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GDT - WC Quarterfinals, Game 1: Red Wings (5) at Predators (4)  (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

DET (5) begin their 21st consecutive playoff appearance, in quest for their 12th Stanley Cup, on the road at NSH (4).  In case you didn’t know, DET suck on the road (17-21-3 - 10th worst road record in the league). The Predators 26-10-5 mark at home was good for 6th best in the league.  The Wings 1.44 5-5 F/A leads the league at even-strength play.  For DET, special teams are their weakness, their PP is inept (16.1% - 22nd), and the PK is middling (81.8% - 18).  NSH have the leagues best PP (21.6%) and 10th ranked PK (83.6%). 

But those are regular season stats, and they mean next to nothing - - right?  According to the diggers, there is a slight chance Helm will skate tonight.  The one positive note about tonight’s CNBC broadcast, the echo of Ken Daniels won’t be ringing in my ear:  “. . . the puck rolls of Franzen’s stick.”

Steal just one of these games in NSH, and anything can happen.  LGRW

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Uncle Mike: Wings Are All In And Hungry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, you know the playoffs are here when the columnists have been directed to admit to the rest of the state that Michigan actually has a hockey team.  Looks like he had quite the sit-down with Mike Babcock, and it sounds like our Uncle Mike is a confident man.

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But our real team is gonna be starting the playoffs. I’m confident and they’re confident. For whatever reason, year after year, we seem to find ways to win games. I’ve been here seven years and we’ve won tons of playoff games. I expect that to continue.

Nice little chat.  Everybody’s feeling good. Everybody’s confident. Long, productive meetings. A nice excuse why Holland and Babcock did absolutely nothing at the trade deadline.  Happiness.

And we’ll have a playoff preview/primer/manifesto for you this afternoon (your time).  Cheap Trick, live from a quaint spot in Japan, will guide us to game time.

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Oilers Might Win Again Before Draft

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

With the third consecutive first overall draft pick, the Oilers will have to take Nail Yakupov because there is no way that they could pass up that talent. What that means is that the Oilers may have just become an even more attractive team to upcoming UFA defenceman Justin Schultz.

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Video- Have An Hour To Kill?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Why not watch the HNIC Stanley Cup Countdown.

Previews of every series plus the HNIC crew with some interesting takes on the games.

Watch the show below…

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Oilers Will Pick 1st Overall… Again - Updated with Tambellini’s Address

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

It happened folks, the Edmonton Oilers have moved from second to first overall at this year’s NHL entry draft. Steve Tambellini smiles and says that anything is possible, but he is not trading that first pick. Nail Yakupov will be an Edmonton Oiler.

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Draft Lottery Results

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Edmonton Oilers have once again won the NHL Draft Lottery, giving the club the first-overall selection for the third year in a row.

The Oilers had the second-worst record in the NHL and only an 18.8 percent chance to come out on top in the lottery. Only one other NHL team - the Quebec Nordiques from 1989 to 1991 - ever had three No. 1 overall picks in a row.

With the last two first-overall selections, the Oilers took winger Taylor Hall and centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, who had a league-low 65 points, own the second pick, followed by the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs.

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added 8:45pm, NHL Press Release of the results can be read below…

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Video- Let’s Review

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brendan Shanahan was on NHL Live today and discussed goaltending interference and low bridge/clipping hits.

First video is goaltending interference and below you can watch the segment on the low hits.

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All Eyes On Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of Sun Media,

They are billing it as the “Commonwealth Cold War” here in the state of Pennsylvania.

It will be, we hope, anything but cold.

“We don’t like each other,” said Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby about the Philadelphia Flyers, “so that’s the way it is. You can dissect all you want, but, really, when it comes down to it, we just don’t like each other.”

Crosby and the Penguins looked loose during their hour-long practice Tuesday in preparation for the opening game of their series with the Flyers here Wednesday. Coach Dan Bylsma spent a lot of time working on special teams, which are sure to have an influence on a series in which discipline is going to be the watchword.

But for all the genuine dislike between the cross-state rivals, the subplots like Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr coming back after spurning Pittsburgh—where he won two Stanley Cups—last summer as a free agent and the wonderfully unpredictable nature of the Flyers’ goaltending—that never gets old, does it?—Crosby remains the most compelling personality in this highly anticipated series.

At the heart of the hate is Crosby.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“You never know how long you’re going to play, maybe this is my last year, or maybe there’s one more, who knows.  But for sure, it’s an end of the road, but you have fun, suck it in and see what happens. … This is the best time of the year.”

-Tomas Holmstrom of the Detroit Red Wings.  Read more on Holmstrom from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com.

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Feaster Delivers The State Of The Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

“We have to change the nature of the discussion here. The discussion shouldn’t be, `can we assemble a team that’s good enough to be eighth or maybe in a good year get into seventh spot, and then anything can happen.’

“That isn’t what this organization aspires to be. It isn’t good enough.”

Feaster refused to comment on the future of head coach Brent Sutter, who is without a contract for next season, captain Jarome Iginla, goalie Miikka Kiprusoff or any other individual.

“I will be sitting down with (team president ) Ken King and ownership, and I will be reviewing every player in the organization and every member of the hockey operations staff,” Feaster said. “And I’ll be making recommendations as it relates to players, staff and coaches.

“We’ve missed the playoffs for three straight years. It’s clear we have to make changes. We’re going to have to do a number of things this off-season because this is not a situation I want to be in next year. I’ll tell you that right now. I have no interest in standing here on April 10th next year and explaining why it is we’ve missed the playoffs.”

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