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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Steve Mason was not at practice today.

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I NOW Consider Damien Cox A Hall of Fame Writer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I'm not sure how I feel about this.  Paul pointed it out in a comment over on KK Hockey and it's got me conflicted and a little teary.

But what’s really interesting is that the Wings beat the Bruins three times this year. Henrik Zetterberg might show up partway through the series, but if Gustav Nyqvist keeps scoring (18 goals since Feb. 2) Detroit might have enough scoring. Jimmy Howard against Tuukka Rask is a compelling goalie matchup.

AND THE WINNER IS: Wings in seven

Quirky.

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A New Look At Detroit’s Practice Today

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweet,

Lines juggled: Nyquist-Datsyuk-Abdelkader, Franzen-Helm-Alfredsson, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Legwand.

added 11:33am, via Chuck Pleiness tweet,

PP units: Franzen, Datsyuk, Legwand, Nyquist and Kronwall. Sheahan, Alfredsson, Tatar, Jurco and DeKeyser.

added 12:25pm, via Bill Roose tweet,

Jonathan Ericsson says tendon isn't healing as fast as the bone in his finger.

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Your First Round NHL On-Ice Officials

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL Officials,

Referees
Francis Charron, Paul Devorski, Gord Dwyer, Eric Furlatt, Dave Jackson, Mark Joannette, Steve Kozari, Chris Lee, Wes McCauley, Brad Meier, Dean Morton, Dan O'Halloran, Dan O'Rourke, Chris Rooney, Tim Peel, Kevin Pollock, Francois St.-Laurent, Justin St.Pierre, Kelly Sutherland, Brad Watson

Linesmen
Derek Amel, Steve Barton, David Brisebois, Lonnie Cameron, Scott Cherry, Michel Cormier, Greg Devorski, Scott Driscoll, Darren Gibbs, Shane Heyer, Brad Kovachik, Matt MacPherson, Steve Miller, Brian Murphy, Jonny Murray, Derek Nansen, Brian Pancich, Pierre Racicot, Jay Sharrers, Mark Shewchyk

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Montreal @ Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m., CNBC, CBC, RDS, SUN
Columbus @ Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, FS-O, ROOT
Dallas @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS (JIP), FS-SW, FS-W

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Paul Maurice Staying In Winnipeg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Paul Maurice has agreed to a four-year contract extension to remain head coach of the Winnipeg Jets.

Maurice became the Jets' interim coach on Jan. 12 when he replaced the fired Claude Noel.

Maurice, 47, is coaching his third NHL franchise. He had two stints with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes and also coached the Toronto Maple Leafs for two seasons.

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From The Boston Point Of View

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston,

Bruins in six. This is should be an interesting and entertaining series. Of all the first-round matchups in the Stanley Cup playoffs, this one could be the most difficult to win. Boston’s reward for winning the Presidents’ Trophy will be one pesky opponent. Still, the Bruins will prevail based on their overall game.

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from Matt Kalman of the Boston Herald,

Aside from harnessing their emotions, the Bruins also must find a way to counter Detroit’s speed and skill. Their game plan didn’t work out all that well in the regular season, as the Red Wings won three of the four meetings. Two of Detroit’s wins, however, were by one goal.

“We’ve played some fast teams before,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “And again, we can look at the record whichever way we want and see us 1-3. I look at the games we played against them, and there was one, the first one in Detroit, that we didn’t play very well. The other three we could’ve won the two that we had the lead. I don’t think it’s going to be that big of an issue as much as we may be an issue for them. Teams have strengths and it’s how you counter those things.

“I think our team can certainly skate. I don’t think we’re a slow team. Whether people underrate our skating or not, I don’t know. But we’ve shown that we can skate with these guys and certainly close a gap quick on those guys, too. And that’s what you’ve got to do, you’ve got to make sure you don’t give those guys too much room because they’ll make plays and they’ll take the ice that you give them.”

more

CSNNE with a 1 1/2 minute video breaking down the series...

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How Will The Wings Handle The Physical Play From The Bruins?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Larry Brooks of the New York Post makes his first round predictions...

Bruins over Red Wings in 6: Boston was extended to Game 7 in the first round last year before the miracle rally to overcome a third-period 4-1 deficit and defeat the Maple Leafs in overtime a year after losing a first-round Game 7 OT to an inferior Capitals team, so the first round may be the best time to get Boston.

The Red Wings, though still without Henrik Zetterberg, should be as healthy as they have been all season. It will be fascinating to see how playoff neophytes Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco respond to the Bruins’ relentless physical work.

read on for the other first round matchups...

I do believe it will be interesting to see how the Wings handle the physical play of the Bruins.  If they handle it well, it could very well be a turning point in the series, one that has yet to begin.

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Bruce Boudreau Wants The Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,

Maybe a man who has steered his teams to six regular-season division titles but never gotten one past a second-round playoff series is supposed to keep quiet about his longing to hold the Stanley Cup.

That’ll never be Bruce Boudreau.

The Ducks coach, who will lead his Western Conference top-seeded team into the postseason Wednesday night against the wild-card Dallas Stars, unabashedly has obsessed about the best-known trophy in sports.

“Think about it every single day of my life,” Boudreau told The Times on Monday. “When I’m by myself, when I take a walk … since I’ve been 10 years old.

“It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. It’s not a question of the will and the want not being there. It’s a question of, sometimes you’ve got the opportunity and you’ve got to make good on it.”

continued

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USA Hockey Proposes A Look-Up Area On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

Despite a series of rule changes and awareness campaigns aimed at eliminating spinal cord trauma, amateur hockey players continue to sustain paralyzing injuries from crashing into the boards. Tom Smith of Swampscott, Mass., had the extraordinary misfortune to incur two separate spinal injuries, in 2008 and 2009.

“Hockey was my life,” said Smith, 24, who walks with the aid of two canes. “I didn’t want anyone to have the game of hockey ripped away from them because of a head injury, a neck injury, any injury. So we came up with the Look-Up Line.”

The line is essentially a visual warning track, alerting players to their proximity to the unyielding boards. USA Hockey’s board of directors will vote on a proposal to adopt the Look-Up Line when it meets on June 6 in Colorado Springs.

If the measure is approved, every arena under USA Hockey’s jurisdiction will paint a 40-inch-wide bright orange band on the ice along the boards. The arenas will have to comply by 2017, but the board could also vote to expedite the change as a matter of safety.

continued including a picture of the proposed warning area...

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  Tags: usa+hockey

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