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Witt Against Thornton Is Key

from the Daily News Journal,

It's no secret that Witt's primary role in Nashville's best-of-seven series with the San Jose Sharks will be to attempt to neutralize Sharks' center Joe Thornton, the NHL's leading scorer and the player considered by many to be the leading candidate to win this year's Hart Trophy, given to the league's most valuable player. Witt knows all about Thornton given the many times they faced one another with the original teams. That knowledge could make Nashville's acquisition of the rugged defenseman even more important than it has been thus far. "I think it was a good move from our part because (Witt has) played against Thornton, and he can handle (big forwards)," coach Barry Trotz said. "He's going to see some action against (Thornton). I think it's probably turned to be a real astute move."
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TSN Awards

TSN passes out their awards for the Calder, Hart, Adams and Norris, although at this time, the Norris section seems to be messed up just a little. added 11:10pm, TSN fixed the problem with the Norris section.

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Hockey Live

I have had a few emails asking if Comcast would continue streaming playoff games. It looks like they will, but no schedule as of today. You must be a Comcast high speed subscriber to get this service. If you wish to get it, you can do it right here...COMCAST - Get High Speed Cable Internet image

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OLN Schedule

OLN has added a schedule page, breaking down the games by date and series, but no mention of any HD broadcast. If anyone knows about plans for OLN and HD in the playoffs, please feel free to post in the comments. added 8:45pm, Just got the HD schedule for OLN-HD. Not sure yet if it will be on INHD or where, but I am sure information will be coming in soon. April 22 - Game 1 Sabres vs. Flyers, 7:00 PM April 24 - Game 2 Rangers vs. Devils, 7:00 PM April 26 - Game 3 Devils vs. Rangers, 7:00 PM April 28 - Game 4 Sabres vs. Flyers, 7:00 PM April 30 - Game 5 Rangers vs. Devils, 6:00 PM May 2 - Game 6 Devils vs. Rangers, 7:00 PM May 4 - Game 7 Rangers vs. Devils, 7:00 PM

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Official Release From NBC Regarding First Weekend Of NHL Playoffs

NBC Sports broadcast coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins this weekend with the New York Rangers facing off against their arch-rival the New Jersey Devils on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET live in high definition. Also on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, the Colorado Avalanche travel to Dallas to play the Stars. On Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings, winner of the NHL's Presidents Trophy for most points, host the Edmonton Oilers at 1 p.m. ET live in high definition. In other regional action, the Nashville Predators host the San Jose Sharks, who feature Joe Thornton, the NHL's leading scorer. Mike Emrick (play-by-play), John Davidson (analyst) and Joe Micheletti (inside-the-glass reporter) will call New York at New Jersey; Dave Strader (play-by-play) Brian Hayward (analyst) Peter McNab (inside-the-glass reporter) call Colorado at Dallas; Mike Emrick (play-by-play), John Davidson (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter) will call Edmonton at Detroit; and Chris Cuthbert (play-by-play), Peter McNab (analyst) and Cammi Granato (inside-the-glass reporter) call San Jose at Nashville. Stanley Cup winners Bill Clement and Ed Olczyk, along with former NHL All-Star Ray Ferraro lead NBC's studio team. More in the comment section of this post.

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Predicition Time

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Before the season's start, I wrote in this cyberish space that Penguins rookie Sidney Crosby would finish his rookie campaign with 38 goals, 63 assists and 101 points. His final numbers: 39-63-102. There was so much mystery and uncertainty with this "new" NHL, but projecting what great things this dedicated and gifted athlete would accomplish was not difficult after watching him play three preseason shifts. Everything else was truly up for grabs. So, with the NHL's second season beginning this week, it is time for another round of predictions as a way to look back and look ahead. Here's a look at the first round and at my NHL awards winners.
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Report- Lombardi To LA Kings

via Sportsnet,

Amid a flurry of speculation, it's believed Dean Lombardi is back among the NHL's most powerful. Sources tell Sportsnet Lombardi will be named both President & General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings. To encourage Lombardi's release from his arrangement with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Kings have agreed to give up a draft pick (second round) as compensation.

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Why No Avery

In cased you missed it, Sean Avery was supposed to be on Sportsnet reporting on the playoffs...now the rest. from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

The NHL has no issues with Sean Avery, despite the fact that one of its top broadcasting officials contacted Rogers Sportsnet about using the controversial Los Angeles King forward on its playoff panel. Sportsnet subsequently opted not to use Avery. John Shannon, the NHL's senior vice-president of broadcasting, told the Toronto Star he had spoken to Sportsnet officials about using Avery. "We talked about what we thought was going to make good television," Shannon told the Star. "In my opinion, their panel was better without Sean Avery.
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Make The Call

from the CP via TSN,

Commissioner Gary Bettman says officials who don't call penalties as warranted during the NHL playoffs will soon find themselves watching the post-season from the sidelines. That message has been made clear to Colin Campbell, senior executive vice-president of hockey operations, and Stephen Walkom, director of officiating, he said on a conference call Wednesday. "My instructions to Colie and to Stephen are if an official puts his whistle away, they should put the official away for the rest of the playoffs," Bettman said.
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Esche Named Starter

from the AP via the Ledger,

The Philadelphia Flyers need Robert Esche to block shots better than he predicts. Less than a month ago, Esche said rookie Antero Niittymaki would be the Flyers' starting goaltender in the playoffs. On Wednesday, coach Ken Hitchcock gave the job to Esche. Considering Esche played seven of the last nine regular-season games, the decision was no surprise.
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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