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NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—As the 89th NHL regular season draws to a close this year, there is a software application to liven up the playoffs. Information Builders, the enterprise business intelligence (BI) standard of choice for organizations around the world, has developed an Active Report that allows anyone to access goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, short-handed and power plays, and game-winning goals statistics, as well as salary and nationality data for all the players.

“Hockey is a fast paced game with a wealth of interesting statistics,” said Michael Corcoran, CMO of Information Builders. “Fans in the U.S., Canada, and Europe can easily track the stats of their favorite players and teams in the NHL Playoffs. This Active Report will allow you to learn things about the top players you probably didn’t know. Business intelligence can hit just as hard as the meanest slap shot when the data is offered in an accessible way.”

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KK- The Challenges

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We have two KK Challenges that are still open but closing dates are nearing.
1. Win an authentic NHL Jersey
2. Win a $50 gift certificate

Participation, as always is free and open to all KK members.  Have a go at it, you just may win!

note: sticky post.

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Wings Health Update

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from the Windsor Star,

Barring a last-second setback, Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg declared himself ready to play in Thursday’s opening game of the Western Conference quarter-final against the Calgary Flames.
Zetterberg, who hasn’t played since Feb. 24 because of an inflamed disc in his back, participated in a full practice for the first time Monday at Joe Louis Arena.
“I feel better than I did last week,” Zetterberg said….
Babcock said Todd Bertuzzi, who was diagnosed with a mild concussion after colliding with goalie Chris Osgood in a game last Thursday, will be re-examined by doctors later this week before he’s cleared to play.
“I think he will (play), but I don’t know for sure,” Babcock said.

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Back To Back Headache

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated: Ottawa and Pittsburgh play back to back in Games 2 and 3.  Thanks, Johne.

If the Thrashers and Rangers go seven games, they’ll play on consecutive nights the final two.  Other than that series, no other matchup will feature back-to-back games.

Except, of course, for Detroit and Calgary…games five and six.  And does anyone doubt this series will go at least six games?

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Beating Brodeur

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from the St. Petersburg Times,

They gave Brodeur respect, called him “great” and talked about skills such as his stick-handling, which makes him almost a third defenseman. Still, some seemed as if they would rather be taking a puck off the head.
“We’re not going to sit here and talk about him every day,” center Brad Richards said. “We know he’s great. We know what he brings to the table. With all respect to him in the world, to sit here and wrack our brains over it is counterproductive.”

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See You In The Fall, Jody

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from Jody Vance at Slam,

Working at the rink, day in and day out, you get to know the characters behind the scenes pretty well, good folks like Vic the security guy who stands guard in front of the Leafs dressing room.
Vic is always there with a big smile and hello for me every game day, and this day was no different, except, he added, “Well, Jody ... is this it till next fall or will I see you next Monday?”
Call it the ripple effect of being a part of the NHL culture. It is akin to having a seasonal family.
One can only imagine how the players must feel on this day.
When any season wraps up, as it has in Toronto, do they give thought to how this group likely will not gather in its current form next fall?

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Deep Diggers Unite:  All Agree Zetterberg Ready

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Despite blog entries yesterday that looked like the three diggers spoke to Mike Babcock from three different continents, they met over latte last night and conspired to conform.  Their stories are heartwarming in their similarity this morning.

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Predicting The Mainstream Is Too Easy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The usual suspects are all chiming in, predicting the Wing demise.  Strachan and Montgomery today.  Proteau and Campbell yesterday.  More will surely follow as we get closer to Game 1.  John Buccigross is today’s only dissenter.

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Islanders Appreciate Nolan

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from Mark Herrmann at Newsday,

The one who makes the franchise go - and made it go beyond logic Sunday - is the man behind the bench.
You can tell the players know it. They violated hockey tradition and their own instincts after that heart-stopping, last-second Devils goal and the heart-thumping shootout win Sunday. Instead of jumping immediately onto the ice, which is what hockey players do when they are on the bench and something remarkable happens, they stood right where they were. They all had to congratulate coach Ted Nolan.
“That was unexpected,” Nolan said yesterday.

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added 7:02am, also from Newsday,

Although he hopes to participate in the playoffs, DiPietro said he first must be able to resume playing hockey in practice without symptoms before he even can take the neuro-psychological test he must pass in order to be cleared to play.
“The test is a few more steps away,” DiPietro told Newsday yesterday. “It’s an interesting process, but there’s a lot of things you need to do and be symptom-free before you go back to take that test. I’ll be doing some stuff on my own [today]. I think it depends on how I feel. It’s definitely a frustrating deal.”

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The Difference Maker

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from the Vancouver Province,

Talk softly and carry a big stick. Players often preach that credo, but few put it into practice like Sami Salo.
As the owner of one of the NHL’s most feared slapshots—the Vancouver Canucks defenceman was ranked third in a Sports Illustrated players poll—Salo can make a difference in a chess-match playoff series with the Dallas Stars that may be settled by special-teams execution.
“They’re going to be hard-battle games and special teams are going to be crucial,” predicted Salo, who scored five of his 14 goals this season on the power play. “And they’re not going to be high-scoring because both teams have great goaltending and play their systems well.

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