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No surprise here: Bruins’ broadcasters expect Boston to take out Detroit, and to do so quickly

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Jamming it in: While you're at it, via RedWIngsFeed, go vote for Pavel Datsyuk in TSN's Play of the Year bracket...

I would expect Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond to say something similar regarding the Red Wings, but in case you're interested, the Boston Bruins' play-by-play man and color commentator, Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley (respectively), told the Boston Globe's Chad Finn that they expect the B's to make quick work of the Wings:

“I don’t think this is a lengthy series,’’ said NESN color analyst Andy Brickley, who will join Jack Edwards for the call of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series Friday. “I don’t see it going six or seven. I think the Bruins take care of business in five games. I think they’ll win a game in Detroit and hold serve at home. I think there will be some really hard fought, close games in this series. But I also see a 4-0 win, a 4-1 win, a game that’s in [the Bruins’] control for most of it.

“I try to be as objective as I can, but when you try to project it, that’s how I see it evolving. I’m not ignoring what Detroit brings to the table, I think the Bruins strengths are stronger than Detroit’s strengths.”

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Red Wings-Bruins Game 1 game-day updates: no lineup changes but plenty of Babcockian bluster

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings hope to upset the mighty Boston Bruins as the teams' first-round playoff series gets underway this evening (7:30 PM on FSD and NESN locally, NBCSN and TSN nationally and on 97.1 FM; does Octopi Hockeytown extend to Boston?), and while the Bruins skated quite early...

WEEI's DJ Bean reports that Claude Julien took a page out of Mike Babcock's book and "held an optional":

Burning hot take: If today's morning skate is an optional, perhaps Bruins just had Paille do his before. Would throw folks off the scent

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Or he was just skating before because that's what injured players do. That's the more likely, but I'm not assuming anything. #Bruins

Which means that, as the Boston Herald's Steve Conroy notes, more than just Daniel Paille's status remained up in the air:

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Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach Spiros Anastas busy working both current and future jobs

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach Spiros Anastas will leave the team after the Griffins attempt to defend their Calder Cup championship this spring, and Anastas is going to a lesser-known institution that's a familiar place to the Wings' former coach.

Anastas is going to take over as the University of Lethbridge's (Alberta) coach, taking a position once filled by Mike Babcock, and Anastas spoke with the Lethbridge Herald's Dylan Purcell about his new challenge:

He’s still an assistant coach in the American Hockey League, preparing for the playoffs for the defending league Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins.

He’s recruiting players for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s hockey team as part of his new head coaching duties.

He has to find a place to live in Lethbridge, and has to evaluate the players he is inheriting and determine what resources he has at his disposal.

And he’s planning to get married this summer.

If it sounds like Spiros Anastas needs a couple of extra hours in the day, don’t worry, he’s found them.

“It’s been really busy. We’ve got the playoffs ahead for the Calder Cup defence. They say sleep is a weapon but I am going to have to use it wisely but I think I can handle it, I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Purcell continues, and Anastas is truly somebody worth rooting for, so I wish him all the best.

Meanwhile, in Grand Rapids...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

QUICK HITS
* There have been three overtime games in the first seven contests of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 2013, there were 27 overtime games (in 86 total games played, 31.4%), including a record 17 in 47 first-round contests (36.2%). Each of the 15 total series had at least one overtime game, the first time that has happened since all four rounds went to the best-of-seven format in 1987.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the triple-overtime contest between the Blues and Blackhawks marked just the eighth time in NHL history the opening game of a playoff season required three or more overtimes. The winner of Game 1 went on to advance in all seven previous instances.

* Five of the first seven games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been decided by one goal. In 2013, there were 49 one-goal games (in 86 total games played, 57.0%), two short of the record set in 2007 (51 one-goal games in 81 total games played, 63.0%).

* Home teams are 6-1 through seven games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Last year, home clubs earned a record 59 victories in the postseason (59-27, .686), including a 30-17 mark in the first round (.638). In 2012, road teams dominated, posting a record 47 wins throughout the playoffs (47-39, .547), including a 30-18 mark in the first round (.625).

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Here’s the Red Wings’ playoff ‘prologue’ video

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Enjoy...

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Ready. Set. Vomit…Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No one understands it. There is not a hockey fan reading this blog right now who can possibly grasp what Wing fans are going through, unless they're Wing fans themselves.

No one else. Not in Montreal or Pittsburgh. Not in Boston or Chicago. Certainly not in Denver and definitely not in St. Louis.

None of them can possibly fathom the rumbly in the tumblies of Wing fans because we've been weened on excellence.  The rest of them have hopes. We have expectations. In St. Louis, they have wishes that they know, for a fact, will definitely be dashed. Today, Wing fans can claim we'd be happy to be competitive.  But, in the backs of our minds, because we know the taste of it, we're thinking about a parade.

No group of fans, other than us, understand the horrific stress that accompanies sustained success. 

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The Goalie Reviews Are In From Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Every night of the Stanley Cup playoffs, TSN hockey analyst and former NHL goaltender Jamie McLennan breaks down each goalie's performance.

Jamie's number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark.

Ray Emery, Philadelphia (3) – Emery did not receive a ton of help this game. He had missed assignments in front of him and was asked to stop power play goals that were on the back door.

Henrik Lundqvist, New York (4)  - Lundqvist displayed good positioning all night. He made vintage Lundqvist saves in the second period on Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read. He wasn't forced to be spectacular, but was there when the Rangers needed him.

Corey Crawford, Chicago (3) – Crawford was solid all night long. He made two game-saving stops in the second period on Vladimir Tarasenko and Steve Ott, and then continued his roll of making timely saves when the Blackhawks needed it with his outstanding play in overtime.

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Video- Boston Bruins, Calm Before The Storm

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just drop the puck...

 

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Mini GDT- Boston vs. Detroit Game 1, Round 1

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

RedMenace is on a long Easter weekend break so you have me for the first two games...

DETROIT RED WINGS

THE MATCHUP
- This is the 8th all-time playoff series between DET and BOS
- Tonight’s game is the 34th all-time playoff meeting between DET and BOS
- DET and BOS haven’t met in the postseason in 57 years (last game: 4/4/57)
- This is DET’s 16th playoff road game at BOS
- DET’s playoff record vs. BOS: 14-19
- DET’s playoff road record at BOS: 6-9
- DET has lost its last 6 playoff road games at BOS
- DET’s last playoff road win at BOS: 3/21/46 (24,865 days ago)
- DET is 3-4 in 7 all-time playoff series vs. BOS
- DET was 3-1 vs. BOS during the 2013-14 regular season
- DET was 1-1 on the road at BOS in 2013-14
- DET’s PP was 1-for-8 (12.5%) vs. BOS in 4 games this season

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Blackhawks Lose, But

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Hawks are the more talented team and the team that should win this series.

Will they? I don’t know. It’s very possible that the puck won’t bounce their way, as the cliché goes. But all things being equal, the Hawks should come out of this alive and well. Remember, the visiting team took the home team to three overtimes.

“Let this one sink in and maybe we can be ticked off about it for a few moments here, but then tonight and tomorrow, it’s time to move on and get ready for the next one,’’ Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said.

If the Hawks can keep buzzing around the puck the way they did Thursday night and if they can get this Crawford for the rest of the playoffs, they’ll be lifting the Stanley Cup over their heads again in June. It’s really that simple. And that difficult.

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Below, watch Joel Quenneville make a 'slight adjustment' in the 2nd OT period...

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