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Nightly Hockey Hits: Blues and Wings flat since Sweden, Marc-Andre Fleury is 6-0, Wild fans on verge of hysteria, Is the Northeast the worst division in hockey?

Curbing Ranger fans enthusiasm; Devils sure know how to take advantage of close games; Flyers fans done with Gagne; Iginla and Jokinen split up; Marty Turco’s brilliance; These stories and more after the jump.

News from the blogs:

  • The Hockey News:  Worst division in hockey.  Oh how the mighty have fallen.
  • Maple Leafs Hot Stove:  Time for the kids.  Some very good ideas on what the Leafs can do to get thing turned around.
  • Lightning Strikes:  Zenon Konopka, whom the Tampa Bay Lightning has given a chance to play, proving doubters wrong. Winning 20 of 30 draws is pretty decent and good for Coach Tocchet for giving him a chance.
  • Brodeur is a Fraud:  Close games.  Devils picking up the extra 12 points is huge in those nail biters.
  • Blue Seat Blogs:  Curbing Ranger fans enthusiasm.  Pragmatism is good.  Pretty, pretty, pretty good.
  • PensBurgh:  Don’t look now, but Marc-Andre Fleury is 6-0.  While clearly the defence has stepped up, MAF is playing some great hockey for the Pens right now.
  • Flyers Goal Scored By:  If Gagne doesn’t score trade him!  Should they show patience for his slow start?
  • Hitting the Post:  Some Wild fans on verge of hysteria.  I expect them to turn things around.
  • Scoop on Flames:  Iginla and Jokinen split up.  They’ve gotta do something to get Jokinen going
  • Nucks Misconduct:  Getting ready for Grabner.  Appears Canuck fans expect him to be steady in his first NHL game.
  • Cult of Hockey:  Oilers prospect Jordan Eberle hits the big time.  I’ve never named my stick, but I’ve also never appeared in a Nike commercial so perhaps it has merit.
  • Jibblescribbits:  So when should the Avs start Budaj?  Looks like they are going to ride Anderson for every game this season.
  • NHL Fanhouse:  Blues and Wings flat since Sweden.  I personally don’t like to see the season start overseas.  I don’t think its fair to the fans but it apparently is a cash cow so I don’t see it going away
  • Defending Big D:  Marty Turco’s brilliance leads Stars to big win.  Which is exactly what the Stars need if they want to do anything this season.
  • Behind the Net:  Don’t panic.  Perhaps Leaf fans don’t have to start worrying just yet.
  • Puck Daddy:  Jersey fouls.  Some of these are beautsBest I’ve ever seen was a Chelios jersey at Joe Louis Arena that was 1/2 Red Wings, 1/2 Blackhawks.  Here it is, as worn by Chris Chelios’s mom (she is exempted from this being considered a ‘foul’);
    Chelios Mom

Blair Henatyzen from FM93 interviews Walter Gretzky and gets some advice: