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Lilja or Chelios?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Haven’t seen anything at all regarding Uncle Mike’s tough call on who mans the third defensive pairing with Brett Lebda tonite.  I’d like to see Chelios.  But no one’s talking much.  Kevin Allen had this to say yesterday.

A gut feeling is that Lilja plays one more game there but it is just a gut feeling, it’s hard to tell. Cheli struggled later in these playoffs and I think there was a sense that when Lilja got back in, there was a little more stability and a little less erratic play from that third pairing but that wasn’t his best game either and when Chelios has been out before and come back in, he’s really stepped up his game so there’s arguments both ways and I think this is going to come down to Mike Babcock’s gut feeling at game time.

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Mama Mia

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail shares some random news from the SCF today, including:

Red Wings’ defenceman Niklas Kronwall has a connection to the Swedish rock group ABBA; his father, Hasse, who passed away in 1992, toured with the group briefly before meeting his mother and marrying and getting out of the music business. However, Kronwall suggested that his family’s ABBA connection was “a little overblown. At some point, he was working with them; I don’t know exactly what his position was; he was traveling with them a little.”

Still, Kronwall counts himself an ABBA fan. “All Swedes are fans of their music; obviously, we don’t listen to them as much as back in the day, but I like the music and I think the musical Mamma Mia is great.”

ABBA, Nik? All Swedes?  So cliché, but I suppose it’s better than that disaster pointed out earlier.  Still, just once I’d like to hear about a Swedish hockey star listens to something less predictable and who has no idea what an IKEA is.

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All’s Rosey

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stressing?  Of course you are.  It’s the law.

Here.  For you, courtesy of our pal Gabe.

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Homer: Game-time Decision

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

All indications out of the Igloo are that Tomas Holmstrom is in there tonite.  Wing officials are calling it the GTD, but everyone else sounds pretty positive.

Mike Babcock: “Basically what we’re going to do is he felt quite good (at the morning skate), we’re going to come back at the game tonight, see how he feels. If he’s ready to go, he’s playing. If not, obviously he’ll be scratched.”

Holmstrom just left the trainers’ room and confirmed that he’s a game-time decision.

“It felt pretty good,” said Holmstrom. “We’re going to wrap it a little different. It looks good. It’s a game-time decision.”

MacLeod had blogged earlier, following the Wings’ morning skate, that they’d practiced as if he was going to be in there.  He was on the top line, Cleary and Maltby on the third and fourth, respectively.

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Saturday with Wings Coach Babcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

        Q.  Could we get an update on Tomas Holmstrom, we saw he skated a bit this morning and went off?

        COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  He did just what everyone else did.  And basically what we’re going to do is he felt pretty good.  He’s going to come back for the game tonight, see how he feels.

        If he’s ready to go, he’s playing.  If not, obviously he’ll be scratched.

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  Tags: interview, mike+babcock, quotes, transcript

Hasek Being a Good Teammate

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at the CP via Yahoo!

Dominik Hasek will enter the Hall in his very first year of eligibility. But right now, he’s been reduced to Hall of Fame backup.

“That’s the way it is,” Hasek said. “It’s definitely disappointing, especially because I feel well. Like I’ve said many times, I’m ready to go any time. But the team is playing very well, we’re winning. Ozzie is doing a great job for us. So I understand the situation.  I wish to be there but the coaches feel they better go with Ozzie.”

And that’s a pure, honest sentiment from the 43-year-old Czech star. It’s eating him up inside not to be in goal right now. But he also has tremendous respect for his goalie partner and has been nothing but the good teammate since losing his starting job 26 minutes into Game 4 of the opening round in Nashville.


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  Tags: chris+osgood, dominik+hasek

Good News for Wings Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dave Waddell via the National Post:

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom, who was injured Wednesday when he was dumped by Pittsburgh defenceman Hal Gill, said he’s optimistic he’ll play in tonight’s Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final [...]

“Yeah, that’s how it looks like,” Holmstrom said when asked if he’ll play tonight. “It feels good.”

While opting not to discuss the nature of the injury, Holmstrom said it’s unrelated to his groin problem that caused him to miss almost all of March.

Plus more on practice lineups at Red Wings Corner.

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Referee Dan O’Halloran’s Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Burnside at ESPN,

During the playoffs, we often talk about the sacrifices players make to reach the Stanley Cup finals; the commitment, the good fortune. NHL officials are no different. This series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings represents their ultimate competition. Only the best of the best are chosen to call these games. This is their Stanley Cup as much as it is the players’.

So, every day, when O’Halloran steps out of the shower and notes the meandering scar that runs from his stomach around to his back, he is doubly thankful to be here, not just professionally, but at all.

“You wonder about karma sometimes,” the 44-year-old O’Halloran told ESPN.com this week. “March 13, 1983 was the day I was shot. So that’s why I wear No. 13.”


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  Tags: dan+o'halloran, officiating, referees

Not So Fast on Melrose

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Erik Erlendsson at the Bolts Report:

This is also what I was able to surmise from conversations last night. Barry Melrose is not a done deal. No definitive offers have been made to anybody and the team is still talking to other candidates. And to clarify one other thing, no deal with Melrose, or anybody else for that matter, can be done anytime soon, and certainly not in the next couple of days. Oren Koules and his group were told by the executive board of the NHL the other day that the only issues that can be dealt with right now are those of a time sensitive manner. A head coach, is not a time sensitive matter. Nothing can be done until the board of governors meeting on June 17 in New York. So even if a deal was in place, it certainly couldn’t be announced.

Now my reaction to the Melrose news is the same as many of you guys. I’m not sold on a coach who has been behind a television camera the past 13 years, and not behind a bench. I also can’t believe that if this were to be true, that Melrose will command a $2 million annual salary - NHL coaches not named Scotty Bowman don’t make that kind of money.


Note: Melrose himself maintained that no deal had been reached when talking to ESPN’s SportsCenter last night.

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Saturday with Sid

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Q.  Game 4 is the swing game in any seven‑game series, and a lot of your guys admitted to being nervous before Game 1.  Do you think all those nerves are gone for tonight?

        SIDNEY CROSBY:  Yeah, I think so.  We know what we have to do.  And this becomes the biggest game of the series.          So probably a lot of guys are going to have a similar mind‑set to Game 3.

        Q.  Kind of a lighter question for you here about Colby Armstrong, who is serving as a guest analyst for us.  And Colby actually predicted in Game 3 you’d have a big game and you guys would win 3‑2.  Do you think he makes a perfect analyst?

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  Tags: interview, quotes, sidney+crosby, transcript

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