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Someone Step Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

If ever a league needed its stars to be its stars, it’s the NHL circa 2007.
I’d prefer the stepping up to be done by Marian Hossa in Atlanta, Marian Gaborik in Minnesota, or Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh. I’d like the starring roles to be filled by players paid a star’s salary, such as Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, Nashville’s Peter Forsberg, or Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom.
It doesn’t even have to be a forward to make me happy. For all I care, it could be any or all of the Isles’ Rick DiPietro, the Canucks’ Roberto Luongo and the Devils’ Martin Brodeur making headlines.

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Most Important Game 1…ever?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Probably because we’ve walked the same Olongapo back alleys, O-Joe and I agree completely on just how critical a Game 1 win is to the Wings. He made some great points in the comment section of a post below and I wanted to give them a bit more prominence.

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Playoff Traditions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

At my NHL.com blog today, I try to prepare you for the next two months.
I am interested in your traditions/habits and would appreciate you leaving a comment about them.

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Mac The Blogger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Flames,

And now it is playoff time. We are playing the Detroit Red Wings, my former team.
I would have to say that the leader of that team is the guy nobody mentions, Niklas Lidstrom. He is the calming influence on that team. The emotional leader is Kris Draper.
They have skill in players like Pavel Datsyuk and they have Tomas Holstrom who is tough to play against. You add Todd Bertuzzi to that line, too. I think he is the wild card for them. We all know how well he can play.

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Stats & More Stats

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—As the 89th NHL regular season draws to a close this year, there is a software application to liven up the playoffs. Information Builders, the enterprise business intelligence (BI) standard of choice for organizations around the world, has developed an Active Report that allows anyone to access goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, short-handed and power plays, and game-winning goals statistics, as well as salary and nationality data for all the players.

“Hockey is a fast paced game with a wealth of interesting statistics,” said Michael Corcoran, CMO of Information Builders. “Fans in the U.S., Canada, and Europe can easily track the stats of their favorite players and teams in the NHL Playoffs. This Active Report will allow you to learn things about the top players you probably didn’t know. Business intelligence can hit just as hard as the meanest slap shot when the data is offered in an accessible way.”

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KK- The Challenges

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We have two KK Challenges that are still open but closing dates are nearing.
1. Win an authentic NHL Jersey
2. Win a $50 gift certificate

Participation, as always is free and open to all KK members.  Have a go at it, you just may win!

note: sticky post.

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Wings Health Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Windsor Star,

Barring a last-second setback, Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg declared himself ready to play in Thursday’s opening game of the Western Conference quarter-final against the Calgary Flames.
Zetterberg, who hasn’t played since Feb. 24 because of an inflamed disc in his back, participated in a full practice for the first time Monday at Joe Louis Arena.
“I feel better than I did last week,” Zetterberg said….
Babcock said Todd Bertuzzi, who was diagnosed with a mild concussion after colliding with goalie Chris Osgood in a game last Thursday, will be re-examined by doctors later this week before he’s cleared to play.
“I think he will (play), but I don’t know for sure,” Babcock said.

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Back To Back Headache

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated: Ottawa and Pittsburgh play back to back in Games 2 and 3.  Thanks, Johne.

If the Thrashers and Rangers go seven games, they’ll play on consecutive nights the final two.  Other than that series, no other matchup will feature back-to-back games.

Except, of course, for Detroit and Calgary…games five and six.  And does anyone doubt this series will go at least six games?

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Beating Brodeur

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

They gave Brodeur respect, called him “great” and talked about skills such as his stick-handling, which makes him almost a third defenseman. Still, some seemed as if they would rather be taking a puck off the head.
“We’re not going to sit here and talk about him every day,” center Brad Richards said. “We know he’s great. We know what he brings to the table. With all respect to him in the world, to sit here and wrack our brains over it is counterproductive.”

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See You In The Fall, Jody

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jody Vance at Slam,

Working at the rink, day in and day out, you get to know the characters behind the scenes pretty well, good folks like Vic the security guy who stands guard in front of the Leafs dressing room.
Vic is always there with a big smile and hello for me every game day, and this day was no different, except, he added, “Well, Jody ... is this it till next fall or will I see you next Monday?”
Call it the ripple effect of being a part of the NHL culture. It is akin to having a seasonal family.
One can only imagine how the players must feel on this day.
When any season wraps up, as it has in Toronto, do they give thought to how this group likely will not gather in its current form next fall?

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