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Update: 1551 EST. I just re-read this post and this line from Khan(!) jumped out at me. "He said Dominik Hasek is fine, but didn’t really say why Hasek wouldn’t start on Saturday." What? What the HELL is that? How do you not press for an answer to that question? Khan(!): Mike, umm, how come Dom's not starting Saturday? Uncle Mike: I'm sorry, what? Did you say something Ansar? Here, have a sucker. Khan(!): Thanks Mike. That about does it. Uncle Mike: Good question though. How's your day? Or, as George Costanza said in the episode when he wore the down ski jacket with the lift tag on it to pick up chicks, "How you living?" Clearly some of you aren't living cleanly enough because the news out of Hockeytown is troubling. Nick Lidstrom is out again tonite with a "sore lower back." Khan(!) (Ansar, not Bill) with more.

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Lecavalier Ready For The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Vincent Lecavalier took part in an NHL tele-conference today. 

Q Vincent, Pat Burns came out the other day and talked about how he believes you’re the best player in the National Hockey League. He’s a person who because he doesn’t have any affiliation with anyone, his opinion, I think, carries a lot of weight rather than having to listen to somebody who is an employee of the team talk about it. What do you say when somebody like that comes out and says you’ve taken your game to that next level?

VINCENT LECAVALIER: It’s a great honor to hear something like that from Pat Burns, who knows the game and he’s been in hockey for so long. It’s really nice. But there’s great players like Sidney Crosby, 19 years old, who has got 117 points leading the league. That’s pretty impressive. But to come from him, it was a nice thing to read.

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Heading Into Tonight…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 5, 2007)—Eight clubs could clinch division titles and/or playoff berths tonight as the National Hockey League’s exciting countdown to the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues with 12 games. Tonight’s schedule features 11 games involving a club that either is competing for the four remaining playoff berths or vying for conference and/or division titles and playoff seeding.

Eastern Conference

#2 New Jersey can clinch the Atlantic Division tonight:
* If they earn at least one point at Philadelphia or Pittsburgh drops a point at Ottawa.

#4 Ottawa can clinch the #4 seed in the Eastern Conference tonight:
* If they beat Pittsburgh.

#6 Tampa Bay (idle) can clinch an Eastern Conference playoff berth tonight:
* If Toronto drops a point at NY Islanders or Montreal drops a point at NY Rangers.

#7 New York Rangers can clinch an Eastern Conference playoff berth tonight:
* If they beat Montreal or Toronto drops a point at NY Islanders

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Lidstrom Out, Hasek Iffy

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from Helene St. James at the Detroit Free Press,

Bad news for the Wings: Nicklas Lidstrom tried skating this morning at the United Center, but won’t play tonight because his back is stiff, Mike Babcock said. This is the second time in three games Lidstrom has been out with a sore back.
“I don’t thing it’s a big (deal), but it’s two times, so …,” Babcock said.
Babcock also said Hasek may not play Saturday, though no reason was given. Hasek was supposed to play the last game of the regular season.

continued

Stephan Liv has been recalled and will be the backup in Chicago tonight.

added 3:30pm, from MLive,

Hasek took his teammates to dinner Wednesday night in Chicago as a show of his appreciation. He did not show up at the rink for the morning skate.

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Blues Looking For Quick Turnaround

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from Jeff Gordon at STLToday,

By finishing the season quite well despite swapping out younger players for established NHLers like Tkachuk and Bill Guerin, the Murray-led Blues are proving that this team can simultaneously rebuild and contend for a playoff berth during the coming seasons.
With all these pieces in place -– ownership with vision, upper managers with a plan, coaches capable of executing that plan -– this organization should enjoy a fairly quick turnaround.

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Soon It Will Be Over

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from the News & Observer,

Eliminated from the playoffs Tuesday after blowing a two-goal lead against Tampa Bay, the defending Stanley Cup champs returned to practice this morning at the RBC Center.
“It’s not even just that it’s disappointing that the season’s over,” Carolina wing Erik Cole said after practice. “It’s disappointing that we had the right pieces, and we couldn’t get it done. So these next two games are going to be a good mental challenge for every guy individually.”

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Can You Blame Henrik

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I would want to hang around too…

from TSN,

The NHL says it has reviewed the incident and, as far as the league is concerned, the case is closed.
“We were made aware of the situation right after the game in question,” NHL executive vice president Colin Campbell told TSN. “We investigated it, talked with the officials and both teams and we determined there were no grounds to pursue it any further. It’s a closed matter as far as we are concerned. We don’t have to respond to what’s in today’s newspapers because we’ve already responded to it.”...
Lundqvist told reporters on Wednesday before learning of the allegations that he prefers to remain in the crease to maintain concentration during breaks.

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image pic via the New York Islanders

added 2:11pm, Raycroft gets it!

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Cups Changed Perception Of Yzerman

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from Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,

But the Stanley Cup he won in 1997, and the two that followed in 1998 and 2002, certainly didn’t hurt Yzerman’s Hall of Fame-worthy resume.
In fact, those titles most likely turned a quiet star and exceptional leader in Detroit into an international hockey icon. Even Yzerman acknowledges the role those championships play in the perceptions about him.
“If you play well and win, you’re a heck of a leader,” he once said. “You don’t win, you’re an OK leader. If you don’t play well and you don’t win, you’re a lousy leader.”

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Coaches Facing The Hot Seat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

Those potentially on the hot seat:
Dave Tippett, Dallas Stars
Probability of getting the ax: Medium to high.
• You have to believe Tippett has to get the Stars out of the first round to hang on to his job. He has had three seasons to get this club back to the level it was at during the Ken Hitchcock years, and—despite very good regular-season results—Dallas has been unable to make big noise in the postseason.

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Bandwagon Available For Atlanta Fans

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from Mark Bradley at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution blogs,

The Thrashers have never played a postseason game. That changes next week. The NHL playoffs are different from the NBA’s. Any team that gets in has a realistic (as opposed to a theoretical) chance to play for the Cup. The Thrashers could surprise everyone and be playing not just next week but next month.
If that happens, Atlanta will tune in. This is, as we know, a bandwagon city. But I’m guessing the first round will get little attention from the masses because the bandwagon hasn’t really budged

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