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Wings, YCP, Icing And Coyotes

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Nicholas J. Cotsonika’s weekly Three Periods column will appear on Thursdays. This week’s topics include the Red Wings’ quest for 22 straight playoff berths; NHL and NHLPA’s partnership with You Can Play; players’ opposition to hybrid icing; nagging questions about Coyotes sale; plus, added outdoor games, a rich extension for Jimmy Howard and unexpected trade deadline dividends.

Henrik Zetterberg settled into a comfortable routine in his NHL career – win at the rink, relax at home. He wasn’t the type to stress on off-nights. He didn’t need to. Why waste time and energy on worrying? Watching games and checking scores could always wait until the playoffs.

“But this year,” Zetterberg said with a laugh, “I’ve been kind of watching hockey a little bit earlier than normal.”

Zetterberg has been watching hockey every night lately, because his Detroit Red Wings are in an unfamiliar position – on the bubble. They entered Thursday night clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They had a one-point lead over the Phoenix Coyotes and a two-point lead over both the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets.


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redxblack's avatar

I was hoping there’d be more chatter about You Can Play. I think it’s one of the few brave and noble things the NHL has attempted in recent memory. The Hockey Is For Everyone can be easily dismissed as marketing to a demographic or taking on the safest civil rights campaign half a century after the movement won (even though there is lots of room for the NHL and hockey in general to be more racially inclusive), but You Can Play is actually on the edge. Kudos to them for this.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/12/13 at 10:23 AM ET

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