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WXYT: Rafalski, Draper and Kopecky Out For Sunday

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1810: AP reporting, via the Freep, that Rafalski and Draper are “doubtful” as opposed to Kulfan’s “out”. 

Here it is, via the News.

Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski, center Kris Draper and winger Tomas Kopecky all have been ruled out for Sunday’s Game 5 against Anaheim at Joe Louis Arena, the team announced Friday.

Rafalski and Draper have “upper-body” injuries. Kopecky took a hard left-hand punch to the head by Anaheim’s Francois Beauchemin on Thursday night.

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Most Bloggers Just Can’t Do It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Whitlock at Fox Sports,

...Our neglect reminds me of the newspaper arrogance that allowed “kids” to cover high school football and basketball recruiting. We ignored the clear public demand for recruiting news and let a group of sports fans create Rivals.com, which sold for $100 million.

Now we have Deadspin, TheBigLead and an army of citizen journalists building followings and eroding our credibility by attempting to police the people who conceitedly refuse to police themselves.

For the most part, bloggers can’t do it. They just don’t know enough. Their instincts are horrible. They’d never think to wonder whether a writer would leak a coaches name as a job candidate as a favor for information down the line so the coach could leverage his current school into a fat raise. And if a blogger did think of it, he/she would be unlikely to have the wherewithal to do the necessary reporting.

Our industry has changed. There’s a lot less competition, which means it’s far easier for a journalist to operate in the shadows. There’s more room for corruption.

much more and no mention of hockey bloggers but more of a look at bloggers in general…

thanks to Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday for the pointer….

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Penguins Plan To Go To The Net

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from CBC,

Directing more shots at Varlamov and getting more bodies in front of him probably will be the plan for Pittsburgh, which could tie the best-of-seven series at two games apiece with a Game 4 victory Friday.

Malkin, who was criticized for his play in the first two games, beat Varlamov from the slot on Wednesday when his shot whizzed by teammate Bill Guerin, who was positioned in front of the Washington netminder.

“Just trying to do my part,” said Guerin, who has two assists in the series.

Hockey Night in Canada analyst Mike Milbury wants the former New York Islander to do more, suggesting to viewers that the Penguins run Varlamov over, like Malkin did in Game 3.

Fellow HNIC panelist Kelly Hrudey took a different tact and suggested Pittsburgh players get in the goalie’s face more often.

“He hasn’t faced a lot of the pressure that the other [playoff goalies] have, right in his face,” said Hrudey. “Here’s a kid [in Varlamov] that looks like he has so much energy and so much quickness.… He’s aggressive enough when he needs to be and he’s patient enough when another opportunity is there.”


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A Look At P.J. Stock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

Stock – and his beard – add a little much-needed zest to the show, and that’s clearly why the CBC Sports executives hired him two years ago. But not everyone shares the Hockey Night in Canada bosses’ enthusiasm for Stock, who also hosts a daily sports talk show on Team 990 and contributes regularly to CBC-TV’s local supper-hour newscast.

You don’t have to look far – just nose around a few sports blogs – to find folks who don’t like Stock’s revved-up, sometimes not-so-grammatical approach to broadcasting. His rocking style has also elicited a few barbs from media critics, with one Globe and Mail columnist penning a particularly bitter anti-Stock diatribe during last year’s playoffs.

Part of it might be envy. Stock, who was most famous for his abilities as a pugilist over the course of his NHL career, only made his broadcast debut three years ago on Team 990, Montreal’s English-


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Tight Security In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

A big bus pulls up and undercover security leaps out, scowling through their dark glasses and cordoning off the sidewalk. A Globe journalist, fully credentialed, was even blocked from entering the walkway to the garage The area secured, the bus door opened again and a grim-faced Alexander Ovechkin fast-marched to the rink, followed by the rest of the Washington Capitals.

Such is the world of goofy 17-year-olds mouthing off in the digital age.

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The Voice Of Reason, Barry Melrose Talks Playoff Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Before last night’s games, Melrose had his say on a few hockey topics…

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A Brief Interruption For Some Rumor Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector’s Hockey,

Are the Senators planning to add more defensemen? How are negotiations with Chris Neil going? Could the Blue Jackets trade a left winger? What’s the latest on Ray Emery?


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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Lisa Hillary of Comcast Sportsnet in Washington was doing a report after the game between Capitals and the Penguins on Monday night at the Verizon Center when a large rat ran in front of her…


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Potential Owners For Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly admits that Jim Balsillie’s bid for the Phoenix Coyotes caught league officials by surprise and says there have been multiple offers to keep the team in Arizona.

Speaking on XM Radio’s NHL Home Ice on Friday, Daly said the league had been working with Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes on potential ownership options right up until the team filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday.

continued and if you wish to listen to the interview with the guys on Hockey This Morning on XM204, click here...

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Spotlight On The East Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


Any predictions?  With a win tonight, both Washington and Carolina can go up 3-1 in their series.

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