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Afternoon Line- Michael Traikos

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There were blowouts and sweeps, expected finishes and not a whole lot of drama. Only one series went the distance and only two teams played an overtime game.

The first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs left a lot to be desired. Maybe, with second-round matchups between rivals Washington and Pittsburgh and top Western Conference teams Winnipeg and Nashville, the best is yet to come. So far, the games have had all the drama and intensity of a Wednesday night in February.

-Michael Traikos of the National Post where you can read more notes on the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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It Appears Patrick Roy Is Returning To The Quebec Remparts

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from the CP at TSN,

The Quebec Remparts have called a news conference on Thursday amid speculation that goaltending great Patrick Roy will return to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League club.

Roy acted as part-owner, coach and general manager of the Remparts from 2005 to 2013, winning a Memorial Cup in 2006. He has been out of hockey since acting as coach and vice-president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013 to 2016.

Talk of the 52-year-old Roy returning to the Remparts began two weeks ago when Philippe Boucher resigned as coach and GM. Roy has since been spotted at QMJHL playoff games.

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All About The NHL Draft Lottery And Top Prospects

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from Arthur J. Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

Regardless of where the Wings end up in the first round, the selection will be their highest at least since drafting Keith Primeau third overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

This year's draft has been called one of the deepest in recent memory, and depending on where it ends up selecting, Detroit should acquire a high-end talent who could make the Red Wings' roster this October.

Dahlin will certainly be selected by the Red Wings if Detroit is fortunate enough to earn the first overall pick. How gifted is Dahlin? One NHL scout said Dahlin would not only be the Wings' best defenseman, he would be the team's best player - high praise for an 18-year-old.

But it's premature to get caught up in Dahlin fever. Every team that's in the lottery has visions of the young Swede patrolling their blue line. And remember, if the Wings do not win the lottery, they could still select a difference maker.

A puck-moving, offensive-minded defenseman and a pure goal-scoring forward top the Wings' wish list heading into the draft on June 23 and 24 in Dallas.

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Evgeni Malkin And Carl Hagelin Out For Game 1

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from Wes Crosby at NHL.com,

Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin will not play for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Capital One Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS), coach Mike Sullivan said Wednesday.

Malkin and Hagelin missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday, but skated before the Wednesday practice. Malkin sustained a lower-body injury in Game 5 of the first round against the Philadelphia Flyers; Hagelin sustained an upper-body injury in Game 6.

Sullivan said Malkin will travel with the Penguins to Washington. Hagelin will not.

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Petr Mrazek On His Contract Status

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Mrazek will have RFA status and if the Flyers do sign him, they owe the Wings a 3rd round draft choice in 2019.

 

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Daniel Cleary Before The NHL Draft Lottery

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Cleary, who won a Stanley Cup with the Wings in 2008, will be sequestered as a witness to the behind-the-scenes lottery draw Saturday afternoon. At stake is the first, second and third overall picks. If the Wings don’t win one of those, they will make their first selection anywhere from fifth to eight overall. General manager Ken Holland will be on hand for the televised presentation of the results during the evening.

Question: What will you be doing Saturday?

Answer: As far as I know, I have to be in the studio around three or four in the afternoon. They give you a piece of paper with your odds on it, then draw the lottery balls. Hopefully Detroit gets lucky.

There will be food, I know there are TVs. Just no communication. And I don’t remember the last time I had no phone for several hours. I might bring a book. Do some crossword puzzles. If we win, I am going to be going crazy. I hope they have alcohol.

It’s an exciting day coming up. I’m already nervous.

Will you bring something for luck?

A: I’m bringing one, a good one that’s been lucky. It’s rosary breads that were blessed by Pope John Paul II. They were blessed in August of 2002. 

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Dear Minnesota Wild Season-Ticket Holders

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Tonight Is The Night For Dennis Cholowski

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Video- Goals Of The Week

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Sportsnet style, just short of six minutes long.

 

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For All The Marbles Tonight

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

So long has it been since the Toronto Maple Leafs went on a true playoff run that some of their players have managed to carve out a respectable career without ever getting to experience one.

Tyler Bozak is at 611 games played as a Maple Leaf, Jake Gardiner 507. Next you have Nazem Kadri at 504 – the only difference between him and Gardiner being the three-game suspension he served during this series with the Boston Bruins – while James van Riemsdyk sits at 425 and Morgan Rielly 400.

None of them has been part of a second-round playoff series in Toronto, and each is a victory away from changing that heading into Wednesday’s Game 7 at TD Garden.

“I think you imagine it during the summer, during the season,” Rielly said Tuesday. “Then you get to this point in the season and you definitely draw from those thoughts and it makes you motivated, makes you want to go in there and play well.

“A big opportunity for a young group to do something special.”

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from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

"I don't think there's any panic at all in this group," Cassidy said. "We have to outplay Toronto for 60 minutes. I think we've done it for long stretches early in the series. Recently I think we've done it -- in the games we've lost, we've outplayed them.

"But we've got to do it for a full 60 minutes. That's usually the team that's going to win."

It's not as if the Bruins are being dramatically outplayed in the series. In most of the games, they've dominated the possession metrics and outshot the Maple Leafs. 

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added 10:27am, Chris Johnston with a TOI comparison during the series.

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