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Hard To Beat The Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

There are a number of reasons why the Detroit Red Wings - the defending Stanley Cup Champions - remain the favoured team among the final eight (at least in my mind).

However, what’s more interesting as we embrace round two is the exercise of identifying how the Anaheim Ducks intend on dispatching the second of the top two seeds in the West.

Really, it boils down to three things and no, devine intervention isn’t one of them.  We have more respect for the Ducks and the team’s recent history of success than to suggest that.

The Ducks intend on establishing a hard forecheck. Anaheim wants to force Detroit to defend in an effort to try and wear the Wings down.

That won’t be an easy task as Detroit’s size is often underrated.


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Capitals Financial Picture

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

The NHL, its sponsors and the league’s television partners all stand to benefit from Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals reaching the second round. But so does the team’s bottom line, according to club president Dick Patrick.

With four home games in the opening round, the Capitals anticipate turning a profit of between $400,000-$500,000, Patrick said. Those figures are after the team returned an estimated 60-65 percent of its gross ticket sales revenue to the league, which redistributes the money to the revenue sharing program and to players’ postseason bonuses. The Capitals are among the teams that benefit from revenue sharing.


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Sundin Will Be A Target For The Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

What kind of shape is Mats Sundin really in?

Well, we’re about to find out.

“He’s a target,” promised agitating Chicago Blackhawks winger Adam Burish. “If you asked him, he’d know he has a target on his back.”...

“They’ve got to understand that they’re going to have earn their space,” said Burish, fresh off of driving Jarome Iginla to distraction in Chicago’s six-game victory over Calgary in Round 1. “They have to earn every inch of ice.”


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Madden Feels His Game Is Still There

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from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Does he feel wanted here?

“Yeah,” Madden responded.

Has he felt that way all season?


There are, of course, those who wonder if Madden has lost something. Is he the same player?

“Tough question. Yes, I am, but I think my role changed so I had to be a different kind of player,” Madden said.

Might he be over-the-hill?

“No. In fact, I don’t believe that at all,” he said. “And I’ll prove it.”

more on the Devils

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Odjick Appreciates Message From The Pope

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from Fernando Carneiro of MetroNews,

Former Vancouver Canuck Gino Odjick, an Algonquin from Maniwaki, Que., said that being at the Vatican this week to hear the Pope express his sorrow for the “anguish” Canadian Aboriginals suffered in residential schools was bigger than any hockey game he’s ever played.

Odjick, a Canuck for eight years, said he remembers a time at about age 14 when he stepped on the ice, looked at the non-native kids and felt inferior.

“I used to look up to NHL players and it was like they could walk on water,” Odjick said from Italy on Thursday. “I didn’t think native kids could ever get there.”


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A Fair Comparison?

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via David Bean of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

So here we go again.

Hockeytown vs. the OC.

Teemu vs. the Teamsters.

Urban Outfitters vs. urban decay.

Implants vs. closed plants.

A place with a superiority complex vs. the city with a chip on its shoulder.

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Giving Some Love To The Blackhawks

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from George Johnson at ESPN,

Hockey is back in the City of Big Shoulders. In a major way. And we who worship at the shrine of Elmer “Moose” Vasko could not be more ecstatic.

From the emergence of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane as Teen Beat heartthrobs to the icy excitement generated by the Winter Classic at venerable Wrigley Field, to the updating and reimagining of a franchise languishing in neglect, this is indisputably the Year of the Hawk.

Hey, they’re young, they’re fast, they’re audacious, they’re fun. No denying it. And although nothing’s perfect—you cringe a little at the money shelled out for softie defenseman Brian Campbell and playoff backup goalie Cristobal Huet, and the fact that they’re into that really annoying “Don’t step on the logo” nonsense in the dressing room and fence off the big Hawk on the carpet—there’s no doubting we’re over the moon to see the Chicago Blackhawks returned to their rightful place.


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Bingo, Bango…Boom

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I told you guys I had something special for you.  As we continue to work our way through some quality Round 2 previews presented by Wing bloggers, I see this as an opportunity to introduce you to a few you may not be aware of.

Bingo Bango is a prime example of that.

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Zednik Signs With Russian Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Richard Zednik will not play for the Florida Panthers or any other NHL team next season.

Zednik, 33, has signed a two-year contract with Russian Superleague team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the team reported on its Web Site on Thursday. An NHL source confirmed the report.


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Here Come The Diggers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yes, yes, yes. I know.  I know that if details of Kris Draper’s injury are being kept close-hold, that it’s a necessary thing.  I got that.  You guys have picked on me about that enough. 

But for the love of SBJ.  Somebody at least tell me they’ve asked the question.


Update from Thursday’s practice: Center Kris Draper saw the doctor today and was ruled out for Games 1 and 2 against Anaheim. He’ll be re-evaluated on Sunday afternoon before a decision is made on whether he can play Games 3 and 4 in Anaheim.

Draper has missed the last six games with an upper-body injury but continues to practice and work out off-ice.


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