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Post-Game Detroit/Dallas Press Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Courtesy of the NHL Network Online, the live press conference from Detroit starting momentarily.  Go here

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Update 10:06pm ET: CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada video post-game. (update 10:22pm: live stream on CBC.ca is now over)

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And Every Man Knew, As The Captain Did, Too…It’s a Game 2 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 1836: This one hurts. Franzen, concussion like symptoms, out for tonite.

Starting the Live Blog a little early tonite.  Apparently, the Hasek Club Car is filling up and you know those idiots need something to do.  I’ll be here for the start of the game.  Commence your conversations.  Juveniliciousness is the only mandate.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

“If you’re not on them when they get the puck and they’ve got room to come at you with speed, they’re going to make magical moves with the puck,” Flyers forward Scott Hartnell said of Malkin and Crosby. “It’s almost a given that if you give Evgeni Malkin the puck going up the ice at full speed with two wingers on each side of him, he’s going to make moves that are going throw your head around a circle.”

more on the Penguins & Flyers…

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Uncle Mike’s Being Shady

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

According to John Niyo (not a Deep Digger…a little too talented and a bit too credible), Babcock probably has an idea which veteran grind liner is going to start tonite, but he’s not saying squat.  We, of course, dig that.

Mike Babcock wasn’t hinting at any after Saturday’s morning skate, though he’d said Friday he planned to dress both Kirk Maltby and Darren McCarty for warmups from here on out and then scratch one. I would imagine Maltby’s still in and Mac’s still out, though, for Game 2.

Niyo also reports Stu Barnes (post-concussion syndrome) won’t be in tonite.  The Anti-Digger, because there can be only one, reported that neither Homer nor Franzen skated today.  Stress if you want, but I’m sure they’re both just banged and resting.

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Waddell Has Not Been Asked To Step Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of Thrashers Blog at the AJC,

Here’s the latest. I spoke with Atlanta Spirit Co-Owner Michael Gearon this morning…

Gearon said via cell this morning, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Waddell has not been asked to step down from his post as general manager. He called any reports that say otherwise “completely false.”

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*The contradictory report from Scott Burnside at ESPN, originally noted here at KK.

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Number Of Europeans In The NHL Decreases

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reuters,

The number of Europeans playing in the National Hockey League (NHL) is on the decline according to a survey released by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on Saturday.

There were fewer Europeans than a year ago playing in the just completed NHL regular season but more American-born players, it said.

Canadians continued to dominate rosters, providing more than half the league’s talent.

Europeans accounted for 243 (25.8 percent) of the 941 players appearing in at least one NHL game this season, down from 266 players a year ago.

continued

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Pens Coach Therrien After Practice Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q.  Max Talbot was able to practice today, can you give us an update on his status, might he play tomorrow, and, if he can, what will you do with the lineup?

COACH THERRIEN:  We’ll see tomorrow.  He looked pretty good today.  We’ll go through the morning skate and make a decision.  We’re going to sit down with him and see how he feels.  But it’s nice to see him back practicing with the boys.

Q.  Can your team execute its system any better than it did in the second and third period last night?

COACH THERRIEN:  You know, we didn’t give up a lot of scoring chance against, and a lot of credit to the players.  They really buy into it.  When we took that two goal lead, we were tough to play against.  It’s just something that we try to teach a lot with that young group through the course of the season to be able to get some success in the playoffs.
We played pretty well.  For a team that hasn’t played almost for a week, I thought we were sharp in different situations in the game.  But I’m expecting the Flyers will be better tomorrow.  There are some areas in their game that I’m expecting that we’ll be better too as well.

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Stars Game Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

“The bottom line is, we need to skate and handle the puck more. Our best defence against them is when we have the puck. Last game, we didn’t do enough of that.”

Stars’ coach Dave Tippett hinted there could be line-up changes. Stu Barnes, out since the middle of the last round with concussion-like symptoms, could be closer to playing. Also, the Stars could make a switch on the blue line, and replace Fistric with fellow rookie Matt Niskanen.

Of greater concern to Tippett was the Stars’ work in the face-off circle, where the Red Wings dominated the opener. All teams want to start with the puck, but it’s even more critical against a puck-possession team such as Detroit. Once they have, they rarely give it back.

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Lemaire Returning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kent Youngblood at Russo’s Rants,

When contacted Friday afternoon, Jacques Lemaire sounded like a happy man. Now we know why: After three days of meetings in Florida between Minnesota Wild coaches and front-office staff, Lemaire decided that he would return for an eighth season, remaining the only coach in franchise history. The decision was announced this morning.

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Wings Shoot For Eight In A Row

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

Is there any stopping the Detroit Red Wings?...

After dropping a pair of games to the Nashville Predators in their opening round series, the Wings have reeled off seven consecutive victories in the post-season (outscoring the opposition 32-11 in that span), including a 4-1 domination of the Stars in Game 1 of this best-of-seven series on Thursday.

The Red Wings skated hard, controlled the pace of the game, took advantage when they were on the power play and received solid goaltending from Chris Osgood.

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