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Cleary A Game Time Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Dan Cleary’s status for Game 5 tonight will be determined after the pregame warmups. Cleary, who didn’t skate this morning, said he sustained a “lower-body’’ injury in Game 4. Cleary was vague, as you would expect this time of year. Asked if it was a new injury or something that had been bothering him, he said, “a little of both.’’ He also said he had tests done but has not gotten the results back yet. He said it’s nothing that would require a pain-killing shot.

 

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Penguins Need To Win Game 5

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

...And, no matter how rattled Detroit looked the other night, it would be a terrible mistake to assume Pittsburgh’s coronation. Truth is, the Penguins need Game 5 more than the Wings do.

“I expect Pittsburgh will be really fired up Saturday night,” said one NHL coach. “If they win, they have the chance to win the Stanley Cup on home ice. If they lose, then they know they have to win it on the road. The chance to win it at home is a huge motivator.”

Who would you bet on in a Game 7 at Joe Louis?

The schedule, which favoured the Penguins early in the series, helps Detroit at the end.

Battered and bruised much worse than they’re letting on, the Wings would be hugely helped by the two days off before Games 6 and 7.

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Leafs Threaten Legal Action If Team Moves To S. Ontario

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from Ken Peters of the Hamilton Spectator,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have threatened to sue the National Hockey League if a franchise is located in Hamilton, the lawyer for Jim Balsillie has advised.

In a brief to a Arizona bankruptcy court Richard Rodier said the Maple Leafs believe they have power under the NHL constitution to veto another southern Ontario franchise.

Indeed Rodier said the Leafs received a $150,000 payment from Hamilton sports promoter Russ Boychuk in 2006 to allow a exhibition game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“I have been advised and it has been reported in Canadian news media that the Maple Leafs have threatened to sue the league and its constituent members is a team is located in Hamilton,” Rodier’s brief states.

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Mike Babcock This Morning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. I’m under the impression you may be unveiling once again the lucky McGill tie tonight? I’m wondering if that’s accurate? And I understand you even have some former teammates and alumni in town, talk about that?

        COACH BABCOCK: Well, I’m getting a lot of pressure to do that, I can tell you. I got so many emails, there’s like 34 of them. I’ve already talked to security. I said to the security I don’t want them to do anything that could be embarrassing. I like them to have as much fun as they want, but keep them confined to a reasonable amount of consumption and carrying on (smiling).

        So I haven’t decided on the McGill tie. I actually bought a tie to wear today, and it wasn’t the McGill tie, but I am getting some pressure. But we’ll decide, I’ve got a little bit of time.

        Q. Game time decision.

        COACH BABCOCK: There’s a lot of that going on (laughing).

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GDT - S.C. Finals, Game 5: Red Wings (2-2) host Penguins (2-2)  (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Been undecided about this post, vacillating between hockey minutiae and other content.  The numbers are, as usual, below.  However, understanding that this is game 5 of the SCF, I really don’t think they matter all that much anymore (well maybe the exception being the Wings inept PK).  The series will be decided on heart and courage, or as Uncle Mike puts it, will.  Is it coincidence then that this pivotal game is being played tonight? 

I am confident that most of you realize the signifigance of this day, June 6,  D-Day: The largest single-day amphibious invasion of all time, with 160,000 troops landing. 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000 ships were involved. The landings took place along a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coastline.  Total allied casualties (killed, wounded, missing, or captured) are estimated at approximately 10,000.  May God cradle all of the participants, those still living, and those who gave their last full measure, in his arms.

The imagery of WWII is indelibly punctuated by British PM, Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill:

We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender.

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Datsyuk Skating With Z & Mule

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via Bruce MacLeod’s Twitter this morning,

Datsyuk is practicing on the left wing of Zetterberg’s line with Franzen on teh right side. Filppula centering second line.

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Babcock Behind His Wings

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from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

In every great hockey coach, there are elements of tactician, bench manager, student of the human condition and snake-oil salesman — the latter coming in particularly handy just now for Mike Babcock.

His Detroit Red Wings have just finished letting the Pittsburgh Penguins up off the mat in this Stanley Cup final, having looked at times mentally tired and at other times physically whipped while doing so — and the same team that left Joe Louis Arena Sunday night up 2-0 with ideas of putting a hasty end to the Penguins are now, by all appearances, hanging on the ropes for dear life.

Babcock’s mission Friday — and how successfully he managed it may show itself Saturday in Game 5 — was to make a strong public affirmation of his faith in the embattled defending champs, while perhaps encouraging an “us against the world” frown to begin forming upon their knitted brows.

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Behind The Scenes At The SCF

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Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com has been doing an on-going ‘Behind the Scenes’ blog.  Last night they took in a Tiger’s game and Mike mention’s this today in his blog…

If you’re looking for something to do leading up to Game 5 between the Wings and the Penguins on Saturday, you might want to check out the Hockeytown Riverwalk Party outside Joe Louis Arena beginning at 4 p.m. 

The party will offer a variety of grilled favorites prepared by the Red Wings executive chefs along with beverages and beer for purchase. Live music will be provided by the local band Morning Glory and radio station 104.3 (WOMC) will be on-site playing the some of your favorite oldies. Face painting and other interactive activities will be available as well. The Riverwalk Party is open to the public and does not require a game ticket for entry.

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Fatigue Could Be A Factor For Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Lyle Richardson of FoxSports.com gives us a preview of game 5.

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Plastic Ice

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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

At training centres, fake ice is becoming popular. The Athletic Conditioning Centre, where several NHL Senators train in the summer, has recently installed a sheet of synthetic ice inside the Ben Franklin dome.

Public-private facilities (such as the Bell Sensplex), covered outdoor ice, warehouse ice, trumped up backyard rinks, rink-in-a-box facilities that can be assembled like an adult version of a child’s Leggo project: these are just some of the arena trends available to cities and private interests.

Dave Gagner played 15 NHL seasons with seven clubs, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. Since retiring, Gagner has developed a niche business with Custom Ice Inc., a company he started in Burlington, Ont., nine years ago. Gagner also has a facility in Minnesota.

Though not as romantic as the image of Gordie Howe skating on a natural pond in rural Saskatchewan, Gagner’s rink business had the same idea in mind: a sheet of ice on which kids can skate and play at their convenience, whether in a backyard, park or studio.

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