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Watching Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Buffalo News,

After all, the Sabres’ meaningless loss to the Philadelphia Flyers’ Sunday afternoon averaged a 16.4 rating and 36 share on Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate. To put that in perspective, the Easter Sunday game had higher local ratings than every network series in prime time Sunday night and almost every program all week.
ABC’s declining “Desperate Housewives,” which may have suffered because it was competing with the final season premiere of HBO’s “The Sopranos,” was in second place Sunday with 14.5 rating on Channel 7. “Without a Trace,” the popular CBS series was third, with a 12.5.
The Sabres’ rating was almost as high as the 16.9 rating for last Tuesday’s edition of “American Idol” on WUTV. “Idol” may be losing audience now because it is so obvious that anything but a Melinda Doolittle victory would be a travesty.

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Thrashers Can Compete

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Blueland Blog,

Despite all the talk of this being the Thrashers first playoff appearance it turns out that the Thrashers, as individuals, have oodles of experience in the post-season. The second-most in the Eastern Conference and fifth most among all playoff teams. Scott Mellanby has been there. Bobby Holik has been there. Slava Kozlov has been there. Greg de Vries. Keith Tkachuk. Alexei Zhitnik, Niclas Havelid and Jon Sim. They’ve all gone deep, and there are six Cup rings and 15 Finals appearances on this roster to show for it. Combined our roster has 275 games more of NHL post-season experience of the supposedly veteran Rangers.
I told you before that people would call us out as being inexperienced, and I told you they’d be wrong. Now you have the numbers right in front of you to show you just how wrong they are.

more & a nice chart with playoff games played for each team…

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Sens Try To Lose The “Tag”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

As the Senators prepared to meet the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening round of the Eastern Conference post-season beginning Wednesday, Murray’s first order of business was to address the “choking dog” brush - his words - that he’s sick of seeing his team painted with.
“I think it’s bullshit,” Murray snorted following the team’s practice.
While it’s the 10th straight season the Senators have qualified for the playoffs, they’ve advanced beyond the second round just once in their history.

read on

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Winning Makeup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from S.L. Price at Sports Illustrated,

What makes a winner? Considering that this is sport’s central question, the one agonized over by coaches, general managers, owners, parents and fans, considering how winners such as Yogi Berra and Michael Jordan are still revered, it’s remarkable that even those who wear the label find the question difficult to answer. After an initial stab at familiar terms—luck, confidence, hard work—there comes the flutter of ums, a pause and then surrender: “I can’t explain it,” Sakic says of Drury. “I can’t explain what he does.”
Or in the words of Scotty Bowman, who won the Stanley Cup nine times as a head coach and, with the Red Wings, fell victim to Drury’s overtime game-winner in Game 2 of the ‘02 Western Conference finals, “It’s hard to describe. We had one in Detroit with [Steve] Yzerman; they’re not big guys. You look at them game in, game out—and you still don’t know how they can do it.”

read on... long and if you like Chris Drury, you will be happy…

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For the FNG’s…An Introduction To The Wing Blogosphere

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m guessing, based on past playoff adventures, that we’ll be seeing some new visitors to A2Y.  Flame fans, we welcome you as we welcomed your provincial pals last year.  I offer none of the “trolls stay away” admonitions.  If you’re a troll, I could care less.  Trolls don’t scare me anymore.  I used to be frightened because they hid under my bed and ate oreo’s, keeping me awake until my 23rd birthday.  But they’re gone and that makes me happy.

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Someone Step Up

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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.

more

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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.

read on

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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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