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Red Wings-Sharks game-day articles: On ‘the starter,’ Datsyuk and Kronwall’s leadership

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 4:00 PM:

At the morning skate, the Wings' beat writers revealed that Pavel Datsyuk won't be playing tonight as his "lower-body injury" hasn't met Datsyuk's healed-enough-for-a-game threshold, that Erik Cole won't be playing tonight as his "upper-body injury" is still aggravating him, that Jakub Kindl won't be playing because Niklas Kronwall is ready to return, and Jimmy Howard will be playing as the Wings' "starter" because the Red Wings' coach is getting a little gruff regarding Howard's ahead of tonight's game against San Jose (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/CSN Bay Area/97.1 FM).

I hate to play "read the tea leaves," but Howard might be "the starter until he's not the starter" for more than one reason this evening:

Howard's 12 years older than the "Brawl in Hockeytown" which turned 19 today (so he's 31).

The San Jose Sharks' morning skate didn't get the same Twitter treatment, so the Mercury News's Davd Pollak revealed the player who would oppose Howard...

First off ice for #SJSharks: Niemi.

Speaking of history, the Red Wings' Game Day Blog posited several historical notes...

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Video- Jared Boll Suspended Three Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL explanation of the suspension...

 

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

THURSDAY’S CLINCHING SCENARIOS
Three Eastern Conference clubs can clinch playoff berths today:
 
MONTREAL CANADIENS
* If the Canadiens defeat the Jets in regulation or overtime, they would clinch a playoff berth if the Ducks defeat the Bruins in any fashion OR if the Bruins defeat the Ducks in a shootout.
 
* If the Canadiens defeat the Jets in a shootout, they would clinch a playoff berth if the Ducks defeat the Bruins in any fashion.
 
* If the Canadiens get one point against the Jets (overtime or shootout loss), they would clinch a playoff berth if the Ducks defeat the Bruins in regulation.
 
* The Canadiens cannot clinch a playoff berth if they lose to the Jets in regulation.

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Red Wings-Sharks morning skate Tweets and articles: Howard starts, Kronwall in, Datsyuk out

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 7x at 11:37: Howard starts, Kronwall in, Cole, Kindl, Datsyuk out

With questions about both coaches' futures swirling (TSN's Travis Yost just posited a "fancy stats" explanation of why Babcock's the best coach slated to be on the market this summer), a City Council "reveal" of plans regarding the Wings' follow-on rink in the offing, and the Wings in a massive march slump, the Detroit Red Wings hope to get back on track against the San Jose Sharks this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/CSN Bay Area/97.1 FM; it's an O'Halloran game, too).

NHL.com posted a pretty solid video preview of tonight's affair:

In the FYI and prospect departments:

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Happy March 26th!

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

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Nick Boynton Will Be Facing A Few Criminal Charges

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Lou Michel of the Buffalo News,

Nick Boynton, a former defenseman with the Boston Bruins and other NHL teams, might be a little delayed in getting to the announcer’s booth to give his commentary of action at Thursday night’s Sabres-Coyotes game at First Niagara Center.

Boynton is accused of causing a disturbance at the Buffalo Creek Casino on Wednesday night and fighting with Buffalo police officers assigned there to provide security.

“He was abusive to the staff at the casino, and when officers tried to take him into custody, he bit one of them on the finger,” a police source said.

Boynton, a 36-year-old native of Nobleton, Ont., was detained by police and will be charged with assault, criminal mischief and harassment.

Boynton joined the Coyotes’ broadcast team prior to this season.

added 12:03pm,

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes have issued the following statement regarding Nick Boynton.

"Early this morning, Coyotes radio color analyst Nick Boynton was involved in a situation at a Buffalo casino. A police investigation is underway. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and until the continuing legal process is completed, we will have no further comment. Mr. Boynton has been placed on a leave of absence."

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Will The Calgary Flames Hang On To A Playoff Spot?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We've talked a lot recently about how the Calgary Flames had a more favorable schedule than their conference rivals down the stretch, soemthing that could perhaps be an edge in making the playoffs. But if there's one thing you always learn at this time of year, it's that there's no such thing as an easy game on the docket.

The Flames lost 4-3 in a shootout to the visiting Stars on Wednesday, and combined with last Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to visiting Columbus, you wonder how much they might pay or not for those two lost points in the standings. Those were two very winnable games on paper, but Calgary got just two of four points.

The Flames are one point up on the Kings, but that's a razor-thing edge. The Stars, meanwhile, continue their desperate, late-season push. They're now at 82 points, six points behind Winnipeg for the final wild-card spot. Too little, too late I think, but stranger things have happened.

As for the Flames, they play six of their final eight games on the road, starting Friday at Minnesota. Suddenly that favorable schedule from two weeks ago doesn't look so good.

read on for more hockey topic from the ESPN staff...

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Winnipeg Jets Sign Andrew Copp To A Three-Year Entry Level Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Winnipeg Jets PR department...

The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms with forward Andrew Copp on a three-year, two-way, entry level contract with an average annual value of $958,300. Copp will now report directly to the Winnipeg Jets.

Copp, 20, recently completed his junior season with the University of Michigan Wolverines. The Ann Arbor, MI native has ended his college career with 81 points (40G, 41A) in 107 games over three seasons with the Wolverines. Copp was named Michigan’s team captain for the 2014-15 season. For his performance leading the Wolverines this season, he was recognized by the NCAA and earned All-Big Ten second team recognition. He previously led the University of Michigan in goals (15) during his sophomore year in 2013-14. That same season, he represented the USA at the 2014 World Junior Chamipionships where he recorded five assists in five games.

Copp was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the fourth round, 104th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. San Jose Sharks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

via Jon Lane of NHL.com,

TV: CSN-CA, FS-D

Season series: Luke Glendening's goal with 1:15 remaining in regulation gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center four weeks ago. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made 20 saves for his fourth victory in 14 career games against the Sharks.

Sharks team scope: San Jose began a seven-game road trip four points out of the second wild card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. The Sharks arrive in Detroit 1-3-0 on the trip, trailing the Winnipeg Jets by 10 points for the second wild card with nine games left and in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons. "We're finding out about players," coach Todd McLellan told the San Jose Mercury News after practice Wednesday. "They're going to expose their character level in the next nine games. How important is it individually and collectively to maintain a very high standard?" Goalie Antti Niemi allowed four goals in a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday and has a 3.39 goals-against average in his past five games, four of them losses. Forward Joe Pavelski has five goals and nine points in his past 10 games against the Red Wings.

Red Wings team scope: Defenseman Niklas Kronwall (lower body) is day-to-day, and forward Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) might play against the Sharks. "We'll see how [Kronwall] feels [Thursday]. I think there's a chance he could play tomorrow night, but we have to see how he feels," general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press. "... He felt some tenderness, and we decided, going into last night's game with 10 games to go, the last thing we need to do is do something to aggravate it for an extended period of time." Holland added, "We'll see how [Datsyuk] feels after the morning skate tomorrow. But Pav's close." Forward Erik Cole (upper body) will miss the next three games.The Red Wings' scheduled practice Wednesday was cancelled after a 5-4 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit (90 points) is 3-6-1 in its past 10 games, hasn't won consecutive games since a three-game winning streak from Feb. 28-March 4, and is trying to hold off the Senators (85) for third place in the Atlantic Division. "Every point you can get down the stretch is important," forward Henrik Zetterberg told the Red Wings website. "We're going to have a day off here [Wednesday] and come back refreshed on Thursday."

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It’s All About The Team For Carey Price

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

On Wednesday afternoon in Winnipeg, Price was soft-spoken, humble and a gentleman. He had chosen to take a day off from speaking with the Montreal media contingent but when word reached him that a Winnipeg reporter was hoping for a few minutes, he emerged from the trainers' room to talk.

Price turned every question about his individual greatness into an answer about his team. It would have been infuriating but for the manner in which he did it. An easy but small smile, patience with questions he'd likely heard a thousand times and when I clumsily dropped my recorder, he bent down to pick it up. He offered his hand when I'd exhausted my efforts to get a juicy quote and then shuffled off the team bus.

"It's just a cold hard fact that I wouldn't be where I'm at without these guys in the locker-room. It's just the reality," said Price. "This is the best our team has been. We've been playing pretty solid hockey all season long. Whenever you get to the 100-point mark, before the end of the season, it's definitely a feather in the hat."

During the Olympics, Team Canada coach Mike Babcock took to referring to Price as big, square and soft. Price smiled when reminded of the reference.

"If he's talking about me as a goalie, that's a compliment. If he's talking about my physique, then probably not," said the 27-year-old from Anahim Lake, B.C. "That's what you strive to do, is make yourself as big of a target as possible and try to give as few secondary chances as possible."

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