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Playoff Matchups

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

There are no easy match-ups in the playoffs anymore, but every edge counts. And in the West, despite all the talk of parity, Anaheim, San Jose, Dallas and Detroit are in a group that’s a notch higher than whichever other clubs grab the other four playoff spots among Minnesota, Calgary, Vancouver, Colorado, Nashville, Phoenix and Columbus.

If you’re Anaheim, San Jose or Dallas—the last thing you want is to face one another right off the bat. It’s one of the more compelling races to keep an eye on. And it’s worth noting that the Stars have beat the Ducks five out of six games this season.

In the East, the Northeast Division may go down to the wire between Montreal and Ottawa with at least the No. 2 seed in the conference at stake

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Dirty Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Team 1200’s Dean Brown,

I want to start by saying something I have said over and over on both radio and TV. I have great admiration for the way the Anaheim Ducks play the game. I believe their philosophy is not new but it is brilliant. It plays on the one constant in NHL officiating. That is the official’s internal calculator….

Anaheim is the dirtiest team in the NHL and all the stats prove that. But what fans miss in their anger because their team was the victim of the Ducks “thousand cuts” game plan is the excellence Anaheim has achieved in executing this type of game plan. Getting everyone to play this way. Getting your skill players to play this way. Not an easy thing to do, but they have. It is not the type of hockey you can do half way.

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thanks to a KK member and fellow blogger for the pointer…

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Road Rulers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

The top 10 list this week shows the NHL leaders in positive differential of points on the road versus home. Among the top 50 road scorers this season, here are the 10 that have been more productive in away games compared to the friendly confines of the home arena.

10. Brian Gionta, New Jersey (26 road points, 19 home points) Plus-7.

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Sean Will Stay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

The cataclysmic reaction to the negotiations breakup between Sean Avery and the Rangers is reaching “Where’s Britney Spears?” proportions.

Chances are that Sean—alias The Great Gabbo—will be around a lot longer than Britney, the pop bop.

Fear not, Rangers fans, Avery is going nowhere when his contract expires; not to Philly, not to Chi-town nor Beantown nor Toronto from where he comes.

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Maybe They Just Don’t Know What They Are Talking About

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rand Simon at the Hockey News,

Dumbest thing heard on the radio recently (non-Rush Limbaugh division): “Look at Steve Yzerman, he hadn’t done a thing by the time he was 28”—Toronto-based sports radio host….

The reality is that by his 28th birthday, Yzerman already had a career worthy of Hall of Fame induction with 1,040 career points to his credit in 757 games. Compare that to Cam Neely who is in the Hall of Fame with 694 career points in 726 career games. (Interestingly, Yzerman also played in exactly 757 games after turning 28 and had 715 points in those games.)

Anyway, it was just another example of why I find it so frustrating to listen to sports talk radio.

more hockey talk…

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Man, The NHL Network Rules

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

At least that’s what I hear.  Because, you know, I haven’t seen a frigging second of it all year.  Why?

Because Verizon Fios doesn’t carry it here in DC. Nor do they carry the Center Ice Package. So, if I want to watch hockey I have to go down to the…ready?.....yes, The Verizon Center.

 

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Stars Get Noticed On P.E.I

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

The move of Murray Harbour hockey star Brad Richards from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Dallas Stars has led to a surge in sales for Stars merchandise at sports stores on P.E.I.

Many store managers have had to order in extra supplies.

“It makes a pretty big impact on the merchandise,” Mike Morrison of Source for Sports in Charlottetown told CBC News Tuesday.

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Pencil Him In For Sunday

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Nick Lidstrom reported little pain after the morning skate today.  He’s ready.  Chris Chelios? Not so much.

St. James

Lidstrom, who suffered a sprained right knee Feb. 18 at Colorado, skated again today and reported improvement.

“I’m hoping for Sunday,’” he said. “I’m feeling a little bit sluggish because I’ve only skated for two days, and I just want to get a few more practices under my belt.”

Chris Chelios, who suffered a chipped right fibula Feb. 22 at Calgary, also skated, but isn’t improving.

“Actually, not at all, to be honest with you,” Chelios said.

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Breaking The Tie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This question is bound to come up, so here is the answer…

TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURE

If two or more clubs are tied in points at the end of the regular season, the standing of the clubs in each Conference will be determined in the following order:

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Have A Happy And A Healthy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, well, well.  Happy learned how to putt.  My second favorite line in that movie, only behind…

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