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Rangers Just Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

For a month I have been pleading patience to those who have been so quick to rip the likes of Wade Redden and Dmitri Kalinin, yet both are now showing their worth. It was Redden who set up the game-winner after Drury won the face-off deep in the home team’s zone. The defenseman looked up, noticed the captain on his radar and delivered a drive two feet off the ice that was deflected behind Nik Khabibulin for the winner.

Perhaps it’s too soon to start thinking about the Rangers possibly catching Boston for the Conference lead, but I’ll tell you this: I was not overly impressed after seeing Boston on the Island on Thursday night.

We’ve got almost half-a-season left and lots can happen. One of those things could be a Bruins slump and a Rangers streak.


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Raycroft With A Great Game, Except For One Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Rayzor decides to take a wrist shot up the middle, which we all know is real easy with those big paddle-board sticks, with a catchers’ mitt on one hand and a body full of heavy equipment.

Pass gets knocked down by Horcorff, leading to a chinese fire drill in which Rayzor kicks back out the puck he appeared to have saved between his legs, only to flop around and watch Horcoff slide the puck in for the 3-2 game-winner.

Rayzor makes about 50 saves tonight, many of them great ones. Then loses a game because he decided to act like Moe, Larry or Curly, take your pick.


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Norris Trophy Race

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Norris Trophy is one of the more interesting trophy races this season.  There is no clear front-runner at this point.  The biggest name defencemen in Nicklas Lidstrom and Zdeno Chara have had good seasons, but they haven’t jumped out as clear leaders.  Both have teammates in Brian Rafalski and Dennis Wideman who are statistically about as strong Norris candidates.  Dan Boyle leads the NHL in scoring among defencemen, but he is not as strong in his own zone as some of the players previously listed.  Marc-Edouard Vlasic is another San Jose Shark having a very good year, but he is not as offensively strong as some of the other candidates.  Duncan Keith is doing very well in Chicago and also deserves consideration.  Mike Green has by far the best points per game among defencemen and should he have been healthy the whole season playing at that level he would be the front-runner.  Scott Niedermayer, Dion Phaneuf and Chris Pronger are other serious Norris candidates who could take over the lead given a strong second half.  With all of those candidates, I have been supporting Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators.

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Flames One Of The Top Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kelly Hrudey of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

We’re all very aware just how close many of the top teams in the NHL are to each other and just how fine the line is between winning and losing.

Currently three teams have put together excellent first halves to this season, losing fewer than 10 games, which is a remarkable feat. They are Boston, Detroit and San Jose.

Impressive to be sure, but none of these three teams may be the best in the league right now.

What may surprise some people is the Calgary Flames are as good as or even better than anyone right now.

People around the league are really starting to take notice of the Flames because right now they have zero weaknesses.


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Power Play Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Now that we’re at least halfway into the season, it’s a good time to take a look at power play production, from an individual perspective.  That’s the goal of this week’s edition of Backchecking, which also includes Trade Rumours, Hot n’ Not and the best in quotes, Chirping.

Sure, you can check out the leading power play scorers:

1. Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington (8-16-24)
2. Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh (6-18-24)
3. Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim (3-21-24)
4. Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary (9-13-22)
5. Todd White, C, Atlanta (9-13-22)

read on for loads of power play stats…

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Evening Line

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“I almost felt like a bridesmaid in Mats Sundin’s wedding.”

-Brendan Shanahan.  Much more on Shanny from Damien Cox of The Spin blog.

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Fans Will Decide Winner Of ASG Breakaway Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Jan. 16, 2009) – When Alex Ovechkin attempts to defend his title in the Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge on Saturday night, Jan. 24, in Montreal’s Bell Centre, he’ll have to do more than just out-perform challengers such as Sidney Crosby. The competitors must win over fans in arena and those watching the 2009 Honda/NHL SuperSkills at home on RDS, CBC and VERSUS – and their fellow NHL All-Stars.

        For the first time in NHL All-Star Game and NHL SuperSkills history, fans will choose the winner of one of the competitions via text messaging powered by NHL partner Telescope, Inc.

        Voting will begin as soon as the last Breakaway Challenge competitor completes his routine, with fans in the Bell Centre, those watching on television throughout North America and all of the 2009 NHL All-Stars and YoungStars able to cast one text message vote per mobile phone.

        The polls will remain open throughout the NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck. Following that high-energy, three-on-three contest between the League’s top rookies and sophomores, the fan-selected champion of the Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge will be crowned.

The SENShobo broke down the challengers earlier today.

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Just Another Game?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Interesting conversation going on in the comments here as to just how critical tomorrow night’s game in San Jose is.  I can tell you from experience that this is how I’ll determine the import: 

If the Wings win, it’ll be a huge victory, one that signals a guaranteed 12th Cup and most likely a life-long supply of juice boxes.

If the Wings lose, the game will mean nothing.  A 3-hour bump in the road, and probably one I won’t even discuss on Sunday.

But that’s me.  How are the Sharks viewing a game that will determine who leads the Western Conference after it’s over?

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Armenian Night In LA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am half Armenian, so here goes…

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings are offering a special Armenian Heritage Night ticket package to their fans for the Kings-Atlanta Thrashers game at STAPLES Center on February 16. 

Fans who purchase the Armenian Heritage Package will receive a discounted ticket to the game – which takes place one month from tonight—along with a pass to a private post-game party at Club Nokia at LA Live, a special Kings/Armenian mini flag and one premium Armenian beer or soda.  The post-game party will feature a special appearance by Armenian DJ Vick One from Power 106 and a performance by popular Armenian hip-hop artist R-Mean.

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The Lost Net

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I must chime in on this quote by Peter Budaj that was in Terry’s story of our beloved and worthy Denver Post.

The quote was this: “I lost the net before and I knew it was going to happen this season, that there were going to be times Rayzor was going to be playing. That’s the nature of the business sometimes.”

Look, I know things get said sometimes that are taken out of context and sometimes guys who are from a different country say things that might not mean exactly - or that they think they mean.

But, geez, if I’m Tony Granato or Francois Giguere or Stan Kroenke and I’m reading that statement, I’m having a little sit down with Boods to ask him about it. So, basically, you knew you’d be no good eventually and lose your starting job, is that what you’re saying?

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