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Video- Greatest Game 7’s From The First Round Of The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TSN style...


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I NOW Consider Justin Abdelkader A Hall Of Famer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And he deserves your apology.  You ragged him and you ripped our Uncle Mike.  It was unseemly of you and you all should be ashamed.  In fact, read what you wrote and consider yourselves admonished.

Is this some fairy tale I'm living through? Am I in Denver?

So...forget putting Tatar--arguably the most creative offensive player on the Wings the last month or so--on a line with Datsyuk.  That's just crazy talk.  You NEED Abdelkader on that line, Mike.

That's sarcastic and it was inappropriate.  One of you needs to step forward and take responsibility for your childish, short-sighted blasphemy. 

Oh, that was me.  Nevermind.

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Something New For The Kings, Home-Ice Advantage

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Looking at the bigger picture, no Kings team has had home-ice advantage since 1992, a span of 16 straight series.

Although this will be a new wrinkle for the Kings, they shouldn’t be thrown off-stride. They will take a 10-game home winning streak into Tuesday’s game, including a three-game playoff home win streak. That equals a club record previously done eight times.

Players said Tuesday that having home-ice advantage won’t lead them to relax or in any way change how  they approach this series against the No. 6 Sharks.

“You’ve got to win everywhere to win,” center Colin Fraser said. “All season long we talked about having home ice and it came down to the last day of the season and we didn’t get it, but we get it in this round. You’ve got to take advantage of it. Starting at home is nicer and we’ve got to get off on the right foot and win our games at home.”

Team captain Dustin Brown said players’ mind-set might need to adjust a bit.


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Video- There Is Nothing Like An OT Goal In The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch all 17 of them from the first round.


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Breaking Down The Matchups By Shots For, Shots Against And Save %

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from Scott Cullen of TSN,

In the first round, the team with the higher expected goals, using these calculations, won seven of the eight series, with the Los Angeles Kings' win over the St. Louis Blues upsetting the bid for perfection.

Since I'm the first one to emphasize that overall statistics (or standings) are not necessarily representative of the current value for a team, especially with respect to injuries, these statistics merely provide a baseline for the series, perhaps providing an idea what a team needs to do in order to emerge victorious.

In some cases, teams will simply need to keep doing what they've been doing throughout the regular season; in others, they might need better goaltending, or fewer shots against, or more shots for -- just something -- to provide better expected results in a seven-game series.

The calculations below are simple and the expected goals for each team in the series are determined by taking each team's shots for and against over the course of the season and splitting the difference.

more including stats which help explain the above...

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Video- Coach Quenneville After Practice Today

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Six and a half minutes of Coach Q.


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Not Much News Out Of Wings’ Practice Today

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Khan had tweeted earlier of Samuelsson leaving practice early, as did Jimmy Howard.

added 2:00pm,


added 3:07pm, The Wings discuss the round 2 schedule...

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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Report Of Roque To Buffalo As Assistant Is False

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

If this morning's story you may have seen on the internet stating that Ron Rolston has hired Lake Superior head coach Jim Roque as an assistant with the Sabres is true, it's certainly news to Jim Roque.

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Craig Anderson Ready For The Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Warren of Senators Extra,

Craig Anderson says the fear of being embarrassed is a motivating factor for the Ottawa Senators in Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins here Tuesday.

With so many All-Stars in the lineup, headed by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, there’s always potential for fireworks, according to Anderson.

“They’re world class players and arguably the two best in the game right now and it’s going to be a big challenge for everyone,” Anderson said following Tuesday’s late morning skate. “Everyone wants to rise to the challenge of the occasion. It’s a good challenge for our defence, for me and for our forwards backchecking, putting pressure on them.”

At the same time, Anderson says the Senators also need to pay attention to the countless solid support players in the Penguins lineup, as well.


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Top 8 Players Of The First Round

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

After eight series, 47 games and a record 17 overtime sessions, eight teams have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs....

NHL.com gathered nine staff writers and each was asked to name his 3 Stars of the first round of the playoffs.

The voting produced an interesting trend -- the nine writers picked a total of nine players, with seven receiving multiple votes. And while some could argue the voting results skew toward Eastern Conference players, more Western Conference players received votes.

8. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings -- 2 points

A lesser player would have been crushed by a giveaway like the one Quick had in overtime of Game 1 to gift-wrap a St. Louis Blues win. Quick shrugged it off, and after a loss in Game 2, he reminded everyone why he won the Conn Smythe Trophy last year.

Quick turned the tide in the series with a 30-save shutout in Game 3, and he allowed six goals in the final three games, but managed to improve each time. He let in three goals in Game 4, two in Game 5 -- including a smooth recovery after allowing the tying goal with 44.1 seconds left in the third period -- and just one on 22 shots in Game 6.

read on for the other seven players...

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