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Another Big Red Machine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

This year’s version of the Detroit Red Wings reminds me of another Big Red Machine of years gone by, the Soviet National team.

Those Soviet teams were defined by a similar kind of player, tough and courageous but not rough, skilled but not individualistic, strong but not generally huge, talented enough to win on talent, but smart enough to do it with brains.

They are both heads up, high tempo, disciplined, highly organized, dynamic squads, not big on big hits and big rushes, but masters of their game.

Just as the Red Army teams were often criticized for the players being robotic clones, there is a certain sameness to the way the Detroit players play. They win the puck, control it, then hold it just long enough to move it in the right direction.

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Dig It…Ducks Are Dead

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m working on a post and it’s going to be pretty much what you’d expect.

A preview?  This.

I have no sympathy for that team. I only wish the pain they feel could be multiplied somehow.  And I wish I could be the cause of it.  As much as I despised the Dive during our last great rivalry?  That’s at least how much I hate the Poultry.  Their fans?  That’s where the difference between Denver and Anaheim lies.

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Bruins Just Didn’t Have It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Not Yet Z

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Red Wings fans need to Return the Hate

Blog: KK Members Blog By Animal Drew

It was a cold, cloudy morning on January 1st, 2009.  The old man and I were driving through the wind-swept streets of Chicago, trying to find the nice, young lady who had offered up her garage as a place to park.  We called her on her cell-phone and she graciously came down to the street to meet us and show us where to go.  We jumped out of the car and started throwing on our Red Wings gear over long underwear, sweatpants, etc.  I put on my Zetterberg jersey that I’ve had since his rookie season.  The old man had a bright red Winter Classic Red Wing hooded-sweatshirt.

A few more cars pulled into the small in the adjacent alley as we got out our small grill and opened up a few pre-packed beverages.  Not surprisingly, the cars parking nearby were filled with Blackhawks fans.  One of them wandered over towards us and initiated some fairly friendly small talk.  We exchanged forced compliments of each other’s teams and discussed the current weather and our long drive from Michigan in the early hours of the morning.

It was at this time that the gentleman’s friend came over with his small child.  The little boy was wearing nothing hockey-related…just a blue winter coat and a non-denominational wool hat.  “What team do you root for?”  I asked in a friendly tone…the boy said nothing.  With a stone-cold look on his face, the boy’s father replied with “The Blackhawks…we don’t come from a trailer park.”  There was no jest in his voice; this was not meant to be taken lightly.

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Semi-Final Playoff Predictions

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The second round of the playoffs is complete.  I had a 2-2 record on my predictions.  Add this to my first round predictions which were 5-3 and I have an overall 7-5 record.  I am keeping above .500, but it is nothing spectacular.

Let’s travel onward into the semi-finals.  Here are my predictions:

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Conference Finals Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The National Hockey League today announced the dates for the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Finals, which begin in the Western Conference on Sunday, May 17 when the Detroit Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks. The Eastern Conference Final will match the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Carolina Hurricanes and will start on Monday, May 18.

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Wings vs Hawks: Can it be done?

Blog: KK Members Blog By Hippy Dave

I was ready for the loss.  I was ready to even come up with a phrase that the Chief might find useful for the next few years describing our defeat:  “The Bullshit.”  It made sense at the time; a team that played really, really hard.  That arguably bent the rules as far as a team can in order to win.  A team that backed that up with equally solid play.  A team that played that strong forecheck and aggressive play that makes us chip and chase, which is so foreign to our system, along with the strong goalie; the formula that beats the wings every damn year that we lose a series.

However it is not so, for our man who bleeds Wings Red came through along with the rest of the team when it counted.

Props to Anaheim.  Damn, you played so well I wouldn’t have felt THAT bad that we lost to you.  Well played.  Handshakes all around.  I believe neither side would have had a pimply faced preteen crying in their pillows on YouTube.

Now comes the challenge, Chicago.  Wrigley field ain’t got nothing on this.

Sat Oct 25, 2008 6 - 5 SO Win Wings
Sat Dec 6, 2008 4 - 5 SO Win Wings
Tue Dec 30, 2008 0 - 4   Win Wings
Thu Jan 1, 2009 6 - 4 Win Wings
Sat Apr 11, 2009 4 - 2 Loss to the Blackhawks
Sun Apr 12, 2009 0 - 3   Loss to the Blackhawks

This record may look like a winning one.  But we eeked out those first two games.  Rack the middle to up to hangover.  The latter two were downright scary.  I watched all those games, but the last two rattled me.

All season I knew, in my gut, or maybe lower, than it would come to this.  And let me tell you, if I were a betting man (which I am outside of hockey, insomuch as my heart gets in the way), I’d put money on the Hawks.  I hate to say it.  But they’re going to work us over harder than Anaheim.  Can we do it?  I hope so.  Can they do it?  I hope not.  The truth is, we both can.  And that scares the sh*t out of me.  These scrappy little youngsters care more about winning than we do right now, and we have to wake up and smell the…. well.. whatever the hell Chicago smells like.

Your thoughts?

Maholo,
The Hippy

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Carolina Defeats Boston In OT 3-2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Walker with the OT goal and the Canes move on to face the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Chicago Fans Get Their Wish

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Late in the Blackhawks’ victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals Monday night, fans at the United Center started a derisive chant about the Detroit Red Wings.

They are going to get their chance to continue it as the Wings advanced to the conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of their semifinal series Thursday night….

“Detroit is arguably the best team in the league,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Coming off winning the Cup they know what it’s like to win and play in big games. They have several high-end offensive guys. They have maybe the best player in the league in [ Nicklas] Lidstrom on the back end. They’re strong and very explosive. Seems like every game we played them this year there were a lot of goals scored. There’s a lot to be concerned with.”

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