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How To Beat The Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

I’m sitting in the barber chair getting my locks clipped, while reading the latest issue of Sports Illustrated. Lo and behold, my eyes drifted down to the Eastern Conference predictions made by Pierre (What Doesn’t He Know) McGuire. Alas and alack,  Pierre selected Washington over New York in six games. Poof! Just like that; my doubts about the Rangers were erased.

Since Sports Illustrated’s predictions are always right, about 20 percent of the time, I immediately knew that everything will be just hunky-dory with the Blueshirts. If Sports Illustrated picks them to lose, it automatically means that the Rangers will win.

But I also know that my loyal and intelligent readership wants more than that little SI snippet to prove my point, so I’ll move on to The Fischler Guaranteed to Work Game Plan.

read on

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2009 NHL Draft Lottery Result

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The NHL Draft Lottery 2009 has been drawn and the top-5 picks came out as the odds predicted.  Via TSN television:

1. New York Islanders
2. Tampa Bay Lightning
3. Colorado Avalanche
4. Atlanta Thrashers
5. Los Angeles Kings

As a reminder, the top-10 prospects are featured here.

Update 8:27pm ET: From TSN, the updated draft order.

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  Tags: entry+draft

Minor, Minor…Maybe

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Here’s a new one.  And don’t get me wrong. I dig it when Tick Tock lies to us.  I do.  So when I read something like this? Well it makes me chuckle…kinda.


Holland said that Cleary is “day-to-day”. Cleary could skate in Wednesday’s practice. His status for Game 1 will be determined after Thursday’s morning skate.

“It’s a minor, minor injury,” said Holland. “There’s a chance he could be in Thursday.”

I’m in no position to question anything Kenny Holland ever says.  And I mean anything. But “minor, minor” doesn’t typically equate to “chance he could be in.”

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SC Playoff Preview:  Detroit Red Wings (2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (7)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Statistics, numbers, MSM predictions, opinions, and scouting reports;  just about anything and everything having to do with this opening round match-up can be found below; Bitches.  I intend to update this post as more current information becomes available. I also know that you are trembling with anticipation for the fact that the GDT will continue until “12”.  As usual the GDT will have the most recent news on injuries and line combinations.

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Flames Slowly Getting Healthy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

After playing the final two games of the regular season with only 15 skaters, three short of the NHL maximum, the Calgary Flames had a cast of thousands out for Tuesday’s final day of practice, prior to the start of their first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Altogether, 31 players skated including Mark Giordano, out recovering from shoulder surgery, who left before the contact drills and isn’t close to returning. Robyn Regehr, out with a suspected medial collateral ligament tear, was nowhere to be seen. Another defenceman Cory Sarich, recovering from a suspected broken ankle, skated on his own at 8 a.m. and is not scheduled to play in Wednesday night’s opening game.

As a result, the defence pairs for the opener figure to be Dion Phaneuf-Jordan Leopold; Adrian Aucoin-Adam Pardy; and Jim Vandermeer-Anders Eriksson. Eriksson rejoined the team today after clearing re-entry waivers.


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Hatcher Back On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia News,

There have been rumors all season that Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher would make it back on the ice in time for the playoffs.

And this morning, there he was.

But don’t get ahead. Hatcher is joining the team in a player/coach role and will be traveling with the Flyers through the playoffs.

“Paul [Holmgren, general manager] just asked me to travel with the team yesterday,” Hatcher said. “Obviously I said yes. They want me to be more of a player role than a coaching role and be around the guys, joke around, help them out when I can or whatever.”


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Leafs Sign Prospect Robert Slaney

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Alanah McGinley

From CBC:

The Toronto Maple Leafs continued to troll the free agent waters on Tuesday, signing prospect Robert Slaney to a three-year entry level contract.

Slaney, 20, just finished his fourth year as a member of the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, and was 10th overall in scoring for the season with 36 goals and 45 assists.


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Newsflash: The Playoffs Suck

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Draper done for two games, eh?  Nathan pointed out below that Uncle Mike didn’t even try the “day to day” BS.  Upper body, eh?  Declared out for a game that won’t be played until Saturday?

How long does it take for a broken rib to heal?

I’m not sure. Let me ask a coworker to slam a baseball bat into a few of mine and I’ll let you know.  Better yet.  Hopefully, for the sake of the image, that’ll happen at roughly the same time I’m tossing up any one of the five or six meals I throw into my pie hole every day.  Normal playoff stress?  Oh, sure.

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Draper Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

An undisclosed injury will keep Kris Draper sidelined for Games 1 and 2 of the Columbus series, at least. Draper was hurt during last Monday’s game in Buffalo. He tested his injury at the start of today’s practice, centering the fourth line, but near the end of the one-hour workout, Draper left the ice.

“This time of year, it’s not easy to handle, but it’s basically where we’re at right no,” said a glum Draper. “I just have to deal with this for Game 1 and Game 2 and we’ll go from there.”

With Draper gone, Darren Helm becomes the fourth-line center with Kirk Maltby and Tomas Kopecky on his wings.

The one problem with that scenario is that Dan Cleary left today’s practice injured, apparently hurt by a Niklas Kronwall hit into the boards during an early drill.


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  Tags: kris+draper

More Coal Please: Draper Out For Games 1 and 2

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Let’s just go ahead and declare the Stress Train open for business, shall we?


Wings center Kris Draper won’t play in the first two games against Columbus due to the upper-body injury that sidelined him for the last two games of the season. His availability beyond that has yet to be determined.

Draper still was able to practice.

Also, forward Dan Cleary left practice early after getting checked along the boards by Niklas Kronwall. Coach Mike Babcock said he didn’t have an update on Cleary’s status for Game 1 Thursday.



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