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Not Long Ago…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Once upon a time, they were seen as the future of the Chicago Blackhawks and they even had a snappy nickname to go with the part. They were the ABC line — Tyler Arnason, Mark Bell and Kyle Calder — and they were thought to be the franchise’s best hope for a turnaround; three young players, with impressive credentials, who could eventually restore the Blackhawks to their glory days….
For Monday’s third game of the Red Wings-Sharks series, Bell was back in the press box, replaced in the San Jose line-up by rookie Joe Pavelski; and Babcock had Calder on a short leash.

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Experimental Program For Concussions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newswise,

When Buffalo Sabres center Tim Connolly took the ice for the start of the NHL playoffs in April after being sidelined for 11 months with post-concussion syndrome, his return in large part was due to a new treatment program developed by University at Buffalo researchers.
For unknown reasons, 5 to 10 percent of people who experience a concussion have symptoms that persist beyond six weeks. These people are diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. Previously, there has been no treatment for the condition with proven success.
“The new program is in the experimental stages, but I think it’s going to change the way (post-concussion syndrome) is handled,” Connolly said.

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Question Everything…Especially Implosions

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Woops.  Remember Legace-confidante Andy Strickland?  Sure you do.  Now’s a good time to tell you that for a little while in January, it looked like young Andy was going to avail himself to us, perhaps to further address his original claim that the Wings would “implode by Christmas.”

For some reason, he didn’t feel compelled to take advantage of that opportunity.

But hey…if you’re not doing anything around 11am EST tomorrow…

I will be taping the show at 10:00 central time Tuesday Morning. Feel free to call the show and ask a question or give a comment at 1-800-491-1380 or 314-969-1380 locally in St. Louis.

You can also e-mail the show and I will read the question on the air.

The address is strickland.andy@gmail.com

 

 

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Homer’s Good To Go

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Paul just posted over at KK Hockey that Tomas Holmstrom has been cleared to play and will be flying out to San Jose today and is likely for Game 4. Yes, the obvious questions are: when does the flight leave, and if he's cleared, can he play tonite? Bruce MacLeod with a bit more, and news that Zetterberg practiced for the first time in a week this morning. Helene St. James says it's definite that Holmstrom will NOT be playing tonite. Last blog entry from Ted Kulfan? 27 April.

Babcock said definitely no Holmstrom (eye) and Lebda (ankle) for Game 2.
Easy Ted. Don't pull a muscle.

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Holmstrom Cleared To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Detroit area doctors cleared Holmstrom today.  He is flying out to San Jose to join the team.
Looks like if all goes well, Homer will be in the lineup for game 4.

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Datsyuk’s Goal The Catalyst?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

According to the Stats NHL Blog, the Wings’ two-goal comeback on Saturday was a 2007 rarity.

John Kreisler noted how getting a two-goal lead meant so much in the postseason. He reported that in the first 47 playoff games this spring, teams taking a lead of two goals or more were 34-0.

According to Kreisler, there were 126 regular-season games—better than one in every 10 played—in which teams trailed by two or more goals and won. On two dates (March 1 and April 7), it happened five times apiece.

Read more here, including the suggestion that if the Wings return the Cup to its rightful home in Hockeytown, Datsyuk’s game winner could very well be the goal that will have set the stage.

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Youngsters Shining

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

With the four series all heating up over the weekend, the number of young players contributing in prominent roles for their respective teams caught my attention. Some of them are guys we’ve heard about and who had high expectations associated with them, while others just sort of appeared.

continued

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Just Imagine If The Rangers Lost

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

When Michal Rozsival’s slap shot found the back of the net in the second overtime in the Rangers’ 2-1 win Sunday, it not only gave the Blueshirts life in their series against the Buffalo Sabres, but it also prevented a controversy over an earlier disallowed goal by Rangers defenseman Karel Rachunek.
Imagine the mess if the Sabres won the game to take a 3-0 series lead. There would have been days of debate over whether Rachunek actually tried to kick the puck into the net, as officials ultimately ruled he did.

read on- much more playoff talk…

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Thanks The Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

The weekend represented everything that is the NHL today and in general, if you boil it down to its simplest terms, you’re left with one unavoidable conclusion.
The people who run the NHL should get up every morning and thank whatever supreme being they believe in — apparently the almighty dollar — for the players. Despite all the encumbrances from above, the players are carrying this league and if it is ever to find its salvation, it will be the players who lead it there.
That might seem to be only common sense. And it is. But unfortunately, the people who run the NHL still fail to grasp that most basic of concepts.

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NHL- The Blog Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Information from Sports Business Journal (paid sub),
Sports Media Challenge’s Sports Blog Index identifies the top issues discussed over the past week on some of the top sports blogs.
The percentage of talk last week breaks down like this…
NFL Draft 43%
NBA Playoffs 25%
A-Rod 10%
Mike Penner, LA Sports Writer 9%
NHL Playoffs and Curt Schilling’s Bloody Sock 7%

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