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Schneider: Done For Playoffs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well…if you’re looking for another bit of adversity, another footnote to recall when the Wings raise the Cup in a month or so, this should do nicely.  Mathieu Schneider has played his last game of the 2007 postseason.

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Mathieu Schneider suffered a broken wrist in the first period of Saturday’s game and will not play again in the post-season. Either Brett Lebda will return to action or Derek Meech or Jonathan Ericsson—both up from Grand Rapids—will be pressed into duty.
Mike Babcock: “(Lebda) When he’s ready, he’ll play. We have Meech and Ericsson here now. There’s nothing you can do. I kind of expected to have Kronwall, Lebda and Schneider, but that’s just life.”

So…a blueline corps of Lidstrom, Markov, Chelios, Lilja, Quincey and Meech? 

No firm word on the return of Lebda, but the urgency is definitely accelerated.  Naturally, there’s been nothing written lately of Niklas Kronwall.

 

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Skate Firmly On Throat.  Push Down.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Another Game 5 in Detroit.  Another blowout.  Another favorite completely flustered and, eventually, outclassed.  Welcome to your 2007 Red Wings.  Good news is obviously a victory as convincing as any we’ve seen in Detroit since a Game 7 in 2002.  Bad news is, equally obviously, an injury to Mathieu Schneider that no one knows the extent of.  Choose your source and you’ll hear anything from forearm to shoulder, broken to separated. More to follow.

For now?

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Mathieu Schneider Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Schneider left today’s game early in the first period with a left forearm injury.  Looked harmless but will not return.

update 5:07pm, Broken wrist for Schneider, done for the year according to Babcock presser and the comment left in this post.

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Over But Not Yet Out

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from The Maven,

Then, it happened.
An unnecessarily bad icing that could have been averted.
A penalty against Dainius Zubrus for fouling Dan Girardi, which never was called.
The scramble; the puck arriving at Chris Drury’s stick; Girardi scrambling to fill the empty net before Drury’s shot sailed goalward.
Too late.
And then the overtime crusher by Slapsy Maxie Afinogenov on a slapper that sailed through Henny Lundqvist’s five-hole.
Over – and out!
Well, not quite.

read on

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Out Of The Blue

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Drugstore billionaire Daryl Katz, the reclusive owner of the 1,800-store Katz Group pharmacy empire, has launched a surprise $145-million bid to acquire the Edmonton Oilers.
The all-cash offer by Katz, 45, an Edmonton native and University of Alberta law school grad whom Forbes magazine now ranks among the world’s richest men, was made to the 37-member Edmonton Oilers ownership group earlier this week.
Under terms of the offer, disclosed to The Journal late Friday by a source familiar with information shared at the meeting, the Oilers would remain in Edmonton.

continued

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Drury Comes Through- Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

But as each minute expired Friday night, as the clock ticked into the final 10 seconds, there was no avoiding that sinking feeling that the Sabres had no escape. Really, anybody who thought the Sabres would come away unscathed again was drowning in fantasy. It defied the laws of probability, which had been gaining ground.
Don’t worry, it wasn’t a dream.
Buffalo’s hockey god, Chris Drury, answered all prayers, resuscitated the Sabres once again and carried them within one victory of reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth time in nine seasons under Lindy Ruff. Even the eternal optimists and strongest die-hard would agree that this is getting a little ridiculous.

read on

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Good Kingston Boys

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from The Kingston Whig-Standard,

Kirk Muller and Doug Gilmour have been Kingston’s poster boys for the NHL for two decades, playing for a combined 13 teams. Last night, at the 12th annual Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame, the boys came home.
“Who said you can’t come home? Thank you, I appreciate it tremendously,” said Gilmour last night before a sold-out Hall of Fame crowd at the Ambassador Motel.
“To be going into the same hall with a group of people I grew up cherishing is a very special honour,” Muller said.

more

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Games Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Do the Sens move on tonight?
Sharks/Wings- I think today the key is PP and PK, whoever is better will win.
Regarding the NBC game, as I stated yesterday, the Detroit NBC affiliate will go to split screen if the game runs into Kentucky Derby time.  I have read other cities will go to the Derby.  Aslo have read NBC may move the game to VERSUS if it runs over the allotted time slot.

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It’s All About Winning The Battles

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from the Toronto Star,

The crowd gathered around Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom, his left eye is still bloody, his left pupil still dilated from a stick injury suffered against Calgary.
“How’s your eye?” a reporter asked.
“Where are you?” joked Holmstrom, feigning blindness and getting a few yuks….
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said the Wings are different team with Holmstrom.
“When (Holmstrom) gets the puck you don’t get one chance, you get a bunch of chances,” said Babcock. “The power play is about work ethic. It’s about getting the puck back, it’s about winning battles.”

more

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Will Lou Adjust

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Now the Senators get a chance to shut down the Devils and their building tonight.
“That’d be nice, wouldn’t it?” said Senators defenceman Chris Phillips, who scored the overtime winner in Game 6 of the 2003 Eastern Conference final here to force Game 7 back in Ottawa. “That’s definitely our goal.”
The Devils will have home-ice advantage tonight and it will be interesting now to see if New Jersey coach and GM Lou Lamoriello, who fired Claude Julien as coach with just a couple of games to go in the regular season, will change his philosophy regarding the matching of lines. Lamoriello obviously thought he could do a better job behind the bench.

read on

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