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Playoff Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

1 - Shutout in 17 Stanley Cup playoff games so far in 2014.

8 - Shutouts in the first round in 2013.

12 - Times in 17 games the home team has won so far in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

30 - Times in 47 games the home team won in 2013.

13 - Goals for the San Jose Sharks in their first two games of their series against the Los Angeles Kings.

10 - Goals for the Sharks in their seven-game series against the Kings a year ago.

5.34 - Goals per game in the 2013-14 NHL regular season.

6.29 - Goals per game in the 2014 playoffs through 17 games.

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Preparing For The Buyout Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

The second and final window for the NHL clubs to use their amnesty buyouts will begin the later of June 15 or 48 hours after the 2014 Stanley Cup final concludes. The buyout window slams shut for good at 5 p.m. ET on June 30. Bought-out players become unrestricted free agents and can sign with a new club on July 1.

Each team was granted two compliance buyouts to use either last summer or this one, a clause embedded in the new CBA to provide some previously spend-silly GMs with a mulligan. Or two. Some teams have already hinted at their intentions publicly; others are remaining tight-lipped and will work the trade phones until they’re left with no other options.

In order to be bought out, the player must not be injured, however. He must also pass through waivers, although that is more a matter of formality since no one is jumping to pay Ville Leino what the 2011 Sabres are. Important to note that a player cannot re-sign with the same club that bought him out until a full calendar year passes.

Here, in brief, is what we know about where your favourite team stands on using its buyouts before the window closes.

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Down 0-2, The Minnesota Wild Make A Goalie Change

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from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

The Wild was in the driver’s seat, up 4-2 in Game 1 until with less than 13 minutes left, Kyle Brodziak burps up a puck to Ryan O’Reilly, Jamie McGinn scores and the rest of the night was pandemonium. The Wild, 5-10 all-time at home in the playoffs, went from potentially being up 1-0 in the series to now being in a 2-0 hole with Game 3 tonight (6 p.m.) at the X.

For the first time in his Wild career, Brodziak will be a healthy scratch tonight. Justin Fontaine and Dany Heatley draw in, Stephane Veilleux and Brodziak come out.

Darcy Kuemper will make his first career playoff start and fourth playoff appearance against Semyon Varlamov. It’s Kuemper’s first start since a concussion and first start since March 27 in St. Louis. Before the injury, the second-half savior won once in his final eight starts, allowing three or more goals in six of those games. He stopped all 14 shots he saw in relief of Ilya Bryzgalov in Game 2, but starting in the playoffs is a different mentality than just getting thrown in. He’s got all day to think and … not freak out.

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NHL Awards Show Announced

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 21, 2014) – The NHL Awards™ return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, the National Hockey League announced today. Renowned television and radio broadcaster George Stroumboulopoulos, the recently-named host of the NHL on Rogers, will host the NHL Awards, which will be held on Tuesday, June 24, at the Encore Theater. The NHL Awards will air live at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on NBCSN in the U.S. and CBC in Canada. 

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Playoff Hockey Is Back In Columbus

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The Blue Jackets will be backed by a sold out crowd in Nationwide Arena tonight -- the diehards who have endured all along, those who drifted away and have fallen back in love, and the newbies who are getting their first look at the greatest spectacle in sports ... the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said he was concerned about his players getting too caught up in the emotions of the moment and suffering an energy crash as the game moves along. But mostly he's excited, too:

"The city has earned this, the fans have earned this," Richards said. "There will be great energy in here. We've seen it before (against Nashville in the last game of last season), but it's going to be elevated here tonight."

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Red Wings’ Gustavsson vs. Crosby in TSN’s POY; checking in with the Griffins, Callahan and Paterson

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Today's Red Wings-Bruins "optional" post is still going, but these videos merit their own entry.

1. First, Jonas Gustavsson and Sidney Crosby are facing off against each other in TSN's Play of the Year Showdown quarterfinals, with a Crosby goal against the Islanders...

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Waived-Off Goal For Tampa Was The Correct Call

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from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

I give young referee Francis Charron kudos for having the courage to correctly apply rule 69.3 and disallow the potential go-ahead goal by Ryan Callahan with 4:22 remaining in the second period and the score tied 1-1.

The overriding rational of rule 69 (Interference on the Goalkeeper) is that a goalkeeper should have the ability to move freely within his goal crease without being hindered by the actions of an attacking player. There were two instances of goalkeeper interference by virtue of the rule on the play whereby a goal could not legally be allowed to stand if the puck entered the net.

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Watch the wavied-off goal here...

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The Atmosphere In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Baker of Grantland,

Joe Louis Arena has its long history, TD Garden has its swagger, and the Bell Centre has that certain je ne sais quoi. But if I were compiling a list of favorite places to go to watch a hockey game, the Shark Tank in San Jose would be very close to the top. (Notice I call it the Shark Tank, and not the “SAP Center” — I’m still bitter that the place is no longer named after a personal computer introduced in 1995, which was just so perfectly Silicon Valley.)

The sport of hockey has long embraced the absurd — from the gap-toothed smiles to the playoff beards to the logic around letting players punch each other in the face — and few arenas gather all that kooky energy together better than the one in San Jose. Before you even enter the Shark Tank, you can sense it; there are few things funnier than watching a group of middle-aged men clad fully in aggressive shades of teal — a Hertl, a Ricci, and an Ozolinsh! — hopping off the commuter train and striding purposefully toward the arena like they’re about to pitch a VC firm. Actually, I lied: What’s funnier is watching them, later in the game, do “the chomp” with their arms while ominous Jaws music plays and an opposing player gets sent to the penalty box. Also, I forgot to mention that the players skate out of a giant shark head, complete with lit-up red eyes, at the start of every game. What’s not to love?

Of course, it helps that the on-ice product has been one of the NHL’s best over the past decade. The Sharks haven’t missed the playoffs since 2003, which gives them the NHL’s second-longest active postseason streak, after Detroit. 

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Red Wings-Bruins Monday practice post: both teams ‘take an optional’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 14x at 3:56 PM: The morning after the Detroit Red Wings dropped a 4-1 decision to the Boston Bruins via a succession of self-inflicted wounds, we received reminders of two unique parts of this series:

1. There is only so much you can work out via practicing in late April, when "exam season" is taking place both at the collegiate and NHL levels...

2. And this ain't a West Coast series, when off-days are completely spent in the air, traveling from city to city:

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Game 3, Chicago/St. Louis Should Be Must Watch TV

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

After Brent Seabrook obliterated David Backes with an illegal hit Saturday – knocking him out cold – the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues scrummed in the corner. Backes regained consciousness, wobbled to his feet and tried to get involved, but he couldn’t keep his balance. A trainer had to hold him up against the wall.

And this is what one Blackhawk had to say to a fellow player who had suffered a brain injury:

“Wakey, wakey, Backes! Wakey, wakey!”

We can’t say for sure who it was, but Duncan Keith was the only Blackhawk in the vicinity facing Backes at that moment.

The CBC microphones didn’t pick up everything, either. Captain Jonathan Toews was right there, too, and had been jawing at Backes already. Standing with his injured teammate, Blues winger Alex Steen turned and yelled at someone: “Show some [bleeping] class!” A moment later, Steen added: “That’s [baloney], Johnny!”

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If you want to review the hit, watch below... the chatter starts around the :40 second mark...

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