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Detroit Welcomes The Frozen Four

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Walsh of the Detroit Free Press,

The 2010 Frozen Four at Ford Field in Detroit might not have the sports cachet or instant name recognition of a Super Bowl or basketball Final Four, but it’s got some very cool stuff going for it:

• A couple of high-profile cochairs who can actually lace up their skates and handle a stick—Bill Ford Jr. and Christopher Ilitch….

“It’s going to be an electric atmosphere in downtown Detroit,” Ilitch said Monday of the Frozen Four week.

On April 7, the Red Wings are to host the Columbus Blue Jackets in a game with possible NHL playoff implications. On April 8, the Frozen Four NCAA semifinals are to be played at Ford Field. Next door on April 9 the Tigers’ baseball home opener is scheduled. And on the 10th is to be the Frozen Four Championship game.

read on & the official web site for the 2010 Frozen Four.

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With No All-Star Game, Here Is Your All-Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

In the absence of an All-Star weekend thanks to the Olympics, here are our All-Star teams if the game had been held:

Scott Burnside’s Team
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Forwards
Sidney Crosby
Nicklas Backstrom
Steven Stamkos
Alexander Ovechkin
Ilya Kovalchuk
Zach Parise
Marian Gaborik
Tomas Plekanec
Martin St. Louis
Evgeni Malkin
Nathan Horton
Daniel Alfredsson

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Franzen ‘Runs’ Lilja

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

He’s been practicing with the team for months, but Detroit Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja hasn’t had any contact. Now that he sees a light at the end of the tunnel—he has been headache-free for 14 days—he wanted to see how he would react to a hit.

So he asked Johan Franzen to run him after practice.

“I had Mule run me yesterday in practice. He picked up all his 230 pounds and threw it at me,’’ Lilja said. “My body hurt, but my head was really good. It felt real good.’’

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GDT - Game #52: Red Wings host Coyotes (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Deja’ vu all over again?  Once again, thanks go out to the F(lame) for their continuing exercises in futility.  The Conk-block was in net for the Blues last night, and pitched a 34 save shutout.  CGY suffered their sixth straight loss, and as a result, DET are once again 8th in the W.C.

There is joy in Motown(!)  Not only are DET in the midst of playoff contention, but Nick Jr. is set to lace up his skates and hit the ice for his first game in Nine 1/2 Weeks.  But wait, didn’t we see this terrible movie this past Saturday?  The plot was strikingly similar.  The home-team has the opportunity to make a statement, against a team they are chasing in Conference, that they are serious W.C. contenders.  And this past Saturday, DET came out guns a-blazing, and played competitive hockey - - for a whole 20 minutes. Foiled once again by their nemesis, obscene turnovers in their zone, and an apparent antipathy towards any semblance of a killer-instinct; DET surrendered 3 consecutive goals against.  It was disgusting to watch, and the majority of the team and staff were proper subjects of much derision by the “19”.

Alas, many of the “19” (myself included) have perceived this as a time to “lower expectations”; and based on Winged Wheel’s performance against the Kings, perhaps rightly so.  Then again, “it ain’t over till its over.”  A convincing win against the ‘Yotes, and a “Kronwalled” against Shane Doan; well that just might go a long way to putting things right in A2Y nation.

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What Tampa’s Financial Situation Says About LeCavalier

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of the hottest rumors for over a year is that the Tampa Bay Lightning are about to trade Vincent LeCavalier.  No trade has happened yet, but as we approach the 2010 trade deadline speculation about a LeCavalier trade is rising.  Coupled with any potential trade is the uncertain financial situation of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  The NHL has likely taken over the team on some level.  They have fronted money to the team to help them make payroll.  The Lightning are in default on the initial loan used to purchase the team.  Current owner Oren Koules was required to have a privately financed loan through previous owner William Davidson to buy the team, since he couldn’t secure funds from more traditional means.  Koules has been unable to keep up with the payments.

In the meantime, Davidson died.  This leaves his widow Karen Davidson as the major creditor to the Lightning. She also inherited the Detroit Pistons of the NBA and has made it clear that she wants to sell the team.  She has no desire to be stuck with the Tampa Bay Lightning as well, but may wind up with them or may choose to stay removed from the team and leave them with an uncertain future.

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Try Out GameCenter Live Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Today only, get free access to NHL GameCenter LIVE™ for streaming game video of tonight’s out-of-market matchups.

Register here

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Zubov Humiliated By Being Included As A Substitute Player For Team Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from RussiaToday,

Ex-NHL star Sergey Zubov was outraged by the coaches’ decision to choose him as a substitute player for Russia’s Olympic hockey team, calling the move “a spit in the face”.

“The administrator of the national team has just called me and said that I am included in the list of substitutions for the Olympics. I actually did not know what to say. The situation surprised me a lot,” the 39-year-old told Sport-Express newspaper.

Zubov currently plays for SKA Saint Petersburg in the KHL, being the top-scoring defender in the regular championship.

“And earlier I was amazed and even offended by the words of the president of the Russian Hockey Federation, Vladislav Tretyak, and head coach of the national team Vyacheslav Bykov, who uttered in an interview: that in order to get to the national squad one must gnaw the ice, and that they would not take you for your previous merits,” the veteran stressed.

“All these statements have extremely disappointed me. This is humiliation of me as a personality and a sportsman. I do not owe anything to anyone and I have honestly earned my name in ice hockey. I am not 25 years old and have proved my high level with seventeen seasons in NHL. I am not going to prove anything anymore,” he added.

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Talking The ‘Gordie Howe Hat Trick’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Gordie Howe retired from the NHL in 1980 as the all-time leading scorer with 801 goals and 1,850 points. He led many other statistical categories but one he surely didn’t lead is the unofficial one that came to bear his name, “the Gordie Howe Hat Trick,” which is a goal, an assist and a fight in the same game.

We’ll never know for sure because no one kept that statistic until The Hockey News started in 1996. For awhile, the leader was current Tampa Bay Lightning coach Rick Tocchet—like Howe, a rugged customer with good hockey skills.

Then Tocchet was overtaken by Brendan Shanahan, who retired earlier this year to become NHL Vice President of Hockey and Business Development. According to the weekly’s records, Shanahan had 17 Gordie Howe Hat Tricks. The “honor” took Shanahan by surprise.

“I’d never heard of it until I’d had quite a few of them,” said Shanahan, whose NHL career began in 1987. “It didn’t get media attention until four or five years ago. They started counting in my 10th year. One list had me at nine and then they went back and counted and found more. No teammate ever mentioned it to me until my last one….”

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Patrick Eaves Gets His Shot In Detroit

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from Bruce MacLeod of the Macomb Daily,

Eaves got a spot in the Detroit lineup by default. He has played in 40 of the Red Wings’ 51 games this season, including 23 of the past 24.

“It’s unfortunate that we had some injuries, but that got me into the lineup, got me going with (linemates) Helmer (Darren Helm) and Drapes (Kris Draper),” said Eaves. “It’s such a long season, something is going to happen.”

Although injuries got Eaves into the lineup, performance has kept him in. Eaves is now averaging 14:17 of ice time per game, more than Draper or Justin Abdelkader or Drew Miller.

A right-handed shot playing on the right side of Helm and opposite Draper, Eaves is fourth among Detroit forwards with 90 shots on goal, trailing only Henrik Zetterberg, Todd Bertuzzi and Pavel Datsyuk.

He came to Detroit with the reputation of a scorer, but Eaves is playing on a checking third line and is one of the team’s top penalty killers. In fact, the PK gave Eaves his first opportunity to prove himself in Detroit.

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Is Cory Clouston In The Jack Adams Race?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,

They could fall off the map just as quickly as they could climb the standings. Nonetheless, as the team rides a six-game winning streak that has taken them to a comfortable fifth place in the Eastern Conference, you would have to think that coach Cory Clouston is beginning to attract notice as a coach-of-the-year candidate.

He’s on a long list that includes Jacques Lemaire of the New Jersey Devils; Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals; Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres; Todd McLellan of the San Jose Sharks; Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks; Alain Vigneault of the Vancouver Canucks and Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes.

To merit serious consideration from broadcasters across the league, who vote on the Jack Adams Award, the Senators would have to stay at least where they are, or even move up in the standings

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