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Red Wings-Bruins Game 1 set-up: no threat?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings will begin their playoff journey against the Boston Bruins tonight (7:30 PM EDT on FSD and NESN locally, NBCSN and TSN everywhere else and on 97.1 FM), and if you haven't seen the schedule already, here's a different version for you:

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Reflecting On The Coach Trade

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Last summer the Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers effectively traded coaches.  Alain Vigneault left Vancouver to coach the Rangers and John Tortorella left New York to coach the Canucks.  This would be a pretty good opportunity to compare the two coaches with each other's teams. 

A season has been played.  The New York Rangers had a solid playoff season.  They posted the fifth best record in the East Conference.  This is a slight improvement from their sixth place finish in 2013.  The Vancouver Canucks missed the playoffs.  They finished 12th in the West Conference, missing the playoffs by eight points.  In 2013 they had the fifth best record in the West Conference and won their division.  Clearly based upon the season that just completed, Alain Vigneault won.  He appears to be the better coach.

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Red Wings prospect news: Bertuzzi stars for Guelph; Griffins’ Blashill named AHL’s best; more news

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Aside from multimedia, the other thing I can bring you up to speed with involves the Red Wings' prospects, and a significant amount of "stuff" took place.

In playoff action, in the OHL, Tyler Bertuzzi scored 2 goals, including a game-tying 3rd period marker (he looks quite happy about it, too) as his Guelph Storm defeated the Erie Otters 5-4 in Game 1 of the OHL's Western Conference Final.

Bertuzzi has 7 goals, 4 assists and 11 points in 9 playoff games played, and Yahoo Sports Buzzing the Net's Neate Sager penned a feature article about Bertuzzi's comeback from neck and back issues:

"I've been out four months or so, when I was coming back, I was just working out every day, skating," Bertuzzi told a post-game press conference following Guelph's win. "Just being able to be back with the guys and have that positivity... it's good to be back and working hard."

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Red Wings evening news: Zetterberg, Ericsson unlikely to return for 1st round; multimedia galore

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 12:24 AM: Well if there's one thing I do well, it's being sick, so I'd like to thank Paul for keeping TMR running while I had a delightful little three-day break (that last part's a lie, but you get my drift).

Anyway, quite a bit of Red Wings news came down while I was absent, so while I'm not going to be able to catch up with all the oodles of Wings-Bruins set-up stuff, I can try and get you caught up with the Zetterberg news (and a short prospect catch-up post is in the pipeline).

As Paul noted, Henrik Zetterberg did skate with the Red Wings at today's practice, but Zetterberg was quite insistent that his chances of returning for the first round of the playoffs are slim to nil.

Fox 2 posited a video report of Zetterberg taking to the ice...

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So it’s ‘Octopi Hockeytown’ then

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins begin their first-round war tomorrow evening (7:30 PM on FSD, NESN, NBCSN, TSN2 and 97.1 FM), and the Red Wings' PR department released their playoff theme earlier today (and we'll conveniently ignore the fact that committing the act in its literal sense will get you kicked out of the Joe):

‘OCTOPI HOCKEYTOWN’ PLAYOFF CAMPAIGN RETURNS TO DETROIT
... Lucky Fans Who Use the Instagram Hashtag #OctopiHockeytown Will Appear on Metro Detroit Digital Billboards …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings announced today the return of the ‘Octopi Hockeytown’ playoff campaign to encourage fans to connect and cheer on the Red Wings as the team embarks on its historic 23rd straight playoff run.

Here comes your wallpaper?

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This Is Jimmy Howard

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Kevin Woodley at NHL.com,

When he's on -- It looks like Howard is gliding over top of the ice. He makes it look effortless but powerful, beating the play on his skates without retreating too far into his crease, locking in low and wide as the puck-carrier gets closer without committing to his knees too soon, and keeping his hands pressed forward and active.

When he's off -- The backward flow that is inevitable anytime a goalie starts as aggressively as Howard off the rush creeps into his game in other situations. He retreats too quickly and loses angle on rush chances, or shrinks back into the blue ice in traffic on end-zone play, dropping his hands and sliding into shots, playing down to his 6-foot size by exposing the top of the net and opening holes.

much more including an interest goal chart on where Howard is scored on plus a look at Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask...

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Open Post- Day 2, Stanley Cup Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tonight should be another great night to settle in and watch some playoff hockey.

The Blues will be without  T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund, the Flyers are starting Ray Emery and their #1 goaltender Steve Mason will join the Flyers in NYC tomorrow but is still questionable for game 2.

Also, there was some question of the starting goaltender for San Jose and this morning the Sharks announced Antti Niemi as their starter.

Enjoy and feel free to comment on the games...

 

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Pray For The Habs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at The Hockey News,

 Hockey is a religion in Quebec. Just ask the Roman Catholic Church.

The church is giving Habs fans a chance to support the only Canadian team in the Stanley Cup playoffs and do a little charity work by donating $1 to light a virtual candle on thewww.laflammedesseries.ca website.

The contributions will go toward the church's annual fund drive.

The website went up on Wednesday before the Canadiens defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 in overtime in their first playoff game.

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The Spotlight Will Be On Ryan Miller

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Now the Blues are beaten-up and have lost six straight games entering the first round, and they’re facing the Chicago Blackhawks, the defending Stanley Cup champions and the second-best offensive team in the NHL in the regular season. St. Louis seems on edge. But Miller seems at ease. He joked with reporters about the 18 goals he allowed in his last five games, saying he didn’t think it was too bad and he wasn’t worried, and then he said something interesting.

“I’ve learned some things about playing with this group the last month-and-a-half, and I feel I’ve built my game to be in a good place this time of year,” Miller said. “Over the last year-and-a-half, two years, I think I’ve built a good attitude to play hockey the right way and be a good teammate. Right now it’s about coming together as a group, battling for your buddy and hunkering down and just going to work. That’s kind of what I’m putting my focus into. I’m just going to try and be there and do my job for the boys.”

A good attitude? To play the right way? To be a good teammate? What does Miller mean by that? Well, when you’re a perfectionist, imperfection can drive you nuts, and when you’re a goalie, being a good teammate can mean worrying about yourself. Miller had good times in Buffalo – two trips to the Eastern Conference final, a Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s top regular-season team, a Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie – but the Sabres slipped and so did he. The frustration affected him. He called out problems like a captain.

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The Flyers May be Putting A Target On Ryan McDonagh’s Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Question: Do you know the difference between Bobby Orr and Ryan McDonagh?

Answer: The Bruins would never have traded the rights to Orr to the Rangers in exchange for Scott Gomez.

Well, that difference among many.

And yet, as the Flyers approached Thursday’s Garden opener of their opening-round playoff series against the Blueshirts, one can be excused for wondering if Philadelphia’s coaching staff had super-imposed the No. 4 onto the back of McDonagh’s jersey given the emphasis the club seemed to be placing on the Rangers’ best player.

Indeed, coach Craig Berube reportedly had instructed his first line consisting of Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek to change its preferred style of rush-hockey to a form of dump-and-crash in order to: a) protect against offensive blue line turnovers that would trigger McDonagh leading the transition; and, b) wear down McDonagh by pounding the defenseman whenever he goes back to play the puck below the goal line.

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