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Huet Expected To Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

Look for Cristobal Huet to start in goal tomorrow night when the Canadiens’ playoff hopes depend on at least taking the Toronto Maple Leafs to overtime.
The only good thing to come out of the Canadiens’ 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers was the fact that Huet made his first appearance since Feb. 14 and showed that he’s fit enough to play in Toronto.
He replaced Jaroslav Halak in the third period and stopped the eight shots he faced.

more on the Canadiens…

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Why You Should Watch The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Bleacher Report,

If you’re thinking I’m one of those north-of-the-border types who have no idea how irrelevant hockey can seem in the United States, think again:
I was born and raised in Northern California.
Hockey has jumped atop my list of favorite sports in recent years—and no, it’s not because the media’s convinced me, or because my company has a cushy skybox to throw around.
The NHL is my favorite new league because it earned the top spot—one goal, forecheck, and fight at a time. And for those of you in the U.S.A. who aren’t jazzed about the Stanley Cup Playoffs, here are four simple reasons to start paying attention.

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Rating Slump On NBC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Two weeks ago, NBC’s Sunday afternoon hockey telecast outdrew ABC’s NBA coverage. Both had 1.0 ratings (number of households tuned in), but NBC produced a larger audience share.
Last week, ABC rebounded to earn a 1.9 rating (Miami-Detroit), while NBC, with two weak regional matchups (Detroit-Columbus and Los Angeles-San Jose) slumped to a .71. That’s the lowest rating for an NHL broadcast in years.

more on HNIC using the web during the playoffs…

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Pavel The Pessimist?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

On the heels of Khan(!)‘s report this morning that Pavel Datsyuk is close to re-signing with the Wings comes this little ditty from the Russian online Gazeta.ru.

Team Russia GM Alexei Nemchinov told that Datsyuk and Markov called him and asked him to reserve for them a couple of empty spots in the roster for the World Championship in Moscow.

“If Detroit will lose in the first round, we would like to participate in WC.”

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Ruff Still Evaluating Conolly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres center Tim Connolly has proclaimed to the coaching staff he’s ready to play.
It’s foreseeable doctors will clear him to return for Saturday’s road game against the Washington Capitals.
That doesn’t mean Sabres coach Lindy Ruff will feel comfortable enough to use the itchy triggerman….
“If we’re in a situation where we’re playing him on special teams and he gets in a footrace on a turnover, can he match the pace of the guy he’s going against or will it cost us? Those are the little things we’re trying to evaluate.”

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Oilers Still Talking Pronger

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from the Edmonton Journal,

As great a hockey blessing as Pronger’s stay in Edmonton was, his departure has been a curse. Any post-mortem of what has gone wrong with the Oilers begins with the questions still surrounding the Pronger affair: Why, in fact, did Pronger leave? And what has his departure meant for the franchise?
Nichols believes that Pronger himself has failed to be forthcoming enough about his departure, falling back on the excuse that he wanted out for private family reasons.
“I think Pronger was too vague. He owed it to our organization and to the fan base to be just a bit more specific about it, because that is what is annoying everybody.”

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Hip Surgery For Rob Blake

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The Hockey News has learned Los Angeles Kings veteran defenseman Rob Blake will undergo season-ending hip surgery Friday morning and faces up to five months of rehabilitation before he’ll be able to return.
That would still allow him to be ready for the beginning of next season if all goes well, but there is little doubt that the surgery is a major procedure.

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Pens/Sens Battle For Home Ice

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from the Pittsburg Post-Gazette,

Maxime Talbot scored with less than 10 seconds left in regulation to give them a 3-2 victory against the Senators at Scotiabank Place and a 3-1 edge in the season series.
That’s significant, because the Penguins and Senators will meet in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, although the home-ice advantage for that series will not be determined until tomorrow.
The teams have 103 points each—for the Penguins, that’s the second-highest total in franchise history—but Ottawa has an edge in the first tiebreaker, total victories.
Consequently, the Senators can lock up home ice by beating Boston at TD Banknorth Garden; if the Senators lose, however, the Penguins (46-24-11) can earn home ice by defeating the New York Rangers at Mellon Arena.

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Brodeur Breaks Parent’s Record

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

Parent was on hand when Brodeur broke the 33-year-old single-season record of 47 victories with last night’s 3-2 triumph over the Flyers here. The victory, the Devils’ fourth straight and fifth of six, clinched their seventh Atlantic Division title, second in a row.
The difference is Brodeur’s 48-23-7 record is fattened by 10 shootout victories that arguably would have been ties in Parent’s era. Parent went 47-13-12 for the Flyers in that 1973-74 season when he shared the Vezina Trophy as top goalie with Chicago’s Tony Esposito, and won the first of two straight Conn Smythe trophies as playoff MVP. Parent may have had at least six more victories, if there’d been shootouts then.
“You can’t argue with the fact that it’s easier,” Brodeur said.
“Everybody has a right to see a record in a certain way. But it’s tough enough.
“It doesn’t take anything away from what I did. Maybe in five years they’ll decide the game is boring again and put something else in.”

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Avs Earning Their Right To Play-On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Denver Post,

“We’re definitely earning it right now,” said Avs captain Joe Sakic. “But we’re in the same position we’ve always been. We have to win our next game and still get some help. Hopefully, Sunday will mean something for us.”
The situation, with the Avs’ win coupled with Calgary’s loss, is this: The Avs are three points back of Calgary with two games left. All Calgary needs to do is get two points in either of their final two games, at home against lowly Edmonton and Sunday at the Pepsi Center against Colorado. The Avs have to get at least three points in their last two, and any loss in regulation would eliminate them. But the Avs can win the eighth spot either by one point or by virtue of a possible tiebreaker.

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