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On The Edge

The News & Observer does a story on the matchups between the Hurricanes and Canadiens called "Who Has The Edge". They break down the goatending, defense, etc., the kind of information we have all read when comparing two teams. But this one got me- Who Has The Edge- When the Canes have the puck- they break it down and give the Edge to Carolina. Now- Who Has The Edge when the Canadiens have the puck? Uh, Carolina! WHAT?

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Watch The Grinders

from the Hockey News,

At no time is the role of the grinder more important than during the playoffs. Veterans such as Detroit’s Kris Draper and Edmonton’s Ryan Smyth use their cycling and scoring skills to turn the tide of a game. "When they get the puck in deep, they are hard to play against,” Paddock said. “(They change) the momentum.”
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Web Predictions

Deadspin has searched the web and lists predictions from around the hockey world. How many of us fit the following description from Deadspin?

Back in a different lifetime ago, when we worked at The Sporting News, one of our associates was a rather intense hockey guy. In fact, we called him Hockey Guy, probably because he was the only one who really liked hockey. We had daily staff meetings to discuss the coverage plans for the evening — we worked nights — and on the eve of the Stanley Cup playoffs, he wheeled in a TV and VCR.
Although they admit they don't cover the NHL very much, they get an A (eh) for effort.

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

With a ball in his hands, Earl Boykins is one of the fastest players in the NBA. Put him in skates, and he might as well be frozen in time. "I can't even roller skate," he admits. With a stick in his hands, Joe Sakic is one of the most prolific scorers in the NHL. Give him a basketball, and he might as well be holding an anvil. "I don't have any touch," he says. "I can't even stand there by myself at the foul line and hit one."

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The “Bad” Rangers

from Barry Melrose of ESPN,

The BAD While the Devils are on a roll, the Rangers are struggling heading into the playoffs after losing five straight games. Now, they have issues at the wrong time and only a few days to fix it. The team just has to think positive. It sounds simple, but coach Tom Renney just has to tell his team that those five losses are gone now, a new season is starting and if they win 16 games they'll have the Cup.
more..including the Ugly Kings & Canucks plus the Good Devils... added 11:56am, Also from Melrose, his Mullet Madness...you can imagine who made this group.... image

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The Domi Influence

from the Globe and Mail,

Did Tie Domi, a role player whose skills are limited almost entirely to fighting, have anything to do with the dismissal of coach Pat Quinn? Commentator Bill Watters, a former Leafs executive, suggested yes, because of Domi's close friendship with Larry Tanenbaum, who is the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the company that owns the Leafs. It's been widely speculated that Tanenbaum last summer directly or indirectly influenced Ferguson's decision to give the 36-year-old Domi, whom many felt was finished, a two-year contract worth $1.25-million annually.
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Fan Participation

If you look closely below, you will see the heads of Buffalo fans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... ... . .. ... . . .. .. . ...... .... .. . . . ....

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Do I Have To Make A Prediction

Many of you know I attempt to stay away from predictions posts. We all have our own opinions and after reading every prediction article and story, well, we could get very bored quickly. However, I have been asked by a few media outlets and bloggers, to make a prediction for the SCF. As noted yesterday in the JABS blog, I mentioned the Wings and Devils will face-off this year. Unlike the 1995 finals, the Wings will come out on top. With no Stevens hit on Kozlov remotely possible this year, the team that controls the puck the most will come out on top. Not a homer pick, but something just tells me Zetterberg and Datsyuk shine in the post-season this year and Yzerman goes out with his arms held high!

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The Suite Life

from North Jersey,

By mid-May, Devils Chairman Jeffrey Vanderbeek -- a former Lehman Brothers investment banker -- will add "tour guide" to his resume as he tries to sell the suites to potential corporate clients. "Many people that we'll talk to literally have no idea what they are missing," Vanderbeek said. The Devils nevertheless face a daunting challenge. The franchise is trying to find buyers for all 72 of the 12-seat and 18-seat suites, which are expected to cost $225,000 to $275,000. After all, the Devils' Continental Arena home has only 29 suites -- seating 14 or 20 -- that go for a mere $165,000 to $230,000.

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We Start Tonight

We have waited two years for NHL playoff hockey. All the first round games look very competitive with upsets possible in every series. As hockey fans, we look forward to the next two months. Even the fans of teams that did not make the playoffs should have an interest in the games, how will it be called, will the OT games be much shorter because of the possibility of more penalties. Will the stars shine or will some unkown take center stage. Sure, the TV access in the U.S. is not what we hoped it to be, but right now it is all we have and things appear to be improving. Time to sit back and focus on the games and enjoy the game of hockey. image OLN games are subject to change and local blackout restrictions Tampa Bay/Ottawa & San Jose/Nashville are also on CI

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