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Three Playoff Series To Keep An Eye On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Damien Cox of the Toronto Star turns to video to let you know what matchups to keep your eye on.

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (April 13, 2009)—Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason and Boston Bruins right wing Phil Kessel have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Apr. 12.

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Experience Counts In Devils/Canes Series

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from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

There is no shortage of Stanley Cup rings between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils.

The Canes have 10 players with rings and the Devils 11. They’re the players who have successfully fought through four playoff series, won 16 games, been there on that last night in June with their bushy playoff beards and broad smiles and finally lifted the Cup in celebration and exultation.

It’s experience that’s hard-won, that will be invaluable when the Canes and Devils begin their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series this week at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

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Francois Giguere Done In Colorado

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DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Executive VP/General Manager Francois Giguere has been relieved from his duties. Effective immediately, Avalanche President and Alternate Governor Pierre Lacroix will oversee the franchise until a new management structure is announced.

Pierre Lacroix issued the following statement:

“The results of this season are unacceptable. We feel a new direction is needed which re-emphasizes those standards of excellence our fans have grown accustomed to since 1995. We will work diligently towards reclaiming our identity that made our brand so special and unique.

“We are too proud of what we have accomplished in this market to ignore where we are and what happened in just a very short period of time. Ownership and the dedicated Avalanche fans throughout the region deserve better results.

“The immediate future of this franchise is my primary concern so it was important to act now and start the process of restoring this franchise to where it belongs.”

The Avalanche has not set a timetable for finalizing a new management structure. Until such an announcement is made, there will be no further comment from any member of the team’s hockey operations staff.

 

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Versus First Round Playoff Coverage

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 13, 2009)- VERSUS, the network that celebrates real competition and the exclusive cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), will kick-off its wall-to-wall coverage of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Conference Quarterfinal round beginning Wednesday, April 15.  The network will start the night with a special playoffs preview Hockey Central show at 6:30 p.m. ET followed by game one of the series between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m. ET.  At 10 p.m. ET VERSUS will televise the first game in the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks series.  VERSUS will air coverage of all rounds of the playoffs, including games three and four of the Stanley Cup Final.  All games in each round will be produced and presented in HD where available.

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The Network TV Schedule

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Puck The Media has a handy post, showing what games will be telecast by the hockey networks during the first round.

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Time For Some Changes

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Last week, I saw reunited comedy duo Cheech and Chong perform on a tour that was their first in decades. They still had it; all they needed to rekindle the magic was a break from the norm and a different time and separate place to be born, and prosperous, again.

The same may prove true for Poile and Trotz, Lowe and MacTavish, Risebrough and Lemaire, and Regier and Ruff.

Each of those tandems may eventually steer their charges to hockey’s ultimate glory. But even the savviest sailors understand that when you fight the sea for a living, vacating vessels inevitably becomes part of the job.

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ESPN Breakdown

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Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun take a look at every first round matchup…

Key Matchup

Penguins’ penalty kill vs. Flyers’ power play. Yes, we know you want to hear us say Crosby versus Richards given the sparks that have flown between the two centers in the past. But we’re going a different direction with the Pens’ vastly improved penalty kill against the Flyers’ deep power-play attack. The Pens turned their 20th-ranked penalty-killing unit into the eighth-best in the league under Bylsma, and if they can keep the Flyers at bay on the man-advantage, it will put more pressure on the Flyers to score five-on-five.

Prediction

This is like a science experiment. When two offensive masses collide, there will be breakdowns, and they will occur more often and more cataclysmically with the Philadelphia Flyers. Penguins in six.

more & all the playoff matchups can be found on the right sidebar…

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Kent Douglas Dies After Battling Cancer

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via Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

Kent Douglas, 1962 Calder Trophy winner who used the largest stick in history, passed away peacefully at his home in Wasaga Beach, Ont., at age 73, following a battle with cancer. He was the first defenceman to win the rookie award and a loyal friend.

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Rinkotology: Do It

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Sally, Skippy and Charlie from Pens Blog have been doing a charity thing, raising funds for the Mario Lemieux Foundation.  Give them some money.  And they’ve also devised a bracket deal so you can pick the Wings to go all the way to 12.

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