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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

Playoff News & Views

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

NHL.com has their 2008 Playoffs preview section up. 

Each quarter final matchup is broken down and additional features and updates will be added throughout the playoffs.

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  Tags: media, nhl.com, playoffs

Detroit News Webcast at 1145

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Live! from the Hockeytown Cafe…Steve Yzerman, Tick Tock Kenny Holland and Kevin Allen will be discussing the Wings’ road to #11.  It will be broadcast via webcast and you can get to it at the DetNews sports page

No mention as to whether former Deep Digger captain Ted Kulfan will be taking part in the discussion or just taking drink orders.  He might be tired after his ode to the Poultry from this morning.

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The Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

While we wait for the games to begin, enjoy 4 1/2 minutes of the best the NHL has to offer from last week.

Watch now…

Continue Reading »

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Their First Playoff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Now, after an equally long and circuitous career as a minor-league coach, Boudreau is where he has dreamed of being all along, playing for a Stanley Cup.

Much like his coaching counterpart, John Stevens.

On Friday night in Washington, Boudreau and Stevens will coach their first Stanley Cup playoff games when the Flyers visit the Capitals in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Boudreau led the Capitals to a miraculous turnaround, taking them from 15th in the conference three months ago to a playoff-clinching victory in the final game of the regular season.

more

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Nolan Prepares To Take On Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

You can’t help but wonder if his old team as the opposition adds a new element.

“There really isn’t,” Nolan insisted. “I’m just really excited about being back in the playoffs. It’s been a while since I’ve been in it, and with the team, we have we think we can go far. We’re just excited and ready to play.”

But San Jose is the squad Nolan was front and centre with for nearly eight seasons. San Jose remains his off-season home, and he’s part-owner of a couple of establishments.

This series will be much about his old haunt and the old memories.

Or not.

more

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  Tags: owen+nolan

Jagr Focusing On Playoff Run

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Daily News,

He has ratcheted up his off-ice workouts in recent weeks. But Jagr maintains that is standard operating procedure for him at this time of year, not an attempt to get one more dominant playoff run out of a body that is now 36.

And as for the prospect of winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs MVP - the one remaining reachable threshold in his contract that would extend it through next season - Jagr refused to even entertain such a discussion on Monday.

At least for public consumption, that is.

read on

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr

Facial Hair Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

One of the allures of watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs is watching clean-shaven men progress from baby-faced cherubs into Jeffrey Lebowski… uh… the other Jeffrey Lebowski. The Dude. His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.

So with a day left before the growing can begin, let us take a team-by-team look at who will grow the best playoff beards:

read on

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