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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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  Tags: playoffs

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?

Continue Reading »

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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.

more

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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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Who Needs The Extra Point

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

It’s hard to see the benefit of the guaranteed point, since it doesn’t even make the standings closer. As we’ve shown several times this season, the standings would have been just as close or closer under a 3-2-1-0 system, or simple W-L, or even if zero points were given to shootout losers — which takes away perhaps the main rationale that the league offers for the guaranteed-point system.

One bright spot, though. This year, teams averaged 18.1 regulation ties, the lowest number since the guaranteed point was introduced for the 1999-2000 season.

more

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Early Lines

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Anti-Digger has checked in from the Joe.  Samuelsson and Maltby: both absent from this morning’s practice.  No signs of Helm or Ericsson either.

Here are the lines as of today:

Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Holmstrom
Cleary-Flippula-Franzen
Hudler-Draper-Abdelkader
McCarty-Hartigan-Downey
Drake

No word on whether Stuart’s on the ice, or if he’s practicing with the other top 5.

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NHL Playoff Brackets

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageTony over at Skate 2 Stick has created a series of playoff bracket wallpapers, available for download if you like (the image on this post is one of Tony’s). 

And Matt at Let’s Go Wings has a nice one here.

Note: If anyone else knows of other playoff brackets they want to share, please feel free to add them to this post. People are always looking for them, and I haven’t stumbled across many this year so far.

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  Tags: playoff+brackets

Iron Mike Head Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Francis at the Calgary Sun, Jeremy Roenick tells a story about Mike Keenan:

“In the 1992 Stanley Cup, I got slashed by Kevin Stevens, and Mike threw a cast on my hand and put me in front of the media to get a point across to the league and the officials that I was getting cheap-shotted,” chuckled Roenick during a conference call yesterday setting up his Sharks’ series with Keenan’s Calgary Flames.

“He made me a guinea pig—it was kind of embarrassing—but what Mike says, you do. Mike is a genius when it comes to head games and getting into the referees’ or players’ heads. He’s crazy—very slippery, very sly. He can manipulate a lot of people with what comes out of his mouth. That’s just a talent.”

more…

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick, mike+keenan, playoffs

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