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Penguins Get Some Schedule Breaks

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from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

There is no proof that the NHL schedule was designed to benefit the Stanley Cup champions, but the Penguins have been playing advantageous hands the past few weeks.

A game Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena marked the fourth of eight previous contests in which a rested Penguins squad faced an opponent that played the previous night.

In fact, according to FSN Pittsburgh, seven of the Penguins’ past 12 games have come against opponents that either played the previous night or traveled a great distance the day before. The Penguins were 5-0-1 in those contests.

“It’s just the nature of this year’s schedule,” coach Dan Bylsma said.

continue for more on the Penguins…

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Goalie Talk In Boston

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Rumors For You On A Sunday Morning

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via the Toronto Sun,

• The Flyers are believed to be trying to trade C Jeff Carter. Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren nixed a deal for Montreal G Jaroslav Halak, and wants to see if he can get more for Carter.

• When is somebody going to challenge the leadership of Rangers GM Glen Sather? The club hasn’t had a great record since he took over and things are going downhill fast this season. Here’s a rumour: Sather and coach John Tortorella out. Mark Messier and coach Wayne Gretzky in. 

• Confirm or deny: St. Louis coach Andy Murray pushed one of his daily scouting reports under a player’s hotel door recently and the player pushed it back out. Then, Murray pushed it back in. Can’t be true, can it?

more including Kovalchuk talk…

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What Could Have Been

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So we’ve been doing research for All Decade lists that will appear in this space next week, in the final Slap Shots of the 2000s, but while reviewing the best and worst first-overall Entry Draft selections, this single Draft Day deserves special mention:

It was June 24, 2000 in Calgary, when Mike Milbury went Mad. Holding the first overall selection, the Islanders’ GM first traded young netminder Roberto Luongo and Olli Jokinen to the Panthers for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha, thus opening a hole in goal that Milbury filled by selecting Rick DiPietro at No. 1 overall, ahead of Dany Heatley and Marian Gaborik.

Thus, instead of the Islanders presenting a lineup that would have included Luongo, Jokinen and either Heatley or Gaborik, Milbury chose one with Parrish, Kvasha and DiPietro.

more topics from Larry, includeing Bill Guerin should be Team USA captain…

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Hockey Topics On The Hotstove

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The conversation on the HNIC Hotstove turned to head shots, Team Canada, the Wild Fire, a few players who are available for trade in the NHL, Marty Turco contract, Carey Price contract, the Coyotes and Islanders situation.

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Celebrating The Holidays In Different Ways

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from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

National Hockey League dressing rooms are all melting pots. Players are players. Objectives and thinking are pretty uniform. There are no national flags on the jerseys.

If there were, the Canucks’ practice would resemble the United Nations General Assembly. Or at least NATO.

There are Canucks from Canada and the United States, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Austria and Slovakia.

But Christmas — and Hanukkah for American defenceman Mathieu Schneider — is one of the few times during the winter when the diversity of the Canucks, or any team, becomes a little more apparent.


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John Boychuk Hit On Matt Stajan Tonight

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No penalty on the hit.

added 10:39pm, better quality video of the hit is below…

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Konopka Paying The Price In Tampa

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from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

There are days, Zenon Konopka admitted — like the one in Detroit when his neck and wrist were packed in ice and he could not speak clearly because of the stitches in his mouth — that he wonders what his body will feel like at age 50.

It is bad enough, he said, at 28.

“It’s a concern,” Konopka said. “But life’s too short. Everything in your life is in the now.”

And for now, his body is his most reliable tool and one of the Lightning’s most important weapons.

Tampa Bay does not have a heavyweight enforcer. Instead, it relies on Konopka, a middleweight, really, but who is willing to take on anyone.


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The 12 Days Of NHL Voices

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‘Big Country’ Shawn Lavigne and ‘The Paperboy’ Aron Papernick of NHL Home Ice gave a new spin to an old holiday classic…enjoy!

Listen here.

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Bryan Bickell Up & Down Like A Yo-Yo

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Bryan Bickell was assigned to Rockford again today.

We know the Blackhawks are trying to save cap money any way they can so I guess Bickell is probably thankful only 90 miles separates Chicago and Rockford.


To see more stats on Bickell, head to TSN Player Page.

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