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Parity Comes To The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Parity never has been more apparent in the National Hockey League than it is this Spring.

Check out the match-ups and you’ll see why.

Here are my calls as the first-round opens on Wednesday night:

(3) VANCOUVER VS. LOS ANGELES (6): Nice. Very nice. If the Kings simply get over the un-real fact that they are in the playoffs, I expect them to surprise the Canucks. Sedin Twins or not, the Canucks can be beaten because Roberto Luongo is the most overrated goalie in the league. I like a team with Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson on the blue line. MY CALL: Kings in seven

read on for the rest of the Round 1 predictions…

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Oilers, Bruins Both Winners Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Boston Bruins didn’t win the draft lottery Tuesday night, but they may still get the player they wanted when all is said and done June 25 in Los Angeles.

That’s if, and I stress if, the Edmonton Oilers draft by need.

Tyler Seguin is a center. Taylor Hall is a winger.

The Oilers, who won the No. 1 overall pick, need a lot of things, but nothing more so than a bona-fide stud down the middle, one that could play between first-line wingers Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner. Enter Seguin.

The Bruins, who have the No. 2 selection, are set at center with Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, but are seriously lacking when it comes to big-time offensive talent on the wing. Enter Hall.

Unless, of course, the Oilers’ scouting staff and GM Steve Tambellini ultimately concludes Hall is simply the better player and can’t pass him up. That could very well happen.

continued

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Seeing Red In Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit players hope their fans—there probably are more in Phoenix than any other city outside of Michigan—will add some color to the proceedings.

“Anytime there’s fans on the road cheering for you it’s a big boost for your team,’’ defenseman Niklas Kronwall said Tuesday, after practice at the Alltel Ice Den. “The crowd here in Phoenix have been great for us. Hopefully they can show up in the playoffs as well.’’

more

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Oilers Win!  The NHL Entry Draft Lottery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

The decision whether to take Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall with the No. 1 pick in the NHL Entry Draft will be made by the Edmonton Oilers.

The Oilers, the last-place team in the regular-season, won the top pick in the draft at the 2010 LG NHL Draft Lottery. It’s the fourth consecutive year that the last-place team in the regular season retained the top pick in the draft lottery.

Seguin, a center with the OHL’s Plymouth Oilers, and Hall, a left wing with the Windsor Spitfires, are ranked No. 1 and 2 by Central Scouting.

continued including the results of the complete lottery…

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Kovalchuk Thinking Stanley Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Unlike some Russian players who consider a gold medal at the Olympics or the world championships the biggest prize in hockey, Devils left winger Ilya Kovalchuk’s dream is to win the Cup.

Eight years into his NHL career, with teams on two continents ready to offer mind-boggling amounts of money when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July, Kovalchuk has been in the playoffs just once. He hasn’t won a single game.

But his chance is now. The Devils begin their quest for a fourth Stanley Cup Wednesday night at the Prudential Center against the Philadelphia Flyers and no one enters this postseason more enthusiastically than their big sniper.

“It is a big deal,” Kovalchuk admits. “The Olympic games are a tremendous event. When you play for your country, it’s different. It’s important. But I think the Stanley Cup is the toughest to win. So you can’t compare them.

“It’s an honor to win both, but for the Stanley Cup you have to go through 82 games and then another two months of probably the hardest hockey you’ll ever play. That’s why the greatest players show up.”

read on

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Office Morale Low?  Watch The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kim Covert of Global Toronto ,

The list of teams that have made the Stanley Cup playoffs has been posted, and you know what that means — another two months of hockey.

Workers will unite over the water cooler to discuss why that team won and that one lost, whether it’s the goalie making the difference or the offence, whether Sid the Kid can pull another one out of his hat and what it all means for next year.

But employers take heart: all that endless hockey talk is apparently good for workplace morale and might just improve productivity to boot, according to a survey of more than 300 managers conducted by an independent research firm for OfficeTeam, a staffing services firm.

continued

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Hockey Related Viewing Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Of course no NHL games tonight, but we do have hockey related shows.

The 201 NHL Entry Draft Drawing can be watched on Versus and TSN beginning at 8:00pm ET.

The NHL Network has their Western Conference Playoff Preview show beginning at 8:00pm ET and repeated at the top of the hour.

CBC has their Stanley Countdown Show at 8 :00pm.local, 8:30 NT or CBCSports.ca (Canadian IPs only), 7:00pm ET.

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Talking Odds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You want Stanley Cup Playoffs odds, you got them.  Make sure to read below if you really want a breakdown.

Thanks to bodog for passing these along.

Odds to win the 2009/2010 Stanley Cup      
Washington Capitals             7/2
Chicago Blackhawks             9/2
San Jose Sharks               11/2
Pittsburgh Penguins             6/1
Vancouver Canucks             15/2
Detroit Red Wings               8/1
New Jersey Devils               12/1
Buffalo Sabres                   20/1
Phoenix Coyotes               22/1

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Getzlaf Played With Partially Torn Ligament

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from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

Not only was he hobbled by a badly sprained ankle but Getzlaf revealed that he was playing on a partially torn ligament between the tibia and fibula in his leg. It could be one reason why the center was limited to 66 games this season.

Getzlaf said that he suffered the injury on Feb. 8 when he got tangled up with the Kings’ Dustin Brown, which caused him to miss two games. After helping lead Canada to the Olympic gold medal, the center hurt it again on March 14 against San Jose and then was done for good when Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin fell on the ankle March 24.

“That was the initial injury,” said Getzlaf, who didn’t play the final nine games of the season. ”And then it kind of got better and things were moving the right way throughout the Olympics. And even the few games I returned to [afterward]. Obviously I aggravated it the one night here and then I aggravated it big time in Vancouver.”

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The 19th Annual A2Y Playoff Preview - Round 1 - Eastern Conference

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Like many of you, I woke up yesterday humming the theme to Happy Pony and was pleasantly surprised to see the Chief returning with rapid fire posts at A2Y.  Good to have you back, Chief, you have been missed.  I’m glad you are quickly on your way to returning to life as a REMF again.  Did you bring back Jobu’s scalp as the 19 asked?

I’ve never heard the 19 ever ask this question:  “I wonder what the media think of the Red Wings’ chances in the playoffs?”

The 19 don’t care about the opinions of the MSM because very few hockey journalists actually understand the Red Wings and their style of play.  Most of the MSM are in bed by the time a Wings game wraps up on the Left Coast.  Unless their name is Bob McKenzie, they haven’t watched enough hockey games to offer their opinion.  Yet they do anyways.

I am a high-paid professional blogger.  I will take a similar ignorance-based approach and analyse the Eastern Conference.  I don’t often watch games in the Leastern because they are scary.  Team defence is only a rumour, just like Ecklund’s credibility, making watching games nearly impossible.  Yet I will endure and provide Gore-leading statistical analysis with new variants of Corsi and Fenwick numbers to pour over.  To disagree with the numbers will be futile.

Unfortunately, hockey is a game of guts and instinct not Corsi and Fenwick.  I will be forced to use my gut to prop up my laptop and my instinct to make a lot of people out East mad at me.  Things are about to get real around here.

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