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Goalie & Special Teams Are Key

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from Dave Hodge of TSN,

Old adage number one - goalies make the difference in a playoff series. Old adage number two - special teams make the difference in a playoff series. They may be old theories, but dust them off and affix a colorful new label marked 20-0, and you've got the two keys to any playoff predictions you might be making. If goaltending and special teams were important before, they may be all that matters this time.
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Reel Highlights

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The guy goes by the name AO8 and put together a great video from this NHL season. Super job. image

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On The Edge

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The News & Observer does a story on the matchups between the Hurricanes and Canadiens called "Who Has The Edge". They break down the goatending, defense, etc., the kind of information we have all read when comparing two teams. But this one got me- Who Has The Edge- When the Canes have the puck- they break it down and give the Edge to Carolina. Now- Who Has The Edge when the Canadiens have the puck? Uh, Carolina! WHAT?

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Watch The Grinders

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from the Hockey News,

At no time is the role of the grinder more important than during the playoffs. Veterans such as Detroit’s Kris Draper and Edmonton’s Ryan Smyth use their cycling and scoring skills to turn the tide of a game. "When they get the puck in deep, they are hard to play against,” Paddock said. “(They change) the momentum.”
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Web Predictions

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Deadspin has searched the web and lists predictions from around the hockey world. How many of us fit the following description from Deadspin?

Back in a different lifetime ago, when we worked at The Sporting News, one of our associates was a rather intense hockey guy. In fact, we called him Hockey Guy, probably because he was the only one who really liked hockey. We had daily staff meetings to discuss the coverage plans for the evening — we worked nights — and on the eve of the Stanley Cup playoffs, he wheeled in a TV and VCR.
Although they admit they don't cover the NHL very much, they get an A (eh) for effort.

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Crossover

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

With a ball in his hands, Earl Boykins is one of the fastest players in the NBA. Put him in skates, and he might as well be frozen in time. "I can't even roller skate," he admits. With a stick in his hands, Joe Sakic is one of the most prolific scorers in the NHL. Give him a basketball, and he might as well be holding an anvil. "I don't have any touch," he says. "I can't even stand there by myself at the foul line and hit one."
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The “Bad” Rangers

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from Barry Melrose of ESPN,

The BAD While the Devils are on a roll, the Rangers are struggling heading into the playoffs after losing five straight games. Now, they have issues at the wrong time and only a few days to fix it. The team just has to think positive. It sounds simple, but coach Tom Renney just has to tell his team that those five losses are gone now, a new season is starting and if they win 16 games they'll have the Cup.
more..including the Ugly Kings & Canucks plus the Good Devils... added 11:56am, Also from Melrose, his Mullet Madness...you can imagine who made this group.... image

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The Domi Influence

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from the Globe and Mail,

Did Tie Domi, a role player whose skills are limited almost entirely to fighting, have anything to do with the dismissal of coach Pat Quinn? Commentator Bill Watters, a former Leafs executive, suggested yes, because of Domi's close friendship with Larry Tanenbaum, who is the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the company that owns the Leafs. It's been widely speculated that Tanenbaum last summer directly or indirectly influenced Ferguson's decision to give the 36-year-old Domi, whom many felt was finished, a two-year contract worth $1.25-million annually.
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Fan Participation

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If you look closely below, you will see the heads of Buffalo fans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... ... . .. ... . . .. .. . ...... .... .. . . . ....

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Do I Have To Make A Prediction

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Many of you know I attempt to stay away from predictions posts. We all have our own opinions and after reading every prediction article and story, well, we could get very bored quickly. However, I have been asked by a few media outlets and bloggers, to make a prediction for the SCF. As noted yesterday in the JABS blog, I mentioned the Wings and Devils will face-off this year. Unlike the 1995 finals, the Wings will come out on top. With no Stevens hit on Kozlov remotely possible this year, the team that controls the puck the most will come out on top. Not a homer pick, but something just tells me Zetterberg and Datsyuk shine in the post-season this year and Yzerman goes out with his arms held high!

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