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San Jose Favored for Game 7

Sports Interaction has set the odds for Detroit at San Jose tomorrow.

• Detroit   +105
• San Jose   -125

• Over +5.5 -105
• Under +5.5 -115

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How to Stop the Diving

From Justin Bourne at The Hockey News:

The fix the refs need to make is two-fold. The first part is they simply need to get back to calling diving penalties (unsportsmanlike conducts) the way they used to - and the way they did on Jordin Tootoo in Game 6 against Vancouver. As James Mirtle pointed out in his column Tuesday morning, in 2002-03 a diving penalty was whistled an average of once every 10 games. This season, the grand total was a mere 32.

The second equally simple and important change we need from the officials is to stop waiting for there to be a body on the ice to call a penalty, as they’re prone to do. A hook is a hook is a hook. Just because a guy is strong enough to stay on his skates doesn’t mean he was any less hindered than someone whose balance isn’t as good.

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  Tags: diving, penalties

2011 Stanley Cup Conference Finals Schedule Scenarios

NEW YORK (May 10, 2011) – The National Hockey League announced the dates, starting times, and broadcast information for the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals, which begin with the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday, May 14, when the Boston Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning at 8 p.m. ET. The Western Conference Final will match the Vancouver Canucks against the winner of the Detroit Red Wings-San Jose Sharks Conference Semifinal series, which San Jose leads 3-2. Game 1 of the Western Conference Final will be Sunday, May 15, at 8 p.m. ET.

National rightsholders NBC and VERSUS in the United States and CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada will provide exclusive national television coverage of the Conference Finals. Every playoff game also can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.


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Unsung Playoff Scorers

From Chris Iorfida at CBC:

What follows is a look at 20 surprising playoff goal totals over the past 70 years of playoff hockey. There are some good players on the list, some highly regarded prospects and some journeymen. or didn’t go on to have fine NHL careers. It’s a list concerning players who exceeded goal scoring expectations.

Matthew Barnaby, Buffalo Sabres, 1998: 15GP, 7G, 6A, 13PTS

This one is more surprising years later than it was at the time. Barnaby had showed promise with 43 points in 68 games in his second season (although he dipped to 25 points in 1997-98, the year that followed). He never reached such offensive heights again, settling for a career spent mainly as a provocateur. Or in hockey parlance, a pest.


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Players that Must Improve to Dig Their Teams Out of a Hole

From Craig Custance at the Sporting News:

“Countless teams have lost the first two games on the road and still won the series,” Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart told Sporting News. “I don’t think we’re looking at it as that big a deal. We have to win our home games. That’s what it all comes down to in the next couple games here.”

To complete comebacks after digging an early hole, these five players must improve moving forward for their teams:

1. Johan Franzen, Red Wings. He’s not 100 percent because of a bum ankle, but Franzen has established himself as one of the game’s best producers when the stakes are highest. That version of Franzen must emerge for the Red Wings to dig out of a hole after losing their series’ first two games in San Jose.

read on for more must-improve players from the Caps, Flyers and Wings.


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Special Teams in the Playoffs

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:

Collectively, the eight teams remaining in the playoff hunt are converting only 15.45 per cent of their power-play opportunities, down from the 18 per cent overall success rate managed by teams in the regular season.

Vancouver had the top power play in the NHL this season, at 24.3 per cent. In the playoffs, the Canucks are chugging along at 16.7 per cent. San Jose was second in the regular season (23.5 per cent). In the playoffs, they’re down to 11.8 per cent. Washington wasn’t as good as it has been in the past with the man advantage this year (a middle-of-the-pack 17.5 per cent), but have been far worse in the playoffs (11.1 per cent).

So do special teams really matter? And more importantly, why are power play percentages across the board are so grim in these playoffs?

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Who Do You Like?

John Buccigross of ESPN names a player from each team in this round that he’d personally like to see hoisting the Stanley Cup.

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Hasek a Role Model for Roloson

From Eric Duhatschek from the Globe and Mail:

There is still a long way for Tampa to go - and maybe the biggest challenge yet comes this week, thanks to the NHL schedule maker, which has the Lightning playing the next two home games on back-to-back days, Tuesday and Wednesday. Normally, there is more recovery time between games in the playoffs and Roloson’s handful of tough outings since joining the Lightning have generally occurred when the work load piled up, about the only concession he’s made thus far to the numbers on his birth certificate.

But Roloson also had a pretty good role model for learning to play into his dotage - Dominik Hasek, for whom he backed up way back in the 1990s with the Buffalo Sabres, when he landed after his original NHL team, the Calgary Flames, let him go. In fact, I was trying to remember if Roloson ever played in Calgary at the same time as his Lightning teammate Martin St. Louis, another ageless wonder - and another freebie that Tampa received after the Flames couldn’t find a spot on their star-studded roster all those years ago. Answer: Yes and no.

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  Tags: dominik+hasek, dwayne+roloson

Late Nights for Fans

From Rick Moldovanyi at The Score.ca:

This year, a lot of playoff games are going into overtime. During last year’s playoffs, there were 12 overtime games in the first round and a total of 17 overtime games in the entire postseason. This year, 14 games in the first round went into overtime and we’ve already hit 17 overtime games.  The second round has barely begun.

In the 2009 playoffs, there were just six overtime games in the first round and 10 overall.  In 2008, there were nine in the first round and 16 overall.  The 2007 first round saw six overtime games in round one and 17 overall.


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Deadline Deals: Impact on the Playoffs

From Mike Brophy at Sportsnet.ca:

This season a number of teams made moves at the trade deadline designed to enhance their chances of going deep into the post-season. You can already see some of the trades paying dividends.

The most obvious is in Tampa Bay where it was determined neither Mike Smith nor Dan Ellis was going to give the Lightning the goaltending it needed to make a charge in the Eastern Conference. Rookie GM Steve Yzerman secured 41-year-old Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders. Roloson may be on his last legs as an NHL stopper and hadn’t played a playoff game since 2005-06 when he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers by the Minnesota Wild for a similar playoff run. Unfortunately he was injured and the Oilers fell short, losing in the final to the Carolina Hurricanes.

However, Roloson knows this could be his last shot at winning the Cup and is making the most of the opportunity.

read on for a look at other deals made around the NHL and how they’ve paid off

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