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Keys To Game 4

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Here are five things to watch for in Thursday night’s Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins:

1. The Henrik Zetterberg-Sidney Crosby showdown, Part IV
The Wings’ star center has had the better of the Pens’ star center so far, but Detroit coach Mike Babcock believed that 24 minutes, 19 seconds of ice time was too much for Zetterberg in Game 3 as he chased the matchup. So will this free up Crosby in any way Thursday night?...

2. Red Wings’ fatigue?
It’s the team’s fourth game in six nights. Detroit entered the Cup finals banged-up. Will the Wings hit the wall Thursday night, or did the day off Wednesday give them enough time to recharge their batteries? We think too much has been made of this. They’ll be fine.

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Joe Sacco New Coach Of The Avalanche

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche has hired Joe Sacco to be its new coach and will announce the move at a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Pepsi Center.

Sacco has coached the past two seasons with the Avalanche’s AHL franchise, the Lake Erie Monsters.

Previously, Sacco, 40 was an assistant coach for the Lowell Lock Monsters. He is the youngest head coach in the AHL.

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DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the appointment of Joe Sacco as the club’s new head coach. Former Avalanche player Sylvain Lefebvre was named assistant coach.

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Coach Dan Bylsma Before Game 4

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q.      Jordan was playing well versus Carolina, was everywhere on the ice. Now we don’t see him as much. Not as successful. What’s going on with his game?

        COACH BYLSMA: I thought Game 3 was much improved over Game 1 and Game 2 from Jordan. Again, each team poses a different kind of obstacle down low in the offensive zone, which is where Jordan is really good. And some teams are physical, some teams are a little more passive?zone type of defensive zone coverage.      For a guy like Jordan, who needs physical contact to be good down low, to protect the puck, it’s not there. And it’s just been a bit of an adjustment from the last series to this series.

        Another area where the game is tough against Detroit is the neutral zone. They have guys back, four guys back a lot. So the speed through the neutral zone that he did get in other series, it’s tougher to come by right now. So those are areas that we all have to fight through.

        He was better in Game 3, and he assured me he’d be better in Game 4 today in morning skate.

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Mike Babcock Before Game 4

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Q. Can we assume from the fact that Pavel’s still out there that he’s probably not playing tonight?

        COACH BABCOCK: I wouldn’t assume anything. Pavel already told me that he’s warming up and planning on playing. Now, we’ve had lots of plans over the years. We’ll see what happens.

        Q. Well, you let us in that Draper was playing yesterday. So you have not made a decision on Pavel and it’s going to be game time, correct?

        COACH BABCOCK: I’m not making the decision. When Pav’s ready, he’s playing. He’s making that decision or the doctors and trainers. When he feels he’s ready to go, and that foot allows him to have some pop, he’s playing.
        Right now we have Draper going in, we have Abby coming out.

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Pencil Him In…Apparently

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated at 1221…

MacLeod,

Babcock just said that Datsyuk is planning on playing, but the final decision hasn’t been made yet.

Khan(!!!!!!!!!),

Update from Thursday’s morning skate: Several Wings exercised their option to not skate. Pavel Datsyuk is practicing. Will update with his status for tonight following the availability. At this point, it would be surprising if he didn’t play tonight in Game 4.

 

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Get Your Wings Shades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Wonder if they work with ‘rosey’ colored glasses?

Download the shades here (pdf file).

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GDT - S.C. Finals, Game 4: Red Wings (2-1) at Penguins (1-2)  (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Do the Wings take a strangle-hold on the series tonight, and have an opportunity to hoist Lord Stanley at the JLA on Saturday?  Or will they be facing their first real adversity in this SCF?  We know that Kris Draper, the 2003 Selke winner (and Det’s leading faceoff player) is in tonight.  I would imagine that many of the “19” have made engaged in numerous pagan rituals to assuage the hockey gods into allowing the 2008 Selke winner (2009 Selke and Hart finalist) to take the ice tonight. According to “The Highlander” he practiced “hard”, and was centering Fil and Hoss on the 1A line. 

Malkin is a Red Wing Killer, and is pretty much, single handedly, carrying the Pens (assist on PIT lone goal in Game 1, scored PIT lone goal in 2, and 3 assists in game 3).  Adding Datsyuk into the line-up gives Uncle Mike greater flexibility in trying to defend Malkin.  It also should give the Wings more time with the damn puck, Datsyuk plays with it like it is his personal yo-yo.  Datsyuk should also create some matchup issues for Bylsma.  Maybe, just maybe, he and Draper will help DET’s ridiculously inept PK, it has to doesn’t it?  Thankfully DET still owns 5-5 play.  As an aside, can you imagine where the PENs would be without their Hart finalist?

It is game 4 tonight, time to unleash the Hoss!  I’ll be seeing you on the Hasek.

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Waiting On Sutter?

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Even amidst the Stanley Cup final and with the Calgary Stampeders—the defending Grey Cup champions—about to open camp, tongues wagging over a double-double in this city are wondering when Sutter will make his decision over a new bench boss.

It could be today or tomorrow.

It could be—as he said during the press conference—around the time the NHL Entry Draft is held, June 26-27.

Still, it makes sense the wait is happening for a reason.

There hasn’t been a concrete decision from Brent Sutter as to whether he’ll return for one more season with the New Jersey Devils—at least, not that we know.

Since the Flames wouldn’t have to provide compensation if Brent leaves the Devils and joins the Flames, as per the NHL bylaws, it very well could be a case of waiting for all that to shake down

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Exactly One Thousand Words

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Thought it might be time to take a quick break from the hockey talk and show you guys something I just received in the mail.  It’s graduation season all over the country, and up north too.  I remember mine, more than twenty years ago and I also remember the good friends I had.

I wish we’d taken the time to get photos taken, because there are relationships that deserve to be remembered for all time.

Relationships like this one.

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Pierre Lacroix In Charge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Canada.com,

Through all the manoeuvres, Pierre Lacroix continues to steer the vessel for owner Stan Kroenke, even though the former GM is as culpable as anybody for the slipping franchise, which picks third in the June draft.

But, with his two Stanley Cup rings, Lacroix is bulletproof.

Lacroix’s telling quote Wednesday that Sherman will be “under his supervision” as the new general manager sounds like Sherman will be a puppet for the powerful Lacroix, who chose not to hire Jay Feaster, the 2004 Stanley Cup-winning GM in Tampa Bay who used to run the Avalanche farm team.

If Sherman, who looked after contracts and the salary cap, is under Lacroix’s “supervision,” does that also mean Lacroix will be hiring the new coach? Does that mean that 39-year-old Sherman, who was in charge of the Avs’ merchandise stores in 2001 when they last won the Cup, is only keeping the seat warm for somebody else?

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