Quick Hits: Game 1 Edition

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Red Wings News

Coach Mike Babcock tinkering with Red Wings lines | The Detroit News
It will be interesting to see who Babcock will play against Bergeron.

Bruins know having best regular-season record won't help against Red Wings in playoffs - The Hockey News
President Trophy winners have lost in the first round before. Dare I mention 2006?

Better Know a Dumb Jerk: Danny "Not Nick Lidstrom" DeKeyser - Stanley Cup of Chowder
This is great. Note the sarcasm though. I can't wait until DeKeyser wins the Conn Smyth. That will be a great day.

Red Wings-Bruins matchups: Presidents' Trophy-winning Boston has the edge in most categories | MLive.com
On paper, the Bruins are undeniably the better team. But that does not matter tonight.

NHL News

Opportunistic Rangers pull away from Flyers, take 1-0 series lead | ProHockeyTalk
The Rangers beat the Flyers by a score of 4-1.

Ryan Getzlaf to play in Game 2 after facial laceration, ‘numerous’ stitches (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
While this does not look as bad as Callahan's "injury", it certainly does not look painless.

Inexperienced Blue Jackets aren't intimidated | USA Today
Whether the Blue Jackets can beat the Penguins or not, you have to hope that this series goes 7 games. Partially to benefit us, if we ever have to face them, and partially to see how frustrated Crosby will become.

Lightning coach: Ben Bishop won't be ready 'anytime soon' - CBSSports.com
Jon Cooper said that the only way that Bishop plays in this series is if it goes past four games.

Report: Hextall ‘in the mix’ for Vancouver GM job | ProHockeyTalk
You have to imagine that Tortorella ends up getting fired. His coaching style is the opposite of the Canucks' playing style.

Vanek deal paying off big for Canadiens - Sportsnet.ca
The Canadiens did not acquire Vanek to be a long-term piece to their puzzle, no, they got him to bolster their squad right now. So far so good for Vanek and the Canadiens.

Sabres radio station deals with lost draft lottery by singing 'Let it go' parody | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This is great. On a side-note, Frozen was a fantastic movie.

Beyak: Feeling around Jets going into offseason is positive | TSN
The Jets seem to be one of those perennially mediocre teams, yet they do not seem to have any urgency. They seem content allowing their players to develop, and are not interested in making big trades or signing big name free agents.

Lightning fan sees fight, takes a selfie - SBNation.com
#NoFilter

Ratings strong for opening night of 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs | ProHockeyTalk
CNBC topped its previous opening night numbers by 153 percent. That is a lot.

PHOTO: Rangers fan gets terrifying image of Rick Nash cut into hair - CBSSports.com
The only thing worse than doing something like this is when Lacrosse players shave their numbers into their hair. That just pisses me off every time.

Ryan Miller hopes to rectify trade to St. Louis | The Hockey Writers

I just do not think that the Blues have any chance of beating Chicago in general. Regardless of Miller's play.

Why will the Blues win the Stanley Cup? They’ve learned their lessons | Post-to-Post
Why will the Blues not make it past the first round? They have been terrible recently.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: How important is Game 1 in a series? - CBSSports.com
A Game 1 victory sets the tone for the rest of the series. If you win Game 1 there is a 70% chance that you will win your series.

Cullen: Reflecting on 2013-14 NHL Power Rankings | TSN
Scott Cullen gave the Wings an average ranking of 17.88 during the season. The Canucks. Leafs, and Capitals all had better average rankings.

Canadiens avenge truly terrible rendition of 'O Canada' by winning Game 1 (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I did not see this. This anthem rendition truly was terrible.

Let's Go Red Wings!

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