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“To me, this was the best team in 11 years of the organization,.  This franchise had the best players. Right now, they can not blame [Ilya] Kovalchuk or [Slava] Kozlov. They have to take responsibility, because I think ownership did everything right, signed good players, they have a good goalie, good defense—but something is missing. I think we are missing from the coaching staff. Looks like they have fun, but unfortunately in the NHL you have to work. You have to prepare for every game.

“There are lots of good teams in the NHL and you think you are a good team if you see the roster. That doesn’t work in this league. You have to do homework and work hard. I think I can put a big question mark that they weren’t preparing.”

-Slava Kozlov of the Atlanta Thrashers.  More from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

This may be a first, I have never heard Kozlov cal anyone out.

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Your Art Ross Trophy Winner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

Vancouver Canucks centre Henrik Sedin will become the first Canuck to win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s regular-season scoring champion.

Sedin’s four-point effort on Saturday night against the Calgary Flames, followed by Alexander Ovehckin’s goose egg this morning in the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 shootout loss against Boston, gave the Canuck a 112-109 advantage as the regular season came to an end.


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Will Niedermayer And Selanne Be Back?

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from Curtis Zupke of the OC Register,

Tonight could be the final game for Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne. Both are playing out one-year contracts and, in what has become an annual occurrence, will decide their future in the coming weeks.

Niedermayer, 36, and Selanne, 39, each said he has not talked with General Manager Bob Murray about when they will decide their future, but the team would like them to do so before the June draft.

“I’m sure I’ll come to a decision quickly,” Niedermayer said. “I’ll decide before then.”

In the aftermath of missing the postseason for the first time since 2004, the Ducks are in store for an intriguing summer, and Niedermayer sets their offseason strategy in motion.

He has been critical of his play this season. His minus-12 rating is the worst of his career, although that likely has to do with the struggling team play.

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LB: We Got Game

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

The Season of Jobu is wrapping up.  I’m no pharmacist, but I am told that today’s game has playoff implications. 

Thanks to RWBill’s Peloton of Suck graph denoting the Clusterfaux to the Playoffs, the 19 have had cool visuals like a Fox-track puck creating lines in space.  What the POS graph has shown is that when the season is on the line, the Wings responded and won.  And won.  And won some more.

Today, to close out the season, the 19 are asking for another WIN.

Stop.  What’s that sound?  Everybody knows what’s about to go down.

It’s a Live Blog to wrap up the season with the Wings facing Junior one more time.  Hold on to your mouthguards, it may get ugly.

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The Final Playoff Berth

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There is one final game which most of the hockey world is watching today.  The New York Rangers play at the Philadelphia Flyers for the final playoff berth in the East Conference.  Both teams are currently tied with 86 points.  The winner of today’s game will have 88 points and make the playoffs.  The loser misses the playoffs.  It doesn’t matter if this game is settled in regulation or not.  The winner makes the playoffs and the loser does not.

I hope to see the New York Rangers win.  They look like a stronger team right now.  Philadelphia has goaltending issues.  Injured is Ray Emery, Michael Leighton and Johan Backlund.  Brian Boucher is forced to be the Flyers goalie.  Boucher has a subpar .898 saves percentage and a 2.83 GAA.  Jeremy Duchesne, who was a mediocre ECHL goalie last year, is their backup and will not be used if it is at all possible.  This makes the Flyers a very beatable team.  In the last ten games, the Flyers have a 3-7 record (with one regulation tie point).  This is the worst record in the league over the last ten games in the league.  The Flyers look like easy first round fodder should they make the playoffs.

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Playoffs Will Answer Vancouver Questions

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

With perhaps the best team they have ever had entering the NHL playoffs, the Vancouver Canucks completed their season Saturday awaiting an opponent, three teams still very much in the running to face Vancouver.

But the club is always fond of saying they are concerned about their own play and the process by which it is evolving, changing and hopefully improving. It’s that process which you certainly came away from the easy win over Calgary wondering about after great fun was had by all, particularly the Sedin twins.

First and foremost you have to start in goal to examine this team, where Roberto Luongo would appear to be one of the big keys to how far they will be able to travel in the postseason.


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GDT - Game #82 - Regular Season Finale: Red Wings at ‘Hawks (3:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Last GDT of the regular season.  For DET, today’s result will find them finishing anywhere between 5th and 7th.  A CHI win has them claiming the top spot in the W.C..  We do know that this may be the last time DET face CHI this season

We don’t know much else.  Uncle Mike said after Saturday’s practice that he hasn’t decided who will start in goal, or whether he’ll rest anyone.  A whole lotta things up in the air today.  Who plays, who is between the pipes?  Will DET have any intensity, will CHI?  Don’t ask me, I don’t know .

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Pressure Is On Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Last season, the Blackhawks’ resurgence was one of the feel-good stories in the NHL. Dragged screaming into the 21st century after epitomizing the era when marketing was considered to be making sure the beer taps worked, the franchise went through an amazing turnaround on every levelfrom the ice through ownership.

The Hawks’ run last year to the Western Conference finals, where they fell to the Red Wings, was exciting and a boon for the league.

Now, with the Blackhawks again a marquee act in the nation’s third-largest market, the attitude and expectations will be different in this postseason.

The pressure’s on.

Chicago, which finishes the regular season at home today against Detroit, went into the final weekend of the regular season still fighting San Jose for the conference’s top seed.


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Sunday Morning Hockey Notes

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• The Red Wings will always have a soft spot for Kris Draper (four Stanley Cups), but at $1.583 million as a fourth-liner and with major salary cap concerns, he’s too rich for their blood next season.

Draper makes more than Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves combined—both players have to be resigned—but they’ll keep Draper for 2010-11, even if he’s being paid for what he used to be, and that’s one of the game’s best-ever checking, third-line guys.

• Jiri Hudler, who played on the same Moscow Dynamo team as Linus (pronounced LEE-nus) Omark, wants out of Russia. He will likely take the Detroit Red Wings’ $2.85-million arbitration figure and return next fall. That’s a $2.15-million pay cut from Russia.

• Fabian Brunnstrom is one of only three players to score a hat trick in his first NHL game—Alex Smart in 1943 and Buddy Cloutier in 1979 are the others—but he won’t be re-signed by the Dallas Stars. Brunnstrom is not strong enough on the puck and doesn’t work that well in the tighter-checking NHL confines.


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16 Teams In Action Today - One Huge Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Vote in the poll and see today’s NHL schedule below…

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