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The Media Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Cherry, Milbury and Olczyk are picking the Sharks — who host the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 Thursday (CBC, 10:30 p.m. ET) — to emerge from the Western Conference. McGuire expects the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings — who start play at home versus the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday — to play for the title again.

All were confident in their choice, although the Canucks are a team that makes Cherry worry.

“Vancouver with (goalie Roberto) Luongo, I wouldn’t bet against them, either,” he said. “I just like that Luongo, I think he’s going to come on strong. But I’m going to go with San Jose. I think this year they have a good coach behind the bench.”

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Don’t Forget Waddell

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As we hunt for every written word about the matchup that starts in Hockeytown Thursday night, keep the Windsor Star’s Dave Waddell on your radar…especially since hometown hero Bruce MacLeod appears to be MIA, or gone altogether (and yes I know about the money problems at the garbage paper he works for.  I also know he’s written some stories lately but seems to have forgotten about his blog).

Waddell?  He obviously knows us well.

There are few things more gut-wrenching for Detroit hockey fans than the days leading up to the opening round of the NHL playoffs.

More here.  Also, check out the starboard side. BJ links have been added for your reading pleasure.

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Flames Trying To Bring Back Eriksson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

Not surprisingly, the Calgary Flames have placed Anders Eriksson on re-entry waivers in an attempt to bolster their injury-battered defence.

The question remains whether another team will put in a claim just to deny the Flames his services in the first round against Chicago.

Coach Mike Keenan said last week that such a move would violate the unwritten code among NHL executives, but anything is possible.

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Ride The Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Dupont at NBC Sports,

What, change now? Surely you jest. Back at the end of September, I picked Detroit to repeat as this season’s Stanley Cup winner, and I’m not going to jump off the Winged Wheel now.

OK, the Wheel’s a little wobbly. I get that. Chris Osgood’s goaltending isn’t anything to be feared, unless you happen to be one of the 12 forwards and half-dozen defensemen who dress in red-and-white and play in front of him every night, or the goal judge who keeps watch on his net, frantically icing down his wrist in order not to develop carpal tunnel from constantly hitting the plunger to trigger the red light.

But so what? I’m on the Wheel of Fortune, and I’m not coming off. No, sirree. Hunh-uh. Detroit, all the way.

continued

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Blue Jackets Getting Healthy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets could have forward Fredrik Modin in the lineup as early as Game 1. Modin practiced yesterday and said his injured knee felt strong enough to play. Coach Ken Hitchcock was not divulging his lineup, but kept hinting the lineup the Red Wings see on Thursday night could be different than the one they are expecting.

Jackets forward Kristian Huselius also said he’s a go for the series opener.

The wild card is rookie center Derick Brassard. Brassard visits his Cleveland Clinic doctor on Wednesday hoping to receive medical clearance on his injured right shoulder. Assuming Brassard gets the green light—and there’s no guaranteed he does—don’t be surprised if he’s in the lineup for Game 3 in Columbus.

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Bad News- Mark Fidrych Is Dead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WBZ,

Former Major League pitcher Mark Fidrych has died, the Worcester District Attorney’s office announced on Monday.

The D.A.‘s office said Fidrych was found by a family friend underneath a pickup truck at his Northboro home around 2:30 p.m. He appeared to have been working on the truck at the time of the accident.

Fidrych was known as “The Bird” for his colorful antics on the mound. He was also famous for talking to himself and to the baseball.

a bit more

A youtube video about Mark is below…

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Stories Of The First Round

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

This is the time of year when stories are made, stories that will be recounted to generations and generations. Although it’s impossible to predict the unpredictable, let’s take a look at 10 possible storylines that could generate headlines in the first round of the playoffs:

1. Sean Avery, meet Alex Ovechkin

The game’s most controversial player meets the game’s best goal scorer. Each is a showman in his own way. We all remember what Avery did to Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur in the first round last season. What will he have in store for Ovechkin? It remains to be seen how often they’ll be on the ice together, but when they are, will Avery target Ovechkin and try to get under his skin? And will Ovechkin let it get to him? Curious minds want to know.

continue for more storylines…

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Helm Up.  Who’s Sitting?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We just don’t know.  Smart money says Kopecky or Maltby.

Khan(!)

The Red Wings have recalled center Darren Helm from Grand Rapids and he will be in the lineup for Game 1 of the playoffs Thursday against Columbus, general manager Ken Holland said.

Helm played well for the Wings in the playoffs last year, providing speed, grit and energy. He had two goals, two assists and a plus-2 rating in 18 games. He spent most of the season in Grand Rapids due to a lack of salary cap space.

St. James has an inkling…

That leaves, for the fourth line, Helm, Draper, Maltby and Kopecky. My guess is Maltby may be the odd man out to start the playoffs.

 

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Playoff Beard Pools

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Seth Rorabaugh at Empty Netters:

imageEasily one of the best traditions of the Stanley Cup playoffs is the playoff beard. The thicker, uglier and more unruly it gets, the better. Growth means you’re still alive in the playoffs. [...]

Hopefully this preview highlighting the top candidates on each team will help you identify who to draft in your playoff beard pools.

continued with some

frightening

fashionable facial hair of the past

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  Tags: playoff+beards, stanley+cup+playoffs

From A Fantasy Point Of View

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

First off, my winners:

Round One: Boston, Washington, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Detroit, Vancouver, Chicago

Best-equipped to pull off an upset (among 6, 7, 8 seeds): Carolina, Anaheim, N.Y. Rangers

Final Four: Boston, New Jersey, San Jose, Detroit

Cup Final: Boston, San Jose

Cup Winner: Boston

My Top 120 Skaters for the 2008-2009 Playoffs (assuming goals and assists are worth one point):
1. Pavel Datyuk, C, Detroit
2. Marc Savard, C, Boston
3. Henrik Zetterberg, C, Detroit

read on

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