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Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Predictions aren’t for fools,  they’re for hockey media.  Do we really need to play the games? Nah. The experts have it all sorted out and can assure you exactly what’s going to happen.  Check out the links below to get the exact picks, but if you want to save yourself some trouble, I’ll tell you now:  they can virtually guarantee you that the Anaheim Ducks and the Buffalo Sabres are moving on. The only games worth watching (or so it would seem) would be the Sharks/Wings and the Sens/Devils. 

Hmmm.  All I have to say is that no one in the hockey universe predicted last year’s Stanley Cup finalists.  Regardless, it’s all in good fun. Here’s some predictions to snack on till pucks start dropping tonight:

-Canadian Press
-ESPN’s Buccigross
-Globe & Mail—Duhatschek
-Globe & Mail—Wharnsby
-Mike Knuble (*sorry, had to throw this one in)
-NBC Sports Crew
-Sporting News West and East
-Sportsnet—McCormick and Kelly
-The Hockey News
-TSN’s Crew
- Washington Post - El-Bashir

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Inmates? Present.  Asylum? Overrun.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

 

 

First off, if you haven't seen it by now: Zetterberg didn't practice today and apparently had a heat pack on his back yesterday. Uncle Jack Adams Mike said that he's "resting." Oh. Good. I've been nothing but an observer the last two days. Watching in awe as stressed-out Shark and Wing followers waged an epic battle. Delicate, but surprisingly feisty, San Jose fans sandal-to-boot with Wing fans who are so crude that tears of joy spring to my eyes with every reference to California life choices. If you haven't seen the ongoing, mulit-post discussions, read them here. All the things A2Y was founded on reared their heads: stereotyping, tasteless blasting of the other team's fan base simply because they're, well, the other team's fan base, photoshop magic, give and take regarding a Rocky reference, crude Sailor humor that you just can't compete with if the high road is your only avenue to get there (nice job figuring that one out later in the day, Ian...you're coming around son) and, yes, even a little hockey talk. No matter the result of this series, the last two days have set the stage for some truly epic exchange of trash. I've never been prouder. And this one from O-Joe really sums up the whole evolution, a decided victory for Wing fans. "Ian, where did you get the impression that me suggesting you are gay is, in my mind, an insult? All I said was that when the subject of identifying dicks is the topic, I suspect you are an expert on the matter." Classic. Back later with some, sorry, series analysis.

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Panthers Sign Peltonen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Sports Network,

The Florida Panthers signed left wing Ville Peltonen to a two-year contract on Wednesday.
Peltonen appeared in 72 games this season with Florida and recorded a career- high 17 goals and 37 points.
“We are pleased to have guaranteed Ville’s return to the Panthers,” said general manager and head coach Jacques Martin. “He is an extremely skilled and talented player who possesses a great hockey sense.”

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The Man Everyone Loves To Hate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Blueland Blog,

Nightmare Scenario:
Rangers versus Red Wings for the Stanley Cup
I’m already sick of Avery, and who really wants to see Detroit (and Hasek) win again aside from Detroit fans?  Detroit used to be a bit of a sentimental favorite because it was tough to cheer against a guy like Steve Yzerman. now?  It’s remarkably easy to pull for whoever is shooting on Dominik Hasek.

more..wth most likely SCF scenario too…

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Demers Likes San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jaques Demers at USA TODAY,

I had picked the San Jose Sharks to come out of the West, and I’m sticking with that. Joe Thornton is another player who has been criticized over his past playoff performance, but I think that he, Patrick Marleau and Jonathan Cheechoo will prove too much for the Red Wings.
The Red Wings are capable of surprising the Sharks, but it will be tough. I believe San Jose will prevail in seven games in a highly competitive series that really could go either way. But I can guarantee one thing: This series will be one that you’ll remember for a long, long time.

more picks…

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Elias Misses Second Practice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,

The New Jersey Devils apparently are getting rugged defenseman Colin White back for the second round of the playoffs against the Ottawa Senators.
The concern now is Devils captain Patrik Elias.
Elias missed his second straight practice with a cold on Wednesday, sparking concern that the left wing on the Devils’ top line might not be available for Game 1 at the Continental Airlines Arena on Thursday night.

continued

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They Did Say That

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Here are 10 of the more memorable Stanley Cup-related musings over the years:
4. “I’d like to know where Patrick (Roy) was in Game 3 – probably up trying to get his jock out of the rafters.” – Jeremy Roenick, after Game 4 of the 1996 Western Conference semifinals against Colorado.
8. “Bob Kelly was so dumb, they should’ve written his name on the Stanley Cup in crayon.” – Legendary Philadelphia broadcaster Gene Hart on the former Flyer.

more..

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Anyone Can Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fro Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Look for the Ducks to triumph over the Canucks if for no other reason than fatigue — both mental and physical — on the Canucks’ part.
But if there’s an upset, there won’t be a lot of long faces in the league’s head office. The Anaheim ice is an absolute disgrace and staging a postseason game on that surface is akin to staging a World Series game on a gravel infield.
Two of the league’s most atrocious surfaces — Nashville and Tampa Bay (in that order) — are gone.
Once the Ducks and Devils go, the quality of the overall spectacle will pick up.

more picks from Al, plus other NHL topics…

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Guerin Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle,

Head coach Ron Wilson refines the search by pointing out that Guerin isn’t in charge of breaking down video but of whispering sweet somethings into the ears of the players next to him on the bench during the game, and his expertise in that context is invaluable.
“Take Mathieu Schneider or Chris Chelios or Nicklas Lidstrom,” Wilson said. “Billy knows what makes those guys tick, what they like to do and don’t like to do. He can tell one of the young guys what don’t they want to do in a certain situation. To say that this is why we got him is putting it a little too simply, but this is one of the ways he helps us. I mean, if you saw all the little things he did against Nashville that made things easier for the other guys, you’d get it.”

more

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Avery Goes MTV Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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On April 23rd, Sean Avery appeared on MTV’s TRL for a short interview.  Nothing too serious: a few words about guys losing teeth, a few words about wearing another man’s underwear and charging tourists for pictures, etc.

You know how it is… just a typical day with Sean Avery.


P.S. For a flashback to Avery’s appearance on MTV’s Cribs last summer, you can check out that video on YouTube.

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