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The overnight report: Tatar a no-go for Slovakia; on Blashill’s learning curve, Larkin and more

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. According to Hokejportal.sk, Tomas Tatar will not be playing for Slovakia in the World Championships due to what the Free Press's George Sipple reported as a rotator cuff injury.

So Tomas Jurco (Slovakia), Teemu Pulkkinen (Finland), Pavel Datsyuk and Alexey Marchenko (Russia), Dylan Larkin and Luke Glendening (USA) and Gustav Nyquist (Sweden) will represent the Red Wings at the World Championships in St. Petersburg and Moscow starting on May 5th.

2. In the locker room clean-out-day vein, the Free Press's Helene St. James took note of Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill's comments about his own learning process as a no-longer-rookie NHL coach:

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Here’s the NHL’s second-round playoff schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the NHL:


NEW YORK (April 27, 2016) – The National Hockey League today confirmed the schedule for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round. In the U.S., NBC Sports Group has exclusive coverage of the Second Round. Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports continue exclusive coverage throughout Canada. All times listed are ET and subject to change. Future start times and television information will be released as they are determined.

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  Tags: dallas+stars, nashville+predators, new+york+islanders, pittsburgh+penguins, san+jose+sharks, st.+louis+blues, tampa+bay+lightning, washington+capitals

The Nashville Predators Advance To The Second Round By Defeating The Anaheim Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The final score was 2-1 Nashville and up next for the Predators will be the San Jose Sharks.

Meanwhile the Anaheim Ducks will be under much scrutiny in the coming days and beyond.

Paul Gaustad's first-period goal stands as the game-winner:

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On the Griffins’ long lay-off between series and Tom McCollum on the rebound

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Grand Rapids Griffins-related note:

1. The Griffins swept the Milwaukee Admirals as of April 26th, but their second-round series against the Lake Erie Monsters won't begin until May 5th due to basketball and concert conflicts at Quicken Loans Arena. The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with the Griffins about their long lay-off between series...

"We got some guys that play some big minutes, some hard minutes. So if we're going to be mature about it and do the right things with time off, it will be great," said Eric Tangradi. "... On Friday we'll put the work boots back on and focus on the next challenge."

"I think it's definitely a good thing," said goalie Tom McCollum. "We have some guys who are a little banged up and so it will give us some extra time to recover. Now it's important to be smart with our energy and not kill ourselves in practice and working hard on things we need to."

The best-of-seven divisional finals will begin with the first two games in Cleveland, on May 5 and 7 before shifting to Grand Rapids for a pair.

Lake Erie did the Griffins one-day better in eliminating Rockford in three games. The Monsters completed their sweep Saturday.

Wallner continues...

2. And Fox 17 posted a video report highlighting Tom McCollum's ability to rebound from an ankle injury that bothered him for a significant portion of the regular season:

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Video- Jack Capuano Off For Repairs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Took a puck to the face, possible the nose area.


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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Ron MacLean and Don Cherry talk about the opening period between the Lightning and Islanders, Game 7 between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators, and an unwritten rule.


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Your Vezina Trophy Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 27, 2016) -- Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today.

The general managers of the 30 NHL clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards, hosted by actor Will Arnett, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Following are the finalists for the Vezina Trophy, in alphabetical order:

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Open Post- Tonight’s NHL Playoff Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Game 1, Round 2- NY Islanders @ Tampa Bay 7:00 PM ET NBCSN, CBC, TVAS

Game 7, Round 1-  Nashville @ Anaheim 10:00 PM ET NBCSN, TVAS, SN, FS-W, FS-TN

Feel free to discuss tonight's games.

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The Vancouver Canucks If They Hit The Lottery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

To win the lottery would dramatically alter the Canucks’ course. They haven’t had that kind of sure-thing draft pick since Trevor Linden in 1988. But Matthews can be better than Linden. He can actually be Mike Modano.

And it would change everything. It would cut through the black cloud which has so often enveloped the franchise.

It would give hope to the hopeless, life to the most miserable, and provide the franchise an opportunity to have an alternate ending, one that doesn’t include the usual collective palm to the forehead.

Matthews would be given every chance to be Vancouver royalty, and be the hero.

The city isn’t looking for much. Just one ring to change everything.


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Jim Nill Null On Tyler Seguin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Tyler Seguin is injured. We sort of know what the injury is, but we're not really exactly sure. The Stars want it that way. Seguin suffered a partial cut of the Achilles tendon March 17, had surgery to stitch that up, and then rested 11 games. He returned to play in Game 2 against Minnesota, sustained a new injury, and has not skated since.

Maybe it's his calf, maybe it's still his Achilles. Asked Wednesday if he could help the fans out a little, Stars general manager Jim Nill clarified at least what Seguin isn't doing.

"He can't skate yet, I can say that," Nill said. "He's day to day, and once he gets on the ice, it's probably four to five days from there."

As you rush to your Don Cherry's Rock 'em Sock 'em calendar and do the math, you figure that means Seguin will miss the first two games of the series with the Blues. In your heart, you know it means he will probably miss more than that.


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