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Friday Morning Update

Good morning.

Alexander Semin (sparined ankle) skated on his own, but left the ice before his teammates came out. He was able to cut hard, but still looked a bit uncomfortable. So I would say he's at least a week away from returning, if not longer.

Everyone else is on the ice, including Boyd Gordon (back spasms). But he's wearing a green jersey again, so that likely means he won't be in the lineup tomorrow night against the Penguins.

The forward lines are identical to last night's. Same goes for the 'D'.

Coach Hanlon addressed his players for about five minutes before practice. Although I couldn't make out everything that was said, the tone of his talk was serious. One thing I did hear crystal clear was when he said they needed a presence in front of the net on the power play, "Holmstrom style". Then he stood in front of them, and said "like this", standing upright. Not "like this," as he moved over and waved his stick gingerly in front of an imaginary goal.

The tone of the whole practice is different that in recent years. The guys aren't laughing or even smiling much. That's a big change from the past two years, when even after losses, they guys did a lot of kidding around. Not today.

Note:Don't forget to join me at 2 p.m. for my online chat.

Update:Kolzig, as expected, shouldered the blame for the loss last night. But I maintain that he had plenty of help.

Also, Gordon is "questionable" for tomorrow's game. Sounds to me like he's getting close.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 19, 2007; 11:41 AM ET
 
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