’re set.

“We’ve had our discussions, we know our needs and the managers are going to try and address those needs the best they can,” said head coach Craig MacTavish. “If the opportunity presents itself to help us, that’s obviously what we’d like to have happen, we’re all gearing towards that. But the deals have to make sense ...”

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Depending On the Scouts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

As tomorrow’s NHL trade deadline approaches, rumors are rampant. Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester is going here. Anaheim’s Chris Pronger is going there. The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to deal everyone except their public-address announcer.

There is a group of unappreciated men - scouts - who will play a major role in deciding the destination of those players and many others.

Most of the scouts type evaluations on their laptops as they watch the games from high above the rink. On those same laptops, they can watch various players on video clips so readily available in today’s information age.

The availability of instant video on players - and teams - has slightly reduced the number of scouts employed by teams.

But it hasn’t made them obsolete.

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Biggest Game In Five Years For Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Typically on the days leading up to the NHL trading deadline, the actual games themselves can be afterthoughts. But that won’t be the case tonight when the Blues host the Detroit Red Wings on the eve of the deadline.

Any game against the Red Wings is an attention-grabber, but with the Blues inching closer to a playoff position and with the outcome of tonight’s game possibly affecting the club’s deadline strategy, there seems to be a lot riding on the final score.

It may not be a stretch, in fact, to call tonight the Blues’ biggest game since the 2004-05 NHL lockout.

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Niedermayer & O’Donnell Not Moving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said Monday he will keep Scott Niedermayer, captain of the 2007 Stanley Cup championship team, and Kings GM Dean Lombardi said he will keep veteran Sean O’Donnell while trying to re-sign him.

Murray also indicated he might not deal prized defenseman Chris Pronger.

“Teams have interest but there has to be something to it that makes sense to us,” Murray said. “He’s playing very well and he and Scotty and [Ryan] Whitney give us a pretty good start on our defense right now.

“You’d listen to anything, but nothing has been thrown at me that’s exciting.”

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Moore May Be Gone Tomorrow

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from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star, I

t is almost certain that tonight’s game against New Jersey will be Dominic Moore’s last as a Maple Leaf….

Burke, though, was still unwilling to completely close the door on Moore’s future with the Leafs.

“It’s still too early to say,” the GM said last night.

However, it’s difficult to believe Moore will sign in Toronto, even though both parties would like that to happen. It is believed the two sides remain about $1 million (all figures U.S.) apart per season, a gap that is just too wide to be bridged.

Moore, based on his breakout season with the Leafs, is thought to be looking for roughly triple the $900,000 he earns this season with a desired two-year deal in the $5 million range. While that seems steep, there are those who believe Moore could command more than $3 million a season on the open market this summer.

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Trade Talk Highlights

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• The Coyotes are also trying to move centre Olli Jokinen and there is plenty of interest. Sources say the Blue Jackets, Flames, Capitals, Oilers and Canadiens have all held discussions about acquiring Jokinen. Phoenix needs to shed salary, but also wants to get a decent player in return.

• Minnesota is still trying to sign goalie Niklas Backstrom. His agent, Don Baizley, has valued his client in the $6-million per season range and the Wild doesn’t want to pay that kind of price. This one is going to go to the wire. The Wild can’t risk losing both Backstrom and right winger Marian Gaborik as UFAs in the off-season for nothing in return

• The Panthers might be leaning toward keeping defenceman Jay Bouwmeester for the rest of the season. Florida is on the verge of making the playoffs and owner Alan Cohen has demanded the club make the post-season.

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Havelid Will Fit Right In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Lamoriello believes Havelid’s game is not only well-suited for the way the Devils play, but also he is the type of individual that will fit in seamlessly in the locker room.

“Right now you have to be careful what we do with our team because of the chemistry involved,” Lamoriello said by telephone tonight. “Anyone you add has to be a seamless-type of individual and that’s what [Havelid] is. He will fit right in.”

Lamoriello said he wanted to add to his team’s depth on defense.

“There’s no question that’s what he does,” Lamoriello said of Havelid. “He’s a complete player that can do everything. He just gives us depth and experience. He’s been through playoff runs.”

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Watch Out For The Devils

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Since the beginning of January, the New Jersey Devils have had a 20-7 record which makes them the best team in the league during that period.  The Devils have done very well offensively in that period.  Four of the twenty highest scorers so far in 2009 are Devils.  Zach Parise has 33 points in a tie for third so far this year and he is followed by Jamie Langenbrunner with 30 points (7th place), Travis Zajac 28 points (14th) and Patrik Elias 27 points (19th). 

With that offence, Scott Clemmensen did very well in goal.  He was rewarded with a trip to the minors when Martin Brodeur returned.  In Brodeur, the Devils have probably the best goaltender in hockey.  He is the reigning Vezina Trophy winner (a four time winner of that award).  In three games since returning, Brodeur has two shutouts a 0.67 GAA and a .971 saves percentage.  That brings his season numbers to a 1.81 GAA and a .928 saves percentage.  Had he played all season (as opposed to only 13 games) those would be Vezina Trophy calibre numbers.

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Wings Respond To Cherry Comments

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star via the National Post,

Lidstrom said he’s never really had a conversation with Cherry during his visits to Detroit.

“I think I’ve said hi to him when I’ve seen him here,” Lidstrom said.

“Maybe (I’ll) check him (the next time I see him). He’s a character. He brings a lot of entertainment when he speaks.

“Sometimes he’s right and sometimes he’s wrong. I think just seeing him in his suits brings laughter from people.”

more and if you missed the Cherry comments, you can watch it here...

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