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Habs Would Prefer To Face Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

While the players will insist during the next few days it doesn’t matter which team they’ll be facing, I suspect they would prefer taking on Washington in the first round, and to do that they must finish as the No. 7 seed.

Why the Capitals? Why a team that has the NHL’s best player in Alex Ovechkin? A team that almost surely has this season’s Norris Trophy winner in Mike Green?

It starts with Jose Theodore.

read on

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Hossa’s Groin Strain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Wings received good news on the Marian Hossa injury front, as an MRI revealed no torn muscle in his groin, which he injured during the second period of Thursday’s game. Hossa wanted to play in Sunday’s regular season finale in Chicago, but he’ll miss the last two games, including Saturday’s home game vs. the Blackhawks. Hossa and the club are hopeful that he’ll be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs.

“I’m pretty optimistic,’’ Hossa said. “I had some groin injuries before, but this one doesn’t seem like something that would bother me as much.’‘

more on the Wings…

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Oh, They’re Bitter Today In Blues Land

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Of course they are.  Even if the Wings had won last night, essentially eliminating Bubba?  Blues fans would have found something to cry about, some reason to whip out the F-Detroit line.  As it is, with the Wing loss? The Blues still have the best possible scenario, their destiny in their own hands. 

I’ve never wished a Wing loss, ever.  But I’ll tell you, knowing the angst that would follow a Bubba win…well, it made last night’s loss a bit more palatable. 

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The Duhatschek Awards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Here are my choices for this year’s awards: Hart (most valuable player) -Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals. Runners-up - Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings. The wording of the Hart is what gives voters so much trouble over the years. The award goes to the players “adjudged to be most valuable to his team.”

In the past, that’s frequently disqualified players on deep, talented teams from competing for the award, such as Datsyuk, for example. In a normal year, it is difficult even to select Detroit’s MVP – is it Nicklas Lidstrom; is it Henrik Zetterberg? This year, however, Lidstrom and Zetterberg had good, but not great seasons. Datsyuk separated himself from the pack – he is 20 points ahead of his nearest scoring competitor, Marian Hossa.

Datsyuk should be a finalist, as will Malkin, who is closing in on his first-ever NHL scoring title. Over the past two years, Malkin has always raised the level of his game during Sidney Crosby’s injury absences, but the fact that he plays on the same team as Crosby will hamper both their candidacies, leaving the dynamic Ovechkin to win the MVP again.

read on for more awards and other NHL topics too…

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The Fan’s Choice Awards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brad Holland of NHL.com,

T.J. Oshie, Joey MacDonald and Milan Lucic, step up to the podium.

These three players took home Fans’ Choice Awards for Goal, Save, and Hit of the Season, respectively, in NHL.com’s inaugural Fans’ Choice Awards.

While it may not be the biggest award these three have garnered in their careers, it is a fitting tribute for three NHLers who drastically overachieved this season.

continued with video…

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Where The Lightning Failed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

Under the guidance of new owners, new management and new coaches, the Lightning were supposed to be winners this season. At the start of the 2008-09 campaign, there was enthusiasm and optimism that a last-place team could turn into a contender….

Here are five events that impacted the Lightning’s losing season:

Hiring Barry Melrose
Koules takes full credit, or blame, for this one after he sought the opinions of those who played for Melrose and was impressed by what he heard. But without a plan for training camp, any kind of set system in place or a solid plan of action, Melrose was fired 16 games into the season…

Dismantling the defense
By the first week of October,Tampa Bay had moved almost its entire defensive core from last season, trading away Boyle, Brad Lukowich, Filip Kuba, Alex Picard and Shane O’Brien and receving only Lukas Krajicek, Andrej Meszaros and Matt Carle in return….


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Farewell To A Legend

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Leggo at NHLOfficials.com,

How do you say farewell to a legend? How do you put into words a larger than life character that most hockey fans feel they already know? How do you reveal the private man behind the celebrated Officer Koharski in the movie Wayne’s World, the foil in the famous doughnut episode? That’s the conundrum, trying to describe our friend, Koho.

The hockey world knows about the well publicized larger than life Don Koharski - NHL referee – irrepressible, sometimes awash in hockey headlines, sometimes not, cheerful and always steady. Others know him as the friendly neighbor, the charity minded citizen, the golfer and pal. To us fortunate members of the NHL officiating fraternity he is all of that and more. Our Koho is a mentor, a guide, an example, a teammate, a competitor, an athlete, a father figure, a brother and a friend.



picture via NHL.com

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  Tags: don+koharski

Teams Can Clinch Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

#4 Chicago Blackhawks (idle) can clinch the #4 seed in the Western Conference:
* If the Calgary Flames get one or no points against the Edmonton Oilers.

#6 Columbus Blue Jackets can clinch the #6 seed in the Western Conference:
* If they get at least one point against the St. Louis Blues.

#7 Anaheim Ducks can clinch a Western Conference playoff berth:
* If they beat the Dallas Stars.
* If they get one point against Dallas and the Nashville Predators get one or no points against the Minnesota Wild.

#8 St. Louis Blues can clinch a Western Conference playoff berth:
* If they beat the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Nashville Predators get one or no points against the Minnesota Wild.

#9 Nashville Predators can clinch a Western Conference playoff berth:
* If they beat the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues lose in regulation to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

thanks to the NHL for the information

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Flames Control Their Position

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Jarome Iginla is as nice a person you’ll meet.

But the Calgary Flames captain sure can be greedy at times.

Asked whether it was more important to go into the playoffs firing on all cylinders or having won the division title, Iginla’s choice was both.

“I don’t think it’s all just about the division, but playing our best would probably lead to winning our division,” he said. “I think our game’s improved as a team the last 10 days and going in the right direction, which I think is the most important thing.

“But (the division title) is in our hands. We don’t have to watch Vancouver. It’s two games and we can win the division.

“I think they go hand-in-hand and we want both.”


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In Honor Of Opening Day In Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It is not often I go off topic, but today is a special day in Detroit.  The Detroit Tigers open another season in Detroit and although their pitching may be their downfall, hope does remain.

Frank Albin of the San Jose Sharks sent this my way.  You may remember the ‘Hockey in 2050’ video I posted a few weeks ago, well this is the ‘Future of Baseball’.

How about some classic audio regarding the Tigers?  A long time staple on WJR, the introduction of Detroit Tiger Baseball and the classic ‘Go Get ‘Em Tiger’.

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  Tags: detroit+tigers

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