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The Difference Makers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Who needs to be the difference for the Red Wings: Henrik Zetterberg. He shut down the Penguins’ offense on several key power play opportunities last season and for that, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy. He’ll need to continue to be a world-class defensive player and win his fair share of faceoffs in order to help neutralize Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Who needs to be the difference for the Penguins: Evgeni Malkin (right). He is so key to this series. He was out of gas in last season’s final and that really limited the offensive output the Penguins had. In these playoffs, he has done some miraculous things with the puck and he need to continue that if the Penguins are to pull off an upset.

read on for a series preview and prediction…

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How Big Is Sid?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Just how big is Crosby in NHL circles?

Detroit coach Mike Babcock joked at Friday’s media day at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center that he has seen so much of Crosby in NHL commercials that he wondered if his team really won the Stanley Cup last June.

“Sidney Crosby, I mean, you can’t turn on any TV that covers hockey without seeing him,” Babcock said, breaking into one of his more sly smiles. “Actually, when I watch the commercials from last year, I think they won, not us. So I have to check every once in a while to get that figured out.”

more on Crosby…

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Well Pavel?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So Pavel Datsyuk’s been testing the foot.  Every day for three straight days.  And he’ll undoubtedly test it out again at today’s morning skate.

Conventional thought: “He’s seeing if he can fit into the boot.  Seeing if he can make the sharp turns.”

My interpretation:  He’s determining how much it’s going to hurt. 

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The Playoffs And Penalty Minutes

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There is an often repeated hockey maxim that “If you can’t beat them in the alley, you can’t beat them on the ice.”  King Clancy was famous for saying it.  I do not believe that it is true.  This season had a negative correlation between PIMs and points.  There is even stronger evidence that avoiding penalties is a key to success in the playoffs.  The two teams with the least penalty minutes per game in the playoffs are the teams that will meet ion the playoffs.

Pittsburgh leads the league with 11.1 penalty minutes per game and Detroit is a close second at 11.2.  The next team in the league is Washington at 11.6.  On the other end of the scale, the most penalized team is the Montreal Canadiens.  They took 25.8 penalty minutes per game while getting swept in four games.

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Coach Bylsma’s Improbable Success Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek of the Globe & Mail:

Dan Bylsma is the new kid in town, the flavour of the month, the rookie who in his first full season as the head coach of his own team, has gone from running the Pittsburgh Penguins’ minor-league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to getting the parent club to within four wins of a Stanley Cup championship.

Not bad for a former NHL journeyman who was once turned down for a job by a Minnesota prep school because of his comparative lack of experience, but now has a chance to be the first rookie coach since Jean Perron in 1986 to lead his team to a Stanley Cup.

continued…

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Protecting the NHL’s Most Valuable Assets: Hockey Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dr. Tim Rindlisbacher of the Cleveland Clinic in Toronto, in the National Post:

In the old-time hockey world, they believed that a severe hit to the head either hurt you right away or not at all. New longitudinal research begs to differ. A recent study in the Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise affirms that minor but repeated blows to the head are associated with clinical depression later in life. Multiple other studies show links with Parkinson’s disease, memory loss, and slowed cognition (think of what happens to many ex-boxers).

You’d think the NHL and the NHLPA (players’ association) would knock themselves out to protect their most valued assets. But the league’s stated commitment to reducing head checking this season has yet to translate into serious fines or suspensions.

read on

In a related story a couple days ago, former NHLer Keith Primeau spoke to the issue of head injuries and the impact of concussions on his own life.

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Blackhawks GM Working On Deals

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN:

On Friday, Tallon said he spoke with Allan Walsh, the agent for Martin Havlat, about retaining the forward who could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

“Marty has stated that he wants to stay here and we want Marty back. We’ll just keep working at it and see if we can get it done,” [Dale] Tallon said.

“We’re going to address the free-agent situation here and put the best possible team on the ice again next,” he added.

more on Havlat and other potential free agents on the team

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Mike Danton Edges Closer to Freedom

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via the Globe & Mail:

The former pro hockey player imprisoned in a murder-for-hire plot targeting his Kingston, Ont., agent has taken a significant step toward freedom.

The Kingston Whig-Standard reports Mike Danton has been transferred to minimum-security Pittsburgh Institution in Kingston.

Inmates are moved to minimum-security prisons as preparation for release into the community either on parole or through automatic release after serving two-thirds of the sentence.

continued…

The CP notes that Danton has been eligible for full parole since he returned to Canada back in March.

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Red Wings Blogger Roundtable

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

The Wings face the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second consecutive year, in an attempt to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup. We invited some of the best and brightest Red Wings bloggers to take a seat at our roundtable and preview the finals, discuss the Penguins player they most fear and to give their impressions of Penguins fans.

Joining us for the roundtable are Christy Hammond of Winging It In Motown; Matt Saler of On The Wings; George James Malik of Snapshots; blogging pioneer Paul Kukla of Kukla’s Korner; Tyler from The Triple Deke; and the man, the myth, the legend ... The Chief from Abel To Yzerman.

Coming up, a spirited discussion about confidence, concerns and occasional use of the term “bandwagon.”

read on Pittsburgh blogger roundtable also available here, featuring yet another KK blogger, Tony of The Confluence.

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Ok.  Now I’m Ready.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pissy mood. Pouting around the house.  Starting arguments.  It’s the 24 hours until the Finals start mood swing.  I recognize the signs. I’m sure you do too. Heck, even a Blues fan knows the symptoms of the day-before-the-Finals-start bitch fest.

Oh. Woops.  Sorry.

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