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Clinch Time

EASTERN CONFERENCE
#2 Washington Capitals (idle) can clinch the Southeast Division:
* If the Carolina Hurricanes get one or no points against the New York Rangers.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
#3 Vancouver Canucks can clinch a Western Conference playoff berth:
* If they get at least one point against the Anaheim Ducks.
or
* If the St. Louis Blues get one or no points against the Detroit Red Wings.

#4 Chicago Blackhawks
(idle) can clinch a Western Conference playoff berth:
* If the St. Louis Blues get one or no points against the Detroit Red Wings.
or
* If the Anaheim Ducks get no points against the Vancouver Canucks.

#5 Calgary Flames can clinch a Western Conference playoff berth:
* If they get at least one point against the Dallas Stars.
or
* If the St. Louis Blues get one or no points against the Detroit Red Wings.

Check out the race for the playoffs below which includes a schedule with remaining games…

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Are Flames Better In The Underdog Role?

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

A school of thought exists among Calgary Flames fans this team is better off being an underdog.

After seeing how poorly the Flames handled being a favourite the last five weeks, there may be some validity to the theory this squad fares better when needing to defy the odds and silence the critics as opposed to being a front-runner.

At least, it is something for the faithful to hang on to.

We’re going to find out over the next nine days whether it’s plausible or just wishful thinking. Because right now, they’re being written off as also-rans in many NHL corners.

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A Different Kind Of Fan

from Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post,

“Right now, the biggest excitement I get is watching these games,” he told me. “Believe this, if you were to sneak somewhere and watch me out here when the game’s going on, you would really think I was watching hockey for years.”

Before I left, I asked Lovell whether he was looking forward to the playoffs.

“I’ll be here rooting on the Caps all the way to the Stanley Cup,” he said. “There’s no doubt in my mind. I’m sure of that.”

read on to find out what makes Mr. Lovell a different kind of fan…

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Cougars & Hockey

via Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

This month’s GQ has linked the urban “cougar” with our little stick and pucksters.

If you are a “front line forward” for the Stars you’re probably being stalked by any number of Kim Cattrall starter kits who’ve spent long hours sipping cosmos at Sambuca’s while crafting their hunting skills.

Our Team, Our Time?...For these lady cats it’s apparently “My Place, Anytime”

Read, drool over the American Cougar here.

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Devils Coach Sutter After Another Loss

Brent Sutter after the Devils sixth consecutive loss.

added 1:10pm, The NHL Network crew chimes in on the Devils problems.  Watch the video below…

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Bruins Have A Bargain In Thomas

from Paul Altmeyer at Bruins Blog at Comcast Sportsnet,

(Tim) Thomas is an Unrestricted Free Agent next year, and even if he were to double his current salary from $1,100,000 to $2,200,000, he would still be a relative bargain compared to some of the other goalies. Outside of the BlueJackets Steve Mason, who entered the season as back-up to Pascal Leclaire, who has been hurt, Thomas is far and away the best bargain amongst starting goalies. Even with his pay ready to expand, he’ll still be a bargain, unless Mr. Jacobs dusts off the check-book and decides to sign Thomas to a King Henrik-like $7,750,000 deal, or the deal in Calgary where Miikka takes in over $8,000,000 per year,

more with a cost-per-win chart…

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Burke Talks Next Year

Instead of pointing to the numerous Brian Burke stories today, I thought I would just post the video of Burke talking about his future plans for the Leafs.

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Playoffs Or MacTavish Fired?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Real or imagined, the belief this NHL season in the City of Champions was that Craig MacTavish’s future as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers depended upon his team making the playoffs.

The theory went something like this: The Oilers prize loyalty more than most organizations and MacTavish has, through thick and thin, been a loyal company man.

Bright, funny and schooled in the defensive aspects of hockey, he was the right man for most of his time on the job as the Oilers dealt with the challenges of operating in a financially-challenged small market. MacTavish’s tenure with the Oilers is one of the longest in the NHL, surpassed only by the Buffalo Sabres’ Lindy Ruff and the Nashville Predators’ Barry Trotz, two other NHL organizations that put stability first.

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Flyers Not Happy With Loss To Leafs

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The Flyers’ pathetic, uninspired and emotionless effort was no match for a loose Toronto team with nothing to lose. The Flyers were handed a well-deserved, 3-2 loss.

The Flyers got a first-period goal from Arron Asham, and Claude Giroux added a late third-period goal, which ignited the Flyers in the last 2:51 of the game, but it was too little, too late.

It’s a safe bet that there was some emotion in the Flyers’ locker room after the game. The loss set their playoff plans back a bit, allowing Pittsburgh to tie them in points with a rout of New Jersey and challenge for home-ice advantage and the fourth seed in the conference, with only six games left to play.

“That’s not the effort we wanted,” defenseman Kimmo Timonen said. “That is not acceptable. That’s not a playoff team that is trying to win the Stanley Cup. Be honest.

“Now it’s time to go. It’s playoff time for us now, too. We’re not in the playoffs yet. We’ve got to realize that so the next six games is our playoff time now.”

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Montoya With A Shutout & Are The Avs Tanking?

from the CP via TSN,

Al Montoya sure didn’t look like a guy making his NHL debut.

Montoya made 23 saves to earn a shutout, Mikkel Boedker and Shane Doan scored a goal each, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the reeling Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Wednesday night.

“I couldn’t let this feel like my first game,” Montoya said. “I had to play it like I’ve been here before. That’s the attitude I came with.”

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Riding down the elevator tonight, after the latest dismal Avs showing against Phoenix, a Coyotes team official said out loud, “The tank job is in, isn’t it?” He was talking about YOUR Colorado Avalanche.

Serious or not, what the unnamed Phoenix official said is what a couple of other league-related people have also mused lately - the possibility that the Avs are, in fact, tanking it down the stretch to get the highest possible draft choice this June.

Hey, as I said in a previous column, losing every game down the stretch would be a great thing for this team. There is absolutely nothing good that can come out of the Avalanche winning any games down the stretch, and everything potentially good that can come from the worst possible finish.

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