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Interview with John Stevens

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

An interview with Philadelphia Flyers coach John Stevens. 

Q.  What can you do to get Prospal going?  Have you thought even of changing the wingers on Danny’s line?

        COACH STEVENS:  Well, I think as a coach, you look at all situations.  But to me that line has had times this year where they’ve had a lot of success.  The ingredients are there.  To me, it’s just in the hands of the player right now.  We need Vinny to step up and be a good player for us.

 

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Yzerman To The Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Steve Yzerman and Lennox Lewis headline the newest inductees to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

Yzerman and Lewis will be joined by the 4x100 relay team of Donovan Bailey, Bruny Surin, Glenroy Gilbert and Robert Esmie, swimmer Nancy Garapick and short-track speedskater Marc Gagnon as well as builders Pat Gillick and David Dore.

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  Tags: steve+yzerman

No More Dynasties

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chuck Gormley at The Sporting News,

The reason the Penguins-Oilers comparisons don’t hold any water is because the days of NHL dynasties are over.

There is simply too much parity in the NHL. As good as the Penguins are right now—and they are good—Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will need to get past players such as Mike Richards and Jeff Carter of the Flyers, Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin of the Capitals and Chris Drury and Scott Gomez of the Rangers every year to have a shot at consecutive Stanley Cups. That won’t be easy in a salary-cap driven NHL, rendering the days of NHL dynasties as a thing of the past.

more plus other NHL talk

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Playoff Performers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

At one time, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were known as regular-season performers, meaning they could play out the season but come playoff time, well, they were a different story.

Datsyuk’s postseason stats line once read like this: 42 games, 3 goals, 12 assists and minus-1. Zetterberg’s were similar: 16 games, 3 goals, 2 assists and minus-4. To be fair with Datsyuk, many of those early games saw him on the fourth line and on the second power play unit, so his ice time was very low as compared to the amount of ice he sees now.

Both Datsyuk and Zetterberg were labeled as players who could not get it done during the playoffs. Well, that label is now gone, forever.

continued…

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg, pavel+datsyuk

Watching Versus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Stamford, CONN. (May 13, 2008)—VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of the NHL and the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, garnered a 1.7 National HH rating for its telecast of the Flyers/Penguins Game 2 Conference Final round match-up on Sunday, May 11.  It was the most-watched telecast ever in network history among total viewers (2,345,834) and the highest rated and the most-watched NHL telecast ever on the network. 

Viewership for the May 11 telecast topped the previous record set during the 2008 Conference Semifinal round with Game 4 of the Rangers/Penguins series on May 1 (1,184,519 total viewers) and the rating surpassed the previous high (1.1) set during the 2006 Conference Final round with Game 7 of the Buffalo/Carolina series. 

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Meteorology of Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Krista Villarreal at the Weather Blog, WPXI:

Games for the Pittsburgh Steelers and matchups at PNC Park can certainly be impacted (or even canceled) by the weather, but hockey?

With odds in favor of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the Eastern Conference Finals, I thought it would be interesting to look at (and do a two-part blog on) the meteorology of hockey…

continued… with a quick look at the science of ice, air and eventually, zambonis.

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Have Flyers Fans Given Up?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Maybe not, but according to this poll at Philly.com (via Pensblog) they’re certainly not feeling very optimistic, either:

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Update 12:28pm ET: From CBC, the fans will be a factor…

We’re talking the 19,000-plus wacko Philly fans in the stands, considered by everyone the toughest in all of sports. If those folks can intimidate the 2-0 Penguins just a little, it might be enough to crawl back into this Eastern Conference final.

“I would say it’s a pretty tough place to play,” said Penguins star Sydney Crosby, after a light skate on Monday. “At the same time, in the playoffs it makes for a great atmosphere. They’re just a tough crowd. They’re not afraid to say anything.”

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Melrose On Game 3

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We’re big time Barry Melrose fans here.

Big time.  Naturally, he’s climbed aboard.

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Nice to be Wanted

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail,

Nonis was expected to have dinner last night with Toronto lawyer Gordon Kirke, who is part of the Leafs’ search committee. Nonis is to then meet today with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president Richard Peddie.

The Leafs aren’t the only team interested Nonis, as he continues to be wooed by the Atlanta Thrashers and an unidentified third NHL team that still has a general manager in place.

The third team is believed to be the St. Louis Blues. St. Louis president John Davidson could not be reached for comment last night.

more…

Update 9:23pm ET: More from Wharnsby, later in the day,

The meeting between the Toronto Maple Leafs and prospective general manager candidate David Nonis was described more as a session of getting acquainted rather than a formal interview.

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  Tags: dave+nonis

Smooth Ride

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

The thing that is really striking about these two teams is the relative ease in which they’ve progressed through the playoffs. Detroit is on the verge of completing its second sweep in a row, and the Penguins have only lost one game in the postseason.

Should both of these teams complete sweeps in the conference finals, they will have combined to play 27 games this postseason (The Penguins would have played 13 and Detroit 14.) That would be the fewest postseason games among any two Cup finalists since the NHL went to the current playoff format of four rounds of seven-game series in 1987.

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