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from the St. Petersburg Times,
Right now, you have a choice most nights of watching either the NHL playoffs or the NBA playoffs. To us, it’s no contest. The NHL playoffs are way better than the NBA playoffs. Here are 10 reasons why.
1 Basketball overtimes last five minutes. Throw in a bunch of timeouts and free throws and it can take a half-hour, and you usually know who is going to win most of that time. Hockey? It might last 30 seconds or it might last until 4 in the morning and you can’t take your eyes off the screen.
via the Detroit Free Press,
This is the scenario: In order for the Florida Panthers to get this year’s first-round pick three things have to happen: 1) The Wings have to be in the final four of the playoffs, 2) Bertuzzi has to play in two-thirds of the playoff games, and 3) Bertuzzi has to be among the top-five scorers.
If the first two happen but Bertuzzi is not a top-five scorer, then it’s a second-round draft pick – unless the Wings go to the Stanley Cup finals, in which case it reverts back to a first-round pick. If Bertuzzi re-signs with the Wings, the Panthers get a second pick in 2008.
from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,
“We have gone this far, it would be foolish not to see what’s out there,” Gomez said. “That doesn’t man anything. It doesn’t mean I am leaning one way or I don’t want to be here. I have talked to all the guys that have played here and gone through this. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Gomez went to arbitration last summer and was awarded a one-year, $5 million deal.
After collecting 13 goals and 47 assists in the regular season, and four goals and 10 assists in the postseason, Gomez can expect even more next year.
This challenge is different. With some feisty teams in the Conference Finals we figure that penalty minutes might be fun to speculate about. So here is your challenge:
What individual player from Anaheim, Buffalo, Detroit or Ottawa will have the most penalty minutes in this round? Also, please guess the number of minutes that player will serve in case there’s a tie-breaker required.
You must be a KK member to participate. It’s free and you can register right here in a just a few minutes. Your guess must be entered on THIS POST and time-stamped no later than Thursday, May 10th- 7:00pm EDT.
Winner will be established using the stats provided at NHL.com
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
“My instincts are that I will probably play, but it’s something that I’m going to think over,’’ he said in front of dressing room stalls full of practice gear no longer needed this season. “As far as playing and coming here this year and being part of the Rangers, there’s nowhere else I’d rather play.’‘
from Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Mike Lange is tentatively scheduled to meet with the Penguins this week to discuss a multiyear contract to remain as the team’s radio voice. But events across the country could have an effect on those negotiations.
Late last week the Phoenix Coyotes fired their longtime television play-by-play announcer Curt Keilback, thus creating an opening that could deeply interest Lange.
Time Warner Cable said Tuesday it will temporarily add Versus HD to its digital lineup just as the Buffalo Sabres ready for another round in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Subscribers in the Buffalo market will find Versus HD programming on channel 708 starting May 10 through the conclusion of the National Hockey League post season. Versus will remain available on Channel 71 to standard package customers after the temporary viewing ends.
A lot of questions floating around the web today regarding the Versus HD games that will be shown on MOJO via INHD.
There are five Conference Final games scheduled for MOJO, one from the East and four from the West.
All games will be in HD, this has been verified thru Versus and the schedule reflects that.
Note the red comments when on the schedule page.
Pierre LeBrun of the CP knows his hockey…
Prediction — Ducks in six.
Prediction — Senators in six.
Pierre LeBrun’s record through two rounds: 10-2.
read on via the Globe and Mail to find out why…
from The Maven,
No question, Lou & Co. wanted very much to reach The Finals this Spring. And why not?
But reality tells us that only two get that far. Finishing in the Final Eight out of 30 ain’t bad.
Consider this: the 82-game schedule is a marathon out of which emerge 16 playoff teams.
Over the past decade, Lamoriello’s clubs have survived that marathon and gained a playoff berth every year.
Can the free-spending Flyers make that statement? No. The Islanders? Heck no. Rangers? Nix.
In a span of a dozen years, Lou’s sextet has won three Stanley Cups. Flyers - none. Isles - none. Rangers - none.
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