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Fighting Words

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ben Kuzma of The White Towel,

“Obviously, there’s a rivalry,” understated (Alex) Burrows. “I know a lot of guys in this lockerroom don’t really like their players and we’re not big fans of them. But at the same time we’ve got to play smart.”

Puck drops just after 10:00pm ET tonight, Chicago vs. Vancouver, I’ll be watching, need a hockey fix quick…

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I think it starts individually. I think it’s everybody’s job, in this room. When you lose a couple games, you can’t point fingers at other people or look elsewhere at what’s going on. You have to take a look at yourself and correct the problem with your own game. That’s how we’re all going to get out of this, by making sure that we’re all, individually, doing what we need to do to win these games and prevent a tailspin, like what happened last year.

“Everyone knows what it takes to win. You can’t use the youth excuse. That was last year. Now it’s about preparation and it’s a personal thing. Everyone has to look at themselves and realize that they have to be better. That’s what is going to make our team better.”

-Matt Greene of the LA Kings via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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Pat LaFontaine Is Still A Difference Maker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

LaFontaine will always refuse to let hockey define his life. He knows there are greater highs than perfectly placed slap shots, understands there are worse tragedies than three-game winless streaks.

He also knows it is important to share that wisdom. The Hockey Hall of Famer and Buffalo Sabres legend visited Western New York over the weekend. As usual, he brought smiles, kind words and perspective.

“Hockey is a dream come true,” LaFontaine said. “You pinch yourself that you get to play at this level. It’s a privilege.

“But there’s so many things you learn along the way, people you meet and experiences, and I truly believe that everything you do in life prepares you for what you’re supposed to do next. You have to get to that point where you take those experiences and be proactive and say, “OK, I’ve learned this. I’ve gone through these situations. Now what can I do to use that and make a difference in someone else’s life?’ “

read on

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Kronwall Out At Least A Month

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from Chris McKosky of the Detroit News,

The medical report on on Niklas Kronwall’s left knee wasn’t as encouraging as the Red Wings had hoped, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.

An MRI Sunday showed that Kronwall has a significant sprain of his medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He will be out at least a month, and could be out as long as eight weeks.

“There is no ACL damage and that’s good news,” general manager Ken Holland said, referencing the fact that Kronwall had his left knee surgically repaired in 2005. “They are saying it’s between a Grade 2 and a Grade 3 sprain; Grade 3 being the most severe. So he’s out a month for sure and beyond that, it depends on how he heals.”

continued

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Laraque Hit On Kronwall Will Be Reviewed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Montreal Canadiens’ tough guy George Laraque may be in a bit of trouble with the league.

The NHL has decided to review Laraque’s knee-on-knee collision with Red Wings’ defenceman Niklas Kronwall that occurred half-way through the first period of Detroit’s shootout victory over the Habs on Saturday.

continued

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  Tags: georges+laraque, niklas+kronwall

San Jose Has Top Start

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The San Jose Sharks leading the NHL in the regular season is not a new story.  They finished first overall in the league last season.  In the past, the story has had a downside where San Jose has not been able to make a significant playoff run.  This year’s San Jose team looks to be the best one so far.  They are first in the NHL standings by a significant margin (they have a five point lead over Washington).  They are on pace to collect more points than they have ever had in a regular season in their history.  Three of the top five scorers in the NHL are San Jose Sharks (Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau).  They have one of the top scoring defencemen in Dan Boyle and one of the top goalies in Evgeni Nabokov.  This looks like the team to beat in the NHL.

Of course, it is November.  There are months to go before playoff time.  Sometimes good teams peak before Christmas and do not wind up as major players in the Stanley Cup playoffs.  There is widespread concern that San Jose might do so this year and that concern is increased due to past playoff failures.

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MMike89, You Out There?  Time to Pony Up

Blog: KK Members Blog By J.J. from Kansas

Because I have a long memory, a well-developed sense of schadenfreude, and a bit of pent up anger of Niklas Kronwall’s injury last night, I want to point you all back to a conversation back on October the 9th that took place after the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 in a game that featured a scrum in the final minutes during which Scott Hartnell allegedly bit Kris Letang’s finger.

The post can be found here.

Here is the particular exchange I want to point out between myself and a Flyers fan named MMike89. Mike begins by responding to a Penguins fan calling him jealous of their cup success:

MMike89 on 10/09/09 at 12:46 PM ET says:

“That was last year douche bag… not even the flyers would lose to the coyotes though… nice try”

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Wild Need Some Young Talent

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Nobody tries to lose. Nobody wants to lose. Especially players.

But this potentially painful Wild season might not be the worst thing for the long-term future of the franchise.

The Wild is depleted of top-end, young talent like few other teams. Just turn on the “Center Ice” package or study other teams’ depth charts, and it’s plain as day.

The Wild has no game-breaking forwards coming up, and developing these players might be the Wild’s only option. The next five months living through all the losses would be excruciating, but a top-five pick in the 2010 draft would be a nice “reward” for such a lousy year.

Look at the Colorado Avalanche. One horrific season got the Avs potential superstar Matt Duchene with the third overall pick.

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Blackhawks Play Both Sides Of The Ice

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from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,

Chicago ran the streak to 6-1-3 with a 5-2 victory and left Alberta 2-0 for the trip. Again.

When a team can blow out the opposition like that, the temptation is to pigeonhole the Hawks as a squadron of gunners, what with Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Kris Versteeg, Dustin Byfuglien and others able to light it up.

It gets worse for NHL opponents, presumably, considering the fact that free-agent sniper Marian Hossa is set to make his Blackhawks debut next week after recovering from off-season surgery.

But the young Hawks aren’t one-way offensive divas; far from it. They’re defensively responsible, ranked third in the NHL in goals against and second overall on the penalty kill.

read on

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Play Until You Hear The Whistle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Adrian Aucoin barely kept the puck in at the blue line - the Flyers protested that it had gone out of the zone - and fed Matthew Lombardi on the right side. Lombardi then found Yandle in the left circle, and he fired a shot past Ray Emery.

After the game, Stevens was baffled by the lack of a call.

“We thought it was offsides. One lineman had his arm starting up to call it offsides, and the other guy waved it off,” Stevens said. “It’s unfortunate. If they would have just waved it off right away . . . but you still have to kill the penalty. It looked like the guys on the ice maybe relaxed for a second.

“It’s unfortunate it ends up being the difference in the hockey game.”...

On the controversial goal that made it 2-1, Emery said “guys stopped,” when they thought it was offsides, “but it’s no excuse. . . . I know it didn’t look like he [Aucoin] thought he kept it in because he kind of stopped for a second.”

more on the Flyers loss to the Coyotes and watch the play below, although we really don’t get a great angle on the play at the blue line,  Also in the game, Blair Betts dislocated his shoulder.

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