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Emery Time

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Has Murray given any thought about giving Emery one more shot to reclaim the No. 1 job?

“I haven’t for (tonight),” he said yesterday. “That’s as far as I’m going.”

Not exactly a vote of confidence for Gerber. Nor does he deserve one.

In tangibles, there’s probably not much to choose from between Emery and Gerber. Neither one of them is very likely to win you the Cup on their play alone.

But when it comes to intangibles, Emery has the definite edge. He exudes confidence. He has the experience. He played all 20 of Ottawa’s playoff games last spring, and all 10 they had the spring before that. Thirty games. That’s a lot of testing under fire.

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It Hurts - Somewhere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

It is that time of year when a hockey player no longer has thousands of bones, muscles, and ligaments.

No, there are just two halves to a hockey humanoid at playoff time:  upper body and lower body.  Overnight, they suddenly become simpler than the stick men we drew in grade school.

I’ve always wondered where exactly the dividing line is between upper body and lower body.  Groin and hip injuries are usually lumped into the lower body category, though by my calculations, they’re pretty much Middle Earth.  How about the belly button?

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Canucks Must Make The Playoffs

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from the Vancouver Sun,

They need three victories to ensure a Stanley Cup playoff spot, starting with tonight’s home date against the Colorado Avalanche. They can get by on two victories if pursuing Nashville and Edmonton accommodate them by losing one more apiece. In any case, reputations (and jobs) are at stake for everyone in the organization.

Will they be winners? Or will they be losers?

“We know if we don’t go deep in the playoffs, people are going to look at us that we’re not playoff performers,” Henrik Sedin conceded Monday. “The regular season is so tough to get into the playoffs. To be there shows that the team is good and that you personally have had a good season, too.

“It’s something to be proud of, to make the playoffs, because it doesn’t happen every year.”

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The Season On The Line

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from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

“It’s probably the most important week in my NHL career,” Ovechkin told a larger-than-usual crowd of reporters and cameras at Kettler Capitals Iceplex yesterday morning. “We had that bad feeling the last [two] years because we didn’t play for the playoffs.”

Tonight, Ovechkin (league-best 62 goals and 109 points) and the Capitals open a three-game homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes with a trip to the postseason—and the Southeast Division title—still within their grasp.

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Shocker In Hockeytown:  Babcock Out On Eve Of Playoffs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Unfriggingbelievable.  Citing unrest among the team’s top players and an inability to co-exist with Ken Holland, Mike Babcock is stepping down as Head Coach of the Red Wings.  According to a release from the Wings, Paul MacLean will coach the Wings the rest of the way, hopefully deep into the playoffs.

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What Is It With The Senators

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Bare moments later, there was Spezza standing, as he does every day, in front of his locker to answer virtually the same questions over and over and over again. Only this time there was a twist. Instead of being asked, “What’s gone wrong?” he was asked his opinion on the current muttering in the capital city that the Senators’ end-of-season woes are all because of a “lack of effort.”

“That’s bullshit,” Spezza answered in a refreshing break from the usual hockey clichés about game plans and keeping it simple.

“That’s bullshit — it’s not lack of effort at all.”

But it is … something.

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McGuire Idiocy Spawns New Glossary Entry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Not since the heady days of Darren Garcia have I witnessed such brilliance in the comment section.  The post dedicated to the tooletry that is Pierre McGuire has resulted in some truly priceless monikors. I can’t stop the voices in my head, nor can I silence the A2Y readers.  It’s time to decide on McGuire’s glossary entry and I’m leaving it up to you to judge the work of your peers.

Update 2014:  If you add quality suggestions to the comment section of this post, I’ll—in turn—add them to the poll. I have a feeling there will be many more.

Update 0323 the next day:  I’ve added a few of your suggestions.  “Home Depot” requires explanation that you’ll find in the comments.  Personally, I’ll be using that one myself on a co-worker later today.

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Canucks Control Their Destiny

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from the CP,

Vancouver holds a slim one-point lead over the Nashville Predators in the race for the final playoff spot in the NHL’s tight Western Conference. Both teams enter the final week of the regular season with three games remaining.

The Canucks can assure themselves a spot in the playoffs by winning their final games, all of which will be played at GM Place.

“We have to be confident,” said forward Daniel Sedin, one of a handful of Canucks who practised Monday. “We have to look forward to the last three games, play them like playoff games. If we do that we’ll be fine.”

But instead of focusing on who is chasing them, the Canucks still have visions of overtaking the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche, teams that are ahead of them in the standings.

“It’s funny how one point makes a difference,” said forward Ryan Shannon. “We’re in the playoffs right now.

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Phoenix Signs Turris

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from the Phoenix Coyotes,

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Kyle Turris to an entry level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Turris was selected by the Coyotes with the third overall choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.  Earlier this month, he was ranked as the second-best NHL prospect in The Hockey News’ annual “Future Watch” edition.

“We are very excited to sign Kyle and have him join the Coyotes organization,” said Maloney.  “He is a very talented player and is a big part of our future.  By adding him to the roster, we hope to give him valuable experience that will help him heading into next season and beyond.”

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Winning & Maybe Out

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from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

The final week of the regular season sees playoff spots still very much up for grabs in both the Eastern and Western Conference. The Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers begin the week on the outside looking in.

“It seems like it’s going to come right down to the wire with the teams we’re fighting for playoff positions with,” Predators goaltender Dan Ellis told The Canadian Press on Monday. “You just keep watching that scoreboard. You’re in the playoffs, you’re out of the playoffs, you’re in the playoffs — we just have to control or own destiny and put together some wins so we don’t have to worry about what the other teams are doing.”

That’s what everyone on the bubble wants to do this week — win out. Easier said than done.

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