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GDT - Game #75: Red Wings host Islanders (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The race for Best in the West appears to be a sprint to the finish, and it could become important if the Wings eventually play the Sharks in the WCF.  The Sharks, as good as their record indicates, do not enjoy swimming outside their home tank.  At home, SJS own an obscene record of 30-3-4; however their road record is a more mortal-like 18-12-7.  SJS have lost their games in hand against DET as they are coming off an OTL at CHI on Wed., and a 2-3 L against NSH last night.  DET and SJS each have 107 pts, but DET now sit atop the WC by virtue of their win total.

DET begin a four game homestand tonight against the NYI, and will play 6 of their remaining 8 games at the JLA; where they are 26-5-4 overall and 10-1-2 since February. Mule is en fuego; he has four goals and eight assists and is riding a six-game point streak, DET are winners of five of those games.  Hank’s next goal will give DET four players with 30 for the first time since 2001-02.

DET are attempting history tonight, trying to join BOS (1970-74) and MTL (1975-79) as the only teams with 50 wins in four straight seasons. Mike Babcock would become the first coach with four consecutive 50-win campaigns since Scotty Bowman did it while with the Canadiens in 1979.

NYI have given up 16 goals during a three-game slide, and are perilously close to their worst finish since their 52 point total in 2000-01.  The Isles are 8-26-3 on the road.

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Sabres Need To Make The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

With the Sabres having missed the playoffs last season and in danger of doing it again, no one knows the importance of reaching the post-season this time around more than Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.

It means increased revenues. It means more demand for season tickets. And it means keeping the Sabres relevant in a city where the Bills have become Boss once again.

“It is extremely important we make the playoffs,” Ruff said during a phone interview last night. “We are sometimes the heartbeat of the city and have been, given that the Bills haven’t made the playoffs (since Jan. 8, 2000).

“We NEED to make it.”...

The Sabres needed a huge third-period comeback Wednesday to defeat the Florida Panthers 5-3, a turnaround that Ruff feels could ignite his team on a much-needed winning streak.

“I think those types of periods can give you momentum,” Ruff said. “And so does having Ryan Miller back.”


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Oliers Lose A Game They Needed To Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robet Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

You have to look far and wide to find a more damning loss than the one they pitched last night.

By the time the game was 30 minutes old you couldn’t tell which team was second last in the West and which team was fighting for its playoff life. The Desert Dogs looked like the playoff team and the Oilers looked like something a dog leaves behind on the neighbour’s lawn.

They’ve got eight games left and can’t afford to lose many more.

“We’re running out of defeats, that’s the problem,” said head coach Craig MacTavish, whose club lost for the third game in a row to fall into ninth place. “You don’t want to spend one here today.”

But they did.


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Florida GM Still Believes In The Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

General manager Jacques Martin said Thursday night that he has no regrets in deciding to keep pending free agent defenseman Jay Bouwmeester at the trade deadline. Since Martin’s decision, neither Bouwmeester nor the team has played very well.

Bouwmeester has a goal and two assists in his past 11 games.

‘‘It’s not just Jay; since the trade deadline, our team hasn’t played as well,’’ Martin said before Thursday’s victory. ``When you make a decision, you have to be confident in it. And I am. I like this group of players. I still believe in this group, still feel confident we can achieve our goals and make the playoffs.’‘

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Tocchet Wants A Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tampa Tribune,

Tocchet is not necessarily interested in seeing some form of retribution against Ovechkin. He wants a far sweeter form of revenge.

A victory.

“That’s something where you’d like to see your players react,” he said. “But reacting is playing and beating Washington by playing abrasive, it’s not being stupid.”

Tocchet says he wants to win the game so badly, he might resort to chopping his bench down to ridiculous levels.

“I would think guys would be ready to play that game. I’ll go with two lines if there are some guys who aren’t ready to play,” he said. “Right now we’re evaluating our players, and that will be a big part of our evaluation.”


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Rangers Can’t Afford Any More Errors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game

On, Sidney, oh, Sidney Crosby, what pain might ye inflict on the Rangers?

You, too, Evgeni Malkin.

Then again, perhaps the Penguins are precisely the birds the Blueshirts require on Saturday afternoon after another species — this one is the kind that flies, called Thrashers — ruined the Rangers in a 5-4 Shootout that made Phillips Arena look more like a cuckoo’s nest on Thursday night.

The Penguin is a bigger bird than a Thrasher and, perhaps, such a foe is precisely what New York needs after blowing a 4-1 lead to an Atlanta team that looked all but extinct nearly two-thirds through the game.


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Flames Not Battling Enough

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

First, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat them 2-0. Then, on Thursday, the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked them 5-0.

“It’s frustrating to get embarrassed like that,” spat defenceman Adrian Aucoin. “Tonight in particular. We lost every battle. Power play. Penalty kill. Even strength.

“We just didn’t make the easy plays. We didn’t play as five-man units out there. They really exploited us for it.”

Fellow defenceman Robyn Regehr offered up a similar assessment.

“We got out played in every area tonight,” he said. “It comes down to work. They out-played us on the penalty kill. The power play. Even strength.

“We’re just losing way too many battles. One –on-ones. In front of the net. Everywhere.”

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Tom Hicks Becoming An Overly Involved Owner

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have long maintained that the best way to build a successful NHL franchise is to hire the best hockey person you can find to run things and then get out of the way and let him run things.  NHL owners are not ideal GMs.  They generally lack the required skill set.

Tom Hicks, the Dallas Stars owner, seemed to understand this.  He had kept Bob Gainey on as his general manager and let Gainey run things.  That worked and the Dallas Stars won the 1999 Stanley Cup.  However Hicks has stopped following that path with the Dallas Stars and it is beginning to affect them in the standings and likely to get worse in the future.

The biggest problem with the way the Dallas Stars are run is that they don’t have one general manager.  They have two.

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A Different Manny Fernandez

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,

Manny Fernandez looked like he’d seen a ghost.

Clearly trying to put all things Minnesota behind him, Fernandez appeared stunned when a reporter from St. Paul walked up to him the other day in Ristuccia Arena, where the Boston Bruins practice.

You could almost see the wheels turning. Did he mix up the next opponent? Weren’t the Bruins scheduled to play the Devils the next afternoon?

At times cordial and at times a smoldering volcano during his six seasons with the Wild, Fernandez seems to have turned over a new leaf with the Boston Bruins. After a moment, he extended his hand, peeled off his big goalie pads and said he’d be happy to talk a little puck.


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Playoff Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marc Crawford of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

The great sportswriter from the Detroit Free Press, Mitch Albom, wrote the book titled The Five People You Meet in Heaven. It’s a wonderful story about how the people you meet are influenced by your life and it gives meaning to the significance of the lives we all lead.

As we head into the afterlife known as the NHL post-season, I would like to share with you the five people who hold a special place in my version of playoff heaven.

To begin, I must explain my belief that a team’s playoff success usually requires, to some degree, five elements in order to win the Stanley Cup. These include a great goaltender, a prolific scorer, an outstanding offensive defenceman, a checking line or shut down defensive pair, and, last but not least, an unlikely scoring hero.


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