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And Now I Will Tell You Who Will Win

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’d like to apologize for making you all wait so very long.  I know you’ve been anxious, your families have been tip-tapping their feet, waiting.  Your neighbors have been asking you, “has that Sailor told you with great accuracy who is going to win every first-round series of the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs? Is he sober?”

Yes. Yes I am and yes I will.  Now look. I make no guarantees that the playoffs are going to turn out this way, that the predictions I’m about to offer you are something you should bet your donut money on. 

But they are.  I am, and I’ve tried to tell you all this many times, very frigging smart.  You should listen to me more. You should be asking me for advice on things other than hockey.  You don’t, but you should.

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No More Easy Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,

“No shootouts, right?” Selanne said, smiling.
Ding-ding!The Ducks were 4-10 in shootouts in the regular season, probably the only thing that prevented them from skating off with the Presidents Trophy for best overall record in the NHL.
Their second weakness was a little more subtle — playing down to the level of their competition, as they did on several occasions during the best season in franchise history.
That, however, can’t happen anymore.
“Exactly,” Selanne said after Monday’s practice at Honda Center. “There are seven teams with over 100 points in our conference, so there are no easy games anymore.”

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Paw Paw, West Virginia

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Back in 1997 I met a guy from there, from Paw Paw, WV.  Believe me when I tell you he was pure redneck.  He fit all the stereotypes: the NASCAR thing, the Copenhagen thing, the slow drawl and you got the immediate sense that he was loyal to the core.  When I met him I seriously doubt he’d ever watched a minute of hockey. 

He’d ridden subs, done things he’d never be able to tell me about, toyed with nations in ways Tom Clancy couldn’t imagine, but never watched hockey.  Until I forced him to sit down and watch Game 1 of the WCF, Detroit and Colorado.  He saw the intensity, the importance of every shift, the way Detroit kept peppering Patrick Roy, only to see him turn them away again and again.  After the first period, he was hooked.  Hockey had him and we had ourselves a convert.

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Way West Deep Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Here’s a preview of some of the stories you’ll see out of Canada tomorrow, as well as an ESPN ditty that tries to portray the Flames as underdogs…which, of course, the rest of the hockey world knows is just crazy talk.

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More From The MSM

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you guys are getting tired of me pointing you to the mainstream predictions, say so.  I’ll keep it up for another day just to irritate you than let is slowly fade away like it was my own idea.  In the meantime, here are a few more.

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Ready To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jacques Demers at USA TODAY,

There’s little need for motivation. I used to put together a film demonstrating the great plays every player made during the regular season to pump them up, but the Cup was the true motivating factor. I always told my players that since everyone was a kid, they were dreaming about the Cup. We controlled our destiny. Stay away from bad penalties. Take short shifts. If someone gives you an elbow, just take it, because the person who retaliates usually gets the penalty.
Players aren’t nervous. They are edgy. They want to play. They’re not tired. They find energy. They’re looking forward to this. It’s a huge challenge to win four out of seven.

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My New Favorite Team- The Minnesota Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nicole Swanson at NHL Connect,

I really get into hockey this time of year; I get really excited about the playoffs. I remember specifically in 2003, my roommates and I, and one of the guys’ rooms in our apartment complex, we got together for every single game. We took a couch and TV out into the parking lot and watched all the games start to finish.

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Sidney Crosby Is Why

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It’s why the press box is expected to be full here for Game 1.
It’s why the Penguins asked for credential requests several weeks before the end of the regular season.
It’s why NBC denuded venerable “Hockey Night in Canada” of a Canadian matchup on the first weekend of the playoffs, insisting Game 2 of the be played Saturday afternoon and leaving CBC with the equivalent of moldy bread crust (Tampa Bay vs. New Jersey) for its traditional Saturday evening broadcast.

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Leafs/Canadiens Game Breaks Record

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CBC,

According to initial reports from Nielsen Media Research, a record-breaking 2.81 million viewers tuned to CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada this past Saturday to catch the highly anticipated game between the Leafs and Habs.
The broadcast represents the No. 1 regular-season audience in the show’s history since viewer recording began in 1989.

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Cherry & Hull

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Hockey News,

Cherry has been at this TV game for decades, while Hull is just starting out. The two networks are planning to put them together for shared segments during the championship series.
“We’re ready, we’re ready,” said Cherry.
He wouldn’t like to be permanently separated from Coach’s Corner foil Ron MacLean, however.
“I’ll stick with him,” said Cherry. “He keeps me on the right track.”

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