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St. James: Babcock suggests that he’ll get a contract ‘looked after’ with Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Speaking today at Amalie Arena as he prepared to guide his Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 of the first-round series against Tampa Bay (3:30 p.m., NBC-TV), [Red Wings coach] Babcock maintained that the playoffs -- and his family -- are his focus.

"I'm coaching the Red Wings," he said. "Pumped to do it. My manager is fantastic. Got a great relationship. When the season ends, I've got a daughter going University of Portland on the 12th of June and I've got a son going to Boston on July 10th. Those things are my focus. Everything else will get looked after when it gets looked after."

Babcock, who turns 52 on April 29, is in the last year of a contract. He has spent the past 10 seasons coaching the Wings. He has succeeded in a wildly successful coaching trajectory that's seen him establish himself as synonymous with winning. Now he stands to become the highest paid coach in the NHL. Currently that's Chicago's Joel Quenneville, at $2.75 million annually. Wings general manager Ken Holland has offered $3.25 million annually, but Babcock is eyeing $5 million annually. Neither he nor Holland have talked about negotiations since the season began.

"We're going to do our best to play as long as we possibly can, and then Ken and I will meet," Babcock said. "I don't spend much time thinking about it. I'm flattered I've got a great family, my wife loves me, and they like me enough to keep me here. The rest of this doesn't matter."

St. James continues, and she posted a video of Babcock's comments:

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Shea Weber Will Miss At Least The Next Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Video of how the injury happened is below...

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Started Humming A Song from 2003

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

12 years and 8 days ago the Red Wings, opening their defense of the Stanley Cup, put up 64 shots on Jean-Sebastian Giguere.   1 got by him. His coach at the time is, ironically, sure to be courted soon by that very lone goal scorer, Brendan Shanahan.

The Wings outshot Anaheim by 20 that night, by 13 the next, by 11 in Game 3 and 7 in Game 4.  Detroit owned a 51-shot advantage and got swept by a Mike Babcock coached team.

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Same Lineup Today And A Video Preview

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Mike Babcock told the media today there will be no changes to the lineup for today's game.

Here is Ken Kal's preview of the game...


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The Wings Need Improved Play From The Second Line

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

In game 1....

Tomas Tatar- One shot, -1, 12:59 TOI

Gustav Nyquist- one shot, -1, 11:07 TOI

Riley Sheahan- no shots, -1, 13:58 TOI

All three have to be better, starting today.  A goal or two from the Wings's second line would help the cause and give the Lightning something to think about.

Time to step it up boys!

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Alain Vigneault Trying To Get The Attention Of The Refs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

Oh, those subtle subplots of the playoffs. This is part of what makes it fun, no?

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault spent part of Friday afternoon voicing his opinion about the Penguins crashing the crease and disturbing his goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, just to make sure it’s out there for the start of Game 2 on Saturday night at the Garden.

Vigneault made it clear he wants to see a little more diligence on the parts of the referees going forward in this first-round series — or at least more than they saw in Thursday’s 2-1 win in Game 1.

“Hank plays in the blue paint,” Vigneault said, referring to how Lundqvist plays deep in his net and almost always in the crease. “When he gets hit, the blue paint is the goaltender, because there’s a willingness [from the Penguins] to go there and disturb. There’s a lot of stuff from certain of their players that we knew was going to happen after the whistle. We hope that the referees are going to see it and call it, and we’re going to play whistle-to-whistle and be a very disciplined team.”


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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
MONTREAL 3, Ottawa 2 (OT) – MTL leads 2-0
WASHINGTON 4, NY Islanders 3 – series tied 1-1
NASHVILLE 6, Chicago 2 – series tied 1-1
VANCOUVER 4, Calgary 1 – series tied 1-1
The Senators notched the tying goal with 6:35 remaining in regulation, but Alex Galchenyuk scored at 3:40 of overtime to power the Canadiens to a 2-0 series lead.
* Galchenyuk, the third overall selection by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft, recorded his second career postseason overtime goal (also May 22, 2014 vs. NYR). At 21 years, 64 days, Elias says he became the second player in franchise history to post two playoff overtime goals before his 22nd birthday. The other: Claude Lemieux, who achieved that milestone at 20 years, 293 days on May 5, 1986 at NYR.
* Making his return to the lineup following a three-game absence, Max Paciorettyscored the tying goal (on the power play) early in the second period. Pacioretty paced the team and shared fifth in the NHL with 37 goals during the regular season, two shy of his career high established in 2013-14.

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The Vancouver Canucks Dominated The Calgary Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Bob Hartley, who has a knack of making the story about him even after his team has been drilled like a molar, tried to turn the after-conversation into what happened in the last minute of Game 2 instead of what happened in the first 59 minutes.

But after all the he-said, she-said this one was pretty simple. In a comprehensive beat down, the Vancouver Canucks evened their opening round series with the Calgary Flames 1-1, setting the stage for the long and fierce battle which was predicted all along.

Sure the other stuff is entertaining.

But, in the final analysis, it's mostly meaningless.

"Regardless of what people are talking about, we got a big win tonight," said Kevin Bieksa. "We got a win where we felt like we outplayed them for the whole game."


Below is an extended version of the line brawl between Calgary and Vancouver...

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The St. Louis Blues Should Have Been Ready To Play Game 1

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

What’s maddening is how the Blues lost.

“You get down one at home and hope to pick it up a notch and that would be a wake-up call,” Blues captain David Backes said after Game 1. “It almost took until the third period until we finally got our legs going and played our brand of hockey.”

Therein lies a fundamental problem: With so much at stake, including their own reputations as competitors, why do the Blues need a wake-up call?

If the Blues can’t get cranked up by the challenge of taking on the Wild and shutting up skeptics who expect another STL postseason collapse, then what will it take to get them going? This is perplexing.

Blues players are well aware of the team’s futile-franchise postseason rep and resent being linked to it. The players know that the long-suffering Blues faithful have experienced more playoff disappointments than any fan base should have to endure. But the current Blues don’t think it’s fair to dump historical grievances on them.


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Craig Anderson For Game 3?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

As the Senators appeared headed for a regulation time loss at Bell Centre Friday, you could anticipate the first question asked of coach Dave Cameron the next morning.

Now what?

Trailing the first round playoff with the Montreal Canadiens 2-0, would he turn to Craig Anderson when the series switched back to Ottawa for Game 3 Sunday?

Surely, he'd give it some thought.

Andrew (The Hamburglar) Hammond still gets no respect -- despite the way he heroically led the Senators from the grave to the playoffs. Everybody expects his leash with Cameron is short, despite the fact he was 20-1-2 to end the season.

They seem to forget Anderson has played just four games since Jan. 21, winning one. They believe Cameron will turn to the hero of Ottawa's 2013 playoff series win over the Habs at the first sign of Hammond weakening.


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