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Coach Quenneville On An Off Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Before we get to X’s and O’s on the series, your thoughts on Patrick Roy being offered the Colorado Avalanche job?

JOEL QUENNEVILLE:  I think it’s speculation.  I don’t really want to touch that story.  So we’ll see.  I don’t want to talk about innuendo and speculation.

Q. Do you think a lot of adjustments need to be made by your team in Game 2 or do what you do better?

JOEL QUENNEVILLE:  I think we got to do things better.  You know, some things we’ll look at to maybe tweak a little bit along the way.  But I still think we got to be—the pace of our game’s got to be consistent and stronger, and we got to be harder in the puck area.

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Off Day Odds And Ends

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Reality check in Hockeytown.  If you think Andreas Lilja’s playing this round, it sounds like you should think again.

“It’s going in the right direction,” Lilja told me today. “I get a couple of hours without headaches and then it comes back and then in a couple of hours it goes away again. I’m just waiting for it to stop completely.”

Lilja began skating in practices after the Columbus series ended in late April (he’s not yet cleared for contact), so his conditioning has improved from spending a month doing nothing.

“It’s getting better, but I haven’t really started back-skating yet,” he said. “I hope I can still play – I have big faith in the guys they’re going to take us to the next round, and I just have to hope I’m healthy for that.”

Based on this, “Lilja told me”, you know who the reporter is

 

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Previewing Game 1 Of ECF- Pittsburgh/Carolina

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Related story from Scott Burnside of ESPN…

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A Guide to Playoff Prognostication: A Look at How the Experts Make Their Picks

Blog: KK Members Blog By Mandingo

The prognostication game is a very difficult business. There is a reason why it’s reserved only for the best and brightest of pundits—because it requires an almost preternatural ability to understand the game of hockey in a way most regular fans simply cannot. The casual fan may think he or she has what it takes but—make no mistake—their hockey acumen is no match for someone with a Communications degree and a close relative and/or fraternity brother in the business. 

Members of the mainstream North American hockey media spend countless hours watching games, considering strengths and weaknesses of respective teams, breaking down statistics…and then go on to pick the Rangers to win the Stanley Cup for no other reason than they’re from New York.

It’s this unbiased, diligent consideration of the facts that separates professionals from those who are simply fans. If Linda Cohn thinks the Rangers can beat everyone in the Eastern Conference (plus the Red Wings), rest assured it’s because of their stunning regular and post-season success over the past four years and not because the cover of her autobiography is a picture of her wearing a Mark Messier jersey. This willingness to think outside the box is what differentiates someone like her from an amateur who would take the easy route and make evidence-based predictions.

Her colleague, respected hockey journalist and fellow Communications scholar John Buccigross, is just as assiduous in his sizing up of the season to come. By rigorously uncovering clues and hidden symbols in various song lyrics from whatever adult-contemporary-posing-as-rock-bands happened to be shuffling through his iPod at the time, Bucci very astutely predicts Montreal as your 2008-2009 Stanley Cup champion. Based on sheer blood instinct—and the positive vibes of the Little River Band’s wimp-rock stylings—Bucci likes the Habs because, hey, it’s their 100th anniversary and they are “balanced, well-managed and have a positive energy.” 

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All Over The Map Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

George of SnapShots at Mlive posted the off-day press conference with Mike Babcock today…

Q. How much do you think the maturity factor plays into it at this time of year? It came up last year against Pittsburgh.

MIKE BABCOCK: Did it come up last year against Pittsburgh?

Q. We brought it up.

MIKE BABCOCK: So did that mean it actually happened?

Q. Well, I thought that throughout the course of the series, your experience came through.

MIKE BABCOCK: How do you tell that?

Q. I thought you guys weren’t as panicky with the puck as they were.

MIKE BABCOCK: Okay.

read the whole transcipt…

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Bruins Talk

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The Wings Style Of Play

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from Al Cimaglia at ESPN,

I am not sure why some had the notion the Blackhawks were going to overwhelm the Red Wings with their speed. Detroit has a very good skating club—as does Chicago, but no team skates faster than the puck can travel. The Red Wings are an older group, but age doesn’t prevent them from passing the puck as well or better than any other team in the NHL.

Much of the Wings’ fast play starts from their defensive zone. Same with the Hawks. The Wings were able to get out of their defensive zone more efficiently on Sunday and then moved the puck through the neutral zone quickly. Detroit won the battle between the bluelines as the Hawks could not gain speed for their attack during most of the game.

Another false impression in my view is the Hawks played the Wings’ style. Both teams want a fast pace and strive to control the puck. They have similar styles. In fact, the Wings played the Blackhawks’ style better than the Hawks. Detroit managed the puck, especially near the bluelines better than the Hawks.

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NHL On NBC Game 1 WCF

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via Puck The Media,

NBC’s coverage of Game 1 of the Detroit/Chicago series drew a 2.0/5 on Sunday.  That rating marks the best ever rating for an NHL On NBC broadcast, excluding obviously the Stanley Cup Finals and Winter Classic.

Steve at PTM hopes to have local numbers later today, so check back for those.

added 1:18pm, The local numbers are in for Chicago and Detroit.  People were watching in Detroit and Chicago. See the numbers by clicking the above link.

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Ten Moves That Make Sense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

This prompts me to ponder some moves this summer that actually would make sense:

1. New York Islanders drafting Viktor Hedman: Originally my thought was that it made sense for the Islanders to grab John Tavares to give the team a premium young scorer to build around, but the more I explore the draft possibilities the more obvious it becomes that 6-6 Swedish defenseman Hedman would be the best choice.

10. Tampa Bay Lightning owners maintaining a low profile: It’s fair to say that the new Lightning ownership gained goofball status last summer thanks to a series of moves in which they seemed to be playing fantasy hockey. Since Brian Lawton became GM, there seems to be more stability. In the name of credibility, it would make sense for this organization to be more buttoned up this summer.

more & thanks to Blueland Blog for the pointer…

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“They got a nice hockey club and, as we sit here and watch them, we’re watching them grow. We can’t wait for them to get into cap trouble, to tell you the truth. When you’re young like (the Blackhawks), and players are playing for cheap, you can have an abundance. But pretty soon, they’re not playing for cheap, and then, that’ll help us out.”

Wings Coach Mike Babcock on WDFN this morning.  Listen to the interview at Mlive.

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