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Saturday’s Game 5 of the Wings-Bolts series will begin at 6 PM EDT

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Thanks to the Nashville Predators' win on Thursday, the fifth game of the Detroit Red Wings-Tampa Bay Lightning series will start at 6 PM EDT on Saturday, April 25th, and the game will air on Fox Sports Detroit and Fox Sports Florida.

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It Appears Doug Wilson Will Return As GM In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The Sharks' failure to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2003 will not result in top management turnover.

Owner Hasso Plattner sent a 513-word message to season-ticket holders Thursday that said both general manager Doug Wilson and chief operating officer John Tortora "did a good job" last year and offered no hint of potential changes at the top of the organization.

Recognizing fan disappointment in not making the playoffs, Plattner at the same time reaffirmed his commitment to Wilson's rebuild.

"We had hoped we could do both, stay competitive and rebuild at the same time," Plattner wrote. "It was close, but other teams in our conference were better, at least throughout the whole season, and deservedly finished ahead of us."


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Peter Chiarelli About To Be Hired In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Elliotte Friedman tweets,

Hearing the same thing as @JasonGregor -- that EDM will have a media conference tomorrow to announce the hiring of Peter Chiarelli.

Not sure of structure of the new front office, but it is believed Chiarelli will be President of Hockey Operations (or something like that).

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

Peter Chiarelli has been in EDM meeting with Bob Nicholson for past two days. EDM won't confirm, not yet anyway, news conference for Fri...

...but all signs point to him taking over all hockey operations for the Oilers. If Chiarelli was to take job there, he wanted full autonomy.

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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Lightning, Game 4: Now it’s up for grabs

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This game was about control. Detroit could either take full control of the series by opening up a 3-1 series lead, or Tampa Bay could wrest control back from Detroit, tying the series at 2 going into a set of 2 of 3 games in Tampa Bay.

Tampa wrested control from the Red Wings thanks to a staggering set of game-tying goals in 77 seconds and an OT marker, yielding a 3-2 win and a series tie that stunned the Wings, stunned their fans, and may have cost the Wings Luke Glendening in the process of a stupid, stupid, stupid scrum that predictably played into the visitors' hands.

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Nice goal, Bishop

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I am writing a recap of the Wings-Lightning game presently, but I believe this goal deserves its own post (nice one, Ben Bishop):

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Your Calder Trophy Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK -- Defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers and forwards Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames and Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition," the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Open Post- Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Feel free to discuss the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs games tonight.


Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning look to even their first-round series tonight against the Red Wings, with Detroit currently holding a 2-1 series edge. The Red Wings took Game 3 with a 3-0 shutout win, led by 22 saves by goaltender Petr Mrazek and Pavel Datsyuk’s second goal of the series.

John Forslund (play-by-play) and Andy Brickley (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the action from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.


The Islanders and Capitals face off in a pivotal Game 5 matchup at 7 p.m. ET on CNBC, with their series deadlocked at two games apiece. The two teams split a pair of overtime affairs at Nassau Coliseum, as the Caps tied the series at two with a 2-1 win in Game 4, capped by Nicklas Backstrom’s game-winner 11:09 into overtime.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

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Prospect playoff news: Holmstrom, SAIK lose SHL final

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Here's a short note that's a bit of a bummer: Axel Holmstrom registered an assist, won 72.73% of his faceoffs and played 18:33, but Skelleftea AIK dropped a 3-2 OT decision to the Vaxjo Lakers, losing the SHL final in six games.

Holmstrom finished with a rookie-record 7 goals, 11 assists and 18 points in 15 games, and I'm not sure if he'll head to Grand Rapids to take part in the Griffins' playoff run. We'll find out within the next day or two.

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If You Need Him, He’ll Be There Again…Hank Is The Key

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I don't like to talk about the Blackhawk series.  That one damaged me.  Fortunately for me, I believe it damaged one Hank Zetterberg worse. I believe that one hurt worse than any other.

I say fortunately, because I think the pain of that series is what will keep the Wings from losing this one.

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Afternoon Line- Mike Yeo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I think there’s still pressure on that team over there. I think that the way things have gone for them the last few years, we know the word redemption is coming into play for them, and obviously it’s a very motivated group over there. I do think that they think that they’re much better than us and it's our job to prove that we’re up at that level. So we’ve got an opportunity tomorrow to be a good test, but we’re excited about it.

-Mike Yeo, head coach of the Minnesota Wild.  More from Yeo and some Wild players from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants.

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