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  • The Press Box April 21 2012

    Saturday is hockey day, and there are five games on tap today.

    But first, congratulations to the Nashville Predators on their first round victory over the mighty Detroit Red Wings. That must feel good for the Preds!

    Rumors: Has Nicklas Lidstrom played his last career NHL game? Most people doubt it including head coach Mike Babcock. Despite being 42 years old Lidstrom (like Selanne) is simply too good to retire!

    Regardless if Lidstrom returns next year or not the rumor speculation surrounding Detroit has already begun. Could Ryan Suter join the Wings as the heir apparent to anchor the blue line in Detroit? Babcock also suggested that his team lacked sufficient forward depth in their series loss to the Predators. Could signing Zach Parise be the answer?

    More Rumors: NHL expanding into Toronto? TSN reports the city of Markham (a sub-division of Toronto) voted unanimously on a funding plan to bring a new facility to the GTA. If it all goes forward according to plan the rink could be ready as soon as 2014!

    Another Rumor: Patrick Roy seeking NHL Coaching job. Roy spoke in a press conference Firday and was asked about the vacant Habs coaching position. He said “I have had no discussions whatsoever with (Habs owner) Mr. (Geoff) Molson,” Roy told reporters in Quebec City Friday during an end-of-season newser for the Quebec Remparts.

    “But my cellphone is always turned on.”

    Injury updates:
    Daniel Alfredsson will not play Saturday in game five. He remains in Ottawa. Rookie Mark Stone is a potential replacement as Jesse Winchester left game four with an injury.
    Top Prospect Jakob Silfverberg will arrive in Ottawa on Sunday.

    James Van Riemsdyk returned to the Flyers line up for game five on Sunday.

    Marian Hossa will not play in game five.

    With the Penguins win Friday night the series is now 3-2 and the Penguins are beginning to look like they can take the series!

    Today's Games:

    Washington @ Boston 3:00 PM Series tied 2-2

    Who's hot
    Washington:
    Braydon Holtby: 1.6 GAA, and .953 save %
    Brooks Laich: four points in two games
    Alex Ovechkin: three points in two games
    Alex Semin: two points in two games

    Boston:
    Tim Thomas: 1.6 GAA, .936 save%
    Zdeno Chara: three points in two games
    Chris Kelly: three points in four games
    Brian Rolston: three points in four games

    Notes: This is a goalies series no doubt. If the Bruins offense wakes up it will end quickly. Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, and David Krejci all have no points in four games.

    New Jersey @ Florida 6:30 PM Series tied 2-2

    Who's Hot
    New Jersey
    Marek Zidlicky: two points in two games
    Ilya Kovalchuk three points in three games
    Zach Parise three points in two games
    Martin Brodeur shut out in last game

    Florida
    Brian Campbell three points in three games
    Sean Bergenheim four points in four games
    Mikael Samuelsson four points in four games
    Thomas Fleischman three points in four games

    Notes: Martin Brodeur has been a model of consistency throughout his legendary career. Will he deliver again tonight?

    Ottawa @ New York 7:00 PM Series tied 2-2

    Who's Hot
    Ottawa
    Craig Anderson 1.48 GAA .946 save %
    Kyle Turris three points in four games
    Nick Foligno three points in four games

    New York
    Henrik Lundqvist 1.46 GAA .957 save%
    Brian Boyle three points in four games
    Dan Girardi three points in four games
    Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards, marian Gaborik two points in two games

    Notes: Carl Hagelin will serve the final game of his suspension today.

    San Jose @ St. Louis 7:30 PM Blues lead series 3-1

    Who's Hot
    San Jose
    Joe Thornton four points in two games
    Logan Couture three points in two games

    St. Louis
    Brian Elliott 2-0 1.51 GAA .944 save %
    Andy McDonald five points in two games
    Patrick Berglund four points in two games

    Notes:
    The Sharks are on the brink of elimination as the Blues are playing great hockey and getting contributions fromm all lines. Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski both have no points and Antti Niemi has a 3.1 GAA and a .882 save %
    Look for the Blues to put the Sharks away tonight.

    Chicago @ Phoenix 10:00 PM Phoenix leads series 3-1

    Who's Hot
    Chicago
    Patrick Kane has four points in four games
    Dave Bolland three points in three games

    Phoenix
    Mikael Boedkar three points in two games including two over time winners
    Antoine Vermette, and Keith Yandle four points in four games

    Notes:
    All four games in this series have gone to over time. In a next goal wins scenario, Mike Smith over Corey Crawford has been the difference so far.
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. kbooks's Avatar
      kbooks -
      Lidstrom and Holstrom are very good friends. They drive to the rink everyday together. There is a strong sense that if Holstrom retires so will Lidstrom. Holmstrom's knees are shot he is playing bone on bone and needs regular lubricant injections to be able to play. It is not expected that Holmstrom will return.
    1. kbooks's Avatar
      kbooks -
      Another reason for Lidstrom to retire is his sons will both be playing hockey in Sweden. Last year he had one son playing hockey in Sweden next year he will have two playing in Sweden.

      The counter argument is he is two good to retire and with the Winter classic he will want to give it one more year.

      On balance I think we have seen the last game from Lidstrom. Maybe he will play in the alumni game at the winter classic.
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