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Here’s What We Need: A Crew And Good Captain Well Seasoned

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Was this foreshadowing this morning? 

I’m feeling optimistic.  I was sick when I got up, stayed sick for a few hours, and was even queezy when I started this post.  But right now I’m feeling pretty good and here’s why.  One word.

Lidstrom.  It has to be the Captain.  One way or another it has to be him.

Look at the post title again and you’ll see that it was.  Intentional?  Absolutely not.  Now, check this out…

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It’s Doubtful Reinsdorf Would Take Over Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan McGrath of the Chicago Tribune,

Both the city of Glendale, Ariz., and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman have approached Bulls and White Sox chairman and part-time Phoenix-area resident Reinsdorf about taking over the troubled hockey franchise, and a business associate acknowledged Reinsdorf has explored the possibilities.

But the associate believes Reinsdorf likely will pass. The Coyotes have myriad obstacles standing between them and profitability, beginning with a bad lease deal and competition with rival American Airlines Arena for non-hockey events that could help make their building more profitable.

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Whew…Only Four Hours Thirty Minutes Til Game Time.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Awesome.  The wait is the best part isn’t it?

A few ditties for you:

—Kelly Hrudey on Sirius HNIC said that not only did Brad Watson make the right ball, but that he agreed with the quick whistles. 
Brett Festerling will be replacing the “hunched over” James Wisniewski tonite.  Here’s hoping he’s in a puddle of his own urine by the second period.
—So.  Coyotes to Hamilton?  Nifty.  Chances Detroit ever ends up in the Eastern Conference if that happens?  Zero.  Thanks Gary. Ass.
—Oh…and Dandenault’s #11?  Retired.  You’ll just have to wait and see won’t you?
—Night Moves?  Also retired.  Accepting suggstions.

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Report- Ovechkin Receives A Death Threat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WPXI,

PITTSBURGH—Channel 11 News learned Thursday that Pittsburgh Police are investigating a death threat made against Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

Penguins’ spokesperson Tom McMillan told Channel 11 that the Penguins are aware of the threat and will be releasing a statement shortly.


added 4:36pm, The threat was made on a message board, according to WPXI.

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Senators Sign Karlsson to Entry Level Deal

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via the Globe & Mail:

Defenceman Erik Karlsson, the Ottawa Senators’ first-round pick in the 2008 entry draft, has signed an entry-level contract with the club.

Karlsson, 18, recently completed his second season with the Frolunda HC Indians of the Swedish Elite League, recording five goals and five assists in 45 games. He also added a goal and two assists in 11 playoff games.

Senators forward Dany Heatley, who’s playing for Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championship in Switzerland, wasn’t surprised the Senators signed the promising blueliner.

“He’s a great offensive defenceman, I think it was just a matter of time before we signed him,” said Heatley. “I’m looking forward to seeing him at camp.”


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Prepare For Nastiness Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, I’m glad to see James Wisniewski is healthy. 

Healthy enough to run his yap and sound like a frigging idiot in the process.

St. James

“Shows a little bit of a gutless play by one of their players…

I saw three different replays, and if you look at it, he looks over his left shoulder and just gives a nice little elbow right when I was just hunched over, not even doing anything,” he said, “So, I mean, if he says he didn’t, I’m sure you have to believe him, but … if it was Chris Pronger, I think all you media guys would make this a big deal about how dirty the Anaheim Ducks are. But since it’s the Detroit Red Wings, I guess it’s all OK.”

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Playing On Your Knees

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

Aided by vast improvements in equipment designed for safety and ease of movement that blocks much of the 24-square-foot net, N.H.L. goalies are recording the highest save percentage of any post-season in recent history.

“If you’re a boy learning how to play goal today, you’re taught to shuffle around on your knees,” Resch said. “And why not — you can cover everything along the ice that way. Goalies now are really good at flashing their glove hand up to catch high shots, but that’s because they’ve been learning and practicing on their knees their whole careers.”

Today’s gang of kneeling goaltenders is a far cry from a generation ago. The position has evolved drastically. “Imagine if baseball pitchers today threw underhand — that’s how different goaltending has become over a relatively short period of time,” Resch said.


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Bruins In A Battle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

This was not the way things were supposed to turn out after Boston won its first five games of the postseason, including a 4-1 shellacking of Carolina in Game 1. But there is no denying that Boston has been the second-best team to the Hurricanes in each of the past two games.

As a result, the Bruins face their first crisis of confidence this spring. How they react will determine the legacy of the Eastern Conference’s best regular-season team. It’s a sobering fact for a team that has known nothing but success for so long.

“It was real already, but it’s time now; the reality is our backs are against the wall right now,” said goalie Tim Thomas, who made 38 saves but was helpless to stop a rebound conversion by Jussi Jokinen just 2:48 into the extra session.


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Starting To Heat Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

PHOENIX – The bankruptcy hearing that will determine the future of the NHL in Phoenix and Hamilton hadn’t even commenced Thursday when more motions were filed, showing the bad blood that exists between the two sides.

Lawyers representing Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes disputed the NHL’s claim that Moyes had been removed from all positions of authority and said the NHL was violating the proceedings by attempting to appear in court as “owners” of the club….

It’s also clear from the court filings earlier in the week that Balsillie and Moyes intend to fight tooth and nail — using every legal avenue possible — to complete the sale and move the franchise north where it would most likely play the 2009-10 season in Copps Coliseum.

The NHL is doing what it can to stop the sale, and prevent Balsillie from completing his long-awaited dream of bringing a seventh NHL franchise to Canada, one close to his home in Waterloo, headquarters of RIM.


added 2:34pm, from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

No matter how tempting it might be to blame NHL commissioner Gary Bettman for the mess that is currently the Phoenix Coyotes, it wouldn’t be right to do so.

There are two primary villains in this saga and neither one is named Bettman.


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GDT - W.C. Semifinals, Game 4: Red Wings (1-2) at Ducks (2-1)  (10:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Adversity, nervousness, pressure, and the “screwed factor”; all make for a long friggin day in the Hasek.  Dave Dye, Detroit News, has seen fit to throw a little gas on that fire:  “This game has become seemingly crucial for the Red Wings, trailing 2-1 in the series. NHL teams with a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven playoff have won 91.1 percent of those series (215-of-236), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.”  Here is some more real heartburn for you:  (1)  DET has a series record of 10-18 all-time when trailing a best-of-7 match-up two games to one, (2)  ANA has never lost a best-of-7 series when holding a two games to one lead.

So is tonight a “must win” game?  Will Datsyuk, Homer, or Hossa put something on the scoresheet aside from goose eggs?  Equally important, will the flipping Wings start the game at the opening whistle?  While tonights result won’t decide the series, for the Wings to have a realistic chance of prevailing, they need a win.  If they don’t win, it won’t be for a lack of talent;  Chief:  “If the Wings lose tonite, and lose this series, we will be forever jaded because the only reason for it will be lack of effort and heart.”  Babcock, via the LA Times: “We’re being tested right now,” Babcock said. “We’ve got to find out if we’re mentally hard enough and want it bad enough.” 

I’ve always had a tendency to shine my spotilght on the painfully obvious, biggest game of the season tonight, Bitches.  More below.

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