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'I can't wait': Mrazek gets nod over Howard
Petr Mrazek's approach and calm, cool demeanor is one of the reasons that I said I'd be fine if he started in the playoffs. After securing a shutout in the season finale, the overwhelming majority of you agreed with me.

Justin Abdelkader's status for Detroit Red Wings' Game 1 uncertain
Reading between the lines, it sure sounds like he's going to miss game 1, but there are still two days left before then, so stay tuned.

City council delays vote on Red Wings arena again
Another day, another delayed vote on the necessary zoning request vote needed to commence construction on the new arena.

Lightning begins preparations for Red Wings | Tampa Bay Times
A view from the other side.

NHL News

The 2014-15 NHL season by the numbers - Sportsnet.ca
Lots of interesting stuff in here about a season that was unique in many ways.

Tim Peel doesn’t make NHL Playoffs referee cut | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
You may have missed this a few months back, but noted bad official Tim Peel and noted Tim Peel critic Greg Wyshynski had a peace summit of sorts that culminated with a photographically documented "Tequila Shot of Peace." Peel was suspended one game for the meeting (or, more likely, the story and publicity that came from it). Wyshynski has a sneaking suspicion Peel's playoff snub is a further form of punishment.

2015 NHL playoffs: East upset odds – Senators are best bet, Capitals vulnerable - The Washington Post
If you haven't noticed, I'm a big believer in analytics, so I love stuff like this and generally enjoy Neil Greenberg's work very much. Let us know what you think about the chances he gives the Red Wings for pulling off the upset.

2015 NHL playoffs: West upset odds – Blues safe, Predators and Ducks vulnerable - The Washington Post
And for those of you interested, this is the Western Conference version.