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All Hockey News, Central, Detroit Red Wings

Red Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg in lineup for Game 4 (The Associated Press)

Posted on 25 April 2014

Henrik Zetterberg is in the lineup for the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 against the Boston Bruins. Jonas Gustavsson is, too. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told reporters that doctors would ultimately decide if Zetterberg could play Thursday night for t... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Atlantic, Philadelphia Flyers

Mason to start Game 4 for Flyers (The SportsXchange)

Posted on 25 April 2014

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason will start in Game 4 of the first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers after being out since April 12 with an upper-body injury. Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Atlantic, Pittsburgh Penguins

Rapidly maturing Blue Jackets pushing Penguins (The Associated Press)

Posted on 25 April 2014

The one thing the Pittsburgh coach can't abide is getting outworked, something that Bylsma has watched happen far too often in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Heavily favored to take care of the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets in s... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Minnesota Wild, Northwest

Wild’s Cooke issues statement after suspension (The SportsXchange)

Posted on 25 April 2014

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke, suspended seven games for a knee-on-knee hit to Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Monday, issued a statement Thursday. "First and foremost, I want to say that I ... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Central, Detroit Red Wings

Wings’ Zetterberg returns for Game 4 vs. Bruins (The SportsXchange)

Posted on 25 April 2014

The Detroit Red Wings received a big boost for the Game 4 playoff matchup with the Boston Bruins on Thursday at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Team captain Henrik Zetterberg, who last played for the Red Wings on Feb. 8 because of a herniated disk in his ... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Atlantic, New York Islanders

Bring Your D-Man to Work Day

Posted on 24 April 2014

As an NHL player, Matt Carkner has never brought his six-and-seven-year-old sons to the office for “Take Your Kids to Work Day.” That changed Thursday, though the 6’5, 234-lb defenseman didn’t bring his sons Corbin and Chase on the ice to help pro... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Atlantic, Philadelphia Flyers

Schultz vs. Rolfe: Fight resonates 40 years later

Posted on 24 April 2014

Dale Rolfe doesn't think much about his role as the victim in the most famous fight in Flyers history. He hasn't watched a hockey game in 35 years, he said, and doesn't care either to watch another one or to recall those he played. OK, that's an exagge... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Dallas Stars, Pacific

Stars-Ducks Preview (The Associated Press)

Posted on 24 April 2014

Two-thirds of the Anaheim Ducks' top line is injured, including their captain and leading scorer. Just four games into the Stanley Cup playoffs, the top-seeded Ducks are generating enough drama to occupy an entire spring. And a series that appeared to ... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Central, St. Louis Blues

Blackhawks-Blues Preview (The Associated Press)

Posted on 24 April 2014

One more game, and the Chicago Blackhawks will have linchpin defenseman Brent Seabrook back in the lineup. The St. Louis Blues aren't certain when captain David Backes, the player on the receiving end of the head-jarring hit that landed Seabrook a thre... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Southeast, Winnipeg Jets

Fans would boot Pavelec

Posted on 24 April 2014

The majority of Winnipeg Jets fans want to see a new goaltending tandem between the pipes next season. Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Boston Bruins, Northeast

Henrik Zetterberg a game-time decision for Red Wings in all-important Game 4 (Puck Daddy)

Posted on 24 April 2014

The Detroit Red Wings are bursting with new life in advance of Game 4. On the ice, Henrik Zetterberg appears set to return, as coach Mike Babcock has him on the lineup sheet for Thursday night's pivotal contest. "When I asked him this morning he said he's going to the doctor," Babcock said . "Because we were even talking about it I put him on a line, put him on a power play. The doctors decide, not me. I'm hopeful, but who knows. We'll know at game time, after warm-up." If he goes, he'll be a welcome addition to a Red Wings' forward corps that's trying to stave off a 3-1 hole to the Bruins before the series returns to Boston.  Zetterberg, who hasn't played hockey since he suffered a back injury at the Sochi Olympics that required surgery, could line up alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen. How much of an impact he'll be able to have in his first game back remains to be seen, but any boost is a welcome one. The Red Wings looked overmatched in Game 2, and they looked severely overmatched in Game 3, outpossessed handily by the Bruins. If Zetterberg can help them have the puck a little more, he'll have contributed immensely. Same goes for Todd Bertuzzi, who comes into the lineup in place of Tomas Jurco. Babcock knows the Bertuzzi move is a gamble. "We're taking out Jurco," he told the Detroit Free Press , "who's got great speed and plays real well. Why would you do that? That's a great question. I asked myself that 100 times yesterday and then, just before I was trying to fall asleep, I started thinking about it again, so then I didn't sleep proper. I don't know. I'm trying to do the right thing." So that's the on-ice new life. Off the ice, both Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall spent Wednesday's practice away from the team dealing with family matters. Datsyuk's wife just gave birth to a baby, and Kronwall's is nearing the finish line as well. After that practice, Babcock seemed confident that both his best forward and his best defenseman would be back for the game. "They're not giving birth," he quipped. "Their wives are." On Thursday, however, he issued an apology for the remarks after being chided by his wife for being flippant in regards to the miracle of life. "Just before we get started," Babcock told the assembled media, "I got an e-mail from my wife saying I'm not allowed to say the things I did yesterday about giving birth. So I apologize." Apparently, one of Mrs. Babcock's friends tipped her off to what he said. According to Babcock, the new rule regarding these types of comments is, apparently, "talk to me first". We now know the division of labour in the Babcock household. Lineup decisions are his. Childbirth quips are hers. Seems about right. Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Colorado Avalanche, Northwest

Joey Hishon’s long road from concussion recovery ends with NHL debut (Puck Daddy)

Posted on 24 April 2014

On Tuesday, Joey Hishon was skating with the Colorado Avalanche’s Black Aces in Cleveland. Afterward, he was called into the coach’s office and given the news that he was being called up to the NHL.  “I can’t even explain the emotion,” said Hishon on Wednesday after practicing with the Avalanche. “Very anxious, very excited.” The call-up meant much more than the team needing a new body in the lineup. Thursday’s Game 4 between the Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild will be Hishon’s first NHL game. It’s a debut that’s years in the making and one that was in serious doubt at one point in time.  During the opening game of the 2011 Memorial Cup, Hishon, playing for the Owen Sound Attack, took a hit to the head from Brayden McNabb of the Kootenay Ice. He would spend nearly two years trying to recover from the blow, at one point using the GryoStim chair , which Sidney Crosby famously was aided by during his concussion rehabiliation. From Tim Wharnsby’s CBC piece on Hishon from December : After about 10 months, Hishon eased his way back into the gym. He began to feel himself again, but he couldn't get over the hump. He felt about 80 per cent back. But because there was still debilitating neck pain, the last 20 per cent seemed insurmountable. If Hishon were to give up, it would have been back then. He had read plenty on concussions and knew the longer he remained on the sidelines, the slimmer his chances were to return. But he also talked to NHLers like Patrice Bergeron, Andy McDonald, Peter Mueller and Matthew Lombardi.  They, too, suffered concussions and had a similar message for Hishon."They basically told me to stick with it, stay positive and there would be a light at the end of the tunnel," he said. "I always believed someone was out there who would help me or the symptoms would clear." In March of 2013, Hishon, a 2010 draft pick of the Avalanche, finally returned to the ice with the Lake Erie Monsters, Colorado’s AHL affiliate. Nine games in, he took another blow to the head and was shut down for the rest of the season.  After a summer of recovering, Hishon was back with the Monsters for the 2013-14 season, playing 50 games and registering 10 goals and 24 points. Thursday night, his comeback will be officially complete. “I definitely took a different route than most guys do,” he said. “I missed a lot of time, but I’m feeling great right now.” Jumping from the AHL to the NHL is one thing. Doing so during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, while making your NHL debut at the same time is an entirely different one.  “I’ve done a lot of mental preparation and different things to be ready for a situation like [this],” he said. “The coaching staff and training staff down in Cleveland talked to you a lot and tries to keep you as ready as you possibly can be for a situation like this to happen.” Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy knows a thing or two about being a rookie in the playoffs and is confident Hishon will make the most of his chance.  “It ain’t gonna be easy for him,” said Roy. “You don’t always pick the right time. [If] it happens, it happens.   “This is an opportunity for him. Joey’s dream is to play in the NHL one day. Here it is. He’s having a chance to do it and with our situation, why not?” - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy Continue Reading

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