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Thoughts On A Monday Evening

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, • Conventional wisdom is that the Western Conference matchup to avoid is the No. 4 / No. 5 fight between two of Detroit, Nashville and Chicago. After all, the thinking is, you’d rather finish sixth and face the Pacific Division winner. Here’s the flaw: travel. Since 2000, nine Central Division teams have won a first-round series against a team...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Henrik Says Daniel Sedin Improving

from Monte Stewart of the CP at Yahoo, Henrik said his sibling is making progress every day while keeping a positive attitude. “He was down for the first few days,” said Henrik. “He’s always a happy guy, a positive guy. But when you talked to him, you could tell that something was wrong. But in the past couple days, he’s getting better ... So we’ll see what happens in...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Evening Line

“Little goody two shoes [Crosby] goes into the corner and gives a shot to Schenn. Schenn was late to the party, he should have turned around and drilled him right away, but I guess better late than never.  So you know, Crosby gets cross-checked, big whoop. He said after he came back from his 35th concussion, ‘I’m not going to do this anymore, I’m not going to get into this...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Fowler’s Defensive Woes Continue

Cam Fowler of the Anaheim Ducks was one of the higher profile rookies in the NHL last year.  As an 18 year old he played a significant role with the Ducks.  He showed some offensive prowess scoring 40 points from defence.  The problem was he wasn’t much of a defensive player.  He had the worst team and zone adjusted Corsi rating in the league last year.  Anaheim Duck fans...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Quincey Suspended One Game

via Helne St. James tweet, One game suspension for #RedWings defenseman Kyle Quincey. added 5:34pm, Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension.
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Laviolette, Granato Fined

NEW YORK (April 2, 2012)—Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato have been fined $10,000 and $2,500, respectively, for their actions late in NHL Game #1185 at Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 1, the National Hockey League announced today.
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

44 Games Left To Play, Almost Half Are Must Watch

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com, Including the two games on tap Monday, both with playoff implications, there are 44 games left in the regular season. Twenty-one of those games involve at least one of the nine teams that are still mathematically alive but have yet to clinch. We’ve narrowed our list of must-watch games down to 16 (it wasn’t easy). Here they are in order of when they...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Sega NHL94 Tournament Update!

The first annual Flyers Faithful / Orange and Black Breakdown Sega NHL94 tournament is right around the corner, and this might be your last chance to sign up! As of today there were only a handful of open slots available for the tournament, which is set to take place on April 22nd at the Play2 Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA. All tournament participants receive a retro themed t...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

New signings and other tween day bits

Saturday’s Stars @ Sharks game was certainly the most suspenseful 3 goal lead I can remember watching, but my memory is slipping lately.  It was a shame to end it with a crummy, unproductive 5 on 3 power play, but the rest of the game was well-managed.  The Stars didn’t bring their best to the game but everyone will have another go at it tomorrow.  Fingers and toes crossed...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Flyers Update On Injuries

via On The Fly at the Flyers website, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced today that center Danny Briere will be out indefinitely with an upper back contusion, while defenseman Nicklas Grossmann will be out 7-10 days with a lower body injury.
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Best Of The Month

Two minutes of the best goals, hits and saves from March, 2012.
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Stars Of the Month

NEW YORK (April 2, 2012) – Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the month of March. Continue reading "Stars Of the Month"
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

The Vacant Quiet Room

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet, The media immediately coined the term, “The Quiet Room.” NHL officials proudly announced that the new protocol would be in place “starting tonight.” That was on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. Today, more than a year later, the NHL’s innovative concussion protocol is all just a fuzzy memory. And isn’t that ironic? “Quiet Room?,” Edmonton...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (April 2, 2012) – Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara and Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending April 1. Continue reading "Stars Of The Week"
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

“Now it’s sexy to be from Winnipeg.”

Last night on CBC’s The National they had a piece on the Jets’ “inaugural” season - the exact kind of piece that makes me want to crawl under a rock and never emerge. Click “continue reading” if you dare… Continue reading "“Now it’s sexy to be from Winnipeg.”"
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

What Do You Think Of Phil Kessel?

from Michael Traikos of the National Post, If Phil Kessel were to reach the 40-goal mark in a year in which the Toronto Maple Leafs missed the playoffs, what would be the reaction? Would you cheer? Would you boo? Would you even care? It might be a tree-falls-in-the-forest type of question. Kessel, who set a career high by scoring his 37th goal in a 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Now What Calgary?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, Now that the postmortem on the season is officially under way in Cowtown, Calgary’s inability to win the close one will also be the most seductive red herring to ponder in the months ahead. In effect, it provides ownership and management with one more opportunity to delude themselves into thinking the club is close to respectability –...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Sharks Are One Of Five Teams Battling For Three Playoff Spots

from David Pollak of the Mercury News, Make the playoffs and this team still gets to show what it can do when it matters most against the best. Miss the playoffs and every element of the hockey department—from the front office to the coaching staff to the players—could go under the microscope of an ownership group looking for flaws. “Six points that are out there are real...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers Can’t Find Tying Goal in 2-1 Loss to the Bruins

With a chance to clinch first place in both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference last night at Madison Square Garden against the Boston Bruins, the New York Rangers could not find the equalizer in the third period in a 2-1 loss. The Blueshirts fired 19 shots at Bruins’ netminder Tim Thomas in the third period but Thomas turned them all aside. The Bruins’ battling goaltender...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Scott Clemmensen Takes Advantage Of His Net Being Dislodged

Has anyone witnessed a goalie doing this before?
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Kyle Quincey Will Discuss His Elbow With The NHL

A Monday afternoon hearing has been scheduled for Kyle Quincey with the NHL Department of Player Safety for this elbow.
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Goodbye Gauthier

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette, Like hearing that your upstairs neighbour (the one who likes to hold Riverdance parties at 3 a.m.) is moving to Kurdistan. Or learning that you will never have to listen to another obnoxious Denis Leary pickup commercial as long as you live. Pierre Gauthier is gone – and there is joy in Mudville. Sorry, folks, we aren’t going to shed...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Are Some Canadian Teams Lacking Motivation?

from Damien Cox of The Spin, Every team is profitable, something that seemed like a distant dream in the late 1990s when teams were asking for government handouts and the Ottawa Senators were teetering on the edge of bankrutpcy before finally falling over the precipice. Five of the league’s top eight franchises in average attendance are Canadian clubs. All seven Canadian teams...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Pick Six Wrapup

If you play in fantasy hockey head-to-head leagues, you probably already know that a top-notch win-loss record doesn’t always promise the number one finish in the league. All it takes is for one poor fantasy playoff week – an injury or two, or substandard play from otherwise solid performers – to end the season without the first-place trophy you were actively seeking all season...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Teemu Time

Oilers beat Ducks (no April fools joke) 2-1 Three first period goals and all scored by a Teemu, this was an NHL first in what may have been Teemu Selanne’s last home game as a member of the Anaheim Ducks. While fans filled the lower bowl with signs asking for one more year, Selanne remained mum on the subject. Continue reading "Teemu Time"
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April 01, 2012  |  Discuss
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