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GDT - SC Playoffs, Game 1: Red Wings host Blue Jackets (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

It is a great day to be a Red Wings fan.  After 82 games of mediocre goaltending and mind-boggling, inconsistent, indifferent, uninspired, hockey by your hereos; the Wings erratic effort earned them the 3rd most points in the League and the #2 seed in the W.C. The glass half-full crowd would say that isn’t too shabby given their half-assed effort.  The $64,000.00 question (drumroll please):  Can the Winged Wheel find any heart under their legendary logo?  We know Uncle Mike isn’t too concerned about his teams defensive zone meltdowns, as a matter of fact he has “zero” concern.  We also know the Wings finished the regular season leading the league in scoring at a 3.52 g/g.  Can Ozzie stop the friggin puck?  Last season he did ratchet up his play in the playoffs; he had a 2.09 goals-against average in the regular season and a league-low 1.55 GAA in the 2008 playoffs.

On paper it seems the BJ are a good matchup for the Wings (I fully realize the teams do not skate on paper);  the BJ do not score much (2.68 g/g, 21), and their PP is dead-last clipping along at 12.7%.  You say that Mason scares you (well hot-goaltending scares the beejeezers out of me too); but he is mortal.  The BJ surrendered 14 goals in their last two games, and finished the season 3-3-4 while fighting for a higher seed.

Game On Bitches.

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A Sit Down With Datsyuk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

But I had this theory. Every man is deeper than his sound bite. If Datsyuk ever sat down, relaxed, away from the rink, and spoke in Russian, I figured, he’d be a whole different story.

This week, I finally got to witness that, with the help of a Russian-speaking business associate of Datsyuk’s named Dan Milstein. The three of us met at Bacco Ristorante in Southfield. Milstein translated. Sitting at a table, sipping a glass of water, Datsyuk shifted easily between his native tongue and his improved English.

And after a few hours, I knew more about this guy than I’d learned in eight years.

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Penalties Galore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

After Game 1 of the Canucks-Blues Western Conference quarterfinal, there shouldn’t be any confusion over what constitutes a penalty in this series.

That’s because, apparently, everything constitutes a penalty. Lay a stick on a Blues defenceman, Henrik Sedin, off you go. Use your arm to ward off a Canucks forward, Jay McKee, and you sit in the box and feel shame. Mill around a scrum too long and you’re liable to be sent off for public loitering. And none of your lip, young man, or you get 10.

At least that’s what it felt like on Wednesday night. That’s also the way it looked as the refereeing tandem of Chris Lee and Dan O’Halloran handed out minors like they were Reese’s Pieces on Halloween night. In the first two periods of a competitive but not particularly violent postseason game there were 11 power plays between the two teams: seven for the Blues, four for the Canucks.

Now, we can argue if that’s an appropriate total for a Stanley Cup playoff game. And there was plenty of arguing Wednesday night. But it’s also pointless because these are the terms of engagement in the new NHL.

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Time To Think Of A Goalie Change In D.C.

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Bruce Boudreau might disagree, and he gets to make the choice. But after watching Jose Theodore be awfully hard to hit Wednesday night in Washington’s series opening loss to the New York Rangers, you’ve got to believe the man they call Gabby is at the very least considering giving rookie Simeon Varlamov the start for Game 2 on Saturday….

Let’s say Boudreau sticks with Theodore, who now has four wins in his last 15 playoff starts, for Game 2, and the veteran netminder plays poorly and the Caps lose.

Then, you have to stick with Theodore probably because it would be difficult to put Varlamov in for a do-or-die Game 3 in Madison Square Garden.

But if you go with Varlamov for Game 2, he might steal one and even the series, or if he loses, you can go back to the more seasoned Theodore for Game 3.

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added 9:40am, from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Boudreau has two days to mull his decision before Game 2 on Saturday.

It’s not one he plans to rush into, but he was certainly down on Theodore’s performance after tonight’s 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Theodore faced only 21 shots, and probably could have stopped any of the Rangers’ four goals.

“He’s right,” Boudreau said when he was told that Theodore accepted the blame for the loss. “You need the save and he didn’t make the save. But I’m sure he’s going to bounce back. He’s a professional. He’s played this game long enough, I’m sure he feels bad enough.”

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16 Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie Baker of the Seagate Broadcasters Blog,

Bob Errey was captain of the San Jose Sharks as the team prepared for the 94 playoffs. A couple of nights before the playoff series with the #1 seeded Red Wings began, Bob was laying in bed and couldn’t sleep. Bob had won a Stanley Cup while in Pittsburgh and was thinking about what it takes to succeed in the playoffs. After awhile he decided to jot down what he was thinking which he shared with the coaches and all the players….

1. It takes 16 WINS to win the Stanley Cup
2. 4 Wins per series
3. Never dwell on the past (good, bad, win, lose)
4. Never take anything for granted
5. One shift is as important as 20

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Face The Facts Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

After tonight’s 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh in a first-round playoff opener, some of the Flyers talked about all the “bad bounces” that contributed to the Penguins goals.

  And before the game, when asked how how the Flyers could regain their form for the playoffs, coach John Stevens smiled and said: “I don’t agree with everybody else’s analysis of how we finished the year. I think we played a lot of good games…I thought there were some games where we were the better team and didn’t win. Our special teams were strong down the stretch….We tightened up defensively; we out-chanced teams, so in my opinion, we did a lot of things we needed to do down the stretch.”

    Am I watching a different team?

    Didn’t the Flyers limp home 4-5-1 and blow the fourth seed to the Penguins?

    The Flyers have been mediocre for six weeks now, plain and simple.

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Capitals Have Defensive Zone Issues

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Bragging is not The Maven’s forte.

With that in mind I’m not suggesting that my prediction of a Rangers opening series victory over Washington was underlined by their stirring win in Game One.

But looking ahead to the second game in our nation’s capital on Saturday, it is apparent that the Capitals may very well be a paper tiger and not necessarily a playoff scoring machine.

As I told you over and over again in my previews of this fascinating match-up, the Caps are so weak in goal and so deficient on defense that all the Ovechkins and Semins and Greens cannot compensate for a goalie so riddled with doubts — and deficiencies — as Jose Theodore.

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Here Come The Springtime Experts

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You never really know how many hockey geniuses there are in the Detroit media until mid-April rolls around.  Then, after months of pretending hockey hibernates from November through March? Out come the Fosters and the Rosenbergs, and of course the Delicate Geniuses. 

A man approached me the other day and wanted to talk about the Red Wings.

“I know you don’t want to hear this, but I really believe Columbus is going to give the Wings problems,” he said. “I think the Wings will wear them down. But it is going to take seven games to take care of them.”

 

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I NOW Consider Alexander Ovechkin A Hall Of Famer

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One question I try to answer is at what point in their careers, a player establishes himself as a Hall Of Famer.  At what point does it no longer matter what he does or does not do for the rest of his career because he has done enough that he should make the Hall of Fame?  This season I think Alexander Ovechkin got himself to that point.

Ovechkin is only 23 years old and most likely has the majority of his career ahead of him and yet he has already done more than most players will do in their lifetimes.  In four seasons he has won the Hart Trophy once, the Art Ross Trophy once, the Richard Trophy twice, the Calder Trophy once, the Pearson Award once and he has made the First Team All Star at left wing three times.  In this season the awards have not yet been presented, but he is a likely favorite for another Hart and Pearson Trophy as well as the First Team All Star.  He is the most likely choice by fans as the best player in the game today.  That is a Hall of Fame career in and of itself and it is probably only a portion of Ovechkin’s entire career.

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Center Ice Replay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner posted the following release he received today…

NEW YORK, April 15, 2009 –Tax Day has a bright side for hockey fans. Starting today, April 15, and through the second round of the playoffs, subscribers to the NHL Center Ice out-of-market package will receive replays of same day games. In this new enhancement which is free to customers, the NHL Center Ice package will re-air each current day’s game beginning approximately one hour after the live game ends so that fans can see games they might have missed. Each game will replay in its entirety and will repeat continuously overnight and the next day, on the same channel, until the following day’s live games begin.

The “Replay Game” feature means that there will be approximately 4-5 replays for single, scheduled games. Live games scheduled back-to-back will be replayed in that same order, so that there will be approximately 2-3 replays before game-time the following day. No games will be bumped from the package to accommodate replay games. Blackout and other restrictions apply.

I haven’t heard anything about this, how about you?

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