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Enough of Ruff

Before I get into Ruff Leino has his hearing today for his elbow to Matt Read last night, since Leino is a first time offender I expect a fine at most but wouldn't shock me to see a 1 game suspension which in my opinion is deserved. On the other hand the fact that there will be no hearing for Bourbon with the Czar of discipline is a little surpring to me. Gerbe has a concussion and is now added to the list of injuries thanks to that Bourbon hit. We will see how it all unfolds. Lindy Ruff the

Pegulaville26

Pegulaville26

 

Which Blackhawks team Shows Up Tonight?

After a dissapointing loss to the Yotes Tuesday (Yotes 4 Toews 3), thats a big question. Think about it for a moment... The beloved Hawks are not as good as their record. Let me repeat that, the beloved Hawks are not as good as their record. I know, I know some of you may be upset at this realization but unfortunately its true. (Move to "Tonight's Game" below if you are afraid to read the next paragraph and face reality). If you are one of those that believes that this is a Stanley Cup team, y

hokkeynutt

hokkeynutt

 

Classic Sabres Home Game

Well well well....where to begin here? Another home game another blown lead and another home loss. This kind of felt like groundhog dog of the 2010 playoffs, just missing the goalie change. The Sabres got a quick start pushing the play and got a 3-0 lead, then the turnovers begin and Philly makes it 3-1 with 1 second left in the first. Tropp did he best to get the momentum back as time expired in the first with a good scrap with Rinaldo. The late goal probably saved Bryzgalov from a hook aft

Pegulaville26

Pegulaville26

 

Look Who's Back...The Orange and Black

The Flyers invade the First Niagara Center tonight for the 2nd and final time this season. The last 2 meetings between these two teams have less than ideal for the Sabres. Both games seeing Ryan Miller getting chased and luckluster starts. Game 7 of the '10 playoffs Philly won 5-1 and earlier this season the Flyers jumped to a quick 3-0 lead before the Sabres faithful could reach their seats. The Sabres made it close but still ended up losing 3-2. The First Niagara Center has not been a pla

Pegulaville26

Pegulaville26

 

A Few Issues with Realignment and Injury Problems Continue

Hopefully this topic never comes up again, Tootoo received a 2 game ban for charging Miller Saturday night. Good, end of story, hopefully the Sabres let it go too. Now onto the NHL radical realignment that puts the NHL into 4 conferences, which in fact I hate that they are calling them conferences instead of divisions. If they are divisions you can keep the East and West format. Anyways I digress, I like how the conferences are set up, everyone is happy in a way, nobody got left out of a Wes

Pegulaville26

Pegulaville26

 

Payback?

Less then a week ago the Yotes came into town and gave the Hawks who were returning home for the first time after a two week road trip a 4-1 a$$ whoopin. After chewing up and spitting out the Hawks, the Yotes went up to Winnipeg and lost 1-0 then went home and lost to the Flyers 4-2. Hmm. makes you wonder doesn't it? Look for Corey Crawford to start tonight but he must realize that the leash is getting shorter especially after the performance that Razor had on Saturday against the Blues. I also

hokkeynutt

hokkeynutt

 

It's getting harder to be Kings

Scoring is becoming a problem for the Kings. Mike Richards, just when he was getting hot (7 goals in his last 8 games) is expected to miss at least 7 days after being hit by Bergenheim last Wednesday which is not good news if you are Kings fan. He leads the Kings with 8 even-strength goals. Gagne and Kopitar are next on the list with 6 but there's a big drop off after that. The rest of the boys have 2 or fewer. 34 even-strength goals is good enough for 29th in the league. That's not going

KingMe

KingMe

 

Thoughts on Tootoo and Realignment

Before I get into Tootoo and Realignment I want to make a few comments on the Sabres vs Preds game Saturday night. It's good to see Leino start to get going and be rewarded for his hard work. He is starting get point and be a difference make on this team, I hope he can stay on track. Kassian continues to impress using his size and strength to keep the puck away from defenders he is going to be a stud. Ehrhoff is a horse. The line of Stafford, Roy, and Ennis did it's best to try to get Nashv

Pegulaville26

Pegulaville26

 

Go big on NHL realignment

The NHL has been struggling for years with teams that are not profitable. Forbes said it best: "Of the league’s top 13 markets for revenue growth, which have collectively averaged a 48% increase over the past five years, none is further south than Pittsburgh." Why does the NHL insist on keeping 11 non-profitable teams afloat in markets that don't care enough about hockey to keep their team there? This is the year for the NHL to take dramatic steps. Not only realignment but relocation and

Blogger

Blogger

 

Where's the Scoring?

Well last nights game against the Wings looked rather familiar. Another slow start by the home town Sabres, another uninspired 1st period, another early 3-0 hole, another road team walks out happy, another home loss, and more injuries. First the injuries Gerbe left early after Gaustad's skate cut through his lip and nose on a faceoff and Kaleta again left early (sound familiar? he has a little Timmy Connolly in him). Cory Tropp has been recalled from Rochester and Matt Ellis will jump back in

Pegulaville26

Pegulaville26

 

Nobody leaves here without singing the Blues…

For the Hawks, I hope they are not singing the blues as the Hawks head to St. Louis to take on the Blues. But first, a quick look at last night’s game against the Islanders. The Hawks escaped with a 5-4 SO win. Let me repeat the word “escaped.” Captain Serious continues to be a leader on this team and stepped up and scored the game winner in the shoot out as the Islander’s, Matt Moulson, (the final Islanders shooter), shot off the post secured the Hawk’s victory. The Hawks struggled last night

hokkeynutt

hokkeynutt

 

Long Island Ice Tea Anyone

Tonight the Hawks take on the New York Islanders at the Madhouse. A repeat performance of Tuesday night loss to the Yotes and we’ll all be drinking Long Islands. After a long road trip the Hawks came home and played another emotionless game and the final score reflected it. Just think, it wasn’t that long ago the Hawks had a dominating lead in the Central Division and led the Western Conference. That is no longer the case. Their lead has all but disappeared and a review of their part of the sc

hokkeynutt

hokkeynutt

 

December a Make or Break Month for the Sabres

Tonight begins a very important month for the Buffalo Sabres when the red hot Detroit Red Wings visit the First Niagara Center. The interesting part of this matchup is that these two teams could have a similar situation occur. In October the Wings were struggling to score goals and pilled up a long losing streak. Datsyuk and Zetterberg were ice cold and people started to talk about the Wings finally hitting the wall. Not the case in November the Wings became red hot and so did Datsyuk and Ze

Pegulaville26

Pegulaville26

 

Survival without Pronger

The Flyers have a tough task at hand over the next four weeks if they want to stay in the playoff race through out the month of December. We have 13 games ahead of us until the Classic showdown against the Rangers. Of those thirteen games only three, the Penguins, Lightening, and Bruins will be home games. In addition over the month of December all of the teams we play against except for maybe the Avalanche are currently playoff contenders. The Flyers will need to play each game, each period

hf101

hf101

 

These are your Kings

“The Kings are going to win it this year” I said with a grin on my face. “Philly West? Really?” she said unconvinced. “Watch and you will see” I said as I turned and walked away. Call them Philly West. Call them the Kings. Call them the Rulers of the NHL. The term “Flyers West” has been tossed around for years now and I’ll admit it - for the most part it’s true. The GM Dean Lombardi and Assistant GM Ron Hextall both have deep Philadelphia Flyers ties. Add to that the coaches Terry Murr

KingMe

KingMe

 

Hawks - Glad to be Home

I did not provide a recap on the Circus Trip so here a quick one...As I previously wrote, I had set the goal for the Hawks to take 7 of 12 points and they came home with 6 points. I can live with that. The Circus Trip started great with an a$$ whooping of the Canuckleheads. Next came the "Alberta Swing" where the Hawks looked like they’d never played hockey before. The final leg of the trip in Wine Country and Highway 1, the Hawks should have won the last three games as they played well enough t

hokkeynutt

hokkeynutt

 

Heart Check Time

It’s only one game but tonight's game against the Sharks is a measuring stick of the Hawks heart and desire. The Circus trip continues tonight in San Jose and it will be interesting to see how the Hawks present themselves after being b*tch slapped the last two games being outscored 14-4. There was no one individual to blame for the bad losses to Calgary and Edmonton but its late November and tonights game will provide a test to determine how well the Blackhawks stack up against a key Western Con

hokkeynutt

hokkeynutt

 

Time to Start another Winning Streak

The Flames torched the Hawks last night and ended the Hawks four game winning streak last night so what does this mean? The Hawks get a chance to start a new one tonight in Edmonton against an Oilers team that has lost four straight. Games like last night's seems to be demonstrate the need for more heart, energy, piss and vinegar on the roster than that which was added in the offseason. Hey Q, please sit John Scott! In my opinion the entire Hawks team looked bad last night especially Crawford

hokkeynutt

hokkeynutt

 

Time to Douse the Flames

There was a little shuffling of the deck in the Blackhawks lineup these last few days. Everyone saw this coming a mile away, but overpaid and under-talented winger Rostislav Olesz and his $3 million salary was placed on waivers, and then sent to Rockford. Ben Smith joined the team on Thursday and is expected to play on Friday, mainly because… Frolik is injured. Seabs missed the morning skate and is out of the line-up too. Now to the Flames game, With the clowns and elephants occupying the Ma

hokkeynutt

hokkeynutt

 

How bout them Blackhawks...

Call it revenge, call it payback beyotch, I don't care, you pick. The Hawks were able to avenge their 6-2 loss to the Canucklheads ten days ago, as they came into Vancouver and beat the em last night 5-1. The Hawks played a very disciplined game, got timely scoring and strong goaltending to skate to victory over the Canucks in front of a stunned, towel waving, early leaving Rogers Center crowd. I never understood leaving a game early regardless of score, true Hockey fans stay until the end...

hokkeynutt

hokkeynutt

 

Hawks let's Start This Trip with a Bang!

Hello Blackhawks fans... Tonight the Hawks officially kickoff the Circus trip and the Hawks hope to continue their recent success on the November trip, having gone 4-2-0 last season and 4-1-1 during the 2009-10 season. The boys in the Indian Crest kick off a six-game trip with revenge on their minds because the Canuckleheads manhandled the Hawks in their last meeting, scoring five power-play goals. Tonight, I expect a different storyline. The Hawks are improving but still have weaknesses primar

hokkeynutt

hokkeynutt

 

Hawks wave Olesz

The Hawks placed Rostislav Olesz on waivers today. NHL teams have 24 hours to claim Olesz and if he isn't picked up by another team could be headed to Rockford of the AHL. Olesz was aquired when the Hawks traded Campbell and his $7 million-plus salary per season to Florida. If Olesz heads to Rockford, the Hawks would still be on the hook for his salary of $3.4 million, but would gain $3,125,000 of cap room. This is important as I expect Bowman is looking for another D-Man to secure the blue lin

hokkeynutt

hokkeynutt

 

How do I become an NHL Player?

While coaching one day, an 12 year old player skated up to me and said, "Hey Coach, what can I do to make it to the NHL"? I was taken back at first because I saw the seriousness in his eyes and he was very sincere with his questions. At first I gave the typical "hard work" line that we've heard so many times, but after giving the question more thought I would have liked to, and should have said more than just work hard. So what does it take? First off, the most important thing for a young pla

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