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The Who Wins Tonight Post

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I could put up a KK Poll today, asking you who wins tonight, but I have a feeling the voting would be heavy on the Detroit side.

So let’s turn to a neutral site….

from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,

Game 7 promises to be as close as the previous match-ups. As a Bruins fan, you might be pulling for Detroit both because of your desire to not be as associated with a historic downfall and to see Joe Thornton fail again. Or maybe you’re still holding out hope for a Bruins-Sharks Stanley Cup final.

So make a prediction for tonight:

read on to see how the voting is going…

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Drink Up If You Must, But Let There Be No Doubt….We’re Going To Vancouver

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you’ve read George’s game day opus you’ll see that our former favorite assistant coach is pushing his “captain” to be his typically relaxed, laid back, surferwannabe self.  I guess Toddy figures that if his boys are on the verge of the biggest gag job this side of Darren Garcia, then laid back is the way to go.

Me?  If I had the choice, I’d take the quiet intensity and steely Swedish countenance of a 4-time Cup winner.

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Red Wings-Sharks Game 7 set-up: History will be avoided

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks face off tonight in the seventh and deciding game of their second-round series (9 PM EDT, FSD with a one-hour pre-game show/CSN Bay Area/Versus/TSN/WXYT) set to participate in what the media types will insist is one of the greatest spectacles in all of sport (singular)—for someone without a rooting interest, anyway—but the stark reality of tonight’s game is simple:

It’s win or golf for both teams, with the reward consisting of a place in the record books and nothing more than the halfway mark on what it hopes will be a truly special playoff run, with the rested Vancouver Canucks lying in wait to pounce upon a theoretically mentally and physically exhausted victor, and the penalty for defeat consisting of a summer and following regular season’s worth of potentially crippling doubt, questions about your team’s heart, lost place among the pantheon of playoff contenders and status as nothing more than a historical footnote. The NHL won’t make a trite, “History Will be Made” commercial about the loser, the media won’t laud the heart and composure of the team that winds up on the losing side of the scoresheet tonight, and the loser’s players and paying fans will have a full year to wonder why their team couldn’t capture that one game that meant much more than history; instead, tonight’s game is about survival. Nothing more, and nothing less.

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Top Goal Scorers In The Playoffs

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Has anyone noticed how unlikely the four players who currently lead the playoffs in goals are?  James Van Riemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers has three career playoff goals before this year.  Joel Ward of the Nashville Predators has two career playoff goals before this season.  Sean Bergenheim had never played in a playoff game before this year as his four previous NHL seasons were with the New York Islanders.  Only Danny Briere has a track record of playoff success.  Last year he was the top scorer in the playoffs.  He could have been a Conn Smythe Trophy winner except there is strong pressure to pick a player on the Stanley Cup winning team even if there is a more valuable player in the playoffs on a team that didn’t win.

This is likely just a statistical fluke given that teams have played slightly over ten games.  What is unlikely is that with these upset top scorers, the playoffs have been largely predictable.  There are not a large number of low seed teams still remaining.  Since only Bergenheim remains active of the players who are tied for the goal scoring race, it is likely that other players will take over the lead before the playoffs end.

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The One Word We Don’t Want To Hear - Lockout

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

The league didn’t get its “idiot-proof” CBA; therefore, it must try again.

Start with a request for another 24 per cent salary rollback. Think about chopping the cap back to, oh, $45 million. How about reducing the players’ share of hockey-related revenue to less than 50 per cent from 56 per cent, slashing the maximum salary from 20 per cent of the cap to 15 per cent, making a five-year term the maximum and taking a run at guaranteed contracts.

Now think about how Don Fehr will react to all of that.

With revenues up, Fehr will be looking for more, not less. The players will want him to take a run at the hated escrow system, the mathematical configuration that makes the salary cap system work. The players hired Fehr not because he knows the difference between a puck and a pitcher’s mound, but because he has a reputation of playing hardball with owners and winning, even it means work stoppages.

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Video- Meet Ms. Cam Janssen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pretty awesome video.

The video is on auto play so I moved it below…

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I told our guys today that you guys (in the media) have all done your work today.  It’s finished. You’ve written one story and you’ve written another. Now all you to do is hit ‘send.’ And the two teams get to determine which story you send. We have the opportunity and the stage. The stage is ours. The stage is Detroit’s. Let’s get out there and play, and then allow you guys to hit your ‘send’ buttons.”

Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks.  More on the Sharks after their skate today from Mark Emmons of Working the Corners at the Mercury News.

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Sharks’ Clowe a Game-Day Decision on Thursday

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Ryane Clowe didn’t practice with the SJ Sharks today. More from Mark Emmons at Working the Corners:

Clowe was at the Sharks Ice training facility receiving treatment, but he was not made available to the media after the team’s practice. And the Sharks were not eager to share much information about Clowe’s status.

“He’ll skate in the morning and if can play, he’ll play,” McLellan said.

The coach added that he was not happy the way the Sharks’ forwards played without the burly Clowe in the 3-1 loss to the Red Wings in Game 6 Tuesday.

“Without Clowey, it’s a big scramble to find somebody to fill his shoes and fill that role,” McLellan added. “We have a Plan A and a Plan B. Plan A is with Clowey, and that’s the one we’re working on right now.”

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Video- Does The NHL Want A Team In Winnipeg?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bob McCown and Damien Cox on Sportsnet Fan 590 discuss the question..

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Does Ed Snider Get What He Wants?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

In an exclusive interview with The Inquirer on Wednesday, Snider, chairman of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, called the team’s recently completed season a “major disappointment” and strongly implied that adding a goalie was atop his priority list

After finishing second in the Eastern Conference and outlasting Buffalo in the opening round of the playoffs, the Flyers were swept by the Boston in the conference semifinals.

During the playoffs, the Flyers equaled a dubious NHL record by making seven in-game goalie switches.

“It was strange, and something I never want to see again,” said Snider, adding he had a “productive” meeting Wednesday with general manager Paul Holmgren and Peter Luukko, the Comcast-Spectacor president.

The Flyers had a 3.46 playoff goals-against average, placing them 14th out of 16 teams.

Told that the fan base was lamenting about needing a true No. 1 goalie for a few decades, Snider fired back: “I want one, too.”

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