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Six NHL Games On The Schedule Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First game starts just after 12:30pm EDT and the last horn should sound around 10:30pm.

Enjoy and a reminder, NHL Playoffs begin April 13th.

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The Devils Army

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from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,

Jeff Vanderbeek, the Devils’ owner and a New Jersey native, says it makes good business sense to listen to his team’s fans because they are customers, or can be. He had about a dozen meet-and-greet receptions with hundreds of fans on his first Jersey tour last off-season.

The receptions went well, but Vanderbeek wanted the team’s connection to the fans to be tighter and more immediate. So the Devils have begun a social media project they call Mission Control, using converted storage space in their Prudential Center offices.

At any time during the day, three or four fans among a group of 25 volunteers, in roughly two-hour shifts, monitor social media sites and hockey-related Web sites for news and other information related to the Devils, then pass the items along through Twitter and Facebook.

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Sounds like a good idea, wish I would have thought of it…

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NHL Storylines

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• An amazing storyline: Phoenix forward Lauri Korpikoski, whom Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett thinks has many of Jere Lehtinen’s two-way skills, is playing with a broken foot. “He’s had a walking cast on for three weeks,” said Tippett. Korpikoski is a former first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers.

• Blues defenceman Alex Pietrangelo’s shot from the red-line that beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick on Thursday was a sobering reminder that goalies every now and then have to stand up to stop a shot. Quick is one of the NHL’s best netminders, but he was on his knees on a slapper from 90 feet out that appeared to skip off his stick over his pad. There was no need to be down on the ice. It wasn’t a wraparound.

more from Matheson and here too...

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Sunday Hockey Points

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• For those keeping score, Pat Quinn’s lousy Edmonton Oilers team should finish with more points than Tom Renney’s lousy Edmonton team and Quinn didn’t have Taylor Hall and kids to build around.

• The almost record-setting collapse of the Colorado Avalanche should lead to the firing of coach Joe Sacco and maybe general manager Greg Sherman. Since beating Vancouver on Jan.18, the Avs have won two of 24 games.

read on for a few more hockey points…

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Video- Goal Or Not?

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Forget, or can you, that Tomas Holmstrom happens to be involved in the call.

You tell me, goal or not?

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Morning Line

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This just in: Gary Bettman says the citizens of Glendale, Ariz., will be required to absorb the cost of bonds so that the Blues can remain in St. Louis. The mayor of Glendale endorses the commissioner’s position.

-Larry Brooks of the NY Post, where you can read more hockey related topics.

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Adam Larsson, the next Nicklas Lidstrom?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This Sunday morning’s usual crop of notebooks generally focus upon the ramifications of the general managers’ meetings, from Larry Brooks’ lambaste of the NHL’s new concussion protocol to the Boston Globe’s Kevin Dupont’s “state-of-the-present-game’s safety-via-an-alumnus’s assessment notebook, Terry Frei’s belief that more “bravery” is needed from progressive-minded GM’s, a discussion of the new stanchion pads which will be installed in most rinks next season from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo and even a few comments about concussions from Mathieu Schneider and an update on the NHLPA’s stance on visor use via the Vancouver Province’s Jim Jamieson...

But the really intriguing comments of the morning come from the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson, whose slate of Hockey World (and “More Hockey World”) offerings include both one Oiler’s take on concussions and a scouting report regarding one of the most intriguing draft prospects to come along in quite some time—in a player who’s being explicitly compared to Nicklas Lidstrom. Matheson hopes that the Oilers will draft Adam Larsson for good reason:

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Red Wings-Predators wrap-up: the egg and you

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Here’s the recipe: Red Wings go into Nashville. The Predators, who insist before and after the game that they “respect” the hell out of the Red Wings, attempt to injure them in every way, shape and form as they try to check the Wings’ players into next month. The Wings get a bad call or two against them, the Predators get a few weird bounces—earned, mind you, by hard work and a relentless forecheck—which go into the back of the Wings’ net, the Wings struggle on a crucial special teams opportunity or two and Pekka Rinne stands on his head. Add water, stir and bake at 375 degrees in front of a packed whatever-the-heck they’re calling the Predators’ rink this week and give Nashville two points.

Sound familiar? The Red Wings tried to break through against the Nashville Predators minus the services of Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler, and while every one of the Wings’ 11 forwards, 6 defensemen and their goaltender (Jimmy Howard stopped 36 shots in a spectacular performance) worked their tails off, they came up empty on a rare power play drawn with only 3:53 left in the game and came up short against the Predators, dropping a 3-1 decision to Nashville, which has both won 4 of its 5 games against the Wings and has a game remaining against Detroit in Nashville, where the team’s been all but invincible against Detroit.

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Dominik Hasek wants to play for at least one more season in the KHL

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Former Red Wing Dominik Hasek visited an old haunt on Saturday night, dropping the puck prior to Saturday night’s Sabres-Thrashers game on Saturday night as he’s in Buffalo to take part in the Willie O’Ree Skills Weekend, which is being hosted by his “Hasek’s Heroes” hockey program. After the game, Hasek told Buffalo reporters that he wants to play for at least one more season in the KHL at 46 years of age, as noted by the Associated Press:

“I still believe I could play on the highest level. However, it wouldn’t be a good idea to come back right now to the NHL,” Hasek said. “I feel like I want to stay in hockey, but it’s got to be Russia.”

 

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Video- Don Cherry Talks GM Meetings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Most of Coach’s Corner tonight with Don Cherry & Ron MacLean focused on the topics from the GM Meetings.

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