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From the Dub: Round and Round They Go

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

We’re only in the second round of playoffs out here in the WHL, but it already feels like we’re much deeper into it. Maybe it’s the double OT it took the Portland Winterhawks to tie up the series with Everett  1-1. It could be that the Silvertips had to go to trip overtime to eliminate Spokane. Whatever it is, it’s wild and woolly out here as we head into a blockbuster playoff weekend.

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Ken Holland speaks about the Wings’ chances on Detroit Sports 105.1

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings GM Ken Holland gave a very extensive interview to Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery this afternoon, speaking with Dery about the state of the Wings pre-playoff time for over 16 minutes:

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Open Post- Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The schedule and channel listings are below and feel free to discuss the games or anything hockey related.

I say two games go to OT tonight.

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Red Wings raised $312,590 through individual programs and charitable initiatives in 14-15

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

RED WINGS PLAYERS DONATED $312,590 TO SUPPORT CHARITABLE PROGRAMS IN 2014-15
... Red Wings Players and Head Coach Mike Babcock Made In-Kind Ticket and Monetary Donations to 31 Michigan Nonprofits…

DETROIT – In partnership with the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, 24 players on the Detroit Red Wings roster and head coach Mike Babcock participated in a charitable program during the 2014-15 season, ranging from ticket and financial donations, meet and greets with hospitalized children and military members, volunteering at charitable organizations and serving as spokesmen for community relations theme nights during Red Wings games.

Seven players made donations based on personal statistics achieved over the course of the season, generating a total donation of $24,975 to seven Metro Detroit-based nonprofits.

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Autumn’s Closin’ In

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, the angst in Ottawa.  Their young stud has a microfracture of his wrist, or on his wrist, in his wrist. His wrist is broken.   And the wailing, the absolute sobs from the high and mighty Canadian media, the same media that has largely ignored their newfound playtoys for years, the sobs are just bellowing.

It's maddening when a star goes down during a playoff run, isn't it?  I mean, it's not like they'd really know.

It's not like anyone would know, not  like we know.

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Video- Feel The NHL Playoff Action From Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the YouTube channel of the NHL,

Sights and sounds from the first night of Stanley Cup Playoff action.

 

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David Backes Is One Of The Nicest Guys Around

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,

He's one of the nicest guys you'll ever come across -- smiling, polite and with choir-boy good looks. He's also a very talented and hard-working hockey player out of Spring Lake Park High School and Minnesota State Mankato.

Yup, he's a local boy and a proud former Olympian. Oh, and one other thing about him: Minnesota hockey fans hate his guts. Just the sight of him gets their blood-pressure rising and their pulses racing to dangerously high levels.

He's David Backes, captain of the St. Louis Blues. And he is Public Enemy No. 1 during this first-round series.

"I take that as a vote of confidence that I'm doing my job," Backes said. "That's part of the business, and I'm hopefully going to be Public Enemy No. 1 this summer. That's my goal."

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Coaching And GM Odds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bovada,

Who will be the next Full Time Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs             

Mike Babcock                           9/5

Todd McLellan                          9/4

Jeff Blashill                               9/2

Dan Bylsma                              11/2

Doug Gilmour                           6/1

Peter DeBoer                            6/1

Dallas Easkins                          13/2

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Pressure Is On Bruce Boudreau And The Anaheim Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

He has coached the Ducks in a seven-game loss to Detroit in 2013, and a sluggish six-game victory over Dallas and a seven-game loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Kings last spring. Another inexplicably early playoff exit by the No. 1-seeded Ducks, who will face the No. 8 Winnipeg Jets starting Thursday at Honda Center, could trigger changes in Boudreau's job status and beyond.

"This is our third year with this group making the playoffs where there's some sort of expectations. I am going to watch very carefully not only the coaching staff, but how certain players play in the playoffs this year," General Manager Bob Murray told The Times Wednesday. "This is the third year and it's time.

"It's not just Bruce. The guys that have been here, it's time for some of them to step to the plate. I'm watching everybody. There's guys that haven't had good playoffs. It's time. They've got experience now. They've been there. It's time to step up."

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Home Ice? Ha!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Hodge of TSN,

Thumbs down to home-ice advantage, which is mentioned far too often as a meaningful factor in predicting the outcome of a seven-game series. The Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks joined the Islanders as road winners, and not to put words in the mouths of losing coaches Willie Desjardins, Peter Laviolette and Barry Trotz, but I can hear them thinking, if not saying, "If I had my choice, I'd really prefer starting on the road". Home-ice advantage brings with it immediate pressure to win the first game, or it's gone, and most coaches I've known, if they aren't downright bothered by that, are at least a bit uncomfortable with it. So I've made it a habit of asking NHL coaches, "What if you could play the first two games away from home and have home-ice advantage for four of the next five, including game seven?"

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