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Will the Cup Go East or West?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Two articles at ESPN today. 

First, David Amber for the East:

The Stanley Cup resides in Southern California until June. After that, chances are it will head to the Eastern Conference. Yes, the West had the best team during the regular season in Detroit and it has a number of solid Stanley Cup contenders. But here are five good reasons to believe the Cup will runneth over to the East this spring.

continued…

Next up, E.J. Hradek for the West:

If you believe defense wins championships, then you have to figure the eventual Stanley Cup winner will come from the Western Conference.  After all, the league’s three best defensive teams all reside in the West, and that very stingy Western trio includes the defending Stanley Cup-champion Ducks.

continued…

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Don’t Count Out Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Forechecker,

As the Red Wings and Predators prepare to drop the puck for Game One in Detroit tonight, virtually every pundit throughout the hockey world has called for a Red Wings victory, while giving nominal credit to Nashville’s pluck and tenacity for simply making the playoffs.

Those platitudes are nice, but are there genuine reasons to believe that the Predators can pull off an upset over this year’s Presidents Trophy winner? There are indeed…

continued… *5 reasons that Predators fans should have hope

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Sharks Fans Getting the Shaft

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Consumerist,

Comcast SportsNet has more sports than they do channels. When fans of the San Jose Sharks tuned in to see playoff hockey last night they were surprised to see a baseball game in progress. When that game went into extra innings, ComcastSportsNet decided to stick with the game and drop playoff hockey.

And they might do it again tonight.

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More to be found from John Ryan at Morning Buzz, and from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail.

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  Tags: comcast, hockey+fans, media

Fighting in the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeff Marek at CBC, an interview with David Singer from HockeyFights.com,

Marek: Last season the Anaheim Ducks lead the league in fighting majors and ended up winning the Cup. How much did that affect fighting this year?

Singer: A good amount, especially as the season went on and good teams were bringing tough players onto the roster. It’s been a long time since any team carried enforcers with the playoffs in mind. At the same time, it’s also been three years for rivalries to re-blossom, players to adjust to new interpretations to rules, and for GMs to bring some new-style tough guys into the league.

M: Do you think the NHL and PA will scrap the instigator rule? Should they?

more…

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  Tags: david+singer, hockey+fights, jeff+marek

All Aboard

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stress Train is now boarding.  Five hours and small change until the puck is dropped in Hockeytown.

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Pat Sajak Serious About the Caps

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dan Steinberg at the DC Sports Blog (Washington Post),

The Stanley Cup playoffs require a wide-ranging level of civic commitment. For Mike Green, that commitment was on display this morning, in the form of an early-morning mohawk. Dozens of fans will be receiving similar ‘hawks tomorrow. For Pat Sajak, that commitment might involve a red-eye flight back East from a “Wheel of Fortune” taping next Friday, to make sure he can get to Verizon Center in time for Game 5.

“If the Caps don’t sweep,” Sajak noted. “I’m pretty well at their mercy.”

Yeah, that’s right, Sajak has become a hard-core Caps fan, a front-row season ticket holder for the past two seasons who attends 30 games a year and was “Rocking the Red” throughout last week’s spasm of Caps passion.

continued…

Unfortunately, there’s a good reason Sajak isn’t going to be able to pull off his own mohawk to support his favorite team.  smile

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  Tags: hockey+fans, pat+sajak, playoffs

Living In Nashville

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So many fascinating human interest stories following Bubba’s rags to riches to rags back to riches and eventual return to rags story this year.  Every one of them brings a tear to your eye. 

Almost lost their team, then the Ekspurts saved it.  Cracker Barrell closed due to plumbing problems, but re-opened two days later in time for the NASCAR qualifier.  Out of the playoff “chase”, then in, out, then right back into it and ready to hit that first round again.

So many stories.  But none compare to this.

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Game 1 Rules of Engagement

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Since

inquiring

,

enquiring

, curious minds want to know…we’re going Live Blog tonite.  Starting at 1845. 

Stress Train departs at 1400.

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Downey or Mac?  Uncle Mike’s On The Fence. Or Is He?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Anti-Digger deserves the benefit of the doubt. If Bruce MacLeod’s proven anything this year, it’s that his word is good—especially when compared to the Diggers.  Apparently, Uncle Mike’s playing it close to the vest as far as Downey and McCarty are concerned.  St. James, Kulfan and Khan(!) all say he’s waiting until after warmup to make his decision. 

MacLeod?  It’s a done deal.

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Health Update For Bruins & Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The Bruins did not skate this morning. But head coach Claude Julien said that Patrice Bergeron, who has been out with a grade 3 concussion since Oct. 27 and was cleared for contact on Monday, will not play. Whether Boston’s highest scorer, Marc Savard, will play won’t be determined until game time….

On the Canadiens side, captain Saku Koivu (fractured left foot) will remain on the sideline and defenceman Francis Bouillon (ankle) isn’t ready for action. Hard-hitting blueliner Mike Komisarek (hip) is fit and will play. Also in the Montreal lineup will be veteran Patrice Brisebois instead of rookie Ryan O’Byrne.

more on tonight’s game…

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