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Happy Easter

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For those of you who celebrate this joyous Holiday, Happy Easter!

The KK Hockey section will be in ‘lite’ mode today, meaning posts will not be as consistent as usual.

Come Monday, back to work for about the next two months!

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We Are, After All, Talking About BJs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Between the hours of 2300 and 0430, the phone rang off the hook.  It was the same person every time, private number, undetermined gender.  Each time I answered, there would be a pause, a clear of a throat, then the humming would begin.

The tune was recognizable right away.  Walter Egan’s catchy 1978 classic that is still a favorite with the kids of today, “Magnet and Steel.” 

 

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San Jose Is The Stanley Cup Favorite

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I think no team is over 50% likely to win the Stanley Cup this year.  That means that most likely San Jose will not win the Stanley Cup this year even though they are the single team with the best chance at it. 

What makes San Jose the most likely cup winner?  They had a very good regular season winning the President’s Trophy.  They did so despite travel issues that when accounted for would make their lead even bigger

San Jose has the most talented team in the league with no clear weaknesses.  They have a good goalie in Evgeni Nabokov.  Dan Boyle, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Christian Ehrhoff and Rob Blake give the Sharks one of the better defences in the NHL.  They have a good group of forwards in Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Devin Setoguchi, Milan Michalek, Ryane Clowe and Jonathan Cheechoo.  They have some good grinders and wily veterans to make up their depth including Travis Moen, Jeremy Roenick, Mike Grier and Claude Lemieux.  This is a good team.

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Sharks Are Ready & Able, Are They Willing?

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from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle,

San Jose is better positioned to break through the conference ceiling than ever before. They have no real tactical holes, they have two very good lines and a decent third line, they are more willing to exchange body blows, their goaltending is solid if not necessarily elite, they don’t have listening issues with the coaching staff, and they almost never lose at home.

That’s the talent side of the team. They’re not quite loaded in that Detroit way, but their weaknesses are harder to repeatedly exploit….

Now comes the fun part. Teams that have gone three years or more without a playoff appearance get knocked out of the first round twice as often as they advance, because there really is such a thing as playoff inexperience. It’s hard to miss the playoffs three years in a row, so teams that get there are usually a little googly-eyed when they arrive, and since the Western Conference has three such teams, Chicago, Columbus and St. Louis, this can only help the hardy perennials like the Sharks and Red Wings.

But whether the Blues beat Colorado tonight, the Sharks will enter the postseason knowing they have done too much too well this season to claim that as an excuse if things don’t go as they wish.

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Motivational Tape For The Habs?

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Jacques Lemaire Done As Wild Coach

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via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Jacques Lemaire, the only coach the Wild’s ever known, has coached his final game with the Wild.

With clear signs before the game that Lemaire was indeed done, Lemaire finally confirmed it after the Wild’s 6-3 win.

“I think it’s time for the players to get a new coach and myself look at other stuff.”

With you coach elsewhere? “I’ll see. It’s exciting. It’s an exciting job. I was behind the bench there just before the game there, and I felt I was getting really tight because it’s something I’ve done for 15 years and I like it and I have to go.”

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BU Wins Frozen Four In OT

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AP recap via ESPN and watch the OT goal.

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What We Know In The West

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If St. Louis wins tomorrow, they finish as the 6th seed, Columbus 7th and Anaheim 8th.

If the Blues get one point or lose in regulation, Columbus 6th, Anaheim 7th and St. Louis 8th.

St. Louis plays in Colorado tomorrow at 5pm ET.

added 11:10pm, via NHL.com,

Anaheim’s 5-4 shootout loss to Phoenix and Columbus’ 6-3 loss to Minnesota on Saturday night assured that the last three playoff pairings in the Western Conference won’t be decided until Sunday.

The Jackets’ loss left them with 92 points, sixth in the West. But St. Louis could match them by winning at Colorado on Sunday; the Blues would finish ahead of Columbus because they won the season series between the teams.

If St. Louis gets one or no points on Sunday, the Ducks will finish seventh and the Blues eighth. The Ducks have 91 points and 43 wins; if the Blues get 91 points with an overtime or shootout loss, they’ll have 41 victories.

The sixth-place finisher will play Vancouver, which won the Northwest Division title and the third seed with a 1-0 victory at Colorado. The seventh seed will play Detroit, the Central Division winner and second seed. The eighth seed will play San Jose, which won the Pacific Division and captured the Presidents’ Trophy with the NHL’s best regular-season record.

My question, Blues tied late in the 3rd tomorrow, do they pull the goalie for a regulation win?

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Welllllllllll…..Noonan?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ted Knight in Caddyshack is the greatest acting performance of our generation. 

And we have a decision on our hands.  But the decision you make, as most decisions made here, will have absolutely no impact on anything whatsoever.  All it’s going to do is pass the time and give us something to talk about.

The playoffs are close and I have lost any ability I ever had to tie consecutive sentences together that carry any sort of similar meaning.

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The First Round Of The Eastern Conference NHL Playoffs

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#1 Boston vs #8 Montreal

#2 Washington vs #7 New York Rangers

#3 New Jersey vs #6 Carolina

Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh- Flyers need a point tomorrow for the #4 seed when they play the Rangers in Philadelphia.

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