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January 22, 1993

January 22, 1993

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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Maclnnis healing much faster than expected

The Calgary Flames received some good news when they learned defenseman Al Maclnnis’ comeback is ahead of schedule. Maclnnis, out of the lineup since mid-November with a dislocated hip, shocked his teammates by showing up for a Jan. 3 practice. He took a couple of turns around the ice and pronounced himself satisfied with how his recovery is progressing. Everything nas gone well so tar so they figured why not give it a chance and toy around and see how it feels,” he said. “It’s just exciting to get back on the ice. Mentally, it’s uplifting.” If all goes according to plan, MacInnis will be back in the Flames’ lineup after the all-star break. That would give him two months to get his timing and conditioning back before the playoffs begin. So it looks like…

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Gagner picking up slack

Quietly, while no one seemed to be paying much attention, Dave Gagner righted a season that began on the rocks. It happened while the Minnesota North Stars struggled and when the focus of concern was on Mike Modano’s mid-season holiday and the drop in quality play by Mark Tinordi, Jon Casey and others. Gagner scored at least one goal in seven consecutive games from Dec. 26 to Jan. 7 and had 13 points in eight games. He reached mid-season with a respectable 16 goals and 38 points, on pace for what the Stars have come to expect from him. “I don’t think David has changed the way he plays,” coach Bob Gainey said. “Some of his chances are finally going in. Early, when the chances weren’t going in for him, he was still…

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NHL GOALTENDING STATISTICS

KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS Statistics provided by National Hockey League; GP-games played; MIN-minutes played; AVG-goals-against-average; W-wins; L-losses; T-ties; EN-empty-net goals; SO-shutouts; GA-goals against; SA-shots against; SV%-save percentage. Players indicated by an asterisk (*) are eligible for the Calder Trophy.…

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Players putting out maximum effort, but team receives minimal results

You couldn’t blame Ottawa Senators’ coach Rick Bowness if he has had trouble sleeping. With his team on track through the first half of its season to become the worst NHL team of all-time, Bowness knows what is waiting for him when he nods off. “This has to be the worst nightmare,” said Bowness, assessing his team’s first 44 games. The numbers aren’t pretty. Four wins. Thirty-seven losses. Three ties. Eleven measly points. “I never thought it would be this bad,” he said. “I’m not happy. I’m not happy with 11 points. I’m not happy with the results. But I also believe our players are playing as well as they can.” Unfortunately for Bowness, his players and their fans, that’s not good enough. If any team in the NHL wants to beat the Senators on…