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Canucks A Solid Group Heading Into The Playoffs

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

...You might question the overall mobility of Vancouver’s blue-line corps, but certainly not its depth. When you have a talented player such as Kevin Bieksa slotted in recent games as your fifth defenseman behind the Willie Mitchell-Sami Salo and Mattias Ohlund-Alexander Edler pairings, you know it’s a decent group.

Outstanding in goal, solid on defense and now balanced offensively up front. Anyone like this team’s odds?

“Once you’re in the playoffs, I think anything is possible for any team that’s in there,” Vigneault said. “It’s a matter of getting on a roll at the right time and getting your players to believe in themselves.

“Right now, our guys are feeling pretty good about their game and pretty good about their teammates.”

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Milbury Talks Norris & Devils

from Hockey This Morning on XM204,

NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury joined Scott Laughlin to preview the NBC Game of the Week between the Wild and Red Wings and Mike talked about the Devils slide, Norris Trophy predictions with Scott Laughlin on Hockey This Morning

click to listen to the seven minute interview…

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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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