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Maybe The Game-Time Decision…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...is what it is because our new hero Mike Babcock is taking an extra six hours to decide who to sit, Jiri Hudler or Mikael Samuelsson? Justwuzzienoughtopleadinsanity is going to play. We know it, or we can safely assume it. The question is who to take out of a lineup that has been so frigging successful. Prevailing opinion here is that Hudler deserves to play but Sam probably will due to experience and...and what?

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Thanks Toronto…Justhowwuzzi Gametime Decision?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update: the Diggers are climbing onboard.  Helene St. James says Babcock seems optimistic that we’ll be looking at a Notdangerouslywuzzi situation.  See below.

Pow…this one hurts the diggers. First word on Bertuzzi comes out of Toronto of all places.

Todd Bertuzzi has practised the last few days and took a regular spin at today’s morning skate. But does that mean the big winger is about to crack the Detroit Red Wings line-up? Bertuzzi’s response was that, “Everyone will take the pre-game skate then go from there.”

But why would Detroit want him in right now anyway?

Bertuzzi suffered a concussion late in the regular-season and has yet to appear in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The other day he said he was feeling better and that every day was a stride in the right direction.

“Obviously I’ll want to be 100 per cent,” he said. “It’s just a matter of working as hard as I can.”

Pretty good analysis included in that story on why or why not to play Bertuzzi.

added 1458, Kal just passed a note on to XYT, verifying Bertuzzi is a game-time decision.

And here’s the real deal:  why say anything at this point? If he’s playing, he’s playing. If not, he doesn’t and it doesn’t do the Wings a damn bit of good to say so either way. Somebody’s lying and I like it.

added 1514  For what it’s worth, Ted Kulfan confirms it...after XYT, Toronto and Calgary all had it.  Nice.  Helene St. James, at least, has a bit more than Kulfan’s two line blog entry.

Based on what Mike Babcock said Tuesday morning, it would seem Todd Bertuzzi will play tonight in Game 3 between the Red Wings and Flames.

It’s still officially a game-time decision whether Bertuzzi will play, but Babcock said, “He told me he was great. I’ve said all along, as soon as he’s ready, he’s playing.”

 

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Regehr Absent From Morning Skate

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No news on Whatmewuzzi? yet, but Bruce MacLeod reports that the Flames probably don't expect the services of Robin Regehr tonite.

Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr did not participate in Tuesday's morning skate. That means that he's unlikely to be in the lineup tonight for Game 3. Either Andrei Zyuzin, who played in Game 1, or Mark Giordano will dress instead of Regehr.
Here's what Battle of Alberta has to say about Giordano.
Giordano can be a defensive liability, relatively speaking, but he can also launch a counterattack. And, he's shown a decent knack for getting his point shot through to the net, which is clearly a skill the Flames could use right now. Calgary could quite conceivably win the next two games while still allowing 7 GA, but scoring only 2, they cannot and will not.

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Malkin Teams Up With Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Globe and Mail,

Evgeni Malkin, the 20-year-old Russian who is thought to have a lock on the NHL’s rookie-of-the-year award but has been invisible in the playoffs, will play tonight with Sidney Crosby, the 19-year-old leader of the Penguins and 39-year-old veteran Mark Recchi.
It is a line Therrien has turned to before with success, and was, in fact, the combination that happened to be on the ice late in Saturday’s Game 2 when Crosby scored the winning goal in Pittsburgh’s only victory.

more

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An OT Plan

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from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

And here they come for the fifth overtime. Aren’t they warriors? Aren’t they courageous? Isn’t this the best part about the NHL playoffs?
No, no and no.
Hockey players are not warriors, and they are not courageous. They are incredibly skilled, strong-willed, athletic professionals who can make their bodies do outrageous things, such as play 140 minutes of hockey or more in a night. But they shouldn’t have to show us that mental and physical strength. It shouldn’t be allowed.

continued

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Lesswuzzi?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ken Kal just on WXYT. Wings take to the ice in about fifteen minutes for their morning skate.  He feels there’s a good possibility Bertuzzi plays tonite on a line with Filpulla and Franzen.  That has potential.  More as we get it.

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A Little Help For The Fan 960 In Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have been listening to The Fan 960 in Calgary all morning just to get a feel of what is going on in Calgary.
The jocks there took a shot at the Joe Louis PA announcer because he could not pronounce the last name of Kristian Huselius.
They have no idea who that man is, so I thought I would give them a little background on Budd Lynch…

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Lynch joined the Essex Scottish Regiment of the Canadian Forces during World War II; he lost his right arm during combat.
Returning home from the war, he joined the Red Wings, with the team winning the Stanley Cup during his first season. In fact, Detroit won the Stanley Cup four times during his first five years with the club.

read on about Mr. Lynch, HHOF’r in the media wing….

 

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Carolina GM Gets 5 Year Contract Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

One of the NHL’s longest-serving general managers is staying on the job even longer.
The Carolina Hurricanes have given GM Jim Rutherford a five-year contract extension.
Rutherford has served as the franchise’s GM for 13 years - dating back to its time as the Hartford Whalers.

continued…

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The Refs Were Right

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Baumbach at Newsday,

Stickle agreed to talk, but you’re not going to like what he told me. “I’m happy with the job that was done tonight,” he said.
As part of his job, Stickle sits in the press box and focuses on the officials, watching every call (and non-call) live and then on the replay. He was a linesman for 27 years, so he knows penalties.
“I did that job for a long time, so I see things that could become a bone of contention and take a look at it,” Stickle said. “Sometimes we’re wrong, too. But not in these cases tonight.”

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Between The Lines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I did a little “What Do They Really Mean” today at my NHL.com blog.

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