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Luongo Ready For The :Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

Luongo can’t wait for the playoffs to begin.

“I feel really good and the thing is the team is playing well defensively so it cuts the number of big saves I have to make,” Luongo said after posting his second straight shutout in Saturday’s 1-0 overtime win in Denver. “We have to build off that. Going into the playoffs, we know there are going to be a lot of games like this that are tight and any mistake could decide the game. It’s nice we have that playoff mentality already.”

Luongo seems to have had it for quite some time. He has played brilliantly down the stretch and as he prepares for his second taste of the Stanley Cup playoffs, he thinks he can draw upon some of the things he learned during his first post-season experience two years ago.

“I guess you just know what to expect,” he said. “Going into my first one you don’t really know until you really play a game how it feels. The main thing is you can’t get too high or too low. When you win a game you feel like you’re on top of the world. When you lose one you feel like you’re done. You just have to try and stay even-keeled until the series is over.”

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NHL Sets Record Attendance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 12, 2009)—The National Hockey League has set an overall attendance record for the fourth consecutive season. Total attendance of 21,475,223 and the per-game average of 17,460 were 1.1% higher than the corresponding record figures of 21,236,255 and 17,265 from 2007-08.

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Reaugh Language

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Razor

With An Edge, Bad cosmetics…any action or practice that reflects badly on the organization (on a few occasions they were in need of a cosmetologist)

Circling the drain…what the Stars did from the moment they lost Captain Brenden Morrow

Internal community…another way of saying “the group”, or “the players”

LAQs…Lame Ass Quotes (also; “coachspeak”)

much more

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Conference Quarter-Final Matchups

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 12, 2009)—The match-ups for the eight Conference Quarter-Final series of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been determined. The match-ups are:

Series ‘A’ - #1 Boston Bruins vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens
Series ‘B’ - #2 Washington Capitals vs. #7 New York Rangers
Series ‘C’ - #3 New Jersey Devils vs. #6 Carolina Hurricanes
Series ‘D’ - #4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #5 Philadelphia Flyers

Series ‘E’ - #1 San Jose Sharks vs. #8 Anaheim Ducks
Series ‘F’ - #2 Detroit Red Wings vs. #7 Columbus Blue Jackets
Series ‘G’ - #3 Vancouver Canucks vs. #6 St. Louis Blues
Series ‘H’ - #4 Chicago Blackhawks vs. #5 Calgary Flames

Dates for these series will be announced later Sunday.

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Please Don’t Betray The “Spirit Of The Live Blog”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There are rules you know.  Unwritten and never followed, but there are rules. And if you don’t know them, here are some guidelines to help you imagine them:

—Don’t do anything during a live blog that would make you look smarter, funnier or physically stronger than anyone else.  The live blog was created so that all posters are exactly the same.  Don’t ruin that for the slower typists.

—If you come up with an idea that may give you an advantage over other live bloggers, set it aside.  Or email me. Better yet, submit the idea to me in writing and in triplicate.  I’ll farm it out to the committee and we’ll decide, over the span of 19 months, whether the idea will benefit the entire community of posters.

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Your Coaches For Team Canada At The World Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Team Canada general manager Doug Amrstrong will name his coaching staff today for the upcoming World Hockey Championship in Switzerland.

Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff will lead Canada’s coaching staff and his assistants will include Nashville’s Barry Trotz and Dallas Stars head coach Dave Tippett.

An announcement on the complete coaching staff will be later today


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  Tags: team+canada

The Hossa Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

“Let’s see now, we have an 11-year contract and a 12-year contract, so I guess Marian will take 10 or 13 years,” laughed Hossa’s agent Ritch Winter, who talked to Holland about numbers Saturday, although Holland won’t be able to sign Hossa until June because of their cap situation. Hossa is going nowhere. His cap hit will be in the $6-million range. “I will tell you this: despite what people are saying, the salary cap in Detroit will definitely be no impediment to Marian signing there,” said Winter.

more hockey talk…

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Exactly….Go Ahead And Choke On It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1104 EST: with two different looks at the Hossa situation.

Seen Hot Stove from last night yet?  Scott Morrison talks about the fact that Tick Tock and the Hossa camp were in deep discussions yesterday afternoon, and that it’s looking like he’s staying in Detroit, and that the Cap is not an issue.  I take that to mean that if he does sign, it will be at a number friendly to the Wings and maybe even one that allows Holland to hold on to at least one of these three: Hudler, Conklin, Samuelsson.

What you may not have heard about yet is this statement from Wing fan Mike Milbury.

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GDT - Game #82: Red Wings at Blackhawks (2:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Happy Easter everyone.  GDT light today as the family participates in Easter Sunday activities. 

So, it has all come down to this. . . nothing, zero, zip, nada (of course it would be nice to end the season on a positive note, as DET have lost 2 straight and are 4-5-1 in their last ten).  Yesterdays game had all the same intensity as watching paint dry.  The only real drama being the phantom call on Kronwall resulting in the Byfuglien penalty shot.  You can argue the merits (or lack thereof) regarding the call all you want.  Babcock summed it up accurately:  “The first thing is, I’d like their player not to be behind our player with 29 seconds left. . .”  Cheli played forward because Draper was out with an “upper-body” injury and will be evaluated Monday.  Ozzie between the pipes today.  The ‘Hawks expect to receive both Samuel Pahlsson and Kris Versteeg back in their line-up, with Nikolai Khabibulin in the cage.

CHI get CGY to open the playoffs.  DET will play either ANA or CBJ depending on the result of the STL/COL game (5:00).  If STL wins, they finish in 6th place, and DET play CBJ.  IF STL lose, they finish in 8th, and DET plays ANA.

I’ve got to put on floppy ears and hide Easter Eggs for my neices and nephews; if you want to add a comment or scan the numbers, please continue.

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The Flyers Chances In The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

When the playoffs start this week, will they resemble the team that went 13-1-3 earlier this season?

Or will they look like the team that played around .500 for the last six weeks?

Anyway, here are some theories why the Flyers will go deep into the playoffs. Or why they could make an early-round exit:

Seven reasons the Flyers could be playing in June

1. With a year of experience, they are much stronger than last season, when they reached the Eastern Conference finals. This is a team that has a perfect blend of rookies, players entering their prime, and veterans….

Seven reasons the Flyers could make an early exit

1. If you take away a solid five-week stretch, Biron has been frighteningly inconsistent. An inconsistent goalie in the playoffs spells an early exit….

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