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Wings- Both Good & Bad

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Carl Bialik of the Daily Fix at the Wall Street Journal Blogs,

Detroit Red Wings fans who feel inexplicable disappointment about their decorated team’s performance this decade now have an explanation for that feeling: The Red Wings, by one new measure, have been the most successful NHL playoff team since the 2000-2001 season, but also one of the most disappointing.

Tom Awad, writing on Puck Prospectus, used playoff results from the last seven seasons to examine how far a playoff team can expect to advance, given its regular-season record. For each season, Awad calculated the average number of points in the league, calculated for each team how far it deviated from that average, and then plotted that against playoff success, awarding more points for each series won, with a bonus for needing fewer than seven games to advance.


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Datsyuk Feels Better

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via Elliotte Friedman’s Twitter,

Datsyuk: “I feel more better.” (Not making fun, just quoting.) Game time decision for tomorrow. If I had to bet: Game 3.

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  Tags: pavel+datsyuk

Game 1 SCF Will Be Broadcast In Tampa Area

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People were emailing me to post a story about the first game of the SCF not being shown in the Tampa area.  I knew negotiations were in the works and it looks like I was right…

from Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times,

Hockey fans, breathe easy again. Saturday night’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals will be seen locally after all. Sun Sports, which televises Lightning games, has agreed to pick up NBC’s feed for the opening game of the series between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. The telecast will begin at 8 p.m. Sun Sports received final approval from Fox, which owns Sun Sports, as well as final clearing by the NHL on Friday afternoon.

NBC is showing the game nationally, but the local NBC affiliate, WFLA-Ch. 8, could not show the game because it is broadcasting its 26th annual All Children’s Hospital Telethon.


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The Wings Dynasty Talk

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from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,

If in two weeks or so the Detroit Red Wings win their fifth Stanley Cup in 12 seasons, we’ll have had the privilege of being witnesses to a remarkable period in hockey history.

Not only will the Wings have cemented “dynasty” status, but a case could be made it’s the NHL’s greatest sustained franchise achievement ever….

Another tentacle to this octopi-embracing juggernaut is the number of Hall of Famers who may be in their midst. By our count, we could be seeing as many as eight. Here’s the breakdown:

read on

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Who Will Step Into The Limelight?

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Finally, if you’re looking for a couple of players out of the limelight who will thrust themselves into the glare with a special contribution, consider Valtteri Filppula of the Red Wings and Chris Kunitz of the Penguins. Both play significant minutes and during key situations. They’ve had good moments already during this playoff run, but with a single goal each, they are poised to really break out and make a difference. If either finds the net regularly with the Stanley Cup at stake, they will usurp the accolades reserved for the stars.

This should be fun. Enjoy.

more on the series…

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Wear Your Eco-Friendly Locker Room Tee Proudly

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from NHL.com,

CANTON, MA – Reebok announced that for the first time, Reebok’s Stanley Cup Championship locker room Tees worn by the 2009 Stanley Cup Champions immediately following their win on the ice will be made using eco-friendly, 100% organic cotton fabric.


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Lawton Has The Lead Role Regarding Hockey Operations

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from Damian Critodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

What was it like working with owners Barrie called “owner operators”?

“Last year, I did not feel comfortable at all,” Lawton said. “We had three people making decisions, everybody knows that, and it leads to a discombobulated effort. As an organization we sat down and straightened that out. Last year, I was exuberant for the opportunity. Now, I’m excited for the structure we have.”

A structure in which Lawton, 43, of Cumberland, R.I., gained influence.

He is a sounding board on business matters for Koules, who handles much of the day-to-day running of the team and Times Forum. He also apparently is the tie-breaker on hockey matters if Koules and Barrie disagree.

“Those guys have told me I’m the final word,” Lawton said. “That’s what they’ve communicated to me. That doesn’t mean I don’t notify them or I don’t keep them abreast of it. ... But at the end of the day, the way it’s set up is that’s my call.”

Koules acknowledged, “We’ve given Brian the authority to take the lead role in everything we do from a hockey operations standpoint.”

more including some Vinny talk…

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  Tags: brian+lawton

Twitter Updates From JLA

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Bruce MacLeod and the CP’s Chris Johnston both report via Twitter that Nick Lidstrom is taking part in the morning skate.  MacLeod points out that Draper is also.

Johnston just noted that Hossa is out there too, but no Ericsson or Datsyuk.

Updated (Twitter is awesome) like 30 seconds later: Datsyuk’s out there.

Updated at 1145: Johnston reports Datsyuk isn’t moving much.

Updated 1150 from MacLeod:

Lidstrom is practicing as though he’s playing, partnered with Rafalski. Datsyuk is only subbing in on Filppula’s line, looks iffy right now.

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Matthew Barnaby Of ESPN Says Detroit In Seven

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Copps Coliseum Enhancements

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Toronto, May 29, 2009 – Plans to transform Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum into a spectacular home arena for a new Southern Ontario NHL franchise were unveiled today by Jim Balsillie.

With a focus on fan-friendly cutting edge designs, the new Copps Coliseum would feature a soaring atrium-style entrance lobby, a range of luxury boxes, new lounges and restaurants, food and bar amenities throughout and capacity for more than 18,000 spectators. The design also fully addresses requirements the NHL has previously communicated for Copps Coliseum.

continued with more computer designed pictures…


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  Tags: jim+balsillie

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