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Games For Thursday, April 26th

A little late, but just in case you are not sure what stations will be broadcasting the games tonight.
In case you ask, the Wings/Sharks game is exclusive with Versus tonight.

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Holmstrom Out Longer Than Tonight

from the Detroit Free Press,

This morning, Wings coach Mike Babcock said Holmstrom was day-to-day, and that he hoped Holmstrom would play at some point during the series.
As relayed Wednesday by Expressen’s Gunnar Nordstrom, Holmstrom said doctors have told him he had to be inactive for several days after Sunday in order to avoid further damage to his eye. Holmstrom was told that if there is any re-bleeding, it would affect his eyesight permanently.

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Canucks Can Bounce Back

from Scott Morrison at the CBC,

So, forget the opener and the key then becomes Game Two. Win it and the Canucks have a chance going home. Lose it and it becomes a matter of time before the end arrives, essentially of whether Roberto Luongo can steal a game or two to preserve hope. Remember, though, Anaheim is the only Western Conference team he did not and still has not beaten this season, though Game 1 remained close longer than it should have because of him.

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Too Much Time Off

fro The Maven,

Right now, my Blueshirts in five prediction is teetering on the brink of overconfidence, not to mention the 5-2 loss.
Maybe overconfidence was the cause of the opening game defeat in Buffalo, although I prefer to go back to the warning I posted right after Tom Renney’s lads swept Atlanta last week.
Namely, that the worst thing that could have happened to the Rangers was the four-straight wins, only because it gave New York a much-too-lengthy sabbatical.

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KK- Back For Who Knows How Long

Many of you know I have an ongoing family issue that needs 100% attention at times.
This may be an ongoing issue for some time, but really not sure what the future holds.
Anyways, I am back for the rest of the day and appreciate your understanding.

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Vancouver & Anaheim Mayors Making Bets

From the OC Register,

Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan have a made a friendly wager regarding the NHL Western Conference semifinals pitting the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks.
The Ducks won the best-of-seven series opener, 5-1, Wednesday night in Honda Center.
If Anaheim wins the semifinals, Mayor Sullivan has agreed to wear an Anaheim Ducks hockey jersey at the next televised meeting of the Vancouver City Council, and to fly the Ducks team flag at Vancouver City Hall.
In the event that Vancouver wins, Mayor Pringle will do the same with the Canucks jersey and flag.

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*At least I’m not the only Canucks fan that makes stupid bets. I’ll be appearing in a Wings’ jersey on Abel to Yzerman in a few days to prove what losing a hockey bet looks like. Sigh.

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The Enigma

From NHL.com’s Larry Wigge,

Mystery or secret weapon?
Some will say the silky-smooth Pavel Datsyuk is an enigma wrapped in a riddle and, well, a mystery because he came into the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season with zero goals in his last 26 games in the postseason.
By contrast, the numbers he’s put up in the regular season have solidified Datsyuk as a star…

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Kovalev Speaks Out on the Habs

From TSN,

Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Kovalev is at the centre of yet another media controversy.
Le Journal de Montreal and Radio-Canada in Quebec report that Kovalev recently gave an interview to Sovietsky Sports, saying he was unhappy with the way he was treated as a player this past season by the Canadiens.
According to Sovietsky, Kovalev added if things don’t change, wants out of the organization. The 13-year NHL veteran told journalist Pavel Lysenkov - his official biographer - that his gripe is not with Montreal journalists, but with the team itself.

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Elias Out for Devils Tonight

From the AP via Toronto Star,

New Jersey Devils captain Patrik Elias will be sidelined for the first game of the second-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday because of a lingering cold.
“Patrik was here this morning and he will not be in the lineup,” Devils coach Lou Lamoriello said after the team’s morning skate. “He is much better. The way he feels, he’ll skate tomorrow and be ready for Saturday.”

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Chest Protection for Young Players

From Reuters via MSNBC,

A blow to the chest of a young athlete from a ball, or hockey stick, or hard collision with another player, can trigger an irregular heartbeat that leads to sudden death — and commercially available chest protectors don’t do what they’re supposed to do, according to a new report.
“A significant proportion (about 40 percent) of sudden deaths reported in young competitive athletes due to blunt chest blows occur despite the presence of commercially available sports equipment generally perceived as protective,”

The study looked at 182 cases of the deadly irregular heartbeat condition “commotio cordis”.  Of the 25 deaths analyzed, hockey injuries caused the majority:

The athletes who suffered fatal blunt chest blows were all male and between 5 and 23 years of age; their average age was 15. Thirteen were hockey players (including one goalie), ten were football players, six were lacrosse players (including three goalies), and three were baseball players (all of them catchers).

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