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February 21, 2011

February 21, 2011

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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PLUS MINUS

+PLUS WELCOME TO THE CLUB Patrick Marleau, Jamie Langenbrunner and Andrew Brunette become latest NHLers to play 1,000 games. –MINUS ROCKY DEFENSIVE PLAY The Colorado Avalanche had the fifth-best offense, but were giving up 3.31 goals per game, more than any other club in the league. +PLUS WHEELING AND DEALING Looming trade deadline means everybody’s favorite off-ice activity – swap talk – is about to take a fun and dramatic rise. –MINUS ATLANTA HITS THE SKIDS A more than month-long funk for Dustin Byfuglien and the Thrashers means the team will now be life and death to make the post-season.…

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Gambling on Ice

5 Goals scored Feb. 2 by Detroit’s Johan Franzen, the first NHLer to do so since Marian Gaborik in 2007 and the 55th to accomplish the feat in NHL history Gambling and sportshave a rather rocky history. While it’s a multi-billion dollar industry, there have been some well-publicized incidents over the years that have bruised egos and leagues (see pg. 40 for a sad tale surrounding the most notorious gambling scandal in NHL history). While the NHL prohibits any form of gambling on its games by players or team and league personnel, it does have a presence in Las Vegas, staging its awards show there the past two years. And while the NFL attracts the most action at the Vegas sports books, some experts believe hockey offers far greater betting value. “No question…

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ROOKIE RACE

JUST BECAUSE teams ice more economically friendly youngsters than ever before doesn’t mean it has to cost them wins. Five of the top 10 teams in terms of freshmen games played were occupying playoff positions through early February. For the Northeast-leading Bruins, first-year kids like Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand and Steven Kampfer benefit from sharing a dressing room with grizzled vets like 22-year man Mark Recchi and Vezina Trophy favorite Tim Thomas NHL GAMES PLAYED BY ROOKIES…

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Staying Power

Rookie defensemen straight out of college are supposed to struggle and sons of World Series pitchers are supposed to follow in their fathers’ footsteps. So Jeff Petry should either be throwing strikes or struggling in the American League, not playing first unit power play in the NHL. But the 23-year-old is making great time on his unexpected career path, turning an injury call-up into the foundation for a permanent stay. “In my opinion, he’s doing great,” said teammate Tom Gilbert. “His patience is awesome on the ice, especially considering he’s only played a handful of games.” Petry, who got the call in late December when Jim Vandermeer was on the shelf and Ryan Whitney went down with a season-ending ankle injury, is becoming much more than the temporary band-aid most people expected.…