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Wings-Bolts Game 2 tailings: Babs rumors, Stamkos’ teeth, draft order and reset records

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I started my day with Mike Babcock coaching rumors, so I suppose I should end it with the same topic.

Again, Babcock addressed the topic in his pre-game media scrum, as noted by ESPN's Joe McDonald...

When asked if those rumors register with him, Babcock said no.

“It doesn’t. It does nothing at all,” he said. “I’m coaching the Red Wings and pumped to do it. My manager’s fantastic. I’ve got a great relationship with him.”

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Prospect news: Walleye knot playoff series with Nailers; Griffins back into Midwest title

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' developmental affiliates had solid Saturday efforts, despite the fact that one of them lost.

To the good, the Toledo Walleye defeated the Wheeling Nailers 2-1 in OT, with Richard Nedomlel registering a +2 in the victory, and the win tied the teams' first-round playoff series at 1 game apiece.

The Walleye's website posited a recap...

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Red Wings-Lightning Game 2 wrap-up: Wings establish how NOT to beat the Bolts

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings haven't won consecutive games in over a month, and that trend continued into the post-season as Detroit dropped an ugly 5-1 decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, forcing Petr Mrazek out of the net thanks to an enormous amount of stand-and-stare defense...

And Detroit looked for more like the tentative, jittery and fragile team that nearly lost its playoff spot based upon a March slide than it did the Wings team that managed to get its shit together and restore some faith in the Winged Wheel just prior to the start of the playoffs.

With both teams taking Sunday off, the Wings will rest on Sunday and then hope to start putting their playoff game together, because Thursday's rope-a-dope win and Saturday's stinker of a loss do not great confidence in the Wings' playoff chances make.

That being said, there's at least hope that the Wings aired out all their demons at the same time, and instead of "burning the tape," the Wings' lapses against the Lightning's offensive dynamo, their sputtery neutral zone play and their perimeter offense all serve fine illustrative examples as to how this team wants not to play come Tuesday in Detroit (where Petr Mrazek will start and Justin Abdelkader will play).

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Sometimes Hockey Isn’t Fair

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

... if the hockey gods existed at all, they would have been smiling their faces at a team like the Columbus Blue Jackets, one that didn’t stain the reputation of the league like a few others by deliberately tanking their seasons to get a shot at McDavid.

The Jackets stayed put at No. 8 overall where they’ll get a very good player, but it would have been great poetry had the team that ran one of the best records in the league over the final two months been granted some sort of payoff for that.

Instead, you’ve got an Oilers team that has re-written the definition of ineptitude ever since thrilling their fans with a surprise trip to the 2006 Cup finals. They haven’t made the playoffs since, and are undergoing what, their third rebuild?

"Not fair at all," is how one NHL team executive responded via text Saturday night, his club not in the lottery.

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discuss Connor McDavid, debate Bob Hartley’s fine and react to the results of the NHL Draft Lottery.

 

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Video- Saturday Headlines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox discuss the latest news around the hockey world, including Jarret Stoll’s arrest, the possible goalie changes in Ottawa and Chicago and some coaching rumours.

 

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The Winner Of The NHL Draft Lottery Is The Edmonton Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Oh boy.

added 8:21pm, from NHL.com,

The Edmonton Oilers will pick first in the 2015 NHL Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday.

The Oilers had an 11.5 percent chance, third-best, to win the first pick in the draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

The Buffalo Sabres, who had the worst record in the NHL this season, dropped to second. The Arizona Coyotes, who were next to list, fell to third.

It is the fourth time in six seasons the Oilers will pick first.

Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters.

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added 8:33pm, video of Bill Daly announcing Edmonton won the lottery is below.

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Open Post- Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Both road teams, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg need a road win tonight to even their series at one.

Schedule for tonight is below and if you missed the earlier games, Tampa beat Detroit 5-1 and St. Louis defeated Minnesota 4-1.  Both of those series are tied at one.

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Evening Line- Vladimir Tarasenko

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Temperature Rising In Calgary/Vancouver Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Patterson of TSN,

So this much is clear: the series is tied -- and the series is on. Oh, it’s on alright. Friday’s late-game fireworks at Rogers Arena signalled the return of the rivalry between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames. How any of the five-on-five brawl carries over as the scene shifts to the Saddledome on Sunday remains to be seen, but there is no question that a healthy amount of dislike has been introduced into this Western Canadian showdown. And that’s exactly as it should be at this time of the year, especially between two long-time rivals.

Coming into the series, much was made of the high-end youth on the Calgary Flames – Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and 18-year-old Sam Bennett, but through the first two games of the series, it’s Canucks' prize rookie Bo Horvat who has set the bar for the first-time playoff participants. Horvat nearly blew the roof off Rogers Arena with an electrifying first period end-to-end dash that resulted in a Dennis Wideman delay of game penalty for knocking the puck out of play. The Canucks scored on the ensuing power play to take a 2-0 lead. Horvat later fed fellow freshman, Ronalds Kenins, for the 3-0 goal early in the third period to give the Canucks some breathing room. Horvat, who turned 20 earlier this month, has a point in each of his first two Stanley Cup playoff appearances and sits atop the Canucks post-season scoring derby at this early stage of the proceedings.

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