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The Answer Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scotty Bowman answers some questions from fans at Slap Shot…

Q: Coach, the Washington Capitals have just completed a remarkable resurgence by capturing the Southeast Division title and with it entry into the playoffs. Given that hockey wisdom holds that a team with late-season momentum and a hot goaltender (like Cristobal Huet) can do some serious damage in the playoffs, how realistic is it to expect the Caps to go deep into the playoffs? — Zed

Scotty Bowman: There’s no set way to end the season. The Capitals have really been a Cinderella story, especially the last two months. They did get the third seed. What they have to guard against, especially with so many young players, is to think — consciously or unconsciously — that just making the playoffs is their championship.

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Anti-Digger: Home Keys Is In Thursday

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Bruce MacLeod’s post-practice report confirmed what we’ve been discussing today.  Justin Abdelkader’s in the lineup for Game 1.

Kris Draper (groin) is definitely in the lineup Thursday and will center Jiri Hudler and Justin Abdelkader.

I really like that move.  MacLeod reports that Samuelsson skated on his own, Stuart’s on track for Game 1, Maltby didn’t skate.

Update 1345 EST: More on Abelkader from his hometown paper in Muskegon.  Just imagine what a hero this kid could be if he plays any kind of significant role in Cup #11.

One minute, Justin Abdelkader from Mona Shores was your typical Michigan State University student, probably contemplating a visit to last weekend’s Cedarfest (yikes), and the next he’s on the playoff roster of the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings along with the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Dominik Hasek.

 

 

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Mike Haynes Will Miss Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Voice of the Avalanche Mike Haynes to Undergo Major Surgery

DENVER – Altitude Sports & Entertainment Network announced today that Avalanche play-by-play announcer Mike Haynes will undergo surgery on a Basilar Artery Aneurysm. He will miss the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs.

“We truly support Mike and his family during this very difficult time and we ask all Avalanche fans to keep Mike in their thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks,” said C.E.O of Altitude Sports & Entertainment, Jim Martin.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Breeze the Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado Hospital.

In the interim, John Kelly who was the play-by-play voice of the Avalanche for their first nine seasons in Colorado on Fox Sports Rocky Mountain will return to the booth to call the games alongside Peter McNab.  “We would like to very much thank the St. Louis Blues organization and Fox Sports for allowing us to reach out to John” said Matt Hutchings, C.O.O. for Altitude Sports & Entertainment.

Mike and his family greatly appreciate the support they’ve received and at this time they ask that their privacy be respected.

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Lidstrom on NHL Live

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

How’d that webcast go for ya?  Baby steps.  Nice attempt.

Try this instead.  Nick Lidstrom on NHL Live.  When? Now.

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Left Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Slap Shot at the NY Times,

There’s just enough time for one last look back at the 14 teams that didn’t make the playoffs, as they recede into the distance. And there to help us say farewell is our Hockey Night in Blogdom crew of independent bloggers, who have put down their hankies and crying towels just long enough to answer some very important questions….

The Falconer of Do the Thrashers Have Large Talons?

Now that it’s all over, what’s the strongest impression, good or bad, you have about your team?

The players demonstrated a shocking lack of heart and determination and failed to show up many nights. Thrashers had the second-leading goal scorer in the NHL and finished 27th, evidence that management completely failed to find complimentary players to build around their star.

much more...

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Special Playoff Edition of “NHL Hour”  Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

        NEW YORK (April 7, 2008) – To preview the start of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a special edition of NHL Hour hosted by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman will broadcast live Tuesday, April 8 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio channel NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. 

        To submit questions to NHL Hour call 1-877-NHL-ON-XM (1-877-645-6696) or email homeice@xmradio.ca.  NHL Hour will not broadcast this week during its usual time slot of Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

        NHL Hour is a production of NHL Radio.

Update 4:30pm ET: I forgot to include the online link earlier—when it starts, you can listen live here.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, nhl+hour, playoffs

Playoff Story Lines

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Sixteen teams, eight series, one dream … and a thousand story lines. Welcome to the most compelling postseason tournament in sports. Here’s a look at 10 story lines to follow once the pucks drop Wednesday. [...]

The M.A.S.H. factor
Sometimes, it can be a galvanizing force; other times, it can be a crippling blow. But rest assured, injuries will at some point play a significant role in shaping the story lines that will unfold in the coming weeks.

more…

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Oh…It’s An Every Year Kinda Thing

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Disch asked in one of the posts below (I don’t know…I lose track. My lips are so cold.) if the high stress quotient that seems to have overtaken this blog is a new glorious feature added just this year, or an annual excursion into the kind of pain only brought on by the playoffs.

It got me thinking.  Here’s the lead to a post leading up to Game 1 with Calgary, written exactly one year ago tomorrow.

Long, long, long frigging week.  In case you’d forgotten, here are a few items to worry about:  Zetterberg’s health, Bertuzzi’s health, Mike Babcock’s ability to adapt and the true terror of another early loss.  A few items for you to consider as Stress-Ex 2007 grows nearer.

Sound familiar? How about this?

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The Best Blues Must Be Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The horror show we saw down the stretch can’t happen again. The Blues power play cannot remain unplugged for another season.

The organization made long-term commitments to McKee, Brewer, Kariya and Jackman. These guys simply MUST lead the turnaround.

Kariya scored just 16 goals this season and just five on the power play. He has always been more of a playmaker than a shooter, but the Note needs more finish from him.

Andy McDonald can do better than 36 points in 49 games, with a minus-17 rating. He needs to be a point-per-game producer for this team. He still has the wheels to get it done.

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An Emotional Time For All Of Us

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Emotions will be at an all-time high when the puck drops tomorrow.

Read my NHL.com blog for more….

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