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No Lineup Changes For The Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruce MacLeod’s Twitter,

Babcock just said no lineup changes tonight. No Datsyuk. No Draper.

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Wings On Cruise Control

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

They are a machine, but not the usual kind they build here in Motown.

The Detroit Red Wings can operate with most of their parts, still managing to motor along just fine without the odd key component, whether it be their leading scorer in Pavel Datsyuk, or the best defenceman in the world, six-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom.

Take the drive train out of a Ford, and it just won’t run. Take Datsyuk and Kris Draper out of the Detroit lineup, and they still beat the Pittsburgh Penguins comfortably, cruising to a 3-1 win and a 1-0 lead in this 2009 Stanley Cup final rematch.

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GDT - S.C. Finals, Game 2: Red Wings (1-0)  host Penguins (0-1)  (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Good grief, the MSM kowtow to the Pens has reached the point of disgust:  Lucky Bounces, Hank’s puck grab in the crease, hell they are even saying that Ozzie’s “hot streak” is cause for Pen optimisim (a true head-scratcher).  I readily admit the Pens did play well for long stretches of game one.  But luck, really?  Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.  Here is a non-subjective statement about last nights result that should rain on the Pen’s apologists:  “Teams winning the first game of the Stanley Cup final have gone on to take the series an astounding 78 per cent of the time.”

Fully realizing that I am a homer of the worst kind, how about a different perspective, how about the fact that the Pens played extremely well against an under-manned Wings team (i.e. no Datsyuk, the reigning Selke winner and finalist again this year), and managed 1 friggin goal.  How about the fact that Crosby and the Pens got owned in the face-off dot, DET winning 71% of the draws.  Or how about the fact that Crosby was held off the score sheet for only the third time in this postseason. Tell me, are you as tired as I am of Sid’s bitching?  Don’t you think the Wings, defending Stanley Cup Champions, and winners of last nights game, deserve just a little respect?

Game two tonight Bitches, it is time to cry havoc and let slip the Dogs of War.

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Where Is The League-Wide Prosperity?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

All I know is this: The Coy otes wouldn’t have gone bankrupt if Gary Bettman had been able to get “cost certainty” into the collective bargaining agreement.

Do you know what the Coyotes’ calamitous financial state tells us? It tells us that the league’s claims that a hard cap would ensure league-wide prosperity were bankrupt. It tells us that percentage of the gross means as much to low-revenue clubs as the commissioner’s assurances during the season that the media was blowing the Phoenix issue out of proportion.

continued plus some salary cap talk too…

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Abracadraba!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

Justin Abdelkader has almost always played close to his home in Muskegon. So scoring an insurance goal in his first Stanley Cup Final game with the Detroit Red Wings was like heaven on earth….

“It’s pretty crazy ... first Stanley Cup Final game and I get a goal. Wow! My family and buddies I grew up with are never going to believe this,” the 22-year-old said after his third-period goal helped the Detroit Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. “I’ve played on every stop on I-96 from Muskegon to Detroit, so you can’t believe the great taste I have in my mouth after savoring that one….

“He’s big. He’s strong. A tremendous skater. You could say he’s been on our radar for a long time,” Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland said. “Not to say he won’t score goals, because he was pretty productive at Michigan State and at Grand Rapids (AHL). But we see him as a physical player who someday we envision as a shutdown forward, someone who can help neutralize the other team’s best forwards.

“That job may not sound glamorous, but to the Red Wings, it’s an essential part of winning—one of those important puzzle pieces.”

read on

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Hockey Talk On A Stanley Cup Sunday Morning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Why Detroit should win the Stanley Cup: Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski and Niklas Kronwall are better than any single Pittsburgh defenceman.

• Smart: Hiring Pat Quinn to coach the Edmonton Oilers. Smarter: Hiring Tom Renney to assist him. And now that GM Steve Tambellini has fixed his coaching staff, all he has to do is fix his messed-up roster.

• An NHL scout on pending free agent Jay Bouwmeester: “The hardest thing to do is evaluate a defenceman on a bad team. I don’t think anybody really knows how good this guy is.”

more hockey notes…

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HNIC Does It Right - Game 1 SCF Opening Plus Howe & Lindsay

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Wings Get The Breaks

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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

All three of Detroit’s goals were a bit lucky. In the end, the Wings were also out-chanced by the Penguins 14 to 13, with Pittsburgh getting 12 Grade “A” chances in total, the Wings only eight.

Detroit’s Zetterberg also got away with a crucial foul, putting his hand over the puck in the crease to stop a goal against. Zetterberg has a knack for smart but illegal plays. Last season in the Cup final, on a key penalty kill, he took out Crosby before the puck was anywhere near Crosby, stopping him from scoring when the puck did arrive.

Neither time was Zetterberg called, so one could blame the referees or give credit to Zetterberg for crafty and stealthy play. I tend to do a bit of both.

In the game, I kept track of scoring chances, counting a Grade “A” chance as a hard shot from the slot or crease area. I also counted the players who were most responsible for each scoring chance for and against, settling on as many as three players who contributed to each scoring chance, and as many as three culprits on each scoring chance against.

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Wings Have The Moves

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from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

That’s the way the puckie bounces …… around here.

What? You never heard of the famous shoot-it-off-the-boards-and-let-it-trickle-off-the back-of-the-goaltender shot? We use it all the time in Detroit. None of us was surprised when Brad Stuart scored the first goal of the Stanley Cup finals with that old chestnut.

What? You never heard of the shoot-it-off-the-boards-and-backhand-it-lightly-so-it-scrapes-off-the-goalie’s-leg maneuver? Of course Johan Franzen scored the second goal that way. We have fifth-graders who know that move.

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Penguins Are The Better Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins are down one game-to-none to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup final, just as they were last season. They had major difficulties scoring goals in the 3-1 loss at Joe Louis Arena last night, just as they did last season. They were beaten in the second half of the game, just as they were last season.

No worries.

We are not—say it again, not—looking at a repeat of last season when the Red Wings looked like the old Soviet Red Army teams and dominated the first two games of the final at home on their way to taking the Cup in six games. It was so ridiculously lopsided early in the series—the Red Wings won those first two games, 4-0 and 3-0—that I remember writing they could win in three.

Not this time.

I’m still thinking the Penguins are the better hockey club.

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