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It looks like the Ducks, it sounds like the Pond…

I'd really have to see them walk to be sure.  These don't seem like the Ducks we all knew, didn't like, and that the Sharks could usually beat back in the day.   Last season was one thing.  The Ducks beating the Sharks so often seemed like one of many very strange happenings in a very bad season.  But this season?  What do the Ducks know that the Sharks don'...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Cory Schneider’s Agent On The Vancouver Goalie Situation

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun, Just like his client, the agent for goalie Cory Schneider is not about to criticize the Vancouver Canucks for the team's handling of its goaltending situation. But Mike Liut, himself a former goalie, clearly hopes the uncertainty regarding a possible trade of Roberto Luongo does not hang over the team and Schneider all season. ...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Hockey Thoughts On A Tuesday Afternoon

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, - The referees are taking a beating after a rough weekend, but it's important to remember none of them worked during the lockout -- the second time in seven years that they refused to take anyone's job during a stoppage. The one thing they must start doing more of, though, is asking each other, "What did you see?"  For example...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

All David Backes

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com, What is the difference in mindset and pressure when you expect to make the playoffs, like the Blues do now, as opposed to the time when you were just hoping to get there? "I think when you're hoping to make the playoffs, you think it's OK to fail and you think about, 'Oh, we lost tonight, but we were slotted to not make the playoffs...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Flames game-day updates: White, Lashoff in, Helm’s bone scan negative

Updated at 11:46 AM: Darren Helm's bone scan came back negative: The Detroit Red Wings face off against the Calgary Flames this evening (7:30 PM, FSD, Sportsnet West, 97.1 FM), and injuries remain at the forefront this morning, with the Wings anxiously waiting for news regarding Darren Helm's back (he's having a bone scan today), but thus far, little news is good news...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Do The Oilers Need A Center?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, Unlike the San Jose Sharks, who have about eight natural centres amongst their top 12 forwards–moving Patty Marleau and Joe Pavelski and Scott Gomez to the wing–the Edmonton Oilers are seriously lacking in that commodity.  With  Shawn Horcoff breaking a knuckle on his hand and Eric Belanger busting two toes , both blocking shots...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Penguins and Europeans Blogging Thesis

From The Pensblog: It is no secret that "players and people who we think are Penguins" are North Americans.  Especially in the Dan Bylsma era, the Pens' mentality has shifted. Their top priority has been to stock the organization with aggressive skaters who aren't afraid to forecheck, throw a little hit, get separation, and get a cycle going.  It's Bylsma...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Another DraftStreet.com Freeroll For Readers Of KK

The first KK Draftstreet.com Freeroll went fairly well so we are doing it again. Thanks again to Draftstreet.com for being a direct sponsor of KK. If you haven't heard yet, there’s a new way to play fantasy hockey which turns the season long grind into quick hitting one night leagues.  And the best part is that you can win cash every single day.  You draft a team for one...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers Looking to be More Than Solid at The Rock

The last time the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils squared off, the Devils scored in overtime to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, where they would lose in six games to the Los Angeles Kings. Fast forward close to nine months later and things are very different. Both teams are in the midst of a 48-game schedule, both teams have new faces and both clubs are not quite sure...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

The PK Subban Debate

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette, Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban made a modest return to action on a perfect Super Bowl weekend. He was neither a commanding presence nor a step out of place, but rather one of a half-dozen blue-liners who contributed to a sweep of the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators. And there’s not a thing wrong with that. It’s just...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Wild Searching For Answers

from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press, This is what it looks like when the wheels come off. The Wild are juggling their lines, calling guys up from the minors, making trades and holding players-only meetings. But after dropping a 2-1 decision to the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday, Feb. 4, in front of 9,508 at Jobing.com Arena, they are 4-4-1. And no one is happy...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Lightning Won’t Be Pushed Around This Year

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, At times last season, the Lightning was pushed around by bigger teams willing to use their size advantage to their advantage. But with recent additions of defensemen Keith Aulie, Brian Lee and Sami Salo as well as Benoit Pouliot, Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Crombeen, Tampa Bay is a bigger team this year. And they want everybody to...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

The Confident Backup Goalie In Anaheim

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog, Viktor Fasth has proven to be a quick study and a welcome presence in the Ducks’ dressing room. The 30-year-old goaltender has only been with his new team for a few weeks but is talking like a confident, 10-year veteran. Fasth starred on Monday night, making 25 saves and standing tall in the end to preserve the Ducks’ 2-1 victory over...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Davidson Hoping Blue Jackets Grow With Him

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch, “We’re 10 games in, but I think I’ve seen the good and the bad,” Davidson said. “When we’ve played to our max, we’ve played hard and with some passion, and when we do that, we play well defensively. That’s our reality. That is what we have to be. When we don’t care of the little details, the fundamentals, we don’t...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

GDT - Game 9:  Red Wings (4-3-1) host Flames (1-3-2)  7:30

Eight games into this short season (1/6 of the way), and the Wings have been, what's the word - - - inconsistent (at most things anyway).  After the embarassment of opening day, DET established they do in fact have some cajones with an exceptionally gritty win against STL.  The very next day, the Wings lay an egg against CBJ - - I lean to giving the Wings a pass, as being spent...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Ouch! Oilers lose Shawn Horcoff to broken knuckle

No matter how hard equipment companies try to make hockey gloves as protective as humanly possible, there will always be seams where body parts stick out as the hand bends and flexes, and Edmonton Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff, who wears a pair of Cadillacs in top-of-the-top-of-the-line Warrior gloves, still ended up suffering a nasty injury during the Oilers' 3-2 overtime loss...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Flames set-up and overnight report: banged-up, Lidstrom-less Wings face Hudler’s Flames

The Detroit Red Wings face off against the Calgary Flames tonight (7:30 PM EST, FSD, Sportsnet West, 97.1 FM) hoping to rebound from an ugly loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets while continuing to withstand more injuries (Brendan Smith is going to miss a month with a shoulder injury, Darren Helm's got an "uh oh" of a medical test coming up in the form of a bone scan on...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

A Tale of Two Goaltenders

It was the battle of the goaltenders Monday night in Edmonton. Kind of. On one end of the rink, Loberto Luongo and on the other Devan Dubnyk. One has allegedly asked for a trade, and was supposed to be passing the torch this season to the younger franchise goaltender. The other is taking the reigns as the starting goaltender while leaving the older tender on the bench. Neither goalie...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

White’s all right to play against Calgary? Ken Holland says Red Wings will decide on Tuesday

I'm trying to slowly but surely build upon Monday's gaggle of practice post news to fill up an early overnight report--for some reason, my body has decided that I need to go into my 35th birthday feeling like I lost a fight (I have been told that I felt similarly at Hutzel Hospital in 1978)--but given the awful news about Brendan Smith, and given that the Red Wings will face...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Happy Hudler’s back in town, hoping to help the Flames beat the Red Wings

I'd planned to keep things a little more businesslike than the Triple Deke at Winging it Motown (who ends up being downright eloquent) when it comes to welcoming the man who most certainly marched to the beat of his own jazz ensemble, one Jiri Hudler, back to Detroit...But even someone who's purposefully not plugged into the streams of player-related gossip and innuendo like...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Video Tyler Bozak Thought He Scored Tonight

But goal waved off after it was reviewed, kicking motion.       added 9:16pm, via the Situation Room Blog at NHL.com, At 18:44 of the second period in the Hurricanes/Maple Leafs game, video review determined that Toronto forward Tyler Bozak directed the puck into the net with his right skate. According to rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Datsyuk Suing To Stop Allegedl Use Of His Name And Likeness

from Mike Martindale of the Detroit News, Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk is suing an Oak Park man he alleges has been selling hockey jerseys and other clothing containing his name, number and likeness without his permission. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday before Oakland Circuit Judge Martha D. Anderson in the lawsuit, filed against Pasha LLC, Pasha Sportwear...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Director Of Officiating Terry Gregson Discusses Goalie Interference

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen, While there is no official change to the goaltender interference rule, there is, however, a distinct change in inteference calls among skaters. Players, particularly defencemen, have been left shaking their heads, trying to adapt to a new standard where they can’t get in the way of attacking forwards when they chip the puck behind...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Ex-Sharks on the move, minor grudge match tonight

Some ex-Worcester Shuttle frequent flyers have been on the move lately, and for some reason this is as interesting to me as pre-game thoughts about the Sharks in Anaheim.  I have only one thought about tonight's game: the Sharks need to avenge that near loss they suffered at home on the 29th.  I just hope it isn't with a near win like the Ducks got.  Something on the order...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Crain’s Detroit Business’s Shea: Don’t expect Wings to name their follow-on rink Gordie Howe Arena

There's a significant amount of on and off-ice news regarding the Red Wings thanks to today's practice and news regarding Brendan Smith and Darren Helm's injuries, and off the ice, Crain's Detriot Business's Bill Shea's following up his report about the potential 2013 ground-breaking upon the site that the Wings plan on building their new rink with an article...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss
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