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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As some frigging genius pointed out earlier…if Mule’s practicing tomorrow, he’s playing Saturday. 

Well, he’s practicing.  St. James said the logical conclusion is....

The Wings say he is still day-to-day, but since he can get in practice tomorrow and the morning skate Saturday, the odds seem good he will in fact play Saturday night. Babcock said earlier in the week that as soon as Franzen is cleared, he’ll play.

Thanks to Tdeters for the pointer.


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If Malkin Is Great

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

If Malkin is sensational, I think Pittsburgh wins the cup.  If he is just average, or disappears, as he was sometimes prone to do before he blew up in the second half of this season, Detroit wins.

Sure, it’s a lot more complicated than that.  But I’m a simpleton.  And simply put, Malkin’s play, more than any other single factor, will decide the Stanley Cup Champion.


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  Tags: evgeni+malkin

The Hype is Building

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,

Some people have written the SCF should be starting tonight and I can see where they are coming from. But the hype has not even reached its high point yet—that begins later today and extends into Friday. The national media types will be settling into Detroit today. Media day is scheduled for tomorrow and then the stories really start rolling out.

I have this distinct feeling the SCF will attract the casual sports fan. Call it the Crosby Coming Out Party if you wish, but everything points to a series of skill, speed and great players. Both sides have the ability to turn it on offensively and that translates into “can’t turn away from this game” for that casual fan.


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  Tags: playoffs

What’s Your Superstition? Share and Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

[Note: Original post time was May 21, 3:09pm ET. I’ll be bumping it to the front page periodically. The entries so far are great!]

imageNo amount of personal hockey superstitions have ever helped my Vancouver Canucks, but that’s never stopped me. From idiotic morning routines to game-day-meals, that team gets anywhere near the playoffs and I develop so many tics I’m like a strung out former heroin addict dealing with an OCD problem. 

Fortunately I’m not alone.  Kukla, for instance, bought this ticket in Nevada last November, betting $20 that the Red Wings take the Stanley Cup this season.  Yet cocky as that may be, he’s been too superstitious to make mention of it to anyone.  He only decided he’d let me mention it because, well, that doesn’t “jinx” things the same way, apparently.

See where I’m going with this? Well, yes: hockey fans are nuts. But also:  We’d like to reward 3 of you with $50 gift certificates to IceJerseys.com or shop.NHL.com for sharing your own special brand of crazy. 

What’s your most reliable superstition? Or just share your friend’s.

Winners will be selected by a random draw from the comments of this post. Enter by 5pm ET Saturday, May 24th. Rules are below.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, playoffs, superstitions

Four Bloggers Via Mirtle

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 2020 EST with the final two bloggers.

Two Wing bloggers.  Two Pens bloggers.  All of them objective and wholesome as the driven snow.  James Mirtle asked the bustling staffs of A2Y, PensBlog, On The Wings and Empty Netters to provide insight into The Greatest Final Ever.

So far, Matt Saler and Seth Rorabaugh have weighed in. 

PensBlog and the frigging Chief chimed in later.

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Planning A Parade?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I am….hypothetically, of course. 

Here’s a bit of the preview the guys at the NYT’s Slap Shot blog asked me to provide.

What would be the ideal parade route or civic celebration if your team wins the Stanley Cup?

An ideal parade route, and let me know if we can use the massive power of The Times to arrange this, would start in Denver, truck east toward St. Louis, spend a day there showing them what they’ll never have, then on to Detroit. Is that possible?

Read the rest here.

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Sabres Want Your Stories

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Buffalo Sabres:

It was a day that many people will never forget. And now the Buffalo Sabres want to find out why it was so special to you. 

As the summer months roll on, the Sabres are producing a DVD to commemorate last January’s Winter Classic. The New Year’s Day match-up featured the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins playing outdoors in front of a capacity crowd of more than 71,000 hearty fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY.

A featured section of that DVD will be “My Classic Stories,” a collection of fan stories from the day told by the actual individuals who experienced them.  The six most compelling entries, as chosen by Sabres staff, will be videotaped by Sabres production crew and used in the Winter Classic DVD that will be released prior to the start of the 2008-09 season.

Enteries must be received by June 20th. More information below.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, media, winter+classic

The Maven Likes Red - Finally

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

I can’t wait. The Maven foresees a classic series which I expect to end short of the wire. That is, Red Wings in six—in spite of Sid The Kid and his Clan, and whether concussion-bothered Johan Franzen is in the Detroit lineup or not!

much more...

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The NHL Hour—with Scotty Bowman

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Scotty Bowman will be the guest on the NHL Hour today, hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement.

At show time, you can listen live by going to the NHL Network Online, then on the “NHL Livewire” link in the left column, and the show will then be accessible in the right column.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com. 

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  Tags: gary+bettman, interview, media, nhl+hour, scotty+bowman

Tales from the Minors

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Retired NHLer David Littman tells some tales from his life in hockey, today at The Hockey News:

People may not believe this, but playing in the minors is just as much fun as playing in the NHL. The only difference is there are fewer zeros on your paycheck. Things happen in the minors that would never happen in the NHL.

I was playing for the Atlanta Knights in the IHL, the farm team for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and we were playing the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, Calgary’s farm team.

In the first period, there was a fight in front of my net and I jumped in to help a teammate. I looked up and Andre Trefilov, the opposing goalie, was coming at me full steam. We fought for a bit, got game misconducts and were kicked out of the game.

By the second period, we were both up in the stands sitting with our respective scratched teammates drinking beers. By the third period, we’d all had a few drinks when the Salt Lake backup goalie was hit and went down hard.

and guess what happens next…

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  Tags: david+littman, minor+leagues

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