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Ready, Set, Start The Playoffs

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A day at a time folks, one game, one win, one loss, move on.

My NHL.com blog today.

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Vinik’s Vision

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The new Lightning owner talks about the future plus Vinny Lecavalier discusses the moves.

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Round 1 Coverage On Versus

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 13, 2010)- VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, will drop the puck on its wall-to-wall coverage of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday, April 14.  The network will start the night at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first Playoffs edition of Hockey Central followed by the first game in the Ottawa Senators/Pittsburgh Penguins series at 7:00 p.m. ET.  VERSUS will air another Hockey Central show at 9:30 p.m. ET followed by Game 1 in the Detroit Red Wings/Phoenix Coyotes series at 10 p.m. ET.  VERSUS concludes its first night of coverage by joining Game 1 of the Colorado Avalanche/San Jose Sharks series in-progress following the conclusion of the Red Wings/Coyotes telecast.

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Spezza Is The Key

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from Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts,

The road to the Stanley Cup final goes through the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Do the Senators stand a chance? Absolutely.

No, they won’t have Alexei Kovalev. I’m not sure that’s a big loss.

The key for the Senators to win is Jason Spezza.

He has to be the No. 1. He has to go head-to-head with Sidney Crosby.


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Pronger’s Time

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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

When the playoffs arrive, Pronger goes from nasty to nastier. His game becomes more intimidating, more punishing.

Opponents skate through the slot with caution, realizing Pronger thinks it’s his territory.

“We all know his style in the season, but when the playoffs come, you kind of notice a little bit of difference in his play,” left winger Simon Gagne said after Monday’s light practice in Voorhees, where the Flyers prepared for the upcoming playoffs against New Jersey. “He might be a little more physical. That’s the way I’ve seen it. That’s the way I saw him play in his last two playoffs in Anaheim.

“He’s a physical guy during the season, but when the playoffs come, he’s got that little bit of extra edge.”

read on

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Canucks With The Cup

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from Kevin Dupont at NBC Sports,

Before the 2009-’10 NHL season began I picked the Canucks to win the Stanley Cup. Well, I’m not turning back now. ‘Nucks all the way, baby.

I see it clearly: first Cup in the franchise’s history. Old Canuckleheads Harold Snepsts and Tiger Williams tag team Roberto Luongo amid the wild on-ice celebration at GM place, wrest the Cup away from the stunned team captain and disappear with it into Gastown before Henrik Sedin gets a chance to hoist it above his head….

Let’s look at some of the other top Cup contenders and why they won’t measure up to the distant sons of King Richard Brodeur:


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The Real San Jose Sharks

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from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

The 113 points compiled by San Jose in the regular-season standings might be the most meaningless number in the NHL.

When the playoffs begin, they cease being Sharks.

They turn into clown fish.

In the name of accuracy, San Jose really should adopt an alternative uniform in April.

Dump that teal sweater with a shark chomping a hockey stick. That mean image doesn’t fit the joke that San Jose becomes when the games really matter.

Wouldn’t it be more appropriate if San Jose star Joe Thornton took the ice against Colorado while wearing an orange-and-white uniform featuring a cuddly cartoon from “Finding Nemo” as the team logo?


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Columbus Hopes To Hit The Lottery

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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

With only one exception in 10 seasons, the Blue Jackets have headed to the NHL’s entry draft lottery with high hopes of moving up in the pecking order, perhaps even into the No. 1 overall draft pick.

But in all 10 seasons, the Blue Jackets have either drafted in the spot they held according to the overall NHL standings, or they’ve headed back one spot. One might say they’ve had worse luck with pingpong balls than pucks.

Howson is hoping the club takes a step - or three - forward when the NHL entry draft lottery is held at 8 p.m. in New York.

“If we get the No. 1 pick, it would be a great opportunity for our franchise,” Howson said.

The Blue Jackets, who finished 27th in the 30-team league this season, have the fourth-best shot (10.7 percent) at landing the No. 1 overall pick. Edmonton (48.2 percent), Boston (18.8) and Florida (14.2) are the only clubs with a better shot at No.1.

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Fixing The Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

I regret that I have become so personally entwined with this coach that I’m compelled to stipulate that I am not engaged in a vendetta against him. I have neither written about nor spoken of the breakdown in our relationship and have no interest in doing so.

But I must state that my relentless criticism of Tortorella—whom, by the way, I enthusiastically endorsed for the job a week before he replaced Tom Renney—is the cause of the rift and not its effect.

I do not believe a coach can win in this league by creating an environment of underlying tension, or by constantly screaming at players, or by changing line combinations every five minutes, or by obsessing over players staying out of the penalty box at the expense of protecting teammates, or by trying to win with two forward lines.

It does not, though, on the day after the Rangers’ playoff dream died, appear that either Sather or Tortorella is going anywhere, unless the GM decides on his own to step away from the operation.

So what should the Rangers do, assuming that Sather and Tortorella remain?


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Hockey Hot In Phoenix

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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Karalee Hoge will leave the playoff beard to the male constituency of Phoenix Coyotes fans.

But the ’Yotes season-ticket holder — and wasn’t that a rare species eight months ago — will join 17,000 plus at Jobing.com Arena and wear white for Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinal on Wednesday and Friday night.

Whether it be for a week or a month, no one can be sure, hockey is hot in the desert.

As the Coyotes get set to face the Detroit Red Wings, fans are being encouraged to grow facial hair and embrace the tradition first established by the forefathers of the franchise, the Winnipeg Jets, and join the “White Out” for the first playoff games here since 2002.

“Hockey is hot here and it’s amazing,” Hoge, a Coyotes diehard, said on Monday. “The arena has been more full each game and the last few have been sellouts, which was unheard of a couple of years ago.

“The whole row next to me was empty most of the season. Now it’s full.”


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