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Game 1 Rules of Engagement

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Since

inquiring

,

enquiring

, curious minds want to know…we’re going Live Blog tonite.  Starting at 1845. 

Stress Train departs at 1400.

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Downey or Mac?  Uncle Mike’s On The Fence. Or Is He?

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The Anti-Digger deserves the benefit of the doubt. If Bruce MacLeod’s proven anything this year, it’s that his word is good—especially when compared to the Diggers.  Apparently, Uncle Mike’s playing it close to the vest as far as Downey and McCarty are concerned.  St. James, Kulfan and Khan(!) all say he’s waiting until after warmup to make his decision. 

MacLeod?  It’s a done deal.

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Health Update For Bruins & Canadiens

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The Bruins did not skate this morning. But head coach Claude Julien said that Patrice Bergeron, who has been out with a grade 3 concussion since Oct. 27 and was cleared for contact on Monday, will not play. Whether Boston’s highest scorer, Marc Savard, will play won’t be determined until game time….

On the Canadiens side, captain Saku Koivu (fractured left foot) will remain on the sideline and defenceman Francis Bouillon (ankle) isn’t ready for action. Hard-hitting blueliner Mike Komisarek (hip) is fit and will play. Also in the Montreal lineup will be veteran Patrice Brisebois instead of rookie Ryan O’Byrne.

more on tonight’s game…

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KK- Buy Today

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Pardon the interruption, but Shop.NHL.com (affiliate link) is holding a one day sale, today only.  25% off on non-playoff team merchandise!

Click the link, pick your non-playoff team and you will see the 25% discount available to you.

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Ducks Appear Done

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Also working against the Ducks is the sword hanging over Pronger, just back from an eight-game suspension for stepping on the leg of Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler.

As a multiple offender who served a pair of one-game suspensions last spring, Pronger will be watched closely by NHL officials. A cross-eyed glance at an opponent may get him suspended. Continued poor impulse control could trigger a sentence of five games or more, a loss the Ducks would have difficulty withstanding.

Coach Randy Carlyle said he and Burke talked to Pronger about staying within the rules but neither wants him to change.

“We think that he has to play the game with that competitive edge to continue to be an elite defenseman, and we expect him to do so,” Carlyle said.

Then they’ll have to expect to do without him at least once.

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Beating Bubba: Keys To Round 1

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Let’s be real clear here.  This series has nothing to do with how Bubba plays, and everything to do with what the Wings bring to the table every game.  Detroit can play good hockey and beat Nashville playing their absolute best.  Every game. 

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Afternoon Line

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“I guess stubborn is a good word,” Franzen said when he began a late-season offensive roll that included 15 goals in a 15-game stretch in March and April, as well as a club record six game-winning goals in March. Scoring 24 of his 27 goals since Dec. 15 represented more goals than the 22 he scored (12 and 10) in his first two NHL seasons. “I love playing this game. Besides, I’ve seen the alternative ... and I hated it.”

Whoa, big fella. Alternative?

“Yeah,” he continued. “I was a real late bloomer. Didn’t start playing hockey at anything other than lower-tier hockey back home until I was 19. I wasn’t drafted by the NHL until I was 25. I’d say that’s a late bloomer, wouldn’t you?

more on Franzen by Larry Wigge at NHL.com…

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The Playoff Alphabet

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Need a compendium of Stanley Cup tidbits to impress your friends? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s a lot of what you need to know about the Stanley Cup from A to Z.

A>  As in A.A.A. The Montreal Amateur Athletic Association won the first-ever Stanley Cup in 1893….

Z>  Zzzzz. Sometimes, fans just can’t make it all the way through those West Coast multiple-overtime games.

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Pre-Departure Stress Train Footage

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Updated 1300:  Footage below provided by jmara85.

Our crack team of engineers has been testing out different features of the Stress Train in preparation for today’s 1400 embarkation and departure.  A2Y passengers are in for more than they may have bargained for.

We’ve had a man on the ground documenting the work at the secret staging location all morning long.

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Follow The Company Line

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

One of the week’s more heavily linked-to sports journalism stories is a fantastic article in the New York Magazine on the NBA’s sadder-than-sadsack New York Knicks. But a great sidebar story – and one that should be of interest to NHL fans – is this New York Daily News piece by Frank Isola on the media-relations policies at Madison Square Garden for both the Knicks and New York Rangers.

For me, the most intriguing – and troubling – part of Isola’s story is this:

“(T)here is a ‘company response’ for unfavorable stories that the heads of each media-relations department are instructed to follow:

- A call to the reporter by the public relations representative explaining the objections the company had with the way in which the story was written.

- Limiting a media person’s follow-up access to the division representative about the incident in question.

follow the link to get the links and more NHL talk too…

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