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I Nominate Me For The Selke, So Live Blog It

I’m no pharmacist, and certainly no Corsi expert with a flair for grammar and 53 word sentences. I’ve never predicted a 70 goal season from Dany Heatley and I’d certainly never tell you John Carlson belongs in the Hall of Fame.  But I do know this:  these idiotic Way Western trips are not long for this world because the Wings finally got what they deserved despite the protests...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

Video- Any Linesmen In The Crowd?

The LA Kings may have received a break on this goal tonight.
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

And a Mule’s Rib in a Pear Tree

The Red Wings wish fans a happy and safe holiday season on Red Wings TV, and, very casually, Johan Franzen steals the show: Somewhere down the line, something tells me that Johan Franzen will open, “Al Sobotka’s Feed the Mule Cafe”...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

Bourque Suspended Two Games

via Jesse Rogers tweet, 2 games for Bourque hit on Brent Seabrook Watch the hit below the Shanan video… added 6:20pm, Shanahan with the explanation… Continue reading "Bourque Suspended Two Games"
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

The Ryan Miller Mystery

I’m probably like a lot of people in Buffalo, wondering what exactly is going on inside Ryan Miller’s head. After this weekend’s performance, along with what the owner had to say, my predilection is to pull Ryan Miller immediately and put them through a couple more tests, specifically a guided EEG,  because I want to find out exactly what is going wrong, and whether it...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

No Diagnosis On Havlat’s Injury Until Tests Are Complete

via David Pollak of Working the Corners, The Sharks will be without Marty Havlat when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night, but coach Todd McLellan said today the extent of the right wing’s injury remains to be determined. “He’s got a lower body injury and he’s being re-evaluated today,” McLellan said, adding that medical tests weren’t done over the weekend...
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The State Of The Rangers Health

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot, There was bad news and good news for the Rangers’ injury-riddled defensive corps Monday. The bad news: Steve Eminger will be out 8 to 10 weeks while recuperating from a separated right shoulder sustained in Saturday’s 3-2 victory in Phoenix. More bad news: Jeff Woywitka was unable to practice Monday after being struck in the ankle with a shot...
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Game 32: PHI @ COL

Ben Holmstom centering Rinaldo and Harry Z. Let that sink in, because that’s one of your Flyers lines tonight. Needless to say, the Flyers - remarkably 8-2-0 in their last 10 and first place in the Eastern conference - are taking the ice with yet another newcomer to the fold; and he’s skating in our top 9. But that’s not all. A rare battle with enemies from the northwest...
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Geoff Molson On The Montreal Coaching Change

MONTREAL – Team owner, President and CEO of the Montreal Canadiens, Geoff Molson, made the following comments Monday on the head coaching change over the weekend. “On Saturday, our general manager Pierre Gauthier made a coaching change and named Randy Cunneyworth interim head coach of the Montreal Canadiens until the end of the 2011-12 season. This important decision was made...
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NHL.com Weekly Rankings

1 Boston (21-9-1) The Bruins are on pace for a plus-124 goal differential. That would be the best number since the 1995-96 Red Wings were plus-144. Of course, that didn’t translate into a Stanley Cup for the Wings. 2 Chicago (21-8-4) The 2.88 goals per game they’re allowing are the most since they gave up 3.06 per game in 2006-07. Ray Emery, however, is 6-0-1 in December...
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Lucic Suspended One Game

via James Duthie tweet, Lucic suspended one game You can watch the hit on Rinaldo here if you need a refresher.
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Red Wings-Oilers game-day updates: business as usual on a ‘later-breaking’ day

As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to face off against the Edmonton Oilers tonight (9:30 PM EST, FSD/Sportsnet West/WXYT), the Wings are just wrapping up their morning skate in Edmonton, and given the workload to come in three games over the next four nights, no news is good news, per MLive’s Ansar Khan... Everyone at the skate. Same lines 93-13-44, 51-40-26, 11-43-20, 48-8-96....
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

A Great Start To A Career

It is interesting to try to identify Hall of Fame track players as early as possible in their career.  These are players who project to have Hall of Fame careers.  One player who appears to be on such a track that few have spoken of in this manner is John Carlson of the Washington Capitals. Carlson was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the late first round in 2008.  He was...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

Another Medical Voice Says Stop The Fighting

from the CP at The Hockey News, Fighting and intentional head shots in hockey should be banned because of the risk to players of serious brain injury, says a doctor at the helm of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. In an editorial headlined “Stop the violence and play hockey,” interim editor-in-chief Dr. Rajendra Kale writes that as a relative newcomer to Canada, he was...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

Stars Of The Week

from NHL.com, Two players who piled up the points and another who excelled at keeping the puck out of his own net have been honored as the NHL’s Three Stars for this past week. Ottawa Senators forward Jason Spezza is the League’s First Star, Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is the Second Star and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin is the Third Star. continued
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Coach Q 600th Win

A slightly embarrassed (by all the attention), Coach Q, stuck around after the game for an extra minute while his milestone was announced. The crowd cheered as the single spotlight zeroed in on the coach, behind the bench. Congratulations coach, quite a feat. This, of course, was made possible by the 4-2 victory over Calgary at the United center, Sunday night. The Hawks made it 5...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

Patrick Roy Would Listen To NHL Coaching Offers

from TSN, If an NHL team - namely the Montreal Canadiens - came calling regarding a vacant job, Patrick Roy certainly won’t have his Stanley Cup rings plugged in his ears. The former Canadiens goaltender and Hall of Famer told reporters on Sunday that he would consider any proposal that’s brought to his attention at the end of the season. “Once the end of the season arrives...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

Nothing in the tank

On December 26, the Swedish Television (SVT) will broadcast their brand new, hour-long Peter Forsberg documentary. Last Saturday, they let it slip to the general public that Peter Forsberg admitted Team’s Sweden’s tanking a game to get a better opponent in the quarterfinals. Not that it was a big surprise. All the signs were there. The Swedes rested their starting goaltender...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

Two Hockey Observations

via Damien Cox of The Spin, —Of Leafs top players - Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf - none are nearly as accomplished defensively as they are offensively. That’s the team’s mindset. It’s different in Chicago, say, where two-way centre Jonathan Toews sets the tone, or in Boston, where Claude Julien’s defence-first approach means everyone has to check, or in Detroit...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

What Will Poile Do?

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, “Ask me on February 27.” That was the word Saturday morning from Nashville Predators executive vice-president and general manager David Poile after he was asked for the 10,000th time what his plans are regarding unrestricted free agent-to-be Ryan Suter and restricted free agent-to-be Shea Weber. The reason Poile was queried this time is the growing...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

GDT - Game #32:  Red Wings at Oilers (9:30)

The Red Wings (20-10-1) go west for three games in four nights before the Christmas break; beginning tonight at Edmonton (14-15-3).  Despite playing terrific hockey, 7-3 in their last ten tilts and owning a .661 percentage of points won (6th best in the league) the Wings -unbelievably- find themselves third in the Central (albeit with games in hand on STL and CHI). For the Wings...
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Don’t Blame The Coach In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers at the Columbus Dispatch, Six NHL coaches have been fired already this season, all of them with clubs ahead of the Blue Jackets in the standings and three of them with winning records at the time of the firing. As of today, Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said he had no plans to make Scott Arniel No. 7. “Coaching is not an issue on...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

Following Ed Snider

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News, 10:24 a.m.: After the plane climbs to 41,000 feet, Ed Snider, chairman of Comcast Spectacor - owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center, Comcast SportsNet and Global Spectrum - unbuckles his gold-plated seatbelt and invites me to the cockpit for a tour. There, pilot Chris Matte, who has flown Snider for seven years...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

The Kids Are All Right

It is obvious that in the National Hockey League, the goaltending position is one of the most crucial ones to any organization. Goaltenders can be the difference in both winning and losing hockey games and can also determine how far your team goes in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This season, it appears that younger goaltenders are ready to take the torch and show just how good they...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Oilers set-up and overnight report: talkin’ about the road (and bonus disco)

The Detroit Red Wings embark on a stretch of their schedule which the players, coaches and training staff likely circled on their calendars with symbols like multiple exclamation points (!!!), question marks (???) or plain old WTF—which stands for, “Why Three Flights?” of course—tonight in Alberta as the Wings face the plucky Oilers (9:30 PM EST, FSD/Sportsnet West/WXYT)...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss
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