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To Fight Or Not To Fight

from Wade Babineau’s blog at The Guardian,

Those of you with an NHL TV package would have seen it live. The rest of us saw it on the highlight reels later that night, but the fight between Colton Orr of the New York Rangers and Todd Fedorak of the Philadelphia Flyers is on the lips of everyone this morning.
No doubt the anti-hockey fighting groups are writing letters and sending e-mails as I write.
Well let’s analyze the fight. I’ve watched it on YouTube several times and before the fight started Orr had circled the ice and tapped Fedorak on the leg. He turns around sees Orr and immediately drops the gloves.

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added 1:40pm, A KK reader passed on an interesting post at Japers’ Rink…

the NHL should pass a rule whereby a) a player who gets in multiple fights over a given span of time gets suspended, and b) a player who receives a concussion in a fight and gets in another fight over a different time period gets similarly suspended.

read on

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Someone Was Watching

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

The Buzz: You can’t get Americans to watch a hockey game without dressing it up with a healthy dollop of good old fist-in-your-face violence.
The BACKHAND: For the record (and you can look it up) the highest-rated Versus Network hockey telecast ever was last week’s game between the swift-skating Buffalo Sabres and the similarly inclined Pittsburgh Penguins. The game didn’t have a single fight, almost no penalties and was a breathtaking, edge-of-your-seat affair that featured Buffalo coming back from a two-goal deficit in the closing minutes of play before Pittsburgh pulled out the win via a walk-off shootout goal from Sidney Crosby before a sellout crown in the supposedly decrepit Mellon Arena.

read on and much more Buzz & Backhand topics…

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Tight Race For NHL Awards

From Wayne Scanlan at CanWest News,

They are a secondary consideration to the playoff races. When the playoffs begin, they will be utterly forgotten until the Stanley Cup has been awarded. Then, the presentation of the NHL individual awards will be the last, glitzy act in a long season. Just because the focus is on team dreams at this time of year, the league's top performers haven't forgotten about the pursuit of individual honours, which involve races just as tight as those conference standings hockey fans pore over every morning.
continued... with speculation on candidates for the Hart, Art Ross, Calder, etc.

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Is The East A Favorite?

from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,

This isn’t the first time I’ve read and heard of supposed bias against the NHL’s Western Conference from hockey fans, but a closer examination of the facts suggests otherwise.
First, scheduling in terms of travel is considerably tougher for Western teams, but that’s the result of geography. All the Eastern Conference teams are within one time zone and in many cases a quick one or two hour plane trip apart.
In the West, however, the teams are spread further apart and between three time zones (central, mountain and pacific). It’s unfortunate, but not the result of any bias against them.

more.. plus, don’t forget there are two teams in the West that are in the eastern time zone…

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There Is That Word Again- Respect

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Hockey is a tough game and for a team to be successful, it has to be played that way. Against opponents of similar stature, he would do the same.
Only far too often this season, Tkachuk believes, tough play has given way to dirty play. And with a spate of recent ugly incidents in mind, the veteran power forward feels his fellow players need to be a little more considerate toward their opponents.
“I think guys are taking a little more liberties now whereas years ago you had to be held accountable,” Tkachuk said on a conference call Wednesday. “Now with more and more players coming in there’s a lot of guys who aren’t accountable. It’s not fair. You want to go out and do something but you can’t because you’re worried about the consequences.

more...
I have been preaching respect all year- The NHLPA needs to step up and make all players aware of the damage they are doing to the game…

added 5:31pm, You can read the whole transcript of the Tkachuk tele-conference…

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According to The Maven…

from Stan Fischler at The Maven,

• If Ryan Smyth bolts from the Islanders at season’s end - and there’s no guarantee that he will - the ex-Oiler won’t return to Edmonton. If Smyth goes west, Calgary will be his destination. However, we’d rather see him back on the Island.
• No expansion is being planned by the NHL - at least not at this moment - but Las Vegas keeps coming up in conversations with hockey people. One apocryphal tale has Sin City so desperate for a big-league hockey team that big-time casinos would combine to ensure sellouts for every single game.
• With all the fuss about Ted Saskin, one fact that most have overlooked is that the union’s leader is innocent until proved otherwise although frequent sinbin-sinner, Chris Chelios would have the world think otherwise.

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NHL Takes Concussions Seriously

from Lynn Zinser at the New York Times,

“That first week, some people were saying I was done for the season, some saying maybe I was done for my career,” Shanahan said. “One week stretched into two and two weeks stretched into three. I started to wonder who was right. And then suddenly it went away.”...
Like football, hockey has a culture of athletes playing hurt, but the National Hockey League has tried to take a more cautious approach on concussions since the mid-1990s, when several star players sustained serious injuries. League officials say the N.H.L. has been studying concussions — hoping to publish its results next year in a medical journal — and assembles its team physicians at least once a year to discuss the latest findings….
“I happen to think the N.H.L. has shown some leadership in some regards, establishing a study group and committing time and energy to the issue,” said Dr. Karen Johnston, a concussion specialist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute who has treated some of hockey’s most famous concussion patients, including Mike Richter and Eric Lindros. “Just by looking into an issue, you keep the attention focused on it.”

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Slight Scoring Slump

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP,

A year after sporting five 50-goal scorers, the most in a decade, only one player is currently on pace to top the magical barrier.
Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning carried 48 goals into Tuesday night’s game against the New York Islanders and should have no problem cracking 50 for the first time in his career.
After that, the league needs a few players to get hot in the remaining three weeks of the season. Anaheim Ducks winger Teemu Selanne has the best shot sitting at 44 goals with nine games left. He’s on pace for 49.
Ottawa Senators winger Dany Heatley (42 goals before Tuesday night’s game), Atlanta Thrashers winger Marian Hossa (41 goals) and Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin (41 goals) have an outside shot but aren’t currently on pace for 50.

read on

added 7:07pm, from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

What LeBrun doesn’t get into is a breakdown of how scoring has changed from last season to this one, something that shows unequivocally that the reason for the drop in scoring is fewer goals scored on special teams. While the number of power-play and shorthanded goals is on pace to fall significantly short of last season’s totals, even-strength scoring is actually on pace to marginally surpass the 2005-06 totals:

read on for a breakdown…

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Playoff Race On My Mind

I take a mini-tour with the hockey bloggers, looking at the playoff races in my NHL.com blog today.

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The Shootout- A Different Game

from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

N.H.L. shootouts are played in front of crowds who stand for every shot, in arenas abuzz with expectation and, with the season waning, in situations that often have vital playoff implications. But the shootout decides not just which team gets a crucial point in the standings; it also forms a dividing line between shooters who are ready for the magnitude of that moment and those who are not.
That line has fallen in unpredictable places. The league’s best players, its best shooters and breakaway artists, do not necessarily make the best shootout performers.

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