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Be Patient Pens Fans

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via WPXI,

Leaders are urging fans to be patient about a power play to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl indicated Thursday that a deal is more likely than not.
Ravenstahl said there are no details outstanding that are insurmountable.
Ed Rendell said Thursday that progress is made each time officials meet.
Rendell did not get into specifics and did not say when a deal might be announced.

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Are The Habs A “Flub” Team?

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from the blog of Stan Fischler,

When Montreal scored first last night at the Meadowlands, I figured this would be another occasion when the Devils would just fold up before a flub team.
But Claude Julien’s lads somehow got their act together and Marty Brodeur does what’s become a habit with him; beat the Habs.

more on the Devils…

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Use The Ammunition

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from the Thrashers Blog at the AJC,

Hartley also said that there was a good team meeting before practice, maybe a wakeup call. And his comments after practice were pretty pointed, stuff like: “This is time to declare war. You go to war with warriors, you don’t go with water pistols.”

more on the Thrashers

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Kovalev Out With Elbow Injury

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via TSN,

The reeling Montreal Canadiens, losers of five straight games, but more bad news on Thursday. According to RDS, Montreal forward Alexei Kovalev will miss three weeks with an elbow injury.

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Caps Comfortable In Snow

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from D.C. Sports Bog,

As I listened to school closures on the radio and dutifully shoveled about an inch of snow off my front steps this morning, it occurred to me that this massive winter weather onslaught was, perhaps, a topic worthy of Capital discussion. After all, the current roster has more than a dozen native Canadians, not including Donald Brashear (who was raised in Canada), plus two Russians and a Lithuanian. Surely, they had never seen anything like the one-inch blizzard of ‘07, I attempted to say with a straight face.

continued

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Will Ducks Get Their Winning Ways Back

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Pronger maintained the season “can be easily turned around.” The issue, of course, is whether this is an aberrational period, a somewhat inevitable slump involving injuries and a loss of focus (as evidenced by too-many-men minors) rather than an indication that this is the real Anaheim.
My guess?
The Ducks are going to be fine. Thanks to the soft Central Division, both the Predators and Wings have passed them in the conference, and, yes, they have looked shaky of late. Pronger and Scott Niedermayer at times seem as if they’re not 100 percent, but they’ll get back to it.

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The Top 20 Rookies

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from Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,

After discussing dream jobs in the opening segment of last week’s Crashing the Net, this week’s Opening Faceoff focuses on 20 young men living out their hockey dreams. This week, CTN rates the 20 best rookies in the NHL this season.
10. Travis Zajac, New Jersey, C—The fifth center to crack the Top 10 on this list, Zajac is not as offensively polished as the ones who precede him on this list, but he is solid in all three zones and has assumed a key role as New Jersey’s second-line center

read on for the rest…

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Looking At The Thrashers

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

From night to night, you never know what to expect from the Thrashers. They are the poster children for the new NHL. They can win 8-2 one night with an explosion of offence and then lose going away 5-1 the next. They can run roughshod over an opponent in one game and then find themselves steamrolled by the same opponent the next time out.

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White Or Yellow

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Page 2 at ESPN,

White laces have been the standard for decades, but yellow is slowly creeping into the game. Current devotees include Ilya Kovalchuk, Slava Koslov, Alex Ovechkin (who’s erroneously shown wearing white laces in NHL 07), Jaromir Jagr (whose yellow laces really clash with the Rangers’ color scheme), Marc Savard (now there’s how to match your laces to your uni!), and Petr Nedved.

more... scroll down to hockey…

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Not Making It

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Well, with t-minus two weeks and counting until the Feb. 27th trade deadline and the bipolar nature of nearly every team nowadays, I’m nowhere near brave enough to predict who’ll be on the inside of the post-season looking out.
That said, I’m much more comfortable predicting who’ll be on the outside looking in. Want to know which two teams almost assuredly won’t make it?
Not if you’re a fan of the New York Rangers or Edmonton Oilers, you don’t.
Yeah, I’m singling out the Blueshirts and Oilers to fail in this season’s playoff race.

read on

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