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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.
update 11:56am, more from the Nashville Predators...

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No To The NHL In Hartford

from the Hartford Reporter,

Before the National Hockey League returns to Hartford, pigs will sprout wings and fly. Donald Trump's eyes will well up, he'll cry out "I just can't do it," and he'll hire all the contestants. Barry Bonds will say he's sorry. In other words, it won't happen. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has no interest in a return to Hartford, a smallish market nestled between Boston and New York.
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A Beautiful Day For A Ball Game

I am leaving for an annual holiday here in Detroit- catching all of the Opening Day festivities and the home opener of the Detroit Tigers. Posts may be a little limited today but I am prepared with pocket pc in hand. Temperature in the low 60s, and the Tigers are 5-1, better enjoy it while it lasts.

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Iggy’s Dad Steps In

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Turns out Jarome isn't the only Iginla to play a big role in the Battle of Alberta of late. On a night when the Flames captain spearheaded a line that buried the Oilers 4-1 last Saturday, his father Elvis stepped up to play a key peacemaker role on the Rexall Place concourse.
read on...and an imformative around the league update...

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The Voting Process

Instead of posting every writer's picks for the different awards, which can become a boring read very quickly, how about some information about the voting process. from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Delaware County Times,

Each member considered "in good standing" of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association will have an individual vote count in the voting for the Hart, Calder, Norris, Selke, Lady Byng, and Masterton trophies. This is a significant change from years past where participating chapters of the Association were given a limited number of votes based on the number of regular print media that covered the team. In years past, the Philadelphia chapter received two votes, which is actually one of the larger contingents, as most member cities got only one vote. But now, it is up to the chapter chairman of each city to determine how many members of their chapter are in "good standing."
read on...but it does include his picks...

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OLN Has Improved

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

Fortunately for NHL fans and OLN, everything has improved as the Stanley Cup playoffs near. Further good news: OLN hopes to air playoff games every night. "We had four or five weeks basically to prepare," Marc Fein, OLN's senior vice president of programming and production, said from his Stamford, Conn., office. "We had no time to build a (studio) set. You're only as strong as your weakest link. But everyone pulled together and got the right people on board. We're pretty happy and proud, especially recently, how the telecasts have been."
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Who Starts For Buffalo

from the Buffalo News,

The Sabres are about to make their first postseason appearance since 2001, and neither of their goalies has been there before. Some fans, given the club's erratic results of late, might wonder whether Ryan Miller or Martin Biron will be the Game One starter. Last week, after Biron won consecutive starts over the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, Ruff admitted hard decisions are ahead and wouldn't name Miller the No. 1 netminder heading into the playoffs.

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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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