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Helm Up.  Who’s Sitting?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We just don’t know.  Smart money says Kopecky or Maltby.

Khan(!)

The Red Wings have recalled center Darren Helm from Grand Rapids and he will be in the lineup for Game 1 of the playoffs Thursday against Columbus, general manager Ken Holland said.

Helm played well for the Wings in the playoffs last year, providing speed, grit and energy. He had two goals, two assists and a plus-2 rating in 18 games. He spent most of the season in Grand Rapids due to a lack of salary cap space.

St. James has an inkling…

That leaves, for the fourth line, Helm, Draper, Maltby and Kopecky. My guess is Maltby may be the odd man out to start the playoffs.

 

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Playoff Beard Pools

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Seth Rorabaugh at Empty Netters:

imageEasily one of the best traditions of the Stanley Cup playoffs is the playoff beard. The thicker, uglier and more unruly it gets, the better. Growth means you’re still alive in the playoffs. [...]

Hopefully this preview highlighting the top candidates on each team will help you identify who to draft in your playoff beard pools.

continued with some

frightening

fashionable facial hair of the past

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From A Fantasy Point Of View

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

First off, my winners:

Round One: Boston, Washington, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Detroit, Vancouver, Chicago

Best-equipped to pull off an upset (among 6, 7, 8 seeds): Carolina, Anaheim, N.Y. Rangers

Final Four: Boston, New Jersey, San Jose, Detroit

Cup Final: Boston, San Jose

Cup Winner: Boston

My Top 120 Skaters for the 2008-2009 Playoffs (assuming goals and assists are worth one point):
1. Pavel Datyuk, C, Detroit
2. Marc Savard, C, Boston
3. Henrik Zetterberg, C, Detroit

read on

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NHL Network Stanley Cup Preview Show

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK/TORONTO – NHL Network will present a comprehensive breakdown of the Stanley Cup Playoffs – including player and team features, predictions and analysis – on a special two-hour presentation, the 2009 Playoff Preview, on Monday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The program, available in the United States and Canada, will be hosted by Brian Duff, who will be joined by analyst Gary Green, four-time Stanley Cup winner Larry Murphy and other experts from around the League.

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Flames Call Up A Group Of Players

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the recall of forwards Dustin Boyd, Kyle Greentree, Warren Peters, Brett Sutter and David Van der Gulik as well as goaltender Leland Irving from Quad City of the American Hockey League.

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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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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