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Another New Fan In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alex Quigley of All Q’d Up at ChicagoNow,

Three years ago I hardly cared that Chicago owned one of the Original Six franchises—and I probably would’ve had to cheat to guess who the other five were. So I guess I gotta come clean: I am a bandwagon jumper….

And in the midst of the biggest collective letdown amongst our pro teams—the Blackhawks shine alone, exceeding already-high expectations. And hey, home games are actually on TV now! I thank Blackhawks fans for not hitting us bandwagon-jumpers with the typical hockey fan response: “Doooood, hockey for life! You’re too late!” Instead, every lifelong Hawks fan I know has been incredibly kind and generous in sharing their hockey knowledge. I even got Blackhawks tickets for Christmas. I laughed and smiled like it was a Red Ryder BB gun.

Now, if one of you could explain to me what that blue line is for, I would appreciate it.

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GDT - Game #42: Red Wings at Ducks (10:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Maybe, hopefully, the worm is finally turning.  After an offensively starved month of December in which the Red Wings failed to score more than three goals in any game during a 6-5-2 stretch from Dec. 3-28; Detroit have scored four goals in each of their last two games - both wins.

The Ducks just completed a 0-3-0 road trip, and will be glad to be on home ice where they are riding a three game winning streak.  ANA is 1 for 20 with the man advantage in its last seven games.  The ANA MSM are taking the Ducks to task, pulling no punches, in describing the team as “woeful underperformers.”  Two teams that are apparently heading in opposite directions.  Red Flags are flying, and the signals get worse.

For the first time in recent memory, DET will not be facing the “hot” goaltender.  Hiller is allowing 2.91 gaa, and Wings killer JSG is sporting a 3.06 gaa.  Overall, ANA’s “D” is 26th in the league, surrendering 3.17 ga/g; you know what that means - - Jimmah is going to have to continue to impress, in his last 4 games he has been an amazing 3-0-1, 1.24 gaa, .961 sv%.

Late night tonight Bitches, see you there.

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Your Average Flyers Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

Having marked the end of the season’s first half with a sloppy 7-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Flyers find themselves with a .500 record.

The difference is that 22 other NHL teams have been better, leaving the Flyers—once projected as a Stanley Cup contender—bobbing with a 19-19-3 record, last in the Atlantic Division, 12th in the Eastern Conference and 23rd in the NHL.

The Flyers are just as ordinary at home, where they are 9-9-2, as they are on the road, where they are 10-10-1.

And they haven’t been any better under coach Peter Laviolette (6-8-2) than they were under coach John Stevens (13-11-1).

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It’s All About Luongo

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from Jason Brough of Orland Kurtenblog,

The Vancouver Canucks passed the halfway point of the schedule with Saturday’s 3-1 victory in Dallas. With 40 games to go, this week’s list features our keys to the rest of the regular season.

Roberto Luongo

In October, Luongo’s save percentage was .902 and the Canucks went 7-7-0.

In December, Luongo’s save percentage was .932 and the Canucks went 10-4-1.

This is called a correlation.

Still, there remains a sense that Luongo hasn’t been the winning factor enough. Vancouver is just 12-13-1 in games decided by two goals or fewer and 13-3-0 in those decided by three or more. Naturally, goaltending comes under closer scrutiny in tight affairs.

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Commodore Pulls Himself Out Of The Lineup, Even Though He Wasn’t In It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock won’t get the chance to scratch Mike Commodore for tonight’s game.

The club’s highest-paid defenseman has told the coaching staff he won’t play until he feels “100 percent.”

It’s yet another twist in Commodore’s bizarre season, one filled with injury, poor play and conditioning issues.

On Sunday, he notified Hitchcock of his intent on the team’s flight to Vancouver. The coach had benched Commodore for the past three games but was thinking of playing him tonight, pending a meeting with the player and several assistants, including strength coach Barry Brennan.

“The whole year has been a disaster, but I’m looking to move forward,” Commodore said. “Unless I have to, I’m not playing until I’m ready, until I’m 100 percent. When is that going to be? I don’t know. I thought it was going to be a month ago.”

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“The Gretzky Effect”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It’s become fashionable for Canadians to suggest hockey has failed as a sport in the southern United States.

The pathetic plight of the Phoenix Coyotes, on top of the troubles experienced by teams in Florida, Atlanta and Nashville, have made it easy to make that argument.

Problem is, it’s only partially correct. The sport itself, you see, has deeper roots in those regions than ever.

When Canada takes on the U.S. in Tuesday night’s much anticipated gold medal game at the 2010 world junior hockey championship, there will be evidence on both teams that areas once regarded as non-hockey territories are now producing world-class players.

You’ll be witnessing, to some degree, the Gretzky Effect.

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Julien Questions Effort Of Bruins

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The NHL season half over, coach Claude Julien sounded like a man who views his team’s effort as only half full - and even less satisfying. Last season’s Jack Adams Award winner as the NHL’s coach of the year sounded fed up.

“We can’t think we are going to win hockey games playing the way we are,’’ Julien said after last night’s 3-2 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in which the Bruins performed listlessly for more than two periods. “We are just showing up for a period, half a period, whatever, and get ourselves back in the game, get excited. We didn’t even deserve a point tonight. We didn’t get it. We didn’t deserve it.’’...

Julien wants the alleged leaders in the room to do some leading.

“Right now you have to coach, you have to be a cheerleader, you’ve got to wake ’em up . . . you’ve got to do too many things that a coach shouldn’t have to do at this level,’’ he said. “These are professionals and they have to take ownership of their room at some point.’’

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Patrice Bergeron Injures Hand In Loss To Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron left the game after being hit near the right wrist by a teammate’s slapshot early in the second period.

‘‘Patrice won’t travel to Ottawa with the team,’’ according to the team. ‘‘He is returning to Boston to be evaluated by our medical staff.’‘

more on the Bruins loss to the Rangers tonight…

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Big Names Needed To Draw Casual Hockey Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

So, a quick post on the disappointing NBC rating for the New Year’s day Winter Classic. The overnight rating of 2.6 was down 10.3 percent from 2.9 a year ago. (A rating is the percentage of potential U.S. households tuned in.)...

The problem is, if you’re NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and desperate to be the person responsible for growing the NHL game in the United States, a close, well played game appeals only to hockey’s core audience. The casual fans couldn’t have cared less. Bring on the snow, and, hey, where are Alex and Sid? There were no big names in this game, which is to say Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby weren’t there.

  But let’s not get too serious about the Winter Classic. It’s a gimmick, a novelty that earns some extra money for the clubs, and, in a perfect world, would kick-start NBC’s NHL coverage.

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Kovalchuk To Chicago- Not That Easy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Kovalchuk wants a lot of money, like $9 million or $10 million a year, and it’s hard to believe the Thrashers wouldn’t give him what he wants. Isn’t that a no-brainer, given the state of hockey in Atlanta? If Kovalchuk goes maybe the team does too.

Face it, the Hawks are going to be mentioned in every trade rumor from now well into until next summer because of their salary cap problems, so it’s easy for an exec to speculate he wouldn’t be surprised if the Hawks get involved in the Kovalchuk stuff once there is something to get involved with.

The Hawks do have a lot of assets, but how many of them would it take to get an elite player such as Kovalchuk?  I’m thinking possibly two top-nine forwards, a defenseman and maybe a high draft pick or two. That’s a lot to give up for a guy who might be just a rental.

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