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Keenan Calls For Janssen Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Flames Insider,

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s oddball match against the St. Louis Blues — plenty of bad blood, but, curiously, little pep to the game — Calgary Flames coach Mike Keenan had plenty to say following the 3-1 win.

* About St. Louis RW Cam Janssen’s hits on LW Andre Roy and D Robyn Regehr: “He definitely left his feet (on Roy), and he definitely left his feet on Regehr. The two hits he made . . . he jumped and leaped. He definitely left his feet with the intent of hitting a player who didn’t have the puck. A deliberate intent to injure. There’s no question in my mind. I watched it over and over just to make sure that I was looking at it clearly. It’s up to the officials and the league to address it. He broke Prustie’s jaw (Dec. 5 at St. Louis). But this one was so blatant and so obvious . . . there’s no need for that tactic in the game. You can body guys all you can and drive them with your shoulder, but you start leaping at guys and leaving your feet? Then . . . you losing respect for the game. The league should take some action and suspend them.”

more on the Flames and watch the hit on Regehr below…

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  Tags: cam+janssen, mike+keenan

Boudreau Not Happy After Caps Lose 3rd In A Row

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from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

The Capitals committed ghastly turnovers, took bad penalties, were outworked at both ends and suffered another humbling defeat, this one by the score of 5-2 to an Oilers team that didn’t have its leading scorer and came to Washington 17 spots behind the Capitals in the league standings.

“When it gets to the point that everyone wants to be the scorer but no one wants to be the mucker, you’re not going to do anything,” Boudreau said. “They’re lucky there’s no practice tomorrow.”

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Goaltender Wins Are A Poor Stat

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Miikka Kiprusoff has 26 wins in 42 games played by the Calgary Flames so far this season.  That projects to over 50 wins this season (50.76 wins).  The NHL record for most wins by a goalie is 48 wins and Martin Brodeur accomplished it in 2006/07.  If Kiprusoff has a very good chance of breaking that record, one would think he is having one of the best seasons in NHL history.  He isn’t.  In fact, Miikka Kiprusoff’s play has often been a weak point that has held back the Calgary Flames this season.  Kiprusoff has a .904 saves percentage.  This places him 30th in the NHL (among the 44 goalies who have enough games played to qualify for the race).  His 2.79 GAA places him 26th among the same 44 goalies.  Among this group of goalies, Miikka Kiprusoff is slightly below the middle of the pack.

To get a lot of wins as a goalie, one needs to play a lot of games on a good team that wins a lot.  Nobody plays more games than Miikka Kiprusoff.  This is because Calgary does not have a legitimate backup goalie.  Curtis McElhinney has only played in four games this season (and only two of those are complete games).  Kiprusoff has played the rest of the season.  He has 40 games played and has the decision in all 40.  This gives him a record of 26-14 (where three losses are regulation ties).

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Top 10 Plays At The Half Way Point

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TSN SportsCentre with the top 10 plays of the first half of the NHL season.

Thanks to a KK reader for the pointer.

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Long Distance Game Call

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from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

Friday night, they broadcast the Ducks’ game played here against Tampa Bay.

Saturday morning, they broadcast an all-star game played in Moscow.

Yeah, thatMoscow, the one in Russia. Not the one in Idaho.

Estimated travel time from Southern California: 12 hours.

How did they do this, exactly? How’d they leave Honda Center at 11 p.m. and, six hours later, call a game 6,000 miles away?

“Three cups of coffee,” Brent Severyn said, “and two doughnuts did it for me.”

It also helped that NBC was able to bring Moscow to them, to Severyn and partner John Ahlers, the two taking a red-eye drive, just 45 minutes up the freeway, transatlantic carpooling.

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Is DiPietro Done For The Year?

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from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

In the surest sign yet that the Islanders might be close to shutting down goaltender Rick DiPietro for the season after just five starts, general manager Garth Snow said the team has held exploratory talks with the agent for former Isles goaltender Wade Dubielewicz, who recently was bought out of his contract with Ak Bars Kazan of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League….

Told that Dubielewicz is talking to at least three NHL teams with goaltender problems, Snow said, “I guess we’re one of the three. We have to see what happens with Rick first before we do anything.”

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  Tags: rick+dipietro, wade+dubielewicz

Bolts Should Be Thinking About Their Credibility

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from Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times,

How much for Vinny?

And come to think of it, how much for a franchise’s credibility?

This is what the front office cowboys of the Lightning need to realize: It is impossible to lose one without sacrificing the other. Think of it as a two-for-one deal. If the team trades away Vinny Lecavalier, it is also trading away one of the last reasons to believe in it.

It is as simple as this. Fans trust Vinny Lecavalier a great deal, and they don’t trust the new ownership at all.

Around here, Lecavalier is not only the face of a franchise, he is the faith. In the chaos of a season, he is the reason to keep watching. He is the reason to think things might eventually get good again.

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I will be passing on the future Vinny stories that are sure to come, but will keep KK readers informed if any news actually comes out of all this talk.

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  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

Evening Line

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‘‘We’ll stick up (for Malkin), like you would for any teammate.  They’re intense, physical games and as long as that’s the way they stay, that’s safe. But if there’s deliberate intent to hurt someone, you kind of step outside the line a bit, you have to make sure you stick up for your teammate.’‘

-Sidney Crosby speaking about the game tomorrow against the Washington Capitals.  More from the CP via TSN.

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, evgeni+malkin, sidney+crosby

No Love For The Hockey Guy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A list of the Top 50 sportscasters, as voted by the American Sportscasters Association.  Since it is U.S. based I did not expect to see many hockey names.

Maybe I am missing some other hockey guys, but Foster Hewitt is listed at #40, right behind Bill Walton (huh)!

I wonder if any of the voters ever heard of Danny Gallivan or Dan Kelly.  How about some of the current hockey broadcasters, Jim Hughson comes to mind and even Bob Cole.

Again, it is U.S. based, so the majority of voters may not even know what a puck is.

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Only In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The talent that surprised several opponents earlier this season is no longer getting the job done, according to head coach Ron Wilson. His team heads into its match against the Nashville Predators Tuesday night on a three-game slide and has dropped seven of nine outings.

“I know where our talent level is, and when you’re not blessed with a lot of talent there will be inconsistencies,” Wilson said.

read more and that story was in the morning edition of the Globe and Mail.

This afternoon, Don Cherry was on Fan590 and did not think much of Wilson’s words.

Listen here...

This feud has been going on since the moment Wilson was hired by the Leafs.  I wonder what the next chapter will bring?

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  Tags: don+cherry, ron+wilson

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