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From John Glennon at The Tennessean,
As the Predators look to square their first-round playoff series against San Jose tonight, they’re looking for the players who excelled in the regular season to do the same in the postseason.
That means more production from players such as Jason Arnott, Paul Kariya and David Legwand, less reliance on J.P. Dumont, Peter Forsberg and Alexander Radulov.
The former trio has combined for zero goals and four assists in the first three games of this series, while the latter has done the heavy lifting — combining for 12 points (nine goals, three assists).
From Victor Chi at the San Jose Mercury News,
Call it collateral damage.
The Sharks’ power play has converted only once in this opening-round playoff series, but it could push Nashville’s gas gauge toward empty if the chances keep piling up. Despite an 0-for-6 performance Monday, the Sharks wore out the Predators with a 41-20 shot advantage built largely on those six power plays.
From the CP, via TSN,
Mike Comrie is one win away from uncharted territory, the second round of the NHL playoffs.
The 26-year-old Edmonton native is one of the reasons the Ottawa Senators lead their best-of-seven series 3-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins heading into Game 5 Thursday night.
‘‘He’s been great,’’ said linemate Mike Fisher. ‘‘He’s not the biggest guy, but he’s got a big heart. He’s playing really well and physical, making good plays and being smart. He’s been huge for us. ..
‘‘He’s playing with a bit of an edge.’‘
Finally, the tour has come to an end, and the only road that lays ahead is the 401 QEW, the long stretch of Ontario highway, that leads back home. But before they can turn over the keys and head for customs, they have one more stop to make.
After the long seven-month NHL tour in which Graham and LuAnn visited each NHL city to spread the word of their beloved Dan Snyder Memorial Foundation, they will end the tour where it began – in Chicago – where they will visit old friends, the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves, to present Brian Sipotz with the Dan Snyder Man of the Year Award for volunteering his time and efforts toward many charitable causes throughout the year. That ceremony takes place April 14.
From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail,
The Buffalo Sabres may have to make one lineup change for Wednesday night’s game against the New York Islanders.
Centre Tim Connolly is “sore” according to Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff and may not be able to play.
Connolly missed almost all of the regular season with a concussion and stress fracture to his leg.
“I hope he can play, but we won’t know for sure until later,” Ruff said after Wednesday’s game-day skate.
However, this came as news to Connolly, who said he felt “fresh.”
The eight owners of the Amarillo (Texas) Gorillas professional hockey team have posted it on the Internet eBay auction site to raise capital.
While there is an opening bid of $695,000 posted for the team, one of the owners, Shaughn O’Grady, told the Amarillo Globe-News the club isn’t really being auctioned.
“It’s not a ‘for sale’ sign in the window,” O’Grady said. “But, in order for us to get to where we want to be four or five years down the road, we’ve got to re-capitalize our investment.”
Rob just dropped me an email showing the Kukla’s Korner is a nominee for Best Sports Blog. Very nice.
Maybe while Paul is away with his family emergency, we can throw a few votes on there for KK? Might be a nice surprise for when he gets back. (Almost as nice as the surprise that I haven’t managed to completely blow up the KK servers in his absence…)
Well, feel free to vote, or not. It requires free registration to do so.
Thanks, as always, for being readers.
From Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun,
Patrick Eaves’ phone rang in his hotel room Monday and on the other end of the line was Colby Armstrong.
The Penguins winger wanted to make sure Eaves was all right after Armstrong delivered a crushing blow to the Senator in the second period of Ottawa’s Game 3 win on Sunday.
While Eaves wasn’t able to suit up for Game 4 last night, Armstrong wanted Eaves to know he didn’t intend to cause an injury when they collided at the side of the net.
Eaves was taken off the ice on a stretcher. CBC reported he had a concussion, but the Senators have refused to confirm those reports. The club is calling it a head injury, saying Eaves is day-to-day.
From Aaron Portzline at the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets’ ownership group will meet this afternoon at a private location, where they’re expected to determine the fate of president and general manager Doug MacLean.
Majority owner John H. McConnell called the meeting, which will include the three principal minority owners—Wolfe Enterprises; real-estate developer Ron Pizzuti; and the Crane Family, which owns Crane Plastics.
Multiple sources indicated yesterday that McConnell, who owns 80 percent of the franchise, will seek input from the other owners, and that this will not be the typical end-of-season meeting.
Anticipation of the meeting and uncertainty regarding MacLean’s future have made for a curious time in Nationwide Arena.
Columbus has missed the playoffs for 6 straight seasons. Will MacLean pay for it?
And now for a brief break from actual “news”... a tribute to the Flyers Dancing Guy.
Really, you’ve got to respect a fan that can dance after the season his team just had.
Note: Thanks to David for pointing this vid out to me this morning. Always good to get a smile into the hockey newsday.
While the Coyotes claim that Wayne Gretzky will be given more of a say in personnel matters, the team has yet to hire a new general manager to replace Mike Barnett. Finding a general manager with an independent voice, and not tied so closely to the Great One, is the only way to affect the dramatic change necessary.
Off-Season Game Plan looks at what should be an eventful summer in Phoenix.
In recent years, the Coyotes have made terrible player evaluations, while also surrendering quality players that were deemed to be too expensive, leaving a team that is consistently out of the playoff contention and doesn’t have a roster that figures to change that situation any time soon.
Masive changes have to happen, both in the front office and on the ice.
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