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Red Wings practice updates: the second round will start on Friday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 8x at 3:43 PM Brodie Brazil reports that Versus might claim “exclusivity” rights for Game 1; Franzen and Salei are good to go for Friday: Per the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness, the Selke Trophy finalist and SI-profiled forward Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings have one big piece of the playoff puzzle answered ahead of their cross-continental flight to San Jose:

The Wings and Sharks will start their Western Conference semifinal series Friday night at the HP Pavilion.

Game 2 will be Sunday.

Game 3 and 4 will be in Detroit next Wednesday and Friday.

MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms:

Game 1: Friday night at San Jose.
Game 2: Sunday at San Jose, 3 p.m. (presumably on NBC)
Game 3: Wednesday, May 4 at Detroit
Game 4: Friday, May 6 at Detroit

As does the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan.

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Your Selke Trophy Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 27, 2011)—Centers Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2010-11 Frank Selke Trophy, which is awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” the National Hockey League announced today.

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AHL Playoffs First Round

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The first round of the Calder Cup playoffs concluded last night.  Here are the results of the eight first round series:

Portland Pirates defeat Connecticut Whale 4 games to 2  Portland is the Buffalo Sabres affiliate and Connecticut is the affiliate of the New York Rangers.  Portland has been led offensively by Corey Tropp and Mark Mancari (who was called up to the NHL during the series).  David Leggio has provided goaltending.  Connecticut has been led by John Mitchell and Chad Kolarik (who returned from a hamstring injury that kept him out the last month of the season) and defenceman Wade Redden.  Dov Grumet-Morris provided goaltending. 

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Penguins Looking For An Overachiever

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“We’ll see who wears the cape.”

Those were Bylsma’s words Tuesday, and the hero could be someone thoroughly unexpected, as has happened so often in Game 7s.

But this time?

Quick: Name someone on the roster who has overachieved in these playoffs.

One could start with Talbot, Asham, Rupp, Brooks Orpik and ... good luck getting beyond those. The rest have played to their usual standard or below.

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Boughner Has His Hands On Two Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Bob Boughner has spent the past eight months moving between parallel hockey universes.

In theory, his commute requires the occasional four-hour drive, a valid passport and the patience to endure the whimsy of customs agents on either side of the Ambassador Bridge. But the separate worlds competing for Boughner’s attention are vastly contrasting and equally challenging.

On any given day, he is helping to rebuild one of the NHL’s most anonymous franchises and maintain one of North America’s most successful junior programs. His dual jobs require him make do with a modest talent pool in Columbus, while overseeing an operation in Windsor that churns out NHL lottery picks such as Taylor Hall and Cam Fowler.

Such is the double life of Boughner, the Blue Jackets assistant coach and Windsor Spitfires co-owner and president. It is a life of long hours, endless meetings and a marriage to twin devotions with a wife and four kids tossed into the mix.

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Video- Just Listen, TSN Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Top sound bites from the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It’s difficult to win the Cup two years in a row for a lot of reasons. Sometimes you need a year to regroup, refocus and rebuild.

The Hawks don’t have a lot of holes. There is a need for more size and grit, but a lot of the pieces will be in place in 2011-12 for a serious Cup run. With a few key additions they might even be the team to beat in the West once we get to October.

-Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald, where you can read more on the Blackhawks.

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Eastern Conference Playoff Scenario

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

There are two game sevens tonight.  Montreal visits Boston (7pm ET) and Tampa Bay plays in Pittsburgh (8pm ET).

If Montreal wins tonight, they will take on Washington while Philadelphia would meet the winner of Lightning/Penguins tonight.

If Boston wins tonight, they will play Philadelphia and Washington would face the winner of Lightning/Penguins tonight.

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Tough Loss For Grier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Mike Grier was still sitting by himself in the far corner of the quiet visitors’ dressing room in Wells Fargo Center about 20 minutes after the season ended, in full equipment with his head buried in his hands. He was in tears while thinking about the game, the year to remember, his future.

You don’t come across many people like Grier. He’s a veteran leader and consummate professional, the kind of player you want on any team in any sport. It might take a few days, it might take longer, but the agony he suffered after the Sabres’ 5-2 loss to the Flyers in Game Seven eventually will subside.

On Tuesday, he was practically inconsolable.

“You know, the guys battled hard all year,” said Grier, his voice cracking. “I gotta block that shot on the first goal. I tried to catch it. It went off my glove and went in. It gave them some momentum. It’s just disappointing. I don’t know how much longer I have to play.”

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IIHF says European participation in NHL continues to decline

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I’m never sure whether to take these “studies” at face value. The IIHF’s Andrew Podnieks and Szymon Szemberg claim that the number of European players participating in the NHL has declined for yet another season, because as they publis their report/statistical analysis, there’s an implicit dig being levied at the NHL for completely draining the Czech and Slovak republics of any hope of a developmental system, which was the charge levied at the NHL by the IIHF at the “World Hockey Summit”:

The number of Europeans in the NHL in 2010-11 continued the steady decline and is now the lowest in eleven years. The only country which goes against the trend is Sweden. There were a whopping 63 Swedes in the NHL this season, the highest number ever for the blue and yellow. In all, there were 978 players who played at least one game in the National Hockey League during the 2010-2011 regular season. Of that number, 224 were Europeans, a 22.9 percentage share.

As well, there were only 36 of 139 players in the league this year from Europe who played their first NHL games (25.9 per cent). Most disturbing is that some of hockey’s traditional centres were so poorly represented. For instance, of the 139 first-game players only two were from the Czech Republic and Finland, and only one from Slovakia. There were just six Russians, and again Sweden led the way with 16 newcomers to the NHL, almost triple second place Russia.

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