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Team Web sites full of great information

by Paul Kukla
Many of us search for hockey news on a daily basis and at times we forget to look for the news at the most obvious places, the Web sites of the NHL teams.  Let's take a look at some of those sites and make sure to click the link to get the full story.

From Davidge Dishes at the Columbus Blue Jackets' Web site, The Goals/what needs to take place on Tuesday night falls into:

1. the simplifying the game back to being responsible in the offensive end, being sure there is support on the defensive transition back to their own end.
2. Like the Ottawa "Rembrandt", 18 players plus the goaltender must be on the same page.
3. Create scoring chances by checking and be sure to "bury the opportunities" when given the chance.
4. The last thing that is a must, no matter how the PP is formatted, get shots on goal.

Some pretty good advice and it will be interesting to see if Columbus can reach those goals.

At the Edmonton Oilers' Web site, we find this:

On Monday, the Edmonton Oilers practiced at Millennium Place in preparation for Tuesday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks. The big story of the day was still head coach Craig MacTavish's comments the day before on Oilers forward Dustin Penner. MacTavish told Penner to not speak with the media but he spoke at length about the forward's recent play. 

Sam Gagner also talked about his recovery process and the likelihood of him playing in the game tomorrow.

Another big news item was that general manager Steve Tambellini was on hand. Tambellini addressed the MacTavish/Penner situation and also talked about the trade market with one month to go before the trade deadline.

I find it refreshing the Oilers are using video and audio recordings to get their messages across to their fans.

Michael Caples at the Wings' Web site breaks down every Wings game with three questions:

How did the Red Wings snap out of the skid?

Two words: Chris Osgood.  The Wings goaltender turned away 30 shots throughout the contest, but he really stood on his head during overtime.  Osgood turned away five shots, stopping the Blues' offensive attack point-blank to keep the Wings alive and force it to a shootout.

A good way to get a brief snapshot of the game.

The Florida Panthers have a regular feature called 'A Scout's Eye.' 

A Scout's Eye is a blog written by Panthers Director of Amateur Scouting Scott Luce as he takes you behind the scenes of what a scout really goes through as they prepare for their big holiday, the NHL Entry Draft...

I recently spent a two-week span in which I was impressed with some home-grown talent.  Some of you may think I am talking about our past draft picks and that may be a bit confident. The home-grown talent I am speaking of is the number of Florida natives currently playing in various leagues around North America. It is a testament of where hockey continues to grow and develop high-end prospects. Below are some of the examples I witnessed...

We normally don't get much information on how the scouting department works and this feature is always a great read.

The Vancouver Canucks (as do many of the teams) give us Game Notes:

The Vancouver Canucks (22-20-8) look to put a forgettable month of January behind them beginning tonight as they play their first game of February by hosting a rare visit from Eric Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes (25-21-5).

If moral victories were worth two points in the standings, then the Canucks might have awoken the Sunday morning with a spot in the top-eight of the Western Conference playoff picture. Instead, despite a valiant effort on Saturday night, the Canucks suffered more heartbreak watching their comeback attempt fall short...

I always find the game notes an interesting read.  You hear many of the broadcasting teams mention bits of information throughout the game, now you know where they get that information!

Eric Marin of takes a look at a game that may have turned the Devils season around:

Any campaign will offer its share of ups and downs, but Jersey's Team has enjoyed far more peaks than valleys since its last meeting with Washington back on Nov. 15.

At that point, Martin Brodeur had missed six games following the left elbow injury he sustained on Nov. 1. The Devils were a team still trying to find its rhythm without their four-time Vezina Trophy winner between the pipes.

Looking to snap a four-game losing streak, New Jersey blew four leads to Washington that night. Seconds away from victory, the Devils watched Alex Ovechkin score from the doorstep with one tick left in regulation to tie it at 5 and force overtime.

Redemption would come in the shootout...

I really didn't realize the Devils were a .500 team early in season.

As you can see, each team has something unique to offer their fans.  Take some time out in the upcoming days and visit every NHL Web site, you are sure to find features and stories you cannot read about anywhere else.

I used to think team Web sites were full of 'fluff' features and stories, almost propaganda being forced upon us.  But I was wrong, very wrong and I now make every team Web site a must visit on a daily basis and you should too.

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