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Oliers May Get A Break Tomorrow

from Mlive,

Red Wings center Robert Lang left Monday's practice just after the warmups with an undisclosed upper-body injury. It's not serious, but as a precaution, Lang went for tests and is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Edmonton. Henrik Zetterberg didn't practice with the team. He skated by himself for about 15 minutes after practice. Babcock said he will probably play... Mathieu Schneider (groin) had a bit of setback, Babcock, said. He didn't practice and might not play until Saturday in St. Louis...
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Dreaming Of Pictures

from the blog of Shawn P. Rourke at NHL.com,

Last week, I ran across a photo of former heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield posing with Ilya Kovalchuk in the Thrashers dressing room after a game in Atlanta against the Carolina Hurricanes. Holyfield was not the only star in attendance for the April Fool's game against the Hurricanes. Comedian Chris Tucker and PGA golfer Davis Love III were also in attendance at Philips Arena. That picture's simple message of athletic greatness -- past and present -- got me thinking about other hockey/non-hockey twosomes that would make priceless photo opportunities. ...Tom Brady/Steve Yzerman -- Simply put, these two are winners.
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Adjustments Ahead

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Coach Barry Trotz put a good face on things Sunday to the Nashville City Paper, no doubt anticipating the Vokoun announcement. "We have been a team of adjustments," Trotz said. "Every night our lineups are different. We have had key guys out every single game this season. We have had as many as eight or nine guys out. Lately, we have had four or five guys out. You don't know who is going to be in or out. This team is built on adjusting to whatever lineup we put out there."
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Keith Primeau Practices

from the AP via the Centre Daily Times,

Philadelphia Flyers captain Keith Primeau, believed to be out for the season with post-concussion symptoms, practiced with the team Monday, but downplayed speculation he might return for the playoffs. Primeau, sidelined since Oct. 30, took part in a number of contact drills and did not wear anything designating him as being injured.
continued added 3:54pm, via TSN,
But Flyers' head coach Ken Hitchcock says it's "extremely doubtful" Primeau will play for the Flyers in this year's playoffs. "(Primeau practising) will get everyone talking," Hitchcock said. "But I think it's awfully premature to think there's a chance he could be back.

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Gauthier Suspended

via TSN,

The National Hockey League has suspended Philadelphia's Denis Gauthier for two games as a result of his hit on Toronto's Kyle Wellwood on Saturday night. Gauthier was given a major penalty and a misconduct in the second period for boarding on Wellwood.

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Tough Spot For Inexperienced Goalies

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

There is a school of thought that suggests teams entering the playoffs with inexperienced goaltending start the postseason endurance race with one wheel off the pavement. But what if all the cars start the race the same way? They can't all go off the rails, can they? Well, we're about to find out.
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Cliff Loves The Bruins

from NHL.com,

"When it comes to sports, I love anything Boston." That is how John Ratzenberger describes his love of sports. It's pretty straight forward. There is no middle ground. If it is baseball, it's the Boston Red Sox. Pro football, the New England Patriots. Basketball? Who else but the Celtics. And hockey? There is no question but the Bruins.
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8th Spot In The West Is Up For Grabs

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

More and more, it looks as if one of the two Canadian teams in the Western Conference playoff race — the Edmonton Oilers or the Vancouver Canucks — will miss out on post-season play altogether this season. ...Colorado owns the tie-breaker against Edmonton too, so the Oilers' season could come down to getting it done on the ice themselves in the next week and desperately looking for help elsewhere (hello Wayne!, it's Kevin Lowe on the phone). It's not an ideal scenario, but when you leave so many points on the table so often in one season, it may be the best they can hope for. But which one?
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This Week’s POW

from the NHL via TSN,

New Jersey center Scott Gomez, whose eight points in three victories helped the Devils extend their winning streak to seven games, has been named the NHL’s Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, April 9. San Jose goaltender Vesa Toskala, who led the Sharks to four victories with a 0.98 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and one shutout, is the League’s Defensive Player of the Week.

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Vokoun Out For The Year

from the Tennessean,

Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season and the postseason due to injury.
The Preds have scheduled an 11:00 CST press conference as mentioned in the article, so noon EST. update 11:31am, Kevin Allen on Detroit radio reporting it is a blood clot that will sideline Vokoun. update 11:45am, from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Nashville Predators starting goaltender Tomas Vokoun will be lost for the season while he undergoes treatment for a blood illness, according to Nashville general manager David Poile.
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