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Red Wings-Sharks Game 6 game-day updates: No Clowe for Sharks, Modano in for Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 11x at 2:47 PM: As the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks prepare to face off tonight (8 PM EDT, FSD/CSN Bay Area/Versus/TSN/WXYT), big news emerged regarding the absence of a particular Shark, as noted by the Detroit News’s John Niyo:

Ryane Clowe out for Sharks. Didn’t make trip. Talk of flu-like symptoms, but have to think its result of Kronwall hit in Gm 5?

Johan Franzen also skipped the Wings’ morning skate, as noted by the Red Wings social media coordinator Jake Duhaime, which means that Mike Modano’s in (more after the jump):

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Visors/Helmet Research: Can Hockey Fans Help?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

M.I.T Ph.D. economics student, Pascual Restrepo,  has reached out to us asking for a little help.  He has been testing the effect of different types of facial protection on performance and playing style, having constructed a huge dataset of players’ statistics and visor usage, but he still has a few questions.

The only thing missing [from] my research are important dates when different leagues made visors, helmets or cages mandatory and if there were any grandfather clauses or age requirements (for example, the NHL made helmets mandatory in 1979 with a grandfather clause that allowed veteran players to keep playing without one).

In particular I am trying to find the regulatory history (with respect to visors, mostly, but also cages or helmets) of the following leagues: Swiss, Sweden, German, British, Russian or KHL, Denmark, Finland, Czech or any other European league, LNAH, WCHL, WPHL, USHL, and NAHL, and Canadian or US minor and junior leagues.

Can anyone provide answers to Pascual’s questions, or links to some definitive areas to accurately source this information? 

Your help would be hugely appreciated, and Pascuel pledges to publish his data and preliminary results here on Kukla’s Korner when his research is complete.

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  Tags: helmets, injuries, m.i.t., massachusetts+institute+of+technology, visors

GDT - WC Semifinals, Game 6: Red Wings (2-3) host Sharks (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Game 6 tonight at the Joe.  To be perfectly honest, I didn’t think I’d be posting the GDT again this season; not after Couture’s goal less than a minute into the third the other night.  I wrote in the LB that it was over for DET.  Since I am nothing if not ego-centric (being a Wings fan certainly contributes to that), I can tell you that I have rarely been happier to be wrong.

In game 5, the Wings showed exactly why they are the class of the NHL (unlike a certain #19 in teal), and have been for twenty years.  Despite looking like they didn’t belong on the ice for the better part of 40 minutes, the Wings played like champions at a time when it would have been ridiculously easy to mail it in.  Don’t believe me?  Jamie Samuelson speaking to Ken Daniels yesterday: The Red Wings have authored dozens of signature wins in this remarkable 20-year run, but I can’t think of a gutsier effort when the cards were stacked against them. I put that question to Ken Daniels this morning. He mentioned coming back from a 2-0 deficit against Vancouver in 2002 on the way to the Stanley Cup, but in terms of one game, he agreed that the effort in the third period Sunday night was as good as he could remember.

Win tonight and anything can happen, anything.  Eeyore left the building after Jimmah saved, and after Datsyuk’s one-handed brilliance in game 5.  Game fuching On(!), bitches.

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Hockey Thoughts On A Tuesday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• The San Jose Sharks do not discuss front office moves, but hearing Doug Wilson signed a five-year contract extension at some point this season.

• Washington’s needs: speed on the defence and among the bottom six forwards; a major core player removed to shake up the group; and the addition of an aggressive, tenacious Top 6 forward (really don’t like to say they need a North American up front, so let’s just say a player with a “North American” attitude).

• Alex Semin or Mike Green? One or the other, not both. Shake up your too comfortable core.

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The Flyers Are Left With Questions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers, who blew their chance at the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference by winning just seven of their last 21 regular-season games, were swept by Boston in the conference semifinals.

“When you come up empty of your goals, you’re left with nothing but disappointment,” Laviolette said. “That’s where we’re all at right now.”

Laviolette said Richards, who was bothered by a wrist injury and had a subpar season, was “respected” by his teammates and did a good job as a leader.

“Mike and I continue to work on our relationship, but the same goes for everybody else in here,” the coach said.

Laviolette said the Flyers lost their identity late in the season with their inconsistent play and lack of energy. He disagreed with a questioner who wondered if the Flyers were pushed too hard early in the season.

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A Look at NHL Prospects and the Draft with Prospects’ writer and blogger Brian Huddle

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

Since we are getting closer and closer to the NHL Entry Draft, I figured now would be a good time to bring back an NHL Prospects/draft blogger in Brian Huddle.

Huddle covers prospects for HockeyBuzz.com, Future Considerations, The Hockey Writers and now The GoodPoint.com. Huddle was kind enough to take time out of his very busy blogging schedule to give us his thoughts:

PH: Just over a month until the NHL Entry Draft. What are your general thoughts?
BH: This draft really looks to be a wild one; seems fairly hard to predict where a lot of kids could go. With so many different lists, there should be some big surprises come June.

PH: In your opinion, who should be the top five picks? Why?
BH: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Jonathan Huberdeau, Dougie Hamilton and Ryan Murphy would be my five.

RNH is undeniably the best prospect in the class. He has world-class vision and IQ, a slick passer, and projects to be an elite center.

Landeskog, while not as talented as some of the other guys, is very NHL-ready. He’s such a class act, and one of the hardest workers in this draft class, while still having enough skill to be a top six player in the NHL. He’s a future Captain.

Huberdeau has been rising steadily all year. He’s really spearheaded the Saint John team to the top of the Q, and is another of those kids you just love; work ethic, high end skill, two-way ability, leadership. After RNH, he’s the most talented forward.

I get a lot of flak for this one, but I would take Hamilton over Larsson for top defenseman. He’s got size, mobility, good hockey sense, puck skills and two-way abilities. Not only that, but he’s so physically fit that he’s able to play big minutes and not be prone to errors.

Ryan Murphy probably has as much skill as anybody in this year’s draft class. He’s a world class defenseman, who really only has questions because of his size, and his lack of a defensive game early in his career, which he has put a LOT of work into. A big point shot, creativity with the puck, elite skating, high end hockey sense and vision. He’s going to be a game breaking defenseman.

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  Tags: brian+huddle, nhl+entry+draft, nhl+prospects

Kesler Leads The Canucks To WCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

For only the third time in their history, the Vancouver Canucks are in the Western Conference Finals. But that’s not the reason why they are in awe today, along with their fans and the Nashville Predators.

The reason is Ryan Kesler who just played “six of the most incredible games you will ever see,” according to Barry Trotz.

Anyone who watched the series won’t have to take his word for it.

Kesler started this season a very good player. He will end it a superstar.

With the stamina of a long-distance runner, the determination of a middleweight champion, the drive of a tank engine and the touch of a wizard, Kesler took our breath away. He outlasted the Nashville Predators and outplayed them, too. He wasn’t alone. It just felt that way.

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Sorry. They Don’t Make Our Kind Of Stress In Silicon Valley.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You’re a Canuck fan and you think you know stress.  You’re a Shark fan and you think you know stress.

I’m sorry, but you don’t.  You know disappointment and you know heartbreak. You’ve been cheated on and violated, but you have no idea what stress is because your team has never won.  I don’t doubt you’ve felt pain, but until you know what it’s like to win one (or 11), then playoff stress is just not in your lane.

We, 19 of us..we know it.  There’s a difference between worrying about an inevitable failure and stressing about not getting your hands back on something you own and deserve.

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Red Wings-Sharks Game 6 set-up: steal the wheel

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings face off against the San Jose Sharks tonight (8 PM EDT, FSD or CSN Bay Area locally/Versus or TSN nationally/WXYT) still facing elimination and still hoping, at best, to force a seventh and deciding game in San Jose on Thursday, but the Wings still have nothing to lose but the series, and as such, Wings coach Mike Babcock and GM Ken Holland made a near-staggering set of proclamations when they stepped off of Red Bird II on Monday, as noted by the CBC’s series blogger:

“Oh, we’re getting on it,” Babcock said, looking toward the plane.

[Pavel] Datsyuk was also looking forward to adding to his frequent flier miles. “Why not?” he said. “I have good seats.”

Detroit GM Ken Holland felt it was that confident attitude which has got the Wings back in the series, when all seemed lost just a few days ago.

“When we were down 3-0, nobody wanted to go home,” Holland said. “We plan to be flying back for Game 7.”

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Talk about a reach…THN’s Campbell says Coyotes staying = Red Wings to the East, Lidstrom returns

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Oh boy. The Hockey News’s Ken Campbell takes a story about the Phoenix Coyotes’ likely status as residents of the desert for at least another year and stretches it as far as one can possibly stretch via an earth-to-moon-distance logical leap:

A team moving from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference will, in turn, pave the way for the Detroit Red Wings to move to the East where they belong. That will not only be a boon for them in terms of start times for their televised road games and travel costs and logistics, but it will also move an aging roster into a conference where it will have a much greater chance for success. It’s hard for these eyes to believe that there’s a single team left in the playoffs in the East that is better than the Red Wings.

Who knows? It might even be the tipping point in defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom coming back to Detroit. If the Red Wings can offer him reduced travel and an enhanced chance to get to the Stanley Cup final, that could be enough of a carrot to have the Norris Trophy finalist come back for another season.

1. No. The Red Wings aren’t going to the East. They’re the West’s “anchor tenant.” They sell out opposing teams’ buildings, and as we all know, Columbus and Nashville would probably get first dibs should the Thrashers move West (which isn’t a sure thing by any stretch of the imagination) for that reason.

2. If Lidstrom chooses to return, he’ll do so because he wants to.

3. Please stop trying to insist that the Wings can’t compete in the West, or insinuate that if you attend Tuesday’s Wings-Sharks game you’re attending a contender’s funeral, and are doing so because the food’s decent.

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