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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

By now you’ve thought it through. It’s not whether or not the Wings can win the next three.  The odds aren’t so formidable that way.  They don’t have to win four in a row to extinguish San Jose.  The only necessity is a simple one. Win one game. Win tonight then worry about Tuesday on Tuesday.

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The Bring It Home Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

added 7:27pm, The real live blog...

Paul here while IwoCPO is over there.

It’s all on the line.  Wings win they head home with a two game winning streak while San Jose would be a making a trip they never thought they would.

Advantage, Detroit, but only with a win tonight.

We all know what happens with a loss so it is all positive karma tonight since I cannot be the last one to say…

 

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Rangers Acquire Lindberg from Coyotes in Exchange for Werek

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

From James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail Twitter Feed:

Rangers acquire forward Oscar Lindberg from Phoenix in exchange for Ethan Werek

Click here for more from the Rangers’ web site.

 

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It’s Hudler, not Datsyuk or Franzen, who’s sitting for the Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings will be making a roster move ahead of tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks, but the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that it’s not Pavel Datsyuk or Johan Franzen who will be sitting out—instead, it’s Jiri Hudler:

The Red Wings are making a lineup change as they seek to avoid being eliminated by the Sharks in Game 5 tonight, inserting Drew Miller into the lineup and pulling Jiri Hudler.

Both Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen are ailing but expected to play. Franzen has struggled all series, nearly immobilized by a sprained ankle suffered in Game 2 of the first round. Datsyuk is dealing with a sore wrist, which forced him to miss Saturday’s practice, the Free Press has learned.

Miller, 27, is a speedy role player capable of contributing with a goal, as he did in Game 3 of the first round. He played the first two games of the San Jose series, but was then pulled from the lineup. Hudler has no points against the Sharks, and was a defensive liability in Game 4, when his failure to check Dan Boyle led to Boyle scoring.

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Update: the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan is a bit confused:

Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen will apparently play, as expected. One change could be Drew Miller being inserted for Jiri Hudler.

It really shows how far Mike Modano has fallen in the depth chart if that is the case.

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Red Wings-Sharks game-day updates: Datsyuk, Franzen iffy? Not so, says Ken Holland

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 7x at 6:23 with refs’ assignments and announcers [Versus won’t inflict CSN Bay Area on us]: MLive’s Ansar Khan says that, per Wings GM Ken Holland, both Datsyuk and Franzen will play tonight, as does the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan, and ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the Wings did not speak with the media this morning, thus the confusion: As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to face off against the San Jose Sharks tonight (8 PM EDT, Versus/TSN/WXYT): the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that both Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen may not play tonight:

The Red Wings may be without forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen as they try to avoid being eliminated by the Sharks in Game 5 tonight. Both will be game-time decisions following warm-ups.

Franzen has struggled all series, nearly immobilized by a sprained ankle suffered in Game 2 of the first round. Datsyuk is dealing with a sore wrist, which forced him to miss Saturday’s practice, the Free Press has learned.

Coach Mike Babcock said he’s told both Mike Modano and Drew Miller to be on stand-by in case either or both are needed.

[edit/update: again, MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that, per Ken Holland, Datsyuk and Franzen will play in tonight’s game]

St. James says that the Wings are well aware of the fact that they’re facing both an uphill battle and a very hostile environment tonight:

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Four is the magic number

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

Portland Winterhawks fans and readers know that I have already declared four to be the team’s magic number. But it appears to be working pretty well in the NHL playoffs too. Pick your team, pick your player, pick your game: Tampa’s sweep of Washington, Boston doing the same to the Flyers or San Jose and Vancouver within sight of clinching their series with a fourth game. Don’t know why, but there’s just something about it that seems to be good luck for some teams.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If they find a way to stop Kesler, the Canucks are in deep trouble in this series. And unless there is a huge upgrade in the performances of many of the Vancouver players, winning a Cup is pure fantasy.

-Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on the series.

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GDT - WC Semifinals, Game 5: Red Wings (1-3) at Sharks (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The optimist could look at this series and reasonably determine that DET hasn’t played as badly as their 1-3 deficit indicates. Todd McLellan said as much on Saturday:  We weren’t close enough. We weren’t good enough to win that game (Friday). We probably weren’t good enough to win Game 3 as well.

After scoring only 1 goal in games 1 and 2, the Wings appear to have found their stride, scoring 7 goals in the past two games.  Perhaps more importantly, DET are finally skating; giving them some possession time in the SJS zone, and the ability to kill a penalty.  The Sharks will be gripping their sticks a little tighter tonight, DET need to stay on the damn accelerator.

Happy Mother’s Day.  Win or go home, but if DET win tonight, that opens up a whole new kettle of fish.  L.G.R.W.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I was an early riser as a kid and found it hard to find a friend up to play at 7:00am so it was my mom at times who became that “friend”.

I can’t tell you how many times I made my mom stand in front of the painted goalie net on the garage door (no portable nets back then), gave her my baseball glove and told her stop the tennis ball from hitting the door.

She did have a great glove hand, but could be beaten low on the stick side.

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What Will Washington Do?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

No immediate word out of D.C. about what/who will go/stay. McPhee said Thursday, less than 24 hours after the knockout, that he expects Boudreau to return. Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said that in the hours after Dave Lewis’s one year as coach here was finished, only to deep-six Lewis roughly 60 days later.

Something has to change in Washington. It’s just not working when it needs to work the most. Blogger/owner/truthsayer Leonsis has all but written it on the subway walls and tenement halls. And it could be that McPhee will have to send his coach packing, or join him on the subway. For the Cup semis, all they’re hearing each year at the Verizon Center are the sounds of silence.

more plus additional hockey talk, including the following statement which forces me to ask you, would you have given Thomas a break?

Amid all the euphoria from over-the-top Bruins fans, I’ll just say that I think it’s unwise to leave Tuukka Rask at the end of the bench for every minute of the playoffs. A 3-0 series lead over the Flyers should have been enough to earn the talented Finn a “spacer’’ start in Tim Thomas’s place.

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