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Stars Looking For Solution

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from the Dallas Morning News via the Mercury News,

It's a tad bit ironic - or maybe even terrifying - that the Stars built this team on the philosophy that solid puck-moving defensemen will be the key to winning in the "new NHL." Poor puck play by the defense was probably the No. 1 reason for a 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday in Game 1 of the best-of-7, first-round playoff series. But is the solution to hold the puck less or hold it more?
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Strangeness Surrounds Jagr Injury

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from EJ Hradek of ESPN,

In his first playoff game as a Ranger, Jaromir Jagr, the club's de facto captain, didn't have a Mark Messier moment. In fact, Jagr didn't finish the game, leaving with an apparent injury to his left arm/shoulder with just under six minutes remaining in the club's 6-1 Game 1 loss to the rival Devils. Jagr's injury was strange for a couple of reasons. First, he was on the ice in a penalty-killing situation. Jagr, not known for his defensive prowess, has been called upon to kill penalties only a handful of times during the course of the season. After the game, Rangers coach Tom Renney said he put Jagr on the ice in that situation to give him some "practice." At that time, the Rangers trailed 5-1. However, after watching his team give the Devils 13 power-play chances, Renney probably figured he might need Jagr to play in that role at some point in the series.
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Lay Out Time

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Brian Campbell of the Sabres flat out smoked R.J. Umberger of the Flyers midway through the 1st OT tonight. Umberger made it to the dressing room, but was very dazed and confused. If you missed the play, it was one of those look out passes up the middle, head down and BOOM. Game is now in intermission of 1st OT period. It is also on INHD here in Detroit, but still no schedule of the OLN-HD games on the INHD website. added 12:20am Sunday, David at Hockey Fights informed me the video is available at his site. Make sure to "save as". You can also view a You Tube version at the Ice Block. image

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Datsyuk Ready

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from the Globe and Mail,

The good news for fans of the National Hockey League playoffs is that the Detroit Red Wings' classy sniper Pavel Datsyuk expects to be back in harness for Sunday's second game of the Western Conference quarterfinal against the Edmonton Oilers. The bad news is the Oilers will be greeting him with an old strategy that was thought discarded in the new age NHL – the neutral zone trap.
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Suggestion For NBC

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Please don't run the Intermission Report graphic while the game is going on. You see what happens, the guy with the puck is behind the Dodge Ram logo. Save if for a stoppage of play, don't shrink the screen on us. We are bombarded with enough graphics during the game. image

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NHL Live On Comcast.Net

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I brought this up yesterday evening and want to make sure everyone is aware of this. Comcast is now offering streaming of some NHL playoff games free of charge and more importantly, you don't have to be a Comcast high speed customer. You should have a high speed connection and I am not sure if there are any geographical restrictions, but give it a shot. Just click on the logo for today's game and you are connected. image

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OLN & Dish Network

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via the Hollywood Reporter,

More than six months after EchoStar Communications dropped Comcast-owned cable channel OLN from the Dish Network, the two companies are close to reaching a carriage agreement just in time for the Stanley Cup playoffs. OLN and Comcast declined comment Friday but an agreement was expected to be announced soon. Further details weren't available and it wasn't clear what tier OLN would be on.

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Jim Nill

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Jim Nill has been rumored to be a leading candidate for many of the GM positions that are or will be open. This from EJ Hradek's Insider article at ESPN-

Several sources around the league say that Wings assistant GM Jim Nill has signed a multi-year deal to stay in his current role in Hockeytown. Those sources say the deal is quite substantial (about $550,000) for someone in his position. Nill is highly thought of around the circuit. Many figured that he would be offered one of the GM jobs currently available. Apparently, family considerations weighed heavily into Nill's decision to stay in Motown.
Thanks to a frequent KK reader for passing this along...

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Just Like The Regular Season

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from the Globe and Mail,

Historically, there have been plenty of reasons to view skeptically the grand pronouncements from the NHL's head office in New York. They tended to blend fact and fiction to suit the game's greater propaganda needs, to patch over the ugly stuff while overstating all things bright and beautiful. But this time, they said they'd stay the course, and it appears commissioner Gary Bettman and company are as good as their word. Games will be decided late, leads will be blown, not every home crowd will leave as happy as the one here last night, and perhaps the Cup itself will be won or lost because some player grabbed or hooked or flipped the puck over the glass. Which is as it ought to be.
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A Few Questions For OLN

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Granted, the Wings/Oilers game was blacked out in the Detroit and many other regions of Michigan, which we knew of in advance, but why not go to the Flames/Ducks game at 10:00pm as scheduled? Is there a technical issue that prevented you from doing this? The Flames game did show up on OLN after the Wings game finished, but an explanation would be helpful. Another question, there were many technical glitches with the Wings/Oilers game and the Flames/Ducks game. Lately, the OLN broadcasts were improving, but by the many emails and comments I received late last night and today, these problems were very noticeable last night. Also, we still have no idea where or if the HD OLN games will appear. It would be fan friendly if you put out a release, informing the fans where to find the games. Instead of searching channel guides and checking websites, it would be a great move on your part to inform the fans instead of leaving us in HD limbo. KK readers, feel free to add your own comments. Hopefully we can get an explanation from OLN.

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