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Red Wings-Devils game-day updates: Wings sign Sheahan, will start Howard, and Helm skated today

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Red Wings have officially signed Riley Sheahan to a 3-year, entry-level contract, and they summoned the power forward to Detroit for the move, but that doesn’t mean he’ll play against the New Jersey Devils tonight (7:30 PM EDT, FSD/MSG/97.1 FM)...

“I’m not going to take a look at him,’’ [Wings coach Mike] Babcock said. “ I’d love to put him in the lineup. I always like to put big people in the lineup. And he looks like he’s going to be able to play. He’s going to decide with his play over time, how soon that’s going to be. If he’s a regular every day Red Wing, or a just guy who plays in exhibition and ends up in Grand Rapids, I don’t know the answer to those questions.’‘

And Khan reports that both Jimmy Howard will start tonight opposite Martin Brodeur (per the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti), and that Kyle Quincey will rotate back into the lineup after serving a one-game suspension…

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Most Improved Goalie This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday I wrote that I think Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators is the most improved player this season.  Commenters quickly pointed out Brian Elliott of the St Louis Blues.  While Elliott has had a huge statistical improvement in his play this season, I do not see it as a huge sustained improvement.  I wouldn’t list him among the elite goalies in the NHL.  There are several better goalies around while Karlsson is one of the best defencemen in the game.  In a fantasy draft next season Karlsson should be picked well before Elliott.

In fact I wouldn’t call Elliott the most improved goalie in the league this year.  That honor would go to Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles.

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From the Dub: Blaze of Glory

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

On Friday, the Portland Winterhawks will take on the Kamloops Blazers in the second round of the WHL playoffs. It is no ordinary series, this one. The two teams have a history that goes way back, and both boast all sorts of good hockey names, NHL talent and winning records. Portland finished third in the Western Conference this year, right behind the second place Blazers, who ended the season on top of the B.C. Division. I find that when one is getting amped up for a playoff series against an opponent like the Blazers, the top priority is to meet said opponent. So I did. Well, ya’ know, on paper.

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KK- A Little Dark In Here Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I need a few hours away from the computer and what better day than today to do so.

I am headed to Comerica Park to take part in the opening day festivities and also celebrate my birthday.

I am going to try to avoid posting until I return but if something major breaks, I do have my tablet with me and will post.

If nothing major happens, I will see you around 5:00pm and Go Tigers!

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Capitals Focused On Two Points, Florida On One Point

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Carerra of Capitals Insider,

To a man, the Capitals made it clear that heading into Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers, their focus is on winning to stay on target of reaching the playoffs. That there remains a slim chance of capturing the Southeast Division title is nice, they said, but the players didn’t want to look beyond the most pressing task at hand.

“I don’t think you look that far ahead, I think you just look at the immediate thing,” winger Mike Knuble said. “If we had won in Tampa, this might have shaped up to be an even crazier or bigger game, but I think we just worry about the immediate concern of winning the game. You have to take care of that before anything else can happen. If you don’t win the game a lot of other things can’t or won’t happen, so that’s the big building block.”

Florida (92 points) needs only one more point to clinch the division or for the Capitals (88 points) to fail to claim all four available to them. Washington could overtake the top spot in the Southeast if it were to win out and the Panthers fail to gain a single point, making the head-to-head meeting all the more intriguing.

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A Season To Forget

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

The answer popped out immediately from Ryan Getzlaf‘s mouth when the Ducks’ captain was asked what he’d like to do with his 2011-12 season.

“Forget about it,” he said, managing a tired smile.

When sifting through the Ducks’ wreckage of a season, Getzlaf’s own mess is right on top of the heap. The big center has gone without injury for the first time in three years but his game has been hurting for months.

For instance, Getzlaf scored his 10th goal of the season Tuesday night against Vancouver in the Ducks’ 80th game to avoid the embarrassment of going through a full year without reaching double figures.

Pearl Jam’s “Ten” was an achievement. This one wasn’t.

The goal total isn’t the only red flag. Barring a last-ditch burst over the final two games against Edmonton and Calgary, Getzlaf will finish with fewer than 60 points for the first time since his second season when he, Corey Perry and Dustin Penner made up the second line on the 2006-07 Stanley Cup champions.

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GDT - Game #81:  Red Wings host Devils (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

DET (48-27-5) are 4th in Conference again thanks to a miraculous come-from-behind road victory at STL last night.  The Wings rallied from, what had to be total dejection going down 2 goals in the 3rd.  The PP has become indescribably bad.  At one time, in the not too distant past, you could reasonably expect it to score a goal per game, it was so good.  Nowadays, you just hope that it doesn’t give up more scoring opportunities than it generates.  Some direct talk from Babcock:  “I hated our power play, I mean I hated watching that. I thought early in the game we had them in their zone two minutes, we had lots of opportunity and then that five-minute thing, when you give that up, that’s a tough one.’’  The Wings have got to get the PP out of the liability column.

No early word on who will start in net against the 6th in the East NJD (46-28-6), or who sits on the defense rotation (I’d suggest Yak - he was terrible last night).  Home ice is tantalizingly close.  LGRW.

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May the Odds be Ever in Your Favour Columbus

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

The NHL entry draft lottery is only 5 days away, and it looks as though the Oilers are going to have another high chance at the number one overall draft pick. With only 2 games to go, the Oilers stand 2 points behind the 27th place Montreal Canadiens, but the Habs aren’t going down without a fight either.  And so, it will all come down to the final games this weekend.

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Most Improved Player This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One award the NHL does not offer that I think should exist is a most improved player award.  If such a thing existed, I think the clear winner this year should be Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators.  He is the runaway top scoring defenceman in the NHL.  His defence is rapidly improving and this makes him a Norris Trophy candidate.  Some see him as the frontrunner, though I argue for Zdeno Chara.  This is a significant improvement from the 45 point season he had last year with the third worst +/- rating in the NHL.  Karlsson has now established himself as one of the top defencemen in the game.  He is a significant part of the reason Ottawa is a playoff team this season.  Ottawa is lucky to have him.

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Wings Back In The #4 Slot With A Shootout Win Tonight

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Paul for George, Ringo and John.

After the Blues scored two goals in three minutes in the 3rd period to go up 2-0, did you at least dream of the Wings scoring two in two and a half minutes to tie the game?

From then on, the Wings dominated the game and maybe, just maybe, Franzen is “hot” again.

Let’s start of with Franzen’s goals and the hit from Kronwall on Reaves.

Watch all of those videos below along with any other highlights that will be added soon.

added 10:39pm, Watch Bertuzzi’s shootout winner below…

added 10:42pm, Game highlights now added… 10:45pm Game analysis added from NHL Tonight… 11:00pm Ryan Reaves hit on Brad Stuart now added to the videos below… 11:21pm video of the Franzen/Backes fracas added…

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