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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Hawks feed tonite on Center Ice.  A Hawk home game, no less.  Even for us Wing fans, that’s good to see.  Game intro focused completely on the four game streak.  Hawks have cumulatively outscored Detroit 6-1 in the third periods through the first four games.

Robert Lang’s hair appears to be impeccably coifed.

Game previews can be found at On The Wings and Third Man In.

National Anthems in Chicago are the best of any arena in the continental 48…if this rivalry ever gets renewed it would be something very good for Gary’s NHL.

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Lupul Out With Spinal Cord Contusion & Concussion

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Paul Holmgren at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

“Lupul has been diagnosed with mild concussion. However, the more concerning injury is that he sustained a spinal cord contusion at the level of his fifth & sixth cervical vertebrae, which are located in the neck area. It’s creating some tingling sensations in his hands. The X-rays are negative on any real damage. But right now we have to give Joffrey some complete time off. He’s going to take a couple weeks off from doing pretty much everything and then we’ll evaluate him at that point two weeks from now.”

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Watch the video as Hatcher hit Steen of the Leafs and his own teammate, Lupul.

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Who The Heck Is Colin Stuart?

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Colin Stuart sure showed some great speed on this end-to-end rush against the Sabres today.

Watch the video…

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Ice Issue In San Jose

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from Working the Corners,

Many players and some fans believe that the ice conditions would improve if the Sharks were willing to turn the thermostat down. Management is concerned about the complaints from other fans that it was too cold inside and they were no longer comfortable.

I talked with Rich Sotello, the vice-president for building operations, about that. Here’s what he had to say.

“We like to run a constant temperature because guests that come into the building are used to a certain thing and obviously the president (Greg Jamison) is very much in tune with what fans want,” Sotello said.

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Havlat A Game Time Decision

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from Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

The Blackhawks left the ice a little while ago following their morning skate in preparation for tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.

There may be a surprise return of injured star Martin Havlat. The winger, who has missed the last six games with a groin injury, said his groin is “getting better. We’ll see how it feels tonight and we’ll go from there. We’ll probably make a game-time decision.”

“I just want to be back playing hockey again,” Havlat added. “That’s my goal right now and help the team. It felt pretty good yesterday and today, I just didn’t get a real test during a practice but we’ll see how it goes.”

more on Chicago…

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Sunday Odds and Ends

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

More Sundin talk.  A must-win for the Wings?  Street hockey in DC and mind games from Uncle Mike.  These stories and more right here on A2Y: Fair and Balanced.

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Selling Or Buying

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Spector not only points out all of the trade talk that is starting to heat up, but lets us know if it can or cannot be a feasible move.

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Who May Be Available

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from Chuck Gormley at the Courier-Post Online,

With the NHL trade deadline less than two months away, some high-profile players already are being mentioned in trade rumors as teams try to trade heavy contracts for prospects.

Two of the most intriguing names are Mats Sundin and Jaromir Jagr. Some believe Jagr would rather retire than leave New York and it’s unlikely the Rangers will move the struggling, but still dangerous, right wing.

But if the Leafs continue to struggle, Sundin could be placed on the blocks, if only as a three-month rental. The problem in Toronto is that John Ferguson, Jr., could be on the way out and trading Sundin almost certainly would hasten that decision.

Others scheduled to become UFAs after this season are forwards Daymond Langkow, Mike Comrie, Sean Avery, Krisitan Huselius, Ryan Malone, Markus Naslund, Mark Recchi and Michael Ryder and defensemen Wade Belak, Dan Boyle, Brian Campbell, and Wade Redden.

more NHL talk…

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Not Worth It

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from the Star Tribune,

Don’t expect any monumental Wild trades by the Feb. 26 deadline, especially if it means mortgaging any piece of the future just for the prayer of acquiring a player who could help Minnesota win a playoff round or two.

“None, guaranteed,” Wild General Manager Doug Risebrough said. “I think the perfect example of why I won’t do anything like that happened last year.”

Risebrough is referring to the New York Islanders trading for Ryan Smyth, the Atlanta Thrashers for Keith Tkachuk and the Nashville Predators for Peter Forsberg.

Net worth? Two playoff wins ... total.

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Just The Facts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Has anyone noticed the Western Conference is 46-25-4 (W-L-OTL) against the Eastern Conference?

7 of the top 10 point leaders are from the East and 7 of the top goaltenders in GAA are from the West.

9 out of the 12 +/- leaders are from Ottawa and Detroit.

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