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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yes. I took a few days off.  I deserved it. I was tired.  Beat down.  Physically exhausted. 

But at least I didn’t have a dose of the Triple Bravos, eh Dive bloggers?

One note to the Dive fans out there, in the wake of a sweep and an utter humiliation at the hands of the team you love to hate because your neighbor tells you that it’s cool to do so:  eat it.

Let’s take a little spin, check out the Diggers, the Dallas Diggers—one of them a former Detroit Deep Digger before he departed—and see what bloggers deep in the hearta are saying.  It’s a frigging link fest is what it is.  Speaking of, the port side round-to-round link section has been upated with all your Dallas pointers.

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Critical Year Ahead For Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Next season will be pivotal for the Dave Checketts/John Davidson Era of Blues hockey.

The Note must compete for one of the eight playoff spots in the Western Conference, thus proving that Andy Murray really is the right coach for this team. The Blues must continue building ticket sales, too, which is no small feat given the tough economy and last season’s second-half collapse.

Conventional wisdom says the Blues need to do something enormous this summer to meet both goals


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Pens In Seven

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Both teams are well coached. Flyers boss John Stevens has rebounded from a (at times) difficult regular season to get his team focused and playing well while hiding perceived flaws on defence (lack of mobility) and in goal (stamina issues).

Michel Therrin has also brought his team along in a timely fashion. He’s dealt with a goaltending question (Marc-Andre Fleury or Ty Conklin) and chose wisely in Fleury. He has maximized his team’s solid firepower, but not at the expense of overall team defence. He has but one puck, but found a way to make a lot of players happy by moving it around a lot.

If you subscribed to the oft-stated theory that the playoffs are a marathon and not a sprint (and we do) then the Pens have piled up a significant advantage. You need to dispatch at least one team with relative easy to stay fresh enough (and healthy enough) to go deep in the playoffs.

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NHL Teleconference with Turco and Morrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Yet another NHL teleconference today featured Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco, who has posted and 8-4 record with a sparkling .173 goals-against average, and Dallas captain Brenden Morrow, who has recorded seven goals and four assists for 11 points in 12 games, including two overtime game winners in the series win over San Jose last round. 

Here is the transcript of their Q&A.

Q. Marty, you’re just fresh off winning two incredible series and beating two fellow great goalies. I see right off the bat that people are already asking you about your record at Joe Louis. There’s no time to breathe. What do you make of that? Does it mean anything?

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  Tags: brendan+morrow, interview, marty+turco, media, transcript

NHL Conference Calls With Babcock & Tippett

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Today the NHL hosted more teleconferences, featuring coaches Dave Tippett and Mike Babcock, of the Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings. 

Both transcripts from these Q&A’s are below.

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  Tags: dave+tippett, interview, media, mike+babock, transcript

It Looks Like Pittsburgh & Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings have positioned themselves best for the heavy lifting that will come, largely because they’ve managed to avoid a lot of heavy lifting through the first half of the playoffs.

And because of that, if history is any indicator, the Penguins and Red Wings will meet in the Stanley Cup final with the Penguins emerging as slight favorites at this point.

The fact Pittsburgh played three fewer games than the Philadelphia Flyers through the first two rounds and the Red Wings two fewer than the Dallas Stars might not seem like much, but history tells a different story.


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NHL Conference Call with Henrik Zetterberg

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today, the NHL hosted a NHL conference call making Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg available for questions.  In ten post-season games Henrik has recorded seven goals and six assists for 13 points, scored two game-winners and leads the league with a plus 10 plus/minus rating.

Transcript from the Q&A is below.

Q. Could you talk a little bit about the chemistry between you and Datsyuk specifically, but also with Homer as well. A lot of good players have difficulty playing with each other, but you have had a chemistry almost from the beginning. Talk about what each of you does that sort of makes this line work very well.

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg, interview, media, transcript

Bless You Boys

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Wings have the power of prayer behind them.

Watch the video below and thanks to Snapshots for the pointer…


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Don’t Mess with OT in the Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Marty Henwood at Hockey.com:

How many times must it be said that the NHL shootout sucks? 

No, I didn’t stutter. It sucks, much like a working Hoover. The shootout should go the way of lava lamps, ‘80’s hair and Thomas Dolby. Just gone, yesterday’s news. Period.

Maybe I’m in the minority, but the shootout just doesn’t do it for me. They’re bad enough in the regular season.

But don’t even get me started if you are one of those who actually believe, while sober, that the league should mandate shootouts in place of these overtime marathons that last three, four, five extra periods.


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  Tags: overtimes, playoffs, shootouts

Do You Watch Hockey in HD?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Yesterday, I confessed at the tail-end of a post that I’ve never seen a hockey game in HD. I expected to be almost alone in this, but apparently not—and a few of the commenters who responded are prominent hockey bloggers, who also don’t have HD readily available.  Some of their thoughts:

Mike Chen: “Don’t feel bad, I’ve got standard def too. Sometimes, bills are just more important than kick-ass TV.”
Earl Sleek from Battle of California: “I haven’t seen a game in HD either, and I thought I was the only one!  Maybe we’re missing out, but I dunno.  I have yet to really say, “damn, what’s going on out there?”
Baroque from HockeyTownTodd: “I too haven’t seen a game in HD. And I have no trouble seeing the puck on my little non-wall-sized television, either.”

But others raved about the technology, as well (*more of their comments here).  So I’m curious about this on a bigger scale—Do you have HDTV? If you want to use the comments here to say why or why not, please do.  After all, owning something like this isn’t cheap.  Is it worth it?

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  Tags: hdtv, media, television

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