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East Will Be A Photo Finish

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

That said, the final two spots in the east are still up for grabs, and it looks like its going to be a humdinger of a fight for those berths given that no fewer than seven teams are still in contention.
That’s called a bottleneck. Five teams are going to be pretty sour come the evening of April 8th.
Might even cost a few people their jobs.
So here’s how this “race” shapes up, with it seeming very likely it could all come down to the final weekend of the season April 7-8:

read on for the breakdown of teams in the East involved in the playoff race…

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A Little Above Average May Not Be Good Enough

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Quality teams, Canadian teams, Original Six teams, all are in danger of missing the National Hockey League playoffs.
With the 16-team tournament underway a month today, it’s certain that a number of clubs that finish over .500 will be watching the first round from the couch.
The Maple Leafs still are stinging from a 90-point season that didn’t qualify them last spring and they could be in for similar heartbreak.

continued

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Craving Tim Horton’s Coffee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

The San Jose Sharks’ dressing room might become a good site for a Tim Hortons commercial.
Signs were strategically placed throughout the dressing room area this weekend stating: “I have found a source for Tim Hortons coffee - $85 per case, plus shipping.”
Equipment manager Mike Aldrich is behind the signs.
“We will probably have half the team order some,” said Aldrich.

continued

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Keeping An Eye On Witt

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Islanders Beat,

It turns out Campbell was paying close attention to the game and saw the whole sequence play out. “Brendan Witt’s got a lot to say lately,” Campbell said. “He had a lot to say about our reviewed goal the other night. We take reviews very seriously in Toronto, and we take our jobs very seriously. If Brendan Witt wants to say something, he knows my number. He can call me….”

more...interesting stuff that has not received much attention…

added 4:00pm, Witt calls Campbell, leaves a message…

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Timonen Speaks On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Quiet and unassuming, Predators captain Kimmo Timonen isn’t the kind of leader who expends his breath with a surplus of words….
He is what Predators Coach Barry Trotz refers to as a poor man’s Nick Lidstrom; he’s a gifted NHL defenseman but he doesn’t receive superstar attention — perhaps, in part, by his own design.
“He doesn’t get a lot of fan fair, you don’t hear him in the press a lot talking about different things. He just says, ‘I will show you on the ice,’” Trotz said.

read on

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NHL Got It Right, But…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Bravo to NHL justice officials on the Simon suspension….
But here’s the larger problem.
How does the Neil incident connect to the Janssen suspension, and how in the world do those two events relate to a suspension to Simon that could be worth 43 games but didn’t result in a significant injury?
If there’s a common denominator to all of this, it is an elusive one.

read on

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Ides Of March Upon Us

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yep.  As if the occasional three-syllable word doesn’t confuse Bubba enough, we decided to throw a Shakespeare reference in there to really spin their heads a bit.  Who was it, Cassius, Caeser or Brutus that actually warned of 15 March? I don’t remember, and I certainly don’t have the initiative to look it up.  But it is relevant this year, because come Thursday, any hopes the Wings have of securing the #1 seed could be all but done.

Continue Reading »

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NHLPA head Ted Saskin Suspended by Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Embattled NHL Players’ Association executive director Ted Saskin has been suspended with pay, after a unanimous vote by the union’s team player representatives.
A majority of the NHLPA’s 30 team player reps late last night participated in an emergency conference call with union staff to discuss allegations first reported by the Star that Saskin inappropriately accessed the private email accounts of players who have opposed his hiring.
Saskin did not participate in the nearly two-hour conference call.

continued…

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Roberts Will Give Crosby Room

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Picarello at Fox Sports,

This is where Gary Roberts is going to be worth his weight in gold and black to Crosby and the Penguins this April in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The gritty Roberts, who has scored 20 or more goals 12 times in his career, was brought over from the Florida Panthers to play on the No. 1 line with Crosby, hoping the aging superstar could open up some room for the 19-year old and his linemate, Mark Recchi.
“I can’t believe I’m playing with those slugs,” joked Roberts, who had 29 points with the Panthers this season.

read on

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Ward Out With Deep Cut

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will be out indefinitely after suffering a deep laceration above his left knee in today’s 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Rangers….
“It actually didn’t feel like that much, feel that serious, then I took a look at my knee and you could see something was wrong,” Ward said. “The Rangers came in the zone a couple more times, and I froze the puck. Once I looked, you could see the muscle.”

read on

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