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Have You Switched To Digital?

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from Mike Wilkinson of the Detroit News,

Can President Obama make the next save for the Red Wings?

Not likely.

After once helping to delay the transition to all-digital TV, the Obama Administration has already said there won’t be another, posing potential problems for local folks who want to catch the deciding Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals with their rabbit-ear antennas.

The once-delayed transition to digital occurs on Friday, and a spokesman for WDIV-TV (Channel 4) said the station will no longer transmit an analog signal after 9 a.m. For thousands of Metro Detroiters who still haven’t gotten a converter box—and don’t have cable or satellite TV—that means they’ll have to find somewhere else to watch the Wings battle the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Cup.


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Crosby Growing As A Player

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from Bucky Gleason of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

Crosby has been playing a strong two-way style that we don’t see often—or nearly often enough—from Sid the Kid. The Red Wings have shut him down, yes, but it comes with a price. Crosby has been effective in wearing down the Wings and creating more opportunities for his teammates. It makes you wonder if he’s learned a thing or two from playing against Henrik Zetterberg.

If anything, I’ve gained more respect for Crosby while watching him play in the series. He’s been physical, played better defense, did a better job backchecking and has been huge in the faceoff circle.


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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Demers On Trading Lecavalier

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Had a long talk the other day with former Lightning coach Jacques Demers, who is now a television analyst for Canada’s RDS network. Not surprising the discussion turned to Vinny Lecavalier and the rumors that we will hear perhaps all summer that he could be traded….

“If he trades Vinny, he can’t make a mistake,” Demers said of Lawton. “If he trades Vinny and gets quality players in return, he can turn this whole franchise around. That’s what he’s probably mulling every day when he gets up until when he goes to bed. He’s in a position right now where he could turn the franchise around.”


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  Tags: jacques+demers, vinny+lecavalier

Experiencing A Game 7

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All of us have been in a game 7 before.  Check out my NHL.com post today for more.

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You Have To Watch The Unwritten Ending

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

A great movie needs a great ending, and these NHL playoffs are Oscar-bound with Friday night’s seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals.

In the backdrop of troubled franchises in Phoenix, Atlanta and Florida, among others, the NHL’s on-ice product has delivered a magical spring.

“I still have time to watch hockey, and let me tell you, it’s been freakin’ incredible,” Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “Might have been the best hockey I’ve seen in years.”...

“Relative to the other years, most nights you can turn on the television and there’s a really strong chance that you’re going to get a very competitive and exciting game,” former Philadelphia Flyers captain Keith Primeau told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “From the viewers’ vantage point, it really is exciting. Watching Washington-Pittsburgh, that was a great series to watch because of the talent level and the talent shone through.

“That’s what we’re also seeing in the Cup finals. And that’s why it’s going seven games. It’s just tremendous to see.”

read on

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The Edge In Game 7

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from Mike Brophy of Sporstnet,

In a Stanley Cup final series that has resembled a chess game, you’d have to think the Red Wings are two days away from announcing, “Checkmate!” Given the fact the home team has been so dominant in this year’s final, Detroit will clearly have the edge when the puck is dropped at 8:10 p.m. Friday night at The Joe….

Not sure I’m crazy about the Penguins odds.

Nevertheless, there will be some key match-ups in the winner-take-all affair.

Mike Babcock vs. Dan Bylsma

In 2002-03 Bylsma was a little-known checking winger on an Anaheim Mighty Ducks team coached by Babcock that lost in seven games in the final to the New Jersey Devils. It was the most boring final I have ever witnessed. Now the student will attempt to outwit the teacher.


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Nervous Hockeytown?

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The words were on the upper level scoreboard that lines the inside of Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh:

“It’s a Bird Thing.”

Apparently so.

After the Ducks took defending champion Detroit to a Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinals, the Pittsburgh Penguins are taking the Red Wings a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Red Wings Nation didn’t seem too nervous for a Game 7 against the Ducks, who put a serious scare into Hockeytown when took it all the way down to the final minute.

But Detroit and its curiously large fan base in Southern California should be wary because Pittsburgh has what the Ducks had going into the playoffs:



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Penguins Must Strike Early In Game 7

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from Spector at FoxSports,

The problem for Crosby and Malkin in Detroit is the Red Wings get the last change before each faceoff, providing Wings coach Mike Babcock the opportunity to get the players out there — usually Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk — who can keep the Penguins’ young guns in check.

Fleury meanwhile had trouble in this series with the lively boards at “The Joe,” something the Red Wings will once again attempt to exploit to their advantage.

Like the Penguins with their hometown fans in Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena, the Red Wings draw energy from the enthusiastic denizens of Detroit.

For the Penguins to silence that crowd they’ll need to do something they have yet to do in this series: take an early lead in Detroit.


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Babcock Back In Detroit Today

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Q. Obviously, the Pens have had great success in Mellon in the series, and you guys have done really well at Joe Louis. When you looked at the films have you been able to ascertain what the difference is between what’s happening in your arena and their arena?

        COACH BABCOCK: I think the teams seem to get centered on time and feel a little more comfortable in their building. And I thought in last night’s game, it’s interesting, because we had three shots in the first period, yet Zetterberg and Datsyuk and Cleary had some unbelievable opportunities that just didn’t go.

        I mean, that’s hockey. I thought last night’s game was a real good game. But you’re right. If you look at it, I’ve been in a series exactly like this and we went to Jersey for Game 7 and lost. It was the same thing. Couldn’t win on the road. Couldn’t even touch the puck on the road. It was just ugly. For whatever reason, I’m not sure the number, I think we won 27 games on the road in the regular season. We were the best road team in the NHL.

        Going into the series you say to yourself you’re going to win one game. And I think every game in the series with the exception of Game 5 in here and Game 4 in there could have gone either way. Those two games the teams just flat out won the games. Other than that, it’s been real close.

        So it’s the greatest stage, the greatest opportunity, and it should be a lot of fun.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: mike+babcock

Not Going There

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

...And when Lidstrom appeared tired and mistake-prone in the Final against Pittsburgh, questions were raised again about his fitness to play. Was it an ankle? A knee? Under the NHL’s Orwellian injury disclosure policy, a postal-code approximation of the hurt was all that was given to the media.

Actually, Lidstrom had a damaged testicle from being pitch-forked by Chicago’s Patrick Sharp in Game 3 of the Western final. He needed all the time between the cheap shot and Game One of the final to rehabthe injury. As Paul Harvey used to say, “Now you know the rest of the story”.

While it’s considerate to Lidstrom that such an . . . er, intimate injury be hushed up, the cover-up damages the league’s credibility in several ways.

read on

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  Tags: nick+lidstrom

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