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March 26, 1997 is an important date in Detroit Red Wings history. In case you need a refresher course, that is the date of the famous Wings/Avs battle.
Well, today is also March 26th and a new chapter is added- H2H Day.
I am sure a few Detroit area pubs enjoyed the benefits of the ‘19’ stopping by last night and more is on tap for today.
I will be heading out to all the H2H festivities around 3:00pm today and therefore my posting will only be done via Twitter after that time.
I see the guest of honor, Herm, brought a new dance with him, The Red Wing Samba.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Thursday night’s 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders wasn’t a performance from a team which believed it’s on the verge of a lengthy winning streak that will pull them back into the elite eight.
They were tentative to start. No shots on goal for eight full minutes, and that was a gift from the official scorer since Ian White’s point-shot offering was going high.
They lacked jump. Lacked spark.
Instead of pushing forward with a attitude that said, “We’ll show you it can be done” it was one which screamed out, “What can go wrong?”
The urgency everyone knew was needed was missing.It’s hard for anybody watching to understand.
“I’m just in the spotlight every day so you notice it more. But, really, I am just frustrated with myself, because I want to be at the top of my game.”
-Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. More from Luongo by Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province.
from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,
Here’s the question no one will ask or answer. Did coach Joel Quenneville really need to be told one more time that Cristobal Huet isn’t his goalie for the playoffs or not even his goalie next season or not even his goalie for the rest of this season?
Here’s the question no one will ask or answer. How soon before the Blackhawks are able to buy out Huet’s contract, seconds after they win the Stanley Cup championship or after they lose in the first, second or third rounds?
Here’s the question no one will ask or answer. Is the Hawks stock as a team falling quickly enough that they are no longer one of the favorites to reach the championship round?
continue for more on Chicago’s 8-3 loss to Columbus tonight…
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Panthers winger David Booth gingerly was helped off the ice Thursday after being hit flush in the jaw by Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek early in the second period.
Booth, who missed 45 games with a concussion after being knocked out by Philadelphia’s Mike Richards on Oct. 24, did not seem to lose consciousness after the hard hit.
added 9:01pm, Watch the video of the hit…
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings will go “Back in Black” for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the team will wear their popular Alternate Jerseys for all post-season games at STAPLES Center, the club announced today. The Kings are also encouraging fans to go “Back in Black” for the remaining five games at STAPLES Center as the 2009-10 regular season comes to a conclusion.
“The Stanley Cup Playoffs are a tremendous opportunity and the ideal setting for our fans to show everyone what the L.A. Kings already believe – our fans represent the most loyal and enthusiastic fan base in Southern California,” said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Four years ago, the playoffs boasted one upset after another.
All four Western Conference clubs with home-ice advantage were dusted in the first round and Edmonton — the eighth seed — made it all the way to the Stanley Cup final.
The Oilers lost to a Carolina team which finished second in the Eastern Conference, but reached the championship without facing the No.-1 team from Ottawa.
We could see the same thing this time around.
Look at how the top clubs from San Jose and Chicago have fared since the Olympic break. The Blackhawks appear to be getting their game back in order, but don’t seem quite right having blown a few leads, while San Jose continues to struggle with consistency to the point pundits are already saying they’re ripe for the picking when the playoffs begin.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Let’s turn it over to reader Maxime Desruisseaux from Quebec City:
Salut, Adam. If you had a $100 million budget to produce a movie about the career/life of a hockey player, dead or alive, who would that be? Why?
Awesome inquiry, Maxime. I asked some colleagues at the THN compound and here’s what we’ve got:
Glen Metropolit: By now, many observant hockey fans are aware of Metropolit’s early days growing up in the rougher areas of Toronto, as well as the 11 years he spent globetrotting and bus-riding in European and minor pro leagues before he finally landed his first full-time NHL gig in 2006.
However, for everybody else, Metropolit’s story would resonate as a tale that’s a combination of 8 Mile and Rudy. If you could get Jeremy Piven or Jeremy Renner in the title role, I smell an Oscar!
from Cassie Campbell of CBC,
Will Daniel and Henrik Sedin ever receive the respect they deserve? They have been called the Sedin sisters on occasion and I’m sure a few other ‘nicknames’ too, but let’s face it, they are both true superstars in the NHL.
Like Steve Yzerman, who was so often criticized as a player and leader until he won the Stanley Cup, the Sedin twins will probably feel the same wrath until they and their Vancouver Canucks bring home Lord Stanley.
At 29, they are still in their prime and based on their statistics this year, even though both players have played a shortened season due to injury, they have to be put into that elite category of players in the league.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Cinderella, meet Cinderella.
There’s no indication officials will begin tonight’s game between the Predators and Phoenix Coyotes with that kind of introduction, but considering the circumstances it might be appropriate.
Heading into the season, it would have been hard to find a neutral hockey observer who saw much potential in either team.
Nashville was coming off a 10th-place finish in the Western Conference and made little noise during the offseason. Phoenix was coming off a 13th-place finish and was trying to recover from a disastrous offseason that began when former owner Jerry Moyes declared bankruptcy in May.
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