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From the Dub: the road less traveled

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

In about three hours, the Portland Winterhawks will begin their fourth straight bid for the WHL Western Conference in Kelowna, BC. There is no easy way to get from Portland to Kelowna, but the journey is worth it. When I departed Portland late Wednesday to stay overnight in Kennewick, I figured Thursday would be long but not overly so with a few stops along the way. Normally, it takes about 6 to 7 hours to drive north to Canada, and the road is a little more predictable.  That is, if you follow the Mapquest directions that instruct you to stay on highway 24 where it turns into 240 instead of turning left on 24 to drive through Yakima before picking up highway 97 north. It took two extra hours of driving and a large McDonald's chocolate milk shake to survive the longer journey, but we made it. Along the way, I realized you can learn a thing or two about hockey by taking the road less traveled.

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Videos- Babcock, Helm And Smith Before Tonight’s Game

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Mike Babcock is up first...

 

Followed by Darren Helm and Brend Smith below...

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TMR Afternoon line: Babcock talks about ‘The Kids,’ Helm ahead of Game 1

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm heading out to take the mom to the CPA to file our taxes (we received an extension), so, having filed a game-day update post, the Wings' playoff preview video, a Datsyuk Play of the Year, a Ken Holland interview and Craig Custance's feature story on Gustav Nyquist (Custance and the CBC's Doug Harrison wrote tremendous articles about "The Kids" today), I'm about to brave the joy that is 12 Mile and Orchard Lake Road from 3:30-6 on a Friday evening.

As such, I won't be back till nearly game time, and I'd like to use this set of pre-game comments from Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, per BostonBruins.com's Jess Inser (whose notebook also includes a bit about Darren Helm), as the TMR "Afternoon Line":

“We talk a lot about the past in the media — we never talk about the past in our dressing room,” said Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock. “It’s about the present. It’s about right here, right now, and we have a good group of kids. We have good veteran leadership, but our kids have played really well — given us the energy, and they’ve come here and they’ve replaced people and they’ve earned jobs.”

“It’s not like they’re going back to the minors; they’re here. They took jobs, and they’re going to keep jobs. And this is a group here we’re going ahead with now. Obviously, some of the guys that are injured, like Zetterberg, I’m sure can still get a spot on the team. Like Ericsson. I’m sure. But that’s just part of it — they’re not here, [so] what are we going to do about it?” Just play.”

Isner continues at length, and here's Babcock on Helm:

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Red Wings GM Ken Holland delivers a game-day ‘state of the Wings’ address on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery today, giving a 15-minute "state of the Wings" ahead of tonight's playoff opener against the Boston Bruins:

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Custance discusses Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist’s self-driven development

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings-Bruins game-day update post has wound to a close, and ESPN's Craig Custance has penned the kind of feature article that provides food for thought between now and 7:30 PM:

Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist played absolutely dominant hockey down the stretch, but proving that he can still score at a good clip while dealing with the intense checking and one-on-one shut-down match-ups of playoff hockey might tell the tale as to whether Nyquist could be another Henrik Zetterberg in the making.

Custance spoke with Nyquist's coach at the University of Maine, Tim Whitehead, the Wings' Swedish super-scout, Hakan Andersson, Griffins coach Jeff Blashill and former Wings assitstant GM Jim Nill about Nyquist's blossoming, but Custance reports that the biggest difference-maker in terms of Nyquist's physical, mental and skill development was and is Nyquist himself:

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All Those Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So were you like me, watching the first two nights of the NHL playoffs on television and thinking you’d stepped into a time machine?

Suddenly, it was 1986, all over again. Wayne and the boys were lighting it up out West. Bossy and his gang were still a force in the East. Was that Peter Stastny scoring key goals for Quebec, or Paul Stastny scoring them for the former Nordiques, now the Colorado Avalanche? Neal Broten starring for the Minnesota North Stars or Zach Parise for the Minnesota Wild? If Patrick Roy was on the ice instead of behind the bench, would his team have given up four goals?

Maybe, because it seemed like, in the first 48 hours, everybody was giving up goals – 53 total in seven games, six of which produced seven goals or more. That giddy euphoria coming from a nearby living room – that’s the sound of playoff poolies everywhere, off to a roaring start.

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Steve Mason May Play Game 2 For The Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Mason went through a practice at Chelsea Piers and said he felt good and wasn’t hampered in any kind of movement on the ice.

He last practiced Tuesday and will have a full practice with teammates Saturday.

“I felt pretty good for being on the ice for the first time in a couple days,” Mason said. “It was a good step. I felt great movement wise.”

Can you play in Game 2?

“We still have a couple days before Sunday rolls around, so that’s definitely my goal,” Mason said.

Mason said Flyers management would have to decide on his status. Coach Craig Berube said he’ll make a decision after speaking with all parties later today and what he sees off Saturday’s practice.

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Pavel Datsyuk makes his first appearance in TSN’s Play of the Year Showdown

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

TSN's latest "Play of the Year Showdown" pits Pavel Datsyuk's superb pass against the Boston Bruins...

Against a shorthanded goal by T.J. Oshie:

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No surprise here: Bruins’ broadcasters expect Boston to take out Detroit, and to do so quickly

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Jamming it in: While you're at it, via RedWIngsFeed, go vote for Pavel Datsyuk in TSN's Play of the Year bracket...

I would expect Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond to say something similar regarding the Red Wings, but in case you're interested, the Boston Bruins' play-by-play man and color commentator, Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley (respectively), told the Boston Globe's Chad Finn that they expect the B's to make quick work of the Wings:

“I don’t think this is a lengthy series,’’ said NESN color analyst Andy Brickley, who will join Jack Edwards for the call of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series Friday. “I don’t see it going six or seven. I think the Bruins take care of business in five games. I think they’ll win a game in Detroit and hold serve at home. I think there will be some really hard fought, close games in this series. But I also see a 4-0 win, a 4-1 win, a game that’s in [the Bruins’] control for most of it.

“I try to be as objective as I can, but when you try to project it, that’s how I see it evolving. I’m not ignoring what Detroit brings to the table, I think the Bruins strengths are stronger than Detroit’s strengths.”

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Red Wings-Bruins Game 1 game-day updates: no lineup changes but plenty of Babcockian bluster

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 8x at 2:34 PM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to upset the mighty Boston Bruins as the teams' first-round playoff series gets underway this evening (7:30 PM on FSD and NESN locally, NBCSN and TSN nationally and on 97.1 FM; does Octopi Hockeytown extend to Boston?), and while the Bruins skated quite early...

WEEI's DJ Bean reports that Claude Julien took a page out of Mike Babcock's book and "held an optional":

Burning hot take: If today's morning skate is an optional, perhaps Bruins just had Paille do his before. Would throw folks off the scent

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Or he was just skating before because that's what injured players do. That's the more likely, but I'm not assuming anything. #Bruins

Which means that, as the Boston Herald's Steve Conroy notes, more than just Daniel Paille's status remained up in the air:

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