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Behind The Scenes At The SCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com has been doing an on-going ‘Behind the Scenes’ blog.  Last night they took in a Tiger’s game and Mike mention’s this today in his blog…

If you’re looking for something to do leading up to Game 5 between the Wings and the Penguins on Saturday, you might want to check out the Hockeytown Riverwalk Party outside Joe Louis Arena beginning at 4 p.m. 

The party will offer a variety of grilled favorites prepared by the Red Wings executive chefs along with beverages and beer for purchase. Live music will be provided by the local band Morning Glory and radio station 104.3 (WOMC) will be on-site playing the some of your favorite oldies. Face painting and other interactive activities will be available as well. The Riverwalk Party is open to the public and does not require a game ticket for entry.

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Fatigue Could Be A Factor For Detroit

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Lyle Richardson of FoxSports.com gives us a preview of game 5.

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Plastic Ice

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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

At training centres, fake ice is becoming popular. The Athletic Conditioning Centre, where several NHL Senators train in the summer, has recently installed a sheet of synthetic ice inside the Ben Franklin dome.

Public-private facilities (such as the Bell Sensplex), covered outdoor ice, warehouse ice, trumped up backyard rinks, rink-in-a-box facilities that can be assembled like an adult version of a child’s Leggo project: these are just some of the arena trends available to cities and private interests.

Dave Gagner played 15 NHL seasons with seven clubs, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. Since retiring, Gagner has developed a niche business with Custom Ice Inc., a company he started in Burlington, Ont., nine years ago. Gagner also has a facility in Minnesota.

Though not as romantic as the image of Gordie Howe skating on a natural pond in rural Saskatchewan, Gagner’s rink business had the same idea in mind: a sheet of ice on which kids can skate and play at their convenience, whether in a backyard, park or studio.

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SCF Notes Before Game 5

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TEAMS WINNING GAME 5 OF THE STANLEY CUP FINAL WITH SERIES TIED 2-2

In the 19 previous Stanley Cup Final series tied 2-2, the club winning Game 5 has won the Stanley Cup 14 times. The five clubs that successfully overcame a Game 5 loss: the 1950 Detroit Red Wings, 1964 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1971 Montreal Canadiens, 2001 Colorado Avalanche and 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning.

HOME CLUBS 4-0 IN STANLEY CUP FINAL FOR THIRD TIME SINCE 1978

Home clubs are 4-0 in the Stanley Cup Final for just the third time since 1978, when the Montreal Canadiens captured Games 1 and 2 in Montreal, followed by Boston Bruins victories in Games 3 and 4 in Boston. In 2003, the New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks (coached by current Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock) matched home victories in the first four games.

Since the best-of-seven format was implemented in 1939, home clubs have won all seven games in the Stanley Cup Final on three occasions, in 1955, 1965 and 2003.

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Wings Need To Get Physical

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

What the Wings need, of course, is more of a contribution in the physical department from all of their players. The defence tandem of Brad Stuart and Niklas Kronwall have been fumbling the puck more than banging bodies in the past two games, Johan Franzen hasn’t been as aggressive as he is capable of being and Tomas Holmstrom, struggling on offence, hasn’t been as effective at digging out pucks and keeping offensive zone sequences alive.

Whether the Wings are tough enough, of course, has been a question asked over and over since they became a high-skill, puck-possession style team in the early 1990s, and they’ve always answered it with goals and wins.

Even this spring, Anaheim challenged Detroit physically and nearly upset the Wings, losing in seven games but exacting a physical toll.

So with Datsyuk expected back tonight, that’s good for the champs, but they could really use the spirit of the defunct Grind Line to deal with these young whippersnappers from Pennsylvania.

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The Slumping Wings

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The defending Stanley Cup champions suddenly seem to be in a rut.

Why?

The fatigue theory: The older Detroit Red Wings, especially defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom, supposedly are exhausted after playing four games in six nights and appear to be a step slower than the young and restless Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2009 Stanley Cup final, tied 2-2 with Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena tonight.

The special-teams issue: The Wings cruised through the first three playoff rounds with an impressive power play that scored 19 times in 74 chances. Now, the Wings are not only struggling through a 1-for-10 slump against the Penguins…

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Wings Have Not Cracked

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from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Sounds like the Red Wings might have cracked, eh?

Please.

Not a snowball’s chance in you-know-where.

The Penguins had better know that or they are on the verge of making a terrible mistake. They had better be ready for the Red Wings’ best in Game 5 tonight. The Red Wings are proud defending Cup champions. They are back home at Joe Louis Arena, where they won Games 1 and 2 with some ease and where they have beaten the Penguins in four of the past five Cup final games going back to last season, the exception being the Penguins’ epic, 4-3 win in three overtimes in Game 5 a year ago. They also figure to get a big boost from the likely return of star center Pavel Datsyuk, their Hart Trophy candidate as NHL MVP.

Cracked?

The Red Wings?

Hardly.

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Will Brashear Stay In Washington?

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from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

I’m hearing that enforcer Donald Brashear’s future with the Caps could be determined next week, when he speaks to GM George McPhee.

Brashear, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, will represent himself in the discussion with McPhee.

It’s unclear if McPhee plans to ask Brashear, 37, to play for less than the $1.2 million he earned this season. It’s also unclear if Brashear would consider accepting less to come back to Washington, where he’s popular among his teammates and a locker room leader.

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Admitting You Have A Problem Is The First…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Thursday broke me down.  Crushed me.  It hurt worse than a triple overtime size twelve.  Considering the disgust I felt yesterday morning? I’m surprised I’m even posting now.

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Special Teams Make The Difference

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One area of play in the Stanley Cup finals where Pittsburgh has dominated over Detroit is special teams.  The Pittsburgh Penguins have scored four power play goals in nine opportunities.  That 44% success rate is far above anything that can be sustained.  The Detroit Red Wings have only one power play goal in ten power play attempts and they allowed a short handed goal as well.  That gives them a net of zero goals to show for their power plays. 

Detroit’s power play failure in this series does not fit with their regular season.  They had a league best 25.5% success rate on the power play.  Pittsburgh’s 17.2% success rate left them well back in the pack in 20th.  The Penguins did better on the penalty kill where their 82.7% success rate placed them eighth in the league.  Detroit struggled on the penalty kill.  Their 78.3% success rate was 25th in the league and the worst among teams that made the playoffs.

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