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News Of The Day

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- David Backes did not skate with the team today but Ken Hitchcock said...

via Mark Lazerus tweet,

"He’s not going to play unless he’s healthy. You never know, he could be skating in another rink. Lot of rinks in Chicago."

So going by Hitchcock's remark, Backes is a game time decision.

Hitchcock also menioned Brenden Morrow is out for the series.  Morrow was seen wearing a walking boot today.

- The Anaheim Ducks announced Teemu Selanne will be a healthy scratch for the Ducks tonight.

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Quick Hits

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from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,

* Right now the Broad Street Bullies are being bullied by the non-Smurf Rangers.

* Put it another way, as I predicted before the series, one major advantage New York has over Philly is in the area of coaching.

* Say this for the Bruins; when they finally get serious against the well-coached Red Wings, it was for the most part; series over.

* Did Brad Marchand fake that "injury?" If so, then shame on the Bruins; times ten.

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Afternoon Line

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This Is Where Things Stand With Henrik Zetterberg Today

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Zetterberg participated in a full practice today and stated he will skate tomorrow morning, meet with the doctors, then...

 

So, one of 19, should he play if the doctors give him the go-ahead, or should he wait another game?

added 1:20pm, via Craig Custance tweet,

Babcock on the status of Zetterberg, who will consult with doctors: "They'll let us know - if he's available, he'll be going."

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Video- 55 Years Of On-Ice Stanley Cup Celebrations

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Starting in 1949...

 

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Ouellet Recalled As The Wings Hit The Ice For Practice

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via Ansar Khan tweet,

Wings have called up defenseman Xavier Ouellet from Grand Rapids. he's in the ice for practice.

Updates will come as needed.

added 12:06pm, via Chuck Pleiness tweet,

No Datsyuk. Kronwall. Alfredsson at practice. Zetterberg out there again.

added 12:24pm, another Pleiness tweet,

Zetterberg skating hard. Looks like he's very close to returning.

added 12:28pm, Khan tweet,

Lines: Bertuzzi-Zetterberg-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Franzen-Helm-Nyquist, Miller/Andersson-Glendening-Legwand.

added 12:34pm, Khan with the defensive parings...

Defense pairs: Ouellet-Smith, DeKeyser-Quincey, Lashoff-Kindl.

added 12:50pm, Numerous beat writers report Zetterberg will skate tomorrow morning, talk to the doctors and if good to go, may play tomorrow night.

 

 

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Your Calder Memorial Trophy Finalists

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NEW YORK (April 23, 2014) -- Forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition," the National Hockey League announced today. The Lightning is the first club to boast multiple Calder finalists since Chicago's Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews finished first and third, respectively, in 2008.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, in alphabetical order:

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NHL Short Notes

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MONTREAL ADVANCES AFTER LAST-MINUTE WINNING GOAL
Max Pacioretty scored the series-clinching goal with 42.6 seconds left in regulation to propel Montreal into the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Pacioretty scored the second-latest series-clinching goal in regulation time in Stanley Cup Playoff history. Carolina's Eric Staal scored with 32 seconds left in the third period of Game 7 versus New Jersey in 2009.
 
* Pacioretty’s goal -- his first career Stanley Cup Playoff tally -- also marked the second time in franchise history a player scored a series-clinching goal in the final minute of regulation. Mats Naslund scored in the final minute of the third period in Montreal’s 1-0 win over Boston in Game 5 of their first-round series in 1985.

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Red Wings-Bruins Game 3 tailings: If we believe the Bruins’ media, ‘it’s over’; Wings disagree

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This morning, a few more stories related to the Red Wings' 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins popped up on the radar screen.

Some of them, like CSNNE's spotlighting of Tony Amonte's commentary, NESN's Mike Cole's praise for Jordan Caron and discussion of the Bruins' "room for improvement," CBS Boston's interview with Bruins play-by-play man Dave Goucher or Matt Kalman's Caron profile aren't exactly required reading, but the National Post's Michael Traikos' recap continues the whole, "The Bruins might be rolling over the Wings" narrative (if not "the only thing going splat was Detroit and the octopus near Tuuka Rask" one):

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The LA Kings Are Down 0-3 To The San Jose Sharks, Is A Shakeup In Their Future?

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

This team has stayed largely intact for five or six years, led by a core that has grown up together and lifted the Stanley Cup together but now must consider the possibility it will be broken up in order to fix the weaknesses that led to this stunning playoff deficit.

General Manager Dean Lombardi carefully lifted this team out of the rubble of failure and away from the negative influences of a losing culture, nurturing a group he assembled by emphasizing scouting and deliberate player development. He was rewarded with a team that formed a strong bond and exhibited good, self-policing chemistry.

Key players Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick, Drew Doughty and Voynov were the product of drafting and development. So were role players Trevor Lewis, Dwight King, and, more recently, Jake Muzzin. Using draft picks and new assets, Lombardi traded for Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. Later, he added Robyn Regehr. Willie Mitchell was a smart free-agent signing.

But while it's great that they get along and sacrifice for each other, their struggles against the Sharks suggest this mix needs some stirring and new ingredients.

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