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Give Burke More Time

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, ...Actually, Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland, who most of you will agree knows a thing or two about winning a Stanley Cup, believes it should be 10 years before a general manager should be judged. His argument is that’s how long it takes to change the culture of an organization after you take over. General managers cannot simply show...
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Once more into the Pond, dear Sharks

Happy Birthday, Logan Couture.  He says that all he wants for his birthday is a win. That’s very mature of him, planning to give us a present on his birthday, or, at least, to go get his own. So, the Sharks play in Anaheim tonight.  What have we got? We have stats to tell us what we know has already happened: Sharks lost 4 of 5 to the Ducks.  We have dinosaurs.  We have...
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Blame Dale Hunter For Not Having The Caps Ready To Play?

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post, George McPhee doesn’t get many things wrong. But the Capitals general manager’s decision to tap into tough-guy nostalgia, have Hunter be the taskmaster to replace Bruce Boudreau, the players’ coach whom the locker room allegedly tuned out, was absolutely the wrong move. Half of the Verizon Center crowd shuffled dejectedly out of the building...
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Wings Appear Healhty

Paul here for George. Both Ericsson and Franzen are scheduled to play tonight and Conklin will start in goal. Howard says he feels fine in practice but it looks like he won’t play the next two games. Khan has all the information at Mlive.
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Big Improvement

from Scott Cullen of TSN, Here are the 23 players in the NHL this season that have scored at least 10 points more than their previous career high (minimum 30 points and rookies, for obvious reasons, not included): Tyler Seguin, RW, Boston (Previous Career High: 22 PTS; 2011-2012: 61 PTS) - It’s not a surprise that the second overall pick in the 2010 draft has emerged as a scorer...
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

The Record Setting Blues

ST. LOUIS – With a 3-0 victory over Nashville Tuesday night at Scottrade Center, the Blues set a new franchise record with their 30th home win of the season, surpassing the previous mark (29) set by the 1980-81 team.  The Blues also tied a modern era (since 1967-68) NHL record with their 15th shutout overall this season and set a new team record for consecutive shutout minutes...
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

The Zetterberg Of Old

from Ansar Khan of Mlive, The dominant two-way player the team is accustomed to seeing has resurfaced the past two months. Zetterberg has 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in the past 23 games, after picking up only 35 points (nine goals, 26 assists) in his first 53 games. “He’s the best player on the ice right now, night in and night out,’’ teammate Niklas Kronwall said...
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Shane Doan Ready To Return From Suspension

from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic, “Obviously you never want to be in the position I’m in right now with eight games to go and miss those three,” Doan said. “But it is what it is. It’s over. Now I have to get ready to go.” Doan will return to the ice Thursday with his teammates when they host the current top dog in the Pacific Division, the San Jose Sharks...
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Sabres Climb To A Top 8 Position

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, Sabres owner Terry Pegula turned 61 Tuesday and got quite a birthday present as his team snuck back into the top eight with five games left. Buffalo is 7-0-2 in the last nine games and has won five straight for the first time since taking six in a row from Dec. 29, 2009 to Jan. 8, 2010. That 12-game road losing streak that ruined January...
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Capitals No Longer Control Their Destiny

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider, The Capitals were quick to try to push the memory of their ugly 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night behind them and focus on the future. The defeat cost them some control over that future, though, and makes their margin for error extremely thin heading into the final five games of the season. While Washington isn’t out of the...
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Hawks Fall in Shoot Out

It was 20 years ago yesterday, that a 19 year old Martin Brodeur played in his first NHL game. Since then (pre game stats) he has notched 651 victories while playing in 1,186 games. Add 118 (wow!) shut outs, all 3 of these NHL records, and you have a solid, Hall of Fame, career. He was the difference in this game, stopping some where around 38 shots, as the Hawks lost in a shoot...
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

New Oilers YouTube Video #NugeForCalder

There are plenty currently of sites devoted to the Edmonton Oilers, all of varying degrees of seriousness and coverage. JSBM (Jean Shorts and Bagged Milk) is one of the sites that tries not to take things too seriously and can be a source of a few chuckles. Usually the posts are not suitable for work, but once in a while there is something that everyone can enjoy. This week, the...
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

This Summer’s NHL Trade Market Could Be Busy.

NHL general managers looking toward this summer’s free agent market to bolster their teams won’t find many star players available. It’s a very thin market this season, particularly for available “name” talent, lacking quality starting goaltenders and offensive stars. The best of this summer’s bunch includes New Jersey’s Zach Parise, Nashville’s Ryan Suter and Andrei...
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Zajac Scores Decisive Goal In Shoot Out Win Over Blackhawks

The New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks had a real defensive battle last night. Martin Brodeur played amazingly well considering his team was severely outshot in the game. With a 1-1 score, the game would need to be settled in a shootout. After just returning to the lineup the other game, Travis Zajac came out as the fifth shooter and snapped a shot over Corey Crawford to score...
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

GDT - Game #77:  Red Wings at Blue Jackets (7:30)

DET (46-25-5), second in the Central today, have a golden opportunity to put some points up on NSH and catch them in the ROW tiebreaker column; thanks to the Blues 3-0 win over NSH last night.  Of course that means the Wings will actually have to win one on the road, something they have not managed to do at all this month, 0-4-2. Worse, they cannot score on the road either, 9 GF...
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Marc-Andre Fleury Takes An Elbow To His Head

Teammate Paul Martin delivered the elbow on this goal. Fleury played the remaining two minutes of the period but was replaced to start the 3rd. He was on the bench and reports are he was not pulled do to injury.
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March 27, 2012  |  Discuss

It’s Over For The Leafs

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, It came earlier than last season, and it was hardly a surprise. But the Toronto Maple Leafs are now officially, mathematically eliminated from the playoffs after another dismal outing in a 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. The defeat caps an epic collapse by a Leafs team that had been sitting in sixth in the Eastern Conference...
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March 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Out To Screw-Over Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province, By now, of course, it’s a well-known fact in these environs that a very sophisticated conspiracy exists in the NHL which has been designed for two purposes. One, to screw the Vancouver Canucks at every turn. Two, to call the games in a way which benefits a few select teams. These teams have yet to be identified. The operatives in NHL...
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March 27, 2012  |  Discuss

IS There A Flaw In The Playoff Format?

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light, Another thing that first place will give the Sharks – as it does all division-winners — is home ice advantage in the first round. And that provision in the NHL playoff format can handicap other teams that have a better record but a lower playoff seed. That inequity is most pronounced this season with the relative mediocrity of the Pacific and...
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March 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Marty Turco Talks Tom Brady

from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston, Turco was good friends with Brady’s predecessor, Brian Griese, who helped the football program to a share of the national championship in 1997. It was normal for the football and hockey teams to hang out and Brady was one of those players who would make frequent visits to the hockey house. “He was younger and we treated him like a third stringer...
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March 27, 2012  |  Discuss

The State Of The Wings

Paul for George… from Zack Crawford of the Wings website,  Having clinched a playoff spot this week, the Red Wings had good reason to be positive at the Detroit Economic Club luncheon held at MotorCity Casino Hotel on Tuesday afternoon…. As for the current state of affairs, Holland pointed to the “offense by committee” as one of the things he likes most about the team...
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March 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Hockey In Quebec

It seems likely that the Phoenix Coyotes will be moving at the end of the season.  They have played nearly three seasons since they went into bankruptcy and the NHL bought them.  The city of Glendale, Arizona has been subsidizing their operation and that is going to come to an end at the end of the season.  I think it is a safe assumption that they won’t be in Phoenix again...
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March 27, 2012  |  Discuss

The forgotten funk

The Sharks have not forgotten that stretch of frustrating losses and uninspired play they called a funk.  They are not clear of it yet: “We haven’t done anything yet,” Thornton said. “We’ve got six games left, and we’ve got to win some games just to get into the playoffs. It’s great getting all the way up to third, but we still have to keep going and working hard every...
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March 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Why Goal Scoring Is Down

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News, Is goal scoring down from what it was after the lockout? Absolutely – the numbers show that clear as day. But the numbers also suggest this development is in direct correlation to the fewer numbers of power plays being handed out. And just because there are fewer penalties called does not mean obstruction is at the level it was in 2003-04. ...
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March 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Just Win Hockey Games

With the Minnesota Wild out of the Western Conference playoff hunt, the New York Rangers will look to go “wild” in Minnesota tonight and pick-up the two points that they need to keep pace in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. With no signs of slowing down, the Pittsburgh Penguins look like the team to beat in the NHL right now. They are just one point behind the Blueshirts...
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March 27, 2012  |  Discuss
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