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Just wondering ...

Tuesday, 03.17.2009 / 10:33 AM / Columns

By Paul Kukla - NHL.com Correspondent

* Are Curtis Joseph (465 career wins) and Chris Osgood (385 career wins) Hockey Hall of Fame material? Let's include Bill Guerin (GP-1,174 PTS-807) and Gary Roberts (GP-1,194 PTS-903) in the picture too.
 
* Is it just me, or does anyone else get the feeling Jaromir Jagr will be playing in the NHL next season?

* With his next win, Martin Brodeur will break Patrick Roy's all-time wins record of 551. Is there any goalie now playing in the NHL that could come close to winning 500 regular season games?

* As of this morning, my prediction for the Conference Finals are Boston and New Jersey in the East and Detroit and Calgary in the West. Of course, that may change by the end of this week.

* A quick Google search for "NHL bloggers" results in 1,630,000 results. I had no idea it would be that high!

* When surfing the web for your latest hockey news, where do you go to first? A main stream media site (online newspaper), a well known hockey site or a blog?

* On Saturday, April 11, one day before the regular season ends, 26 teams are in action. I hope at least half of the games will still have playoff implications, making it a very exciting day for hockey watching.

* Mike Babcock has not played a line of Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Hossa very much in the regular season. But come playoff time, expect to see more of these three together.

* Who's the one player your team doesn't have that you wish they did? Remember, they have to fit under the salary cap.

* My prediction for four-game sweeps in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is two. Too low?

* I still miss the goal judge not sitting directly behind the goal net. Another old-time tradition fading away.

* Your early prediction for the Conn Smythe Winner (MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs) is ? _______________________

* I don't know the answer but would like to find out -- Are the percentages better of scoring a goal on a breakaway during a game or in the shootout?

* Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals- My two goalies of choice would be Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo. Anyone disagree?

* It is March Madness around here. That's right, the race for the second season in the NHL is the most exciting time of year!

Feel free to leave comments below or here and as always, feel free to email me at pk@kuklaskorner.com with any questions, concerns of if you just want to talk hockey.


Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres