Morning Skate: Wednesday, Nov. 14

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Nov. 14

Sidney Crosby is not excited about the NHLs unwillingness to maintain player contract rights in the most competitive league in the world.

I wrote the other day that Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr shouldnt go to the Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies. Here was the flip side argument from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ian Mendes.

The NHL goalies might have a rough time when the regular season finally begins, and here are a few reasons why. One bright light for Bruins fans: Both Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin havent had problems finding work and should be in midseason form.

Elliotte Friedman weighs in with his always-worthy 30 thoughts for the week, including the leagues decision to hold the line on contracts.

Brett Hull tells the Sporting News that its time for the NHL to get things done and start the season.

Good piece by Alan Siegel for Boston Magazine where he gets the inside story on the iconic photo of Derek Sanderson smoking a cigarette while clasping his hands in prayer.

CSN Bay Area Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz wonders if theres any advantage for the Sharks in a shortened NHL season.

Lenny Clarke goes ballistic on Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr before saying that the women of Boston missing their hockey players. Okay then.

For something completely different: Amanda Rykoff is sick of the stereotype that women are only into sports for the players good looks, and blogs fiercely about it.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.